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


on tap

Regional Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 280   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12/5   IBU: 33   EST. CALORIES: 123   ABV: 4.1%
A refreshing beer of real flavour - distinctively hoppy and dry with malt aromas. Delicious served cool. Adnams brewery has stood in the heart of Southwold for over six hundred years and "Southwold Jack" appears on our beer labels. He continues to guard over our longest-serving beer brewed here in Southwold on the Suffolk coast -The Bitter. Bitter goes well with roast meats and fish cooked in batter as the clean bitterness cuts through the slightly fatty notes and hence keeps the palate refreshed. Our Bitter also makes a good aperitif. Available (pasteurised) in 500ml bottles and 500ml cans.

Tick this beer for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rayy (47) - Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2014
Dont understand the low ratings, unless it wasnt fresh. Enjoyable session (best) bitter-well balanced. Slight chocolate malt in the finish, some taste of fuggles hops-earthy & spicy. Hops not overdone, but to style. Nice yeast Esters-just enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gehbe (411) - Vilnius, LITHUANIA - AUG 2, 2016
Pours clear deep amber with a nice stable tan head, great lacing. Nose of malt, bread, some herbal and spicy notes, resin, hints of caramel. Well balanced light bitterness with a tad lighter sweetness and sourness. Low carbonation, very smooth palate, rather dry. Extremely drinkable!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drpimento (3466) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 4, 2012
Pretty good brew. Poured at a good temperature with a nice sized, foamy, frothy, fluffy, cream-colored head that settles after a bit and some lace. Color is a clear amber copper. Aroma is beery, malt, hop, toffee, caramel, fruit. Flavors much like nose and bitter up front, then carbonic tang with a little malt sweet under. Body and carbonation are good. Finish is like flavor, of average length and is very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 18, 2012
For a beer that has come straight from the bottle, it looks as good as beer can: Lustrous amber with an enduring collar of white head that is leaving good lace down the glass. What impresses me about this beer, and indeed most of Adnams beers, is how it/they exemplify all that is good about the malt character of classic English bitters and the elegant balance with English hops. It is a harmonious blend of ripe citrus and orchard fruitiness and slightly herbal hoppiness. Rich, full and dripping with autumnal bounty. This is reflected in the flavour which is silky and oily in the mouth. Imagine this pint, some cheese and an afternoon in a pub with your favourite bar maid and, my friend, life doesnt get much better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grzesiek79 (4229) - Radom, POLAND - JAN 13, 2013
Dobry i gożki bitter. Bursztynowy kolor, mocna piana chć średniej wielkości, trochę pęcherzykowata. Aromat słaby choś świeże trawy wyczuwalne. Finisz jeszcze bardziej gożki niż pierwsze łyki degustacji. Klasyczny bitter

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nazzty (1271) - dkra - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - MAY 29, 2012
Very smooth and soft ale that works just as good at the dinner table as in the sofa on its own.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rubbishystuff (2487) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2017 From WLVL. Smooth buttery mouth feel. Low hops and big malty flavors. Still somewhat light and easy drinking but flavorful for the strength. Serving: Bottle

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rjplumer (1050) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 5, 2015
Malt, caramel bread type of aroma. Medium brown body with a bit of an orange hue.. Light tan head about a half inch or so to start and settles relatively quick to a light film. Mild sweet fruit and malt taste with a touch of bitterness. Touch of apple like crispness. Has a full thick feel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - MAY 7, 2012
500mL bottle. Ruby color, off-white head. Aroma of bitter grass and malt. Tastes of fresh rye bread, baking yeast, bitter wooded hops. A well done English Bitter. Lightly carbonated. (3328)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rarbring (2288) - Linkping, SWEDEN - SEP 13, 2012
Aroma: The smell is sweet fresh bread with a dash of honey, ripe apples and pears. An orange, almost metallic finish.
Appearance: The ale is clear honey amber, a warm off-white head that settles slowly leaving very good lacing. Very small curtains.
Taste: Starts sweet, brown bread, brown sugar, a dash of oranges, then a straight bitter finish.
Palate: Medium carbonation, small foamy bubbles, soft and refreshing, a rather long dry finish.
Overall: Very session-able, a nice relaxing ale. The can bought in Sweden says 4.1% ABV.
Note: Can 500 ml. Reviewed 2011-12-12.

We Want To Hear From You

Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »

Page    1  2 3 4 » 28
Tick this beer for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5