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Greene King Bretwalda (Bottle)

Formerly brewed at Greene King
Style: Bitter
Bury St. Edmunds, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 2.99/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.93/5   EST. CALORIES: 123   ABV: 4.1%
Bottle: Filtered.
"Spicy and fruity ale."
Ingredients: Pale and crystal malt with Fuggles, Goldings and Styrian hops.
Named after an Anglo-Saxon term for "king of the British".

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackHaddock (5637) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2012
Clear 500ml bottle, best before the end of June 2010, drank before the end of Feb 2010. Poured into my ’Old Speckled Hen’ vase shapped pint glass. The body colour is a reddy/browny/dark amber, clear and clean looking. On top sat a well formed tan/off-white foaming head, plenty of bubbles rising through the body, looked good to be honest. Toffee apple smells with some hop aromas coming through as the beer warmed in the glass. Sweetish malt taste and feel at first, then a hop bitterness takes over as the mouth begins to dry. A soft flowery, English Summer Garden sort of feeling came over me as I drank the pint, really enjoyed it. I am going to a Greene King tasting evening with Roger Protz in a few weeks, I hope this is on cask to try. Greene King produce a vast number of beers for supermarkets, some cheap and not very good, this however I found very pleasant, easy to drink and interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2010
Bottled. Classic brown coloured with an off-white puddle of head. The aroma is malty and bready. Fruity and malty in the mouth with Wintery characteristics. The cardboard flavours are never far away but it’s pretty decent.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
bobinlondon (1280) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2009
Bottle from Sainsbury’s. Amber with a white head. Aroma of toffee and forced carbonation. Flavour of toffee and slight caramel bitterness without much hop presence. Why can’t GK make the effort to try doing something a bit different every now and again? Yawn!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
sm89walt (1896) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 16, 2009
Bottle. Dark amber with a one finger - though quick to dissipate - off-white head. Boiled sweets, caramel malts and toffee apple aromas. Apples, spices and caramel dominate the flavour. Quite a thin body with medium carbonation and a short bitter finish. It’s Greene King, it’s a pasteurised brown bitter. You do the maths.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
downender (7627) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2009
Bottle from Sainsburys. Red-amber in colour with a slight, off-white head. Earthy malt and sweet fruit aroma. Flavour of barley sugar, with some more earthiness and short bitter finish. Unmemorable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DonMagi (5594) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2009
Bottle from sainsburies had at home. Alround rating: Toffee and caramel malts, the green king appley yeast is there but a bit of fruitcake manages to stay ontop of it. A better than usual offering from green king.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
imdownthepub (12585) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2009
Bottled, 500ml from Sainsburys, Banbury. Chestnut with cream head. I tensed myself up for the GK ’taste experience’, and it wasn’t there, in fact this was fairly pleasing. Caramel and soft fruits, quite light and restrained with a hint of coriander. Not a world beater but reasonable and quite drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
berkshirejohn (5677) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2009
50cl bottle from Sainsburys. Reddish copper with a fast fading white head, and moderate carbonation; aroma of rich, slightly spicy, caramel malts; spicy fruit flavours; and a lightly spiced sweet bitter finish with perhaps a touch of lemon. Not bad for GK.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - SEP 10, 2009
Bottle. Ruby amber with thin off white head. Aroma is pubs and wormwood scrubs and too many right wing beatings. Spice, malts, some pear, grapefruit, caramel. Sweet bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
leaparsons (9496) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 7, 2009
Bottle. Amber gold with a small off-white head. Aromas are treacle and pear with toffee and spices. Flavours are sweet and fruity with crystallised lemon. Sugar with toffee and spices with some Xmas notes.

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