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

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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 14.49%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  4.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: jdhilt on 06-23-2003

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Reviews by beerinator:
Photo of beerinator
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper light-penny colored clear beer. Thin head with decent head retention.

Aroma: Sweet caramel and earthy notes in aroma. Hop presence shows through slighly in the nose.

Taste: Low carbonation. Beer fades from slightly sweet to a bitter finish. Nice earthyness in the flavor. Mouthfeel feels slightly thin, maybe because of low carbonation.

Notes: Nice drinkability. Fresh tasting bitter. The carbonation and head level is reminiscent of a hand pulled bitter. Not an extraordinary beer, but it is very clean with a nice flavor and finish. Session quality.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice bronze with a soapy-like head that is gone in a flash,light aroma I get a little brown sugar and fruitiness very English.Taste is very subtle lightly sweet and fruity with a little minty flavor that comes out as I drink more.A little watery in the mouthfeel though makes its mouthfeel get a low grad but a real quaffer something to drink alot of.True to the style and a great bottle for my collection.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.29/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.45/5  rDev -30.4%
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.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.26/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of Globetrotter
4.27/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lovely brown oval-shaped bottle with a very plain label. Ingredients conform to the purity law. Best before 3/14/04, I opened mine on 10/25/03.

This beer brought back lots of memories from my two years at Oxford. It poured a clear copper tone under a very thin off white head that disappeared quite quickly. There's the typically strong barley and flowery hops in the nose. The mouth was surprisingly prickly (the price one pays for bottling, I guess), and medium-bodied. The taste was just how I remember the bitters in my favorite pubs. Just a bit sour, there's lots of malt at first, chased by an excellent hoppy bite. The aftertaste is mainly bitter, with just a touch of malt in the background. Great example of the style.

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
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

Photo of Sigmund
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
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!

Photo of Indybeer
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1pt .9 oz bottle. Poured a golden yellow, with very little head even with an agressive pour. Some lacing on the glass. The only aroma I could detect was tea. As in a cup of tea! Taste starts out with low carbonation, then comes the bitter, which is followed by a nice sweetness in the finish. Not the best bitter I've had, but still enjoyable.

Photo of GreenCard
3.29/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: amber, good clarity, sparse head formation

Aroma: lush bready maltiness, caramel, toast, lightly fruity

Flavor: even maltiness with a toasty edge and slight acidity, artichoke hop flavor, hint of citrus, finishes dryish with a malty/caramelly aftertaste laced with a minute hop bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium body, gentle carbonation, soft texture

Photo of jdhilt
2.68/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

St. Peter's site has two bitters - the organic is brewed with Chariot malted barley and organically grown Hallertau hops. This is brewed with Pale and Crystal malts and goldings aroma hops. Pours with a head that lasts and leaves a lace. It finishes bitter - imagine that, but there is a sweet caramel nose.

Photo of Derek
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Photo of necoadam
3.08/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased from Half Time Beverages.

Poured out a copper/amber color with a nice head that settles down with time. Smell consisted of caramel, some malts, tea-like aromas with a hint of some spiciness. A little strange I thought. Taste was ok. Light amount of malts hit first with an undertone of citrus flavors and caramel. A little dosage of burnt flavors also come up. I was expecting a lot of carbonation to mix in, but it was light as well. Wasn't as creamy as I expected it to be. Just a strange verison.

Photo of janubio
2.73/5  rDev -22.4%
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.

Photo of Viggo
4.15/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

Photo of hunteraw
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of pootz
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
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,

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of callmemickey
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
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

Photo of UnionMade
2.39/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

The beer pours a burnt orange color, with a slight chill haze. A minimal dusting of head tops the beer, assuring me of a full pint in the english tradition.
The aroma is somewhat disappointing. A mild skunkiness wafts up and I know my bottle isn't exactly "brewery fresh". I tried to grab the bottle seeing the least amount of light, as well as being assured by the clerk that it was fresh, but that's the way it goes. A pleasant malt backbone lies beneath the lightstruck odor, with a bit of vinuous oxodization.
The flavor is definitely skunked, with a bit of sourness from middle to finish. The malt is a touch cardboardy, but still exhibits some pleasant toasty flavor. I took a few sips and poured the rest down the drain. Sigh.
I love the St. Peters' bottles, and the beers are always quite tasty. Unfortunately they suffer from green glass syndrome, and don't do so well with light. At least the new bottles are more brownish, I just wish I could be assured of freshness. I'll re-review upon attaining a fresh sample, of course.

Photo of biegaman
3.66/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of shamus
4.17/5  rDev +18.5%
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"

Photo of thierrynantes
3.23/5  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).

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