Brewed by Charles Wells (Marston’s)
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Bedford, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 125   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.86/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
Pasteurised bottle and can. Sold as John Bull Finest Bitter in the UK, and as John Bull Ale in Canada.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
cyrenaica (1159) - Milton, Ontario, - APR 23, 2009
500ml can
4.9% ABV
I tried this beer on June 15, 2008 after purchasing from one of my local LCBO outlets. The beer poured a beautiful translucent red colour with a 1/2 inch tan coloured head. The aroma is slightly sweet malt, dark fruits, and a little hops. The mouthfeel was thin to medium bodied, with mild carbonation. The flavour was a tad watery with some malted sense and a little hoppish feel. Very easy to drink

john44 (3311) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2017
Bottle. Refreshing flavoursome bitter-orange fruity hoppy bitter (but not too bitter). OK. Drinkable. (2008)

melush (4414) - SPAIN - JUN 13, 2016
Bottle 50cl. @ Cerveceria Internacional, Seville, Spain. A: Golden. T: Malt, sweet, slightly bitter.

tony_gorilla (159) - Drammen, NORWAY - MAR 3, 2014
Draft at Bull Pub Krakow. An ok bitter. Nothing more too it. Should be more bitter. :)

Beer5000 (6674) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 17, 2013
500 ml bottle. Amber body with a small tan head. Aroma of malt and caramel with some toast. Flavor is sweet malt, toast, caramel and moderate bitterness. Medium to thin body and moderate in aftertaste. Smooth malty bitter without so much bitterness.

Viper666 (6034) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 11, 2013
Canette 500ml. De couleur cuivrée-ambrée et claire. Nez malté de caramel doux aux notes terreuses, léger de butterscotch et de houblon floral aux notes herbeuses avec des traces fruitées et de pain. Mince en bouche avec un pétillement moyen ainsi qu’une texture aux notes crémeuses et aqueuses. Goût de grains de malt pâle sucrésavec de faibles notes fruitées (agrumes) lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un goût malté de caramel doux aux petites notes terreuses, avec des traces de butterscotch et de pain. Parallèlement, l’on retrouve une légère amertume de houblon floral légèrement sec et aux notes herbeuses (herbes mouillées) jusqu’en finale. Post-goût moyen et un peu sec, légèrement amer de houblon floral avec de petites traces métalliques.

BlackHaddock (7562) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 8, 2012
Clear 568ml (a pint) bottle, best before Nov 2007, drank June 2007. Poured into a pint sleeve glass. Good dark amber, redwood colour with a firm biege head. The beer was clear and had bubbles rising through, it looked very drinkable ( and drinkable it is). There was no aroma for me at all, even as the beer warmed up (not that it was cold to start with), I couldn’t detect a hint of hops, malts, yeast or anything else. A good solid English Bitter, this is not a Pale Ale, as stated on this site. The front label calls it ’FINEST BITTER’, which gives it away a little bit really. On the rear it claims to have the ’tang’ of a traditional London-Style Bitter and its golden tawny colour. Well it does have a slight citrusy ’tang’, but I wouldn’t call it a modern London style bitter. A very nice drink, pity about the lack of aroma, I wonder if my nose has packed up working?

Grzesiek79 (4379) - Radom, POLAND - MAR 12, 2012
roasty, cereal, basement aromas, citrus, banana, licorice, amber, cloudy, white foam, medium sweetness, very bitter, heavily sour, full body, creamy, soft carbonation, bitter, long finish,

Metalchopz (3472) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 2, 2011
Originally rated January 2007. I’ve always liked the Charles Wells the LCBO has available. Never a crazy hand-brewed product, but a fine product none-the-less. This one pours a clean light copper colour with a nice creamy off-white head. Great retention and thick lace. Carbonation is light, but consistent. Beautiful nose of strawberries at first, which changes to spices afterward with rusty malt and decent hop. A very nice blend of aromas. Creamy mouthfeel. Taste is smooth, with an Irish ale feel. Has a bit of fruit at first, going into some mild caramel and then bitterness takes over. Again, nothing too strong here, but just a good macro that is above average.

HenrikSoegaard (14443) - Randers, DENMARK - JAN 26, 2011
Draught at Fox and Hound, Herning. Creamy white good mostly lasting head. Amber colour. Moderate malty and light hoppy aroma. Moderate bitter ice flavor. Average moderate bitter finish. Oily palate.

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