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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

37 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 15
Gots: 1 | 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: brewdlyhooked13 on 03-03-2002)
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Ratings: 37 | Reviews: 25 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

oberon, Feb 15, 2003
Photo of Jason
4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz antique brownish green medicine style bottle with a stamped on freshness date and words about the brew on the back label.

Impressive lacing as it dresses the inside of the glass and leaves rings most of the way down, good clarity as it has dropped bright within the deep amberish hue.

Aromatic of fresh malty caramel and fresh lavish buttery diacetyl in the nose with hints of lemony earthy hop and yeast too boot.

Smooth beyond belief, settled medium body with a moderate carbonation. In the raw with earthy mineral like flavours, maltiness is raw also but in a fresh grain and sweet unrefined sugar-like way … light caramel is there also with a layered icing of buttery diacetyl. Hops are big on the earthy tones with a semi pungent bitterness. The maltiness is pulled in even through the end with sweet grainy tones. Finishes with a slight sweetness, herbal hop, musty end of diacetyl, and earthy yeast.

This is one freaking (curse) awesome bitter. I’ve always had a special place for bitter and this one hit me the right way. I’ll be buying this one in bulk …

Jason, Oct 01, 2002
Photo of jwc215
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

jwc215, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of wl0307
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

wl0307, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of stcules
3.1/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

stcules, Feb 27, 2007
Photo of Suds
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Suds, May 30, 2009
Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Ciocanelu, May 24, 2013
Photo of rastaman
3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
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..

rastaman, Sep 26, 2003
Photo of mdagnew
4.15/5  rDev +7%
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...

mdagnew, Jun 19, 2006
Photo of Globetrotter
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Globetrotter, May 28, 2006
Photo of Photekut
2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

Photekut, May 18, 2013
Photo of safaricook
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

safaricook, Apr 15, 2014
Photo of callmemickey
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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

callmemickey, Feb 20, 2008
Photo of GreenCard
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

GreenCard, May 27, 2005
Photo of Sigmund
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Sigmund, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of AlexAfonin
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

AlexAfonin, Sunday at 07:37 AM
Photo of joecast
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

joecast, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of cypressbob
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
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

cypressbob, Jul 25, 2006
Photo of hansavijaticar
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

hansavijaticar, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of BrazilianAussie
4/5  rDev +3.1%

BrazilianAussie, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of Caudalie
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Caudalie, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of Nickls
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Nickls, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of saintwarrick
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

saintwarrick, Aug 05, 2007
Photo of inebrius
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

inebrius, Oct 25, 2002
Photo of zerk
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

zerk, Feb 12, 2003
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St. Peter's Organic Best Bitter from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
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