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Galbraith Bellringers Best Bitter

Brewed by Galbraith Brewing Company
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Auckland, New Zealand
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.5/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Named after the bellringers of St-Mathew-in-the-city who were amongst the first of our regulars in 1995. They were known to drink large volumes of this fine “best” to put back into their bodies what their exertions in the tower had taken out. Thomas Fawcett malt and English golding and fuggles hops and good hard Burton water have produced a classic “Best”. “Burnished copper in colour it has a solid palate and lingering fruity/bitter finish.” Now dry-hopped in cask.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nickd717 (4187) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 10, 2015
Cask at Galbraith. Clear copper color with a small white head. Aroma of coconut and leaves. Flavor is da bomb digg, loads of coconut, nutty malt, slightly sweet. Medium bodied and smooth with soft casky carbonation. Very impressive.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BestBitter (2) - NEW ZEALAND - DEC 7, 2014 does not count
On draught at Galbraith’s. A good session beer. Has a malty sweet aroma. Pours with a nice head with a slight creamy texture soon after the pour. Brown/ copper coloured. Not as bitter as I would ideally prefer but a lovely drop!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sm89walt (1972) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 24, 2013
Cask - Galbraith’s, Auckland. Clear amber with a one finger and fading foamy off-white head. House yeast, biscuit, bread, grassy hops and mid-fruits characters abound. Light to medium body, soft mouth feel with a low to medium intensity, medium length finish. A solid ESB in true-to-style fashion.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kiwianer (3428) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 24, 2013
The head is ok, the body orange brown. It smells mild, malty, creamy, fruity, ok. The taste is creamy, fruity, bit hoppy, interesting. Nice 13/11/13/12/-/12 3.7

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jessop (207) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 17, 2013
Copper amber, rich juicy malts and more hop forward as compared to the bitter. Spicy and clean tasting, long lingering bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes (15806) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 10, 2013
Lightly fruity, med amber, soft, light caramel and toast malt, fairly light body, quite drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bif (2066) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 31, 2013
On tap at the brewpub. Served a copper color with a nice head that faded to traces of lacing. Aroma is a bit fruity with trace of caramel in the background. Taste mild fruit with a bit of citrus along with mild caramel sweetness. Nice bitterness and a clean finish. Medium body, a bit of crispness and quite smooth. Has a bit of character to ound it out. Enjoyable cask ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TimE (5091) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 24, 2012
copper color, almost an aged Chinese liqueur nose. Woody earthy, dry , matly. A touch sour. Nice mouthfeel. Enjoyable session beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
snuffla (158) - Chch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 5, 2010
No evidence of the promised dry hopping on the nose for my money. Solid straight up and down bitter, some caramel malt. Finishes a little chalky. Decent pint, but the Bob Hudsons is the real star

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beer4eternity (225) - Tauranga, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 31, 2010
Draught at Galbraith’s Alehouse, Auckland. Nice that they serve their beers at the correct temperature for drinking. Rich copper hue, no head. Yummy strong malty aroma dominates, caramel, toffee, ripe fruit (mostly dark fruit), a touch of sweat (?) yeastiness in there. Some sweetness but mostly bitter. No carbonation, oily texture, medium bodied. I liked this Bellringers Best Bitter beer but Bob Hudson’s Bitter was a bit better.

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