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Fuller's Chiswick Bitter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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113 Ratings
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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 15.26%
Wants: 15
Gots: 2 | 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 thecheapies:
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3.49/5  rDev -4.9%

Pale coppery gold. Disappointing head. Flopsy bubble ring adorns a popping top.

Dry herbal hop-snap with grassy malts and pomme esters, a la Fullers. Biscuity aromas with buttery notes.

Semi-crisp, lightly fruity, musty, grassy, and light. Herbal hop, pale grains, husks, pomme must, and pared-down toast.

Light and totally sessionable. Carbonation is lacking. Wish this was on nitro.

Was expecting better from Fullers. Still an enjoyable bitter.

05-24-2014 04:40:11 | More by thecheapies
More User Reviews:
Photo of JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

03-16-2011 01:41:28 | More by JohnnyBarman
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

06-23-2013 19:22:08 | More by fionn13
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

08-03-2013 14:38:51 | More by rawknrall
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United Kingdom (England)

3.4/5  rDev -7.4%

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.

08-14-2011 21:51:54 | More by jazzyjeff13
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United Kingdom (England)

3.48/5  rDev -5.2%

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).

09-30-2002 01:53:43 | More by rastaman
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Ontario (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -12.8%

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.

12-23-2008 23:59:38 | More by Sammy
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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

06-15-2012 17:38:31 | More by aztraz
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

08-15-2013 04:03:06 | More by EBeckett3
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United Kingdom (England)

4.3/5  rDev +17.2%

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.

06-17-2008 15:33:45 | More by blamoe
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

10-21-2009 21:08:48 | More by Mandrake
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

04-23-2014 01:19:30 | More by robotiks
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5/5  rDev +36.2%

11-26-2011 01:36:16 | More by pleasewearpants
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4.58/5  rDev +24.8%

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.

05-18-2009 02:16:51 | More by BeerSox
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United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev -18.3%

09-16-2012 20:46:19 | More by Pelicanrocks
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4.22/5  rDev +15%

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.

07-23-2010 21:05:59 | More by dolzan
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New York

3/5  rDev -18.3%

08-21-2013 23:00:33 | More by JohnQVD
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New York

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

06-08-2010 16:28:52 | More by plaid75
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

03-24-2014 01:49:14 | More by pin
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3.83/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

04-19-2009 19:12:02 | More by jwc215
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3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

01-11-2011 12:39:46 | More by DaveHS
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United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

11-01-2013 14:03:36 | More by EmperorBevis
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

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!

12-04-2003 23:42:15 | More by Mark
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5/5  rDev +36.2%

11-30-2011 01:42:46 | More by weaselchew
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3.6/5  rDev -1.9%

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!)

02-14-2011 17:54:11 | More by Sigmund
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Fuller's Chiswick Bitter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
83 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.