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Beer Available At Tesco Supermarket (Various locations) (arranged by most recent)
Carling Zest 2, Marstons Revisionist Hefeweizen Wheat Beer 36, Brutal Brewing Pistonhead Full Amber 48, Revisionist Saison 48, Fagerhult 6, Meantime London Lager 17, Erdinger Dunkel 59, Heineken UK Fosters Rocks Spiced Rum , Tesco Everyday Value Bitter 3, Adnams Broadside (Bottle) 89, Adnams Ghost Ship (Bottle/Can) 66, Hogs Back Montezuma’s Chocolate Lager 29, John Smiths Golden Ale 15, Shipyard american ipa , Worthington’s White Shield 83, Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA 98, Fuller’s Bengal Lancer 78, St. Austell Korev 28, BrewDog Punk IPA (5.6%) 97, Batemans Hazelnut Brownie 44
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wheresthepath (85) , England | September 7, 2015
58 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 12/20
As with all the supermarkets the range will vary depending on the size of the shop, and the range in the little Tesco Local & Metro ones is really not worth bothering. I’ve therefore based this review on their biggest "Extra" branded shops; in particular the one in Reading.
OK, it’s the UK’s biggest supermarket chain, and therefore people love to hate it (although their alleged aggressive business practices don’t help them win popularity either). However, in reality one of the reasons they’ve become the biggest is by offering what people want, generally at very attractive prices. In terms of beer, this means that their Extra stores have the biggest beer range of any of the supermarkets - recently in the Reading store I estimated that they had well over 150 different beers - plus plenty of ciders too. This competes with many specialist beer stores. Now, obviously you’re not looking at world beating ultra rare beers here, and nor would you expect that in a major supermarket. A lot of their ale section is from the usual big regional UK brewers, although they do stock some more unusual seasonals from the regionals on rotation, so even here there’s probably going to be some ticks even for UK raters (and visitors from abroad will no doubt find plenty to interest them. They also stock ales from some the the larger micros (eg Williams Bros, Butcombe), and recently seem to have got in more local beers (West Berkshire have suddenly popped up in the Reading store). They also have a reasonal craft range (again nothing particularly unusual, but you can pick up the likes of Brewdog & Sierra Nevada among others at knockdown prices). They also have the Marstons Revisionist and Greene King Metropolitan craft ranges brewed especially for them, along with some other "Tesco" branded beers. Finally their "world beer" range (oddly split between the beer aisle and the world foods aisle) is certainly the best of the supermarkets - you can probably tick off 30-odd countries here, including the highly-rated Sri Lankan Lion Stout and the. errm, Carib Sorrel Shandy. All the beer ranges seem to have new beers added on a fairly frequent basis, so even for the regular visitor there’s a good chance of finding something new. Prices are pretty cheap, and there’s usually an offer like 4 for £6 or 3 for £5 covering most of the beers. Service is pretty average (you won’t find anyone who knows about beer, but staff are reasonably polite and helpful (certainly better than in Asda, Lidl or Aldi). The food selection is huge, and the world food aisles have some quite interesting stuff for a supermarket. Comparing it to the other UK supermarkets (it’s obviously not fair to compare it to a specialist beer shop), it’s probably not got the fanciest range - if you want higher quality beers (or for the matter better service or higher prices) you’ll want to head to Waitrose or Marks & Spencers. However, if you’re purely looking for the biggest range of beer and many ticks, Tesco Extra beats all the other supermarkets hands down.
rbh104 (1) , | June 7, 2015
60 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
it’s just a supermarket
SarkyNorthener (115) West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), England | May 25, 2015
54 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 12/20
Good range of uk macro beers and ciders along with a small selection of local beers and international beers. Depending on areahave some more unusual foreign beers and sahki. NoNothing left for to try now unless they get a new beer in.
Lore (65) Budapest, Hungary | May 2, 2015
56 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 10/20
I visited Tescos in London, Birmingham and Nottingham in the UK;they are practiclly the same; not that bad selection of international lagers and British ales
McTapps (193) Ruhrcity, Germany | September 14, 2014
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 12/20
I have been to the big Tesco extra in Eastbourne, as well as at the Tesco extra in Ryde / IoW. Both supermarkets had a big selection and I found many, many new beers. Not only mainstream stuff, but also some craft beer gems from all over the world. Worth a visit.
77ships (141) Antwerpen, Belgium | December 11, 2013
42 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 7/20
I always got the impression that Tesco was supposed to provide a less thrilling, lower quality experience than Sainsbury’s which should translate in a lower price point. I never actually bothered to verify this theory by comparing prices etc. Anyway that is just a general impression I always got and this sort of translates into the beer selection. I had no qualms about going here for food that keeping in mind that I almost once choked on a piece of plastic that in a can of Tesco value tomato paste that I used to make dinner. The kind of stuff I am led to believe you can sue people for in the States. Keeping that given in mind still for beer, the selection at Sainsbury’s always seemed to be more inviting to me. If you are visiting the UK, there is definitely plenty to tick here but in that case you are not desperate for new tick’s. I have always opted to swing by Sainsbury’s if I was going for some Supermarket tick’s. That or you can always just go to the boozer, it always seemed while there is no shortage of bars in London, beer stores are a trickier affair.
Boudicca (986) London, England | July 11, 2013
24 AMBIANCE 1/5 SERVICE 3/10 SELECTION 3/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 5/20
I really don’t like Tesco - one of the major supermarket chains in this country – not least because of their policy of buying up properties (including pubs) and doing their damnedest to put local shops out of business. We now have two of the small “Tesco Express” branches within 5 minutes walk of home. I try not to patronise them but, when I do, I very occasionally spot an unusual beer or two.
(Last visited 11 July 2013).
maneliquor (153) Perth, Australia | July 9, 2013| Updated February 21, 2014
36 AMBIANCE 1/5 SERVICE 3/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 8/20
Not as good as Sainsbury’s when it comes to craft. More your macro stuff - San miguel, stella, heineken, carling .etc. Fuckin cheap though. You can literally buy beer here for 50 pence a pop. Crazy
Theydon_Bois (856) Tourist Town (West), England | July 9, 2013
44 AMBIANCE 1/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 8/20
Supermarket giant located across the UK. I don’t shop at them too often - dont agree with their macho attitude in needlessly opening branches just to put smaller guys out of business.
That aside the beer range is ok for a supermarket. Nothing too exciting but micro stuff from all over the UK and a spattering of foreign numbers. The UK stuff is a bit samey and lumped from a pool of brewers - cos this makes it cheaper for Tesco and they make more £££ of course! They don’t tend to invest in local brewers - that would be too difficult for this corporate whore (yes you can tell I’m no fan of Tossco - but I’ll keep my ratings fair as always!) and they wouldn’t make as much profit! Hoorah for Waitrose in this respect ! Again - local/regional variations apply in this respect.
The range differs from branch to branch and despite the Tesco nearest to where I live being a mahoooosive store I’ve seen a better range in smaller branches so it can be pot luck in that repsect. Always offers available ie 3 beers for £5 from certain choices.
ManVsBeer (1583) Hebden Bridge, England | June 8, 2013| Updated March 4, 2015
62 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 12/20
The map shows the headquarters of Tesco. Like most of the big supermarkets they have a decent selection of ales, most popular lagers and plenty of own brands of both. They also do a good line in foreign beers in most of their larger supermarkets. The selection is limited to popular brands in their smaller stores.
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