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Brewed by Woodfordes
Style: Bitter
Norwich, England
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 124   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask: Regular. Also Bottle Conditioned.
Originally the house beer for Limes Hotel in Fakenham.
Ingredients: Maris Otter; Crystal malt; Goldings hops.
A full-bodied pale amber beer with the rich flavour of Dundee cake. Sultana fruitiness is balanced by a hoppy bitterness, to give a full, but light feel. The finish continues to develop into a warm, mellow glow


2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
MiP (13782) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - OCT 3, 2008
Bottle, 4.5%. Good fruity aroma. Cloudyd orange colour. Citric flavour, hint of plastic. Some metal. Could have been OK, but has some off-flavours.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bobinlondon (1257) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2008
Gravity cask at Lord Nelson, Burnham Thorpe, Norfolk. Light copper with a small lacy head. Hop nose is reminiscent of Wherry but this has more body from the extra alcohol. Overall a really good beer, that I would have been happy to drink all afternoon.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DruncanVeasey (7315) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JUL 11, 2008
Bottle conditioned, as M&S ’Norfolk Bitter’. Initially neat Ribena cordial aroma (BLACKCURRANT, with a whisper of strawberry), then something altogether deeper and mustier takes over. It’s fat ripe hedgerow fruit with a waft of onion and green stemmy leafiness= HOPS. It’s brazen, bulbous, very fruity, and shouting "GOLDINGS!!", and I like it. Bright ruby clarity with fine white suds dying to a slick. No surprises beyond the nose, just more berry fruit and biscuit. Tangy red bitter strangely not a million miles from the M&S ’Yorkshire Bitter’ I just saw off. Not especially arsed if it’s a decent brew, and this is. Another impressive offering from Norfolk.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
CH-303 (1469) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - JUL 1, 2008
Appearance: Light brown. Small amount of fizzy, shortlived head. Some sediments. Aroma: Malt and some fruit and hops. Taste: Rather bitter, some malt and citric. Bitter, unpleasant aftertaste. Info: 500ml bottle, 22/1-2008

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
doubelknv3 (992) - Illinois, USA - JUN 28, 2008
Tasting notes from 2004 Banbury Beer festival. Amber with medium head. Fruit, hops, and woody aroma. Citrus, biscuit, mild sweet fruit, and balancing hops. Full-bodied with dry, hop finish. Nice session bitter.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
downender (6521) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 30, 2008
Cask-conditioned at the Knights Templar (JDW), Bristol 30/3/08. Deep amber coloured with a decent white head. Aroma of red fruit and grassy hops. Malty flavour with some citrus fruit and a touch of caramel. Good.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgarvieuk (15163) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 28, 2008
Cask at JDW edinburgh ... Amber ... light sweet fruity hop ... buiscuity with a slight grapefruit hop linger .

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
HarryFlashman (469) - Chatham, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2008
Sampled as M&S Norfolk bitter - sweet and fruity. Lacking a bit of hops, but plenty of malt. Pretty good

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
berkshirejohn (4674) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2008 500ml bottle of M&S Norfolk Bitter. Gold with a thin white head, slightly hazy; citrus aroma with disturbing farmyard hints; soft and full-bodied with a smooth syrupy mouthfeel; rounded bitter finish. Very drinkable.

Cask at the Hope Tap (JDW), Reading. Hazy gold with a creamy white head; pear and apple flavours; dry finish. Not very inspiring.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sm89walt (1780) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 17, 2007
UPDATED: APR 6, 2011 Update: 06/04/11. Cask - Kings Head Hotel, Hoveton. Really drinkable bitter with good balance on the English hops, just a touch of a toasty, sulphurous quality on the nose. Marmalade bittersweetness on the tongue. Cask - Hog in Armour, Norwich. Pours a clear amber with a 1 finger frothy off-white head. Good caramel malt aromas with a grassy hop balance. Sweetish caramel malt flavours followed by some dry toastiness and a dry hop finish. Soft mouthfeel, fairly low carbonation and a lingering bitterness. (1/1/2010) Initial Rating Date: 9/17/2007 - 6/3/7/3/13 (Cask - Fur & Feather, Woodbastwick)


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