Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Bitter
Tadcaster, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 85   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.8   EST. CALORIES: 123   ABV: 4.1%
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Filtered and pasteurised and served under pressure from a keg only.
Originally known as Sovereign Best Bitter

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beersiveknown (3241) - NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 15, 2012
Clear amber with creamy foam head. Rich malt, slight lemon hop flavours, clean biscuit malt finish. Bit cold

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheCametron (1877) - CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 15, 2012
Keg at The Cramond Inn. Brown and that. Over chilled. Muted aroma. Some fruity malt flavours eventually and a touch of roasted malt. Textbook.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
jackl (4932) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 21, 2012
Keg @ The Princess Louise. Light golden color with a big, creamy head. The nose is fleeting sweet apples and light caramel, the aroma dissipates with alarming speed. I was left wondering whether I had simply imagined that the beer had an aroma. The taste is watery light malt, some caramel and more red apple. Very subdued in the flavor department. Not much to write about, really. The body’s thin. The carbonation pronounced. Overall, by far the worst of Sam Smith’s bitters. Far behind the actually decent Old Brewery...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
deanso (5727) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 7, 2012
half a pint at the red Lion, Conisbrough. Creamy white head. Clear golden blond pour. An ok best bitter

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
wimpyjoe (4424) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2012
Golden head with a thick creamy white head, although a diluted bitterness for its taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RichardGretton (4292) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2013
Cask@Swan and Three Signets, Durham. Golden beer with a strong white head. The aroma is yeasty and bitter, and the flavour is bitter with yeasty and roasted qualities. Overall a reasonable but basic bitter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
imdownthepub (10647) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2013
Keg at The Three Goats Heads, Oxford. Amber with fizzed head. Sweet, malty thin beer with a wet cardboard flavour. Served over cold which delays aroma and flavours coming through. Probably a good thing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 12, 2012
Cask pint at the Chandos, London. Gorgeous appearance, a bright light orange with a thin, filmy head. Nose is soft and dry but with a hint of fruitiness that transforms unexpectedly into a mild tartness in the taste. Earthy and satisfying.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
theatmosphere (50) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 12, 2012
This is decent enough stuff. Not a particularly strong taste but refreshing and easy to drink. I get through plenty of these at The Wellington in York when I am there. It’s definitely my Samuel Smith’s offering of choice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
knickskicks (763) - - JUL 24, 2012
On tap. Golden, white head. Biscuits, some lemon. Bitter finish. Ordinary bitter.

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