Brewed by Greene King
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Bury St. Edmunds, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 643   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
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Available filtered in a variety of containers in Finland, UK, USA, Brazil, Denmark, France, Spain, Australia, Hong Kong and Japan.
Ingredients: Pale Malt; Bramling Cross hops.
Originally brewed in the Ruddles brewery in Oakham, Leicestershire (Rutland); moved in 1997 to the Morland brewery in Abingdon, Oxfordshire; finally moved in 2000 to the Greene King brewery in Bury St Edmunds.
Bottles have been sterile filtered since May 2006.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
softale (188) - Michigan, USA - OCT 2, 2002
First off, any beer worth anything ought not be put in a clear glass bottle. Fortunately, it didnít affect this beer adversely. In the aroma department this one is rather bland some faint hops and a bit of maltiness. Taste is a bit better than itís nose. Mouthfeel is a little more thin than I thought it would be. Finish is just a touch bitter, but surprisingly doesnít linger on the palate very long. As duff said itís rather middle of the road.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
venom666 (411) - Elche, SPAIN - NOV 1, 2014
Clear amber color with a good white head with medium retention. Aroma is floral and hoppy, with caramel and sweet malts. Taste is hoppy and sweet, with caramel and malt hints. Moderate bitterness on the aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
coranc (35) - IRELAND - DEC 7, 2014
Bottle. Pours an amber color with white head - dissipates quickly. Fruit and caramel aroma with hop notes. Thin mouthfeel. Easy to drink but not for me.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
christhoel (191) - chesterfield, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2014
caramel, brown, clear, minimal head, light sweetness, medium bitterness, medium body, oily feel, soft carbonation, bitter, i have a theory and this is it . every beer that comes in a clear bottle tastes like shit !

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
martjoobolut (934) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 8, 2014
0,5L can, 4.3% ABV, BB 30.06.15. Pours clear copper with off-white head. The head stays. Aroma is caramel, nutty, malts, and some fruity notes. Flavor is sweet and bitter, nutty, caramel, some fruity notes Finish is dry-nutty bitter. Palate is rather watery. Overall: not bad. Maybe a little bit too thin, but itís rather easy to drink.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
FatPhil (9595) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 8, 2014
500ml can (Anywhere, Tallinn) at 4.3%
Sticky dirty aroma, like there was a spillage in a brewery, and now you have to clean it up. Sweet black tea. Similar taste, bland and sweet, a little bit metallic. Palate sweet and slick. Metal, sulfur, butter in the finish. Very 1980 keg bitter. The kind of thing that CAMRA came to kill.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Marduk (2980) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 10, 2014
500ml bottle. Clear dark amber color. Small size, white head, stays. Sweet, slightly grainy and some caramel in aroma. Sweet, hop extract, some spicy pepper in taste. Weird one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
slowrunner77 (6084) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 15, 2014
"can be a little off sometimes (used to be in a clear bottle...donít know about now) but it was a nice change of pace. mild, but a complex mix of malty flavors and just a touch of hops."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
MarkoNm (755) - Novo mesto, SLOVENIA - OCT 11, 2014
Pours a clear amber color, topped with an average white head. Malty aroma with notes of caramel and fruit. The taste is malty with moderate bitterness in the body. Decent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
suurjuust (1221) - ESTONIA - DEC 17, 2014
Clear copper beer, dense off-white head. Malty nose with caramel and fruit notes. Flavor is biscuity malt and fruit. Finishes pretty dry with mild hoppy bitterness. Thin and boring, but not undrinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kwik-lime (1373) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2014
Generic bitter - pleasantly sessionable, quite earthy in the body with pleasant bitterness but little of excitement going on.

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