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


on tap

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RATINGS: 77   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.49/5   EST. CALORIES: 114   ABV: 3.8%
Bottle, can & keg; Regular. Pasteurised.
Keg version is 4.0%.

With over 200 years of brewing pedigree, Courage Best Bitter retains its widespread popularity. Best is available in both cask and keg meaning even if your local isn’t a cask beer stockist, you can still enjoy the great taste of Courage Best.
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.

Ingredients: Water, Malted Barley, Sugar, Hops, Yeast, Colour E150C, Stabiliser E405.

   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....

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
ralphdot (1011) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
superflyguy (432) - 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!

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
worldbeertaste (1778) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2011
Light hops and flowery aroma. Thick carbonation with light amber colour. Tastes a club soda with an acid kick. Cardboard, pear and vegetable. Overly carbonated, prickly, harsh and bland. Very chemical. Yuck!!!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
dynamiteninja (1694) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - OCT 10, 2011
Bottle. Cheap, around £1 or £1.25. Pours a dark amber with a thin white head with poor retention. Smells relatively cheap. Sugar, hops, malt, whiff of toffee, hint of banana, also some nuttiness coming through. Bittersweet with some cheap alcoholic burn. Oh so dry finish. Overly carbonated. The fizziness is actually prickly and harsh. If it remains at this level of quality, then Courage Best will not see a reversal in its downward sales trajectory. I presume the old timers drink it and try to remember how this used to taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AleManTom (195) - Chapel en le Frith, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - SEP 26, 2011
Fairly boring bitter but quaffable all the same. Medium carbonation in a golden coloured ale, nice balance of malts and hops. Nothing awful but nothing special.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Mad_Ferret (822) - SWEDEN - AUG 2, 2011
Bottle. Clear deep amber with a porous medium sized yellowed head that leaves a lot of lacings. Fruity and malty sweet aroma with some toffee, apricots, oranges, marmalade, earthy hops, soap and cream. Taste is slight sweet and fruity but still a bit dry with a soft dry bitterness. Nutty with orange & apricot marmalade. Medium bodied with soft light carbonation. Decent but boring. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 28, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2011 500ml bottle, drunk on 28 July 2011. A surprise "how had I missed that one before" rating. Actually hadn’t missed much. Looks fine enough - bright coppery amber with a thin white head. Mainly nutty malt aroma with a touch of paper. Not that much happening on the palate. Touch of sweetness in the malts here. A smattering of earthy hop. Nothing particularly unpleasant here but hardly inspiring. Had plenty of worse pasteurised, botled ordinary bitters though.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
oh6gdx (23659) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 28, 2011
Bottled (Beers Of Europe). Amber colour, medium white head. Aroma is fruits, mild vegetables, some slight toasted notes as well as earth. Flavour is being quite similar. Rather watery and thin, though the elements are there.

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