Courage Best Bitter - Wells & Young's Ltd
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United Kingdom (England)
2.95/5 rDev -4.5%
A 500ml bottle with a BB of July 2012. ABV is stated as 3.8%. Picked up recently from an off-licence. Label lists the ingredients, including sugar, E150c and E450 - not convinced these are really needed.
Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A clear golden-amber colour with medium carbonation. Forms a decent head of white foam that lasts for a minute or so before subsiding. The aroma is pretty weak - a faint hint of grainy caramel malt and little else.
Tastes of grainy caramel malt with a dry finish. Slightly sweet, with a faint hint of stewed hops. Pretty mild, not much bitterness to be found. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and reasonably full-bodied. Not much aftertaste; just a whisper of malt.
Surprisingly bland, particularly for a bitter. It's more like a mild really; hardly any hop presence. The balance is OK and it doesn't have any flaws - it just fails to excite me on any level. It's best characteristic is the body, although I wonder if the added stabiliser plays a part in this. At any rate, drinkable but nothing special. No need to seek it out.
06-15-2012 21:04:54 | More by jazzyjeff13
2.4/5 rDev -22.3%
This sat as a very plain shade of brown without much head. What was there faded quickly. There were a few chunks of lace.
The smell was subdued and what was there was not very enticing. Generic malts come through and nothing else. The taste was bland at best, giving more of the same.
There's just not much going for this one.
01-11-2005 22:21:41 | More by watermelonman
United Kingdom (England)
2.85/5 rDev -7.8%
500ml brown bottle (3.8% ABV) poured into an 'Old Speckled Hen' vase shaped pint glass. Best before 10-10-2010 and drank while watching the England v Algeria World Cup match.
The body was a clear, almost bright amber/light brown colour, on top was an off-white, thin foaming head.
Very little aroma, some slight hop esters and hints of malted biscuits, typical mass produced English Bitter to be honest.
The taste is a good enough mix of malts and hops, nothing spectacular, but nothing wrong with it either.
A bit thin in the body stakes, even for a 3.8% beer and a little too fizzy for my liking.
Pleasant enough, but not a beer I could recommend to anyone.
06-18-2010 18:28:14 | More by BlackHaddock
4/5 rDev +29.4%
Had this "real ale" at a london pub during their real ale festival. Crystal amber color. Creamy white head. Caramel malt nose. Served of course quite warm it was smooth and rich with a big malt spine. The taste was rounded with hop left on the tongue. Citrus notes... Smooth and rounded.. with a wonderful lace on the glass. Solid.
12-05-2002 08:34:27 | More by frank4sail
3.73/5 rDev +20.7%
Pours amber with nice head and lacing.
The smell is slightly pungent - herbal/easthy with woody notes.
The taste is of caramel and a nice general maltiness with a bitter backing that comes out in the finish.
The body is pretty thin, but very creamy.
The aroma has more of a bite than the taste. A nice "session" beer with some subtle complexities.
04-19-2009 18:28:47 | More by jwc215
3.35/5 rDev +8.4%
A: Served a golden brown color with a small head and some lacing.
S: Aroma is mostly of malt.
T: Taste a mixture of biscuit and nut. There is a bit of bitterness in the finish.
F: Fairly light body, still quite smooth & creamy.
O: Decent beer, not overly impressive. However it is a decent session beer. Very common beer in the South of England.
08-02-2011 11:04:05 | More by soju6
1.4/5 rDev -54.7%
Perhaps the worst beer that I have ever had. Tasted somewhat like a slightly malty Snapple Lemon Iced Tea. It took two pints of Guiness Stout get the the taste out of my mouth. This is a beer that will leave you cringing in disgust days later. Head is essentially non-existant, the only character to be found in it's taste were citrus overtones, whose existance complimented nothing, creating no depth. This beer seems to exist for the same reason that American lagers such as Budwiser and Coors exist, to put alcohol into a nation's collective blood stream.
05-30-2003 22:02:44 | More by waboone
2.88/5 rDev -6.8%
Poured a copperish-tint with a quickly fading head. Intriguing scent with a bit of a curious shock, although the rest of the experience didn't seem to deliver. Quite a bite but actually a bit annoying since there wasn't a whole lot else going on with the light malts and citrusy-floral hints. A bit of a sour stomach and alum-tart mouth afterwards. Worth the try if you have the urge to explore everything that might be slightly unusual, just so you can say you had it.
09-12-2007 06:12:04 | More by therica
Courage Best Bitter from Wells & Young's Ltd
74 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.