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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: 76   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrJamesMcEwan (167) - SCOTLAND - AUG 30, 2015
* Bottle. Pours gold, clear, with an off-white head. * Aroma is toasted malts, caramel, orange & straw. * Palate is medium body, medium carbonation, very fine bubbles. * Taste is bitter, bready malts, orange & earthy. * Finish is soft, sweet, biscuit & honey. * Overall bready, orange & earthy bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (3839) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 19, 2015
500ml at home as ’Batham’s Delph Ales Best Bitter’, 4.3% BB Nov 2015. Old-style label. Seemingly filtered. Amber orange, clear, very highly sparkling, big foamy white head. Aroma is Manuka honey, estery heather honey, bubblegum and paper. Body is medium, rounded, a little foamy. Taste is liquorice and honey, bread and cardboard. It’s a simple malty beer, OK.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JefVerstraete (2222) - Ghent, BELGIUM - APR 21, 2015
Bottle from minutemat. Many thanks! Clear golden colour, creamy white foam. Medium carbonation. Sweet malty with hints of caramel, light hoppy. Bitter and dry. Easy drinkable. Ok bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Saeglopur (1174) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - MAR 26, 2015
500 ml bottle from my European Local Swap sender minutemat. Thanks Mat!
Clear, pale golden body, with a big, lacing, frothy, off-white head.
Aroma of hay, grass, grains, some flowers, slight citrus.
Taste is quite light, with about the same aromas and some more fruity, zesty hops and bitter herbs.
Light, slick mouthfeel, with a low carbonation.
Finishes bitter, quite dry, with grass, herbs, zesty hops.

Good. Clean, crisp and very easy, with a nice hay aroma. Overall not a beer I would often drink, but one of the better Bitters I’ve had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MrHangover (3491) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAR 23, 2015
Bottle. Pours an almost clear golden beer with a medium sized white head on top. Aroma is grassy, malty and fairly thin. Flavor is mildly bitter, thin bodied, some notes of biscuits and has a low level of carbonation. Short aftertaste, decent example of the style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
stravale (2543) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - MAR 12, 2015
Bottle @ Salopian Bar, Shrewsbury [280115]
Light golden, clear, frothy white head
Aroma of soft sweet caramel, soft yeast
Taste of soft light caramel malts, light yeast, no minerals, clean, soft bitter hops, soft bitter cereal, light honey
Palate - Medium light body, rather sweet, soft bitter hops. Finish of soft sweet honey.
Overall - Rather sweet, not much going on, not great ... Probably better on cask,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cunningham (5902) - Halden, NORWAY - MAR 1, 2015
Clear deep orange golden color with a fine off white head. Toffee, mild fruity and flowery. Medium body. Fine balance between sweetness and bitterness. Average carbonation. Bready, fruity, mild citric and a bit flowery flavor. Fresh and tasty English bitter.
[Bottle from an off license in Manchester, England]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
deanso (6950) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 17, 2015
50cl bottle traded with JMGreenUK. Thin creamy white head. Clear golden pour. Subtle bitterness. A good session beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrBlueSky93 (503) - Sutton Coldfield, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2015
Bottle from Cellar Door, Four Oaks. Pours Orange-Gold, single finger white head, medium carbonation. Aroma of maltiness, orange peel, clove. Initial maltiness, touch of orange. Bready malt, biscuity malt, and a bit of toffee, caramel in there too. I loik it me!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
at_the_hop (65) - Worcestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2015
Not "the best beer in the world" and really suffers from inconsistency, not least at the tap itself. Forget that - get a good pint of this and you have the best example of the best type of beer there is - Midlands bitter. A true session ale. Please note this is a partisan review.

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