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J.W. Lees John Willies (Cask)

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


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RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 2.99/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.94   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Cask; Regular.

Named after Mr. JW Lees himself, this lightly coloured, robust beer drinks smoothly and has a nutty finish. Made from pale ale malt, Northdown hops and Golding hops, it is a well balanced and full bodied beer. First brewed in 1999 in bottles and 2008 in cask.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
redders1974 (317) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAR 21, 2015
Nice session beer pours well into a get a grip pint glass at the football club in Rochdale long lasting creamy head much improved on the jw lees bitter of my youth.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
undercurrent25 (1582) - Barnton, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2014
Half pint at Manchester Christmas Markets 2014. Pours a hazy blonde colour, taste is smooth and creamy, a bit like Caffreys

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ManVsBeer (5800) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 13, 2014
Cask @ Boat and Horses, Chadderton near Oldham. Golden with a thick creamy head. It’s a crisp ale with a raw grain flavour that lingers and some berry sweetness in the aroma.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
wheresthepath (1786) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2013
Cask at the Grouse Inn, Carrog, Denbighshire. Amber with a moderate white head. Apple, berries, caramel and sickly sweet syrup- far to sweet, to the point of being undrinkable, and with no hop bitterness to balance it. This is grim- I struggled to finish my pint.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Imaena (2075) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 7, 2013
Draught. This is a bitter that I am not terribly fond of. I would pass over this for something else.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mr_h (3633) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - MAY 18, 2013
Cask by handpump at Kay’s Bar, Edinburgh (15 May 2013) - clear golden amber, good creamy white head, weak biscuit malt aroma, good lacing, sweet, biscuit, fruity, creamy texture, bit thin, nicely balanced beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
LeylandAl (3) - Leyland, Lancashire, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2013 does not count
Castle Inn, Kendal. 27 April 2013. Good second pint of the day, rinsing away the stale Stella we’d had in a lesser pub. Bit concerned with the initial cloudiness but that cleared to leave what is a simple, decent session ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stravale (2490) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - APR 27, 2013
Cask @ Abbey Inn. Kinloss [260413]
Amber, clear, frothy white head, good lacing
Aroma - very soft caramel malts, touch of toasted cereal
Taste of soft caramel light fruity malts, light cereal, dab of soft bitter english hedgerow red berry hops, bit nutty, soft honey, light taste for abv but quite pleasent with no off notes
Palate - Thin to medium body, bit oily, quite sweet palate. Finish is soft - more light berries and fruity caramel malt comes through with a dab of weetabix and toasted malts.
Overall - Easy drinking, quite decent english bitter. Was in good condition which is critical for this sort of beer

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
tombyars (1486) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - FEB 4, 2012
First tasted this at the Crystal Palace, Glasgow (JDW) in February 2008. Cask, handpump dispense. Clear pale copper red in colour with a thick creamy buff head. Slight note of digestive biscuit in the short aroma. Thin creamy mouthfeel and good lacing. Pale malt gives a thin digestive biscuit base with a hint of sweet toffee. Short hop resins impart a quick bitter bite to the metallic tasting aftertaste. Slightly edging towards the malt in the tart redcurrant fruit finish. A below average ESB and expected more from a 5% ABV.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ungstrup (30344) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2009
Cask @ National Winter Ales Festival 2009. A pale amber beer with a thin beige head. The aroma has notes of malt and caramel. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, caramel, and toffee, leading to a lightly bitter finish. Fine.

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