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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: 68   WEIGHTED AVG: 1.71   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.


beerandrugby's rating

1.1
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 16, 2007
Not a good lager at all. Thing is you could have 6 of these for 3.50Strl so this became a stand by


0.6
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
Imaena (1703) - 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 (1182) - London via, 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 (349) - 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 (2986) - 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 (1228) - 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 (1305) - Brentford, 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 (1177) - 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.

1.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
angrybeerman (259) - Dublin, IRELAND - SEP 4, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2009 Had four cans of this some while back. Yellow with little head to speak of. Only alcoholic and slightly malty taste. Finish was very poor. An offensive lager. Why did I have four cans? It was cheap! I wont be getting any cans of this again though. But fear not Queenslanders for I have yet to try XXXX in a bottle or better yet on tap and will hopefully be able to do this soon. For now though this was quite horrible.

1.6
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
SeanMacGC (332) - Dublin, IRELAND - NOV 2, 2008
Draught. Pours clear yellow, with quickly dissipating white head. Not much on either the nose or the palate, and insubstantial mouthfeel. Typical of bulk-produced fare.


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