Cass Fresh | Oriental Brewery Co., Ltd

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Cass FreshCass Fresh

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Oriental Brewery Co., Ltd
Korea (South)

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by NeroFiddled on 03-01-2003

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Photo of Wegomlegging
2.9/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours clear and watery with a flat head. Smells of tap water and barely some barley. Flavor is not bad, watery but surprisingly refreshing. If Bud Light wanted to improve, this would be the model. Typical mouthfeel of the factory plonk, but quite easy to drink a few of these. The perfect beer after a meal of kalbi and kimchi, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.71/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

One of my frequent traders, tone77, dropped off some bottles for me the other day, having noticed that I am on a short CAN hiatus. Cool!

From the label: "Sound of Vitality; 100% non-pasteurized beer provides ultimate refreshment with fizzy and crisp taste." Stone is unworthy of this fizzy yellow beer!

My pour resulted in two fingers' worth of foamy, fizzy bone-white head with low retention. Color was a golden-yellow with NE-plus quality clarity. With this, who needs x-ray specs? Hell, I could see into the future! Nose was the usual AAL mix of lager sweetness and whatever might have been handy at the time of the initial boil. Gadzooks. Samey same, no matter who whips it up or where. I could (almost) cut & paste future such reviews. Mouthfeel was medium, kind of fizzy, sort of crisp, not enough off to dun them for non-truth in advertising. The taste was rather bland, even for the style. Finish was slightly dry, which may have been to what they were referring with "crisp taste". Really, it was mostly bland and unobtrusive making this an exercise in wheel-spinning. It was better than a Minhas product, but I have had equally good or better domestic AALs.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.09/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

No one's gettin' fat 'cept this beer. It pours a clear jaundice topped by a subsequently ironically healthy finger or so of white froth. The nose comprises corn syrup, corn, wheat, grass, aluminum, and hard water. The taste sees the grains get burnt, the grass get wet, and the aluminum intensify. No thank you. The body is light, with a moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, a sad beer, really, one I don't ever want to have again.

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Photo of tone77
3.14/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a very pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is sweet, some hints of corn. Taste is also a bit on the sweet side. Some corn and grains, not a lot of flavor. Feels light in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a very mediocre beer.

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Photo of MillRat
2.11/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Arrived at the Asiana Airlines Business Class lounge at Incheon (Seoul) airport at 0400 local time with 8 hours between a flight from Chicago and the connecting flight to Taipei. I'll give Asiana props here for putting a locally brewed beer on tap, rather than one of the usual international macro-lager suspects. Not knowing what other local options exist, I don't know if they could have done better. Not much room on the downside, though.

Self-poured the beer at the beverage counter. About half foam, which I'll blame on a tap that no one ever bothered to balance properly. Resulting head was coarse-bubbled and took a couple of minutes to settle down and vanish. Lacing? What lacing? The beverage underneath was a crystal-clear straw yellow, so I rolled back my expectations accordingly. Did the Dutch teach everyone along the east coast of Asia how to clone Heineken?

A little bit of inoffensive white-bread aroma, hops are MIA here. Flavor was OK. Nothing done particularly great, but nothing gone too wrong, which would have been glaringly obvious since any faults would only have a wimpy malt body and just enough balancing utilitarian hop bitterness to hide behind. Body is the typical light adjunct lager, which leads to the high point of the scoring here, as this is quite drinkable in the same way water is. It's only the lack of any interesting flavors that will eventually bore you enough to slow down.

Overall, this is yet another light Asian lager, indistinguishable from its brethren. It will help you cool down on those hot humid days, of which this region has plenty, and unlike the water, a traveler won't have to boil it first.

On my way back to Chicago, I'll pass through Incheon again, but with only 45 minutes to spare between flights. I might be a bit nervous about that first flight getting delayed, but I won't be sad that I might miss another chance to sample this beer.

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Photo of TheMistler
2.27/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Having poured myself a glass of this before checking any of its vitals on BA, I am not at all surprised to see that it is adjunct lager. Aroma is reminiscent of Budweiser, and generally of what I subsisted on during college. After it has sat in the glass for a few minutes, there is hardly any smell at all.

Exceedingly pale yellow, clearly well carbonated, with many many streams of bubbles continuously active and visible.

That carbonation seems to comprise most of both this beer's flavor and feel. Indistinct grains. I feel as if I'm drinking a piece of Wonder Bread that is heavily cut with carbonated water. I'll give it credit for a fleeting bit of hops at the end. Of course, it does go down very easy, outside of the fact that it simply is not a good beer.

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Photo of soju6
2.68/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a pale gold and has much carbonation. It has a bland beer aroma. It has a surprising light taste and is refreshing when served cold, especially on a hot summer day in Korea.

Cass was originally brewed in the now defunct Crown Brewery before is was bought by OB.

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Photo of jhtipton
3/5  rDev +24%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Notice my average marks. Yep, just average. For the most part I never met a beer I didn't like and when dining out on the economy in Korea this is probably the best choice to go with your spicy barbecue and soju. Appearance is typical of any mainstream domestic beer. I did enjoy the fact it was served in a 3 liter pitcher which made for a nice session beer.

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Photo of KatieCorwin
2.92/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is my first review. I chose to rate this beer first because I recently moved to Korea. This beer is more common and almost as cheap as water; after drinking this consistently for about a month I have to say I'd rather drink water.

Since beer preferences are so subjective, its hard for me to objectively rate this beer as simply "good" or "bad". My preferences for beer are towards Bocks, Doppelbocks, and in the summer, Weisses so please keep that in mind.

App: What you would expect from a macrolager. Foamy head that dissipates in seconds into the pale, yellow body.
Sm: Is there a smell to this or do I have a cold?
Tas: Again, typical of what you would expect from an American macrolager. Hits the tongue quickly and leaves little aftertaste.
Mo: Light, carbonated.
Dri: Goes down easily but leaves you with a wicked hangover you didn't expect to have.

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Photo of laituegonflable
1.51/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Pours a pale golden colour with white fizzy head that sinks dramatically and noisily. Lots of interesting carbonation in the brew; smaller, slower bubbles through the middle and larger, quickly gushing ones up the side. Because of perspective it looks like I'm going past on a train. I'm glad I'm intrigued by this visual effect, because otherwise there's nothing even remotely interesting about this.

Nose is fairly pungent with a sticky rice aroma and a hint of buttery malt, slight grassy edge from the hops, weak and takes on a bit of the carbonation smell as well. Not very effective, pretty much a nothing nose.

Taste is...well, poor. Horrible sticky sweetness with a rice grain lightness, a raw sugar kind of flavour and a hint of diacetyl. Bread yeast character hiding underneath as well gives this a real chunky kind of sweetness which lingers unwelcomely, although thankfully not for that long. While the flavour as a whole is insipid and weak, palate is short with no finish at all - it's clean though I guess, which is a blessing.

Mouthfeel is such a letdown after that interesting bubbling. Thin and flat, totally uninspiring. This is a beer best enjoyed by proxy: give it to someone else and laugh at them.

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Photo of froghop
1.33/5  rDev -45%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

this is very awfull.

pours a very pale yellow-white, with a very thin white head, and no lacing.

smell is weak, grain, some corn.

taste is water, weak grain, somewhat sweet, end is awfull.

overall this is one of the worst beers, had it at O'Kims in Busan, South Korea.

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Photo of Bookseeb
2.92/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired at Uwajimaya in Seattle the appearance is a pale yellow with a thin crisp head. Smell of slight adjuncts and not much else. Taste as good as it looks and smells, pretty watered down, but crisp. I'm not much for drinking beer when mowing the lawn, but this being crisp, light and clean on a warm day, I might go for it.

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Photo of jarmby1711
2.04/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

I tried this little offering in a Korean restaurant in Box Hill, an Asian enclave in suburban melbourne.
There were a number of Korean beers on tap, of which this was the first names.
Having established that our very friendly Korean waitress had only a slightly better grasp of the english language than I do of the Korean language (which is nil), we seemed to expend most of our quality communications on getting a roughish idea of the food we were to eat(which was quite enjoyable), so I thought it may be somewhat hopeful to have a full and frank discussion on the virtues of the korean Brewing Industry.
Had we done so , I m sure the comely waitress would have suggested that the Cass Fresh is not the greatest of beer options in this world.Whilst looking Pale and efffervescent the head quickly died , leaving a dull lifeless corny cardboard liquid for me to taste.
This is a "cold filtered" offering and as such has had that unique proces remove any beer flavour and replace it with the 'cold filtered ' flavour, which from all accounts is popular amongst the younger , more impressionable mebrs of Society.
The label is interesting in that it offers such gems as
Cass- the sound of Vitality
and the beer hasbeen brewed to have a fizzy and crisp taste.
Well it is an avoidable beer.
I hope it is not the best the koreans get to drink though

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Photo of Zorro
1.63/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Yet another oriental beer from the beverage Warehouse.

Pours an ultra clear yellow beer with a snow-white head.

Smell is almost nonexistent, just some cooked vegetables and a faint alcohol scent, that is all.

Taste is not much, a bit of sweetness and a little herbal hop. The flavor is very much like a Michelob Ultra.

Mouthfeel is water.

This isn't disgusting but it is like drinking carbonated water and is a kissing cousin to the next closest water like beer I know of the dreaded Michelob Ultra.


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Photo of DogFood11
2.15/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Another in the long line of tasteless no frills attack the masses and score a profit. Hey! good for them but not for me. Fizzy head that leaves no evidence in a matter of seconds. Pale to almost colorless with a light yellow shade, crystal clear. Grainy and crisp and somewhat refreshing but it would be hard to even session this beer as there is nothing to keep your interest. No complexity to speak of.

This is a timid brew that I found at beverage warehouse. I'm surprised they are importing this across the ocean at 4.5% and tons of competition. Ehhhh I'll pass.

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Photo of daliandragon
2.29/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

The stupid ex-pat joke about the "Big 3" Korean beers is that you get their tastes when you take a letter from the name of one, add a letter to another and switch the letters..Cass, Hite, and OB respectively, by the way.
"Sound of Vitality" is boldly emblazoned in English on the label..not exactly sure what that means. Cass isn't one to buck Korean tradition; its look and smell is pure Bud/Miller territory..pale gold and subpar graininess. I did detect a citrus thing as well but it didn't last.
Despite otherwise being forgetable (and this could just be subliminal) but in a vague way, the beer did have a mysterious "fresh" flavor. Otherwise, US Macro time. Mouthfeel is also nothing special.
A cut above The Hite but otherwise not even average.

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Photo of beersarang
3.2/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden with a white head, active carbonation, but quickly dying head.

Sweet grainy aroma with a touch of grassy hops.

Unlike most Asian beers, I don't taste any rice in the malt profile. Rather I get grains. Very very low hop bitterness, but a slight spicy grassy hop flavor. Overall rather balanced. Finishes on the sweet side.

Lighter bodied, crisp carbonation.

When it comes to Korean beer, I would return to this again.

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Photo of GClarkage
2.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

11/08/04- Given to me by a friend to try.

Appearance- Pours a golden straw color with a absolutely huge head that quickly solidifies (maybe poured it a bit to fast). Zero lacing involved here.

Smell- Has a corn or rice scent. I need to hone my taste and scent skills obviously. Maybe some lemony scents also.

Taste- Tastes pretty much like a macro to me. Almost like Coors Light. Not impressed at all. A bit sweet which adds a bit to it.

Mouthfeel- Foamy and carbonated. Exactly like a Bud or Coors.

Drinkability- Not for me. Not horrible, but no where remotely good. My friend can keep the rest.

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Photo of Globetrotter
2.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Saw this bottle at a store and again at the airport on Sakhalin Island on the Russian pacific coast. Comes in a 33cl brown bottle with an utterly uninspired white, silver and blue label including information in English and Russian (not Korean). Ingredients conform to the purity law. I couldn't find the freshness stamp.

Pours a standard clear deep gold with a very thin white head that is gone without a trace almost instantaneously. The nose is quite malty, but just a touch moldy, too. The mouth is very prickly and slightly thick. The taste is grainy, with corn notes. There's really nothing to the finish, and definitely not aftertaste. Like the label, this beer is plain and uninspired.

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Photo of mwrseeley
2.6/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Like all Korean beers, a hard pour of this light yellow lager simply cannot maintain its head and there is absoultely no lacing. Very dull. Very typical.

Smell: Weak but not too shabby. Better than Hite Prime, on par with OB and slightly below that of Hite Lager.

Taste: Sweet and mildly malty. Smooth aftertaste. Not bad for a mass-produced light beer. But still too watery, of course.

Mouthtaste: Korean beers are not heavily carbonated and you can drink a fair number of them, unless, of course, you mix them with soju or indulge in a boktanju (boilermaker) or two (or three).

Drinkabilty: Just a typical light beer. Not bad. Not good. I suggest drinking it with something spicy or salty. Perhaps best used, as one reviewer aptly put it (either in reference to Cass or Hite - it really doesn't make much of a difference), as a palate cleanser between bites of kimchi.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
2.92/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It pours a crystal clear straw gold body with a big-bubbled bright-white head that holds OK at first as it's buoyed by a streaming carbonation. The head dissipates within a minute or so to an average collar, and drops to nothing within a few more; although the bubbles continue to rise. Obviously, it leaves no lace. The nose displays some mildly sweet malt. The body is light/medium; and initially the fine, effervescent carbonation leaves it gently crisp in the mouth. It releases it gases quite readily, however, and soon becomes much smoother (although a bit dull). The flavor offers a soft, sweet malt (and an obvious use of adjunct as there's no real grain flavor) with a touch of apple-like fruitiness. The bitterness is limited. It finishes short and dry with a mild note of sweet malt. According to the importer, this is a lighter style beer that's brewed and marketed to the younger generation. It's meant to be fairly flavorless, unchallenging, and easy to drink. It is.

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Cass Fresh from Oriental Brewery Co., Ltd
2.42 out of 5 based on 149 ratings.
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