Arkell Best Bitter - Wellington County Brewery
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Reviews by wiseguy142:
4.15/5 rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Received this beer as a gift. I usually don't go out of my way for bitters, since my attention span is usually being bombarded with press releases from major US craft brewers so I'm interested in trying something a little different and simpler from our neighbors to the north.
Poured somewhat reluctantly into a German weizen glass (all I have right now.. just moved). Pour sa clear copper, little visible carbonation with a thin, blotchy layer of foam that lingers for a long time.
Aroma is of sweet toasted malts.. a little too much like the SA Octoberfest I just had. Very rich smelling, just being shy of being overly sweet. Grainy in the way many German pilsners are. Very interesting and complex.
Taste is a weird deja vu of the Oktoberfest I just had. But maybe a slightly more mineral-loaded version of it with more peppery carbonation and a little thinner. Malt is not overwhelming. In fact, you can really taste the water in this and I don't think it's a bad thing. Minerally, refreshing, with hints at specially kilned malts like munich/vienna although I would guess that the recipe is much more basic.
This is a very clean, refreshing beer with a great mouthfeel. I'm not sure how it would fare on tap or in a cask for a british beer as it is very light and the taste is not overly pronounced, which makes me slightly bored with it, but it's extrordinarily easy drinking otherwise.
Serving type: bottle
08-30-2009 04:21:47 | More by wiseguy142
More User Reviews:
3.84/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
Serving type: bottle
05-04-2014 23:10:36 | More by patre_tim
3.51/5 rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Appearance: A light orange/amber hue with good clarity and a thin cap of off-white foam.
Aroma: Sweet caramel and amber malts with a certain 'grainyness' about it.
Taste: Pleasant and light amber and caramel flavors at first and then lends a nice earthy bitterness in the second half and finish. At 4% ABV it has more flavor than I was expecting. A light metallic off-flavor in the aftertaste but otherwise pretty clean.
Mouthfeel: Between thin and medium in body with slightly above average carbonation and good drinkability. Sessionable if you enjoy the style.
Final Thoughts: A decent beer and a good example of how much flavor can be packed into a low ABV. Would I drink it again? Yes.
Serving type: can
04-28-2013 02:43:30 | More by JamesMN
Arkell Best Bitter from Wellington County Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.