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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.


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3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jimthechap (1651) - Christchurch, - NOV 17, 2012
Reddish amber in colour with a bare skim of head and little evident carbonation. Ruby malt aromas with pecan nuttiness. It is restrained, maybe a hint of Fuggles but the star of a show of medium entertainment is the malt. It doesn’t smell bad and it doesn’t smell bad either. Plenty of carbonation in the mouth with caramel and tangy malt coming to the fore. A little bitterness, but not massive, ’nor massively memorable. A session pint which I would be happy to drink but not one I would go out of my way to have again if I’m honest.


2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
adster (341) - HUNGARY - JUL 20, 2014
Réz színe telt, lágyan pörkölt malátás alapokat rejt magában egy halvány juharszirupos, árnyalatnyit karamellás színezettel. Belekóstolva már egy közepes testű, igen alacsony szénsavtartalmú ital körvonalai bontakoznak ki, mely egy kissé nehézkes, pirított és savanykás, enyhén vasízű és vizes karakterrel bír, ehhez csatlakozik aztán egy komlós, kissé lagerszerű aroma. Önmagában véve nem egy kellemetlen jelenség, kissé testetlen volta, a telt ízek hiánya azonban a műfaj átlagosabb darabjai közé sorolják.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gunnar (5296) - Sandnes, NORWAY - JUL 19, 2014
Keg at Sumburgh Hotel, Shetland. Pours clear dark amber with a small white head. Aroma of toffee, malt. Taste is moderate sweet malty, caramel and toffee, with just the slightest dry grassy finish. Medium body, average carbonation, average.

1.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
Beese (1783) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 16, 2014
Bottle from Tesco. Poured a bright ruby colour, clear, but with some visible, soda-like carbonation and a big, off white head. Insipid aroma, lots of mineral and cream soda. Flavours are vapid and seem pretty fake; malty and boiled sweets. Finish was highly unpleasant mix of copper, cooked fruit and flat malt. I wonder if this was ever good...

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Meilby (7611) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 11, 2014
Can 500ml @ home
Pours clear brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, grain, toast, caramel and hay. Taste is light sweet and light bitter. Body is light, texture is thin, carbonation is soft.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
edsspoon (414) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2014
Can - blehh this was bad. Pours dark brown with a fluffy off white head. Aroma of dark fruits, malts. Taste is malty, medium bitter, hint of chocolate Medium body, light carb.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
bursprak (590) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 1, 2014
About a 1/3 of a 50 cl can, rest was drain poured. Bronze pour with some head. Light nose and taste, some grain and malt sweetness. Has some weird metallic notes.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Camons (5960) - Hasselager, DENMARK - MAY 25, 2014
Can @ Home. Pours amber with a huge lasting offwhite head. Aroma of malt, caramel, little grass. Flavor is sweet, malt, caramel, hint of chocolate, grass. Medium body, average carbonation. 250514

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
flemmingwillum (1001) - Nysted, DENMARK - MAY 10, 2014
Rating #950, dĺse fra Netto i Nysted

Mřrkebrun řl med ok skum. Kedelig duft af karamel og lidt krydret humle. Meget bitter smag med ristet malt og en smule karamel, men den mangler sřdme og balance generelt. Bitterheden er alt for dominerende, men er ikke elegant - det er en rĺ bitterhed, som nćrmest bliver besk i eftersmagen. En řl der ser langt bedre ud, end den dufter og smager. Standard tyngde og tykkelse. Ikke noget scoop.

2.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KoNrRiI (468) - Ĺrhus, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2014
0.5 can. Clear, dark amber color and a big, off-white head. Aroma is rather sweet with malty tones but also some strong cheese and skunky, barnyard notes. Taste is very sweet; there is brown sugar, bread, caramel, and some cardboard with a delicate metallic note. Medium body, creamy texture, and soft carbonation. Finish is short and sort of indistinct. All in all the beer starts of nicely but loses much of its initial appeal with time; the aroma becomes skunky, taste metallic, and finish a tad watery.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Douberd (2292) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - MAY 5, 2014
Can 500 ml at home, into a Guinness pint, ABV 4.5% Amber in colour, ttransparent enough for one to see the light activity in it. Two full fingers of thick beige head, with very good retention, leaving quite a lace on the glass. Aroma is mostly malty, a bit stale it seems, with a hint of spices. Taste is straw, street dust, dried dirty clothes. Not good. Medium thin body, okay carbonation. Overall a disappointment.


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