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Wainwright - Daniel Thwaites Brewery PLC

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BA SCORE
83
good

56 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: PartyHatjo on 07-15-2008)
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MEP, Aug 25, 2012
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4.45/5  rDev +21.9%
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.

sfprint, Jul 24, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +21.4%
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.

PartyHatjo, Jul 15, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

trics90, Apr 11, 2013
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Tivlavrie, May 11, 2014
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4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
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

Shadman, Aug 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 20, 2010
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

shearer292, Jun 18, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev +9%
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.

mattipt, Jan 02, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

bucklemyshoe, Nov 24, 2010
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3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

joe1956, May 08, 2009
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3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a shaker pint, bright golden colour, with a lot of active carbonation, some nice film and light lacing on this ale.

S- bright clean malty note, bready malt, honey, some mild liquorice, apple, lemon. Subtle, overall clean and fresh, but mild.

T- a clean barley malt, then a nice bit of english hops, slight granary bread, field-like notes, lemon cake, bitterness lasts till the end, some mild fruity apple notes. Finishes clean and crisp with a balanced dryness. Really tasty, and nicely balanced flavour profile.

M- clean crisp body, very refreshing and sessionable. Overall light carbonation, but really smooth maltiness comes through with a nice lemon citrus bitterness. Moderate malty coating body, well balanced bitterness.

A good example of a solid English Bitter that has some more assertive flavour. Nicely balanced and tasty, particularly for a session ale, a bit of earthy spice to liven it up. Good complex beer. Wouldn't mind finding it on cask and having it again.

mick303, Apr 25, 2013
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3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Thehuntmaster, Mar 20, 2010
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3.76/5  rDev +3%
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.

biboergosum, Jul 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

mick_cooper, May 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

vinicole, Apr 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Bobhoya, Sep 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Mr_Pink_152, Jan 07, 2014
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Wainwright from Daniel Thwaites Brewery PLC
83 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.