Adnams Bitter - Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
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United Kingdom (Scotland)
4.1/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
09-22-2006 16:34:59 | More by kmacphail
3.63/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
05-08-2006 18:21:50 | More by JanM
3.43/5 rDev -7.5%
Can from Swedish "Systembolaget".
Tried it on April 28, 2006.
Adnams The Bitter Classic Beer
Mine had 4.5% ABV
Beautiful reddish-brown color with a big beige head.
Faint sweet, a bit hoppy, scent.
Thick mouthfeel, at the same time a bit watery taste.
05-06-2006 07:21:32 | More by gnoff
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
3.95/5 rDev +6.5%
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...
03-28-2006 11:19:14 | More by mdagnew
United Kingdom (England)
3.93/5 rDev +5.9%
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!
05-28-2005 14:12:45 | More by wl0307
Adnams Bitter from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.