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Brakspear Bitter - W.H. Brakspear & Sons plc

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BA SCORE
85
very good

88 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.79%
Wants: 8
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
W.H. Brakspear & Sons plc visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  3.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-01-2002)
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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bitter poured a clear, amber-red color with off-white foam that settled slowly and which clung to the glass a bit. The smell was mildly fruity hops with mild malt. The taste was malty and fruity with a very light sweetness and low hoppiness. There was a bit of buttery diacetyl upfront. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with medium body and very low carbonation. This was a very enjoyable bitter and excellent as a session beer.

UncleJimbo, Dec 07, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This beer is an even mix of orange and brown. The head was moderate and didn’t hold well.

Smell – This is a very balanced English Bitter. The musty malts, caramel, and light floral hops mix well to offer the drinker a rather substantial nose.

Taste – The toasted malts pick up a bit of wood at the taste along with, oddly enough, some alcohol notes. The sharp citrus hops and hints of sour and tart round things out at the finish.

Mouthfeel – Light to medium-bodied and tangy with a good bitter character.

Drinkability – This Bitter is refreshing and very well-balanced and definitely worth a look.

RoyalT, Aug 27, 2004
Photo of necoadam
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Found this at Manchester Wine & Spirits in CT. Poured out a light copper/amber color with a very little head that went to lacing all the way until the end. Smell consisted of malts, biscuits, buttery tones and some soft fruit. Blended well together actually. Taste was good, but the mouthfeel was quite flat. Perhaps a bad bottle but it was pretty flat. But the taste held up nicely. British brewed beers usually like to be on the low side of carbonation so perhaps that's what the beer is supposed to be but I didn't like it that way. Other than that not a bad bitter.

necoadam, Aug 10, 2004
Photo of cokes
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Shiny copper with a short-lived white fuzz on top.
Strange nose full of buttered bread, hard toffees, minerals, sulphur, and savory herbs.
Begins dry with flour-coated bread crusts. Buttery hues add depth and character. Never attains any real sweetness, but toffee, caramel and apple skins are suggested. High pH water, makes this hard and brittle in the mouth. Hopping is light, but adds both lilac and herbal bitterness. A bit of dried tobacco on the swallow.
Nicely constructed!
Tempered CO2 levels add an authentic feel. Light-bodied but in no way weak.
I'm impressed.

cokes, Nov 17, 2003
Photo of Stopper
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bitter pours a transparent golden orange, with a small watery white head that quickly disappears. The aroma is of a very clean base malt and a light, clean hop. The body is much more syrupy than I expected from the listed alcohol content of 3.4%, and it has a nicely balanced malt sweetness and a very fruity, hoppy flavor initially. The finish comes quickly and consists of a medium dry, bright, clean, hop bitterness over a slightly grainy taste.

This is an interestingly refreshing beer. It goes down very easily, but I'm definitely not getting bored with it. I could drink this all night.

Stopper, Oct 16, 2003
Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice light copper color with a light but pretty sticky head,aroma is light and slightly grassy and mineral-like.Flavor is nice and subtly hopped with some mineral flavors with a nice slightly sweet malt backbone.A true sessions beer in my mind a great find.

oberon, Sep 16, 2003
Photo of PatandDavid
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drink these while you can...

Again at Redbones, awesome copper colored beer, not much head or lace.

Oh, the beers they have lately taste so fresh!! Anyway, this was medium to light bodied, not a hop monster, not overly sweet and malty, but a very well balanced. I alternated this with another beer, and I have to say, this had the same charcteristic: a fruity, refreshing taste. Medium to light in body.

Would get again. pat

PatandDavid, Jul 04, 2003
Photo of CharlesRiver
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just had this on tap at Redbones. Light copper in color with a nice white fluffy head that lasted. Wasn't much in terms of smell. Hints of malt and some hops came through.

Nice light hop bitterness came through that seemed to balance well with the malt. Nothing overpowering in away from this beer. I could of had a couple and not even known it. I would love to try this on cask. The ending just kind of died.

Overall very good and I would order another.

CharlesRiver, Jul 03, 2003
Photo of aracauna
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a fairly standard amber but not a lot of character. Didn't have that glow I like in a beer that's pale enough to see through. The head was nice and slow to fade, though. The nose was surprisingly hoppy as was the flavor. Since the body was really thin the abundant hopping was forced to carry the beer. Unfortunately, the hops (Goldings, according to Oakes at least) don't have enough flavor and character besides the bitterness and a slight medicinal quality to add much excitement. Although the malt there was nice, like buttered caramel, there wasn't enough of it. Not bad, just not good. Easily quaffable though.

aracauna, Feb 17, 2003
Photo of Gusler
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A cloudless amber color, the head modest but quite short-lived leaving a fine sheet of lace to blanket the glass. The nose crisp and clean with the malts dominant and lightly sweet tones to seal it off. Front is lightly sweet, the top skimpy and the acidity modest in its bite with a nice English hop spiciness that makes the “Bitters and ESB”, special brews that I enjoy as often as I can.

Gusler, Dec 18, 2002
Photo of Jason
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presentation: 500 ml brown bottle with a BB (Best Before) date jet printed on the neck of the bottle.

Appearance: Thin and inattentive off white lace that barely stays around. This ale is very clear with a bright shaded orangey copper hue.

Smell: Soft fruity and buttery aroma, some plum and lemon jump out amongst the stable malty nose. Faint woody hop in the nose behind the malt and yeast.

Taste: Moderate body with a supple smoothness, carbonation flows over the palate and prepares the tastes buds. A light maltiness cradles a growing hop presence with light bready and caramel tones. Hops evolve quickly on to the palate with a solid bitterness and lingering earthy and woody flavour. Yeast hands off a fruitiness that adds some serious depth to the brew, other than the mild buttery diacetyl it is quite a clean ale. Finishes dry with a lingering earthy hoppiness.

Notes: Quite an impressive little ale at 3.4% abv, the head retention has its problems but on a whole this is a stellar bitter. It was worth the 3.99 (I personally would not pay more) a pop and an ale to go back to when I crave a refreshing bitter.

Jason, Sep 04, 2002
Photo of marc77
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Brilliantly clear light copper hue, topped by a thin, but persistant head that leaves loose lace. Rustic, leafy, dry - hopped, earthy Fuggles hop nose hits the nose upfront, & is ensued by biscuit malt, light caramel and mild diacetyl butterscotch. The malt profile is a seemless extension of the aroma, being comprised of biscuit & light buttery diacetyl, w/ malt sweetness provided by light crystal malt. Hop bitterness offsets malt sweetness perfectly, lending an overall balance to this bitter. Ample residual dextrins provide a full body, & when coupled with the low carbonation, the mouthfeel is slickly smooth. Assertively British, earthy Fuggles hop flavor. Finishes w/ fading biscuit notes. Brakspear Bitter is a very flavorful & full bodied session brew, especially considering its low gravity. The best "light" beer I've ever tasted!

marc77, Aug 09, 2002
Photo of Bierman9
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cask just put on at Redbones, got a free 1/2 pint from Jeff, the Manager. Dark, dull golden color, with a little bit of haze. Hardly any head or lace, though. Some hops in the nose, and a hint of citrus. Overall - a mild nose. Decent body, and smooth, with hardly any carbonation from the cask. Flavor was hoppy for the most-part. A mellow, floral smoothness was present. Some citrus flavors, and oakiness. An easy-going bier. Cheers.

overall: 3.75
appearance: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3.5

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Bierman9, Jun 09, 2002
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Brakspear Bitter from W.H. Brakspear & Sons plc
85 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.