Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: Bitter
Bedford, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 137   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.71/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
Cask; Regular.

Originally brewed in Courage’s Anchor brewery on the south bank of the Thames. It was moved to the Berkshire brewery at Reading in the 1970s, then to the Courage Brewery in Bristol. When Bristol closed in 1999 it moved to Tadcaster. Following ScotCo’s reshuffle in 2004 it was contract brewed by Youngs, returning it to a site on the south bank of the Thames. In January 2007 the Courage brand was purchased by Wells & Youngs and production moved to Bedford.

With over 200 years of brewing pedigree, Courage Best Bitter retains its widespread popularity.
Pale brown in appearance with a bitter after taste, Courage Best Bitter consumers enjoy its lower ABV of 4% that allows them the opportunity to enjoy their favourite ale for longer.
Pale in colour, fully balanced with a malty flavour and distinctive hop character, makes for an easy drinking session beer.

Theydon_Bois' rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Theydon_Bois (16017) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, - FEB 2, 2013
Cask at the Tin Goose, LHR T1, 25/01/13. Clear copper golden with a thin bubbly white head. Nose carries pale malts, light summer fruit, background caramel notes. Taste comprises summer fruits, light malts, some hop presence, grain. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, some bitterness in the dry finish. First time I’ve had this in 10+ years and you know what - it’s a well balanced simple bitter and perfectly drinkable. I think this beer (in my mind) has picked up a stigma of being a dud because it is a default choice in the Shit Hole Arms (TM) and therefore I’ve had a number of bad pints over the years. Better than some of the latter day twig offerings by some distance when well kept, which it was here !

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Alexi91 (437) - Bristol/Romsey, Hampshire, ENGLAND - SEP 29, 2015
Origin: Tap. Vessel: Plastic Nonic. Supplier: The Old Duke (Bristol). Flat with a tinge of bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KyotoLefty (8858) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 26, 2015
Cask at the Bell. Brown-orange with thick bubbles. Spicy UK hop nose, tobacco, herbs, caramel. Lightly sweet flavor, caramel, earthy, spicy hops. Low bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Cunningham (6565) - Halden, NORWAY - JUN 23, 2015
Amber color with almost no head. Floral and fruiy nose. Not that bad really. Unusual fruity flavor and "stone dead" carbonation. It was like drinking a massive fruit juice. Hope to find another sample. Must have been some thing wrong. Reading lost The Game also.
[On tap at Madejski Stadium in Reading, England]

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
TedE (814) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 3, 2015
UPDATED: APR 6, 2015 Pint on tap. Slight malt nose. Copper beer with thin white head. Mild sweet mouthfeel with light bittersweet finish. A bit watery but OK.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GuideDogSaint (1028) - Xiamen, CHINA - SEP 1, 2014
Cask at the Black Lion, Plaistow on 30 August 2014 after a 3-1 win at West Ham. Pours mid brown with a white head. Aroma of toffee and caramel. Sweet finish. Thin.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
lukin (556) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 21, 2014
cask. Amber colour with frothy head. Caramel malts, light, creamy. Sessionable but boring.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
miquelcrush (2034) - Granollers, SPAIN - JUL 2, 2014
Bona cervesa, bastant equilibrada i gustosa. Buena cerveza, bastante equilibrada y sabrosa.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Holmen1 (4519) - Stavanger, NORWAY - APR 18, 2014
Fra håndpumpe på The Coach and Horses ved Covent Garden rett før Lion King-forestilling: lite aroma, lite smak og kort ettersmak. Her har de virkelig spart på det meste. Bra det bare var en halvpint.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
dogbomb (1144) - ENGLAND - APR 5, 2014
Cask. Dark amber ale with a spotty off white head. Nose is toasty malt and damp underpants. Taste is oaky, earthy and a little "off". Dampness. Still, ale is ale and this is to be drunk. Finish is bland and woody. Not sure this is the best kept ale.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
hohops (709) - Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2014
Appearance- dark brown with a small foamy white head. Aroma- not much at all- a bit of malt, slight hints of raisin. Taste- bitterness, vague hint of raisin and biscuit, thin mouthfeel. You have to search quite hard for any flavour, but there’s nothing offensive about it.

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