Brewed by Shepherd Neame
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Faversham, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 890   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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Launched 1958.
Bishops Finger takes its name from the finger-shaped signposts which pointed pilgrims on their way to the tomb of Thomas a Becket in Canterbury and was the first strong ale to be brewed by Shepherd Neame after malt rationing was eased in the late 1950s. It is one of the UK’s oldest bottled beers, brewed since 1958.
Bishops Finger holds EU Protected Geographical Indication, recognising its unique provenance. Uniquely, it is brewed to a charter which states it can only be brewed by the head brewer on a Friday and that it must be brewed using 100% natural ingredients, Kentish hops and barley, and the brewery’s own artesian mineral water.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
theread (58) - Wagga Wagga, - JUN 12, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2010 Malty sweetness with a dry hop bitterness in this ale. I can’t get it where I live so I have to travel 140 kms to the nearest next large town to buy it at a large liquor chain. It is well worth the trip each and every time. Cheers

ianwelby (1476) - SCOTLAND - OCT 15, 2017
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2017 Clear amber beer, thin white head. Light, bitter malty smell. Flavour is tangy fruit, raisins, caramel, bitter malt. Touch watery in the feel but it's distinct and tasty.

Davros IX (439) - Hertford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2017
A deep dark brown in the tankard and a light foam head. The taste was well balanced malt and bitter hops, with a very light sweetness lurking quiety in the background. The mouthfeel was smooth because of all the malt and the alcohol was quite forward. Overall a well balanced ESB. So many are too sweet for my liking, but this had a welcome bitterness from the hops.

Vintherbottom (18) - DENMARK - OCT 8, 2017
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2017 Initial aroma of bread/malt. Head one cm, falls rather quickly. Taste also very malty with some sweetness. But also a bitterness from the hops.

Piepenhenrich (1124) - Steinbach, GERMANY - OCT 7, 2017
From bottle. Transfer of an earlier rating without text recorded, rating only.

livingasghosts (24) - London, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2017
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2017 Pours dark Amber, with off white head. Traditional bitter with caramel, toffee and honey sweetness and deep bitter finish. One for a country pub on a autumnal night. Pretty tasty.

SHIG (4964) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - SEP 23, 2017
Clear bottle: A brownish color with an off white head. Aroma is malty. Taste is a mix of malts and bitter. Very to style. Light metallic in finish, but it was also shipped to Qatar so that could explain that.

kamil3ds (107) - POLAND - SEP 22, 2017
Aromat karmelowy, słodki, herbaciany, w smaku- mulące, słodowe, karmelowe, goryczka niska i nieprzyjemnie ziołowa

josanguapo (1854) - SPAIN - SEP 21, 2017
From estucerveza. In Ikea's pint glass. Playing The Secret Monster Society. Ultra drinkable. Caramel with perfectly adjusted english earthy hoppyness. Not watery at all, unlike other kentish ales

DavidSvinth (210) - DENMARK - SEP 21, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2017 Købt i Netto. Orangebrun i glasset. Tydelig malt i næsen. Malt og brød i munden. Lidt sødme og medium krop. Meget behagelig øl uden nogen irriterende elementer. Positiv overraskelse.

nybol (2311) - DENMARK - SEP 17, 2017
middel maltsmag, med karakter af toffee, karamel og lyst brød. Nogen restsødme findes også i øllen. Kraftig humlesmag og -bitterhed.

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