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


on tap

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RATINGS: 172   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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Bottle: Pasteurised.
First brewed in the 1980s.
This is our premium strength bitter, ruby coloured with a rich flavour and full body. The balance between bitterness and fruitiness from the Bramling Cross and Fuggle hops used give XB the distinctively complex aroma, making it the beer to savour.

hman43's rating

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
hman43 (490) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - MAY 17, 2013
This brew doesn’t have a very strong aroma. It has a ruby color, the head isn’t strong, but does cling to the glass. It has a slight bitterness to it and a decent taste, but not overly favorable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sinte (390) - Udine, ITALY - FEB 19, 2015
Bottle 0.5L. Deep copper body with average, frothy, white head, mostly lasting with some lacing; average density of tiny bubbles. Moderate malty (caramel, light toasted) and light-to-moderate hoppy (flowers) aroma with some fruity notes. Moderate bitter and light-to-moderate sweet flavour with some light acidic note. Medium body with oily texture; soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
christhoel (282) - chesterfield, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - OCT 9, 2014
red, clear, minimal head, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, medium body, thin feel, soft carbonation, ruby beer with a nice steady head. The aroma is malty and light and the flavour is smooth and malty with a slightly dry finish. Overall a excellent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chinchill (2686) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 19, 2014
Hazy copper with a decent bubbly head. Medium-light body. The flavor is similar to the aroma in quality but much stronger. Fine fruity, malty flavor.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MichaelAwesome (5167) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - SEP 14, 2014
Vernünftiges Bitter mit etwas zuviel Bitterkeit für mich, jedoch mit angenehmen Hopfen, ein paar Früchten. Dazu brotige und getreidige Anklänge. Ganz ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
McTapps (5170) - Ruhrcity, GERMANY - SEP 14, 2014
The beer pours out in a clear amber colour with airy steady head and medium body. Aroma of bitter hops, barley and grass. Taste of bitter hops, barley, straw, malt and flowers. Hints of bread and herbs. Nice one, solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tnkw01 (1279) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 8, 2014
Bottle. A dark gold color. Aroma is a perfumey, malty with some balance. Taste is really good. Great balance witha slight sweet after taste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
douglas88 (6818) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 24, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear copper color with a small white head. A light fruity nose with metal and caramel. Mellow fruity malts, paper, toffee light yeast. Ok. Drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mr_Pink_152 (1531) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2014
500ml bottle from Sainsburys. Dark copper beer, no head. Aroma of fruity malts. Taste is also fruit and malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hfmejias (925) - Dover, Delaware, USA - JUL 13, 2014
Poured clear, copper in color, nice off white head. Aroma of caramel, grain and malts. taste is also sweet, biscuit notes, nice bitterness towards the end. drinkable, perfect for sitting down at the bar and having a few.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
GoufCustom (972) - HONG KONG - MAY 12, 2014

500 ml bottle bought at Wellcome Superstore in Sheung Shui.

Clear copper brown colour; Near zero head and residual soapy white foam which faded in 5 seconds; No lacing and zero carbonation; Slightly fragrant and sweet aroma of amber malt, with fairly light plum and dark fruits, light caramel and toffee, light sugar, hints of cardboard, very light mustiness and faint grass; Mid to light sweet taste of light malt, with Cola, shades of red fruits, molasses notes, bread, light biscuits, faint lemon and hints of bitter grassy hops; Light body, watery palate; Mouth feel is very light and easy going Bitter with traits of dark lager-like sweet maltyness. Heavily thinned by wheats, its taste is mostly just Cola and faint red fruits. Light bread make up the rest, as lack of carbo makes this one like a flat tire… Hoppiness is faint grass nose, light lemon and hint of grass in taste. Bitterness is bare minimal for mostly thin-malty finish; Slightly dry after taste, very easy to mouth.

Comments: This one is nearly devoid of carbonation, so the overall taste is flat and uninspiring. Imagine some good dose of CO2 can revitalize this brew, which should have been lively and fun to enjoy. Oh well, I drink to forget.

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