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Adnams Bitter - Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery

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57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 6
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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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 Finite
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.

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.

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.

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...

Photo of Mjoepp
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear and deep amber/copper. Little white foam, medium bubbles, dissapears quickly.

S: Fruity, sweets. Little skunk feeling to it.

T: Apricots, sweets. Aftertaste is bitter caramells and metal.

Overall: More than avrage bitter, but not really a favorite.

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.

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.

Photo of dionisio
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.

Photo of mike130
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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

Photo of fullsweep
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.

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.

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.

Photo of nick76
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.

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.

Photo of AylwinForbes
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.

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.

Photo of Jonte
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.

Photo of cypressbob
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

Photo of Hammarby
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.

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.

Photo of Mark
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.

Adnams Bitter from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.