Adnams Bitter - Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
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Reviews by jazzyjeff13:
United Kingdom (England)
3.28/5 rDev -11.6%
A 500ml bottle with a BB of Jan 2012, so it's just out of date. ABV is stated as 4.5%.
Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A rich coppery-amber colour with good carbonation. Forms a small head of white foam that disappears rapidly. A subtle aroma of sweet, fruity caramel malt with hints of yeast and stewed hops. A faint buttery note in the background.
Tastes of caramel malt with a dry bitter finish. Notes of toffee, faint hints of aromatic citrus and a vague yeasty fruitiness. A mild stewed-hop bitterness upon swallowing. Hints of alcohol/solvent in the background. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and a little slick. Good body. Somewhat astringent. Aftertaste of fruity caramel malt.
Not bad; a decent bitter (as the label says, a classic). Slightly sweet, with subtle flavours that blend well. But it's a bit boring - if something more exciting was on offer then I'd probably pass this over.
02-07-2012 23:15:23 | More by jazzyjeff13
More User Reviews:
3.88/5 rDev +4.6%
A: Amber with a foamy white head twith some lacing.
S: Fruit, iron,butter, dried apricots.
T: Bitterness, fresh bread and a hint of iron. Aftertaste of light fudge and dill crisps. I can't explain the dill crisps, but it's there.
M: Medium body, kind of low carboration.
D: Good. No problem drinking this one whatsoever. Then again bitter is one of my favorite styles.
This is just the way a bitter should taste and feel, to my opinion.
03-03-2007 07:29:56 | More by Hammarby
3.93/5 rDev +5.9%
Dry English malts with a bitter...almost vinegar but not unpleasant...hop blend and bite on the tongue.
Color is a nice pale ale shade of gold with a decent head.
Aromas are only slightly English malt but the dry, green hop aroma is definitly there.
Very drinkable, session type brew.
02-23-2007 06:31:15 | More by IntriqKen
3.35/5 rDev -9.7%
Pours dark amber approaching copper with a small head.
Nose shows light caramel, floral and peach notes, quite sweet. Diacetyl is definitely noticeable, making it seem fuller and richer.
Loads more toffee and caramel as flavours with faint reminders of the fruity aromas along with resinous hops. Finishes with a rather dull metallic bitterness.
Nice low carbonation.
This would have been quite good if not for the dodgy finish.
04-19-2010 11:41:20 | More by CrazyDavros
3.9/5 rDev +5.1%
A. Clear light brown, bubbly. It has a bubbly head and some lace.
S. No real scent to it.
T. Very flavorful beer. Malty and smooth. Has a bit of a bubble gum flavor to it. There's also a lemon/lime-Sprite kind of taste.
M. Bubbly and tingly on the palate.
O. Very smooth and easy to drink. Balanced, even if a slight bit dry.
02-25-2012 01:45:05 | More by Amalak
United Kingdom (England)
4.4/5 rDev +18.6%
Brown 500ml bottle with a 4.5% Bitter inside, best before 16th July 2009, drank on 22nd April 2009. Poured (twice) into a La Chouffe stemmed tulip shaped glass.
Lovely, lovely, lovely. Deep amber body with a very good, rich and high tanned head. The beer had a teak wood sort of hue to it, clear and wholesome looking too.
Very different to the cask version and a lot stronger in alcohol. The aroma, taste and mouthfeel just don't match up and why should they, this is obviuosly a completely different beer.
Hops, barley and nuts in the aroma, along with some malt bread and toasted brown bread.
The beer just tastes right, good bitter bite and a hoppy aftertaste, a classic British Bitter.
Adnams are a favourite of mine and this is the sort of product that highlights why.
A joy to hold and drink!
04-22-2009 17:49:45 | More by BlackHaddock
4.33/5 rDev +16.7%
The "regular" Adnams bitter - a lighter version of the estimable Broadside. Many a long night in an Aldeburgh pub and several pints of this fine bitter punctuated my university career. Dark amber and moderate sudsy head appear on first pouring. Lowish in alcohol, but not concomitantly low in flavour, malty fruity, slight hop aroma, good body, eminently drinkable.
03-23-2008 01:49:18 | More by AylwinForbes
3.73/5 rDev +0.5%
Picked this up at the biggest beer store in the UK, Beers of Europe Ltd. Clear amber-copper pour with quickly fading two finger head and nice lacing. Pretty typical English Bitter nose with lots of biscuity malt, subdued fruity herbal hops, and a strong aroma of tea and rye bread. The taste follows suit with fruity, herbal tea, and bitter hops up front, balanced nicely by solid bready, nutty, caramel malt with hints of vanilla, rye bread and a touch of metal. Smooth bitter finish and the low ABV make this pretty drinkable. I've heard a lot about Adnams and they're a solid brewery, but still nothing that really jumps out to me.
05-21-2011 15:14:55 | More by beerdrifter
3.88/5 rDev +4.6%
Of all the english beers I had on my recent visit to London this was probably one of my favorites. Very bright light color, good carbonation, refreshing (especially for an english draft ale) and quite a nice thing in the afternoon. Perhaps it was partially the difference between draft and cask but I enjoyed this beer all week.
09-16-2010 19:13:20 | More by david18
3.58/5 rDev -3.5%
On-cask in London:
Pours copper with a foamy white head. Foamy lacing sticks.
The smell is musty-ish, a bit leafy, with caramel.
The taste is of strong caramel with a leafy, tea-like, slightly aspiriny bitterish finish.
The feel is light-bodied/thin. Approaches watery.
Something almost clashes here, but ends up with a refreshing quality. Caramelly with an herbal dryness. It does have a certain drinkable smoothness to it.
04-22-2009 01:03:48 | More by jwc215
4.15/5 rDev +11.9%
Finally had this beer in a pub in Hampstead. Adnams bitter is a deep and clear amber topped by a nicely formed head, lacing is scattered but nice. Herbal hop aroma is followed by a zingy sharp hop blast that is also herbal and a bit fruity. Finish is long. Tingly mouth feel, a nice beer to enjoy while relaxing and it is quite refreshing.
02-15-2007 05:07:31 | More by Mark
2.9/5 rDev -21.8%
Promising start when it poured a hazy caramel with a thin head and some fine lacing. Not much aroma except for some hop resin and slight citrus.
Flavour is citrus and hop, loads of grapefruit bitterness. Quite boozy and drinkability is compromised by this. Some grassiness and subdued breadiness. I was a little disturbed by a slight soapy taste that bothered e when I identified it. I think this is a pretty average bitter.
08-05-2011 10:13:05 | More by rjimlad
4.35/5 rDev +17.3%
A copper-toned slightly hazy beer, an off-white head that leaves tons of lacing.
The smell is a dash of sweet fruits, apricot, plum, some refreshing sour lemon and lime.
The taste you meet is faintly sweet, saramel, some malty tones, digestive biscuits, in the sour area oranges and lemon, and finish of with a dry clean bitterness.
Medium low carbonation, a creamy mouthfeel, a dry finish.
This bitter is easy to drink, and more or less the one I most often have in stock.
04-06-2010 15:25:08 | More by rarbring
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
3.95/5 rDev +6.5%
500ml bottle bought from Grape Expectations, Ballyclare...
Poured a deep orange / rusty copper colour... Slightly off white head poured quite thick and foamy and faded to thin layer...
Aroma - Fruity (burnt orange, some raspberry hints, raisins), sea saltiness, light toasted malts, spicy hops, herbs (rosemary ?), vanilla creaminess...
Taste - Strong spicy hop bitterness, definite sea salt notes, toasted bread notes, floral, nutty, tart fruit...
Feel - Quite sharp and dry. Medium body.... Pretty drinkable...
Overall - A very good beer.... recommended...
03-28-2006 11:19:14 | More by mdagnew
3.63/5 rDev -2.2%
I'm not sure if I should use bitters on tap as a reference in rating this beer. I think bitters need to be carbonated but not overly carbonated like the can version I had. It kind of puts it in another style (or sub-style) so to speak. In any case, Adnams Bitter filled my glass with an inviting chestnut colored brew, lots of bubbles and some good foam. Straight out of the can it produced a smell of hops and metal. After a while it became floral too. The first taste was of sweet caramel and bitterness (ta-dam!). This was followed by a hint of licorice and dryness. Refreshing, I'm happy with it.
05-08-2006 18:21:50 | More by JanM
3.1/5 rDev -16.4%
Appearance: goldy-copper, good clarity, thick layer of spongey off-white foam, good head retention
Aroma: malt, hint of rust, herbally hops, bit o' diacetyl
Flavor: dry malt backbone with an enveloping green hop flavor; vegetal bitterness and a hint of lime peel; finishes dry with a lingering bitterness
Mouthfeel: medium body, pert carbonation, crisp, slight astringency
01-04-2007 18:26:15 | More by GreenCard
United Kingdom (England)
4/5 rDev +7.8%
I'm noticing the bottle I've got is higher ABV than what is listed here - 4.5%. Might be a new recipe.
Poured into an Old Speckled Hen pint glass. Looks great - nice, large, thick head that leaves a little lacing with decent retention.
Smells like a standard bitter - a bit of malt and a subdued hop presence mainly.
Tastes stronger than it smells - quite a large, nice bit of malt followed by some typical English hops. Very tasty - not outrageously strong, but can discern some biscuit and caramel in the malt and the hops leave quite a dry impression. Well carbonated and the hops remain in your mouth after you've finished.
Overall a very tasty beer from Adnams. Tasty but very easy to drink at the same time - could be a very good session brew.
03-11-2010 22:13:04 | More by mike130
3.8/5 rDev +2.4%
Bottle into Gouden Carolus goblet in low altitude Galway, Ireland. My bottle clearly shows 4.5% ABV, NOT 3.7% ABV as in the description.
A: Pours an amber-copper with a one finger head of poor retention but decent cream and thickness. Appealing.
Sm: Caramel, hops, barley. Lots of caramel, in other words.
T: Slick open to caramel and hoppy barley. Maybe a bit of chocolate but it could be overflow from the caramel. Ironically, it's far from bitter. The balance favours the latter half. Well built but longing.
Mf: A bit too wet and surprisingly smooth for a bitter. The smoothness does complement the taste, however.
Dr: Low abv, good taste. An excellent session beer.
02-27-2011 20:08:29 | More by kojevergas
United Kingdom (Scotland)
3.5/5 rDev -5.7%
Thick very creamy quarter inch heavy white head. Amber brown body. Dark fruit smell. On the tongue this is dominated by a bushel of apples with a dark musty dank cellar quality with an element of sourness before there is a lengthy lingering bitter quality. Somewhat dilute, this is not as well balanced nor with as much definition as I would expect as its parts just don't create a very good clean whole.
Still decent enough but it ain't Adnams's Extra is it?
10-16-2011 10:24:45 | More by Zimbo
Adnams Bitter from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
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