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


on tap

Broad Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 209   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.09   EST. CALORIES: 111   ABV: 3.7%
Share this beer with friends!
Cask: Regular.
Originally known as "Southwold Bitter", in 2000 became "Bitter", in early 2006 became "The Bitter", in 2008 returned to "Southwold Bitter"
Was sold as "George Ale" for the George Inn in Southwark until 2007.
A classic cask bitter: the choice of a growing number of discerning licensees. Fragrant aromas of finest English hops and malt. Dry but refreshing, with a distinctive lingering bitterness. Appetising and delicious. Adnams bitter is a category champion.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NikkTwist (1390) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2012 Cask. Honey brown. No head. Standard ESB, though reads a bit thin. Light malt. Not bad but not remarkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
zacgillbanks (1860) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUN 2, 2012
Mini-Cask from Booths in Keswick. Cloudy brown with currants, toffee apple?, burnt toffee flavours and a warming fruity finish. Not as good as the bottled version if I remember correctly.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vladivostok (215) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 20, 2012
Mid-brown beer with distinct, hoppy aroma leading almost imperceptibly to a sharp metalic (not a criticism...) flavour. Hops dominate the malt and lead to a long, bitter finish. Hardly subtle but an excellent beer nonetheless.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kermis (4285) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 19, 2012
Cask. Pours clear amber with a white head. Aroma of fruit and caramel. Flavour with same aspects and a light bitterness. Nice enough session beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
trapped (603) - TURKEY - MAY 17, 2012
Dark amber color, very small foamy white head, slightly bitter hoppy taste, low carbonation, long hoppy finish. A very hoppy bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlackHaddock (3183) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2012
Aug 2006: I was very lucky, my parents had a caravan positioned in Southwold every summer. Drinking Adnams bitter in ’The Sole Bay Inn’, which is across the village green from the brewery is about as good as it gets! The beer has a mid-brown colour, which seems to change, almost light-brown, if the sun comes out and you are sat on one of the three benches outside. Hops and malty flavours battle it out in every mouthful, to let you know that a good quality British bitter is in your hand. The sights and smell of the brewery, help to ensure the beer just flows down the throat, this is a great session bitter and ideal for lunchtime drinking, while people watching, during a sunny English summers day (not that we get many).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kayres (392) - , Georgia, USA - APR 29, 2012
Burnt orange to lt copper colored with a thin off white head. Malty nutty nose and hints of hops. Medium bodied and well balanced, low carbonation. Slightly stale hop flavor but a good session beer ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JorgeLee (1067) - Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 3, 2012
Cask in the Freemasons Arms, Hampstead. Copper coloured English bitter, pleasant enough, unremarkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
aphelion1979 (172) - West Sussex, ENGLAND - APR 3, 2012
pours amber with a white head. light aroma of malt and flowery hops. taste is smooth, well balanced, with a light bitterness. there is not much depth of flavour, or character, but its quite drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2012
Cask at TJ’s: Faint malt aroma. Poured copper in color with no head. Cloudy. Not Sparkling. Full of tiny particles throughout. Flavor is lightly sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of malt, light grain, Earth, nuts, and a hint of hops. Medium body. Dry, chalky, texture. Cask carbonation. Malt, earth, nut finish is dry and chalky.

We Want To Hear From You

Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »

Page   1 « 2 3 4  5  6 7 8 » 21

Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2014,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
about us
About RateBeer
New Beers
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50