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

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

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26 Reviews

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Reviews: 26
Hads: 46
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 16.8%
Wants: 20
Gots: 5 | 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:
Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 03-03-2002

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Reviews: 26 | Hads: 46
Photo of Dentist666
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours light copper clear beer with decent off-white head. Fresh aroma - caramel, grassy hops. Mild taste with delicate bitter note. Solid, but non-essential bitter. Light body, low carbonation.

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Photo of MarkoNm
2.67/5  rDev -31%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a sort of amber / bronze color and virtually no foam. Also it's lacking some carbonation perhaps.
Smell is sweet and malty, with some hops oin the back, but it's got that bourbon / medicine aroma also present.
Taste is nice, slightly sweet at first but decently bitter afterwards. It could be better with a bit more carbo, but still a decent one.

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Photo of IPA35
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Small head, copper colour. Typical. Nice lacing.

Smells a little skunky because of the green bottle. Unfortunate.
Some faint dark malts and hops.

Taste is bitter and bread(crust)y and dry, earthy. A bit medicinal prehaps. Prehaps it would be better if it was not skunked.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, with rather low carbonation.

Nice bitter, not the best I have had.

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Photo of snogglethorpe
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this beer at random, and am very pleased with the result. It's a very nice beer!

The bottle is very pretty and unique!

A deep golden color, small head, not particularly carbonated.

Smell is fresh, a little minerally, tart.

Taste is an immediate dash of light bitterness, followed by a sour tartness, a caramelly sweetness and fruity taste. Somebody else's description of it as "marmalade" is spot on -- the bitterness and fruity sweetness really work together to give that impression. There's a hint of minerals and gentle floral hops.

After a while most of that dies down, and the bulk of the pint is a slightly tart mineral taste, with a gentle and delicious bitterness. The bitterness stays with you for a while too.

The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth.

This isn't an assertive beer, but it feels very well balanced and drinkable, very much in the English tradition, and in the end, is simply very tasty. At 4.1 ABV, it's no problem to drink a full pint, and it's a satisfying one.

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Photo of Wattsox
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle, consumed Jun 2011.

A - Bright, golden orange body with a creamy, tightly-bubbled head that dissipates down to a moderate covering with a lot of cling.

S - Light malts are present in the aroma, with some apple and other fruit notes, a little floral hop and possibly a little caramel.

T - Sweet opener of biscuity malts which quickly gives way to a bitter edge, similar to the aromas; well-balanced with good lingering bitter finish.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth and lasting.

O - Overall, a very pleasant bitter to sit back and enjoy, either on its own or for a session.

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Photo of schuim
3.31/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light amber color with a grassy and light malty aroma. Some sulfer and green apple in the aroma too.
Caramel and dark malt and toffee in the medium bodied taste. The taste has some fruity tones of apple and brandy.
Nice long aftertaste with a nice bitterness.

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Photo of Nickls
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a half-finger bubbly white head that lasts pretty well, and provides some spotty lacing; mostly clear dirty orange-golden color.

Lightly sweet maltiness; and very earthy and herbal hop presence that is a bit muted for my liking in the style, but it's still there. Some breadiness as well, but leans sweeter than anything.

The bitterness definitely shines in the taste however, and it's very herbal and minerally...pretty darn good. Lightish malt backing, and some crackers and more tea-like hop finish as well as biscuity. Good stuff here. Medium to lighter body that is a little oily, and nice enough carbonation level. Can I say awesome, session beer? Would definitely pick this up again, and glad it pulled through on the flavor side of things. Nice bitter.

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Photo of joecast
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice looking golden orange. slightly hazy. thick frothy tan head. medium carbonation with tiny bubbles rising through the brew.

bread and yeast in the aroma. maybe a bit light on the hops, but being an organic beer and shipped way out here im not surprised by a diminished aroma.

strong bitterness adds a nice backing to the full malt character. a bit low on hop flavor but i think that goes with the aroma.

overall this is very enjoyable. the bitterness is quite up front, not that im complaining, but a bit more balance in this beer would make it even more drinkable than it already is. will have to try some of their other beers.

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Photo of Suds
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Okay, this one was a lot better than I expected....from the usual St. Peter's olden-style bottle, this beer pours a completely clear dark gold color. Beautiful white head with decent lace. The aroma is incredible...lots of English hops (Goldings) and English malt. There's caramel, biscuit, and a little distant buttery notes. The smell is spot-on English ale. The taste is mellow and hoppy, with a lot of malt and bready toast flavors. This is the flavor that brought me to homebrewing. It's incredibly drinkable, creamy, and very very smooth. Good stuff.

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Photo of jwc215
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle:

Pours amber with a white creamy head.

The smell is herbal, floral/grassy, lemony, tangy.

The taste is of a touch of sweet caramel with herbal bitterness and lemony zest/tang. It has a leafy bitterness in the dry finish.

It is medium-to-full body for the style. Very smooth.

An excellent brew! Nice use of hops - Golding, according to the label - that blend well with the sturdy malt backbone.

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Photo of Sigmund
3.36/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle, bought at Vaaland Spesialbutikken, Bryne. ABV is 4.1%. Brewed with organically grown Optic malts and First Gold hops. Deep golden to amber colour, creamy off-white head. Moderate aroma of grass and vegetables. The flavour has distinct hops throughout, "dry" mouthfeel, the finish is very bitter.

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Photo of wl0307
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled version, BB 12/03/09, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: bright dark amber in colour, topped with a fluffy light beige head with brilliant retention, while very mild carbonation lasts throughout the drink.
S: semi-sweet pale malts and lightly caramely upfront, intertwined with semi-orangey, apple-ly, and semi-floral hoppiness of First Gold hops (and so it says on the back label...). Pronounced, balanced b/w amber malts and hops, suitable for a full-bodied Best Bitter.
T: juicy amber malts and fragrant hops upfront are quickly followed by mildly roasty bitterness, powdery roast tea leaves, and a vertically structured bitterness... the superbly lingering aftertaste remains chewy-bitter and dry, but not without constant entertainment from the deep maltiness and a dryish nuttiness that thread throughout the drink~~
M&D: despite being a filtered and pasteurised ale, the texture is absolutely soft as well as soothing; overall this is a medium-bodied, full-flavoured, and very very bitter Best Bitter. A quaffable ale to me.

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Photo of callmemickey
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jerusalem Tavern in London...

A: A nice copper color with a thing cream white head

S: Grassy hops, light malty goodness, some orange, apple and pear accents

T: Yumm floral hops. Sweet malts that warm the mouth... the fruit comes through towards the end

M: Smooth, medium bodied

O: A good beer to hit the pub for a while with

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Photo of niall
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served with some pizza in a Guinness "lady-shape" glass. This beer has a lovely rusting hue that evokes long-sunken ships and farm implements left to rust in grown over ditches. It captures light like few other beers do, so it's a shame that there's no head retention or lacing to speak of. Nonetheless, these beers are meant to be drunk, not ogled, so we'll off to the taste, with just a quick nod to the rich, savory aroma - spun sugars, tea, toffee and dried fruits, like apricots. Terrific. I inhale deeply, greedily, with each sip.

The beer has that typical bitter's flat wateriness that says "You can drink six pints of me, but you'll still be sick in the morning", but there's still plenty of flavor to savor. Those butter and orange pekoe tea notes are there in full force, but are contrasted by an assertive hop profile that rides on the tongue long after you've taken your sip. I guess it shouldn't be surprising that in a country where everyone drank tea, they brewed up something like tea that you get a mild buzz on, and I'm glad for it. I could happily drink this and only this all night.

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Photo of saintwarrick
3.34/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cool medicine bottled beer holds this organic brew. Pours a pale copper, with little head or lacing though a little more appears as it warms. Aroma is buttery, bready malts, citrus hints from the hops and a little caramel. Taste is thin, earthy, with citrusy and caramel hints. Not very complex or bitter, just kind of drab. I'll have to try it again down the road, but I need something a little more assertive and tasty.

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Photo of stcules
3.1/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Coppered red. Not so much foam, in the style. No carbonation.
A very english smell. Tea, with citrus fruits hints. And also some other leaves.
At the taste, citrus fruit again, with a strong bitterness, even in the aftertaste. Orange marmelade. Maybe some red berry.
Bitter aftertaste, with resolute notes, tending also to liquorice.
Definitely very drinkable and pleasant.

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Photo of cypressbob
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle

Pours with a tasty looking amber body, foamy patchy head forms with fair retention

Smell, some nice fresh hops, slight dms, some diacetyl also. Crusty bread, digestive biscuits too

Taste, smooth crisp hop flavour, nice lasting bitterness also, buttery mouthfeel, very impressive smoothness. Some malt on the finish

A tasty and drinkable bitter, lots of nice bitter hops in there

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Photo of mdagnew
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast...

Poured a light coppery amber colour... Slightly off white head pours quite thick then faded to thin layer... almost no carbonation. Some sticky lacing...

Aroma - Nice light toasted caramel malts, nice nutty sweetness, light grassy hops, peppery, fruity notes (oranges, apples, some pear notes), biscuity notes, some leathery / woody notes...

Taste – Initial nutty sweetness then the spicy / floral hops kick in, light biscuity malts, light toffee sweetness underneath, definite orange fruitiness, also some apple notes, woody hints...

Feel - Quite smooth and dry... medium body... very drinkable - at 4.1% a good session beer...

Overall - An excellent bitter.... Very drinkable... recommended...

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Photo of haz77
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A – Pours a clear copper with about a 1/4 of an inch of foam created through a hard pour. Head dissipates quickly leaving a light ring. Low looking carbonation.

S – Fresh grassy hops, caramel, apple, some vanilla.

T – Sweet malts at first with some caramel, then tea-like hops come through. Very watery finish with bitterness hanging around for a while.

M – Medium becoming watery. Little carbonation.

D – Easy to drink, but nothing particularly interesting about this bitter to me.

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Photo of Globetrotter
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found in a Moscow grocery store, this green oval half liter bottle features an oval gray and green label with little more than the name. Chariot malt and hallertau hops are listed on the English label. Russian import label lists on purity law ingredients. Best before 12/13/06, I opened it on 5/28/06.

Pours a hazy rusty copper hue under an off white head that struggles mightily to muster 1/4 finger, then fades quickly to thin film and tiny collar. Due to the lack of raw material, the lace production is impressive, as several strands hang down the glass. Nice yet unassuming floral hops nose, with a touch of what seems like sweet caramel. The mouth is very well carbonated and fairly thick, pleasantly coating the mouth with flavor. The flavor starts out with a good bready malt, but the hops kick in very quickly. Carnations and pine cones emerge, leaving an espresso dry bitter. Full and flavorful, the hops just keep building through the swallow and well into the aftertaste, which lasts and lasts. Very nice.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: deep amber, great clarity, rocky layer of off-white foam, good head retention, lace

Aroma: caramelly malt, crisp hoppiness, hint of butterscotch

Flavor: full maltiness with a fair amount of initial sweetness, slightly tart in the background, herbally hops, caramel, crackers, finishes dry with an aftertaste of malt and grassy hop bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium body, fine carbonation, soft texture but a touch of astringency

Other comments: This is much better than there "non-organic" best bitter. Much more balanced, but at the same time more malty and flavorful.

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Photo of rastaman
3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Oaty ceareally maltyness, kind of like Special K, palate is sticky, with some bittering hops at the end, a bit dusty aswell, stickyness is also there, but not as bad as in some other organic beers i've had, the main flavour was the Special K thing..

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Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this at local specialty beer and ale store,had heard a little about this country brewery.Nice copper color to it with little or no head,smelled very hoppy,tasted very English a little grassy but with a good malt background.Liked the fancy bottle,a good example of the traditional style.

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Photo of zerk
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy copper with a sunny tint. Has very little head and very low carbonation. Flavor and aroma are both very similar... predoimnating herbal hops with a caramel backing. Has a nice bitter finish, and a somewhat thin moutfeel. A nice example of an English Bitter.

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Photo of inebrius
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like eating a caramel coated Granny Smith apple while meandering through a greenhouse. Pours a flushed saffron under a thin creamy head. Smooth and swillable. St. Pete's mingles an earthy hop quality on top of sweet malt for a seemingly endless flavor safari. You'd be doing your buds a great disservice by drinking this brew straight out of the icebox.

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St. Peter's Organic Best Bitter from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
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