Brewed by Charles Wells
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 isnt 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 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
DruncanVeasey (8217) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2009 Midnight acquisition from Rugby Tossco (bottle). Still gold with a thin white lid collapsing to nothing. Nosebleed on cardboard, vegetable aroma warming with grass, honey and orange suggestions. Papery and a dab grassy with some OK honey-and-cream malt softness. Could almost have a couple of Honey and Lemon Lockets bobbing about in it. Saw it off in the end.
Earlier Rating: 9/15/2007 Total Score: 2.3
Im afraid its back again. Sampled in an Irish pub(?) in Torquay before hitting the Guinness. Wish I hadnt bothered. Red amber murk with best-a-man-can-get head. Faint curranty fruit, a trace of watery apple peel blandness. Dismal.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
rauchbier (3857) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2009
Bottle version, from Tesco Grimsby. Deep gold, good lasting white head and gentle condition. Initial muted bitter peppery hoppines in the nose with some low caramel malty sweetness, thin and gentle fruitiness at first in the mouth with a developing tinny and chalky hop bitterness backed with a quite sweet toffee note, brief bitter finish but still with a little sweetness around the edges.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
berkshirejohn (6331) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 26, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2011 440ml can from Tesco. Gold with a fast fading cream head; aroma of malt and caramel; somewhat stewed earthy malt flavours with sweet caramel and gentle bitterness to finish. Not bad for a cheap canned bitter. (4/3/4/2/12=2.5)

500ml bottle from Aldi. A straightforward, malty bitter, with a caramel finish - presumably less heavily pastuerised than the canned version. (6/3/6/2/13=3.0)

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SilkTork (5669) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2011 March 2009 440ml can in a four pack from Tesco. Moderately carbonated. Mild tasting. Not offensive. Quite drinkable in fact. This is much better than the old keg Best. [2.5]
Jan, 2011 Bottle. Crisp carbonation. Dry, session bitter with some herby hop notes, and a mild lingering bitterness. Drinkable and quite acceptable. Some malt flavours come through. This is a not a crap beer - there is clearly an attempt to make a decent enough brew. The processing is mainly felt in the carbonation - the pasteurisation is not really significant. Not a good quality drink, but OK enough. [2.7]
Oct, 2011 1 a bottle at Morrisons. Drinkable and cheap. [2.8]
Earlier Rating: 3/6/2005 Total Score: 0.9
Sept, 2002: Keg, Kent. Tastes of weak, stale beer and old damp cardboard. [0.5]
August, 2004: Keg, Shipwrights Arms, Chatham. A rough local. Soft fruity aroma. Prickly mouthfeel from the co2. A nutty fruit. No hop awareness. Barely beer. [1.2]
August, 2006 <a href=http://www.beerintheevening.com/pubs/s/28/286 Charlotte/Rochester>Queen Charlotte, Rochester Keg Greasy cardboard. Rancid fruit. Cold and fizzy. This is dreadful. Im really not sure why people drink this stuff. Dreadful. Offensive. [0.9]
Nov, 2008 Two Sawyers, Brompton Sour cardboard nonsense. [0.9]

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2638) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2007

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
HarryFlashman (469) - Chatham, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2007
Pretty bland and average. Not the worst beer youll get off tap and better than shit like John Smiths, Worthingtons and Tetleys Smooth etc.... but not much.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CanadaCam (109) - CANADA - JUL 28, 2006
One of the FIRST beers I legally bought once I came of age and I got hooked on it. Nice webbing in the glass, good colour, no aftertaste. A great beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
TomSpears (65) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2005
Fizzed and kegged. If its kegged then I suppose the best option is to go for a keg lager. At least the flavours wont be disgusting, and the hops foul, and the fuller body confused by all that fizzing.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Linc (739) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 10, 2005
Had this one with SilkTork in The Old Blue Last, legend has it that this pub was the first place to serve porter. Today this yellow swill (or Guinness) is about the best they can do. The Barmaid doesnt even know what porter is. Enough about the pub, the beer was shit too, sweet pineapple aroma, flat old tasting malt, sweetness, honey and dust. Dull like British television.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Gurst (338) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 29, 2005
UPDATED: APR 3, 2005 First impressions were of the odd watery, yet mouth-filling, feel. A deep malty richness, with decent complexity. The taste is pretty good on the whole, but otherwise not a lot to say, really, but cant complain either.

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