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


on tap

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RATINGS: 133   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.76   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
thomat (2631) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 23, 2011
Pale amber with a medium white head. Fruity with some hop notes. Fruit, malt and hops. Medium to light body with dry finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
superflyguy (431) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2011
looks like beer, tastes like beer. it is beer! but nothing else. malt and caramel notes and a little fruit. not very bitter. very average, but drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AleManTom (195) - Chapel en le Frith, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - JUL 11, 2011
Had it this after a half of XB and think it lacked a bit taste wise. Very average sort of bitter and that’s what I give it, average ratings, however not a beer I’d turn down a pint of!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
greenmanalishi (499) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2011
A very middle-of-the road malty, caramel bitter. Better than John Smiths, but in that kind of sessionable but bland bracket.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
txspartan (985) - Berchem, BELGIUM - MAR 5, 2011
Maybe companies should refrain from labelling something as ’best’, when really, it isn’t.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oakes (13600) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 11, 2010
@ Queen Hotel, Swansea. Amber. Thick sparkler head. Mellow malty character with a mild caramel accent on the palate. Quick, sessionable pint. The nose has a nice spicy hop accent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
fonefan (39393) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2010

Cask (handpump) @ NWAF 10, National Winter Ales Festival, The Venue, Sheridan Suite, Manchester, England.

Clear medium amber orange color with a small to average, fizzy, good lacing, mostly lasting - diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, toasted, molasses, caramel, fruity, light hoppy, light yeasty, UK yeast. Flavor is moderate sweet and light bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft to flat. [20100122]

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Papsoe (25073) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 2, 2010
Cask. Clear deep golden with hardly any head. Lightly tart, fruity nose. Thin and watery, a little nutiness with a vague underlying tartness. No real bitterness. Extremely thin and bland. 220110

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
TBone (14272) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 20, 2010
Draught@Le Moulin de Lecq, Jersey
Clear copper-amber color, steady creamy off-white head. Aroma is nutty, woody smooth (nitro) palate. Light flavors. Some nutty and caramelly notes, light bitterness. Bland.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gary (1664) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 27, 2010
cask. Theakston old was a beer that I uesta love ,7 years ago when I was 21. Yet I expected nothing but a flat ,warm and boring brew with this Theakston offering and got what I visualized , just like everything in my life .,
Headless and soulless beer. Everything is dusty , the yeast and fruity apple esters...spicy rounded hop...caramel malt sweetness. Its ok but subdued and lacking interest.

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