Brewed by John Smiths (Heineken UK)
Style: Bitter
Tadcaster, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 87   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.56/5   EST. CALORIES: 114   ABV: 3.8%
Cask; Regular.
Production moved to Thomas Hardy Burtonwood in Summer 2007 but subsequently back to Tadcaster. There is some uncertainty as to the current (late 2011) brewing location.

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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 3/20
Insane0420 (8) - - DEC 12, 2012
It is very smooth has a bitter after taste one I will skip next time does have a floating device in can kinda weird. Taste almost flat

prawlie (1633) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2017
Cask at the Blue Post in North Frodingham. Dry, earthy, malty and biscuity. Better than I remembered to be fair, certainly better than the canned bitter.

Antzrhere (181) - Blackpool, Lancashire, ENGLAND - NOV 4, 2016
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2016 Seems to be the go to pint when all the bar has is Fosters and Corona. Where do you start? It looks good, it is full bodied and the taste is creamy, malty and inoffensive (which scores it 80% of its points), but beyond that its an English old man?s session beer, sorry. A bit like silky dish water. Without sounding snobish, people buy this simply because pubs they frequent sell it and that?s what they remember getting merry on last time. Still, its not the worst beer I’ve ever had.

BlackHaddock (7515) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2016
I was really surprised to find I had never reviewed/rated this beer having drank it thinking I have over a number of years. Anyway I had two hand-pulled pints in two different pubs while in Filey, Yorkshire on 21st Aug 2016. Bog standard, but decent UK Bitter, brown bodied, full off-white head. More maltys notes in both the nose and taste than whatever hops are used, easy drinking session Bitter than looked after correctly can (and was on the 21st Aug) be well worth trying.

mr_h (5719) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - JUN 9, 2016
Cask, 1/2 pint, hand-pulled, Lock 25, Edinburgh, malty, berry fruits aroma with a marginal sourness, amber brown with a lasting good creamy head and some thick lacing, red malty with a slight vinegary sourness, creamy, smooth, just a bit thin.

waterhenbloa (1) - - SEP 17, 2015 does not count
Tried a pint at the old ebor in york for old times sake. Used to drink it 30 years ago in pubs round wharfedale when it was great. Its a good solid pint if well kept. Really enjoyed it- great value as it was cheapest pint in the pub. I stopped for more than I should have! Dont mix it up with the smooth stuff this is a proper pint.

Mr_Pink_152 (5248) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2015
A rather dull beer, brown colour thick white head. Weak malt aroma, with a sweet malt taste and finish. Better than john smiths smooth though.

nihtila (3731) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 15, 2015
31.7.2014. Pours brown. Average malts on the nose. Tastes malts, some lemon, bitter, stuffy.

at_the_hop (109) - Worcestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2015
What I imagine fermented dirty dish water to taste like. Bad enough that I will leave a pub if this is all they have on. There are worse beers, but not many.

Senka (1082) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 17, 2015
When I mentioned that I used to love this beer to one of the 10K+ raters - I got weird looks and I was told to never to mention it again. Anyways, I loved it - it was cheapest available, creamy and smooth as Beamish Red, easy going and fulfilling. Good with roasted lamb and curry. Could drink it all evening and chat bs with locals. Miss it a lot.

niquillis (2752) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2015
On cask at Red Lion, Cheddleton. Pours nut brown with off white head. Malty bitter, nuttiness throughout. It’s Ok and far superior to their dreadful keg offering.

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