Wainwright - Daniel Thwaites Brewery PLC

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BA SCORE
82
good

66 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 14.13%
Wants: 0
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Daniel Thwaites Brewery PLC visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: PartyHatjo on 07-15-2008

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Ratings: 66 | Reviews: 27
Reviews by Shadman:
Photo of Shadman
4.07/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

An award winner as far as golden ales go...given the smoking hot deal on a 4 pack I got I feel like I'm already a winner

Well...looks golden...as in a nice dark amber....lot's of fine carbonation bubbles = an English Ale head fit for a king.

Classic aromas...really is there more to add...ok...this...really liked the fruitiness that lies underneath all the classics.

Smooth, without some of the iron water twang prevalent in some Anglo ales. Again some nice fruitiness that pokes thru the withering tea-like bitterness.

Given the low ABV I was surprised at how much body this brew has...maybe goes flattish a bit too soon, but overall that's a minor detail

English session ale par excellence

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue IX:

Crystal-clear shimmering golden color; tight, small-bubbled lacing may not stick to the glass that much but it does hold together quite well. Sweet pale honey malt, hint of buttery diacetyl and fruit from the yeast with a faint herbal, woody hop in the aroma. Smooth with a subtle creaminess, moderate size body. Malt wants to be dominate with a sweet biscuity character throughout. The hops have other plans though, as the modest but solid bitterness cuts off the top edge of malt sweetness, laying a blanket of herbal flavor. The yeast strolls in with a quick kiss of buttery diacetyl and ripe fruit. Pleasant biscuity malt in a semidry herbal-hopped finish.

A real pleasure to drink, a quaffers delight. It reminds us of the delicious ales we had back in the early '90s in England. Ale lovers looking for a session beer should seek this one out.

Photo of biboergosum
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml can. This may be an ode to a beloved English writer's walk in the local fields, but around here in Alberta, the name Wainwright inspires no such heady prose.

This beer pours a crystal clear, medium golden amber hue, with two fingers of densely foamy, rather creamy eggshell white head, which leaves a near solid wall of multivariant, webbed painted lace around the glass as things duly move southwards.

It smells of bready, biscuity pale malt, a mild honey sweetness, a bit of apple fruitiness, and earthy, leafy noble hops. The taste is more understated pale, grainy malt, a touch of breakfast biscuit, mild orchard fruit notes, and subtle earthy, leafy hops. Simple, but that's its thing, apparently.

The bubbles are quite low-key, and mostly innocuous throughout, the body medium-light in weight, and generally smooth, an oh so slight pithiness pecking at its heels. It finishes off-dry, the mostly unchecked sweetness petering out slowly, with the musty hops holding fast in their basic inequity.

A so-so pale ale of the English pale ale bent, with some pleasantly mixed fruity notes, and little more. The kind of offering that defines a sort of easygoing session experience, the kind where you might be less than concerned with the state of your walk on the way home, I suppose.

Photo of sfprint
4.45/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had at a hotel in Kettering, UK

A: extremely smooth head, like a guinness. 1 finger. pours extremely cloudy and very slowly clears starting at the bottom. No visible rising carbonation. but massive lacing
S: Creamy wheat, almost citrus wheat, apple cider, light, refreshing
T: Light wheat, apple juice, bright and refreshing, just a hair of plant bitterness, creamy.
M: Mild micro carbonation. smooth and creamy.
O: Very nice, nice flavors and lightness.

Photo of russpowell
3.32/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another Midtown liquor pick up

Pours apricot with a pinky of sandy colored head.
Head falls a quickly to a thinnish film covering the top of the ale, a bit of head retention & lacing

S: Leafy hops, hints of cling peaches

T: Fruitty (pears & peaches) up front, plus muted floral & herbal hops. Crackery notes, more peach sweetness & a modicum of herbal & lemon hops as this warms. Finishes dry, crackery with herbal hops, plus a touch of honey

MF: Light bodied, low carbonation, okay balance

Drinks okay, not too exciting, I'm sure this is tasty on cask, but just fails to deliver in bottled form. Very few of these low ABV offerings thrill me, I prefer cask by a mile. Drink this at cellar temp or higher

Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle at 42* into a Murphy's pint glass.

A: This pours a rustic golden-orange color with very little head but decent, spotty lacing.

S: It has notes of sweet pale malts, buttery biscuits, some feint fruity notes, and honey.

T: It is reminiscent of grapefruit, apricots, honey, and sweet buttery hay.

M: This has a rather thin body that is quite creamy; perfect for a session ale.

D: This is nicely done with an increasingly disappearing style.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light brown 500ml bottle, best before 19 Oct 2009, drank on a sunny afternoon in July 2009.

Poured into a UK pint straight sided glass.

Pale amber/old gold colour with a thin white head. The body was almost clear, just the hint of a mist, plenty of bubbles rising upwards, so good carbonisation within the beer.

The aroma was weak, some hops and yeast esters but nothing very strong throughout the tasting.

Crisp, refreshing and slightly hoppy, an apple taste hovered in the background, a bitterness comes through in the aftertaste.

Nothing special, might be a whole lot better in cask form?

Photo of PartyHatjo
4.4/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had a proper pint on cask at the Collingwood Arms in Jesmond (Newcastle upon Tyne)

Appearance: Hazy, straw-colored brew with a fluffy head (helped out by the sparkler). Some decent retention and lacing for a cask ale.

Aroma: Floral hoppiness with some sweet malt undertones. Some yeastiness gives the aroma of fermenting bread.

Taste: Wasn't expecting the amount of hops I was getting, some American citrus character interplays well with the floral / earthy English hops. Solid sweet maltiness as well fades into a bitter finish. Fruitiness from the yeast is present in apple / pear like undertones that adds complexity to the brew.

Mouthfeel: Medium - light body, proper cask carbonation / temperature. Creamy consistency.

Drinkability: Another solid English bitter that goes down smooth and almost as easily as water. I'll need to return to Collingwood tonight for another pint or two.

Photo of mdagnew
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle bought from a local Spar..

Poured a light golden colour... white head poured quite small then faded quickly to very light layer. Fair amount of continuous carbonation drifts to the surface... very little lacing...

Aroma - Biscuity malt sweetness, light spicy fruits (oranges, apples, some lemons), grassy, light floral honey, some sea saltiness, herbal / vegetal notes, hight peppery hops...

Taste - Quite strong peppery hops, light fruity sweetness (apricots, lemons, pears), some light sickly sweetcorn notes, salty, some creamy vanilla hints, light almond / marzipan nuttiness, some honey notes, decent biscuit maltiness..

Feel - Quite sharp initially then becomes more rounded as you drink... light bodied... pretty drinkable but a little boring..

Overall - An OK pale ale... nothing special.

Photo of TaNgEnT
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light head falls quickly, Light Golden straw, smooth and watery thin, malty with Fruity hints ends with honey undertones. Medium Dry Plenty of lingering hops.

Photo of kojevergas
2.3/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle into Hoegaarden pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland. Bought at Harvest Off-License.

A: Clear gold. Three finger head - kind of thin, but retains decently. Appealing.

Sm: Estery and fresh. Cut by clean barley. Pleasant but unremarkable. Some sweetness, almost honey, in the finish.

T: One sweet but pleasant note of sweetened barley until the finish, which is an off-adjunct taste that is rather musty. Overall quite bland and one-note.

Mf: WAY too smooth. Far too wet. Uninteresting. The mouthfeel doesn't complement the taste.

Dr: Never again at this price and quality. Even as a get-you-drunk-beer it's only 4.1%. Not good enough even for a session beer.

Photo of shearer292
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - poured a very clear ,dark gold colour, little head and small amount of bubbles.

Smell - light smell with a little apple hint to it, almost like a cider but some stale cider smell to it too which doesn't really bother me much but might be unpleasant for some. has what i can only describe as a rich smell which starts me salivating which i like.

Taste - when i taste this its a mixture of subtle fruit sweetness and a little spice which is almost savory, its a weird combination but not in a bad way, just a touch of bitterness on the finish and the spice notes last quite a while. the apple smell has come through but not in a major way

Mouthfeel - very smooth with just the right carbonation, has a nice texture, not too watery or thick, stays in the mouth long enough that you can drink it slowly and savour it.

Overall - this is a good beer for drinking slowly and enjoying when you want one or two drinks but not get carried away, i wouldn't choose this if i was looking for something to quickly quench my thirst but i would reach for this when winding down and not wanting something too carbonated.

Photo of mattipt
3.96/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pale, clear and pretty. A subtle lace but not much of a head. I guess I'm a careful pourer.

S - Balanced, dry hoppiness.

T - Earthy hoppines dominates again. Dry finish and cerealy aftertaste. Very easy drinking. It has got a hint of diacetyl which I don't normally care for but it seems to suit this one well.

M - It feels right and balanced. The body is as good as you could hope for.

D - This is an excellent session ale. At 4.1%, it's surprisingly complex and highly drinkable.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Quite a light golden colour in the body, this beer pours with a crackling white head of large bubbled foam which is audible as it dissipates, leaving a wonderful honeycomb lacing down the inside of the glass. Great clarity. Looks very decent.

Nose is rather sweet and rich with malt, giving rise to aromas of early-stage processed sugar. Something rough and slightly salty in there too, almost a whiff of dry dog food. Certainly something grainy and husky.

Pleasant smooth entry; when swilled, I can feel the carbonation crackling against the roof of my mouth. Really nice mouthfeel for a bottled beer. The palate yields flavours similar to those on the nose - some rough grain, sugar syrup and quite a flat back palate, which isn't unwelcome, but it does leave something of a hole.

Drinkable enough all up. It certainly has some things going for it. Quite easy to drink - it would make a very pleasant summer beer. It's light enough and clean enough that you could give it to a macro-lager drinker to get them to try something different.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.61/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

A: Nice, frothy finger or two of head atop a copper ale with perfect clarity. If it weren't for the faint bubbles and the colour, I could easily be looking through a glass of water.

S: General beeriness with a whiff of pennies. Something else that might be hops.

T: Pretty good! Lightly bitter and nicely hopped, all surrounded by a pleasant, malty base that aims at fruit, but doesn't quite make it. The aftertaste is biscuity and drying, the hops having won out.

M: Substantial, chewy, and a bit carbonated.

D: Surprisingly filling, suprisingly tasty. A solid, drinkable, enjoyable beer.

Photo of DerBayer
2.7/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Hmmm this beer is distinctly aberage in its appearance though more reminiscent of a pale ale in my view.

Smell is English hops with English hops and faint faint fruity esters

The taste is much the same there and nothing remarkable

The palate is medium dry and leaves a slightly unpleasant coating.

Photo of Thehuntmaster
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle 4.1% abv

Appearance: Golden in colour (too lager like for me) with a good, dense, off-white head that leaves good lace.

Smell: Sweet fruity smell (pears and apples, almost a touch cidery), with a hint of floral, lemony hops. As the beer warmed I picked up a hint of white grape juice...

Taste: Not a strong flavour, but decent. Sweet and fruity as with the smell, with a touch of floral (almost grassy) hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, light with good carbonation.

Drinkability: A very drinkable brew. An afternoon's thirst quencher, rather than a beer to savour.

I must add that I don't see how this beer can be classed as an English bitter. I see it more as a pale ale.

Photo of thierrynantes
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beer bottle (50 cl.) purchased from Bières & Chopes, and tasted in 2013.

Appearance : golden color with white foam head.
Smell : hoppy and grassy aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : malt with caramels notes, bitter and dry finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style English Bitter

Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a medium/light golden colour with a small head that vanishes to nothing.

Smells faintly yeasty and hoppy.

Tastes light with light malts and citrusy hops. Fairly sweet too with a dry mouthfeel from the carbonation.

Overall a decent pint, very drinkable and satisfying.

Photo of joe1956
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Poured a pure gold colour with a thin head. The aroma has a hint of honey. Plenty of fruit and and some hops with a touch of a bitter taste. It has the typical Thwaites profile, and in spite of the low ABV a lot of flavour. A good beer from a good brewery.

Photo of AlexLMS
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: beautiful bottle. Very clear with an orange-bronze colour. Off-white, foamy low head with impaired retention and no lacing at all.
Aroma: yeast, fruits, slightly sweet malts and grains.
Taste: sweet malts, bitter herbal hops, grains and yeast.
Mouthfeel: smooth, average carbonation, average to low alcoholic strength and a medium body.
Finish: lingering bitter and slightly sweet aftertaste.

Overall: very enjoyable beer. Nice bitterness. Quite refreshing. Deserves a try.

Photo of marty21
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden with two fingers worth of white foamy head. Settles to a a solid ring with a couple islands of foam. Lots of thick lacing on the top of the glass.

S: Grassy hops with some lemony notes.

T: Grassy hops with some faint notes of lemon and pepper. Finishes with a bit of biscuity malt. Has a bit of a bitter finish as well.

M: Medium carbonation with a light to medium body.

D: A very easy drinking beer. Not something i'd normally drink but it's not bad. Great session beer with the very low Abv.

Photo of Dentist666
3.39/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into english pint.
Pours clear golden with compact white head, receding quickly to a ring. Smell of pale malts, butter, honey. Taste of pale malts, mineral, delicate hop bitterness in the finish. Smooth body, high drinkability. A bit weak for golden ales.

Photo of fullsweep
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL brown bottle poured into a pint glass.

First things first, I doubt this is technically a bitter--it has none of the typical characteristics. It lacks the earthy/bitter taste, and the generally brownish colour. Much more like a pale or blonde ale. But anyway . . .

A: great blonde colour, clear, with lots of foamy white head--leaves tonnes of lacing.

S: a sour/bitter scent with floral notes underlying

T: very mild, mellow taste--relatively non-distinct and not matching the scent all that much.

M: moderate body and carbonation--nice and smooth with just the right amount of bite.

D: incredibly drinkable--goes down VERY easy. Beware. ;)

Photo of wl0307
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml slim, short neck brown bottle in presentation, filtered and likely pasteurised. BB 18/01/11, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: light golden in colour, coming with a huge off-white frothy head settling slowly to a thin cap to last, on top of rather restrained yet healthy steams of tiny bubbles.
S: orangey-citric, sweet lemony and peach-blossomy floral comes the aroma, with a very very thin support of pale malts and also a touch of yeasty sourness lagging behind. Sufficiently fruity and aromatic, not terribly hoppy.
T: rather light in flavour, showing a... "neutral" flavour mixed of very pale malts and some kind of citrus-peel-ish fruitiness, smoothening gradually in terms of flavour intensity and hop bitterness, leading towards a rather bland finish where only residual bit of fruity hops can be picked up by my bored taste-buds...
M&D: okay in terms of overall body and palate, not too thin for 4.1%abv. but the flavour really is a bit too light. For a light-weight golden ale designed for summer (I suspect), the combination does the job not too bad, but this simply is not quite my cup of tea. I prefer either boldly hoppy, or balanced, or really really bitter ales, neither of which alas can be found in this bottle.

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Wainwright from Daniel Thwaites Brewery PLC
82 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.