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


on tap

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RATINGS: 130   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
doubelknv3 (1049) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
downender (6880) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgarvieuk (16998) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 28, 2008
Cask at JDW edinburgh ... Amber ... light sweet fruity hop ... buiscuity with a slight grapefruit hop linger .

   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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
berkshirejohn (5090) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sm89walt (1799) - 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)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (10610) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 20, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2010 Draught (Pickerel Inn, Cambridge) Amber, sparkler head. Lightly hoppy aroma. Zesty bitter taste. Pleasant sweet maltiness. Maybe emasculated by the sparkler. Hint of mushroom. (4-3-7-3-13=3.0)
Rerate: 500ml bottle (M^S) - As marks & spencers norfolk bitter
Nice nutty aroma. Fairly simple bitter taste. However, it excels in the finish - really nutty and packed with resiny bitterness (6-4-6-4-13=3.3)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2007
A Mes rate: Cask from JDW. Golden coloured with a reasonable head. Spicy ginger nose. Nicely balanced with a bitter finish. Reasonably enjoyable considering its comparative lack of character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thebeertourist (5077) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 5, 2007
Bottle. Hazy amber, big creamy white head, so far so good, but also with big chunks of sediment floating around. Nice hoppy citrus aroma. Good bitter flavours, nice fruitiness and a hint of toffee. Quite dry. Medium-bodied and smooth. Turned out quite nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 27, 2006
500ml, bottle conditioned, bought from the brewery Pours a clear amber with a nice malt and hops aroma. The palate is just right for this sort of ale and the taste is a good balance of malt and bitterness. Overall, a decent no-nonsense session ale but I have to say that the bottled version is a lot blander than the cask original.

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