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


on tap

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RATINGS: 178   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.09/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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 (743) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stuedmaster (315) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 3, 2015
12 oz. bottle, pour is reddish amber with a slight head, no retention or lacing. Aroma of bread, grass, and sweet malt. Well balanced flavor, quite dry with the right amount of bitterness, slightly sour. Light caramel with tart, fruity accents. This is a good session ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nickel (775) - - OCT 27, 2015
Good caramelish aroma with notes of malt. Taste of caramel and pekrusin, slightly tart Bittersweet aftertaste

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
uckelman (472) - Durham, ENGLAND - SEP 23, 2015
Pours amber, with a bit of tan head. Aroma is reminiscent of jam and, oddly, iced tea. Medium body, really coats the inside of your mouth. Mineral finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sinfull (1197) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 20, 2015
Copper color; medium-sized , off-white head. Aroma of caramel, fruits , butterscotch. Sweetness in the beginning is changed by astringency and moderate bitterness in the end . Low carbonation , medium body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beeebon (336) - Cornwall, ENGLAND - JUN 17, 2015
Surprisingly nice bitter, rich copper in colour when poured from bottle with little to no head. Aroma is sweet malt but not cloyingly so and a general fruitiness. Taste is medium sweet and lightly bitter which balances nicely.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
redders1974 (510) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAY 17, 2015
Better than you average bitter nice in the glass good balance very sessionable

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sinte (432) - 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 (286) - 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 (3355) - 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 (6008) - 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.

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