Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: Bitter
Bedford, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 277   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07/5   EST. CALORIES: 123   ABV: 4.1%
Cask: Regular.
"Glorious English"
ABV reduced from 4.3% to 4.1% in 2011.
Ingredients: Water from Charles Wells well; Pale Malt; Crushed Crystal Malt; Challenger and Goldings hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ferris (11037) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 6, 2013
Cask - Roasted grains on the nose. Clear amber with a nice thick off white head. Roasted grains, light hops and a very almost non existent bitterness. Very light and easily sessionable, just very tasteless and no body at all.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rune (10838) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAR 19, 2008
Cask, half pint, at Calthorpe Arms, Holborn. Deep dark amber body under thin beige head. Firm lacing on the glass. Moderate aroma of dark caramel. More caramel malts in flavour added by a fruity component and a woody touch. Smooth bitter ending (11.03.2008).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Meilby (10774) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 1, 2011
Can 500ml @ home
Pours clear amber with a white head. Aroma is fruity with notes of caramel. Taste is metallic light bitter with a dry finish. Light body, oily texture, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KimJohansen (10411) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - DEC 23, 2009
Clear golden with a tiny white head. Sweet aroma with floral hops, malt and hints of caramel. Sweet flavour with malt, caramel, floral hops and pine. Finished bitter.nice

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Maria (10215) - Thisted, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2008
Cask version, lower ABV than bottle. Copper color and nice, creamy head. The aroma is malty with a lot of caramel and a some fruit. The flavour is not nearly as bitter as I remember it from my very early rating of the bottle version - but my taste has changed. Actually the bitterness is low, it’s more malty with roasted notes of caramel and some fruit. Uncomplicated and refreshing.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
rosenbergh (9922) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 17, 2011
Cask at The Cauliflower, Ilford, England.
Clear amber colour with small creamy white head. Mild malty aroma. Caramel malty flavour with some mild bitterness. Smooth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
deyholla (9815) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2012
Cask at the Earls Court Tavern with Sarah. Pours a clear amber with a near white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has notes of sweet grains with some caramel and a bit of sweet bread. Flavor has a good amount of grain throughout with a light sweetness and a hint of floral hops.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
leaparsons (9603) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2005 Cask, New Road Inn, Leicester. Bronze with a dense cream head. Aromas are light toffee malts with gentle fruitiness and some nuttiness. Flavours are light, bitter, dry hops. Not very malty. Has some pepper sensation, along with metal, on the finish. Very easy to drink in a not very complex sense.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Fin (9296) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 18, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2008 Cask conditioned at the Red Lion, Wendlebury, Oxon, 16-07-06 . Poured a standard brown colour with a slight head and a hint of haze probably suggesting that this was maybe getting a bit tired in the cask. Not in the least bit impressed with this. It tasted a bit malty, bitterer than I remembered I considered taking it back but in truth it wasn’t off, had no vinergary notes to it and maybe is a different beer to how I recall it. I should try this again as I reckon the it tastes better picked up from a supermarket in a bottle than it did here A5 A3 F4 P2 Ov 7 . Cask, The Unicorn Hotel, Deddington, Oxon, 27-10-08 Pours deep reddy/amber in colour with white head. The aroma is quite maly with a touch of sweet dark fruits, like dates or similar. Taste is really quite uncomplicated, its fruity, sweet and malty, some dried fruits carry through some of the sweetness and it can get just a little tiring after a bit, but I felt a re-rate was in order as this wasn’t a bad pint at all. A6 A5 F6 P3 Ov 11 .

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DJMonarch (9178)
- Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2010 1. Cask Hadnpump at the Penny Black, Northwich (JDW) 30/05/2000 Bitter with a malty aftertaste. 2. Cask Handpump at Wetherspoons, Chester (JDW) 21/03/2001 Slightly fruity with a malty aftertaste. 3. Cask Handpump at the Hand & Flower, Kensington 08/08/2002 Amber mid brown slightly fruity. Malty hop finish. 4. Cask Handpump at the Penny Black, Northwich 30/09/2002 Copper sweet and malty with a slightly dry finish. 5. Cask Handpump at the Penny Black, Northwich 02/10/2002 6. Cask Handpump at the Cross Keys, Knutsford 26/03/2004 Copper amber slightly fruity. Smooth bitter full malt finish. 7. Cask Handpump at the Cross Keys, Crewe 28/12/2007 Malt aroma. Small white head. Mid brown coloured smooth on the palate and malty with a crisp and fruity slightly dry finish. 8. Cask Handpump at the City Road Inn, Manchester 17/03/2008 Floral and hop aromas. White head. Amber coloured with some sour fruit flavour. Crisp and bitter full malt finish. 9. Cask Handpump at the Lion, Sandbach 02/01/2010 Fruity aroma. Mid brown coloured and fruity with a little bitterness and dryness in a lasting malt finish. 10. Cask Handpump at the Lion, Sandbach 03/01/2010 Some floral aroma. Mid brown coloured smooth on the palate and malty with a dry and slightly bitter finish.

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