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


on tap

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RATINGS: 778   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Straling (364) - Hoensbroek, - SEP 16, 2012
Bottle 50cl. Pours a clear amber colour with intense carbonation and lots of foam for a bitter. Aroma is fruity and yeasty, some notes of caramel there. Taste is very fruity and fresh, not bitter at all.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bbertels (255) - 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 (804) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LasseVPedersen (312) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - OCT 3, 2015
Bottle, 50cl. Pours nutty brown color with an off-white head. Stable, small bubbles. Aroma of dark, roasted malts, red fruits, caramel, weak spices and little hops. Caramel, creamed and roasted malts with some fruit in the taste. Average to high carbonation. Semibitter flavour and finish Average body..

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
koshack (712) - Gdańsk, POLAND - SEP 30, 2015
Kolor ciemnego bursztynu, klarowne. Aromat lekko chmielowy, świeży. W smaku gorzki karmel, pozostawia przyjemny posmak. Goryczka średnia, krótka.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
facefck (12) - POLAND - SEP 28, 2015
Klarowne w kolorze ciemnego bursztynu; gęsta piana szybko opada i zostaje dosyć cienka warstwa, ale za to ładnie oblepia szkło. W zapachu głównie karmel, w smaku przyjemna goryczka plus karmel. Kupione w lidlu za jakieś 4 złote, warto.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rafael52 (395) - Łódź, POLAND - SEP 27, 2015
Kolor: miedziany, klarowny.
Piana: obfita, drobnopęcherzykowa, trwała.
Zapach: słodowy, chlebowy, lekko owocowy, melanoidynowy, karmelowy, dość wyraźne aromaty chmielowe, ziołowe, tytoniowe.
Smak: smukłe, w kierunku wytrawnego, z dość wyraźnymi nutami słodowymi, głównie chlebowymi, goryczka średnia, ziołowe, delikatne nuty owocowe.
Wysycenie: średnie, w kierunku niskiego.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjs (5469) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 27, 2015
(Bottle, clear glass - 0.5 l, at Viking XPRS, 20150927) The beer poured mahogany coloured and clear. Its head was medium sized and white. Aroma had malts, sweetness and earth. Palate was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were malts, toffee, caramel, earth and bitterness. Aftertaste was malty and bitter. A very malty brew but unfortunately also a bit harsh.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
szymonskc (97) - POLAND - SEP 26, 2015
Fantastyczne! Aromat świetny, karmel, tosty, chmiel. Kolor miedziany. Mocny, wytrawny smak, dosyć szorstki.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
bedzinianin06 (213) - - SEP 23, 2015
Fantastyczna, kremowa piana. Bardzo obfita, gęsta. Super lacing. Barwa miedziana, piwo klarowne. W aromacie słodowe, może lekko ziołowe. NIestety, trochę diacetylu :/ Spora goryczka. Piwo bardzo gładkie, średnio pełne. Średnio wysycone. W smaku słodowe, może delikatny karmel. Pod koniec bardziej wytrawne.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mingos (52) - Gdańsk, POLAND - SEP 22, 2015
Brilliant copper coloured beer with a large off-white head. Nice lacing. Aroma: faint herbal and apple notes on a malty base with a hint of caramel. Taste: medium dry with a dry finish; nutty with a pronounced hop character, herbal and earthy. Medium to high bitterness. Medium low carbonation and medium body. A highly drinkable, though not overly complex beer. Very well balanced. The aroma could be a tad stronger, but otherwise it’s a recommendable one.

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