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 isnít 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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
joe19612 (2301) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2010
Bottle from Sainsburyís. Pours a amber orange colour with a thin white head, the aroma is a bit skunky. The taste is watery with fruit flavours in the background, with a sweet dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fonefan (40503) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAR 9, 2010
Bottle 500ml.
Clear medium amber color with a average, frothy - fizzy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to white head. Aroma is moderate malty, hay, toasted, caramel, light to moderate hoppy, dry hop flowers. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter with a average duration. Body is light medium, texture is watery to oily, carbonation is soft. [20100118]

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
scotty (1107) - SCOTLAND - FEB 23, 2010
Bottle, guest beer at my local Morrisons. This was much better than Iíd expected, good malty palate with enough hops in there to keep me interested, a good session brew. Nice!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Bullit (4285) - Burgos, SPAIN - FEB 4, 2010
Bottle from Morrisons. Clear amber colour, white head. Aroma of vegetable hops. Flavour has slightly caramel malts. Watery and bland.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25069) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 18, 2010
Bottle 50 cl. Pours a clear amber with an off-white head. A little nuts in the nose and perhaps a whiff of floral British hops. Light in body, caramel and nuts and a metallic touch. Very subdued bitterness. But a pleasant little drinker. 180110

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
greenmanalishi (506) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2010
Bottle. Pours a burnished gold. Caramel malts and a resinous hop quality. Slight sweetness that was unexpected. Fairly bland overall.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
DruncanVeasey (7881) - NUNEATON, TOP, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2009 Midnight acquisition from Rugby Tossco (bottle). Still gold with a thin white lid collapsing to nothing. Nosebleed on cardboard, vegetable aroma warming with grass, honey and orange suggestions. Papery and a dab grassy with some OK honey-and-cream malt softness. Could almost have a couple of Honey and Lemon Lockets bobbing about in it. Saw it off in the end.
Earlier Rating: 9/15/2007 Total Score: 2.3
Iím afraid itís back again. Sampled in an Irish pub(?) in Torquay before hitting the Guinness. Wish I hadnít bothered. Red amber murk with best-a-man-can-get head. Faint curranty fruit, a trace of watery apple peel blandness. Dismal.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
rauchbier (3699) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2009
Bottle version, from Tesco Grimsby. Deep gold, good lasting white head and gentle condition. Initial muted bitter peppery hoppines in the nose with some low caramel malty sweetness, thin and gentle fruitiness at first in the mouth with a developing tinny and chalky hop bitterness backed with a quite sweet toffee note, brief bitter finish but still with a little sweetness around the edges.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
berkshirejohn (5396) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 26, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2011 440ml can from Tesco. Gold with a fast fading cream head; aroma of malt and caramel; somewhat stewed earthy malt flavours with sweet caramel and gentle bitterness to finish. Not bad for a cheap canned bitter. (4/3/4/2/12=2.5)

500ml bottle from Aldi. A straightforward, malty bitter, with a caramel finish - presumably less heavily pastuerised than the canned version. (6/3/6/2/13=3.0)

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SilkTork (5450) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2011 March 2009 440ml can in a four pack from Tesco. Moderately carbonated. Mild tasting. Not offensive. Quite drinkable in fact. This is much better than the old keg Best. [2.5]
Jan, 2011 Bottle. Crisp carbonation. Dry, session bitter with some herby hop notes, and a mild lingering bitterness. Drinkable and quite acceptable. Some malt flavours come through. This is a not a crap beer - there is clearly an attempt to make a decent enough brew. The processing is mainly felt in the carbonation - the pasteurisation is not really significant. Not a good quality drink, but OK enough. [2.7]
Oct, 2011 £1 a bottle at Morrisons. Drinkable and cheap. [2.8]
Earlier Rating: 3/6/2005 Total Score: 0.9
Sept, 2002: Keg, Kent. Tastes of weak, stale beer and old damp cardboard. [0.5]
August, 2004: Keg, Shipwrights Arms, Chatham. A rough local. Soft fruity aroma. Prickly mouthfeel from the co2. A nutty fruit. No hop awareness. Barely beer. [1.2]
August, 2006 <a href=http://www.beerintheevening.com/pubs/s/28/286 Charlotte/Rochester>Queen Charlotte, Rochester Keg Greasy cardboard. Rancid fruit. Cold and fizzy. This is dreadful. Iím really not sure why people drink this stuff. Dreadful. Offensive. [0.9]
Nov, 2008 Two Sawyers, Brompton Sour cardboard nonsense. [0.9]

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