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Arkell Best Bitter - Wellington County Brewery

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BA SCORE
82
good

106 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.74%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Wellington County Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Originally served as a real ale, Arkell Best Bitter has a loyal following. This delicate and well-balanced bitter is Wellington’s session beer.

(Beer added by: the42ndtourist on 11-25-2002)
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

Jotora, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of DaveBar
3.04/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased at the LCBO for just under $3.00 for a 473ml can. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a small head that is gone in 1min. Dark golden color

S- Pretty good. Lots of malt.

T- Bit of a let down. Watery bitter beer. Sorry

M- Not much here.

O- Not so good. Will not buy again. Just a watered down bitter beer that reminds me of a decent English bitter

Food Pairing

Sorry but this beer is not worth a match.

DaveBar, Aug 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

real_human_bean, Jul 25, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

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XmnwildX12, Jul 20, 2014
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Cycle69, Jul 10, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

duimie, May 24, 2014
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CRObighit2, May 22, 2014
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3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper, filtered, medium low carbonation, little foam with a beige tint.

S: Caramel, red tea, iron, malt.

T: Reminds me of an English brown ale, taste of hard water, dark malted toasty notes, little actual bitterness, some sweet some sour, but these are subdued by the toasty malt. Some orangey citrus when you suck air through it, but this too is subdued.

M: Medium body, somewhat chewy, little to moderate carbonation.

O: Nice to have a craft beer from my University Home town, in an English style. My first English Bitter, but really reminds me of English Browns.

patre_tim, May 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

nhaimes, Apr 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

hunterjames, Apr 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

RevCraig, Jan 21, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

MJ63, Oct 26, 2013
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ZachT, Oct 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

WillAndSarah, Aug 24, 2013
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3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

473 ml can purchased as part of wellington's 4 pack from the LCBO. Served cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - rich copper color that is crystal clear Nd topped by a finger of white head. The wispy froth on top doesn't stick around too much before it turns into a very thin layer of foam. A tiny bit of sticky lacing is present.

Smell - nice earthy base with some significant malt presence and a nice whiff of dark fruits just hiding in the background.

Taste - very mildly bitter with some dark fruit and grassy flavours mixed in. Full flavor despite the lower ABV.

Mouthfeel - smooth and full yet fairly light bodied and a medium to high level of carbonation.

Overall - a fine English bitter than isn't jaw dropping but is a very solid selection especially with a limited number of other local options.

DenisKolkin, Aug 05, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

jmkoscie, Jul 17, 2013
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Bf_89, Jul 05, 2013
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Arkell Best Bitter from Wellington County Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.