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


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RATINGS: 245   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.53/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Available filtered and pasteurised in keg, can & bottle.
Originally brewed by McEwan’s at the Fountain brewery in Edinburgh. Production moved from Fountain to the Caledonian Brewery in 2004. The McEwan’s brand passed to Heineken in 2008 after their purchase of Scottish & Newcastle’s British operations. Heineken sold the brand to Wells & Youngs in 2011. Packaged (bottle & can) McEwan’s beers are produced at Wells & Youngs brewery in Bedford.
Amber colour with a notably thick head. A sweet, spicy aroma with a hoppy finish.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, - NOV 17, 2012
Reddish amber in colour with a bare skim of head and little evident carbonation. Ruby malt aromas with pecan nuttiness. It is restrained, maybe a hint of Fuggles but the star of a show of medium entertainment is the malt. It doesn’t smell bad and it doesn’t smell bad either. Plenty of carbonation in the mouth with caramel and tangy malt coming to the fore. A little bitterness, but not massive, ’nor massively memorable. A session pint which I would be happy to drink but not one I would go out of my way to have again if I’m honest.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jfb (6060) - GERMANY - FEB 16, 2017
(keg) clear copper colour with a frothy off-white head. aroma of marzipan and pale malts, quite yeasty, with some notes of raisins and gently roasted malts. flavour is mostly red bell peppers and more marzipan, with a touch of yeast, sugar icing and some manure in the finish. medium-bodied with average carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
jjsint (2753) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JAN 29, 2017
Keg at the State Bar. Going in you pretty much know this won’t be great. Ruby brown and clear with a bit of cream coloured head. Slight malty aroma with a bit of cinnamon. Taste is... surprisingly decent. Sweet, malty and plummy with a spicy note. Finish is a bit short, and the body’s fairly watery, but all in all as macro keg bitters go this is okay.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AWS9 (678) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2017
Can. It’s a pretty plain bitter, but there’s a nice spicy/toffee hit at the end that makes it of slight interest. Would help make drinking a lot of these suckers more interesting!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
StuartC (74) - Lochgilphead, Argyll, SCOTLAND - DEC 30, 2016
Clear orange-brown colour, generous white head which lasts, with constant, very fine bubbles; Muddy aromas of browned fruits, leather, cocoa and zero hops; Light bodied, almost no mouthfeel except metallic spritziness; Crisp malts with noticeable undertones of bitter cocoa. THE classic Scottish Export Ale? Judge me as you may, but this is my standard "drinking" beer that will go a good session!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
FatPhil (15373) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 18, 2016
500ml can (Random convenience store, some station in London) (4-:2:3-:1:5-=1.5---)
Metallic aroma, a bit corny. [illegible - burnt? sweet?] and metallic harsh taste. Bitterness is acrid in the finish. Rough brew. Thank god I never have to have it again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ruigo (2668) - PORTUGAL - AUG 18, 2016
50cl can. Clear dark amber colour with a off-white head. Aroma is bread, caramel and malt. Average carbonation and light body. Taste is light sweet with caramel and malty notes. Overall, drinkable.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
pityu (681) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUL 16, 2016
Bottle - Clear amber colour, small and fast melting white head. Some toffee and biscuity aromas with a bit herbal hops. Taste is sweet wih some caramel and low hop bitterness. Light body, medium carbonation, dry finish. Not good.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
goozen (3942) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JUN 24, 2016
Can 0,5ltr: Clear dark amber colored brew with an slightly dry bitter taste and some hints of fruitiness and caramel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
sarauckelman (492) - Durham, Durham, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2016
Medium brown with a thick head. Very little aroma. Starts of grainy, moving in to a citrusy sort of flavor without being fruity, and ending with nice hoppy notes. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
uckelman (741) - Durham, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2016
500ml can. Pours clear, reddish amber. Pillowy light tan head. Aroma is reminiscent of Christmas spices. Medium body. Flavor is toast. Not much on the rather quick finish.

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