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Belhaven Best - Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

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BA SCORE
76
okay

138 Ratings
THE BROS
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poor

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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 17.99%
Wants: 1
Gots: 11 | 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:
Beer added by: JISurfer on 05-03-2003

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Ratings: 138 | Reviews: 73
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3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

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3.38/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap with dinner on our vacation to Glasgow.
Dark amber color with a decent sized head, good retention that leaves behind a ton of lacing.
Smell of sweet malts, maybe some wheat beer aromas, no real discernable hops. Taste is thin with no one flavor jumping out. I don't want to say bland, just not alot going on. Average taste and flavor, thin body and mouthfeel. A drinkable sessional because it won't overpower your taste buds, or fill you up. Not sure about it being 'the best'.

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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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3.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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3.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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: 3.35, 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.

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2.59/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

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.

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2.36/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 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.

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Belhaven Best from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
76 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.