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Fuller's Chiswick Bitter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Ratings: 118
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 15.93%
Wants: 15
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  3.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rastaman on 09-30-2002)
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Reviews by swizzlenuts:
Photo of swizzlenuts
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours out as a dark red/copper coloured which is pretty carbonated. The head is pretty nice, it doesn't have much retention but was a decent size.

The smell of the beer is really malty with a sweet fruity hint to it. The hops are not very present in the nose. When drinking the beer, the first thing one tastes is the malts which is fruity and malty. The hops come out at the end which are pretty tasty. It's pretty much like most English bitters; however, it's more balanced and less buttery than most bitters. This is actually really tasty.

The mouth feel is a bit thin, which makes it okay. The beer is incredibly drinkable, like many bitters.

swizzlenuts, Apr 16, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

JohnnyBarman, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of fionn13
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

fionn13, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of rawknrall
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

rawknrall, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

jazzyjeff13, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of rastaman
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
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).

rastaman, Sep 30, 2002
Photo of Sammy
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Sammy, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of aztraz
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

aztraz, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of EBeckett3
3.75/5  rDev +3%

EBeckett3, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of blamoe
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

blamoe, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of Mandrake
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Mandrake, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of robotiks
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

robotiks, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of pleasewearpants
5/5  rDev +37.4%

pleasewearpants, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of BeerSox
4.58/5  rDev +25.8%
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.

BeerSox, May 18, 2009
Photo of Pelicanrocks
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Pelicanrocks, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of dolzan
4.22/5  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.

dolzan, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of JohnQVD
3/5  rDev -17.6%

JohnQVD, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of plaid75
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

plaid75, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of pin
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

pin, Mar 24, 2014
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3.71/5  rDev +1.9%

LutherBrau, Nov 03, 2014
Photo of Damonmetts
2/5  rDev -45.1%

Damonmetts, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of jwc215
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

jwc215, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of DaveHS
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

DaveHS, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of EmperorBevis
3.75/5  rDev +3%

EmperorBevis, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of Mark
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
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!

Mark, Dec 04, 2003
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Fuller's Chiswick Bitter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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