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Theakston Best Bitter

Brewed by Theakston
Style: Bitter
Masham, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 140   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.76/5   EST. CALORIES: 114   ABV: 3.8%
Cask; Regular.
Changed from 3.6% to 3.8% in 2004.
Previously brewed under contract at John Smiths at Tadcaster due to lack of capacity at Masham. Production returned to Masham in 2009.
This fine, golden coloured beer has a full flavour that lingers pleasantly on the palate. With a good bitter-sweet balance this beer has a robust hop character described as citrus and spicy. It’s a refreshing and very satisfying pint – noted for the aroma of its Fuggles and dry hopping strain Golding to add to its characteristic Theakston aroma.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Itstasty (49) - East Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 10, 2016
Cask. Superb delivery at the Cover Bridge inn East Witton Yorkshire. Bronze with a solid off white head. Floral on the nose without being sickly. Medium mouthfeel, classic English (Yorkshire) bitter. Nice balance of fruitiness and hops with just the right amount of bitterness. Not over complex and great for slaking....

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
rdb84 (559) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 26, 2016
Draft. Dark gold almost amber, small head. A: slightly sour, malts, light lemon. T: follows aroma, low carbonation, bitter finish with note of apple sourness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Vladivostok (452) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2016
A little more flavoursome than I remember it from either Carlisle or Tadcaster. Little aroma but a pleasant taste of toffee and with adequate bitterness. Not a classic but more likeable than many well-established bitters.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Stuu666 (10877) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 21, 2016
Cask at kays bar. Pours clear golden, nose is floral, grassy, toffee, taste is sweet, creamy, toffee, grassy.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
redders1974 (1005) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2015
Nothing out of the ordinary but it's sometimes the simple things done well that are decent about bitter sweet toffe with hops at end small lasting white head pint at red lion whit worth mid walk.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Hippoman (646) - Durham, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2015
Cask at The Big Jug, Durham, £2.35/pint. Brown beer with a creamy off-white head. Wet cardboard and bread in nose.Taste is a little sweet with butter, diacetyl, popcorn and some biscuit in a short slightly bitter finish. Not good by today’s beer standards.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
bigbish (688) - California, USA - SEP 15, 2015
Wrote down a score ages ago but ni5 any tasting notes. Recording for posterity. Good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
allmyvinyl (9562) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 6, 2015
Cask at Cask, Scarborough. Pours clear golden, thin white head. Aromas of light lemon, grassy hops, light malt. Taste is light sweet, faint lemon. Standard.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zimbo (907) - SCOTLAND - MAY 2, 2015
Looks fine. Medium copper brown. Some malg and yeast on the nose. Relatively firm bodied and structurally sound. Palate is vague with metallic and some malty qualities but generally this lacks identity and engagement.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
erickok (5462) - Leuven, BELGIUM - APR 21, 2015
Very mild aroma, quite sweet and not complex. Yeast is dominant yet mild in manner. Traditional and quite dull. Especially the taste is more uninteresting than needed. (On cask at Leeds airport bar)

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