Brewed by Windsor & Eton
Style: Bitter
Windsor, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 93   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12/5   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
Cask: Regular.
Our first beer and we have high hopes that one day our pump clip will become as recognisable around Windsor as the Guard’s bearskin hats that the design it is based upon. Guardsman Best Bitter is a copper-coloured session strength ale with a tangy taste, smoothed by oak conditioning and a really fresh hop. It is brewed with premium Maris Otter pale malt and a blend of Pilgrim, Styrian Golding and Fuggles hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mr_h (4757) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - JUL 31, 2013
500ml bottle courtesy of Valhalla’s Goat, Glasgow - clear copper coloured, thin off-white head, fruity, sweet malty aroma, nicely balanced sweet malty beer, moderate carbonation, very easy to drink

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johndoughty (4986) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2014
Bottle. Bronze and clear. Small head and well bottled. Pleasant bitterness with a hint of malt.Almost sherry like and slightly smoked. More complex than I anticipated. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (18527) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 2, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2014 Cask at the Union Tavern - Westbourne Park, London. Courtesy of Paddy during the W&E event. Pours clear, amber-brown with a soft, creamy head. Nose holds some lightly toasted brown bread with traces of dirt and leaves. Light sweet flavor with toasty brown bread, mellow bitterness, some toasty sugars. Light bodied with fine carbonation. Good condition. Balanced finish, nice toasted malt foundation with a delicate leafy and toasted grass bitterness. Great bitter overall. I could easily drink this by the pint. (June 2013, Score: 3.8)

Bottle at home in London - sourced from London Beers. Pours perfectly clear russet with a creamy, off-white head. The aroma holds mellow toffee, brown bread, ripening berries. The flavor is light-medium sweet with lots more bready malts, some toasty grains, old toffee, fruit leather, wood. Light bodied with fine to average carbonation. Sweet finish with slight toasted leaf bitterness, some dry caramel, dried fruits, berries, grains, simple brown bread. Not bad overall but it doesn’t sing the way it does on cask. (September 2014, Score: 3.3)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (44144) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 6, 2011

Bottle 500ml.

Clear medium amber orange color with a small to average, frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, white head. Aroma is moderate to light heavy malty, hay, straw, caramel, moderate hoppy, orange - citrus, flowers. Flavor is moderate to light heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, hay - straw. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20110325]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (13867) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 4, 2011
Cask (Harp, RBESG Friday)
Beautifully rich bitter. Malty body. Great full beer. Doesn’t burst outside the bitter formula, but the oak aged aspects give a lovely woodiness to it. Beautifully subtle hops, clearly there, but not punching you in the face. Subtlety done very well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thebeertourist (5187) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 20, 2010
Cask at The Market Porter. Hazy copper brown, small head. Great fruit and toffee. Bitter, but the toffee is mildening. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beersiveknown (5053) - NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 26, 2011
A fruity aroma with a faint metallic twang which thankfully doesn’t run into the taste. Initial red fruit followed my shortbread and maltose with a subtle bitter finish. This is a well balanced beer with medium body and carbonation. Amber in colour with a temporary foamy head and plenty of carbonation continuing to rise. Long leathery-pepper finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (18220) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 8, 2011
Cask at The White Horse, London. Golden beer, small offwhite head. Fruity aroma, malty, some grapes. Fruity flavor, grapes, peach, some spices.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Svesse (7850) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - AUG 13, 2011
(Cask at Bree Louise, Euston, London, 19 July 2011) Amber colour with creamy, beige head. Fruity, malty nose with apricots and orange. Fruity, malty taste with notes of orange, apricots, hints of caramel and a generous citrussy bitterness. Slightly below medium body, with a touch of sweetness. Solid and tasty. Highly drinkable and very nice bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (22102) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2012
2nd May 2011
Clear amber beer, little white head. Crisp palate. Smooth malt, a little sweet. Very well balanced with vibrant fresh orange mild citrus hops, that impart a reasonable bitterness. Finishes smooth and a little fruity. Mildly bitter aftertaste. Somehow the ubiquitous 4.2% English Bitter has been made in to a decent beer!

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