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Castlemaine XXXX (UK)

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Formerly brewed at Samlesbury (InBev UK)
Style: Pale Lager
Preston, England

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RATINGS: 70   WEIGHTED AVG: 1.7   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Pasteurised keg and can.
Interbrew took over the UK licence from Carlsberg in December 2002, upping the abv from 3.9% to 4%.
AB InBev, which produced the beer on licence, agreed with brand owner Lion Nathan to retire XXXX from the UK at the conclusion of their licensing agreement on June 30, 2009.
Ingredients: Pride of Ringwood and Tasmanian Cluster hops.


1.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
christhoel (191) - chesterfield, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2014
citrus, golden, light sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, thin feel, average carbonation, i used to drink this many moons ago and i remember it being fizzy with a unpleasant taste wasnt great but was in every pub . why ? i dont know !

1
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
nickel (337) - - MAY 11, 2014
MAinstream pale lager. Nothing special at all. WEak malty taste. Too carbonated.

0.6
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
Imaena (1881) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 14, 2013
Can. This is a really dreadful pale lager. Not one we mourned when it departed.

2.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Osprey87 (2022) - WALES - MAR 16, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2013 Used to be the only lager in my local village pub. Had with crisps and chocolate - was a good combination altogether. The lager is pretty standard though.

1.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
Senka (553) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 2, 2013
From the archives: Reminiscing about my summers spent in England, I remember that this was the cheapest available lager. You could by a case of XXXX for 10 quid. Simple pale lager. Go get Tesco cheapest lager - it was very similar. Was a really good value :-)

2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
wimpyjoe (4424) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 22, 2012
What the four Xs stand for might sum this lager up, pretty poor bog-standard stuff.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Boystout (1000) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - DEC 6, 2011
(Sampled in 2004). , . Pride Of Ringwood Tasmanian Cluster. , , .

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
manuchampions (1237) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 12, 2011
Old rate. On tap in Lincolnshire, England. Pours a pale gold with a small white head. Aroma was stock macro lager and served too cold which might be a blessing in this case. Aroma was slightly adjuncty, grainy and a hoppy, medium dry finish. Not the worst pale lager Ive had, but barely passable.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Gary (1445) - ,London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2011
(canned) This actually was never that offensive . Its TV comercials relied on the sterotypical unsophsticated Australian life-style that some people in the UK like , and it made this popular for a time. A grainy ,creamy -sweet and lightly hopped beer is what youll get with XXXX.

0.8
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
kwik-lime (1373) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2010
This stuff was frighteningly poor. Weak as anything, too carbonated by far and the only real taste is its brutal aftertaste. Didnt know it had been withdrawn from the UK market but wont be missed. Horrible.


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