Brewed by Wigram Brewing Company
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Christchurch, New Zealand
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 2.78/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.81/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Our English style Best Bitter is brewed the tradional way using only the best English malt and hops and top fermenting yeast, with no aded sugars, colouring or preservatives

denimglen's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
denimglen (8) - Auckland, - APR 21, 2009
Really good beer. Aroma of soft malt, some caramel, floral hops, touch of diacetyl and fruit esters. Large pillowy head, sticky lace, stream of fine bubbles, dark copper, awesome retention. Fruity and slightly earthy hops, some ester character, chocolate and toasty mid-palate, balanced, sharpish bitter finish, slightly minerally. Medium body, slightly over carbed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Skarecrow (230) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 22, 2016
500ml bottle BB 11/2/2017 Hoppy fruity nose with a touch of peach Poured a hazy burnt orange with residual head. Good bitterness with a nice lingering hoppy finish Loved the old school style bottle and label. Nice one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
skortila (5298) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JAN 26, 2014
Bottled. New Zealand holiday 2011-12. Old notes. Arama has citric, bit floral hoppiness. Clear, copper coloured with an off-white head. The taste is light bitter, citric and a bit caramel malty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oakes (15651) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 9, 2013
Cloudy amber w thin head. Aroma is subtle earthy and mushroomy stuff, w a little bit of caramel. Caramelly, a touch yeasty, not really Bristolian, definitely new world.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 24, 2012
Hazy reddish amber with a the makings of a white head. Nothing wrong with the way it looks. Aromas of malt and stonefruit. Plenty of carbonation. Flavours reminiscent of bitter coffee and charry pastry. Not bad but not earth shattering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
buzz_and_hum (153) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 28, 2010
500ml bottle. Rich brown pour, but head fades too fast for my liking. Solidly warm nutty aroma with a resiny hop undertone. Medium bitterness, slightly sweet on the tounge. Solid carbonation, not too fizzy nor too soft, body not as full as I would’ve liked from a bitter. Warm bitter aftertaste lasts until next sip. Nothing to exciting here, but nothing I won’t say no to in the futre.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beer4eternity (217) - Tauranga, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 3, 2010
500ml bottle. Brown amber hue, small white mostly diminishing head, some lacing. Aromas of malty caramel, toffee, strong "Christmas pudding" fruit, spice, apricot. Mild to moderate sweetness especially for a bitter, moderate bitterness. Long dry finish, light carbonation. Numbed the front half of my tongue. Nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bluebetty (1021) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 10, 2009
Bottle. Pours a wonderful deep mahongany with a nice offwhite head. Aromas are quite floral with some malt. A little strange to be honest. Falvours of sweet malt, toffee and nuts. Reasonably bitter on the finish with some resiny hops.on the finish. Nicely balanced and mouthfeel is just about perfect. Strange aromas distracted a little from what would have been a really nice beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
bluevegie (3071) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 30, 2009
Bright, clear amber body with a lasting head. Whilst this beer doesn’t taste offensive it has a slight infection that dominates the palate and so not a true rating.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (9543) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 8, 2009
Bottle. Clear dark amber brown with a lively almond coloured head that leaves nice lacing down the glass. Nutty toffee aroma. Nice toasty flavour, roasted nuts, toffee, hints of chocolate. Bitter finish. Very flavourful with a nice smooth mouthfeel. Delicious.

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