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Brewed by Greene King
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Bury St. Edmunds, England
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 975   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
500ml bottles and 440/500ml cans: Filtered. Also available in kegs under nitro pressure.
Ingredients: Pale, Crystal and Amber malts; First Gold, Challenger and Fuggles hops - late-hopped with Fuggles.
First brewed in the 1950s.
Bottles have been sterile filtered since May 2006.


3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
obxdude10 (2093) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2003
I think I'm a little biased toward these canned beers with the widget, but these beers are very nice to drink, nice amber color with a huge bubbly white head that laced around the glass, malty nose with a hint of nuts, very smooth & drinkable beer, lighter in body than say a Boddington's but still very drinkable & enjoyable

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2003
Not much foam on this amber beer, but it has a damn fine malty/nutty smell to it. Good flavor to it, smooth all around, with the delicate mouthfeel of a bitter, but not a stong enough one. I think it could use a little kick towards the bitter isle, but thats just me.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dorwart (2409) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2003
Wow. Big foam pour that takes a couple of minutes to settle due to the draught can. Settles nicely to a 1 inch thick creamy head of dense bubbles. Wonderful complex aroma with raisins, apricots, alcohol and some hops. Alcohol is quite prominent in the nose but is not that strong at 5%. Color is a very nice medium orange/amber. Flavor is a little weak but very tasty with nice roasted malts and a hint of hops. Finish is a let down. Besides being creamy and smooth there is little lingering taste and very little bitterness. Overall a very good bitter but a little weakat the finish line.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2003
16oz Nitro Can:
The pour is remarkable, only due to the nitro widget though…. An amazing glowing orange / amber body and a BULKY creamy head…. The aroma is bitter with lemons, a Mass of malt, actually overwhelming… pretty skuky…I don’t know if this is intended or not… bitter hop in the finish…. I don’t think its my type of brew….It’s like a dirty or rotten and strange citric bitterness, a strange acidic bitterness… reminds me of barfing? – and that sucks, yet has some good qualities.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 25, 2003
Big nitro foaming head always nice, hop yeast citrus aroma. Pretty much same taste, that really seemed to flatten towards the middle. I'll look elsewhere

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 24, 2003
Orange-amber hue. Pours with a white creamy head that separates into 2 layers at first. Toasty malt aromas with bitter herb notes. Some smoky malt and noticable fruit flavors. Good bitter finish with a hop element more noticeable in the aftertaste.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hangover (1083) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - NOV 14, 2003
wow, these nitro charges are really working for the english. Nice, lasting head.. points for that. Smooth is the word of the day. Smooth mouthfeel, wonderful malts with a hint of citrus... close to perfect bitter bite at the end. I'm impressed. Ranks among the top beers I've had from a can yet... goes great with food or by itself. I'll definitely try this one if they go on sale again. This beer really begs to be quaffed.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Reid (1993) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 11, 2003
Bought in the green pint can with the Abbot on the front and the 'widget " inside. Nice , nice pour, after the marvelous creamy cascade is finished the beer looks a gorgeous light amber almost orangy colour..witha nice sized creamy thick white head. Wonderful aroma of English malts and nice hops too..fresh lemony hints, very good. mmwonderful creamy sweet malt taste followed by a nice dull hop bitterness at the end..stays around Wonderful feel in the mouth very silky smooth..but with enough bite at the end to keep the taste buds intrested! All in all a wonderful English Bitter..the best I have tasted so far in the nitro-can..very drinkable!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
igneous1 (1507) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - NOV 8, 2003
copper/amber color with a 1cm head. to me, apple is what my nose picks up. it's pretty much the same in the flavor. not that hoppy, although they're pretty clearly detectable...i think this would be a good session ale.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 7, 2003
Oh, oh oh, where to begin. Haven't had a nitrous can with a widget since I discovered good beer and thought Guinness in a can was good. Pours like any nitrous in a can would, light amber color. Aroma is filled with diactyl and light hops. Flavor is lightly sweet and suprisingly fresh but ends in a dissapointing metallic failure. This isn't a bad bitter, but being exported in a can to me isn't the best way. I can tell that this would be a great beer [english bitter] if it were fresh on nitrous at the brewery.


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