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


on tap

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RATINGS: 182   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Cask: Regular.
A best bitter.
Production moved from Youngs to Wells & Youngs in 2006. Brand acquired solely by Charles Wells in 2011.
Ingredients: Maris Otter and Crystal malts; Fuggle and Golding hops.
Abv reduced from 4.6% to 4.5% in 2005.
"Amber in colour, Young’s Special has a fruity, slightly estery nose with a good hop aroma and full round flavour, a fine balance between malt and hops."

nickhsw19's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nickhsw19 (2) - London, Greater London, - OCT 9, 2012
I lived in Wandsworth for a few years in the early 1980s so this was the regular beer of choice. More recently, I frequented both The Ram in Hammersmith and The One Tun in Goodge Street. While the beer is fine in both establishments, in the former theres an unfortunate tendency for ’No Special’ and often ’No (Youngs) Bitter’ either. The One Tun still manages to sell the range, but something I’ve noticed since the Wells merger is that while the beer is more consistent, its nowhere near as good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rob_D_UK (1369) - Madrid, SPAIN - AUG 16, 2016
Pours amber with a thick head. Malty caramel aroma. Taste is a bready sweetness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thepatrickman (837) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 3, 2016
A bit more flavor and a bit more alcohol than the standard Young’s Bitter. Still pretty sessionable at 4.5%, and still reasonably light flavored. Good but not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Parmenion777 (143) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2016
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2016 Clear amber pour, with a creamy white head that quickly dissipated. A nice malty caramel aroma, a little fruit and grassy hops. Some lacing; toasted malted caramel taste, a little fruit. A slightly oily feel in the mouth but a good spicy bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ktwse (4052) - Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2016
Pours clear amber with low white head. Aroma of toffee, malt, light citrus. Taste is mild bitter with subtle balancing sweetness. Light and smooth body with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Finn (6291) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 5, 2015
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2015 Fra cask på Dog and Bull Croydon 27 Nov 15 som Wells Dog’s Baubles. Klar gyldenbrun. Filmskum. Svært så forsiktig maltaroma. Mild svakt fruktig smak - men domineres av malt. Vel søt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mr_Pink_152 (3739) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2015
On tap at the Royal Hop Pole, Tewkesbury. Deep Amber colour with a white head. Malty caramel with fruit and grain aroma. Taste is bready with a caramel sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Skinnyviking (8694) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2015
Cask at the GBBF. Low fluffy white lasting head. Clear dark brown body. Mild sweet fruity caramel aroma. Fruit chestnuts caramel, dusty malt grass flavor. Low carbonation. Long finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
budedou (807) - Saint Etienne, FRANCE - JUN 23, 2015
Amber with an off-white head. Fruity and grassy with biscuity malt. Smooth. Standard bitter, but drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gegwilson (3204) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 23, 2015
Cask in Buxton Wetherspoons. Pours amber with an off white head. Biscuity aroma. The taste is citrus with some biscuit undertones. A slight earthy quality to it as well. Quit e thin in body making it noticeably watery. Drinkable enough. An average bitter.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
King_Tut (2) - - APR 3, 2015 does not count
My favorite real ale and probably my favorite beer in the world. This traditional well crafted ale is only availabe in Southeast England, mainly the London area. If visiting London, you must try this.

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