Brewed by Adnams
Style: Bitter
Southwold, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 118   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.95/5   IBU: 33   EST. CALORIES: 102   ABV: 3.4%
Adnams Lighthouse is developed from our Champion Pale Ale, a beer that won many awards from 1922 to 1980. With an ABV of 3.4%, this classic amber beer delivers a crisp, refreshing taste. (Contains barley).

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
StueyD (1579) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2012
Mid amber gold coloured ale with a thickish white head. Light hop aroma with a malty background. Medium mouthfeel. The taste follows on from the aroma, fruity hop flavours are matched by a slightly sweet malt taste. The finish is quite long and fruity. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sebletitje (9645) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUL 29, 2012
50cl bottle, courtesy of my neighbors. Orange, col pais beige. Arme malt ple sur une pointe de citronn houblonn restant dans ce bouquet trs anglais. En bouche, malt; houblon lger, notes cara/grains sur pointe de levure, malt ambr/ple, le tout restant lger sur un fin note grill et un fini moyen amer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
manuchampions (1244) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 22, 2012
Pours a light golden brown with decent foamy off white head. Aroma is similar to many Adnams beers, ample caramel and cereal malts, a touch of honey, light, grassy hops. Taste is very solid for such a relatively low alcohol beer. Much the same malt notes but the hops are very much more evident here. Good, crisp honey tinged bitterness with a solid, lingering after taste. Every time I get complacent about the idea that only higher alcohol beers have the depth of flavour that will keep me interested I remember beers like this which offer a lot of taste at modest ABV without tasting watery. Very solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grzesiek79 (4166) - Radom, POLAND - JUL 20, 2012
Bardzo wytrawny i goryczkowy bitter. Chmiel tu dominuje. Piwo po prostu nim pachnie, a w smaku zdecydowanie przeważa mocna goryczka. Jasna barwa skrywa aromaty rżnych rodzajw chmielu. Podobny do najlepszych IPA

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackHaddock (6795) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2012
The normal (fairly new) brown bottle Adnams use, 500ml and only 3.4%ABV, best before 6 Feb 2010, drank July 2009. Poured into an Old Speckled Hen vase shaped pint glass. Looked fine, a bright chestnut brown body with an off-white head that tried to hang around but failed. Lacing stayed at the top of the glass otherwise I just had a collar around the beer as it sank down the glass with each sip. Aroma was initially weak, some nuts and earthy esters, a little maltiness was also present as the beer warmed in the glass. I was pleasantly surprised by the extent of the flavours and their strenght considering the ABV. Malty at first, then a mellow hoppy aftertaste. Refreshing and mature, impressed. I dont normally like weaker beers, but this is one Id have again and again, ideal for a long session or if working early the next day.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
teddybeer (3647) - Madrid, SPAIN - NOV 20, 2011
50cl bottle. Amber colour with off white head but quickly dissipating and good lasting. Aroma is fruity, sweet, honey, Flavour is bready, light, fresh, sweet at the beginning with a final slightly bittery with a medium duration. Carbonation is soft. Texture is oily. Body is light to medium.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
swooper (1247) - Cambridge and Kladno(Czech Rep.), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - SEP 13, 2011
bottle, very nice dry hoppy aroma, just like usual from Southwold. deep gold, white foam, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, good smoothy taste, medium body, slick feel, average carbonation, bitter, long finish, good bitter beer, i like Adnams

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
thepegjett (1260) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2011
A - Citrus (lemon) with lighter malt A - Dark orange with thin white head T - Light sweet with sour, finished with full bitter P - Medium and a touch fizzy O - Not as inviting as other bitters

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
gunnar (8577) - Sandnes, NORWAY - APR 5, 2011
Bottle from Vaaland, Bryne. Pours clear light golden with a big creamy white head. Aroma of earthy hops. Taste is light nutty malts with some citrussy and grassy hops towards the end. Quite good, considering the low abv, the body is weak, but refreshing. Fizzy carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChadPolenz (1763) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2011 The British are known for making beers low in alcohol that still have genuine flavor (not unlike our "lite" beers here). The Adnams Lighthouse is a beer Id love to pit against any macro light lager in a taste test. While it may not be the most delicious or robust beer in the world, it does have a nice flavor and high drinkability.

I poured a 500ml bottle into a Victorina nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Pure amber color. Crystal-clear with plenty of noticeable carbonation. Nice eggshell-colored, frothy/creamy head with decent retention and lacing.

Smell: At first it smells a tad skunky, but upon closer examination its more of a cereal malt scent. This beer seems very similar to a generic American summer seasonal, but without any wheat or fruit (well, perhaps a touch of white grape).

Taste: A difficult palate to describe. This is a deliberately mild beer, so the flavor here must be reached for. I get a slightly sweet, slightly doughy, Cheerios-like flavor across the front and middle. The finish and aftertaste and the same - mostly clean, but a tad malty. This beer has an almost lager-like taste thats a little tangy, but easily tolerable.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly thick and soft for such a light beer. Despite the many bubbles in my glass, it feels quite tepid.

Drinkability: An extremely chuggable beer and if I were drinking this on a hot summers day thats exactly how I would want it to drink it. Finishes mostly clean, but there is a touch of dryness in the aftertaste.

Overall, a fine English pub-style beer to session for hours on end while watching rugby or football. Not as robust as Id prefer, but I appreciate the drinkability of this one.

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