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


on tap

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RATINGS: 269   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14/5   IBU: 33   EST. CALORIES: 123   ABV: 4.1%
A refreshing beer of real flavour - distinctively hoppy and dry with malt aromas. Delicious served cool. Adnams brewery has stood in the heart of Southwold for over six hundred years and "Southwold Jack" appears on our beer labels. He continues to guard over our longest-serving beer brewed here in Southwold on the Suffolk coast -The Bitter. Bitter goes well with roast meats and fish cooked in batter as the clean bitterness cuts through the slightly fatty notes and hence keeps the palate refreshed. Our Bitter also makes a good aperitif. Available (pasteurised) in 500ml bottles and 500ml cans.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wheresthepath (2115) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2015 First rating - 10/11/2013: Bottle from Asda, High Wycombe. RB score 6/3/7/3/13 (3.2) Copper with a low white head. Lots of malt, a little caramel, some autumn berries and a light earthy bitterness to finish. Yes it’s a standard bitter from a big regional, but as usual Adnams manage to do it a little better than the other big regionals and- somehow- manage to hide the pasteurization. Decent. Second rating - 8/3/15: Bottle that Dave shared with me - cheers! RB score 7/3/7/3/14. Really lovely rich malty flavour. Nice nuttiness too, with just a hint of berries behind. Good rich mouthfeel is spoiled just a little by fizz. However, as supermarket bitters go this is really rather good. Score shown is the average of all ratings.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Scrapersnbeer (1532) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 3, 2013
Caramel and whiskey cask aromas. Light tan color. Mainly mellow sweet malt, mild bitterness. Light soft body, still crisp though. Solid example of the bottled bitters that get this this away.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gorm (1899) - Sandnes, NORWAY - SEP 19, 2013
Dyp gyllen farve med lys beige skum. Lukt av malt og karamell. Smak av malt, karamell og noe frukt. Supermarked.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Camons (10194) - Hasselager, DENMARK - SEP 8, 2013
Bottle, DØE Øllets dag @ Bdr. Schmidt, Viby Centeret. Pours amber with a offwhite head. Aroma of malt, caramel, grass, little spice. Flavor is malt, caramel, spice, grassy hops. Medium body, soft carbonation, light bitter finish. 070913

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2013
Bottle. Thanks for sharing, Bil. Light estery and rum-like brown malt aroma. Creamy, dry, fresh. A solid bitter, I thought could have used a little more bitterness, but had a nice yeast profile, a good mineral show, and some yummy fig-like toasted malts. A little bit neutered by the bottle presentation, but workable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjakopa (266) - Maribor, SLOVENIA - AUG 29, 2013
Pours a darker orange/reddish colour with slight head that dissipates quite fast. Aroma is hoppy with hints of caramel, malt and fruityness. Carbonation is medium and a bitter body, but aftertaste is quite hoppy and leaves a malty finish. Generally a good allround bitter for summer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jmgreenuk (7635) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - AUG 17, 2013
Bottle from Tesco’s. Poured a clear medium amber with a broken white head and a little initial carbonation. The aroma is weak malt leading to a medium bitter flavour with some malt and bitter hops on the smooth, slightly watery palate. The bitterness lingers for a while in the finish. A decent English session bitter and quite refreshing when cool.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
yackery (165) - California, USA - AUG 9, 2013
500ml bottle. Appears as hazy pekoe tea with little head and frosty, sticky lacing that runs in ten seconds. Aroma is herbal hoppy and malty. Simple and pleasant without cardboard or funk but woody. Taste is mildly bitter. Palate is slightly flat soda water, light and thin with a slightly oily bitter finish. Overall, it’s not bad but not worth seeking.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
brokensail (16053) - Dublin, California, USA - AUG 8, 2013
Bottle from Ramirez Liquor. Copper colored pour with a finger of off-white head. Aroma is skunky and grassy. Toasted bread, yeast, water, and a hint of metal. The flavor isn’t very good either. Watery, metallic, and skunky. Grassy hops, toasted bread, and a hint of sweetness. Thin body. Not pleasant.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stoutchap (422) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2013
I’ge never been excited about English bitters I’ve tasted in the US but tried this in the UK and it was exactly what I thought an English bitter should be like. Clear ruby-caramel pour with a thin fizzy head. Light aroma with a metallic hint masked in a beery smell. In the clear bottle I see how this could go bad in its transport across the pond to the US. Average mouthfeel with good carbonation to start with but goes flat a little quickly. Nice flavor profile tho - hoppy with just a hint of malts - its earthy with notes of grass and bark in a good way. It tastes a bit like a walk through the English countryside. I like it and am glad I tried it in the UK. Will be very interested. To try it in the US and see itlf there is any difference.

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