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Whitbread Pale Ale - Whitbread PLC

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Whitbread Pale AleWhitbread Pale Ale

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Reviews: 226
Hads: 283
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 7
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Whitbread PLC
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-25-2001

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Photo of charliedango
4.63/5  rDev +37.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. Darker tan than what I usually expected of a pale ale with a slim frothy head. Smell revealed a very buttery aroma with a strong malt overtone. The best description of the taste I can give is that of a caramel rich/non-sweet butterscotch flavor. Overall I find this to be an excellent pale ale, but not the kind of thing I could indulge in - a great beer to experience in single offerings. (430 characters)

Photo of barleysandwich
4.53/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite beers, it has everything I like in a well balanced package.

Color is a nice deep copper color, and the taste is a very smooth slightly sweet flavour that feels very nice in your mouth.

The thing that impresses me the most about this beer is there are no notes or flavours or aftertastes that are unpleasant, some beers even good beers sometimes have 9 great things and 1 not so great aspect, this beer however is really a 10 out of 10 for me.

Bottom line, try it, you will like it, if you can find it. (532 characters)

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.35/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Something about this EPA makes it the best

A- Transparent orange-brown copper color with a little frothy head.

S- Smell is off hard water with mineral tones, slightly-caramel malts and a background spicy hop effect.

T- This is where this beer excels. I don't know if I'm tricking myself, but it really does taste like wheat bread with hops.

M&D- Feels and drinks like high quality mineral water. (400 characters)

Photo of kbnooshay
4.32/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured a clear amber color with a frothy white head that didn't stick around for long. Carbonation bubbles stuck to the body of the glass.

S- Very sweet fragrance of butterscotched bananas and malt. There is a hint of yeast also. Hops are not detectable in the nose.

T- Insanley manlty and sweet with a light butteriness. The butter flavor leads to a caramel flavor as you drink on. Hops are light and more detectable after a few sips. The sweetness dominates most of the time.

M/D- The feel is sticky and smooth. The carbonation is there but its light and doesn't add much tingle. I would gladly down a full 6 pack of this. The sweetness could get to you ventually though. A clean and refreshing brew that doesn't skimp out on flavor. (743 characters)

Photo of SilentSabre
4.3/5  rDev +28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep reddish-copper colour with an absolutely exceptional smell. Very grainy and very sweet smelling. Very faint sweetness to the taste, but mostly bitter, but pleasantly so. There also seems to be a tiny bit of caramel present in the smell and taste, as well. A lack of carbonation makes this stuff real easy to drink. It's a wee bit heavy, but I still think one could drink quite a few of these with little or no problem. A great brew; will buy again. (461 characters)

Photo of yemenmocha
4.3/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark amber, clear, with light tan head that laces well.

Nose has a delightful biscuit malt character. Fresh bread aromas too.

Palate has a pleasing biscuity/bread malt profile with balancing hops. The biscuity/bready component is what makes this beer stand out among other pales. If you like this component, you'll love this beer. Otherwise you may not be so impressed.

Finish brings in some hop bitterness that takes over once the biscuit/bread goes into the background. Medium to light bodied. (504 characters)

Photo of NODAK
4.27/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smells very malty...sweet caramel malt, some molasses as well.

Taste is much of the same. I'm hit right away with thick maltiness...which to me, is definitely to be appreciated. Caramel and toffee malt is in abundance...when it's cold I get some toastiness here, but as it warms it seems more like molasses (dark fruit?) sweetness than anything. In fact, the sweetness gets to the point of nearly resembling a light version of some dubbles I've had.

Carbonation is restrained, which is fine.

Finish is sweet, but not too sweet (at least for me anyway, if a person is averse to high malt sweetness, this may be offputting). No real hop presence here to write about. I do sense a tad bit of alcohol in the finish sometimes, owing to its higher than average ABV for style, but it is minor and isn't always noticeable.

All in all, I love this beer. Malts, malts and more malts. Very drinkable. (895 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.27/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just another beer in my Beer Traveler's Pack, so on to it:

A- orange in color with yellow hues.

S- Mild maltiness with a yummy aroma of caramel, choclate, yeast, and toast.

T&M- Even maltier in taste than the smell. Very doughy with more caramel, almost like a bock. Hop flavor is tracable, but minor. Finishes toasty with a buttery, oily feel.

D- What do you know? I like it. Can I have another? (411 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.22/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer is a light brown in color with some orange in there too. The head is pretty good too, it's got a nice tan color to it. The aroma that this beer has is something really good to me. Something that I'm unsure of how to describe. It smells sweet and really enjoyable. It's gotta be what ever malts they've used in this beer. The taste also carries over that sweetness and coats your mouth with some really nice sweet malts. I wish I knew what they put in this because it reminded me of my childhood somehow. I found the mouthfeel to be a little watery but overall this beer is quite good. (593 characters)

Photo of Rifrafboy
4.17/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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 (391 characters)

Photo of 1fastz28
4.17/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a reddish brown color with a minimal head, that disolves almost immediately. has a great malty smell to it, the malt smell overpowers everything, almost like a molasses or mild caramel scent, its great. as i taste it, its pretty darn good, unlike most pale ales there is no taste of hops, its more of a brown ale than anything, but whitbread has been making it for over 260 years so i think they know more than me. pretty good beer, i love me some newcastle and this is somewhat similar. has a nice smooth taste to it, very easy to drink, i'm a fan. (555 characters)

Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.15/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to McClungbrew2 for this one!

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass, served at about 50 degrees.

Clear copper color with a thin white head. Lacing is minimal.

Sweet malty aroma, with some caramel and a bit fruity maybe from the hops. Taste is malty and has hints of ripe pears with a very mildly bitter hop finish.

This beer has a nice mouthfeel, not too heavy and good carbonation. I could hit more than a few of these on a good night.

If I could settle on a single beer for a daily drinker this one would be in the running. (548 characters)

Photo of MerkinMan
4.14/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: Lovely red / amber with a thin head. Remarkably clear

S: Not much there. Almost an absence of smell. Clean.

T: A great tasting beer. Whitbread is head and shoulders better than Bass or Old Perculier. Goldings hops are pretty apparent, and the malt is very tasty.

MF: If I had my druthers it would be more substantial in this department, but still not bad.

D: All night long. This is a pale ale that is very drinkable, yet not boring like other session beers. (465 characters)

Photo of StarSAELS
4.13/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear, deep amber, with much less of the swirling carbonation than last night's beer. The head stopped at a perfect two fingers tall, but quickly settled, and left only a little lacing on the glass.

Aroma automatically triggered "apple cider" receptors. First cold taste was a bit bitter with a touch of alcohol, though the apple was barely registering. I like my darker beers to get warmer than "just a bit", and this one got better as the temp went up. A lot of flavors complemented the malted barley, and the last swallow reminded me of a true apple cider I drank not too long ago. Even at a temp better suited to a stout, it was still smooth going down.

Best thing is, one glass gave me a nice mellow buzz. At $7 for six pack, I'll buy this one again. (780 characters)

Photo of Zorro
4.12/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark red brew.

Smell is very fruity and estery with a mild malty scent.

Taste is fruity and quite dry with a solid bit of bitterness in the background. Really hard to pick out individual fruit flavor in this it can be best described as tutee fruity.

Mouthfeel is good.

Very mild and drinkable brew every sip brings you a hit of that wonderful fruitiness, better than Bass I think. (406 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4.12/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber color with a thin white head. The aroma is great. It is sweet and creamy with the scent of crystal and pale malts; very malty. The taste is decent. It is malty and bitter, but really smooth and refreshing. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This beer drinks quite well. It has a unique taste, but I like it; a real sessions ale. (398 characters)

Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4.1/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gold amber brown with a short lived tight knit head.
Small nose.
For some reason it didn't look like a pale ale whatever a pale ale should look like.
Flavor came on with great expectations but really wasn't much.
That said, a certain degree of hops comingled with a sweet undertone- maltiness.
One thing, I think this beer has a superior drinkability in part that the ABV isn't as high as most and that the flavor is mild. (436 characters)

Photo of KroMagnon
4.07/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice amber color, crystal clear, rich tan head. Aroma punctuated by a heavy ester note blended with floral hops and some malt - ester note seems like a cross between a little juicy fruit gum and perhaps lemons. Flavor is nicely balanced between sweet malt and hops, with neither dominating. Some tea-like notes come out at the end of the tasting. Maybe a touch of unpleasant astringency. The beer is nice overall, although I remember when I thought it was a real heavy hitter - that was before I got really immersed in micros though. Overall a nice beer. (554 characters)

Photo of oggg
4.03/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahogany red. Very clear. Tall tan head.

Smells of bread and caramel. Low on hop aroma

Taste: mild carbonation is good. Gives way to mild bitterness with low hop flavor. Caramel maltiness, bread and raisin. Finish could be drier, but it's not cloying.

Medium bodied. Smooth.

Great session beer. I wish I could have tried the original version from England. I got a 6pack on sale at Trader Joe's. Might have to go clear them out. Could use some more hop aroma, flavor, and bitterness. (507 characters)

Photo of jdmorgan
4.03/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful copperish-brown with a one finger white and creamy head that dissipated into a lace around the rim. Very appetizing!

The smell had a bit of malt aroma and a light floral hop presence, but was largely subdued. The taste came on with a nicely blended malt body with caramel and fruit flavors and a slight sweetness. This was merged well with the hop flavor which was medium with a decent bitterness. Very laid back overall. Consistency was medium and carbonation was medium as well.

Wow, this was blended well and very easilly drinkable. I could drink a session of these easilly despite the ABV. I'll be getting more. (636 characters)

Photo of Offa
4.01/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a fairly simple, straightforward English ale, a bit on the sweet side, but nice, fruity, and tasty.

Dark amber, it has a big, creamy pale tan head that slowly shrinks to a thin, foamy, permanent top and leaves some nice foamy lace.

The aroma is very fruity with fermented plums, raisins, with a tea leaves, orange juice, and light hint of caramelly yeaty bread.

The taste is similar, with a lot of fermented plums and apples up front, caramelly and a little creamy, with a general, strong sweet-sour fruitiness, and leafy earthiness. It is sweetish with light tart-sour fruit to balance. It's fairly balanced and dryish up front, but becomes more sweet with only the tartness and sourness to balance, with little bitterness, and it has a finish of caramel, fruity candy, with grain, and these persist very pleasantly into the somewhat long aftertaste.

It's very enjoyable, quite tasty, and overall the character is amostly winey, raisiny, spicy sweet-sour-tart fruit quality throughout with a very lkight leafy bitterness. It's highly drinkable and light, but with a creamy feel. (1,092 characters)

Photo of putnam
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium to dark-brown with red highlights. Dark for a "Pale." Rich, steamy, sweet malt defines the nose. Watery molasses, dried breakfast syrup, banana bread.
On the palate it is warming and dry with a big dose of breadpan crust on the finish. Brown bread, walnuts and more subtle banana notes arrive while it is rolling past my tonsils. Slick sweetness comes on as it warms.
Very pleasant if a bit confected. (411 characters)

Photo of goonster
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium-dark amber with orange highlights.
Excellent clarity.
Pours with thick, rocky, off-white head, which deflates to fluffy, creamy layer after a couple of minutes. Leaves lots of lacing on the side of the glass. Looks like the premium pale it purports to be.

Aroma is textbook "biscuity" malt notes with restrained esters (plum, pear). Very little hop aroma in the nose.

This is all about malt in the flavor too, with bitterness just on the short side of balanced. Hop flavor is pretty restrained, straight-forward Golding. Esters are nicely balanced in the mix.

Body is medium with lots of mineral fullness, though not on the level of a Burton ale. Definitely lots of sodium in the mix. Finish is moderately long and sweet, with possibly a little sulfate harshness on the back of the tongue.

I would not call this a bitter beer. A decent, full, malty, high-medium gravity premium ale. Hop character is far behind an APA (as it should be).

This was a 12 oz. bottle left over from BJCP class, where I hated this beer. Seemed to suffer from mineral harshness. Must have been whatever we were tasting before, or a bottle in rough shape. Now, at proper cellar temperature, this is pretty decent. It's not favorite style and I wouldn't drive twenty miles for it, but I could put a couple of these back without complaint. (1,336 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark orange color with a nice white head. Nose is deep malt nose little hops. Taste is fruity a bit, chewy and malty but lacks any real hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is nice and thick, coating, chewy and tasty. Very drinkable and easy drinking. (254 characters)

Photo of CRJMellor
3.98/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with red highlights. Bid three-fingered head fades unevenly leaving moderate lace on the pint.
Aroma is very malty, deeper color malts for the style. Caramel and toffee seem to be most dominant.
Flavor is deep and dark for a pale ale, caramel falvors balanced with a nice moderately hopped finish.
Mouthfeel is very solid, not too sweet, not too bitter. Better balance than I expected.
Drinakability is very high, good definitely get through a night of this in the pub. Like to taste this cask-conditioned. (528 characters)

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Whitbread Pale Ale from Whitbread PLC
77 out of 100 based on 226 ratings.