Brewed by West Berkshire Brewery
Style: Bitter
Thatcham, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 82   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
Cask: Unfiltered; Bottle: Filtered - Regularly available.
Best Bitter
A Good Ordinary Bitter which won first prize at the White Horse branch of CAMRAs beer festival, September 1995, and a gold medal at the 2002 SIBA South East Regional Competition. Strongly hopped and full flavoured - our best seller.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bulk_Carrier (5924) - Essex Junction, Vermont, USA - MAY 22, 2017
Bottle from Megan. This was poured into an English pint glass. The appearance was a ruddy burnt orange/copper color with a sheet of a little white foamy head, just dissipated into oblivion. No lace. The aroma had some damp grass, herbal qualities, light fruity esters, some floral hop qualities, pillowy caramel malts, some butterscotch, light biscuits and a touch of sweet wood. The flavor presented that dried sweet malty arrangement of toast to caramel malts with a leather-sweet dryness. No aftertaste. Finish was quick and malty, semi-construed low hop bitterness. The palate was between light and medium bodied with a good sturdy sessionability about it. Low carbonation as it should be. ABV felt mostly as projected. Overall, another really good Bitter by these guys, almost makes me want to move to the UK just to get the good Bitters.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Davros IX (303) - Hertford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 3, 2017
2016 catch up - Bottle at home - A very good English bitter and once again it is a complement. A nice taste of malt and an underlying bitterness of hops. Very good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
blackradioboy (201) - SCOTLAND - APR 29, 2017
Bottle from Waitrose. On offer at £1.71. Not keen on this at all. Horribly bitter. Unpleasant stuff. More like Nasty Old Boy. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jamesie1857 (2065) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2017
500ml bottle from Stallholders own stand at Good Food Festival NEC - Ruby brown body, lacing off white head. Nose of toffee and malts. Taste is malts, toffee and some earth.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ManVsBeer (10009) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2017
Cask @ Dirty Dicks, Halifax. Copper with a creamy head. Lightly malty session ale and very easy-drinking.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeardedAvenger (669) - Addlestone, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2016
Cask at Fulflood Arms, Winchester. 16/12/16. Nil aroma. Chestnut. No head. Sweet, develops into some bitterness. Caramel, fruits, syrup. Light to medium bodied. Easy drinking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BeerNinjaUK (438) - Wiltshire, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2016
Legacy rating, pint at Hare and Hounds, Newbury last winter. Pours clear rich brown with small white head. Aroma fruity with biscuits, hay and oats. Rounded fruitiness but quite dry.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
1MrCabbage (30) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2016
One of the all time great beers. The perfect best bitter. Everything is well balanced. Could spend a whole day drinking nothing but this! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CraftBeerNick (2386) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 10, 2016
Bottle on boat at Caversham, 9th September 16. Pours copper coloured, aroma is caramel, malts, toffee. Taste is smooth, caramel, bitter, slight hop. Its not bad and easy to drink.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Towey1989 (2561) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2016
Cask at The Blue Mugge, Leek. A clear chestnut brown colour with a medium off white head. Aroma of caramel, some nuts, slight yeast and subtle earthy hops. Taste of caramel, nuts, slight toffee, a little metal and subtle earthy hops. Light bodied and soft carbonation. A lingering, dry, slightly metallic, earthy hop bitterness in the finish. A nutty, earthy bitter but with a late metallic taste. Below average.

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