Formerly brewed at Green Man Brewery (NZ)
Style: Bitter
Dunedin, New Zealand
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.09/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
A truly authentic, traditional Best Bitter. Brewed with Pale Ale malt, Crystal malt, and special hops, and fermented with a London Ale yeast. All the hallmarks of a classic Best Bitter, with intense hop character and lingering bitterness. A taste of Olde England. NO added sugar.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
beerledgend (1196) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 2, 2007
Orange in colour with small white head. Big maly aroma. Malty earth flavour mild metalic tingle on the tounge.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Stew41 (1927) - Phuket, THAILAND - NOV 28, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2010 Drank far too old (8 months after BB) but looked better on this occassion in the context of my previous notes. Massive fizzy head didn’t really quite, and the colour is bang on for the style (caramel or darkish amber). Nose shows mild fruits as per the text book. Palate doesn’t show much intensity, perhaps pointing to the age, but there’s more than a hint of creamy bitter character. Too much fizz, as per previous notes.

October 2007 2.3
Very bitter-like in apperance; dark amber in colour and thin head. The immediate impression on both bouquet and palate is that of a well made pale lager, particularly so given the late hit of mild bitterness. Some underlying fruity notes do however hint to the ale / bitter character, but the lager notes provde distracting. Fizz is also way too high.

November 2006 (2.9)
Light caramel in colour with a thin head. Cheesy note (as in cheap) with low brow malts. Notwithstanding the aromas are expressive and have character. Dry palate with a sweet alty, honey note. Kinda like Bintara done well. Mild herbal bitterness to finish. palate structure suffers from a lack of fizz, leaving a dull sensation. To my palate almost comes across like a more than decent pale lager.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 11, 2006
UPDATED: APR 12, 2007 Tasted 12/04/2007, blind from the bottle, at a BJCP study session in Wellington. Pretty smooth and much more polished than in the past. A little one-dimensional and sweet on the nose, with a slightly muddled hop character, but all in all this is not a bad North German Altbier, reasonably fresh and hopefully the start of a quality improvement. Fourth rating - 1 and 3 were worty and insipid, with 2 and 4 being pretty good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnyontheSpot (14) - NEW ZEALAND - MAY 19, 2006
This is the beer that made me join the site. So good it moved me to want to tell people about it. Not normally a Bitter fan this one is quite exceptional. A full malty flavour, smooth and a great lingering finish. The bottle reuse scheme they have set up is all good too.

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