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Brewed by Brains
Style: Bitter
Cardiff, Wales
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 33   MEAN: 2.66/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.67   EST. CALORIES: 111   ABV: 3.7%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Available in 440ml cans - Pasteurised.
Note: This beer is now brewed to a different recipe to the keg Smooth.

Brains Bitter is one of the longest-standing mainstays of our beer range and is our biggest selling cask ale with 12 pint sold each minute. Its easy drinking style has repeatedly proven popular with the cask ale customer as testified by the numerous awards won, most notably being the only Welsh winner in the Telegraph Best of British Beer Awards 2007.
The famous ‘pint of Brains’ is rich amber coloured, well balanced and refreshing. Goldings and Fuggles hops from The Welsh Marches create an appetising crisp aroma to complement the subtle flavour of fine pale malt. Crystal clear water combines with the unique Brains yeast to create the complete Welsh beer experience.


MBison's rating

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MBison (548) - Southern Highlands, - AUG 24, 2009
Can 440ml 3.5%. Poured golden orange with an averaged sized, creamy, yellowed head which lasted very well. Aroma was of sweet bread with honey oat cereal, sweet caramel malts, nuts and hints of peaches. Flavor was of sweet bread with an almost non existent earthy bitterness, caramel malts, honey, some wet straw, hints of pear and a dry nutty finish. Light bodied with soft carbonation, a dry mouthfeel, watery texture and a short length finish. Reasonably sessionable bitter IMO – I wish Australia could brew mid strengths even half this tasty.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
sharkydodson (323) - St. Petersburg, RUSSIA - JUN 26, 2014
malty aroma with hoppy and herbal notes... the taste is light, clear and refreshening with smooth hoppy bitterness...dry bitter aftertaste...

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MissPxx (532) - - MAY 24, 2014
Lovely caramel aroma and a golden honey amber colour. What an ale should look like. Mild hoppy and bitter tasting with caramel undertones. Lingers. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
allmyvinyl (4244) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 6, 2013
500ml bottle from Beers of Europe Pours a clear amber with a thin white head. Sweet biscuit malt aromas, light metallic tang. Taste has a sweet finish and faint hops, but not much going on. Pretty watery.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
wimpyjoe (4424) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2013
Out of date bottle from B&M but still fine. Copper-golden and not much head. It has a very small sweetness and a medium bitterness at best.

1.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
scotty (1060) - SCOTLAND - NOV 17, 2013
Bottle. Amber colour, thin white head. Very little on the nose, sweetish malt flavours, little in the way of hops. Thin and watery, not up to much at all!

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2013
Bottled 05/10/13. An amber coloured beer with a whitish head. A malty old fashioned bitter. A bit of a tinny aroma with some fruit in the mouth. Dry raisin. Obvious pasteurisation, It’s OK.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gegwilson (1466) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2013
Bottle from B&M. Pale amber ale with good foamy white head. Slight floral citrus aroma. Refreshing and easy drinking, but lacking any complexity. To be expected for the strength.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DruncanVeasey (7316) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - OCT 2, 2013
From B&M Hinckley. Clear bronze slicked with white. Decent aroma with caramel-draped fig and raisin. Similar chewy dried fruit, watery toffee and cereal flavour. Specks of aniseed/Allsorts as from so many brown regional bitters. Humdrum but perfectly pleasant.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BlackHaddock (4144) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - SEP 9, 2013
500ml Bottle:BBD 31 Oct 2013, poured into a UK pint sleeve on 7 Sep 2013. Looked good, nice golden amber hue to the beer, on top a full and lasting off-white crown. The nose seemed more malty than hoppy, as did the taste: a good blend and well balanced in both aroma and flavour. Semi-sweet lead with a mild hop bitterness at the finish. Easy drinking brew with enough taste to interest.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tommann (2857) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2013
500ml bottle. Pours dark amber with a large head. Aroma is fruity boiled sweets and vanilla. Taste is fruity malt and boiled sweets.


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