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J.W. Lees John Willies (Bottle)

Brewed by J.W. Lees
Style: Bitter
Middleton, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 60   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.96/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Bottle: Pasteurised. Previously 5.0%.

A winner of the Tesco Beer Challenge in 2000, John Willie’s captures the flavours of our most popular draught ale and crams it kicking and screaming into a bottle. Take the lid off and all that feisty flavour glugs out ready to give your tastebuds a good malty smacking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nybol (1460) - DENMARK - JUL 2, 2016
Premium bitter står der på denne øl. Jo bitter er den også, og på en god og behagelig måde. God fyldig smag, ikke den tynde skarpe bitterhed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BlackHaddock (6384) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - OCT 14, 2013
Found this 275ml bottle in the cellar of The Crown Inn, Oakengates, while looking for some Red Wine: landlord gave me it. Only a couple of years out of date, opened on 14 Oct 2013, BBD 27 Aug 2011. Poured slowly into a ’Batemans’ badged UK pint sleeve at home. Murky orange/amber with a scummy head. Malty, sweet and stale: I know my digestive system is going to be giving my brain a telling off in the morning. I shouldn’t drink old beers really, but this isn’t too bad and I’ll score it fairly. Hop content tries to counter the malts but fails, this is a malt led brew with the hops playing a minor role, their duties are to stop the beer becoming too sweet and sickly, this they manage without being noticed too much. An ’in date’ bottle would have been better, but this was OK in all aspects, just hope I’m fine tomorrow.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
POLK (2219) - Hørning, DENMARK - MAY 28, 2012
Dark orange-colored beer with a fine white foam. Easy drinkable ale which are not as flat as many other English ales.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
madmitch76 (22368) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2012
19th July 2009
Clear amber brown beer. Dry palate. Dry malt with a trace of banana. Balanced by some fairly bitter hop. Dry finish. Bitter linger. Balanced but dull.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MiP (15304) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUN 27, 2011
Bottle, 4.5%. Mild fruity aroma. Almost clear copper colour. Rather big, stable off-white head. The flavour is mildly nutty with a rough but subtle bitterness. A little maltiness in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Koelschtrinker (17713) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 20, 2011
Weich malziger, wenig bitterer Antrunk. Die Bitterkeit kristallisiert sich noch etwas heraus, bliebt aber deutlich hopfig, auch malzige Noten weist dieser Ton auf, der so immer aromatisch bleibt. Etwas grasig, stimmig, rund. Die Hopfigkeit bleibt noch lange bestehen, verzieht sich aber immer weiter in den Hintergrund und nimmt an Intensität deutlich ab. Vollmundig, weich, im Abgang ist die Bitterkeit fast shcon etwas zu vordergründig. Gut! 8/11/11/10/11/11

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
markas101 (2303) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 16, 2011
50 cl bottle, Sheffield, UK. Hazy apricot, citrus and some rasin aroma. Bright flavour, citrus and apricot come through with a warm clove finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - APR 15, 2011
Bottle. Pours a clear and amber beer with an offwhite head. The aroma is malt and hops with grass and notes of flowers. The flavor is close to the nose. The palate is bitterness. Overall an average beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
sfhodense (4789) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - MAR 17, 2011
Pours amber with a beige head. Aroma is malt, light caramel, fruity notes, grassy and earthy hop. Flavour is dry malt, light malt acidic, grassy and earthy hop. Medium bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Skinnyviking (8883) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2010
Bottle. Low but lasting creamy off-white head. Clear dark brown body. Lovely malt hay aroma. Simple and good. Mild smooth malt flavor with little hops, low carbonation and a short aftertaste.

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