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Adnams Bitter - Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery

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56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 6
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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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Photo of jwc215
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

jwc215, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of kojevergas
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.

kojevergas, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of BlackHaddock
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!

BlackHaddock, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of corby112
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from cask in restaurant/pub in London.

Pours a dark amber orange with thick foam white head. Nice delicate hop aroma balanced by a slightly malty bacbone. Very smooth and refreshing ale with floral and citrus hops making it quite crisp. Nicely balanced with a slight dry finish.

corby112, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of lacqueredmouse
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.

lacqueredmouse, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of wl0307
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!

wl0307, May 28, 2005
Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev +8.1%

PEIhop, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of bark
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.

bark, Jan 25, 2008
Photo of Evil_Pidde
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.

Evil_Pidde, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +8.1%

mrfrancis, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of CrazyDavros
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.

CrazyDavros, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of StJamesGate
2.98/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On cask at the Tin Goose, Heathrow airport.

Pours ruddy brown with a thin clingy white head. Musty, toilety, barrel nose. Sour cracked grain and cranberry malts with a malt vinegar sting, then tobacco leaf, tea and woody hops. Medium, slight chew, dry finish.

Sour, skunky, and musty - is this what a bad pint tastes like?
I'm not a huge fan of Adnams, but their reputation means their bitter must be better than this, and I wouldn't trust an airport bar to care much about conditioning.

10-28-2009 17:11:43; On cask at The Crown, Victoria Park, London.

Pours orange with great white lacing. Faint nose. Woody malts and orange coriander hops. Dry tight finish with medium body.

A properly bitter pint of bitter and with the low ABV, a very sessionable ale.

look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In bottle, 28/5/13 - Raspberry nose, more red berry up front with woody hops and some chew. A very fruity bitter. Makes Fuggles palatable, though past date. I'll taste this fresh some day...

StJamesGate, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of david18
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.

david18, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of Overlord
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.

Overlord, Aug 22, 2008
Photo of rarbring
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.

rarbring, Apr 06, 2010
Photo of jazzyjeff13
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.

jazzyjeff13, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of mdagnew
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...

mdagnew, Mar 28, 2006
Photo of Amalak
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.

Amalak, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of IntriqKen
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.

IntriqKen, Feb 23, 2007
Photo of EmperorBevis
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

EmperorBevis, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of spointon
4/5  rDev +8.1%

spointon, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of BDTyre
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.

BDTyre, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of tmoneyba
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.

tmoneyba, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of CwrwAmByth
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap in the White Horse pub in Chelmsford. Served in an adnams pint glass on an adnams coaster, overall a very adnams atmosphere here!

Not an amazing bitter, it's very dry and not a great example of the style to be honest. Too much hops leaving it quite unbalanced for my taste.

A very 'meh' drink overall. I would order it again if there were no other ales but I would always choose somthing like Doom Bar over this.

CwrwAmByth, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of pin
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

pin, Jun 05, 2012
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Adnams Bitter from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
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