Brewed by Castlemaine Perkins (Lion Co.)
Style: Pale Lager
Milton, Australia


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RATINGS: 165   WEIGHTED AVG: 1.82/5   EST. CALORIES: 105   ABV: 3.5%
Balanced smooth flavor and body, complimented by mild bitterness and trace sweetness from extra malt.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ScottFNQ (3) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 20, 2005 does not count
I was formally from NSW and thought if it aint Tooheys i dont want it. But now i live in HOT Nth Qld i understand why this beer is so loved in QLD. its a good beer to drink in the tropics. So if your from a colder climate (yes that includes Sydney) then its pretty pointless of you rating it. Good beer for the region where it comes from.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2005
This is pretty much a watered down lager but there is some sweetness here which makes this cheap pint a hell of a lot more tolerable than the cheap beers I’ve drank in the US (Milwaukee’s best, etc.).

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 2, 2005
I had this in Cairns, Australia. I walked around Cairns thinking they were way into porno before someone told me that was the beer and it was called four X. There is a very mild bitter touch to the taste which gives it a couple of notches over Bud and Miller.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Roddy (14) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 12, 2005
Remarkably complex, sweet and perfumed floral, anise, and pastry dough aromas have a slightly herbal, citrus-like edge and are very forward and attractive. A rich, smooth entry leads to an oily, unctuous medium-full-bodied palate with vanilla frosting, wheat dough, and subtle nutmeg, almond, and anise flavors. Finishes effortlessly with a long, sweet powdered sugar and marzipan fade. A very interesting and intense product that pushes the envelope of beer. Oh, and it’s horrible, and the above is a blatant lie.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
ALLOVATE (2816) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 8, 2005
It has taken me years to finally taste this one and I’m now struggling to erase the nightmare. Is this Australia’s worst beer or did I just land a dud. Label read brewed with XXXX Golden hops,what the hell are they? Poured into a stein glass it looked like the urine of a dehydrated man, clear yellow-gold, with large irregular bubbles raising only the thinnest foam lather. Dank liquor, skunky egg and shrimp broth nose with soggy cardboard and a metallic zing that added to the chaos. The aroma followed straight through into the mouth with each sip making it really hard to palate. Metal shards, dish-washing liquid, artificial sweetener and cardboard made up this stomach churner, harsh biting carbonation upfront that became flat and lifeless in the back before a chemical ’pool-cleaner’ swallow that truly ended it on a good note. I thought Boag’s St. George was bad but this took Aussie macro-swill to a whole new level. Woeful. (375ml bottle, BBE 03/06)

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - AUG 18, 2005
There is a reason why you don’t see this outside of Queensland much. Light yellow, small head. Flavor is non-exsistant going down and then some bad aftertaste kicks in. Like Vegemite, the only reason people drink this is because they were raised on it. Althouhg I drink the PBR of my ancestors, At least I haven’t been dupped into thinking its good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
caesar (6301) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - AUG 16, 2005
Clear lighgt yellow color, short head. Some hop and grain in aroma. Bit bitter and dry taste.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
highlandlad (1459) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JUL 19, 2005
Ozswill Queensland Division: XXXX Gold vs XXXX Bitter. Two of Lion Nathan’s finest sampled side by side in one almighty winner-takes-bugger-all contest. Can the mid-strength Gold hold its own against the full-strength Bitter? Does anyone care? Appearance: so similar that you would need a colour spectrometer to pick the Gold from the Bitter. Both bright gold with skinny heads that were gone in seconds. 1/5 for both. Aroma: the Gold has some caramel notes, no hop presence but is less offensive than many Aussie macro lagers. The Bitter has grassy hops, a hint of honey, wet cardboard and a splash of urine. 3/5 for both. Flavour: Gold has sweet honey notes and no finish. For a mid-strength, it’s drinkable but you can do better. Bitter is also sweet upfront, with sour uric notes and a shot of bitterness in the finish. Much better than it smells. Gold 3/10, Bitter 4/10. Palate: Gold has a thin, over-carbonated soda-like body and effervescence. Bitter is better carbonated and has pretensions to a finish. Gold 2/5, Bitter 3/5. Overall: Gold tastes like fizzy honey soda. It’s not unpleasant but it’s not much like beer. Bitter wins by a nose. Gold 6/10 (Total: 1.5), Bitter 8/10 (Total: 1.9)

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
DuffMan (8815) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 21, 2005
Pale golden, clear, medium head. I wouldn’t go so far as calling this "foul", but it is pretty boring. Sweet malt is really all you get for flavour (the same as all corn-adjunct, over-processed pale lagers on the market). I wouldn’t choose to drink it again if an alternative were available, but I wouldn’t turn it down if the beerfridge was empty on a Friday night. This is my standard review for all "two-star-or-less" piss.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
dial90 (5) - CARLISLE, AUSTRALIA - APR 21, 2005 does not count
Very pale color and heavily carbonated with large bubbles, reminescent of soda water. Aroma so light it is difficult to detect. Virtually no head retention. Taste is slightly sugary reminiscent of sweet soda with little hop bitternes. Mouthfeel is like drinking soda water. Little aftertaste. This beer leaves you wondering if you would be better off drinking soda water. and represents a new low reached by the major Australian breweries.

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