Brewed by Charles Wells (Marston’s)
Style: Bitter
Bedford, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 81   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.49/5   EST. CALORIES: 114   ABV: 3.8%
Bottle, can & keg; Regular. Pasteurised.
Keg version is 4.0%.

With over 200 years of brewing pedigree, Courage Best Bitter retains its widespread popularity. Best is available in both cask and keg meaning even if your local isn’t a cask beer stockist, you can still enjoy the great taste of Courage Best.
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.

Ingredients: Water, Malted Barley, Sugar, Hops, Yeast, Colour E150C, Stabiliser E405.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beersiveknown (5272) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JAN 26, 2012
Bottle from Wells and Youngs Mid amber with subtle sweet malt nose. Its gently carbonated with caramel and biscuit malt with gentle bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerViking (4615) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2012
Brown bitter, malty with a bit of sweeting fruit and a light bitterness. A little grass and wood in the finish. OK.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mike_77 (6367) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - DEC 23, 2011
A fairly plain but pleasant session bitter. Nice balance of malt and hop.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
stravale (3019) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - DEC 12, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2011 Bottle from Morrisons
Appearance Amber, clear, forthy white head dissipates to very thin layer.
Aroma Faint sweet malt, almost nothing.
Taste Water, bit of light caramel malt, cardboard, paper. very bland.
Palate Soft carb, thin, watery, slight sour edge. Finish - water, light malt, soda, paper.
Overall Dismal, very poor bitter. Not undrinkable, but very bland - just coloured water (hence the E150). The commercial description - read it! A disgrace to brewing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
thepegjett (1260) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2011
A - fruity with a touch of cinnamon A - mid gold with thin head T - light sweet and sour P - mid and soft O - ehhhh....

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
will1 (140) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2011
Malty, slightly sweet / fruity aromas. Quite well carbonated (this beer was bottled). Not a particularly bitter bitter. Dominant flavours are slightly sweet malt, no distinct hop aroma / flavour. Quite drinkable and a reasonable session bitter when price (99p) taken into consideration.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
ralphdot (1091) - Billingham, Durham, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2011
3.8%. amber colour with a very thin head, slight malt aroma, slight malt and hop taste, very average bitter, not a favorite.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
superflyguy (439) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2011
poor ’reet poor. Saw it on the shelf for £1 and thogught ’bargain’. should have been more prudent. pours a washed out brown/amber. white bubbly head with no retention. aroma is fruity and slightly malty. taste has a little fruit, but the overriding senstion is the metallic kick. avoid. spend more and get something decent!

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
worldbeertaste (1803) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2011
Light hops and flowery aroma. Thick carbonation with light amber colour. Tastes a club soda with an acid kick. Cardboard, pear and vegetable. Overly carbonated, prickly, harsh and bland. Very chemical. Yuck!!!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
dynamiteninja (1848) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - OCT 10, 2011
Bottle. Cheap, around £1 or £1.25. Pours a dark amber with a thin white head with poor retention. Smells relatively cheap. Sugar, hops, malt, whiff of toffee, hint of banana, also some nuttiness coming through. Bittersweet with some cheap alcoholic burn. Oh so dry finish. Overly carbonated. The fizziness is actually prickly and harsh. If it remains at this level of quality, then Courage Best will not see a reversal in its downward sales trajectory. I presume the old timers drink it and try to remember how this used to taste.

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