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

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RATINGS: 210   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.53   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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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.


2.4
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Argonian (277) - Athens, GREECE - SEP 1, 2013
Can. Pours a red body, with an average head that diminishes quickly, leaving a fair lace. Very weird skunky aroma, not appealing at all. Nice medium sweet taste though, caramel, roasted malts. Medium carbonation, watery texture, medium bodied. Average at best, due to the aroma.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
charlotte (4178) - rødovre, DENMARK - SEP 1, 2013
Can Dark Golden colour with White head.Aroma of hops and straw,malty and mild hint of corn and caramel,medium body and light bitter finish.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Borup (5815) - Albertslund, DENMARK - AUG 30, 2013
Can from Fakta. Copper colour with an off-white head. Aroma and flavour of malt, caramel, fruit and toffee. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
gowdy (727) - Erskine, SCOTLAND - AUG 9, 2013
Pint with brother in law. Dark brown and a little hazy. Not much head and obviously cold...

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
RichTheVillan (2766) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2013
Bottle from B&M Bargains; was going to be part of shitty beer night buts it’s OK so I’m not including it, chestnut brown pour with foamy magnolia head, fruit and nut aroma, roasted malt taste hint of caramel some dried fruit a faint bit of hop, moderately bitter finish.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
stravale (2075) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - JUL 31, 2013
Bottle from Morrisons, Granton [310213]
Caramel brown, big frothy white head, clear, touch of lacing
Aroma of brown caramel malt, slight twiggy hop, that’s it
Taste of light sweet caramel, watery, slight bitter twig hop, hint of roast, nothing else going on, bland and boring
Palate - Medium carb, light body, bit fizzy, very soft caramel. Finish as main flavour, not much of a finish at all
Overall - An improvement on the awful canned stuff I tried a while back - at least that nasty metallic flavour has gone. Little aroma, not much flavour, Mediocre, boring and bland. Cheaply made watery economy brewing. ZZZZZZZzzzzzzz

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
SarkyNorthener (1876) - Walsall (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 11, 2013
Can. Copper beer small head. Sweet aroma. Taste is some sweet caramel, malts and a touch of hops. Drinkable basic stuff.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
harrisoni (13619) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 9, 2013
Can from Terre de Boissons Calais. When I were a slip of a lad, back in the late 80s and early 90s I went to university in Liverpool and then subsequently visited it a couple of times a year to visit friends who’d stayed there afterwards. And I’d catch the train from that wonderful station of London Euston. I’d go searching for something to drink for the journey. Similarly when I was returning, normally on a Sunday so there would be engineering works and Liverpool to London would take 5 hours (seriously, L’pool via Manchester, Crewe, Brum/Cov with speed restrictions and then down to Euston), then I’d also look for a 4 pack to numb the tedium. McEwans Export was sometimes/normally my beer of choice. And I always liked seeing Scots going back to Scotland from Euston swigging from a bright red can at 9 in the morning. So I know this beer well. That smiley face on the can, the bright redness of it, promised either a weekend of fun or the end of a weekend of fun back to miserable humdrumness. And now after many, many years and many, many different beers its time to go back to a hero, a staple, a go to beer, a safe haven. And it’s not as bad as I feared. It’s rubbish, but not entirely horrible. In fact I even quite like it. A simple, sweetish, not very hoppy best bitter. You know what? It’s fine. So here’s to my youth, my hopes of a bright and successful future and to the wonderful people I met and still know when I were a slip of a lad.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shoestring (261) - larkhall, SCOTLAND - JUL 4, 2013
I like it. Not too chilled the flavours emerge. Malt. Som?e sweetness and butter. I can chug it loads

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BlackHaddock (3645) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2013
500ml Bottle: BBD 26 July 2013, poured into an Abbot Ale glass tankard on 7 June 2013. This is an old friend re-visited after a long absence. Looked good in the tankard: brown with a russet red hue, on top a full and lasting white foaming head. Semi-sweet malty molasses in the nose and taste with a crisp bitterness throughout. I remember it being richer and maltier back in the ’good old days’ but it still has a pleasant feel to it, if a little calmer in character. OK, but with reservations.


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