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


on tap

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RATINGS: 84   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.09/5   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 CAMRA’s 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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Cimbasso (974) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2017
Bottle from Waitrose. Darkish copper colour with an off-white head. Caramel aroma. The taste has plenty of caramel sweetness, but is well-balanced by a good hop flavours with an earthy, grassy bitterness. Very pleasant and not too dry. An excellent bitter.

Grumbo (3729) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2017
Cask at the Magpie, Bishopsgate, London. Pours ruby brown with a small off-white head. Aroma of caramel, malt, hop, with fruit and floral notes. Medium plus seeetness, light bitternsss. Medium body, oily texture, soft to flat carbonation. A caramel malt dominated traditional bitter.

Leighton (22021) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2017
Bottle at home in Hackney - sourced from Waitrose. Pours clear copper with a small, foamy off-white head. Lightly toasted brown bread in the aroma, with touches of leaves and dried berries. Mellow sweetness in the flavour, with more brown bread, moderate leafy bitterness, hints of earth, English yeast, more berries. Light bodied with fine, massaging carbonation. Finishes with more simple brown bread, leaves and hints of grass, old leathery berries. Fine bitter.

thomat (4090) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 10, 2017
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2017 Cask @ GBBF 2017. Amber with a small off white head. Malty and hoppy tones. Malt, fruit, caramel and hops. Medium to light body with a bitter / sweet finish.

JorgeLee (2193) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 13, 2017
Cask at the Garden Gate NW3. Deep reddish ruby colour, not a lot of head. A full tasting traditional malty bitter, quite heavy on the darker crystal malts for that full slight burnt sugar feel, balanced out by a decent earthy spicy hop bitterness. Nice to have an old school pint for a change, I personally prefer my bitter a tad drier but it was a decent one.

Bulk_Carrier (6065) - 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.

Davros IX (439) - Hertford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 3, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2017 Bottle at home. A very good English bitter and once again it is a complement. A very malty beer with a sweetness that is very well balanced with the bitter hops. A great dark colour and extrmely thirst quenching. I really did like that balance of malt and hops.

blackradioboy (220) - 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

jamesie1857 (1975) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2017
500ml bottle from Stallholder’s 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.

ManVsBeer (10927) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2017
Cask @ Dirty Dick’s, Halifax. Copper with a creamy head. Lightly malty session ale and very easy-drinking.

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