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Belhaven Best - Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

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BA SCORE
75
okay

125 Ratings
THE BROS
63
poor

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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 18.15%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd. visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  3.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JISurfer on 05-03-2003)
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Dentist666

Russian Federation

3.48/5  rDev +7.1%

ABV 3.5 nitro-can

Excellent honey in color, but with thin off-white head, lingering for a long time. Sweet bready malts in aroma. Smooth caramel, almost neutral, slight hop ensues. Dry and strict in character ale, I would spend my money on something else, more spectacular.

09-03-2010 18:16:38 | More by Dentist666
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cam477

Newfoundland (Canada)

3/5  rDev -7.7%

09-26-2013 01:23:15 | More by cam477
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Dmann

California

2.2/5  rDev -32.3%

Great looking, shitty tasting. The beer had so much potential and then it just failed to impress. It started out nice with a beautiful nitro pour with a densly packed white head and a nice clear carmel color. The smell was not good at all with a prevailing sourness that turned me off from the get go. The taste was not one that I would care to experience again with its overly woody/raw hamburger meat aftertaste. Not recommended at all.

10-23-2004 09:17:59 | More by Dmann
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newk340

Wisconsin

3.35/5  rDev +3.1%

Enjoyed on tap following a round of golf in St. Andrews.

A: pours a dark amber with a decent head that leaves behind loads of lacing.

S: sweet malts and wheats are about the only discernable aromas that can be found.

T: rather bland, easy to overlook the malts and wheats that are evident.

MF/D: easily drinkable as a session beer as there is not much flavor. almost flat, but very light would be the obvious conclusion.

08-07-2010 10:32:40 | More by newk340
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Jason

Massachusetts

2.68/5  rDev -17.5%

This is one nitro can I am not totaly fond of, way too sweet with a steely caramel aroma and flavour. The nitro seems way over forced and the flavours too processed. Hops are faded and produce just enough bitterness, the malt is odd tasting and the finish is sticky sweet.

This one is just not for me ...

07-09-2003 19:26:45 | More by Jason
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Billolick

New York

3.08/5  rDev -5.2%

You know a beer is gonna be rated poorly when its best feature is its head and carbonation. The widget does an amazing job here, if you like LONG lasting creamy super fine bubble head and amazing creamy lacing. Otherwise this was a stinker, minimal flavor, no hops, metalic tastes etc etc. Back to the drawing board for this one.

04-28-2004 02:50:08 | More by Billolick
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev +0.9%

Nitro-can from the LCBO. Poured into a Kilkenny nonic.

A tempest of light-amber foam courtesy of the nitro-widget eventually settles into a clear, bright amber brew, with a thick creamy head that, like all other nitros, remains steady for the entire pintsworth.

Nose is pretty faint - malty, a bit of hops, caramel, and that unmistakeable "nitro" metallic odor.

Smooth brew, fairly tasty, with a touch of grain and smoke to distinguish it from other BPAs I've encountered along these lines. A bit of fruit, caramel, slightly bitter finish.

Thin and watery, yet creamy. I'm not a fan of the nitro-can system, as I feel the brews tend to feel flat and watery, so its hard for me to be objective. I'll say this: it goes down very smoothly.

If canned pub ale's what your after, I wouldn't put this at the top of my list, but nor would it be near the bottom. It tastes fine, inoffensive, and the low ABV is a plus if sessioning's the thing. It's cheap in Ontario so I might get it again.

08-30-2011 02:28:14 | More by JohnnyBarman
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev +4.6%

440ml Draught Flow can, 3.5% ABV.

This beer pours a clear medium copper hue, with a top-heavy rising bubble menagerie, and two fingers of creamy, milky, eggshell-white head, which leaves a Swiss cheese sheen of painted lace around the glass as it very slowly sinks away. It smells of sweet, mildly toasted cereal grain, with a tinge of earthy honey. The taste is soft bready malt, a bit of caramel, and a light, late-rising earthy, leafy hoppiness. The carbonation, as expected, is quite, quite low, the body medium weight, smooth, and oh so creamy. It finishes still fairly sweet, the cereal malt not getting any guff from any latent bitterness.

A lovely beer, in the tactile sense, this goes down so smoothly, the nitro puck really doing its thing. However, for a bitter, there just isn't enough, well, bitterness - and that's not doing its thing. As enjoyable as this seems to be, and even with the senses-preserving ABV, this fundamental lack would prove tiring, and somewhat cloying, whilst considering a night's iterative rounds.

08-24-2011 23:24:48 | More by biboergosum
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -23.1%

On-tap at new West 50 Pourhouse. Some dots lacing. Light colour. Off-malt taste of ginger ale. Some harsh astringent bitterness,malt and graininess.I don't expect much from the brewery, but this just arrived and its undrinkable.
Upgraded rating based on 1.5 years later on tap at Abbot On the Hill, but still poor.

11-15-2006 04:41:18 | More by Sammy
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Vanz

Australia

3/5  rDev -7.7%

02-24-2014 11:09:52 | More by Vanz
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Iaido

Russian Federation

3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

03-21-2014 06:55:43 | More by Iaido
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knodeljr

Ohio

4.95/5  rDev +52.3%

For the four-plus years we lived in Scotland, Belhaven Best was the beer on which I always fell back. It was so creamy and smooth -- with taste -- that I esteemed it the "Best." I also like really hearty beers, of which Belhaven Best is not; but for everyday drinking -- especially with meals -- I loved Belhaven Best. It's like the Irish Guinness when poured in a glass. Lots of gas that needs to settle out. What's left is a great, smooth, TASTY beer!

02-06-2014 22:37:05 | More by knodeljr
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bewareOFpenguin

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -7.7%

Another sad example of how not to package a great beer. The usual presentation for the nitro: pop the tab, dump into the glass. After the bubbles do their trick, an amber color beverage appears. First sip, watered down. I hate writing this review because you sense this is a great beer that has been destroyed by the "widget". A little hops, but I could not get by the watered down taste. Even my wife commented, "this would be a good beer after mowing the lawn." Tragedy.

08-29-2003 13:58:47 | More by bewareOFpenguin
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edchicma

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev +11.7%

I knew this was a low abv, so my review reflects that. Typical nice nitro head and decent caramel color. Smell was lightly malty with a bit of a smoky quality. Taste was smoky in a nice mild way...a definite session brew, Mouthfeel, as expected was light but pleasing enough. Extremely easy to drink...kind of like a light beer, but with a lot more flavor. Good for what it is, a low abv session beer.

12-13-2003 03:15:31 | More by edchicma
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Reinheitsgebot71

Ontario (Canada)

3.08/5  rDev -5.2%

Purchased at a walk in beer store location.

A Thick creamy off white head with the usual cascading effect of a nitro can shoots through the clear amber body leaving caul fat like lace.

Smells of roast malt and light caramel balance a light hoppy aroma and a hint of sulphur. Some nitro smells prevalent.

Light malty notes are the main flavours here with some backing roasted flavour. A strange sensation of sour cream and a slight nuttiness present themselves submissively. Hopping can be detected int he latter half of the sip, light but adding some balance.
The body overall is watery though mouth coating with medium low carbonation. This provides a smooth refreshing quality.

Not a bad beer it would be good with standard pub fare.

11-26-2010 23:49:25 | More by Reinheitsgebot71
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Pelicanrocks

United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev -7.7%

01-12-2013 09:07:38 | More by Pelicanrocks
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ThinkAgain

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -7.7%

01-24-2012 03:36:13 | More by ThinkAgain
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evlu1441

Alberta (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +13.2%

I'm excited about this beer, if only because it will be my first nitro-can review. I haven't had a nitro-can in years.

I'm quite impressed! The nitro-can have a nice cascade of fine carbonation as expected, though not as interesting as a Guinness. The beer is a darkish copper colour and completely clear. There is a nice centimeter head that is extremely creamy. This looks like a draught beer!

The aroma is very faint, but it is almost entirely malt... And a very sweet roasty malt at that. There are some hints of honey and maybe even vanilla in there.

The flavour is not what I was expecting! It has an incredibly smooth mouthfeel, probably due to the low carbonation. The flavour is kind of subdues by this, and also by the low alcohol content, but it is a pretty decent beer! The malt flavour dominate the pallate. It is slightly sweet, but never too much. There is also some light hop flavour towards the end.

The drinkability of this beer is very high. I could totally sit in a pub and down several pints of this. I might even buy this again if I was in the mood for a light beer with some flavour.

06-22-2011 19:32:52 | More by evlu1441
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JohnQVD

New York

3/5  rDev -7.7%

08-22-2013 02:50:39 | More by JohnQVD
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scottoale

California

3.58/5  rDev +10.2%

I popped the top on the 440 ml. can (un-aware it was nitro charged) and was pleasently suprised by the typical atomic upwelling of nitrogen bubbles, pushing from the depths, forming a lushiously thick, frothy off-white head. The ale is a darkish copper, with some good sized chunks of sediment, floating around in it.

Smells of toasty, nutty malt, lightly sweet and kind of earthy rich. The flavor is grainy malt, again with a faintly sweet, roasted nuttyness, then swings smooth and balanced with a nice hop finish.

Smooth and creamy in the mouth, good body and superb nitro-carbonation, make this tasty brew a pleasure to enjoy. I was very suprised by this one, had never heard of nor tried it before. I recommend it and will drink it again in the future. Cheers!

04-28-2006 03:46:22 | More by scottoale
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

2.3/5  rDev -29.2%

From a 440 ml blue can, abv. listed at 3.5%. Pours out a slightly hazed rustic copper hue, with a tall tight creamy off-white head that retains.

Sweet bready malt and honey on the nose, light leafy, grassy hops. Some dry grain in the background.

Flavour starts out sweet, almost cloyingly so, akin to a honey cake, while mild spicy, herbal hops finish things out on the back end. Seems watered down and thin in general.

Mouthfeel is light and thin, somewhat creamy texture from the nitro can, low carbonation.

Doesn't make that great of an impression, I would imagine this is the type of light mediocre domestic fare that folks in the U.K. chug down without thinking twice about. Glad I managed to just pick up a single of this stuff.

04-03-2012 05:15:21 | More by IronDjinn
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StevieW

Florida

3.63/5  rDev +11.7%

A staple on my recent Scotland trip. It has a black or brown plastic bubble tap sign. The extra cold version of the same beer has a blue bubble tap sign. Medium copper color, Orange looking at times, rust or brown at times depending on the light. Bubbly thin tan head. Toasted smells seem to dominate. Taste was smooth and sufficiently bitter, nice hop presence. Always a somewhat metallic taste to finish. Hard water ? Not sure, but it happened more than once. Nice nitro creaminess to it, but it seemed to get a little watery at times. Overall an easy to find, pleasing experience.

07-13-2003 16:37:47 | More by StevieW
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dipso123

California

2/5  rDev -38.5%

05-14-2014 21:00:31 | More by dipso123
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

Surprised to see this in a bar down at Bewdley while on a pub crawl. Took a half pinr purely to review:

Good amber body with a large, deep white head.

The aromas given off were few, the beer being dispensed so cold, when it warmed some dark, malty fruity smells appeared.

The taste was also on the malty side, pleasant without setting the world alight.

I little on the fizzy side, like most keg bitters, but I still enjoyed this: the only non-cask ale I had during the crawl.

10-18-2011 16:27:56 | More by BlackHaddock
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CurtisD

New Brunswick (Canada)

3/5  rDev -7.7%

10-25-2012 21:53:47 | More by CurtisD
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Belhaven Best from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
75 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.