Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: Bitter
Bedford, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 206   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02/5   EST. CALORIES: 111   ABV: 3.7%
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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sarauckelman (489) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Oakes (16630) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EdKing (2504) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sigmund (7126) - 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).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SilkTork (5663) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2012
Feb, 2002: Lamb and Flag, Covent Garden.Young’s is very much my beer of choice when in London looking for a quick thirst quencher. I had this in the upstairs room while England were slaughtering Scotland. But it was rather earthy, perhaps as a result of being served a little too warm. [2.4]
Sept, 2003: The Courthouse, Dartford - a Young’s pub. Beer is in excellent condition. Pale, almost golden amber colour. A truly enjoyable experience with a magnificent balance of quality sweet malt well handled, and tangy, earthy English hops. An almost perfect session bitter. Unbelievable! [4.0]
Dec, 2004:The Lamb, Bloomsbury - a Young’s pub. Flat. Dull. Bitter without distinctive or enjoyable flavours. London Xmas Crawl. [2.3]
July, 2005. The Yacht, Greenwich. A neglected session bitter. This, when served crisp and fresh, is a stunning brew packed with juice and finished with some long lasting English hops that hang around long after home time. Regulars will simply ask for a pint of "Ordinary" - to differentiate it from the Special. As with all low strength beers, this can suffer when not kept well, but in a pub with not too many casks and a good turnover this is a sensible choice. It’s about time someone took up the cause of this little classic and gave it the status it deserves. [3.8]
Sept, 2006 Ye George Inn, Beckenham. Side by side with Harvey’s Best - two of my favourite session bitters. Neither were in excellent condition. Youngs did come over as sweeter and more immediately appealing, though less fascinating. [3.7]
Feb, 2007 Duke of Cambridge, Battersea - a Youngs pub. Tasty and drinkable, though not outstanding. This is the first sample I’ve had of the Bedford brewed ordinary. [3.0]
May, 2012 Trinity Arms, Brixton - a Youngs pub. I love this beer - it’s my favourite London beer by far. Been a while since I last gave it a rate even though I regularly drink it. It’s a good drinking beer - perfect balance of malt and hops. Fresh and very gulpable. Satisfying, thirst-quenching, and with no off flavours. Bloody good. [3.8]

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