Brewed by Brakspear (Marstons)
Style: Bitter
Witney, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 108   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.88   EST. CALORIES: 102   ABV: 3.4%
Cask: Regular.
Brewed at Henley by Brakspear until 2002 when the brewery closed and Refresh UK bought the rights to the brand. The beer was then contract brewed at the Thomas Hardy (Burtonwood) brewery for Refresh until 2004 when production was transferred to a purpose built brewhouse at the Wychwood brewery which includes original Brakspear brewing equipment.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chriso (7482) - London, Greater London, - MAR 7, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2006 Currently brewed at Burtonwood, of course, although the rebuilt Brakspear plant should be back online before too long. Despite being transplanted from its spiritual home, this is still a perfectly respectable copper coloured supping bitter with an intense bitter hop attack, but a hint of fruit and malt to compensate. Very dry finish. Handpump, Uxbridge Arms, Notting Hill Gate, London. (3.0) RE-RATE. August 2006, handpump at The Colonies, Westminster. The return to Oxfordshire seems to have pepped this beer up and this was a lovely pint of "ordinary" bitter in cracking condition. Lots of fruit, bags of bitterness, soft underlying malt and just a hint of "Burton snatch" type sulphur on the nose. A very welcome surprise.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
47574xeCD (649) - God’s Country, West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2015
Cask at Toby Carvery Coventry. Chestnut colour white head. Caramel toffee light malt nose. Bread toffee semi sweet, nice body to this drinkable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
The_Osprey (3234) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2015
Cask at king and queen fitzrovia. Slightly hazy copper amber, still, creamy white head ensures, some decent lacing. Aroma is sweet, toffeeish. Body is medium, slightly foamy, low carbonation. Taste is thin, some vegetable - peas and cauliflower, watery, a little dry, light bitterness. Below average, thin. Ok over a half but I don’t think I could session it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
MissPxx (812) - - DEC 17, 2014
Medium hoppy aroma. Again not overpowering. But a well rounded fruity hoppy taste. Notes of honey. Very drinkable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jjsint (1397) - Ely, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2014
Cask at Toby Carvery, Bedford. Golden brown, a good show of white head. A bit of floral hop in the nose, along with a biscuit malt. Very basic. Taste is bitter with some hop in the finish. Medium to long hoppy aftertaste. Not bad, drinkable enough but nothing special by any stretch.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Mr_Pink_152 (1916) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2014
Pint from the Three Stags Bebbington. Golden brown color with thin off white head. Weak aroma of malts. Slightly sweet and fruity flavour with bitterish finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
metalspice (298) - Jevnaker, NORWAY - SEP 29, 2014
På kran på The malt house i London. anonymt øl med lite karbonisering. Ble tungt og kjedelig.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rob_D_UK (1265) - Surrey, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2014
Had this as Kings Head Best, poured a reddish brown with a small head, aroma and taste were malt with a hint of citrus hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jamesie1857 (1662) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2014
Cask at Rising Sun, Abbey Lane - Clear reddy brown, thick lacing head. Nose is caramel, malt and a bit of grass. Taste is a malt, toffee, raisin blend, with a metallic aftertaste. A bit standard.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmgreenuk (5804) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - AUG 20, 2014
Cask at the Woodmans Rest, Solihull. Poured a slightly hazy medium amber with a frothy white head. The aroma is malt light grass hop. The flavour is medium bitter with a chewy malt, hop, light spice palate. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. A decent smooth chewy session ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MichaelAwesome (5718) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - AUG 5, 2014
On tap at the Beachy Head pub in Eastbourne. Absolutely recommendable one with some malt, few hops, bit cirtus and some chocolate in the back. Crispy, slightly bitter finish with an easy drinkability. Fine one.

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