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Wainwright - Daniel Thwaites Brewery PLC

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BA SCORE
83
good

48 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.11%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | 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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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: can

07-24-2013 05:45:01 | More by biboergosum
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2009 04:05:24 | More by russpowell
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev -18%
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?

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2009 15:46:41 | More by BlackHaddock
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kojevergas

Texas

2.25/5  rDev -38.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 01:47:46 | More by kojevergas
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 09:45:54 | More by lacqueredmouse
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 18:15:00 | More by wl0307
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dgilks

Australia

3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light, fruity aroma with very little malt character.

Clear, golden colour with a big, fluffy, white head.

Light, malty and a bit fruity with some nice esters. Good East Kent Goldings flavour.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation.

A nice bitter. Not too full on.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2010 06:48:42 | More by dgilks
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atrocity

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

04-30-2014 18:54:21 | More by atrocity
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AgentMunky

California

3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 19:31:29 | More by AgentMunky
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 17:21:39 | More by BeerAdvocate
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thierrynantes

France

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 16:17:47 | More by thierrynantes
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schopenhauerale

British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -18%

01-19-2012 06:44:49 | More by schopenhauerale
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2009 08:43:42 | More by mdagnew
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pin

Australia

3/5  rDev -18%

05-22-2013 00:09:30 | More by pin
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CwrwAmByth

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 20:47:19 | More by CwrwAmByth
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EmperorBevis

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

11-01-2013 16:46:10 | More by EmperorBevis
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 11:38:25 | More by mick303
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Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
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

Serving type: can

08-04-2013 04:41:46 | More by Shadman
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fionn13

Ireland

4/5  rDev +9.3%

07-15-2012 23:28:56 | More by fionn13
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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2010 15:57:45 | More by Thehuntmaster
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sfprint

Germany

4.45/5  rDev +21.6%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-24-2012 00:07:43 | More by sfprint
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bucklemyshoe

Georgia

3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 03:56:06 | More by bucklemyshoe
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WillAndSarah

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +9.3%

10-05-2013 21:26:32 | More by WillAndSarah
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IRONRakkasan

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

10-23-2013 00:49:25 | More by IRONRakkasan
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vinicole

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

04-22-2013 20:59:12 | More by vinicole
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Wainwright from Daniel Thwaites Brewery PLC
83 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.