Brewed by Shepherd Neame
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Faversham, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 786   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
Bottle and can: Filtered.
Launched 1958.
Bishops Finger takes its name from the finger-shaped signposts which pointed pilgrims on their way to the tomb of Thomas a Becket in Canterbury and was the first strong ale to be brewed by Shepherd Neame after malt rationing was eased in the late 1950s. It is one of the UK’s oldest bottled beers, brewed since 1958.
Bishops Finger holds EU Protected Geographical Indication, recognising its unique provenance. Uniquely, it is brewed to a charter which states it can only be brewed by the head brewer on a Friday and that it must be brewed using 100% natural ingredients, Kentish hops and barley, and the brewery’s own artesian mineral water.

Bretwalda's rating

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Bretwalda (6) - Greater London, - JUN 18, 2012
Nothing satisfies me like a Bishops finger...or ten! At least in a Sheapered Neame pub anyway.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Lebo88 (195) - POLAND - NOV 21, 2015
Bottle 500 ml. Roasted malts, caramel aroma. Strong malty taste, not my style again, but I appreciate it’s merits.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Holmen2 (2289) - NORWAY - OCT 28, 2015
Bottle shared with HDI at Cardinal 28.10.15.Pale copper. Small, beige head. Slightly metallic aroma and taste of burnt caramel, brittle and berries. Low carbonation.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
MarcinG (106) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2015
Brazowawe w barwie z mala piana. W zapachu czuc owoce i palony chmiel. Wyrazna gorzka nuta smakowa ale takze posmak karmelu. Ok

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrNosha (726) - Baden Württemberg, Germany, GERMANY - OCT 23, 2015
500ml Flasche mit schöner Optik. Klare bernsteinfarbe, kaum Schaum. Geschmack ist bitter und leicht alkoholisch. Mit Röstmalz und Toffee Tönen.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Kita (1599) - Koper, SLOVENIA - OCT 22, 2015
Bottle, 0.50l, shared with Gregor. Pours clear deep amber color with thin creamy off-white head, poor lacing and average sparkling appearance. Aroma of caramel, grass and some dust. Taste starts with light sweet caramel and mild toasted malt, follows bready, grassy and a bit papery with dry mouthfeel and moderate bitter finish. Light to medium body, slick texture and average carbonation in palate. Seemed very average to me...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BBHansen (504) - Køge, DENMARK - OCT 22, 2015
Bottle @ DØE. Appearance: pours clear amber with ok off-white soapy head and lacing. aroma/taste: barley, bread, hints of caramel and berries. palette medium malty aroma, low to average carbonation, medium body, average sweetness, balanced by an average bitterness, medium duration and an oily texture. Overall: quite ok ESB, but not much hop profile

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fombe89 (1130) - Asturias, SPAIN - OCT 16, 2015
On tap . @Cimmeria, Oviedo 15/10/2015 Color ambar, sabores caramelo, malta, muy agradable de beber

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ZeroDome (83) - GERMANY - OCT 14, 2015
Nut brown color with big white head. Aroma is roasty, little caramel and malt, fresh and fruity. Taste is roasty with a good malt body. Spicey and earthy hop notes. Finish is hoppy, bitter, more dry than malty. Carbonation is lively, maybe little bit too high for english ESB. Good beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bbertels (263) - NORWAY - OCT 8, 2015
Bottle. Nice malty aroma, moderate carbonation. Reddish ale and a very, very nice full bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Towey1989 (969) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2015
Bottle. Pours a clear nut brown colour with a foamy white head. Aroma of caramel, red berries, subtle orange, slight nuts and spicy, earthy hops. Taste is quite fruity of caramel, light roasted malts, red berries, slight nuts and spicy, earthy hops. Light bodied and soft carbonation. A slightly roasted, earthy hop bitterness in the finish. A quintessential British ESB, malty, fruity and bitter. Simple and average overall but well balanced.

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