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Adnams Bitter - Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery

Adnams BitterAdnams Bitter

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BA SCORE
84
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53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.35%


Brewed by:
Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  4.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: wl0307 on 05-28-2005)
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dionisio

New Jersey

4.55/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this at a pub in London. I had over 30 beers on cask while I was visiting England, and this was probably my favorite one. A great bitter. I can't describe it any better than that, because it was two years ago. I wish they would export this to America, but it seems they don't, as I haven't seen it anywhere.

Oh, and for those confused about the ABV... the cask version is 3.7%, the bottle is 4.5. I got this info from the Adnams website.

Serving type: cask

03-21-2010 00:44:35 | More by dionisio
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

4.4/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2009 17:49:45 | More by BlackHaddock
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rarbring

Sweden

4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: can

04-06-2010 15:25:08 | More by rarbring
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AylwinForbes

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: cask

03-23-2008 01:49:18 | More by AylwinForbes
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stjaernstoft

Sweden

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Adnams The Bitter, ABV: 4.5%.
500 ml can, 18.90 SEK (inc. refund) at Systembolaget.

A: It pours a hazy amber or caramel-coloured liquid, with a big, off-white foam. Some retention. Both cans I had opened up like volcanoes, even though I tried to be cautious.

S: Pungent fruity, spicy and slightly burnt aromas with notes of malt, toffee, dried apricots, mandarins, herbs, dry apple cider and more toffee.

T: Butterscotch, freshly baked bread, malt, fruity hops, dried apricots and mandarins, flowers, herbs and spices. It's like drinking creamy caramel.

M: A very creamy and smooth feel. Medium-sized body and bitterness. Great drinkability.

O: A classic British bitter, pimped with an extra 0.8% ABV to suit local alcohol habits (or something like that). It's got just enough creamy caramel flavours and just that amount of body and bitterness (not too light, not too much) to be a great session beer. Now I feel like having fish and chips, or beans on toast.

Serving type: can

08-30-2011 22:58:21 | More by stjaernstoft
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Sunnanek

Sweden

4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear copper with a great large off-white thick even head that stays for quite some time before it dissipates leaving lots of lace.

S: This is a typical english bitter: sweet light roasted malt together with a nice mix of both bitter hops, but also some floral hops. Finishes of with some fruity notes (citrus).

T: Sweet light roasted malt, together with a nice bitter dryness from the hops, but there are also faint floral hops. Lots of fruit, both citrus and dried fruit.

M: Full and creamy body, light carbonation. The aftertaste is both bitter/dry as well as sweet. It stays for a really long time.

D: This is a great bitter. Nice mix of light roasted malts together with bitter hops and citric notes. Finishes of with a really long nice aftertaste. This one is great.

Serving type: can

09-11-2009 18:01:26 | More by Sunnanek
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Mark

California

4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: cask

02-15-2007 05:07:31 | More by Mark
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bark

Sweden

4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As previously stated, this beer comes in 3.7% ABV in casks and 4.5% ABV in bottles, kegs and cans.

The colour is deep amber – red; the two finger head is beige, firm and airy. The fine crater sinks slowly leaving lots of lacing. The liquid is clear.

The smell is dry, fruity and bitter. Apricots, a chemical hint of wax and soap are blended with some yeast and a sweet hint of butter. It smells like a bitter, all right.

The taste is fruity and bitter, all in a balanced and relaxed, very British way. Dry notes of rye bread and butter beans are blended with a mild buttery cookie flavour. It is balanced by a gentle bitterness and a hint of bakers yeast. The aftertaste is fruity with notes of dried apricots, bitter oranges and kiwi.

The carbonation is mild; the bubbles are very small. The liquid is very smooth.

Earlier, I didn’t really esteem the ales of Adnams. I thought they were too chemical and dry. But I think that they have been served too cold; at circa 10° C (50° F), it really opens up.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2008 20:25:12 | More by bark
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kmacphail

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Adnams Bitter the 'classic beer' according to it's own bottle, and they're not far wrong.

The pint poured a beautiful ruby-brown colour with a fairly sizeable cream coloured head. Sadly, as with most bottled beers the head was short lived. The smell was not very distinctive, clear smell of hops with a hint of sweet vanilla and a very mild fruity smell to it.

The taste was beautiful, a collection of hops with the vanilla hint running through, very tasty indeed. The mouthfeel was a bit watery for my liking but did give a nice slightly bitter after taste.

The pint went down very well and had I bought any more I would have drunk these on the same night. This is one that will definately retain a place in the beer cupboard. I would be very keen to try this on cask.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2006 16:34:59 | More by kmacphail
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mike130

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2010 22:13:04 | More by mike130
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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...

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2006 11:19:14 | More by mdagnew
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of Adnams' most popular regular real ales. Had a pind of this at a local pub in East End London on 27/05/05, and luckily it turned out very fresh indeed!

A: it pours a light-amber to straw colour, with low carbonation, an almost cappucino-like off-white and frothy beerhead which leaves uneven lace along the way.
S: lively, sweetish malts and floral hops; at the back some hayish note is observed. Simple but nice.
T: a mouthful of biscuity malts and soft, hayish/floral hops at first, followed by a tinge of chestnutty(?) bittersweet flavour in the finish. The aftertaste is simply refreshingly bitter and lingering~~
M&D: quite smooth on the palate, albeit not without a refreshing mouthfeel, and the flavour is rather rich against its overall light body. A very very tasty and more-ish session beer!

Serving type: cask

05-28-2005 14:12:45 | More by wl0307
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IntriqKen

California

3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2007 06:31:15 | More by IntriqKen
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Jonte

Sweden

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the can version and it has an ABV of 4.5%

Red/pale brown color and a creamy white head. Nice lacing.

Smells of sweet malt, caramel and (citrus)fruit.

Tastes of biscuits, fruit, some floral/spicy notes and hop bitterness.. A bit dry. Medium bodied.

I will try it again when I´m not having a cold.

Serving type: can

10-06-2007 11:56:26 | More by Jonte
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Amalak

New York

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 01:45:05 | More by Amalak
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charlatan

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle claims 4.5% abv. If it were 3.7% I would probably not have bothered spending £1.33 on it!

Beer pours a copper colour with a fairly generous head. It has a pleasant grainy smell with a citric hint, a little lemony perhaps?

Wow! I was expecting this to be mediocre before I opened the bottle but in reality it has good carbonation and a full flavour with a grassy start and then a herbal hoppy hit with a nice fig/raisin flavour in the background. Unlike most English bitters this isn't disappointingly watery.

I may well buy a few more bottles.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2006 02:03:37 | More by charlatan
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Hammarby

Sweden

3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2007 07:29:56 | More by Hammarby
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cypressbob

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle served slightly chilled in an imperial nonic, 4.5%

Pours with a rich dark copper body, shimmering rust highlights. An inch thick head forms, bubbly and dense, good retention also. Some small bubbles of lacing up and down the glass

Smell, rich slightly musty malt profile. Some spicy malt character along with a helping of strong aggressive english aroma hops. Some grapefruit and lemon zest

Taste, crisp and smooth malt body, lots of crisp hops backing the malt flavour up. Crunchy very dry biscuity malt, some slight dry yeast character on the finish. A touch of dried fruit and brandy too

I'm sure this is a real winner on cask. A very drinkable and flavourful bitter

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2007 19:22:38 | More by cypressbob
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david18

New York

3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2010 19:13:20 | More by david18
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kojevergas

Texas

3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 20:08:29 | More by kojevergas
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Finite

Australia

3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burnished bronze and rub red in colour, medium head with reasonable lacing, cloudy with fine carbonation.

Sweet cola-like smell with hints of toffee and brown sugar.

Smooth buttery toffee and caramel malts, some burnt malt showing in the background. A mild floral hop bitterness is faintly in the background.

Soft, low carbonation, smooth, medium body mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 10:51:49 | More by Finite
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BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasty bitter from Adnams. Nice, orangey-copper colour with very thin head. Thick, malty yeasty smell and traces of citrus from the hops.

A little bit hoppy on the flavour, but there is a nice malt character and definite bread-y notes to it. Well balanced and rich - a decent bitter.

The carbonation could be toned down a bit, but this is definitely a nice session beer.

Serving type: cask

02-03-2010 17:55:25 | More by BDTyre
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beerdrifter

Germany

3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 15:14:55 | More by beerdrifter
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very pleasant burnished bronze colour, with flashes of red through it. Head is fine and filmy, and leaves beautiful patterns of lacing down the inside of the glass.

Pleasant English hop fragrance on the nose, giving some resin and wood flavours, with a darker lilt of tobacco leaf. A bit of caramel maltiness as well, that balances it. Pretty nice.

Very smooth on the palate, with some burgeoning grain sweetness through the front, before a welcome addition of bittering hops cleanses the back, and gives a much needed balance. Slight hint of marzipan on the very back. Feel is very pleasantly smooth, with just a leavened hint of carbonation.

A very drinkable brew, and a mild but pleasant English bitter. Not a very robust one, but it's nice enough.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 09:38:16 | More by lacqueredmouse
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JanM

Sweden

3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: can

05-08-2006 18:21:50 | More by JanM
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Adnams Bitter from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
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