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Townshend Old House ESB

Brewed by Townshend Brewery
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Upper Moutere, Nelson, New Zealand
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.21/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
No commercial description

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TedE (1015) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 16, 2016
Taster at Belaire Tavern, Nelson. No obvious aroma. Light brown beer with small white head. Low carbonation. Malty, smoky, bitter. All very restrained. There’s a touch of pepper and sourness in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
waiake (606) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 3, 2015
500ml bottle that I really enjoyed poured golden brown & lacy with a malty nutty aroma the taste is quite similar malt nut fruit & earthy flavours smooth quality blend went down well

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
tombutlin (238) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 29, 2015
Dave tasted it before I did. "Smells like home brew" he said. Maybe that’s what the brewer wanted, but this takes me back to the 80s, and not in a good way, where life is full of opportunity, but when your flatmate brews his own and does an OK job of it

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DylansDad (591) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 11, 2015
Nutty aroma with a touch of yeast and astringency that is immediately noticed in the taste. Taste is close to porter, its pretty good, but unexceptional and a little over-dominated by a slightly metallic sourness. But, hey, maybe that’s the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kiwianer (3428) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 17, 2013
The head is good, the body red-brown. It smells maltaromatic, sweet, malty. The taste is malty, sweet, grain, bit hoppy, In the aftertaste bit sour-sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cantabrian (990) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 5, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2014 From the comments below, seems to me way different from the beer of 2-3 years ago. Very cloudy amber, chicken broth cloudy, really, with a beige head that hangs around, no matter what. Little to whiff, exempt for a faint aroma of pale lager. The referred sweetness is vague, mostly hidden under a rather strong grassy, citrus bitterness. This wouldn’t have been my first choice, as I’d have expected more of that paradoxical sweet, more mellow, malty, "bitter". Still, it’s not bad!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
craiggyNZ (9) - - JUN 28, 2013 does not count
Handpump at HZ. My definition of a session ale. My glass evaporated before me. Nothing hugely 'in your face' going on, but I could happily have another (and another..) ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
beer-yum (1368) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 12, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2015 A solid bitter beer. Nothing special - but enjoyable nonetheless. Would not skip a session fuelled by this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
lisagirl (264) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 29, 2013
i only had this recently, but oddly can’t remember much about it. all i remember was typical a middle-of-the-road session with pleasant fruit and bitterness. was nice anyway.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ShaneJ (832) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 9, 2013
Bottle from Plonk. A really nice english bitter, classic ESB aromas and flavours. Loved it.

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