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


on tap

Regional Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 93   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.83/5   EST. CALORIES: 123   ABV: 4.1%
Filtered and pasteurised and served under pressure from a keg only.
Originally known as Sovereign Best Bitter

   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
ManVsBeer (8769) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2012
Golden head with a thick creamy white head, although a diluted bitterness for its taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheCametron (2369) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
knickskicks (1151) - - JUL 24, 2012
On tap. Golden, white head. Biscuits, some lemon. Bitter finish. Ordinary bitter.

   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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beersiveknown (5065) - NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 15, 2012
Clear amber with creamy foam head. Rich malt, slight lemon hop flavours, clean biscuit malt finish. Bit cold

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
deanso (9213) - 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 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
jackl (7069) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, 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 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
superflyguy (437) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2012
not very good. really quite a thin palate with little going on in the malt or hop departments. a little bitterness in the finish is all there is to write home about.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
stravale (2847) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - MAR 29, 2012
Keg @ Cramond Inn, Edinburgh
Amber, clear, bubbly thin dense head
Aroma of light cereal hops, light malt.
Taste of light biscuity malt, bit of weetabix, light toffee, not great, bit metallic
Palate - medium carb, thin body. Finish of biscuity malt and quite metallic finish
Overall - Quite metallic here - worth a re-rate..... certainly below average today

We Want To Hear From You

Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »

Page  1 2  3  4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Tick this beer for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Copyright © 2000-2016,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
about us
About RateBeer
New Beers
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50