Brewed by Adnams
Style: Bitter
Southwold, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 69   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98/5   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 81   ABV: 2.7%
In August 2011, our Head Brewer Fergus posed the question ’Would you drink a 2.8% abv beer?’ on our website. From over 50 comments, the majority of you said yes, you would be happy to drink such a beer. So Fergus created Sole Star, a full-flavoured yet lower abv style. As well as benefiting from a reduced duty rate because of its low abv, it’s ideal as a lunchtime pint for the responsible drinker. Brewed with Pale Ale, Crystal, Black and Munich malts which are toasted to add more flavour. We use Chinook and Cascade hops to add bitterness to balance out the sweetness. (Contains barley).

ianwelby's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ianwelby (798) - - JAN 26, 2013
Clear amber beer with a thin head. A mild aroma with a citric edge to it. The flavour is also not especially strong though that’s probably to be expected. Citrusy and slightly hoppy as well, it’s not anything special but it’s quite pleasant for a fairly low-alcohol beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RichTheVillan (5199) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2015
Bottle from M&S Beggars Bush; clear light copper pour with a frothy off white head, malt and a hint of caramel in the aroma, taste has caramel, a hint of dark fruits, some biscuit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
themightyjag (290) - - JUL 27, 2015
500ml bottle from M&S (as Southwold). Thin off white head, very thin lacing, clear amber body. Good nose of toffee and caramel, sprightly hops. Flavour is lightly floral, grassy, caramel finish, a bit watery. Mouthfeel is thin, medium carbonation. A bit thin overall but a decent low abv option.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
imdownthepub (11946) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 5, 2015
Bottled, 500ml, as Southwold 2.7%, from Marks & Spencer in Banbury. Brown with white head. Light, sweetish beer with a hint of caramel, some citrus notes, cleanish and reasonably bitter. It’s ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2014
Deep amber pour. The nose is lightly spicy/woody and fairly malty. Has a decent palate and a bit of soft fruit. Lightly crackery with a bit of rye-like character along with it. Decent brew. Quite light.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
mike_77 (4317) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - NOV 17, 2014
Pale brown with thin lacy head. Light caramel malt in the aroma. Flavour is malty with a dry, hoppy finish. Lacks a bit of body but it’s a good ’Low Alcohol’ beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichardGretton (4469) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2014
Bottle. Reddish amber beer with a strong frothy off white head. The aroma is yeasty and toffee hopped, and the flavour is very bitter with yeasty and toffee hoppedness. Overall a nice bitter, not bad for 2.7% alc. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
eastkenttom (111) - herne bay, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2014
Low in alcohol and you can certainly taste it. Still, a nice easy option to have if you need to go easy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sad24 (209) - GREAT YARMOUTH, Norfolk, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2014
In Southwold, low alcohol content but tastes good with a good floral, citrusy taste...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daniele (6901) - ITALY - JUL 21, 2014
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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
edsspoon (798) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2014
Bottle - Amber with a thin off white head which slowly disappears to a ring. Aroma of fruit with a hint of pineapple, some grass and spice. Taste of light fruits, malt and hay followed by some grass and medium bitterness. Light body, light carbonation. A bit watery.

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