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


on tap

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RATINGS: 142   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.7/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
Cask; Regular.

Originally brewed in Courages Anchor brewery on the south bank of the Thames. It was moved to the Berkshire brewery at Reading in the 1970s, then to the Courage Brewery in Bristol. When Bristol closed in 1999 it moved to Tadcaster. Following ScotCos reshuffle in 2004 it was contract brewed by Youngs, returning it to a site on the south bank of the Thames. In January 2007 the Courage brand was purchased by Wells & Youngs and production moved to Bedford.

With over 200 years of brewing pedigree, Courage Best Bitter retains its widespread popularity.
Pale brown in appearance with a bitter after taste, Courage Best Bitter consumers enjoy its lower ABV of 4% that allows them the opportunity to enjoy their favourite ale for longer.
Pale in colour, fully balanced with a malty flavour and distinctive hop character, makes for an easy drinking session beer.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Theydon_Bois (18427) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, - FEB 2, 2013
Cask at the Tin Goose, LHR T1, 25/01/13. Clear copper golden with a thin bubbly white head. Nose carries pale malts, light summer fruit, background caramel notes. Taste comprises summer fruits, light malts, some hop presence, grain. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, some bitterness in the dry finish. First time Ive had this in 10+ years and you know what - its a well balanced simple bitter and perfectly drinkable. I think this beer (in my mind) has picked up a stigma of being a dud because it is a default choice in the Shit Hole Arms (TM) and therefore Ive had a number of bad pints over the years. Better than some of the latter day twig offerings by some distance when well kept, which it was here !

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
Cokemonkey11 (737) - - FEB 16, 2017
Cask, wheatsheaf. Pours pale amber with no head. Scent is skunky ale. Taste is bitter and slightly sour ale. Finish is dirty water. Fine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Mr_Pink_152 (4484) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - OCT 26, 2016
On tap at the Three Horseshoes Waddington. Amber colour with an off white head. Caramel with a light malty taste and aroma.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
WaddlingPlatypus (171) - Durham, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2016
Pint at the New Inn, Durham. Amber colour with a fine white head. Faint fruity ale aroma. Slightly buttery flavour, with only a vague bitterness. Average cask ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
nilsas (3902) - Bryne, NORWAY - JUL 5, 2016

Lukt: Frukter, humle og malt.
Utseende: Gyllen.
Skum/kullsyre: Tynt skum.
Smak: Frukter og malt.
Hvor: The Three Horseshoes, Feltham.
Medium: [email protected], [email protected]%, N[email protected]

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Towey1989 (2341) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 1, 2016
Cask at The Wheel, Longston. A clear deep amber colour with a medium off white head. Aroma of caramel, hedgerow fruits, some weeds and subtle earthy hops. Taste is similar of caramel, hedgerow fruits, some weeds, slight biscuit and subtle earthy hops. Light bodied and soft carbonation. A dry, fruity, earthy hop bitterness in the finish. A big standard, traditional bitter. Quite light, earthy but boring.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Alexi91 (437) - Bristol/Romsey, Hampshire, ENGLAND - SEP 29, 2015
Origin: Tap. Vessel: Plastic Nonic. Supplier: The Old Duke (Bristol). Flat with a tinge of bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KyotoLefty (9847) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 26, 2015
Cask at the Bell. Brown-orange with thick bubbles. Spicy UK hop nose, tobacco, herbs, caramel. Lightly sweet flavor, caramel, earthy, spicy hops. Low bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Cunningham (7445) - Halden, NORWAY - JUN 23, 2015
Amber color with almost no head. Floral and fruiy nose. Not that bad really. Unusual fruity flavor and "stone dead" carbonation. It was like drinking a massive fruit juice. Hope to find another sample. Must have been some thing wrong. Reading lost The Game also.
[On tap at Madejski Stadium in Reading, England]

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
TedE (1177) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 3, 2015
UPDATED: APR 6, 2015 Pint on tap. Slight malt nose. Copper beer with thin white head. Mild sweet mouthfeel with light bittersweet finish. A bit watery but OK.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GuideDogSaint (1291) - Xiamen, CHINA - SEP 1, 2014
Cask at the Black Lion, Plaistow on 30 August 2014 after a 3-1 win at West Ham. Pours mid brown with a white head. Aroma of toffee and caramel. Sweet finish. Thin.

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