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Bathams Best Bitter

Brewed by Bathams
Style: Bitter
Brierley Hill, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 63   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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Cask: Regular. Also available bottled at 4.3%.
A straw-coloured bitter which initially seems sweet, but a complex dry, hoppy taste soon predominates. Probably the best example of the traditional Black Country style of bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pabloscafe (15) - - AUG 1, 2014
Good session beer with a dry bitter taste. I would revisit this beer, good with a cheese cob at the Great Western in Wolves.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MichaelAwesome (3871) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - JUL 3, 2014
Thank you summer santa ! But this one was a bit dull at all. Expected a bit more of hops and bitterness but gut a decent german Helles with some vanilla and butter. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
McTapps (3874) - Ruhrcity, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - JUL 3, 2014
Bottle from my Summer Santa - many thanks! The Bitter pours out in a deep blonde-golden colour with low airy ehad and flat body. Aroma of hops and grass. Taste of bitter hops, light malt, straw, grass and light barley. Medium bitter finish. Refreshing and nice - enjoyed it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Martin243 (757) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2014
Pint bottle at home. Hazy yellow with minimal white head. Negligible caramel aroma. Similar muted flavour and watery palate. Underwhelming.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
clarrie (4) - Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2014 does not count
I have had Bathams in most of their outlets and have been generally quite happy with it, although the recent growth in quality from microbreweries generally has meant that Bathams can no longer be held up as supreme, as it once was. I do not recommend this particular venue (Red Lion, Bham) as the beers are too warm - all of them and at all times.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jamesie1857 (1368) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2013
500l bootle in Halesowen Grove Bar - orange body, thin white head. Nose is caramel and malty, a bit tangy. Taste has a metallic tang to it. Nothing special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
minutemat (1497) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2013
500ml bottle @ Tanners, Shrewsbury. Pours gold with a farmyard straw nose. Sweet flavoursome malts, hints of caramel, nice and smooth.. very moreish. Could happily spend an evening on this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
oh6gdx (20274) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 11, 2013
Cask@GBBF2012. Yellowish golden colour with a minor head. Aroma is fruity, floral with some nectar and mild bready notes. Flavour is sweet floral and fruity notes along with mild wood, resin and some crisp maltiness to it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leighton (10675) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 6, 2013
Cask at The Great Western during the RateBeer Black Country Bus Bash. Pours clear, yellow-gold with a light, foamy white head. Sweet dough in the nose, some hay. Light sweet flavor with dry dough and light bitter straw. Light bodied with fine carbonation. Moderate sweetness in the end, some further sugary dough, white bread. So so. Quite basic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Garrold (1214) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 22, 2013
Bottle from The Beer Parlour, Chesterfield. Lovely example of a classic, English Best Bitter. Makes me wish I was drinking it after I’d spent a 14 hour shift ploughing fields. Rather than a few hours sanding skirting boards...

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