1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Guinness Draught - Guinness Ltd.

Not Rated.
Guinness DraughtGuinness Draught

Educational use only; do not reuse.

6,387 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 6,387
Reviews: 2,100
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 19.89%
Wants: 82
Gots: 1,107 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd. visit their website

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-02-2001

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (32) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Guinness Draught Alström Bros
Ratings: 6,387 | Reviews: 2,100 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of kvgomps
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of cmwilliq
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Beer4Mike
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of RVigz
4.75/5  rDev +34.9%

Photo of ramblinwreck101
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Martin293
5/5  rDev +42%

Photo of zeledonia
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Tasted 19 January 2014, reviewed from notes.

Pour is pretty, as nitro packages often are. Deep brown, cascading light tan head. One finger, foamy, good retention and nice lacing.

Smell is thin and lightly sweet. Not much stout character that I can pick up.

Taste is kinda like the smell. Just not much to it. A touch of char, a hint of sweetness. Mostly bland.

Feel is okay. A little thin, a little flat. The nitro doesn't really stick in the feel, leaving it kinda dull. It is light and refreshing, which is odd for a stout.

A very light stout without much flavor. Always gives me a chuckle when people refer to beers as "as thick as Guinness". I guess it is what it is, a refreshing stout. Thing is, I don't really want my stouts to be refreshing.

Photo of gkjhawk
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of illpass78
4.19/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a nitro can into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown that appears almost black unless you hold it to the light. The head quickly recedes to about a half inch of tan foam. Leaves a decent amount of lacing on the way down.

Aroma: Smells like black coffee. Alcohol is very faint; almost nonexistent to the nose. Overall the aroma is pretty weak, but not uninviting.

Taste: I know the canned draught Guinness takes a beating from critics, but I think it's perfect for what it is. It has a creamy, coffee-like flavor with some roasty dark chocolate notes, and the alcohol is almost unnoticeable (like in the nose). It's not super thick, but it's thick enough. Guinness Draught is full of the qualities that make people love porters and stouts - is it best in class? No. But it's never a letdown, either.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and inviting. Very easy to drink. If a "session dry stout" is a thing, it's probably this.

Overall: Guinness Draught is much-maligned, but it gets the job done. I feel this beer's rating suffers because so many people think of it as the apex of beer and it's clearly not. But at the end of the day, it's a fine substitute for a chocolatey dessert. You know what you're getting into here; just enjoy it.

Photo of mattreitz49
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of crob3888
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Petey_the_Quiet
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

Photo of A-Ham
3.99/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not sure if one can make a sound argument against Guinness Draught. You don't even need to taste it to know that it has full flavor, you can clearly see it. This is one of my favorites, it really goes good with most things, but especially burgers and other red meat. If you haven't tried this beer (where have you been?), I would strongly recommend it.

Photo of moochmonster
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of NiceTaps
3.42/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

14.9 oz nitro can in a Guinness glass.

A- Very dark brown color with more than a touch of ruby red at the bottom of the glass due to refraction. It has the nitro cascade look, very cool, that produces a dense creamy mocha-colored head, about a half-inch worth. The head clings heavy to the inside of the glass leaving some lacing.

S-Sweet creamy alcohol, roasted malts, and just a hint of mineral-like smokiness.

T-Dry roasted malts. I pick up some sweets, too, from the hint of chocolate. Slightly smoked.

M- Thin and watery despite the fact that the dense creamy head never waivers. The malt flavor is short lived and the smokiness is unpleasant. There's no body.

O- Guinness Draught always looks great. It's too bad that the rest it does not measure up. Not all bad of a light beer, however.

Photo of BrooklynPanch
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

Photo of DrBass
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of TeamMathis
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured out like Irish Cream. Nitrogen streams up the black brew. Perfect, thick tan head.
Smell: Coffee and malts.
Taste: Smooth. Watery.

Few beers are as beautiful as this one. Yes, it is completely overrated. It tastes like a water of sorts, has a very faint smell, has a low ABV, and costs too much. However, it's still enjoyable in the total sum of all its parts (and has a great story and history). It's amazingly drinkable and smooth. I will, of course and with little shame, get this again.

Photo of SFNC
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of the_encinitan
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of AaronTheBearded
3.66/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ahhh Guinness. A classic in sport pubs across the world. I've had this beauty a number of times, sometimes on tap, and other times from the nitro-can. Never from the bottle, though. I'll try to give my take on it...

A - The absolute BEST part about this beer is the appearance. You can't not love to just sit and look at a pint of Guinness - the way the nitrogen cascades through the body, only to settle gently into a lovely off-white head, crisply contrasted with the beautiful, almost-black body. Anyway, enough romanticizing. Let's get practical. You can't see much through the body, unless you hold it to a bright light, where you can only see a very faint red silhouette. On the edge of the glass, you can see plenty of carbonation streaming to the top. As you drink, an incredible lacing occurs all the way down the glass, and lingers until you wash it out after you're done.

S - Once you get past the fact that you just plunged your nose into a heap of nitrogen foam and looked like an idiot in front of your mates, you wipe it clean and try again, only to pick up subtle hints of wonderful malts, coffee, chocolate, and that quintessential barley that goes back generations. Nothing big here, just light hints

T - It tastes like... well... not much. You do get very subtle hints following the nose, but the rest just kind of tastes like cream or milk or something. I understand this is what you might call a "light" version of actual Guinness stout, but there really isn't that much here. Doesn't stop me from enjoying it, though.

M - Very nice, light, creamy feeling on the tongue. Goes in smooth, goes down smooth. Like drinking a milkshake - nice and creamy, but not too thick. Wonderful.

O - I understand that most Irishmen say you haven't had a real Guinness unless it's straight from the horse's mouth. I can definitely see where they're coming from. I hope to visit Ireland soon (not just for the beer of course (although that is one reason)), and I will definitely have to try it out. However, I've never had a pint of this beer that I didn't like. Great drinking experience that is widely available. Looking forward to my next one.

Photo of Jersh67
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of SoCaliC8
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of tgatort
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of magpie2020
4.75/5  rDev +34.9%

Guinness Draught from Guinness Ltd.
80 out of 100 based on 6,387 ratings.