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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
OStreetBrewery (120) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 5, 2006
Served from the cask via beer engine with a sparkler. Aroma of fruit ( plums, hint of citrus) and earthy english hops. Firm palate with nice complex malt flavours leading to a medium bitter finish. Excellent Best Bitter.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kempicus (343) - Bakewell, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2007
Excellent best bitter, good malt background with a solid bitter finish. Great solid mouthfeel an excellent example of a English best bitter

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 27, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2010 It is tasting so good in 2010 that it deserved a rerating. So smooth your can forget that you are drinking it. Didn’t used to be a favourite of mine, but now I just can’t get enough of it. A typical English Bitter...and in this case that says enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DiscoForever (71) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 15, 2007
Tap: Looks thick - hazy copper, yummy 1cm head. Smokey aroma that exudes well into the taste. And there’s biscuits too and a bit of burnt home-made hokey pokey (that’s a caramelised sugar and butter treat folks - like toffee). Scrummy easy drinkin’ beer that wants some food with it cos it’s deliciously bitter...

   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 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 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kaya161 (1139) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 8, 2002
Light golden orange, almost copper coloured. Faint malt aroma. Fairly bitter flavour throughout. Bob Hudsons is proabably their better bitter, although this is still pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
eczematic (1325) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - APR 20, 2004
probably my favourite galbraiths beer, being pretty much halfway between the other two bitters - good balance of juicy crystal malt with traces of nuts, and spicy, bitter hops. Nice choc/prune/vanilla smell and clear red-gold appearance. Quite fruit-cakey.

   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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