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Shepherd Neame Best Bitter

Formerly brewed at Shepherd Neame
Style: Bitter
Faversham, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.13/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05/5   EST. CALORIES: 123   ABV: 4.1%
Cask: Regular. Limited distribution; mostly replaced by Master Brew.
"Mellow brown, with a rich malt flavour and the distinctive tang of Target and Goldings hops".

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2005
CASK. Amber colour with a small off-white head. Light sweet caramel aroma and a light sweet bitter dry taste. Medium body and a bitter dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2005
Cask conditioned. Amber, no head. A bit too thin and watery. Slightly dry and bitter finish. Quite average and ordinary.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2004
Cask conditioned - handpump - Mabels Tavern Mabeldon Place nr Kings Cross (RB London Xmas Crawl 2004). An amber coloured bitter which is mostly dry but has hints of hop in the taste. It is very easy to drink and is a well balanced session bitter. Just a bit ordinary.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2004
Cask conditioned at Mabelís Tavern, Near Kings Cross/St Pancras, London
A dry, fruity bitter - with some unrefined bitterness. The Masterbrew was sampled alongside, and they were similar, but the masterbrew has the edge.
Sampled on the Ratebeer London Meetup & Pub Crawl, December 2004. With Silktork, Chris_o & Maeib

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
fiulijn (19385) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 1, 2004
Cask Conditioned
Amber color. Honestly, a simple Bitter, with some caramel taste, pretty high bitterness at the end, light metallic, not enough aromatic.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheBeerGod (6029) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 2, 2004
Cask at the Olde Red Cow in London. Hazed, deepened red tinged amber body. Minimal creamy white head. Earthy aroma but containing mild hop notes. taste is bitter but not too overdone. Some mild caramel mixed with faint citrus notes. Medium feel along with a light carbonation tingle. Finish is bitter and lingers trading off with an odd fruity note.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sigmund (6746) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 11, 2004
Cask conditioned at The Spanish Galleon, Greenwich, London. Served at cellar temperature. Copper coloured, low head. Fruity aroma. Flavour is malty and nutty with a nice bitterness. Good beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - MAR 4, 2004
Cask Conditioned, at Ye Olde Red Cow, Smithfields, London.
Must have walked past this pub a thousand times and never thought to look in. Well, tonight was different, tonight I was being more thorough, slightly more desperate. After consulting the P900, the must have phone raterís of beer, I moved in on this beer. Amber with a fine bone head. Lovely hoppy aroma, that smells like fresh hops when rubbed between your fingers. Soft smooth malt body which fills out the palate nicely. Very impressed with this bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2004
Copper coloured. Very hoppy, in the usual Shepherd Neame style, with an attendant assertive bitterness. Some balancing malt in the aroma and a hint of balancing sweetness on the palate. Finishes dry and clean. Vey well balanced and easy to drink (provided, that is, you like your beer wel-hopped). Handpump, Shepherd Neame brewery tap, April 2003.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SilkTork (5565) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JUN 13, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2004 Cask. Live. 4.1%
June, 2003: Mackland Arms, Rainham - a Shepís pub. Pub is scruffy with torn bench seats, but the beer is crisp and refreshing, in excellent condition, and the landlord is cheerful. Best Bitter is hard to find these days, but itís delicate fruit aroma and fragrant hop bite is a genuine delight. [3.4]
Dec, 2004: Mabelís Tavern, Kings Cross - a Shepís pub. A rare chance to try the Best and its replacement Master Brew side by side. The Best came over as a decent session bitter. Initially it seemed to lack the fresh hop bite and healthy whoosh of the Master Brew, giving off perhaps more malty notes; but by the end we got the beers confused and couldnít tell them apart. London Xmas Crawl.[2.9]

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