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St. Peter's Best Bitter - St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd

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BA SCORE
81
good

48 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 48
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.69%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  4.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jdhilt on 06-23-2003)
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

sephyrott, Jul 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

thekkk, Jun 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

safaricook, Mar 08, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

SimonTHGolfer, Dec 30, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

Bellonc, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.29/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A 500ml green glass bottle with a BB of Oct 2013. ABV is stated as 3.7%. Acquired some time back from a supermarket and stashed in my garage.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A clear coppery-orange colour with light carbonation. Forms a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before settling as a thin surface layer. Some lacing. Aroma of caramel malt with hints of grain, fruity ale yeast, mild biscuits, stewed hops and faint cardboard. Malt-heavy and unstimulating.

Tastes of biscuity caramel malt with a dry finish. Notes of grain, caramel, fruity ale yeast, stewed hops, earthiness and harsh cardboard. Well-attenuated, followed by a leafy bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with good carbonation and decent body. Somewhat astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of acrid stewed leaves, cardboard and yeast.

Meh - rather dull and one-dimensional. Perhaps too traditional for my tastes. It looks alright, however the flavour and aroma are uninspired; grainy malt and stewed leaves. Body is OK. Drinkable enough but doesn't hold your interest. No need to hunt it down.

jazzyjeff13, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Clear amber body with a slightly off-white frothy head. Great lacing.

S: Grainy roasted malt.

T: Slightly smokey caramel, but not sweet. Sharp. The hops take effect later on like a plain hops with fruity, caramel/fudgeness, pretty much what it describes on the label. Has a bit of earthiness and that grainy taste you get from some English ales which always reminds me of fish food pellets.

O: Mild and Mellow but not boring. A decent brew.

Hoppsbabo, Aug 26, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

pin, May 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

spycow, Mar 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Chrily, Jan 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

Bix, Aug 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

askeladden, Jun 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

MEP, Jun 19, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark orange, with an almost white foam, two fingers, quite abundant for a bitter.
Malt caramel, light, in the smell. Fresh and grassy hop, light pepper.
In the taste again caramel and malt, with definite bitter notes, from englishhop, earthly, tea, intense and fresh.
Good beer, pleasant, very sessionable.
Not too light as expected body. In the aftertaste a good tea, light pepper, anf light earthly.
Good.

stcules, May 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +13%

HamJam, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of janubio
2.78/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It comes in a 500 ml. bottle that reminds me those of medecinal syrup. It pours an amber reddish colour, small head that fades quickly. No lace. Smell is earthy, sulphuric, kind of chalk. I can't find anything more here. Sweeter than expected in the palate, a bit watery but fizzy. Taste is sulphuric, hints of caramel, butter, some biscuit . Soft. I took another look to the label to see if I drank it out of date by mistake, but no. The bottle is the best about this beer, IMO.

janubio, Apr 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

ThinkAgain, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of EmperorBevis
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours the classic light brown amber bitter body with a huge white head that disperses to a large cloud of white that keeps.

Nice hoppy aromas are thrown up right from opening the bottle with light floral tones.

This continues through to the flavour that flowers and hops refreshing biting taste tapering towards a peppery smack.

A decent and competent bitter a real decent pint not 'alf

EmperorBevis, Dec 16, 2011
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3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hand pulled pint (now only 3.7%ABV by the way) in the RAF bar at the back of ‘The Eagle’ in Cambridge, England.

The beer was pulled straight into a UK sleeve: the Pale and Crystal malts ensured it wasn’t too dark in colour. I thought it reddish amber in body, with a thin covering of white bubbles for a head. The beer was clear and looked inviting, so I attacked it with relish!

The aroma came from Golding hops and those aforementioned malts, the malts just about winning in the strength of the smells.

The flavours were a mixed bag of caramel, biscuit malts and semi-bitter citrusy hops all blended to produce an easy drinking bitter that doesn’t upset anyone: it also means it doesn’t test your taste buds or excite your tongue too much either. A little more malt content than bittering hops: so the beer leans towards my sweet tooth liking, but only just.

Body depth about right for this style and strength of beer: the flavours staying throughout the tasting.

Above average and a pleasant session bitter to have all night, would need some crisps and nuts though, if I was to stay on it for too long.

BlackHaddock, Dec 07, 2011
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3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - yellow-orange hue, fluffy pillow head that fades with time.

S - semi-grain with malt and slight citrus notes.

T - bready, grain quality, with hint of sweet malt.

M - light/med. body, with solid carbonation balance, goes down smoothly.

D - Very good session beer. There are much better bitters out there, but this is solid.

BeerLover99, Dec 14, 2010
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3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Copper colour with slightly off-white fluffy head. Label salmon coloured rather than white as pictured. Rather earthy nose with a hint of grape or raisin. After initial biscuity start a slightly herbal hop kick takes over. Seems very slightly spicy, almost peppery, in the aftertaste. Better than most bitters.

charlatan, Jun 09, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer bottle (50 cl.), tasted in 2010.

Appearance : amber golden colour, with white foam minor head.
Smell : grass and hoppy aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : malted, with fruity caramel flavours, a bitter finish.
Drinkability : an average beer in the style English bitter (very low ABV 3.7).

thierrynantes, Jun 04, 2010
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4.43/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a pint glass from the bottle a orangey bronze colour with 1.5 centimetres of slightly off white head that falls fairly quickly.
S - Some caramel maltiness and light citrus fruity notes.
T - Biscuity and caramel malt flavour, quickly followed by a fruity marmalade flavour.
M - Fairly light bodied, lowish carbonation, slightly dry finish and a bit of bitterness.
D - A pretty damn good english bitter. My bottle said 3.7%. Could do with a bit more bitterness IMO.

brendan13, Aug 24, 2009
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3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB 24 OCT 10, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass. NOTE: The beer is said to be brewed with Pale and Crystal malts, and Goldings aroma hops, hence the major difference with a sister product, Organic Best Bitter, lies in the hop variety (First Gold for the latter).

A: pours a bright, dark amber hue with great clarity and very restrained carbonation at play, while the off-white frothy head comes thin but lasts well.
S: just like a good honest Best Bitter should be, the aroma consists of caramelised sugar, (melting) barley candy, and, just like what it says on the label, lots of Goldings' sweet orangey citrusness. A closely sniff adds to the aroma extra bits of boiled root-veggie and sweet black tea. Simple and nice, a tad too sweet for the balance, though.
T: a hop feast, in the Olde English way - the dried hops give the foretaste plenty of chewy/tannic palate not unlike dried, roasted tea leaves plus dried Chinese herbs, but at the same time a much milder caramely taste of malts (than on the nose) is inextricably mixed with the equally much milder orangey hop taste. The flavour shows an integrated whole, with each sip revealing pretty much the same ingredients smoothly bound together. Not particularly bitter in the aftertaste, where the tongue can still pick up residual aroma from the dried tea-leafy hops as well as an almost roast-malt like dry-ish palate.
M&D: the texture is very soft with only necessary amount of tiny bubbles to soothe the taste-buds, while the body comes really decent, never thin for its low alc. strength, thanks to (I think) a sound balance achieved b/w malts and hops, and also an assertive level of hop bitterness. All in all, this is to me a thirst-quenching, light-weight ale, not far from what one'd expect from the cask version in a good old pub!

wl0307, May 09, 2009
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3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 3.7%. Amber to brown colour, moderate off-white head, nice lacing. Fine aroma of malts, toffee and biscuits. The flavour is nicely balanced between the malts and the hops, also notes of biscuits and nuts, hints of caramel. Fairly dry. Distinctly hoppy finish and a long aftertaste. A very enjoyable session bitter!

Sigmund, Dec 25, 2008
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St. Peter's Best Bitter from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
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