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

bottling
unknown

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 210   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01/5   EST. CALORIES: 111   ABV: 3.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask: Regular.
Also known as Ordinary.
Ingredients:Maris Otter and Crystal malts; Fuggles and Goldings hops.
Production moved from Youngs to Wells & Youngs in October 2006. Brand acquired solely by Charles Wells in 2011.
"An easy to drink, refreshing cask ale with a fresh, fruity aroma that leaves a long, satisfying bitter finish. It is traditionally brewed to deliver a clean taste and is light and dry in flavour with a subtle taste of hops."

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4.2
sarauckelman (529) - Durham, Durham, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2013
Absolutely gorgeous minerally mouthfeel; it tastes like England, brown sugar, and hard water. Little aroma, low carbonation, lovely clear amber color.

4.2
lilywhite67 (4) - - APR 6, 2017 does not count
A wonderfully reliable, clean, fresh, dry hoppy bitter. Difficult to beat. Invariably of a high standard at the Malt Shovel in Dartford, Kent.

4.1
Quafco (10) - - APR 3, 2016
Haven’t drunk this since they bulldozed that lovely old brewery to build a thousand flats for irritating Londoners. When I used to drink it was a gorgeous well rounded low abh session best with its golden colour pre-empting the golden ale revolution of the last ten years. Can’t go wrong with it, a really good palate for a session brew. Youngs was a big name in beer.

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Oakes (17274) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 17, 2000
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2010 Bright golden. Spicy, minerally aroma is very appetizing. Mild, light spicy bitterness. Great interplay of juicy hops and hard water. Lots of subtle beauty in this one. Better in London, though.

4
Jacko (7) - ENGLAND - MAY 19, 2004 does not count
Cask Conditioned. A decent bitter with plenty of character. This is what a bitter should be like.

3.9
beerscout (298) - New Windsor, New York, USA - FEB 15, 2006
Handpump @ The King’s Arms - Oxford (summer ’05). Golden amber color, with a white head, that dissipates to leave a clear surface and a ring. Fruity and nutty aroma. Very smooth and bitter to the palate, with soft hop and malt flavors. Very clean, but very bitter, which lingered in the aftertaste. Nice session bitter which I enjoyed a few times and would get again, when I return.

3.9
damiano (20) - USA - DEC 18, 2006
Wonderful brew. Perfect session stuff. Cask tried at the Grapes Wandsworth London, Summer 2006. Just about the best I’ve ever had this one. An explosion in my mouth of different, light flavours. Citrussy, flowery with a lightish body. A bit of bitterness. A first beer and one for when you’re out.

3.9
Ifyouinsist (6) - , Devon, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2008 does not count
For me this is a classic English ale, or ’session bitter’ as some would have it. Lovely whisky colour, low in alcohol but still with a rounded, malty body, and a clean, hoppy finish. Tempting to say it’s not as good now as it was when brewed in Wandsworth, but I don’t actually think that’s true. It’s fine, and does the job equally well whether you’re in a sunny pub garden or huddled in the snug bar on a wet winter’s day. A favourite of mine for nearly 30 years, and - seriously - just as good as it ever was.

3.9
EdKing (2576) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2011 Appearance is light golden, aroma is beautiful, like freshly baked bread and a little bit of malt sweetness. Flavour is a lovely subtle balance of malt sweetness and mild hops. There’s also no fizziness, as it’s in the classic style. A glass of this takes you back in time, to old London. Beautiful pint. Make sure you choose a reliable Young’s pub though as I’ve had a bad version of this in a few of their London pubs.

3.8
Sigmund (7390) - Tau, NORWAY - APR 12, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2005 One of my favourite English session bitters from a big brewery (I’ve had it many times cask conditioned in London).


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