Fuller's Chiswick Bitter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Ratings: 132
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 15.62%
Wants: 16
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  3.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: rastaman on 09-30-2002

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Kickoff in Waterloo.

Poured into a Fuller's Honeydew glass. Medium amber hue, clear, with only a bit of bubbly foam around the edges, as can be expected.

Nose is tea, caramel, floral hops, a bit of bread.

A nice mild bitter, really hit the spot after a long bar shift. Tea, bread, caramel, usual suspects. A bit watery, but that is to be expected.

Thin-bodied, mild carbonation, easy to quaff.

As far as a session bitter goes, this wasn't bad at all. It took me about two pints of this to finally figure the brew out and train my mind not to see this as Fullers Light, but rather as its own entity. As a mild ale, Chiswick went down easy with a low ABV and decent cask ale flavor.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Aug 2011.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A clear golden-amber colour with plentiful carbonation. Yields a small head of frothy white foam that subsides after a minute or so. Aroma of caramel malt with hints of diacetyl and dry aromatic hops.

Tastes of light malt with a mild bitterness. Notes of caramel and flowery aromatic hops, with a subtle background hint of diacetyl and solvent. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry. Faint aftertaste of light, bitter malt.

A decent bitter, though probably better on cask. Aroma is a bit weak, but the flavour is nicely rounded with a definite hint of aromatic hops (sadly lacking in many 'session' bitters). Drinkable if you don't want anything too challenging.

Photo of rastaman
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Holy moly, for a beer with 3.5%, this is quite amazing, lots of floral hops, quite light, hoppy (perhaps slightly bready, malty notes), bitter and floral, great for session drinking, very good, nice and dry (sampled draught at the brewery and at various pubs in London).

Photo of Sammy
3.22/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Faint hop smell, medium yellow colour with no noticeable head. Served really too cold on-tap at Abbot On The Hill. I think it killed most of the carbonation, and thought it to be akin to a cask. Decent subdued hop flavour. Satisfying, and not bad for 3.5% ABV.
A bit less than medium mouthfeel.

Photo of blamoe
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Fullers Chisick Bitter is a great session bitter, the apperence is of dark blond and the smell a nice hoppy aroma and the taste nice and bitter with a full burst of hops. A great beer to keep drinking all night long and is up there with youngs bitter.

Photo of Mandrake
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a bright, clear copper, with a sizable white head that dissipates a bit quickly and leaves virtually no lacing. Smell is quite nice, mild Goldings bitterness over light caramel and crady malts. Light tropical fruitiness and a hint of tea. Taste is weaker. Most of the bitterness is lost, and it winds up being too sweet and one dimensional. Mouthfeel is awfully watery and much too thin. Drinkability is fine, but it's not something that I feel compelled to return to. Fuller's is one of my favourite breweries, but this is quite a letdown.

Photo of BeerSox
4.57/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap into pint glass.

Thin white head that settles to a rim along the glass. Both the flavor and aroma carried a light, but present, with a heavy toasty flavor. The hops were there, a little leafy, but not too bitter. Very balanced. Full bodied, slightly lower carbonation.

Extremely enjoyable. Even though I don't have much to say about it, this is the ultimate session beer.

Photo of dolzan
4.23/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Amber, golden appearance with a nice head.

A very nice, flowery smell and taste, the hops is there all the time, but very gentle, as are other flavours. Possibly even a little sweetness in the finish. Quite complex, and very, very, drinkable, a true session beer.

One of the best bitters.

Photo of plaid75
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at The Chip Shop, Brooklyn, NY.

Poured a medium copper hue with a wispy white head. There was nobretention or lacing.

The smell featured a soft grain and a light grassy hop.

The taste consisted of round malts and a balancing grassy hop.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style. Light carbonation.

Overall a light session ale. A good standard bitter.

Photo of jwc215
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery:

Pours clear copperish amber with a bubbly head that becomes a wisp, leaving some lacing.

The smell is mild biscuit with herbal, slightly citric notes. Pleasant enough.

The taste is of biscuit with slightly sweetened tea. There is a mild herbal citric touch in the refreshingly dry finish.

Light-bodied. Smooth.

An easy-drinking ale with a "Fuller's" house character.

Photo of DaveHS
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at The Blackbird (Fuller's Ale House) in Earl's Court, London.

A-Pours a transparent ruby with a thin khaki head that reduces to bubbles. No lacing.

S-Mild. Pale malts, traces of bright hoppiness.

T/M-Very subtle. Flavors of roasted nuts, fresh baked bread, oats and creme brulee. A bit hoppier than the average English bitter, which is a plus in my book. Soft and light with a lingering finish.

D-Given the plethora of other options, this wouldn't be on the top of my list. Still, it's a fine beer, and one worth seeking out.

Photo of Mark
4.48/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I finally got around to trying this fine ale. It's a very clear copper color, the thin airy head leaves fine lacing. Tart hops lean a bit towards lemony. Lightish mouthfeel but it is a standard bitter,. Totally refreshing and quaffable. A worthy competitor to the king of ales, Young's Bitter. Perhaps this beer is the Prince Of Wales? Outstanding!

Photo of Sigmund
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cask conditioned at the Blackbird, Earls Court, London (a Fuller's pub). Served at cellar temperature, minimal natural carbonation, low head. Golden to amber colour. Moderate citrussy aroma, hints of horse stable. Light bodied, decent bitterness. A nice little beer this one, but nothing to knock your socks off. (I admit I really wanted the ESB, but ratings are ratings!)

Photo of rarbring
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer is light copper toned, medium sized bubbles with a white head, leaving some lacing, small curtains.

The smell is mainly from the hops, grass and nettles, but also some honey and lemon.

A typical Digestive biscuits taste upfront, pears, then some lemon peel.

Low carbonation, refreshing and smooth, a dry finish.

A very nice low-alcohol bitter.

Photo of mdagnew
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from Sainsbury's as part of a Brewery Tour - Spring Beer Festival 4 pack...

Poured a light golden amber colour... White head pours quite thick then faded to almost nothing... almost no carbonation. Very light lacing...

Aroma - Nice light toffee malts, biscuity, nice fruitiness (oranges, apples, some figs ?), light pepperiness, toastiness, nutty sweetness, grassy notes...

Taste – Light biscuity maltiness, nutty, nice spicy hops, very light fruitiness (bitter orange ?), faint toffee sweetness, light sea salt notes, woody, grassy...

Feel - Pretty smooth... medium body... Very drinkable - at 3.5% an excellent session beer...

Overall - A very good bitter.... Very drinkable... recommended...

Photo of womencantsail
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad

A: The pour is a copper sort of color with a short lived cream colored head.

S: Certainly a strong bread character to the nose that is much of what the aroma is. A light note of grassy and earthy hops, too.

T: The flavor exhibits a fair amount of grassy and herbal hops with just a subtle bitterness. That said, biscuit and bread malts provide the bulk of the flavor.

M: The body is medium with a moderate carbonation that gives the beer a bit of crispness.

D: This fits into the style well; light in flavor and easy to drink. Not overly impressive, but not bad by any means.

Photo of cambabeer
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a good english bitter, but not the best. It's a little safe, to be honest. It's hoppy but could be more so, a little watery. It feels nice though, and goes down smooth and refreshing. British ale is just plain good, so an average one will still be worth drinking. Smells malty and grassy, but not too strong. With the low alcohol it makes a great beer to drink tons of. Worth getting, just a little on the safe side.

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

(on tap at Victoria Freehouse - served in a proper 20oz pint)

A: light copper color, clear... bit of frothy foam on the pour, but little-no retention, not even a thin cap or film... boring

S: aromas are ultra-faint, not enough alcohol to carry them? - the glass doesn't help either - even warm, I couldn't get much... what you do get is a bit of a mineral, mild leafy scent (scant esters + hops).... also, some lightly-toasted dinner roll

T: the flavors pop a good bit more.... certain mineral bitterness throughout, at a comfortable yet lively level.... pleasing, slow swell of light caramel in the finish... extremely clean overall - apple-y esters are showcased with a soft, subtle grassy-grainy malt in the background... about what I expected, at the least

M: bright, crisp, and clean... only a smidge of roundness in the body... thankfully, not spritzy or fuzzy - they set the pressure right on!.... very refreshing, if a little filling, volume-wise

O: I could almost tell in a blind taste test that this was the Fuller's yeast... the flavors are on-point but perhaps a bit more subtle than I would have expected... I could drink a couple of these, but I'd likely opt for something with a bit more dimension

Photo of vurt
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

(Enjoyed in early June 2003, at The Blackbird, Earls Court Rd., London SW5)

The color is between grainy golden and amber, perfectly clear with a slight disk of foam up top. (Not enough of a head for a CAMRA member to pull out the standard issue "head-measurement" card and raise a fuss.) Though the head dissipates, a bit of creamy foam endured at the bottom of each glass I sampled.

Lovely. Flowery, earthy hops and the malt profile that makes Fuller's ales so easy to recognize in a blind test. Behind these characteristics, there is a slight citric aroma that is absolutely mouth-watering.

Yes, this is definitely a Fuller's ale. The earthy hoppiness promised by the nose is right there at the front, supported by a savory maltiness and notes of apple skins, biscuits, and a lip-smacking tartness. Hops give a curtain call at the finish. Not merely a lighter London Pride. This one is more like a baby ESB. Superb.

A gratifying amount of flavor and character for a session beer, and the light body and refreshing hoppy/tart edge make it a joy to drink. A classic session pint. More, please.

Photo of cheapxceptbeer
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a wonderful beer, had this on tap at lower depths, i had pegged this as a macro bar for some reason, boy was I wrong. A bitter on tap, in America! Since most craft beer drinkers in this country enjoy high gravity brews this is a very different choice that is very enjoyable.

A- Excellent head retention and lacing, a delicious looking brew.

S- Mmmm, flowers, goldings, and some general british ale smell (yeast), very inviting and intriguing.

T- Again the flowers, a bit of distinctive goldings hop flavors. Definitely noticed the british ale yeast, the low alcohol makes the hop, malt, and yeast flavors really come through.

M- Medium to light body that really works for the style, low carbonation was correct for the style.

D- Hmm, delicious, not very heavy body, low alcohol, I could drink this all night long and never get bored.

What a great beer, there may be better bitters in England so this is being given the American beer drinkers bias, however definitely above average for the style.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.43/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presentation: A fine looking Imperial Pint of the Chiswick Bitter was immediately ordered when I spied the new style Green Roundel Chiswick Bitter Pump-Clip attached to one of the Guest Beer Handpumps at one of my locals whilst I was back in England at Easter. What a treat, they were having a Fullers week and had the Chiswick Bitter, London Pride, ESB and IPA stillaged for sale that week.

Whilst the London Pride and ESB are regular guest beers, and seen frequently, the IPA often - the Chiswick Bitter most certainly is not. It is very rare to the see Chiswick Bitter outside of its Capital homeland; it is sometimes even difficult to find it on sale there, which is one reason that it is often requested at CAMRA Beer Festivals.

Appearance: As I was in the North of England, it was served with a sparkler, not the traditional method for the Handpump dispense in its Southern England homeland, but frankly I didn’t really care, it made for a very creamy looking Pint. A light golden colored body with some amber hints, it is perfectly lucid and has an impressively smooth creamy uniform ½” white head which caps the body perfectly. Subsequent mouthfuls each leave a fantastic looking three-quarter ring of lacing that marks the exact volume of each sip. Perfect conditioning, only seen in Cask Ales, completes the orgasmic presentation.

Nose: Has a gorgeous flowery hop nose, almost a hop perfume at times, with some nice toasted malts that are mixed with a crisp, clean and fresh, almost lemony odor, which adds a freshness and vitality to the aroma. Quite amazing odors for a 3.5% Bitter.

Taste: Starts with a nice balance of toasted malts and flowery hops, bitterness rises as the beer is imbibed and the finish is extremely well tuned with a lingering clean bitterness and a crisp hop bite. This just begs to be slugged at times on hot days.

Mouthfeel: The Chiswick Bitter has a creamy mouthfeel, at least when served through the Sparkler on a Handpump. This is the liquid milk of life, I am sure the aerodynamic mouthfeel of this Bitter was developed by Fuller’s in a Wind Tunnel, for it has no edges, just a finely calculated streamlined malt-hop profile that has a very low coefficient of friction.

Drinkability: The epitome of a true low-gravity English Session Bitter on Cask. You can quite easily drink this all day and all night with little fear of anything, well except an empty Cask. What can I say? This is just a straight ‘5’ with so little effort.

Overall: The Chiswick Bitter has long been a firm favorite of mine. It is a 3.5% ABV Bitter that *totally* belies its gravity. Quite amazing, supremely impressive, immensely quaffable and incredibly tasty. Next to Timothy Taylor’s Golden Best, Chiswick Bitter is probably one of the best 3.5% ABV Cask beers available in the UK today. If you are in London, you simply **must** seek this out, but be warned, not all Fullers pubs sell this one.

I still prefer the old style Fuller’s Pump-Clips that looked like Shields though!!!

Photo of bark
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The colour is gold-amber (10 EBC), the liquid is clear. The finger thick compact head is off-white, it sinks quite quickly leaving some lacing.

The smell is malty and smooth with lots of caramel and toffee. It is quite sweet. Smooth dry bitterness. Dried fruits; apricots and red apples. Subtle notes of dark bread.

The taste is smooth. Caramelised sugar, dried apricots, dark toast bread. Hints of tart fruits and flowery hops. A delicate bitterness with some metal. Medium body. The aftertaste is mild with more malts and dried fruits, but also growing notes of minerals. The finish is semi-sweet with some hay.

The carbonation is medium to mild, the small bubbles smooth. The liquid is semi-smooth and a little dry.

This beer got some problems: The metal hints in the bitterness, the somewhat dense minerals in the finish. Still, it is one of the best 3.5 % beers around.

Photo of Viggo
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at beerbistro.

Pours a clear golden, thick white head forms and slowly settles down to a nice ring, good retention, lace spots all over. Smell is interesting, light and fruity, apricots, toasty malt, honey sweetness, lightly floral. Taste is similar, quite light but nice flavours, neat apricot fruitiness, some floral, oats/cereal toasty malt middle, hint of sweetness in the finish, no real bitterness. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation. I like it but not much of a bitter. Doesn't have a kick in the finish, so comes across as a little weak.

Photo of Stimack
3.51/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at Mahars and it was poured at a very good temperature, not warm but by no means cold. The color was a medium to dark colored yellow with a very good sized white head that had very good retention and left nice chunky lacing down the side of the glass. The aroma was pretty good though it was a little light, what was there was a nice fruit aroma and slight hop presence. The flavors of this brew where pretty nice, some what muted but what was there was quite tasty. The malts come out more here and the fruit flavors seem to be more citric, reminds me a little of lemons. While this brew was some what muted on both the aroma and taste fronts it goes down very easy and the flavors that are there seem to work, a very good session brew. I hope that Mahar's might be able to get this on cask sometime as they do bring in some very nice things in that format.

Photo of StJamesGate
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale brass with pitted white head that clings. Steely grain, sour melon and cut hay on the nose, opens into honey grahams.
Golden crunch biscuits with plenty of toast some woody and surprisingly floral hops.
Golden sultana finish and herbal linger. Light, watery but also oily, crisp.

Gets the hops across, especially for the strength. Oily body is unexpected and boosts the body in what's otherwise not gonna have much sugar in it. A very doable session bitter.

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Fuller's Chiswick Bitter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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