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

St. Peter's Best BitterSt. Peter's Best Bitter

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46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.93%

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:
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(Beer added by: jdhilt on 06-23-2003)
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Photo of jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.29/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 00:02:13 | More by jazzyjeff13
Photo of Hoppsbabo

United Kingdom (England)

4.25/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 03:34:09 | More by Hoppsbabo
Photo of stcules


3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 20:59:31 | More by stcules
Photo of janubio


2.78/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 20:42:21 | More by janubio
Photo of EmperorBevis

United Kingdom (England)

3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 23:12:51 | More by EmperorBevis
Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Serving type: cask

12-07-2011 14:15:16 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of BeerLover99


3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 18:38:04 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of charlatan

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2010 21:26:41 | More by charlatan
Photo of thierrynantes


3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
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).

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2010 19:52:53 | More by thierrynantes
Photo of brendan13


4.43/5  rDev +24.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2009 11:06:30 | More by brendan13
Photo of wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 17:35:10 | More by wl0307
Photo of Sigmund


3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2008 22:53:24 | More by Sigmund
Photo of hunteraw


3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Label is orange, contrary to the picture on BA. Attractive amber color, lots of lacing although retention isn't spectacular.

Smell: Aroma is fairly light, herbal hops and a hint of brown sugar.

Taste: Lots of biscuit/toasty malt, which I am a fan of. Some grapefruity hops (in a british beer?) and a little brown sugar. Slightly soapy finish. Lasting, bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Moderately high carbonation - much more so than any bitter you'd get on cask. Fairly light body.

Drinkability: Drank this one to de-stress after burning something in the kitchen. Did the job.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2008 16:58:55 | More by hunteraw
Photo of sstackho

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle purchased from LCBO. Thank Dog for the LCBO employees who are there to cross out the 3.7% alc/vol label and affix their own 4.4% label! There's my tax dollars well spent. Pours a slightly cloudy light gold. Light funky hop aroma. Flavour is rather nice, particularly in the bitter aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2008 01:07:05 | More by sstackho
Photo of callmemickey


3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Jerusalem Tavern in London...

not as good as the Organic...

A: Copper body with a moderate cream white head which fades..

S: Slightly citrus/fruity with a bittersweet malt base

T: The malts form a solid base which is accented with crisp orange flavor..

M: Crisp.. medium body.. lightly carbonated

O: Alright for two.. no more after that before losing interest

Serving type: cask

02-20-2008 16:36:05 | More by callmemickey
Photo of slitherySOB

Ontario (Canada)

2.9/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'm unsure why, but I like the bottles of St. Peter's. Reminds me of a medical flask. Pours out coppery, with no head to speak of. Their are a few bubbles, but no real foam. It actually looked a bit like the bubbles you get from soapy water. Not impressed. Bit of an earthy, mineral scent withs some floral and citrus. Nothing really remarkable. Toasty flavour, with a bit of earthy bitterness. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. A rather plain bitter. Nothing necessarily wrong, but their is no factor that would make me come back for another.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2007 00:37:16 | More by slitherySOB
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.45/5  rDev -31%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a light brown color ale with a small bubbly head that disappeared way too quickly. Aroma of grainy unrefined dry malt is not the most interesting. Taste is also dominated by this unrefined grainy taste with a dry ending. Carbonation is very low with no noticeable hops. Very uninteresting and boring.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2007 17:08:05 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of pootz

Ontario (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


Poured a dark gold-amber with a small rocky cap..low carbonation.

Light fruity aroma..peaches and some wet hay, bit of musty sweetness.

Nice mild caramel tastes in the front, then golding bittering, light sweetness like dark toffee, light fruity notes, clean wet bitter finish...soft mineral mouth feel.

Pretty fair cask-styled light bitter,

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2007 00:23:47 | More by pootz
Photo of shamus

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The St. Peter's Pale Ale is one of my top rated beers and so it was a nice surprise to see this one on the LCBO shelf. There is a bit of a mystery to the labelling as the percentage of alcohol is marked out with a black ink stroke. I was able to make out that it probably said 2.7% which seems laughably low. Perhaps it said 3.7%. In any case there is a white label on the back that says 4.4%.

It poured very thin with large bubbles and a tawny head. It has a bit of a chill haze; a lovely copper/amber colour. It has a earthy scotchy smell. Nice and bitter malty foretaste with a fragrant hop taste following. Very satisfying. Not too sweet which is good. "A nice balance between the malt and the hop" says Leslie.

I still prefer the pale ale, but that is my favourite type period. A really nice beer that lives up to it's label "Light and Bitter"

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2007 22:50:12 | More by shamus
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

4.4% according to the LCBO test lab.

A: Copper-amber with a little chill haze; off-white head, light retention & lacing.

S: Earthy citrus, grainy, light bicuit & toffee, hints of tropical and cotton-candy fruity esters.

T: Orange & grapefruit citrus with a light earthy-mineral flavour. Biscuity & grainy malt, good bitterness, nice fruity flavour.

M: Light body, modest carbonation, smooth, ligh thop acidity.

D: Quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2007 01:02:49 | More by Derek
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml distinctive St.Peter's bottle, ABV listed as 4.4%

St. Peter's Best Bitter has toasty copper-orange colour, a peachy-white meringue for head and leaves webs of lacing that coat the glass the entire way around. Its clarity is completely uninterrupted less the occasional bubble that drifts about. A very, very attractive looking beer.

The aroma embodies all things British: floral hoppiness, and a biscuity malt bill, a chalky, mineral-rich water profile. The hop bill is surprisingly not dull; it's incredibly floral and harbors notes of green herbs, grasses, citrus, flowers and vegetables. It is mild but plenty manifest.

The hops are mild in the mouthfeel too but leave a soft, lasting note of resin on the palate; the flavour sticks with you. Low bitterness and carbonation make this quite smooth and a low(ish) alcohol makes it very sessionable. This kind of beer is a good from the bottle but a dream on cask.

Both hops and malts were used in sufficient quantity to impart healthy, hearty, full body; no ingredients were spared. Every sip has plenty of flavour; the malts carry a moderate hint of caramel or butterscotch. The beer's balanced and clean profile holds up even once it warms.

I was pleasantly, somewhat surprisingly impressed with St. Peter's Best Bitter considering the long journey this bottle has endured and the fact that this style doesn't travel well. It's probably the closest thing to a true, English cask bitter I've had this side of the pond. "Best" bitter indeed.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2007 01:25:44 | More by biegaman
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

4.4% alcohol as noted by my Ontario brethren and the helpful LCBO relabeling.

Pours a clear red/orange, decent off white head forms, big and bubbly on top, thick and compact underneath, neat. Smell is sweet, caramel, light roast, honey, citrus/floral, grass, some bread, nice. Taste is very bready, biscuits, honey/caramel, citrus, lots of floral, fresh bread graininess, grass, nice bitter finish, very enjoyable. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation, goes down easy. Very flavourful low ABV ale, definately will session with this.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2007 03:23:32 | More by Viggo
Photo of CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle says 3.7% ABV, the state imposed LCBO sticker says 4.4% and BA says 4.1%, lets just say this is around 4%.

Pours from the flask shaped bottle a clear copper color with a smallish head that leaves little lacing behind. The aroma is malty with a confectionary sugar sweetness and fig upfront. Some grainy barley and earthy hops are also there. The first sip reveals a modest hop character and a very grainy malt character. Herbal UK hops abound in the finish. Some cookie dough is there too. The mouthfeel is more substantial than I expected with a light carbonation level.

This is a decent bitter. It could use a more expansive malt profile and more hops, but its still worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2007 03:29:00 | More by CAMRAhardliner
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A session beer of good bitterness at 4% ABV. Beautiful dark bottle, fresh from the LCBO. Easy medium mouthfeel colour of medium yellow with lots of head. Good bitterness,Goldings hops, moderate and on the bitter side. Nicely drinkable, suitable carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2007 00:32:36 | More by Sammy
Photo of allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a ever so slightly hazy copper. Head is almost non-existent. Nose is fresh hops and a touch of toastiness. Definitely light bodied, and low, low carbonation with a bracing bitterness, fresh floral/grapefruit hop, with a toasty character as well. Quite dry. Very high on the drinkability scale. Refreshing, and tasty - I will admit to being a bit put off by the lackluster head formation.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2007 04:20:58 | More by allergictomacros
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