Belhaven Best - Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
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British Columbia (Canada)
3.5/5 rDev +7.4%
At only about $2 a tall can this is a decent bitter with the creamy mouthfeel of a nitro can. The beer is certainly not too complex but I enjoyed the toffee notes and the smooth finish. As Fall approaches this is the kind of easy drinking beer that replaces the wheat and light lagers from the summer. I prefer the Courage Directors Ale in cans for the same price but I will buy some more of this brew.
09-09-2012 00:25:46 | More by canucklehead
3.73/5 rDev +14.4%
Appearance is typical of a nitro beer. About the same as a kilkenny, maybe, a touch lighter.
Smells of sweet grains, and some light fruityness. Actally smells pretty dang appealing right now.
Taste is so-so. There's that same yeasty fruitiness, soft breads, and then some toasty grains. Not as sweet as the smell would lead you to suspect. Just a touch of a dark toffee or caramel there, too, but overall the impression is more toasty biscuity than caramelly.
Mouthfeel is on par with a nitro beer. Satisfying, though a touch on the thin side I think.
Overall - decent, but not somethign I'd seek out.
08-07-2012 00:46:50 | More by prosper
3.5/5 rDev +7.4%
On tap at the Ensign Ewart, Edinburgh
A: Light amber, a very huge 2 finger head that hung around. Great lacing.
S: Light malts, honey,
T: Malty, toffee, sweet, frothy, creamy. A slight bitter finish.
M: Medium with creamy carbonation.
O: A decent bitter. Obviously much better on tap.
07-27-2012 16:03:55 | More by brewskifan55
3.33/5 rDev +2.1%
440 mL can from the LCBO, listed at 4.8%; best before July 2012. This is a new one for me - I haven't had a nitro ale in a while, probably because I'm usually not all that impressed with them. But I'll try anything once.
Pours an attractive amber-honey colour, cloudy at first, but translucent once the layers have separated out. On the surface sits one finger of smooth, creamy head that sticks around for quite a while. The aroma is sweet with lots of biscuity malts; toffee, honey and (most particularly) butterscotch are rather prominent. Fairly enticing, and definitely more robust than a lot of the nitro ales I've had.
Fairly enjoyable taste, but no real complexity about it. Biscuity malts and toasted bread provide some backbone, with sweet toffee and butterscotch dominating the profile. Rather buttery, with light hints of orchard fruit with only some slight, tea-like dryness late in the sip. The aftertaste is sweet and malty. Silky smooth mouthfeel like most nitro cans, due to the very mild carbonation. Light-bodied and kind of watery, but drinkable as all hell.
I found this highly enjoyable for a nitro can. Obviously the mouthfeel of these nitro brews is an acquired preference - one I have certainly never claimed to possess - but from an objective standpoint, this is a serviceable brew that I don't have a lot of complaints about. That being said - it's not one of the better bitters I've had in recent memory. The balance is rather poor, and there isn't a lot of bitterness, although it does finish cleanly.
Final Grade: 3.33, an acceptable B minus grade. Good stuff, and as a bonus for any frugal UK ale fans, it's quite cheap in these parts as well. Hopefully the LCBO keeps bringing in Belhaven's Best, because it's easily the best nitro beer I've picked up from there in years. Simple, yet solid. Worth a try, but not something to move mountains in search of.
06-19-2012 05:54:03 | More by thehyperduck
2.58/5 rDev -20.9%
I was a bit surprised with the nitro can. I'm used to nitro widgets only being in Guinness. Anyways, this bitter pours out an amber colour with a thick, white, creamy head. It goes downhill from there. The smell has some light butterscotch, grassy hops, tea like aroma, honey, and an odd smell that I can't quite described. Something kind of, gassy. Tastes sweet with toffee and malts, with a hint of brown sugar. Some grassy and citrus hops cleans the palate afterwards. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Overall, a rather disappointing English style bitter.
06-15-2012 20:37:02 | More by slitherySOB
2.3/5 rDev -29.4%
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
3.6/5 rDev +10.4%
I'm having this on the recommendation of my brother, and low and behold this is actually a nitro-can.
Appearance: It took a while for the carbonation to settle, even for a nitro but it produced a finger and a half of head that sustained and laced like crazy. The body is amber with a tan coloured creamy head.
Smell: An almost butterscotch like arroma (although more on the scotch side of things) with a tea and honey note. It took a bit of warming to come out, but when it did it was quite nice. However, I think I'm also getting an odd smell that I'm not used to and it's probably coming from the nitro.
Taste: A malt explosion as toffee like malt hits you at the start of the beer, then gives way to a creamy mild smokey scotch taste that the nitro seems to reign in quite a bit and then ending with another hit of malt and honey taste. It's different that is for sure.
Mouthfeel: I'm honestly a bit conflicted on this one. I mean it's creamy, offers a sweet malt aftertaste that quickly departs and doesn't overstay it's welcome, doesn't cling and transitions well, but part of me gets the feeling that maybe the nitro isn't needed. I dunno if that sound crazy or not.
Drinkability: Normally I find that nitro enhanced beers tend to be heavy offerings that sit in your stomach like caulking. This is the exact opposite as if not for the massive amount of malt, would come across as almost too light. I had not problems getting it down and it seems to sit down quite well.
Final Thoughts: I touched base on it on the mouthfeel, but I honestly wouldn't mind trying this beer without the nitro. I will say this though, this is probably the first beer I've had where I actually wanted to see a bit more bitterness involved. Still I'd recommend it regardless, but that being said I can't stand IPAs so take from that what you will.
01-18-2012 06:19:07 | More by TheHammer
3.35/5 rDev +2.8%
A - Nitro-opaque clears to amber liquid and thick tan foam.
S - Nose is a bit musty but bland, hint of fruitiness. Overall, low in aroma-quotient though.
T - Some light lemony hop, some nuttiness and husky grain. A bit on the tart side. Hints of molasses and dark sugar.
M - Smooth, creamy feel for obvious reasons. Light body.
D - Easy drinking, moderately flavoured brew. A true sessioner.
12-31-2011 02:11:50 | More by allergictomacros
2.88/5 rDev -11.7%
Pale amber orange colour, nearly 2 fingers of dense white head, some lace left behind. Smell is biscuity malt and caramel, graham crackers, faint traces of honey and at points some floral notes. Taste is pretty biscuity and malty, oddly metallic, light fruity and floral points in aftertaste, light underlying bitterness throughout. Mouthfeel is light and fairly watery though the medium body makes this fairly creamy on the tongue, minimal carbonation. This was juts OK, nothing overly interesting and if that metallic taste wasn't there that would help its case quite a bit.
10-28-2011 18:15:28 | More by peensteen
United Kingdom (England)
3.75/5 rDev +15%
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
3.6/5 rDev +10.4%
Appearance – Clear amber/copper colour with an above average size frothy off-white/beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation visible and there is an amazing amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 10 minutes before it was gone.
Smell - Malts, hops, caramel, pears, tea
Taste & Mouth - The beer has a below average amount of carbonation and and it feels very creamy on the tongue. I can taste malts, caramel, and quite a bit of a roasted nut flavour. There is also some notes of tea and a bit of a pear juice sweetness. It finishes with a malty roasted slightly sweet aftertaste.
Overall – This is a very drinkable beer that has just enough flavour to keep it interesting and sessionable. The appearance is fantastic in the glass and it was priced fairly reasonably. I'd buy it again.
10-04-2011 14:22:54 | More by spinrsx
United Kingdom (Scotland)
2.95/5 rDev -9.5%
Reddish amber with a creamy white head that stays for about five minutes before being reduced to a thickish lacing.
Smell wasn't the strongest really. It has some caramel, very light summer fruits that could have been stronger and some malts too.
Could have been a lot stronger. It also has some caramel & malts with the background summer fruits but none of these dominate & a watery taste is apparent when drank.
Light to medium bodied with low carbonation & a very smooth texture that goes down easy due to the watery taste probably.
Average really & not at all what I was expecting; it was nice for a change from the pale lagers that where the only other beers on offer in the pub but not a beer I’d be inclined to get all that often.
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09-06-2011 17:03:08 | More by flyingpig
3.1/5 rDev -4.9%
A: Pours a somewhat dark russet-y copper with some visible carbonation that's strangely static (i.e. just clinging to the glass - I don't think one bubble has moved for minutes now) and a typical nitro-can head: a dense, modestly-sized layer of creamy beige foam with retention for days.
S: Toffee and biscuit malts with a sweet yet raw grain aroma. Hints of honey and grassy hops round out the rather weak nose.
T: Sweet caramel malts and a pleasant note of grain towards the finish, along with faint floral hops and a very vague hint of roastiness.
M: Despite the creamy texture, it's made watery by the thin body and lack of carbonation - combine that with the fairly clean finish and you've got an extremely drinkable ale, just not for entirely good reasons.
D: To be blunt, the beauty of a nitro-can can't make up for the blandness. If you need something light-flavoured and easy-as-water to drink, it's a fine choice, but otherwise not really worthwhile and not much of a bitter at all.
09-04-2011 22:15:16 | More by Kartoffeln
3.28/5 rDev +0.6%
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
3.4/5 rDev +4.3%
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
3.28/5 rDev +0.6%
Completely different can than pictured and listed as 4.8% ABV. BB June 2012. Another old favourite I'm revisiting for BA review.
Pours a slightly rusty, honey-amber colour with a smooth and frothy white head. Takes a good two minutes to settle, giving a nice cascade effect as it does.
The aroma is very, very mild and takes a few minutes to be noticable. Smells of sweetened scotch, similar to oak or rum barrel aged beers like Innis & Gunn. I also get dark, toasted malts and a slight graininess.
Tastes of wood with a slight smokey hint to it. Chocolate comes through after that. The finish is more sour than bitter and slightly cloying.
The mouthfeel is quite creamy and smooth; there is little to no carbonation aside from the long-lasting head. One the sourness of the taste's finish wears off, I find a crisp and clean aftertaste.
It certainly isn't bad, but just not as smooth going as I remember. The smoky notes in the taste and sourness in the finish are a bit off-putting for my current palate, but it goes down quite easy after a pint or two.
08-18-2011 20:59:55 | More by bryehn
Belhaven Best from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
75 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.