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Adnams Bitter - Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery

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55 Ratings
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.32%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: wl0307 on 05-28-2005)
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david18

New York

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
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StJamesGate

New York

2.98/5  rDev -19.7%

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...

08-09-2010 17:05:10 | More by StJamesGate
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Mjoepp

Sweden

3.55/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

07-22-2010 20:48:18 | More by Mjoepp
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CrazyDavros

Australia

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
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rarbring

Sweden

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
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dionisio

New Jersey

4.55/5  rDev +22.6%

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.

03-21-2010 00:44:35 | More by dionisio
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mike130

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
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BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

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

Sweden

4.18/5  rDev +12.7%

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.

09-11-2009 18:01:26 | More by Evil_Pidde
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BlackHaddock

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
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jwc215

Wisconsin

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
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fullsweep

United Kingdom (England)

3.58/5  rDev -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.

04-20-2009 22:24:17 | More by fullsweep
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -8.9%

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.

11-21-2008 00:58:06 | More by corby112
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tmoneyba

Ohio

3.45/5  rDev -7%

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.

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

Florida

3.15/5  rDev -15.1%

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.

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

California

2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

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.

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

Illinois

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
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bark

Sweden

4.13/5  rDev +11.3%

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.

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

Sweden

3.9/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

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

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.88/5  rDev +4.6%

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

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

Sweden

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
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IntriqKen

California

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
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Mark

California

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
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GreenCard

Oregon

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
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charlatan

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.88/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

12-05-2006 02:03:37 | More by charlatan
Adnams Bitter from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
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