XXXX Bitter

Castlemaine Brewery

Australasia

Pronounced "fourex", this is the beer of choice in Australia's sunshine state of Queensland. And Queenslanders are proud of their beer. How about the beer itself? I did enjoy it. It is a lager moreso than what the English would call a "bitter". The difference being that the aussie "bitter" is in fact a bottom-fermented lager, where as the english "bitter" is a top-fermented ale. It's got a nice gold colour to it and is quite crisp in taste with a slight fruity flavour. One could see how this would hit the spot on a hot humid Queensland day. Went nicely with seafood, and even sushi. I think this would be a great bbq beer. North Americans will find this a step above most domestics of this type. It's definitely better than Foster's also (I guess they send us the swill that nobody at home will drink). But I don't get carried away over this beer.

Reviewed: December 14, 2002

Rating: 6/10

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