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Wainwright - Daniel Thwaites Brewery PLC

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BA SCORE
82
good

60 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.6%
Wants: 0
Gots: 7 | 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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Photo of biboergosum
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
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 pin
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of mick303
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of vinicole
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of thierrynantes
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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 trics90
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of diverite
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Olavi
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of MEP
4.5/5  rDev +24%

Photo of sfprint
4.45/5  rDev +22.6%
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.

Photo of fionn13
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of g4g2008
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of petluo
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.5/5  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 schopenhauerale
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of MishaEriksson
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

Photo of shearer292
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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 marty21
3.55/5  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 mattipt
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
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 kojevergas
2.25/5  rDev -38%
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.

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3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
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 AgentMunky
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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 BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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 dgilks
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Wainwright from Daniel Thwaites Brewery PLC
82 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.