Batemans XXXB - George Bateman and Son Ltd. / Batemans Brewery

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Ratings: 133
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 15
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
George Bateman and Son Ltd. / Batemans Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-18-2002

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Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I havent a good English ESB in awhile,this fit the bill.Poured into an imperial pint glass a clear rich copper/bronze with a sticky 1/2 finger white head that left broken lace as it settled slowly into a creamy mass.Lighter but pleasant aromas,caramel and toasted malt mixed with leafy, slightly medicinal hop.Flavors have a bit of hard water to it mixed with a lightly sweet caramel malt flavor,a little butter comes thru as well,a leafy slightly spicey hop finish is a nice finish.A very nice social pint light but flavorful

Photo of rastaman
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Grainy and gristy as it says on the label, caramel nuts, with a dry tea-like citrus hop finish, none of the ingredients are too well noticed, they're just there and pretty well balanced, if a bit predictable and boring, would probably benefit from cask conditioning (had it from bottle).

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.03/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Yellowy red, very scant head, even on a rough pour. Tiny white ring that leaves thin streaky lacing. Red scotch.

Buttery, buttered bread or biscuits. A touch of honeyed sweetness. Low power nose. I'm trying but there just isn't much. Bread yeast.

Butterscotch diacetyl with a twang. Very light grassy matte bitterness. When warmer there is a light caramel evident. I think this brewery's yeast has a "bring on the diacetyl" attitude.

Very light. Barely present carbonation which I like. Thin, but a little more substantial than the multi-grain harvest beer from Bateman's.

Easy to down but not too interesting. As I stated in my other Bateman's review: these came from a discount grocer and I can't postulate as to their age.

Photo of tempest
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a bottle at Abe's Cold Beer for $5. A little pricey, but worth trying if you're into the style. It poured a mostly clear amber-red with a short white head and lacing. The aroma and flavor are very true to style with slightly creamy and fruity yeast character or subtle toasted bread malts. It finished with a herbal and peppercorn hops bite that provides more balance than bitterness. All in all a tasty and very sessionable beer. It's a shame the damn stuff is so expensive.

Photo of russpowell
3.31/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

No way this will be as good as it was on cask, but worth a try for old times sake. Drank many pints of this in a pub near in Hinton in the Hedges in Oxfordshire...

Pours brown/copper with a finger of of cream colored head. Sheets of lacing & nice head retention as well

S: Figgyness, woody hops & raisins

T: Follows the nose, leafy hops present as well up front. Figs & woody hops dominate as this warms, plus raisins, even a touch of boozeyness. Finishes with fruittyness & leafy hops

MF: Light/medium bodied, smooth carbonation, alright balance. Needs more malt to pull this together

Drinks alright, no where as good as the old cask version I remember

Photo of bditty187
2.61/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear, bronzy-coppery brown in hue; minor off-white head, at the apex the foam was only a half finger tall. The bubbles quickly faded to a soapy collar. Subsequent lacing was very spotty. Overall, the appearance is decent but hardly noteworthy.

The nose is malty sweet with hints of caramel butter nut popcorn. It is also somewhat earthy with a smattering of fruitiness as well; not much in the way of hops… ESB, eh? I am underwhelmed by the nose. Maybe I am an ugly American but there is nothing in the aroma to get excited about let alone motivate me to take a sip. Moderately low potency; bland.

Slightly metallic caramel butter flavor with some nuts in the background, hints of toffee with a fairly dry finish. Moderate bitterness in the middle; not much fruitiness either, hints of wood but there is little complexity overall. Popcorn flavors in the finish with a faint metallic and butter twang; the aftertaste is of dead vegetables (and after a few drinks this taste becomes overwhelming). Sadly, the palate is doing nothing for me.

Almost medium in body, low carbonation but not unnaturally so; the mouthfeel is average.

Limited drinkability; this is yet another English ale that fails to deliver. If this is one of the best beers in England… then, um, wow. Maybe I got a bad bottle (I don’t think so as my girlfriend, another beer geek, liked it quite a bit). Nevertheless, thank you Howard and Lynne for bringing this back from England for me.

Best by: 24 Jun 08

Photo of morimech
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear brownish amber color with two inches of solid head that had great retention. When the head does settle, it keeps a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. Pleasant aroma of toasted bread, black tea, and citrus fruit. The addition of American Liberty hops threw me a little in this English ale but it compliments the beer nicely. I love the flavor of this beer. The malt sweetness is kept in check. Slightly toasted malt upfront before the hops add their flavors. The Goldings are detected first with some herbal and peppery flavor, then the citrus notes come in the finish. Has a nice rich mouthfeel for such a low ABV beer. My bottle says 5.0% ABV. Nice soft carbonation that is trying to mimic an ale on cask. Very drinkable with its low ABV and pleasant features.

Photo of kylesobrien
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy caramel brown with a bit of a reddish hue. Head is modest and recedes shortly after pouring to leave a thin, powdery froth atop the pint. Lacing is minimal. Aroma is of caramel, subtle hops, and candied fruits -- and something that smells a bit like toasted bread. Appearance is definitely British, as the carbonation is on the lighter side.

Flavor is slightly bitter, with overtones of caramel and dried fruit. I taste some fig and raisin, and some more subdued and vaguely fruity flavors I can't quite place. Maltiness is very evident, but not excessive. Finish is bitter and crisp with a hint of scorched brown sugar or even licorice. Mouthfeel is very smooth, almost creamy. Body is slightly heavier than that of many pale ales I've tried, but this remains pretty drinkable.

I'd say this is one of the better British pale ales I've tried. The flavor is nice and tasty, but what I find really appealing is the drinkability of this one. It's full-bodied, but quite smooth. I'd recommend it to anyone wanting to splurge on a British pale, but the price makes it hard to enjoy on a regular basis.

Photo of Samp01
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. Pours a slightly hazy rust red amber with a small short lived beige head. Aroma is sweet caramel malt, yeast, dates, dark fruity esters. Taste is a rich caramel malt flavor, dried fruit, yeast and some light bitterness. Palate is a medium-full body, slightly sticky with moderate carbonation. Finish is sweet caramel malt, dark dried fruit, yeast , some dates followed by some light bitterness, ending with a lingering caramel malt and dates flavor. Overall a pleasant, tasty and enjoyable brew.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

- Unfortunately as I later found out this is classified as a English brown rather a pale ale as indicated on label.

A: Old coppery-penny color with a bubbly and froamy sandy-beige had of average retention. A spacious macro-bubbly carbonation is stead-fast as it rises providing a fair and average coverage for lace.

S: Biscuity and dry maltiness on the opening aroma. A hint of peppery flower and dry fruit along with a leafy green hopping, vague in distinction that is followed by a trailing dry malt sweetness.

T: Spicy with a dry nutty and malty residue. Silty maltiness with a light peppery nature along with some green leafy character of fennel, tea leafs, and basil. A light fruity nature moves in with a warm holiday spicing. Nice malt-base more so then the hop level (I originally thought this was a pale from the label) with a fruitiness of green melon lying buried beneath the residual malting.

M: Milky feel with a nice tingle of carbonation. Malty lace with a spicy touch on the close.

D: Average enjoyment factor, malty, making for a nice fall style beer but in limited quantities.

Photo of philbe311
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A lovely pour with massive amounts of swirling carbonation that quickly settle... Coppery bronze color... Slow paced moderate carbonation... Big head off the pour quickly recedes, but still leaves one fingers worth of white creamy foam... A good stickiness...

S - Lovely malt aroma... Toffee... Brown sugar... A faint nuttiness... Butter... Caramel... Perhaps a hint of pear...

T - The first tastes are very true to the nose... Malt... Biscuit... Toffee... Butter... Caramel... Hops begin to rise and pack quite a wallop by ESB standards... The hop bill seems to be dominated English Goldings... Brisk peppery notes are noticeable on the finish... A highly intricate and complex ESB...

M - Medium bodied... Smooth... Crisp... Dry finish...

D - A solid English ESB... Qutie sessionable at < 5% ABV... Layers of complexity emerge from at first glance may be construed as a standard ESB...

Photo of BeerSox
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml long and thin necked dark brown bottle into nonic.

A two finger head rises above the rim, then slowly settles to a thickcap. The beer has a deep copper hue, with a bit of a haze. Sticky lacing.

The malts have a little bit of a toasty quality, with a little bit of caramel and a good helping of butterscotch. The hops add a little bit of spiciness to the background.

The malts give a lot more toastiness in the flavor, which complement in the increased bitterness of the hops. The hops provide a leafy herbal flavor, adding a little spiciness to the flavor as well. A little bit of butterscotch. Very balanced flavors. Full bodied.

Not a bad ESB. Recommended.

Photo of Traquairlover
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pint, 0.9 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Caramel colored, small yellowish off white head that quickly resolves into only a thin covering of bubbles over about half the surface and a solid ring around the edge of the glass.

S = Heavy dose of caramel with light marmalade and just a hint of butterscotch.

T = Caramel, honey, fresh apples, even some bananas, fair amount of bitterness in the center of the tongue and into the finish.

M = Medium to medium-light body, just a touch more carbonation feel than I would like, good mouthcoating.

D = This is a very easy beer to drink and I could keep drinking them.

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into a nonic.

The copper hued body shows the slightest haze. A small, fleeting head forms and quickly settles to a film.

There's a lot of Maris Otter breadiness on the nose, along with a touch of butterscotch and fruit. A leafy hop note is barely present beneath.

Light on the tongue, but plenty flavorful. Bready and caramelized malt flavors are complemented by a buttery and fruity English yeast profile. The light body and low carbonation make the beer easy to drink, and not very filling. Drying in the finish with lingering earthy hops and toasted malt. Bitterness remains low throughout. Very balanced and quaffable, this is quite good.

Photo of EPortJake
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - rusty copper with a thin clinging head
S - sweet malt biscuit. Bizzarely, I get a hint of throat lozenge
T - malt biscuit, caramel with molases. Moderately hopped, but the farewell gives a peppery hop boost.
M - medium bodied and nicely carbonated.
O - the label descibes it as a "classic premium pale ale" but I look at it as more of a premium/special bitter. A favorite english tipple of mine since first tasting. Recommended.

Photo of BlackHaddock
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you can't get it draught, a bottle will have to do!

4 Pint bottles for £5.00 in my local Morrison's supermarket, damn good value for such a fine beer.

My scores are not as high, as my cask review, but this beer is so good, a dead bottled version is still a fantastic beer and enables less fortunate people (who can't get it cask conditioned) a chance to try a truely great English Bitter.

Still looks good, but the head is not the same, not as natural as the cask head.

Aroma slightly below the fresh hoppy wiff, the taste is almost there, as is the mouthfeel. It is still very, very drinkable.

Get some.

Photo of norwichboy
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear nut brown with a big frothy off white head which settles to a persisting collar. Lace coats the glass. To smell, it is not particularly strong but has a lot going on in it, with fruity notes (citrus, with some raisin and fig), biscuity malt and some spiciness (Ginger Nuts). To taste, mild toasted malt flavours on entry and mid palate with bitterness coming through on swallowing, leaving a long lasting bitter finish. The mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy, with really good soft fine carbonation - it's hard to ask for more from this. Overall, this has a lot going on in it, although everything is done in a subtle way - it seems to need a bit of concentration to appreciate it's greatness.

Photo of eric5bellies
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Bombardier conic pint glass

A - Pours a clear copper colour with an Ivory coloured head that lasts and laces.

S - Biscuit and malt on the nose, with a little toffee.

T - Quite spicey up front with a nice nutty malt flavour to follow we then get some toffee flavours before a prolonged bitter finish.

M - Very smooth indeed and medium body and low carbonation.

D - This has long been one of my favourite english ales and continues to be. It has a little of everything.

Photo of ProfessorHomer
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: nice deep coppery red. Good, creamy caramel head, average retention. Good lacing.

S: Malty, sugary sweet, wee toffee aromas. Raisiny & appley notes. This is poised to be rather exciting!

T: Malty, caramelly, sweet toffee, sugar. Some (little) hops. This is a true English ESB at its best. Not an American Pale Ale, for sure - waaay too well balanced. Brought me right back to the pubs of the Northern Lake District & Dales.

MF: Full, creamy smooth. Good English carbonation level.

D: I really, really enjoyed this one. A great pint to have with the chaps at the bar. Sooo English!

Overall: A real enjoyable pleasure! Got this "on clearance" for $2.49, wish I had bought a case, Really a taste of Northern England in a bottle. Excellent!

Photo of FreshHawk
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Light copper orange with a good sized, foamy white head.

S - Lots of malt on the nose, sweet caramel, toffee, and bread. Faint hop presence.

T - Those malt flavors are prominent and make up the base. A bit of buttery flavor with the breadiness. There is some hop flavors that go in and out of this base. They are fairly faint though. A bit of citrus hop and some earthy/floral. The hops are a bit stronger during the finish, also finishes with some mineral and a bit of pepper.

M - Medium to light body and average carbonation. Fairly smooth.

D - Good drinkability. Balanced and smooth.

Notes: Not an amazing beer, but alright if you just want a beer to sip on casually.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.12/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.0 A: This sure is a dark pale ale. Mildly hazed deep orange brown color. Two fingers of frothy tan head. Retention is average and no lacing is left behind.

3.5 S: Bready malts with caramel and toastiness. This is quite earthy with a noticeable mineral quality. Slight spicy and earthy hop character.

3.0 T: Again, bready malts, caramel, and toastiness. The mineral and iron components are quite strong and a bit offputting. It's not that bad, it just isn't my thing. I prefer cleaner brews. Anyway, earthy and spicy hop flavor with a moderate bitterness.

3.0 M: Medium body. Carbonation level is fine. However, the beer lies a bit heavy on the tongue as it lacks creaminess.

3.0 D: Not a bad brew, but it could use some refinement and some water treatment.

Photo of IBUnit63
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bateman's XXXB. 500 ml into Fuller glass. BBD 9.23.2009.

Pours a good copper color with active, fleet carbonation. Head is slightly doughy and about 2/3 finger - decent retention for what it has.

Slight cinnamon and clove spice with a copious amount of English malt (I was going to say Marris Otter...not a stretch but the label confirms it) and noble, grassy hops. Warming on the olfactory.

What's the hop profile? Not Fuggles (yes, I'm grasping at straws - I don't do a lot of English beer lately), but English Goldings. Makes sense to me. That comforting leather note along with slight spicing - almost a little nutmeg and cinnamon - of the several English malts in here.

Palate feel is quite pleasant. A little spice with a hearty smoothness and deep yet crisp finish. Not as filling or heavy as others in the style.

This is a solid, classic English ale and while I don't seek these out too often it's a great session choice that I'll welcome in my glass.

Photo of Absumaster
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A copper, clear beer with quite a lot of carbonation for an ESB. A very small head that leaves a small ring on the side of the glass.

Smell of wood and caramel, biscuit and toffee. The wood is more like oak or at least fresh timber. A big fruitiness of the English yeast that brings marmelade, peach and nuts. There is a light hoppiness that smells English.

Taste is biscuity malt with oak and birch wood notes. The malt is also a bit caramellic and nutty. Together with the malt there is a great fruit attack with peaches and a bit strawberry. Bitterness is medium, but really nice and according to style. Mouthfeel is medium to thin.Aftertaste is dry and lingering bitter wood.

Photo of jwc215
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours copper with a bubbly tan head. Trailing lace slides down the glass with minimal stickage.

The smell is biscuity - classic Maris Otter malt aroma with a touch of caramel. A nice peppery/citric touch mixes in.

The taste is biscuity with caramel. A kiss of sweetness turns to a dry, leafy, peppery/spicy finish with an interesting, subtle, mild wheat tang.

It has a smooth medium body.

Nicely balanced and unique. It has nice subtle complexities. Easy to drink and enjoyable!

Photo of Mark
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This excellent beer was a clear medium amber in my Imperial pint glass. A white ,well formed bubbly head topped the nice looking beer and left sheets of visually pleasing lace. very earthy aroma with a sharp citrus taste. Solid malt base with fruity hops notably grapefruit and orange. Nice medium bodied beer that I enjoyed for it's smooth yet complex profiles. Another cask winner.

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Batemans XXXB from George Bateman and Son Ltd. / Batemans Brewery
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