Gale's HSB (Can)

Formerly brewed at Gales
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Horndean, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.26/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
Can: Pasteurised. (Cask and bottle conditioned listed separately).
The cask version of Horndean Special Bitter (HSB) was first brewed in 1959.

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flemmingwillum (1243) - Nysted, DENMARK - JAN 14, 2011
Rating #485, can from Fakta

Either this is still available on can in Denmark, or it is just some leftovers from the production the supermarket chain of Fakta has bought.

A brown beer with a quite normal head, both according to looks and duration. Aroma has berries, malts and a bit roasted elements. Flavor was more sweet than expected, still with berries and malts plus a bit roastyness. Finish had a touch of alcohol and medium bitterness. Soft beer of medium thickness. Quite nice.

saxo (19569) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 15, 2010
Can from Fakta. Medium head with medium duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are rich caramel, malt, fruits and hops. Nice and sweet.

will1 (141) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2010
Bought canned from co-op May 2010. Poured with a fairly dense, creamy head and slight yeasty aroma. Quite dark in colour; flavours of roasted malts, hops and slight sweetness. Slightly syrupy, clings well to side of glass. Surprised this is listed as retired; very good for a canned beer.

donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 21, 2009
Can from the Malthouse. Pours dark amber, thing off white head.
A lightly roasted malt nose, with a very British hop character.
Flavour is somewhat bready, with a light bitterness following.
This is a classic British session beer, reminds me of pommie pubs - even though I’ve never been to one...

kempicus (343) - Bakewell, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2009
It’s not retired, i had one today!!!! I’d planned to only drink a little of this....just to rate it and then dump the rest but this is GOOD! much better than i remember...guess we have fullers to thank for that! hmmm to flavours etc light toffee on the nose...really quite appetising, very clean fruity toffee notes and extremely drinkable.

harrisoni (19536) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2007
440ml can from Sainsbury’s. Rich chestnut colour with thin beige head. Rich dry malt aroma. Touch of vanilla. Basic, malty flavour in mouth. Finish is pretty good. Hops porvide dryness and rich maltiness grows. Some caramel in there too. Some choc. Bit like the advertised Christmas cake. Unsubtle, but I have a sneaking liking for it.

shendrix (478) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 4, 2006
It’s a damn shame to foist this off on unsuspecting Yanks as ’traditional English Ale.’ Watery with very light malt notes, the best thing that can be said about this brew is that it’s not terribly offensive. A good drink, I suppose, if it’s hot, you’re thirsty, and it’s cheap. And it is. I got mine for 1.50 at the Fox and Parrot in Gatlinburg, TN. But you do in fact, get what you pay for, no?

Mungo (2470) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2006
Can. Lots of toffeeish malty dried fruits. Hop flavour is quite muted and although this is fairly sweet the sweetness doesnt get out of hand. Seems much the same now it is brewed by Fullers if slightly less hops are present, although that comparison may not be particularly valid considering I last had canned HSB several years ago. On the whole a pleasant canned beer.

Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 20, 2006
Can from Waitrose. Pours a deep brown colour with a thin but dense white head. Aroma is of a premium bitter rich in sweet malt and fruit. To taste there is loads of caramel, malt, dried fruit. Notes of toffee and fruitcake, some hop bitterness in the finish. Thick mouthfeel, not bad condition for a can but lacks the fresh feeling a cask gives.

rauchbier (3949) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2006
Can, from Waitrose. Copper bronze, good fluffy white head and moderate condition. Low caramel and gentle fruity hops in the nose, sweet burnt treacle and caramel tempered by bitter hop in the mouth, lingering bitter sweet finish with treacle and hops both noticable. Not bad for a canned beer.

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