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Adnams Southwold Bitter - Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery

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Reviews: 68
Hads: 149
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | 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

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Beer added by: rastaman on 08-12-2002

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Photo of rtrasr
4.94/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this bitter at the Plough in London near the British Museum. Pours a beautiful cooper color with nice white head. Some lacing in the glass. It smelled warm and toasty. It tasted so easy. Perfect for a cool fall day. It went down so easy. The perfect session beer. Tasted of a nice glass of milk. I drank 3 pints, no problems. Has to be one of the best bitters out there. (374 characters)

Photo of gentlebubbles
4.55/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

NERAX 04

This is what a bitter should be!

A crystal clear amber, with a beautiful fluffy head crowning over the rim of the glass. Very fragrant. Nice maltiness, and crisp hops balanced with subtle perfection.

This one I could drink all day and not feel like I was missing out on anything. (297 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Southwold Bitter pours a deep mahogany caramel amber color with a slightly hazed appearance. Head is thick and tan full of froth, with fine even lacing. Earthy, leather notes of complexity even some fruity grape notes more concentrated raisin even, with a hop nose of earthy herbal hops. Complex enduring flavors of butterscotch, caramel, blended with earthy herbal hops dominating eachother into submission to create an exhilarating layer of balance. Which exudes the palate into wanting more and more, a very easy to consume complex low in alcohol English bitter. Mouthfeel is complex with a hint of diacetyl but doesn't knock you down, rather it balances out other aspects that the beer has to offer. Medium bodied evenly carbonated this beer I'm sure is supreme on cask. Overall a enjoyable beer that I want travel to far for since I can get right down the street. (868 characters)

Photo of Offa
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an excellent bitter with nice character yet low ABV, a very English beer.

Bright reddish copper, it has a big off-white head steadily shrinking to lasting rocky top.

Aroma is wonderful full roasty character, slightly caramelised toast, tea, hints of citrus and jam.

Taste is wonderful juicy, faintly winy toast, tea, woody-toasty bitter finish after a sweeter start. It is lively and engaging, juicy and appetizing. The bitterness and sweetness are gentle and balanced, but firm and it leans slightly to the bitter side in a lean finish. (548 characters)

Photo of bridgeporter
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just returned home from 2 weeks of beer heaven in the U.K. Had several pints of this wonderful session ale in a beautiful pub in the countryside east of Leicester. A little bit of heaven on earth was the Black Boy pub. ( not very politically correct, but I didn't name it!)

A nice dry, mildly hoppy ale that made you wish for more. Lucky for me I had a non-drinking driver so this was no problem. A slightly sulphuric taste in the background might put some off but this added to the long dry finish that made this a pleasure to the taste buds. Scotty, beam me back!! (570 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

50 cL bottle, can't believe I haven't reviewed an Adnams beer yet,

A: Pours a light copper with a mild white head which leaves excellent lace, great head retention.

S: Minerally lemons and biscuity malt, very English and fragrant.

T: Great taste of biscuity slightly sweet malt and minerality. The hops bring light notes of citrus to the party. Very flavourful for the low ABV.

M: Light-bodied, crisp, exceptionally easy drinking, fairly clean finish.

O: A tasty drinkable pint, this is a good one, haven't had a new British beer in a while and this didn't disappoint. I can only imagine it's even better on cask. A satisfying fun pint. (641 characters)

Photo of Seumas
4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of the joy of return trips to England is the opportunity to sup pints which remain as tasty as they were at first cut many years earlier.

There's still a nice hop flavour to this East Anglian classic, citrus and seaweed, subtly done.

It was and is good in the free trade in London and Essex, and delightful in a rural Adnams house in its home county of Suffolk. (372 characters)

Photo of gutbucket2
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

5 litre cask from brewery shop containing live yeast. Poured amber, clear, with reasonably lasting head. aroma: sulphur and hop. taste: apple, sulphur, treacle. mouthfeel, light. overall: great character in this bitter. (225 characters)

Photo of spointon
4.21/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had this one on cask at the Seven Stars pub in London. Poured into an Adnams pint glass.

A= This ale poured a bright/clear gold color with a nice thick white head. The head dropped quickly but left a lot of lacing down my glass.

S= Beautiful aroma profile of pale malt, hints of sweetness, and candylike English hops. Smelled super fresh.

T= Started off with a nice pale malt backbone, moved quickly through a brief sweetness with a slight kiss of caramel/treacle, and then finished long and hoppy. Seemed like East Kent Goldings hop character.

MF= Just right for a cask bitter. Full mouthfeel for the style which was aided by the low/cask carbonation. No astringency.

D= Off the charts drinkable. One of the best pints I had in London. (743 characters)

Photo of chanokokoro
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass

Pours a deep amber with orange hues capped with a two finger off-white head. Great retention and a noticeable amount of spider web like lacing. Pleasant aroma of apple peel, caramel, toffee notes on the nose. Apple peel, pear, a touch of almond and biscuit notes joined by caramel malt and toffee. Finishes with a restrained herbal bitterness. Slick and smooth, fairly substantial malt backbone lends to a lighter medium body with a pleasant level of carbonation. An exceptionally well-balanced, easy drinking bitter. Highly recommended. (589 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a clear amber with one and a half fingers of white foam that lasts for about three minutes, minimal lacing left behind on the glass. Medium-light body and carbonation levels, crisp snappy finish that has a fairly decent sustain to it.

Smells of buttery toasted bread with a light fig jam spread on top. The sip, however, is markedly sharp and bitter with an initial attack of strong herbal-woody and medium earthen hopping over biscuit malts with another garnish of fig jam... it is VERY much drier and bitter on the tongue than the nose had led me to expect, and I'm liking it very much. I'm not normally a big fan of diacetyl, but somehow this beer has managed to have a reasonable modicum of butter in the aroma but hardly any at all present in the flavor, which works out for the best IMO. Well worth trying, and quite sessionable. (868 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Decent starting head which leaves chunky lace on the glass. Crystal clear with a deep copper amber color. Attractive.

The nose is closest to toffee and caramel than anything else. Mild hop aroma in the background.

This is a smooth drink, rich and lowly carbonated. More bitterness than the smell would suggest. Plenty of toasted malt, but it isn't too biscuity. (363 characters)

Photo of brureview
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a Stone English pint glass.

The color is a light copper with a 2 finger head.

The aroma is malty, but there is a floral -fruit nose, and perhaps some vanilla.

Mildy carbonated.

The taste is malty, and light fruit.

Excellent finish- good, deep bitterness without being overdone,

An easy beer to drink. A classic English bitter. (343 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled last night on 1/10/15. Comes in a 500ml (16.9 ounce bottle) that was in the discount bin for just $3.00 at the Hy-vee in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a handled-glass stein.

Pours a deep reddish-amber in color with a thin off-white head. A decent amount of lacing is seen when sipped that stuck to the sides of the glass. The aroma is for the most part English malts with a hint of fruit. The taste is the sweet malt right up front followed by a hint of fruit and finishes with a slight bitterness, which wasn't hoppy though. Actually very tasty as I have never had this type of brew. Medium-bodied with good carbonation. Overall, I liked this one and this style of brew. (743 characters)

Photo of rjplumer
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Malt, caramel bread type of aroma. Medium brown body with a bit of an orange hue.. Light tan head about a half inch or so to start and settles relatively quick to a light film. Mild sweet fruit and malt taste with a touch of bitterness. Touch of apple like crispness. Has a full thick feel. (290 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: tan head, high on pour, settles down into a messy, sticky 1/4" cap... copper liquid with a slight haze (this after letting the bottle sit out for 20+ min before opening)... good bit of messy lacing

S: fruity caramel and a definite presence of earthy, grassy hops... bright, round fruitiness (though not terribly distinct), a vague note of air-crusted-over dough, and a light hint of smoky wood... the esters and hops are fairly potent

T: overall typical taste for a dark bitter, but with slight emphasis on dark, toasted caramel, though without being sweet... healthy bitter hop bite right from the get-go, lingering in the finish, taking on resiny and lemon zest flavors - excellent, strong yet quiet.... bit of a tea-like, stewed apple, and toasty whole-wheat bread crust aftertaste... the sum of each subtle flavor grows on you - moreish...

M: super round and smooth with just enough of a toasty dryness to balance

O: requisite pale ale flavors with a solid, satisfying hop bitterness.... a tasty beer and I'd like another.... doesn't quite match the magnificence of draft Broadside, but I'll take it (1,111 characters)

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Pours deep amber with a really large thick compact white head that sure takes it's time to set into rather nice lacings.

S: Mild sweetness to the malt, butter and bitter hops. Rich fruityness. Smells rather basic, but man - why mess with the basics if you know what you're doing?

T: Green apples and nettles - dry! Malt is kind of dry and is generously buttery. Bitter hops.

M: The aftertaste is long and bitter in the best possible way. Body is light and carbonation mild.

O: An uneven beer. The taste is a little to mild, but nice. The aftertaste is the best I've had in a canned Bitter. (598 characters)

Photo of tronester
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy copper with a thin tan head. Smells of brown sugar and toasted grain. Taste begins with some big tea leaf flavor, then some rye bread, and finishes with some leafy, floral hops. Mouthfeel is great. Overall an excellent bitter. Plenty of flavor but not alcohol. (273 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Happy Hour at my house. Bust out the cheese, the summer sausage, the crackers, and a half-liter of English Bitter. And let's warm that bottle up. What else to do? Oh yeah, on to the beer:

A good looker after the bottle is poured. In the imperial pint glass, the color shines a copperish red color with a somewhat soapy head on top, leaving a semi-creamy lace around. The nose feautres some pleasant diacetyl, some earthiness, a some pinches of esters.

Light bodied, but full of flavor. Modest diacetyl and earthiness towards the start, the duel of flavors slowly die and give off a bit of sweetness from the malt. We start to get a sense of esters, very subtle pineapple, and some unmalted-like sweetness (like chewing on malt). Sure, the beer is light bodied, but it seems like there's some meat on its bones, and the carbonation level is just right (not overly carbonated, and not really flat).

It's nice to come across a bitter stateside. Even better to come across one that has held up on the voyage acorss the ocean. Pleasant mix of flavors here. (1,056 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a 10oz pint glass at Churckey DC. From notes.

A real nice light tan off white head hits on the pour, and barely falls if at all. Dark chestnut brown body withe amber and orange sides and hues, and a fairly crystal clear appearance. Very good lacing on this drink as it clumps throughout at times while finishing.

Nose brings a soft malt body, and mostly semi toasted bready malts. Not much else, but really pleasurable and simple and solid.

Taste strangely on first quaff is a mild cheap tobacco, similar to cigarettes, but certainly tolerable. Chewy graham cracker malt and milk depth, with a fairly bitter hop finish, giving to an earthy feel.

Overall a real mellow and chewy classic bitter that is worth seeking out. (751 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-cask at the Market Porter, London

Light orangey amber. Little head to speak of (it's cask afterall). Aromas of fresh citric hops and classic, buttery, british malts. Taste follows suit. Quite citrusy and hoppy for a 3.7%abv brew. Nice maltiness in the mix as well, and a killer finish that is clean as an open sky. Mouthfeel, light and easy to drink. Refreshing even. A classic session ale. (396 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: 16.9 oz bottle. Pours a rich, clear deep copper. Off white silky head leaving layers of lace.

SMELL: Toffee and sweet dough initially, a bit sweet smelling and candy like. Brown sugar and molasses.

TASTE: Well balanced with caramel, butterscotch and a noble, grassy pine like hop. The dough apparent in the nose carries through with the taste. Very lightly bitter, this is a nice English ale.

FEEL: Medium bodied, smooth, creamy and delicately carbonated. A more than quaffable session beer.

OVERALL: Bottle claims the Adnams brewery of the year in 2011. With offerings like this, you can see how they've earned that distinction. (645 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

large bottle with dating, its fresh. Tasty English style ale. Medium body and nice smooth mouthfeel. Nice and malty, bready, yeasty and fresh tasting. Moderate hop bite to add balance and complexity to this brew. Completely English in its sensibilities. Doesnt overpower the ole taste buds, as some U.S. ales can do ( I love those as well dont get me wrong...) (360 characters)

Photo of drpimento
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty good brew. Poured at a good temperature with a nice sized, foamy, frothy, fluffy, cream-colored head that settles after a bit and some lace. Color is a clear amber copper. Aroma is beery, malt, hop, toffee, caramel, fruit. Flavor's much like nose and bitter up front, then carbonic tang with a little malt sweet under. Body and carbonation are good. Finish is like flavor, of average length and is very drinkable. (420 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle: best before 30 Nov 2012, poured into an 'Old Speckled Hen' badged pint vase shaped glass on 22 Aug 2012.

Lovely looking beer: clean and clear body of true amber, on top a well formed head of white foam.

Malty nose and taste: toffee and semi-sweet molasses fill the mouth with flavour, rich for a 4.1% ABV beer. Talk about easy drinking, this is a session beer with a great taste and attitude. (408 characters)

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Adnams Southwold Bitter from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.