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Adnams Bitter - Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery

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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:
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(Beer added by: wl0307 on 05-28-2005)
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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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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Jan 2012, so it's just out of date.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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 23:15:23 | More by jazzyjeff13
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doktorhops

Australia

3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Adnams; don't know about the name but these guys (or girls) know how to make a decent drop (The Broadside being the other brew of theirs I've tried). Let's get straight to business as I'm a big English bitters fan and my beer is tantalising me with it's English bitter ways.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a conical pint.

A: It's got a great brown ale look and feel to it. A rusty dirt coloured body with a very tasty creamy looking half centimeter head that beckons to the tasty creamy looking head lover in me... wait a sec, "head lover" sounds wrong... ahhh f**k it, I do love good head!

S: You've got toasted biscuit and toffee malts with an odd (almost minty?) character... maybe it's the hops? Let's find out head lovers!

T: This brew is malt central. We've definitely met our quota of malt here; toasted biscuit, caramel, toffee, we've got you covered. The classic bitter back note is easier on the taste buds than what we typically find in modern APA's and IPA's, but hey that's just how they did it in those days. It's a good, decent English bitter we have on our hands, something you would find in ye olde pub in Sussex or Kent.

M: Decent and ale-like in the mouthfeel; light carbonation with a medium body. Easy on the palate.

D: It's down to the dirty now - how does this compare with the other English bitters I've tried? Well it's not quite as tasty as the Pride of Oxford, however it does take the Hepworth & Co "Sussex" bitters to the cleaners. Bear in mind though that Pride of Oxford isn't indicative of the style and if I was choosing a "typical" English bitters out for a friend who wanted to know what an English bitters is then Adnams would be the pick. Two words: English bitter.

Food match: I would match this with a pie or Cornish pastie, some mash potatoes with gravy (or tomato sauce) and peas. A classic English meal for a classic English bitters.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 09:06:53 | More by doktorhops
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rjimlad

Australia

2.9/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 10:13:05 | More by rjimlad
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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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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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Wattsox

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle, consumed December 2010, BBE September 2011.

A - Copper colour, small head which dissipates fairly quickly, leaving light covering and lacing.

S - Pleasant floral hop aroma, some light malts.

T - Fairly hoppy taste, bit of malt; nice mild bitter.

M - Perhaps a little much carbonation, otherwise quite light.

D - Quite a drinkable standard mild English bitter.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 03:01:31 | More by Wattsox
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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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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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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2010 11:41:20 | More by CrazyDavros
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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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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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fullsweep

United Kingdom (England)

3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle poured into a glass.

Brownish amber, but transparent. Lots of head, especially for a bitter, with plenty of lacing.

Smells nice. Floral hops and malt mixture.

Taste is nice and crisp with a slight spicy bite to it--especially early in the glass--it fades as the beer warms and you move down the glass.

Very nice mouthfeel--heavy carbonation for the bitter. I like it.

Would definitely drink again.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 22:24:17 | More by fullsweep
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tmoneyba

Ohio

3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle 1pt 9 oz on 07/06/2005.

Poured cloudy dark amber color with medium white head that diminished slowly with fair lacing. Medium hoppy aroma. Medium body. Well balanced flavor with a medium bitter finish of moderate duration.

Good drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2008 23:39:02 | More by tmoneyba
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nick76

Florida

3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The aroma is simple toasted malt and grassy hops. The appearance is deep amber with a medium foamy tan head. The flavor is hops, toasted malt and nuts and some toffee. The palate is fitting for a bitter. The aftertaste has an astringent bitterness that reminds me of soap, otherwise its not too bad.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2008 07:16:18 | More by nick76
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Overlord

California

2.5/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Every bitter I have seems to be radically different from the last. This one poured a strange cloudy brown with no head. Never would have guessed it was a bitter.

Smelled like overripe plums and malt ... taste was mostly sweet, maybe some earthy hops in there, but mostly sickly caramel malt and overripe fruit.

Too thin, just pretty bad, overall.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2008 02:48:50 | More by Overlord
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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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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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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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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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GreenCard

Oregon

3.1/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2007 18:26:15 | More by GreenCard
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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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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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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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Zimbo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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?

Serving type: cask

10-16-2011 10:24:45 | More by Zimbo
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Adnams Bitter from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
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