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Young's Bitter - Wells & Young's Ltd

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BA SCORE
86
very good

98 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 15.4%
Wants: 15
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Wells & Young's Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: swizzlenuts on 04-16-2008)
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Reviews by Zimbo:
Photo of Zimbo
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite lightish golden almost resembling a pilsner. Thin fluffy head beginning smooth and light on the palate but as it hits just past the midway point there is some lingering tame slightly chewy bitterness that leaves a subtle yet surprisingly long aftertaste.
Probably lacking the character it once had but certainly more consistent. Still a pretty good ordinary bitter which remains a classic session beer.

Zimbo, Oct 18, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
4.8/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my all time favourite ordinary bitter, such a small beer with big complexities. So drinkable to the point of going down like water, malt is a bit thin but that is they way the style is. Malt was faintly doughy from hints of yeast and lightly kilned grain. Great subtle hopping with a balance of bitterness and flavour. A faint haze lingered but the lace sat well and seems to stick here and there.

Jason, May 04, 2002
Photo of innominat
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

innominat, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of fionn13
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

fionn13, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at a Young's pub in Camden Town, London. Had a half pint and it appeared a clear amber-orange. This was just a nice, classic English bitter with lots of dry pale malt flavor. The aroma takes a fruitier malt aroma. Overall, this bitter cleaner is on the cleaner side of the style, but worth trying.

tempest, May 04, 2009
Photo of Beertracker
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Beertracker, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of TrojanRB
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

TrojanRB, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of charlesw
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a pint in the Red Lion public house (somewhere in England). Hand pumped -> no head and hardly any carbonation to speak of, close enough to room temperature. Pours a dark (brownish) apricot.
Smell: very very light fruity hop smell.
Taste: ah, well, hmm. I suppose that English bitters can be just about anything, can't they? I was surprised to find this one quite fruity and yet very well rounded and not overpowering at all. The aftertaste remains true enough to the original flavor - very light malts with just a touch of citrus.
Drinkability: ah, again. They can call it what they will - for ME this would be a perfect ale for the warmer days of summer if it were chilled just a wee bit more and with a wee bit more carbonation. Perhaps they also sell it in bottles? Anyway, as it was a rather warm summer day out, this beer was quite refreshing in!

charlesw, Jul 03, 2003
Photo of JohnQVD
3/5  rDev -21.7%

JohnQVD, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of BrazilianAussie
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

BrazilianAussie, May 26, 2012
Photo of BlackHaddock
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This could be the last, or one of the last reviews of a Wandsworth brewed Young's beer. How fitting then, that the drink by date on the bottle is Saint George's Day next year. Stranger even still, I met my wife on the 23rd April, way back in 1976, we are still together, and she cleans my pants, now that is true love!

Anyway, back to the beer.

Light amber with an off white foaming head which didn't stay long. That might be because I reviewed it while eating Red Leicester cheese, sweet pickle and Hula Hoops.

The aroma was sweetish, with a nutty wiff to it.

Thie beer is a well balanced blend of hoppyness and a dry thirstquenching bitter flavour, to produce a fine English Bitter. I just hope it doesn't change to much once it is brewed in Bedford.

BlackHaddock, Oct 28, 2006
Photo of BGsWo22
3/5  rDev -21.7%

BGsWo22, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of vinicole
4/5  rDev +4.4%

vinicole, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of goatherder
4.58/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Golden in colour with a slight haze and a decent sized tight foam. The aroma is a pleasant balance of sweet toffee malt, fruity esters and subtle hops. The taste is sweet up front with a rich toffee malt profile going right through into the finish. There is a firm hop flavour supporting the sweet malt, the bitterness being superbly balanced. The mouthfeel is full yet not cloying, making this an exceptional session ale. This is a wonderful beer, a great example of what can be done with a low alcohol beer.

goatherder, Aug 01, 2008
Photo of pin
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

pin, May 21, 2013
Photo of joecast
2.23/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

light copper/golden color. a bit lighter than i expected. stable thin foamy head, just off white. medium carbonation.

interesting smell. lightly woody, leather, sap. fresh wood shavings. yeah, not sure where this is coming from. after shave. quite aromatic, but not like a beer i thought it would be.

umm, this is not right. strange overbearing wood/leather flavor. what i imagine a shoe would taste like. not a cheap shoe though. one of those expensive italian leather shoes. not that i would want to eat one though.

nearly didnt review this. its well with the bottle date, but i just dont think this beer travels well. check out the other bottle reviews from australia and they are all well below the average. its probably great from the cask, but avoid the bottle.

joecast, Jan 21, 2010
Photo of Schumatrix
4.75/5  rDev +24%

Schumatrix, May 21, 2013
Photo of Dithyramb
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served at Hogshead in Weybridge, Surrey. Found on cask at every bar in Weybridge that had cask beers.
Poured a dark golden copper with light fluffy white head. Very nice lacing.
Very faint floral hops and light malt undertone on the nose
Lightly bitter brew, very faint and nonaggressive floral hops on the initial flavor, with some light almost caramel like malts rounding it out
Medium, creamy mouthfeel that finished clean
Overall, subtle and nice, but didn't knock my socks off.

Dithyramb, Nov 04, 2005
Photo of gentlebubbles
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

NERAX 04

A clear, amber brew, served with no head.

(I thought I got a whiff of sulfur, but that could have been my imagination after the Bank Top stuff.)

Mellow malt, with a sparkling mouthfeel. Dry finish with a bit of metal in it. Decent, if unremarkable.

gentlebubbles, May 02, 2004
Photo of EmperorBevis
4/5  rDev +4.4%

EmperorBevis, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of Mark
5/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First let me say you have to go to the U.K. to have this. It is cask conditioned and absolute heaven to drink. I have never had a more drinkable ale. The taste is a unique malty almost biscuit like flavor. There is a distinct but mellow hop twang that perfectly balances this fine beer. I made my second pilgrimage to the Young's brewery tasting pub just last week. The first thing I do is get on my knees and thank god I'm there. Then they "pull" me a pint of the nectar of the gods. If I had access to this here at home I WOULD develop a serious problem. The King! As an addition I would like to add, the aroma is incredibly earthy and exudes health, flowery hops abound and lean towards lemony. The most drinkable ale on earth!!

Mark, Dec 27, 2001
Photo of juju7
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange haze with an ample head, looks very inviting. Not a hell of a lot happenning nose -wise. A bit of malty action with some hop presence but it all comes together on the palate. Nice warming malt with beautiful lingering bitterness that you just don't see often enough in other beers purporting to be bitter. Very nice aftertaste, only had one bottle unfortunately. Went down a treat with devilled steak burger my missus made. Yummo.

juju7, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of GreenCard
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: amber, great clarity, lots of bubbles, big sudsy layer of off-white foam (on a relatively hard pour), good head retention, lace

Aroma: caramelly malt, woodsy hops, strawberries

Flavor: mildly sweet malt base with a slight acidic edge, iron, artichoke hop flavor, slight peachy frutiness, finishes pretty dry with a neutral aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium body, fine carbonation, a bit minerally

Other comments: A good, standard bitter. As with most British beer, much better on cask, of course.

GreenCard, Jun 27, 2005
Photo of Oakenator
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Oakenator, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of Seumas
3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Having had this once wonderful ale on each of my three trips to England ('91, '01, '03), I have noticed a shift in balance of this session bitter from the hop to the malt. My first experience of the ale was at the Lamb on Lamb's Conduit Street in the City.

There was a glorious light citrus flavour (edging toward grapefruit) to Ordinary that made it eminently suppable. My second experience of Ordinary came in 2001 at the Brewery Tap in Wandsworth - a nightmare. The beer was heavily oxidized, thin and unrecognizeable as the ale I had so loved ten years earlier.

It was only my experience of the ale a week later at a free house in Canterbury (The Phoenix) that restored my faith in Youngs. While its taste profile had shifted to a more malty one, its old citrus taste was still hanging on.

During my most recent trip to England in February, I discovered that the taste profile of Ordinary had continued its shift to the malt. The predominant flavour of my most-recent pints has been a slight honeyed malt.

It's still quite drinkable, but not what it once was.

Seumas, Sep 10, 2003
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Young's Bitter from Wells & Young's Ltd
86 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.