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Norfolk Wherry Best Bitter - Woodforde's Norfolk Ales

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Ratings: 18
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 15.19%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Woodforde's Norfolk Ales visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  3.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: UnionMade on 04-09-2003

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Ratings: 18 | Reviews: 11
Reviews by Viking:
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2.57/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Orange-golden brew with a fat, white head. Very good head retention with a lot of residual lace on the glass. Smell is extremely fruity - practically like an apple cider. Small notes of malt, slightly grainy hiding underneath the apple aroma. Hops not apparent in the aroma at all. Fruit esters dominate the flavor. Again, I'm reminded of a cider. Light hop and malt notes apparent, with very low bitterness. Rough mouthfeel, crisp and clean.

Fruit esters simply too dominant in this brew, even for a Best Bitter. Could be a great thirst quencher for someone who likes their bitters rather closer to cider, however.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This beer is yellow in color with lots of sediment and carbonation in the glass. It has a giant, extremely stubborn head.

Smell – The big, raunchy bitter aroma shoots right through the head. The bitterness is tangy with lots of fruity notes.

Taste – The rindy citrus leads the bitter/fruity flavors here. There’s a nice malt backbone to this one as well.

Mouthfeel – I like the refreshing and dry nature of the mouthfeel but it’s overly carbonated for the style.

Drinkability – This made for a nice, midday low ABV refresher.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've drank this in the brewery tap and on many occasions in Norfolk, but strangely never reviewed it before. This review is of a pint, hand pulled into a standard UK sleeve glass in the Prince of wales pub on Drury Lane, London (opposite The Lowlander Cafe).

The body is light amber and almost clear, a slight haze hangs in the glass, on top a white head struggled to keep afloat, it slowly faded away leaving a wispy covering surrounded by a thicker collar.

Many smells came into my nose (the pub was full), but I think the beer gave off aromas of caramel biscuits, lightly baked and dropped into a box of pink-grapefruit before being used in the brew!

The taste was a good mix of flavours, mini citrus notes and those caramel biscuits from the smell marry together nicely: this is so easy to drink.

A lovely brew and one that can be sessioned, only 3.8% ABV, but full of character and quality.

Photo of vinicole
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of AylwinForbes
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let not a low ABV suggest a concomitant lack in taste or mouthfeel because Woodforde's Wherry disproves that notion. On a visit to deepest Suffolk I came across this for the first time. An orange amber, slightly hazy, it develops a modest but creamy head. Aromatic, piny citrus hop, and rich fruity flavor with a decent body. Very drinkable. One of those pints you would drive to find.

Photo of Sigmund
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask conditioned at The Pickerel, Cambridge. (Was also available at the Cambridge Beer Festival.) Deep golden colour. Slightly sulphurous aroma, some fruits (plums, cherries?) too. Very nice moderately hoppy flavour with citrussy elements. A decent session bitter.

Photo of GreenCard
2.57/5  rDev -29%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Best before 04.05...

Appearance: pale brownish-gold, quite cloudy, thinnish cap of white foam, poor head retention

Aroma: grainy maltiness, hint of floral hops, a touch sour

Flavor: dry malt backbone, quite tangy (like a cask that has gone off), yeast, grassy hop flavor, finishes dryish with more of that tanginess in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, mild carbonation, soft texture

Other comments: Unfortunately, I have yet to try this on cask. Every time I've had the opportunity there was either another beer I was more interested in or the cask was empty. But it's a local favorite. This bottle has got to be an off-bottle. It tastes like old cask ale; vapid flavor and a tad sour. I'll definitely have to try it from cask.

Photo of StJamesGate
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On cask at Gunmakers, Clerkenwell, London.

Pale ruddy gold with steady white film and sheets at the top.
Cream crackers and citrus blossom on the nose.
Mild mango and honey crunch biscuit malts and cedar hops. Fruity end and drying tight linger.
Light to medium, dry, lean and crisp.

Leans towards the hops. Lots of character for 3.8%. Balanced, not too thin and easy drinking.

Very much not retired.

Photo of clvand0
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one pours an orange color with a small head that falls fast and doesn't leave much lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma has a charamel character, but with a lingering sourness. Interesting. The flavor has the same slight sourness that the nose had ... not what I expect in an English bitter. Has a nice hop bitterness with a solid malt backbone. Not bad at all, but I don't like the sour notes.

Photo of zerk
2.46/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a slightly chill hazed copper with a light orange tint. No head to speak of, and no lacing. Aroma is very simple... light toasted malt and a touch of grassy hops with a light vinegar note. Flavor is downright bland, with no noticeable hop or malt profile and a touch of vinegar sourness. I have to think something is wrong with this batch, so beware. Mouthfeel is light with low... almost no... carbonation. I would give this one a try again if I could be sure that it's fresh.

Photo of KevinRailton
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of kmpitz2
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a nice slightly hazy orange color with a finger of head that falls to coat the beer. The nose is very interesting. Its almost like its got woody tannins in there, along with sourness. Interesting. The flavor is really nice. Slightly grainey, touched with hop and a very slight sour tone on the finish. Rather nice and light. Almost a little spicey piney tone in there as well. The feel is light and watery. Expected for a beer under 4%. A nice, refreshing beer with a very mild flavor. Not bad at all.

Photo of atrocity
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.17/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pump clip reading: "Woodforde's Wherry". On cask/hand-pump at The Pen & Wig, Cardiff.
A great example of a British Bitter. Wholesome, complex malts holding up a fruity hop bite. Perfectly carbonated making it drinkable as heck.

Photo of TGS
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of rmehughes
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of diverite
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Matt551188
4/5  rDev +10.5%

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Norfolk Wherry Best Bitter from Woodforde's Norfolk Ales
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