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


on tap

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RATINGS: 247   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14   EST. CALORIES: 123   ABV: 4.1%
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Available (pasteurised) in 500ml bottles and 500ml cans.
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sm89walt (1793) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 2, 2013
500ml bottle. A deep amber with a one finger, slowly fading off-white head. Dominant aromas of caramel and biscuit malt with some grassiness and English hop dryness. A bit heavy on the caramel malt flavour-wise too but otherwise quite bitter and resolutely quaffable. Medium length finish and carbonation on a light to medium body.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Pyrmir (3970) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - APR 22, 2013
Bottle, rated from backlog. Deep yellow color with white head. Aroma malty with herbal hop notes. Flavor is watery and pretty bland, low bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Holmen1 (3288) - Stavanger, NORWAY - APR 21, 2013
Flaske kjøpt på Berentsens ølutsalg, delt med Ovesen: frisk og fruktig smak med litt karamellsødme i tillegg. En ypperlig forfriskning en søndag formiddag mens vi venter på at mesken skal bli ferdig.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
r464 (2014) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2013
Dark amber color with a thin whitish head. Dirty caramel malt, earthy, dry. Nuts, wood, resin, with a bitterness that is not all in the hops. Rather disappointing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
olio (7344) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 1, 2013
50 cl bottle.
Originally rated on 20110718.
Pours clear copper color with a small head. Aroma of caramel, mild hops, fruits and grassy notes. Flavor of hay, caramel and fruits. A bit harsh.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gunnfryd (12083) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 1, 2013
Bottle. Pale amber colour with a beige head. Aroma is licorice, roasted malt, dried fruit. Flavour is licorice, roasted malt, dried fruit. Medium body. OK beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fidelis83 (2136) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Clear medium amber pour with a 1 finger, soapy off white head that has decent retention and leaves some lacing. Aroma has lots of fruity ester, mostly tree fruit, and a little banana, planty, floral and citrus hops, caramel, bread crust, toast and light cereal. Flavor is again pretty fruity, nice toasty notes, biscuit, planty and floral hops, white raisin and some citrus toffee, and light mineral notes to teh finish. Light body, light, but somewhat sharp, blanketing carbonation, creamy to oily entry, slowly drying out to and off dry finish that has an odd, but pleasant lingering carbonation. Pretty good bitter, sweeter and stronger in flavor than one would expect from 4.1%ABV, even in an English Bitter. Would be a great fried food pairing, sessioner at a lower price point, I paid $3.99/500ml.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
The_Bish (1124) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2013
Better than your average shite bitter that comes out in droves in the UK. Missus asked for something malty to share over roast beef, so I went with this as most of my stuff is hoppy or roasted. She liked it. It was nice. Not hugely malty but not very bitter either.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dynamiteninja (1665) - Richmond, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2013
Bottle. Medium white head. Amber body. Spice, hops, lots of wheat, whiff of sulphur, fruit. Kind of sour with a bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
larsga (6621) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 15, 2013
Medium beige head. Deep amber body with carbonation. Caramelly earthy buttery aroma with nutty notes. Dryish caramelly nutty taste with spicy buttery notes. Mid-to-light body. Mild, soft mouthfeel. Dryish spicy nutty malty aftertaste with soy sauce notes. Nice, if a bit simple. (0.5l can, Systembolaget Charlottenberg.)

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