Whitbread Pale Ale - Whitbread PLC
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 279 | Reviews: 228 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by kinger:
2.58/5 rDev -22.8%
After reading the label and looking here I confirmed my initial suspician that this "English Pale Ale" had not been brewed in the mother country. What tipped me off initially was the fancy screw off cap which screamed DOMESTIC! Considering the value of this beer I was not upset that it's contract brewed here in the states but after sampling I got upset that apparantly this beer is rushed through production, this is indicitive of the extremely noticeable diacetyl aroma and flavor. Now the "buttery" affect from the diacetyl isn't completely offsetting to me, in fact I sort of enjoyed this taste in the brews I've sampled from Shipyard Brewing. It's very prominant and almost overpowering in this beer though. This one looks decent in the pint glass, nice copper color, small fizzy white head with decent lacing. Creamy and nicely satisfying mouthfeel. Lightly hopped even for an English Pale Ale, perhaps more hops would help offset the boring buttery flavor. One sixer and done for me.
11-23-2008 22:05:00 | More by kinger
More User Reviews:
2.95/5 rDev -11.7%
Pours a nice deep copper color with a light but creamy head,the aroma was really sweet (almost to sweet) with some cider notes.The taste has some decent fruitiness but is lacking a nice balance for a pale ale.Average at best beer probably wont go outta my way to buy again.
07-13-2003 07:15:49 | More by oberon
3.48/5 rDev +4.2%
This beer is the color of rich, strong, ice tea with a nice thick and creamy head that leaves good lacing. It isn't too pale for a pale ale. Aromas are faint but of sweet malt and musty grain. The flavor is mostly dominated by this same malted grain sweetness, tempered by some wet cardboard and bready tastes. The hops definately play second fiddle here, but are fresh and fruity tasting, if very subdued. The mouthfeel is lovely, creamy and mid-bodied. As a "pale ale" this is definately an oddball in my book, but very good and drinkable none the less.
03-21-2006 20:24:53 | More by JudgeRoughneck
2.55/5 rDev -23.7%
About the only this beer had going for it was it's look. The color was nice and dark armberish and it poured with a nice white head that stuck to my glass nicely. Other than that, the beer reeked of too much sweetness, no balance, and a really thick mouthfeel that made it hard to finnish the bottle. Not recommended at all.
01-07-2005 10:01:40 | More by Dmann
4.18/5 rDev +25.1%
Note: This sampling is an American under license brew.
Appearance - Dark brown, just like the color of a brown beer bottle. Nice head.
Smell - Clean and sweet, slightly floral.
Taste - Very malty, not a lot of hoppiness. Not quite what I expected from an IPA.
Mouthfeel - Crisp and clean. Medium bodied.
Drinkability - Good. If this is on sale again I will buy it.
Serving type: bottle
06-16-2008 23:53:57 | More by Rifrafboy
3.28/5 rDev -1.8%
A: pours a lot darker brown than one would expect from the style
S: toffee and caramel nose with a slight roasted quality
T: malty sweetness that brings notes of toffee and caramel, very little bitterness. Not too complex
M: medium-light body
D: This to me is just an average beer, perhaps I've grown accustomed to the hopped american styles as opposed to the english styles. Either way, its not bad, I don't think its great!
05-01-2009 21:47:23 | More by LyonsHead
3.9/5 rDev +16.8%
Clear copper color with an orangey-beige foamy head of meringue that fills a good inch of the glass and sits back down quickly to a thin cap with lace rising up the sides. Faint aroma of biscuity malt and sweet fruit. Flavor is even and balanced, doughey malts, a hint of cinnamon and some ripe apple. Grassy hops ride beneath, adding a fine tingle that complements the flavor. Mouthfeel is full and satisfying, moderate to heavy carbonation adding a bubbly flourish in the finish. Good session beer, pretty balanced and inoffensive without being over the top in any aspect.
01-17-2006 00:15:13 | More by far333
3.65/5 rDev +9.3%
Just slightly hazy dark brown color, dark for the style. Head is pretty much on the refuge side -- 1/8 of an inch for 20 seconds max. Malty aroma, some definite sweet caramel smells. Malt dominated flavors, sweet bread and candy apple, with the afore-mentioned caramel. A bit of cinnamony and flowery hops -- not much. Definitely on the malty side for a Pale Ale, with medium body. Could use a tad more balance but I would drink this one again, as a cool weather transition brew for the shoulder seasons.
01-05-2003 12:19:27 | More by ADR
3.5/5 rDev +4.8%
Appearance: Caramel amber hue with a creamy textured off white head lacing is thin but evenly disparsed. Aroma: Toasted caramel malts in nature very English malt presence solid throughout can't complain. Taste: English malt sweetness excellent with a mild bitterness and a biscuit malt finish. Mouthfeel: Slightly creamy texture easy going nice overall tone. Drinkability: Needs some more hop action nice English style pale but not enough hops going down decent overall.
03-07-2004 01:58:19 | More by WVbeergeek
3.45/5 rDev +3.3%
This beer pours a golden orange color, with a thick fluffy light tan head. The head fades very slowly, leaving a thick curtain of lace.
This beer has a citrusy hop aroma. I can detect some sweet malty aroma as well. Some bready aroma mixes in also.
This beer tastes like it smells. It has a more fruity flavor than the aroma. It tastes citrusy with some yeasty flavor as well.
This beer is crisp and refreshing. It leaves a citrusy aftertaste. The carbonation is good.
Thos beer would probably make a decent session beer. It is low in alcohol, and it tastes non aggressive.
Overall: This beer was ok. Nothing I would seak out, but it wasnt bad either. Just boring, even for a pale.
03-14-2009 19:51:24 | More by OStrungT
3.2/5 rDev -4.2%
A nice amber color with a clean khaki head that stays with you as you drink.
Smell is very clean and crisp, there is a nice caramel scent with a malt finish. Those malts are very light and have no sign of being toasted.
Taste is all caramel and malts. There is a nice diacetyl hint that gives the beer a slight buttery taste and a smooth mouthfeel. Typical with an english pale, there is no discernible hop profile.
An uninteresting beer kind of weak in the flavor department. I don't think there is anything here that makes the beer have any true character.
02-24-2008 22:11:13 | More by jbphoto88
2.98/5 rDev -10.8%
Poured vigoursly into a tulip glass to get a half finger head which quickly disapated to a pleasant ribbon that followed the drink down the glass.
Very little aroma for me...perhaps too cold?
Color is merely typical brown ale.
Nice carbonation biting the tongue for a crisp feel, however a little watery for this type.
Taste was a mixture of carmel, malt, banana (esthers?) or bubble gum to me. Not unpleasant (and I don't like banana)...more unusual.
Definate bread taste and yeasty, bread aftertaste.
A little fruity but not sweet.
Almost a bitter.
I don't know if I'll try this again (the bottle I bought may have been old and again, served below optimum temperature).
Neither bad nor good....'interesting' describes it best for me.
10-16-2005 22:50:57 | More by IntriqKen
3.53/5 rDev +5.7%
Whitbread- Pale Ale
A- Deep toffee brown with a decent foamy head.
S- Sweet caramel and toffee malt with brewed tea leaves and buttery shortbread.
T- Sweet thick buttery shortbread sponge cake malt with unsweetened tea and slight touch orange and lemon citrus.
M- Thick and buttery sweet with a dry body and finish.
Overall- Full flavored and tasty. Tasted very fresh. A good session Ale.
04-25-2009 22:28:48 | More by NJpadreFan
3.15/5 rDev -5.7%
Pours out a slightly hazy amber brew with thin white head. Smells slightly caramelly ,malty. Taste very malty slightly tart in the end. Really low in hop flavor. Mouthfeel a little thin.Drinkablility is pretty good not really too high in alcohol. An ok beer , ive had better english pale ales a little too tart for me.
04-25-2008 00:21:05 | More by tweeder263
3.53/5 rDev +5.7%
A - Chestnut brown and slightly hazy brew with a solid one finger khaki head. Big sheets of cale recede quickly leaving nice wet arches.
S - Big malt aroma with a very light hop profile and some nutty notes. Some soy sauce nuances.
T - Sweet honey, nut, and cake malts, pleasant hints of hops. Very mellow and almost like a nut-brown IMO.
M - On the thicker side of medium bodied and a bit creamy.
D - Very drinkable. A bit too mellow for my tastes....very similar to an English nut brown.
IMO the English brew their pale ales a bit too weak for my tastes. I love beers that are up in your face screaming bloody murder...this one whispers. Also, I didn't realize until I looked this beer up on this website that it is brewed by the folks that make Mackeson's XXX Stout...which is one of my all time favorite beers.
11-14-2006 20:41:47 | More by pmcadamis
3.85/5 rDev +15.3%
When I first tried this I was confused by it. It wasn't the beer I'd enjoyed so many years ago. And then I found out it's now contract brewed in Cincinnatti, OH. That said...
Clear. Russett in color with a reddish cast. The head is light tan, very creamy, holds quite well, and leaves a pretty solid lace down the glass. The aroma is quite bold with fruitiness, some caramel-malt, and rich earthy-mineral hops. The body is medium with a fine carbonation that gives a very nice creaminess in the mouth. The flavor mirrors the aroma with a light fruitiness above a rich & smooth medium-crystal maltiness and earthy hop flavor. There's a bit of oxidation as well. A balanced bitterness plays a supporting role to the maltiness. The finish is somewhat dry, but not really bitter, with a lingering maltiness. This "contract" brew lacks the character of the true Whitbread version, especially the fruitiness of their dual-strain yeast; and seems to have a bit of a flabby maltiness that's not present in the authentic version.
09-08-2002 16:42:04 | More by NeroFiddled
3.43/5 rDev +2.7%
Whitbread Pale pours a deep copper color, perhaps a shade darker than most pale ales, but quite attractive with a well-retaining off-white head. Nose is full of fruity esters and caramel and not much else. Where are the hops? Taste brings some of the anticipated hops, but only in a subdued fashion. The fruity, caramel malt is the dominant factor here. Mouthfeel is smooth and full for this medium-bodied brew. Fairly drinkable for fans of fruit and sweet malt, though a bit lacking on crispness and hoppiness to make this a truly quaffable ale. Certainly well-crafted, but not among my favorites for the style.
11-25-2003 04:24:12 | More by Jon
3.1/5 rDev -7.2%
Pours a dull bronze with a white head that recedes into a semi-ring. Good lacing.
Smells lightly of toasted caramel malts. I don't really know how fresh this bottle is, but the smell is pretty mild.
And if you wanna talk about mild, the flavor is definitely that. The malts actually overpower the hops a little, but you still get a slight twinge of bitterness in the finish. Not spectacular, but not bad either.
Mouthfeel is creamy, but a little thin. Like everything else about the beer, it's pretty decent.
With all that said, it's no surprise that drinkability also sits as decidedly decent. I wouldn't pick up a six-pack, but you could do much, much worse than Whitbread's pale ale.
01-27-2009 07:01:30 | More by BigJim5021
3.68/5 rDev +10.2%
As usual, I found this at my local six-pack shop, Gun Town Beer. My initial response to the smell and taste of a drop from the mouth of the bottle after pouring it into my mug was "Ughhh....frat-house beer." After a thorough taste though, not so much.
Whitbread Pale Ale smells of sweet malts, is amber/copper in color, and pours out a nice white head with a semi-creamy, semi-thin lacing. Head retention is very good. I don't know the number, but the IBU (International Bitterness Unit) is probably low to mid-range.
There is definitely a bready character that talks to the palate, kind of like a sourdough. The body is a nice medium. There seems to be more of a focus on malted barley than a focus on hops, but the ratio is agreeable. The hops that do come out really shine in the feel of the beer, while adding just enough bitterness to the taste.
In addition, as a Yuengling Traditional Lager drinker, I appreciate Whitbread Pale Ale. It shares some of Yuengling Traditional's characteristics in smell and body. Yuengling fans will not be disappointed with this one from the late Sam Whitbread.
Without a doubt, Whitbread Pale Ale is a solid "session" beer. Give this one a try.
12-25-2009 03:09:39 | More by DerekP
3.15/5 rDev -5.7%
Brewed in cincinati? WTFO?? Oh well too kate to take it back, let's review!
Pours amber with an 1" offwhite head. Head drops to a healthy film rapidly. Minimal lacing and head retention
Smell: Big time fruitiness, vanilla, oakiness, and alcohol
Taste: Slight hop bitterness on the tounge followed by malt and fruitiness. Sweetness asserts itself as it warms. Alcohol and dryness along with a slight astringency in the finish. Detracts from what was a good experience up to this point
MF: A little thin and under carbonated
About average drinkability, could've been a contender. Usually a beer of this ABV hides these kind of faults. make up your own mind, maybe this kicks ass in the heartland??
02-15-2006 04:22:32 | More by russpowell
2.98/5 rDev -10.8%
Amber-copper hue; off-white head, smallish with pitiful retention, good lace. Fruitiness (banana mainly), some malt, and caramel construct the nose. A solid foundation of malt sets the tone for the palate, some hops for a nice bite, good carbonation then, unfortunately, buttery and caramel-apple-like. A tad sticky tacky mouthfeel. Alcohol is warming. Whitbread is a slightly below average English Pale Ale. I would not recommend it.
01-05-2003 18:11:07 | More by bditty187
Whitbread Pale Ale from Whitbread PLC
77 out of 100 based on 279 ratings.