waiake (606) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - APR 6, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle poured dark brown & frothy the aroma is malt & hops tastes similar malty hoppy finishing slightly fruity bitter & dry
GlassBrass440 (315) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 19, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle. Pours ruby red with a shy, off white head. Floral notes on the nose. Citrus flowers. Backed by some caramel aromas and a bog-like character that, despite my descriptor, is quite nice. Flavor brings caramel malts and a slight biscuity component. Well balanced bitterness makes it easy drinking and keeps the sweetness in check. As is often the case with bottled versions of pub styles, the carbonation is higher than I’d like, but it’s by no means offensive. This is a nice beer to have with lunch.
BestBitter (2) - NEW ZEALAND - DEC 7, 2014 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
My comments are re the 500 mL bottled version of the three boys best bitter. I am finding I am seeking out this best bitter. It has a strong hoppy bitter finish on the palate and a malty taste as one drinks it.
I’ve tried a few mates out on it as well and they always comment about bitterness.
Hard to find. I’m told it sells fast when hand pulled from a cask at a bar in Newmarket.
Travlr (20325) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 30, 2014
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Cask, handpull. Clear deep amber color, thin head with decent retention. Aroma of caramel, light biscuit, subtle citrus. Taste is malty with some lemony bitterness at the finish. Very drinkable, but very subtle.
beer-yum (1243) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 18, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2013 A good example of the breed that is definitely sessionable. A good choice if you are looking for a low alcohol brew.
kiwianer (3428) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The head is good, the body brown and a bit cloudy. It smells bitter, hoparomatic, bit fruity. The taste is bitter, hoppy, aromatic, darkmalty,nice.
lisagirl (264) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 23, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
yet another best bitter that is all too subdued, good malt base and everything i suppose. there was a bit of lemon there that spiced things up, overall just ’good’...i suppose i have a little bias against the genre. meh.
omega (885) - NEW ZEALAND - FEB 9, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Malt and caramel on the nose. Had to wait for the beer to warm up a bit as it was a little too cold and the flavours were muted. However once warm up this beer start to come out of its shell. A nice dry bitterness that lingers engages the palate.
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lustrous coppery amber in colour with a firm collar of creamy white head (on handpull, bless). Aromas dominated by pale malt, golden syrup, self-saucing pudding, rosehip and other deep, sweet floral characters. The flavour is brassy and typically of British bitter, a style I’m particularly prone to loving incidentally. Excellent length and bitterness but with definite malty sweetness. Long finishing. Essentially a perfect session pint.