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Theakston XB - T & R Theakston Ltd.

Not Rated.
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BA SCORE
84
good

106 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
T & R Theakston Ltd. visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-29-2003)
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Photo of rastaman
2.75/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Sweet toffee/caramel malts, and a silky smooth palate, pretty easy to drink, but not really my cup of tea, but not bad. Probably too sweet and smooth for me, lacked bite/bitterness on the finish, and nothing much was happening after the sweet malts at the start (Cask -GBBF 03')

rastaman, Sep 29, 2003
Photo of pin
3/5  rDev -19.8%

pin, May 26, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

Johnq1964, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of RCLOHR267
3/5  rDev -19.8%

RCLOHR267, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of redleg411
3/5  rDev -19.8%

redleg411, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Feb 2014. Picked up from a B&M store not too long back. A local brew with heritage...

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A clear coppery-brown colour with light carbonation. Forms a decent head of frothy off-white foam that lasts for a minute or so before disappearing. Aroma of caramel malt with hints of stewed leaves/veg, fruity ale yeast and cardboard. Dry and dull.

Tastes of caramel malt with a mild, dry finish. Notes of stewed leaves, caramel, mild grain, fruity ale yeast, faint grass/hay and cardboard. Well-attenuated, followed by a subtle bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with decent carbonation and good body. Slightly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of stewed leaves, cardboard and mild fruity yeast.

Meh, pretty bland and uninteresting. Looks OKish, with an aroma/flavour of caramel and stewed leaves. Body is alright. Perfect example of the type of traditional British ale that lacks character. It's well made and there's nothing fundamentally wrong with it, but it doesn't command your attention. Nowt special - no need to seek it out.

jazzyjeff13, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of Cresant
3.18/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed from notes. Poured this 12 oz brown bottle into a Sam Adams glass. The body was a hazy pale caramel color. The khaki head maintained for a long while.

The smell was of caramel apples. I swear I smell whiffs of fish!?

The taste was also of caramel apples. Fruity with a light tartness. Seems to be a typical English Pale Ale.

The mouthfeel was medium to thin in body with a subtle, smooth carbonation.

Cresant, Jan 09, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

BeerDreadz, Jun 20, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

KCAS81, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of mikepcarney
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

mikepcarney, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of AGust82
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

AGust82, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of Sipchue
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Sipchue, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of Zorro
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep amber to red colored ale with a good sized tan colored head.

Smell is earthy with medium level of butter aroma. Strange something in this smells like aqua velva aftershave, if you remember that stuff. Scents of chocolate and leather with some Balsa wood thrown in. Slightly smoky with a little ash scent.

Starts out dry and distinctly mineral in flavor. Gets a little sweeter as you drink it but this is one bone-dry beer. Slight flavor of oxidation, spent a lot of time on a ship. Medium bitterness level and hard water flavor that punches up the hops bitterness.

Mouthfeel is Average.

Overall this is OK but nothing real exciting.

Zorro, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of GreenCard
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: copper, great clarity, spongey layer of off-white foam, good head retention

Aroma: lightly bready malt, faint whisp of brown sugar, herbally hops

Flavor: smooth malt sweetness rounded out by that "Theakston" quality (same as in all their beers... that very particular ester which must be from their yeast), hint of almond essence, very mild herbally hop flavor, finishes semisweet with little aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium body, mild carbonation, quite soft texture

GreenCard, Mar 07, 2006
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - $6.50 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Moderately hazed, darkish amber in appearance with a small, brief, white head despite an enthusiastic and engaging pour.

Smell: Toffee flecked biscuit tops with a thin whiff of fruit from a bag of trail mix with a top note of earthy, green herbs.

Taste: Toasted biscuits with curt pop of toffee sweetness. Hint of dried apricot prior to the earthy, staunchly herbaceous English hops, though with a subtle bitterness. A shrewdly dry, herbal finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-low carbonation.

Overall: A sufficient though outstanding English ale.

ChainGangGuy, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of rockyfire
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle

Deep amber color with a white head which fell away quickly.

Toffee aroma and sweet.

Good bitter sweet taste, typical good quality English Bitter. The molasses from the aroma are also in the taste and mouthfeel.

Not a bad beer at all.

rockyfire, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of wl0307
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A new offering at the Sainsbury's where I bought the bottle. It's 4.5%abv. in strength, BB 31 OCT 06, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: pours a very clear and beautiful amber colour with some reddish hues; coming with a thick and creamy/frothy off-white beer head with pretty good retention; lively carbonated body.
S: sweet toffeeish malts and a hint of caramel dominate the nose, while a pineapple gum/candy-ish edge closely follows; a deeper cherry-fruity and slightly resinous hoppy note hides at the back. Overall, the creamy, coconut milk, and buttery note from rich maltiness is so profound that it somehow reminds me a lot of Scottish malty ale. Nice~~
T: light-bodied and delicious toffeeish maltiness hits the palate upfront, bringing with it reserved but concrete floral English hops, very light, watery-tea-ish bitterness and a touch of preserved berry-fruits/rasins following the hoppyness at each step. The flat-textured, tea-ish hops make a more assertive presence in the aftertaste, turning slightly dryish until the very end of the palate.
M&D: pretty lively on the mouthfeel, but the overall flavour doesn't match the nose too well, which is common to several other malty bitter I've tried; somehow, a balance is retained here, with a more assertive hoppy body on the palate to underline the floating malty theme, which reverses the usual pattern of English bitter. It could use more body and more flavour, IMO, otherwise it's easily prone to a lack of consistency due to the sharp contrast b/w the nose and palate.

wl0307, Mar 04, 2006
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3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Modest starting head that dies to a single layer of minute bubbles. Little lace. Cloudy, brown color.

Strong sweet caramel aroma. Very candy like.

Leans to the sweeter side. There's a touch of hops that doesn't quite balance this beer. Neutral body with a higher than expected carbonation for a British brew. Strong caramel aftertaste.

smcolw, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of Bouleboubier
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A decent bottled strong bitter.

Autumnal reddish-amber and clean look. Sports a small head on the pour but maintains a sudsy swirl til the last sip.

You have to stick your nose deep in the glass to capture the soft estery, perfumy, flowery-hoppy, and light sweet malt aromas it offers. Pleasant yet restrained.

A nice med-light bitterness shows first, growing as it warms, balanced well with its fairly bland malt flavors, depth lacking. Leaves a rounder, light-toasted malt aftertaste, estery in the very end.

Surprised by its degree of spritz, almost sharp, dry and a little thinnish. But what light, subtly round malt body it had underneath, however, thankfully brought enough balance to it to keep it palatable. Certainly clean.

I hate to suggest that it tastes like it was 'thrown together' or hurried through the process/production, despite some nice balance overall between the bitterness and the malt sweetness/presence. Better as its warms but, nonetheless, it lacked the depth and character i was hoping for.

Bouleboubier, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of snpub540
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice clear amber hue with a 1 finger khaki head that was very sticky but slowly faded. Great lacing on the glass.

Caramel bready malts and some fruitiness make up most of the nose but there is some herbal and floral hop notes in the background.

Taste is mostly bready and sweet. Slightly fruity but no alcohol what so ever. Barely balanced hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is slightly watery and I'm wishing for a little bit more carbonation from this one. Overall its a flavorful easy drinking beer that could use a touch more hop flavor and bitterness.

snpub540, Nov 11, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

GreenMountainBoy, Apr 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Iaido, May 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

robotiks, Aug 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

erialbill, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of BrazilianAussie
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

BrazilianAussie, Mar 29, 2014
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Theakston XB from T & R Theakston Ltd.
84 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.