Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: Bitter
Bedford, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 232   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.54/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Available filtered and pasteurised in keg, can & bottle.
Originally brewed by McEwan’s at the Fountain brewery in Edinburgh. Production moved from Fountain to the Caledonian Brewery in 2004. The McEwan’s brand passed to Heineken in 2008 after their purchase of Scottish & Newcastle’s British operations. Heineken sold the brand to Wells & Youngs in 2011. Packaged (bottle & can) McEwan’s beers are produced at Wells & Youngs brewery in Bedford.
Amber colour with a notably thick head. A sweet, spicy aroma with a hoppy finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sinkas (291) - Perth/Fremantle, AUSTRALIA - JUL 14, 2007
Can BWS, Alfred cove, WA Nice scottish aromas, and flavours, overall a really enjoyable session beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
joe19612 (2366) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 24, 2007
Can. Dark amber colour with a off white head. Smooth sweet and malty flavour balanced with a hoppy bite in the finish. Very smoky flavours. Better out of keg than can.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
DruncanVeasey (7999) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JUN 22, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2007 Red and lacy. Smells like a compost heap. A mouthful of sick and rusty copper pennies. Billious and intensely metallic. Nose turning nutty and sourly yeasty as it warms. Caramel, blood, cardboard, wheat, toasted nuts, cinnamon and cabbage. Complex but... muddled. Progressively less vile as it warms. Just about safe from the plughole, but the most offensively metallic beer I’ve ever tasted.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2471) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 28, 2007
substantive, complex and a decent effort. tastes of malt that is sweet with a bite but not a good hop character or taste. toasty smokiness that soon becomes annoying.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
beervis (243) - Taylor’s Country, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2007 Can. Dark amber with creamy off white head and good lacing, smooth medium bodied mouthfeel, sweet malty flavour balanced with a hoppy bite in the finish. Marred by being overly metallic. Slightly smoky/toasted. Not bad for what it is.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - FEB 19, 2007
Can bought and tasted in Lerwick, Shetland Islands. Goldenish colour with a medium average lasting head. Aroma of malt, some sweetness, slight hoppiness. rather weak thin mouthfeel. Flavour of toastish malt with some sweetness, hops. Some bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
KnutAlbert (6435) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 1, 2006
50 cl can. Nice smell of hops, but the beer is on the malty sweet side. Not any complexity, just an ordinary canned bitter.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2006 pretty disgusting beer. I’m sorry now that I bought 12 pint cans. at least it was cheap. aroma is metallic and sweet. aroma is much the same lacking hops and depth. pretty metallic with some malt and wheat notes. pretty watery palate. overall not very nice, but I guess you pay for what you get.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
SudsMcDuff (7519) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2012 drank this at the caravan .. . light rust colour...sweet-ish stale smell..ugh, this beer smells terrible..good foamy head,low bubbles...BLAH!!! tastes terrible...awful, worst aftertaste from a beer ever, dusty and metallic...if i find this on tap i’ll try a sample just to make sure but i tryed to different cans from diff locations and same kick in the balls results.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
oldrtybastrd (3448) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2006
Pours a nice golden amber color. Aromas of floral and fruit. Flavor toasty malt, hop bitterness with a slight hint of citrus.

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