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

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RATINGS: 73   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.49   EST. CALORIES: 114   ABV: 3.8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Can, bottle & keg (at 4.0%) - Pasteurised.
Ingredients: Water, Malted Barley, Sugar, Hops, Yeast, Colour E150C, Stabiliser E405.
Pale in colour, fully balanced with malty favour and distinctive hop character, makes Courage Best a great tasting quality beer.


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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
JorgeLee (1136) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 29, 2012
Bottle at the Village. I’ve never liked this that much, it’s a very middle of the road brown lquid. Doesn’t try to do anything much, little hop flavour, generic vaguely sweet malt, nothing much in the aftertaste. Not horrible but the sort of beer that can give bitter a bad name.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BlackHaddock (3479) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2012
500ml brown bottle (3.8% ABV) poured into an ’Old Speckled Hen’ vase shaped pint glass. Best before 10-10-2010 and drank while watching the England v Algeria World Cup match (2010). The body was a clear, almost bright amber/light brown colour, on top was an off-white, thin foaming head. Very little aroma, some slight hop esters and hints of malted biscuits, typical mass produced English Bitter to be honest. The taste is a good enough mix of malts and hops, nothing spectacular, but nothing wrong with it either. A bit thin in the body stakes, even for a 3.8% beer and a little too fizzy for my liking. Pleasant enough, but not a beer I could recommend to anyone.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beersiveknown (2728) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JAN 26, 2012
Bottle from Wells and Youngs Mid amber with subtle sweet malt nose. Its gently carbonated with caramel and biscuit malt with gentle bitterness in the finish.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerViking (2292) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2012
Brown bitter, malty with a bit of sweeting fruit and a light bitterness. A little grass and wood in the finish. OK.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mike_77 (2963) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 23, 2011
A fairly plain but pleasant session bitter. Nice balance of malt and hop.

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   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
stravale (2035) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - DEC 12, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2011 Bottle from Morrisons
Appearance Amber, clear, forthy white head dissipates to very thin layer.
Aroma Faint sweet malt, almost nothing.
Taste Water, bit of light caramel malt, cardboard, paper. very bland.
Palate Soft carb, thin, watery, slight sour edge. Finish - water, light malt, soda, paper.
Overall Dismal, very poor bitter. Not undrinkable, but very bland - just coloured water (hence the E150). The commercial description - read it! A disgrace to brewing.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
thepegjett (1260) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2011
A - fruity with a touch of cinnamon A - mid gold with thin head T - light sweet and sour P - mid and soft O - ehhhh....

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
will1 (140) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2011
Malty, slightly sweet / fruity aromas. Quite well carbonated (this beer was bottled). Not a particularly bitter bitter. Dominant flavours are slightly sweet malt, no distinct hop aroma / flavour. Quite drinkable and a reasonable session bitter when price (99p) taken into consideration.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
ralphdot (982) - Billingham, Durham, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2011
3.8%. amber colour with a very thin head, slight malt aroma, slight malt and hop taste, very average bitter, not a favorite.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
superflyguy (422) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2011
poor ’reet poor. Saw it on the shelf for £1 and thogught ’bargain’. should have been more prudent. pours a washed out brown/amber. white bubbly head with no retention. aroma is fruity and slightly malty. taste has a little fruit, but the overriding senstion is the metallic kick. avoid. spend more and get something decent!


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