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Whitbread Pale Ale - Whitbread PLC

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Whitbread Pale AleWhitbread Pale Ale

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Ratings: 282
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 15.52%
Wants: 5
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Whitbread PLC
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-25-2001

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Ratings: 282 | Reviews: 228
Photo of daledeee
3.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was one of the first imports I ever drank(27 yrs ago.) That with Bass Ale. Now I am told it is brewed in the US.

Pours a beautiful copper-brown with a nice whipped creamy head and it stays around!! Taste is creamy and hoppy with malt. Pretty dry finish. But that is OK. This is a very drinkable beer.

There is a significant difference between American Pale Ale and European Pale Ale. I think this one is half way in between.

Photo of euskera
3.15/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale orange in color. Medium sized head that doesn't linger. Light in body, not much malt or hoppiness in there. Unobtrusive in the extreme, but certainly a cut above the macros. A perfectly acceptable session beer when you want to give you taste buds the night off..

Photo of pezoids
2.47/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured out a clear amber orange color. The head was huge and creamy which gave off some strange aromas. Something like peanuts and sour yeast. The taste didn't fare that much better. The body was weak and the hops didn't seem to ever kick in. A bland and ordinary beer that didn't impress me.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.17/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First off, this is anything but pale or bitter, is the brewmaster straying from style a bit here or what? This should probably be called Whitbread Vienna or Amber Ale. Its color is right on iced tea. One demerit for not sticking to style...tough house tonight, huh?
Thin head bubbles down quickly.

Aroma is fruity and malty, raisins present, even a bit estery.

Very malty and sweet taste, slight alcohol tinge, not unpleasant, it actually gives the beer a little more personality to give its profile something more than just malt.

Pleasant carbonation and smoothness, soft sweet and slightly bready aftertaste. Not the best choice for a hot summer drink, but nice for relaxing with in the A/C or cooler outside temps. Disappears fast, at least mine did, but not sure how appealing it would be after 3 or 4.

Photo of Scooter77
1.59/5  rDev -52.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

No sir, I didn’t like it, I didn’t like it at all. Poured a dark golden color topped off by a very thin white head that dissipated very quickly leaving no lace. The aroma had some hops intermixed with a hint of skunkiness. The taste was just as bad as the aroma, it had some hop bitterness, but mostly funky sweat socks. There was a bit of an astringent almost soapy aftertaste, I guess that was there to try to cleanse the taste buds of the sour taste of the beer. I will not drink this beer ever again and I do not recommend it to anyone.

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

Poured a dark amber with a dense cream colored head. The head fades to a thin layer of foam rather quickly. Wonderful caramel, butterscotch aroma with a delicate spiceness. The taste also has a bit of a butterscotch note, with a hint of bitterness. A slightly sour aftertatse greets you rather quickly and lingers for a while at cooler temps, but is mitigated a good bit as the beer warms. There's a good bit of malt here, and decent bitterness, but I don't dig the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is good, but the drinkability suffers from that lingering aftertaste. Not a bad beer, but there are much better Ales.

Photo of tavernjef
3.93/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Color is a deep amber/copper kinda clear with a decent large off-white that was about two fingers high but faded quickly leaving some sheeting action in the lace. Smells faintly of sweet malt and has a twinge of floral hop. Taste is leveled out and mildly roasted malt caramel and toffee like with a nice balanced in herbal, clean hop bite and drying bitterness. The feel is full medium bodied with a good sense of bittering dryness thats smooth, clean, and slightly creamy/silky and is favorably easy to drink.

Photo of IrishRedRock
3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There's not much that's very pale ale-ish about this beer. Pours out a nice looking amber with a thin tan head. No hops in the aroma at all, but there is some sweet malt and cherry in there.

Flavor is very malty, with different layers of malt to pick out as it coats your mouth. Somewhat unpleasant bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is somewhat smooth. Needs a serious kick in the chops with some hops.

Photo of goindownsouth
3.91/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a bad beer, by any means. A decent pale ale in both color and aroma, it taps out a decent copper color, although it is a tad faint. The aroma is hoppy and quite good, actually. This one really surprised me. I was not expecting it to drink as well as it did. Well worth seeking out. Bottoms up!

Photo of Morris729
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber in color with a creamy light tan colored head that coats the glass in lace as it recedes. Nose is sweet malts and a good deal of fresh fruit. Medium in body with a fairly creamy mouthfeel. Taste is sweet toasted malts, caramel, and a bit of candied fruit. Some mildly spicy hops come through towards the end, but not enough to offset the initial sweetness. A nice brew, but I’d love to try the original.

Photo of Pegasus
3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep amber brown with profuse streams of carbonation and a huge pillowy head, retention is excellent, lace rings the glass quite nicely. Aroma of sweet caramel, molasses and some rather faint hops. Taste is dominated by the caramel malt, mild hops make their appearance only towards the end of the taste - and then are a second to the malt. Finish is a bit dry. Mouthfeel is pleasant, but not as good as expected. This beer seems quite bland for the style.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is a caramely brown and clear, underneath a full, creamy, well-retained head. Aromatics are disappointing, lacking any hop associations I come to expect and look forward to in any "pale ale" wothy of the name. Soft, dry, slightly buttery. Smooth texture, sweet palate, light body, with a yeasty/bready taste. Lasting finish. It drank well, but brought absolutely nothing to the table, making little impression on me at all. I'm sure they succeeded in creating exactly the beer they wanted, but it's too lacking in hops to be of any use to any ale drinker!

Photo of LarryKemp
3.16/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer had a very dark amber color with a fair white head.

The malt aroma was there but the hops did not seem strong. There was no butterscotch or caramel.

The malt flavor was NOT overpowered by the hop bitterness. The beer finished with a little hop bitterness but was well balanced.

The mouthfeel was light.

It was a drinkable beer, but did not stand out in any particular way

Photo of bditty187
2.98/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of ADR
3.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of budgood1
3.36/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours out a dark ruby color; slight fizzy head that died in ten seconds and no lace whatsoever. nice toffee, caramel malt, and a floral hop aroma is really inviting. smells great! tastes of the caramel malts and soft hops, with a misplaced hop bitterness that lingers on the tongue too long. mouthfeel is creamy at first, then a huge tongue tingling crispness asserts itself in the finish. strange mineral metallic flavors are perceived too. sort of schizoprhenic. out of balance too. something amiss here.

Photo of putnam
4/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

Photo of Gusler
3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On the pour deep amber color with a decent head and nice lace to coat the glass, both pleasingly beige in color. The nose is malt and slightly fruit sweet, a pleasant aroma for the old schnozzle. Front is malt and sweet, the top skinny as a rail. Finish is moderately acidic, mildly hopped, and malt dry. As I vaguely recall, much better from the tap, but then most beers are, don’t you think?

Photo of BeerAngel
2.88/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear semi-dark amber with a 2 finger light tan head. The smell of fresh baked bread with butter is present as well as alcohol in the background. Strange medicinal taste like cough syrup along with a buttery flavor with alcohol on the tail. Very lightly hopped, could stand more IMHO. Has a light to medium bodied mouthfeel that is slightly sticky. Too bad it doesn't taste even near as good as it smells. Again I say "Mo hops, please"! The lack of just lends it to taste mighty flat. Weird at best. Looks great, smells good, tastes weird! Cheers anyways!

Photo of Murph
3.05/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orangish amber color with a small head that fades very quickly and leaves no lace. Light biscuity malt aroma that is a bit too sweet smelling and far too weak. Biscuity malt from beginning to end with some very boring and very subtle hoppiness in the middle that fades towards the finish as the brew turns vaguely fruity. Thin and watery on the tongue but fairly drinkable due to its lack of character. Not something that I will be buying again. This was a big dissappointment. I had this at a beer tasting at my local store and really liked it and this isn't at all how I remember it.

Photo of Dogbrick
2.86/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing earth-shattering going on here. Very nice amber color and medium head, but the flavor was a little on the bland side, there was very little hops to keep it interesting throughout.

Photo of zakery
3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Big off-white foamy head with good retention and lace. The body has a clear dark amber-brown color and no visible carbonation.

Smell: A nice english pale ale smell. Caramel malt, toffee, even a touch of chocolate, and a little nutty. It's so faint that it doesn't bother me, but there is a hint of sour smell too.

Taste: Thin caramel malts, hop bitterness to match, a little salty, a flash of sourness that fortunately disappears quickly, followed by a a nice but thin finish.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with medium carbonation.

Nice, but could do with some more character. It barely has enough oomph to accompany and stand up to a mild creamy cheese such as Havarti. Drink by itself as a sociable beer, not with food.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of EagleTalon
2.64/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This sample was brewed in Cinncinnati, OH. It looked great, had a frothy, clingy head but a little too gassy for the style. The flavor reminded me of a rough, overattenuated homebrew I made--my first all grain mash brew. For a home brewed ale this would be acceptable. For a commercal product, it needs work (and the elite homebrewers would work on it if it was theirs). Estery fruity flavor, lacking in mouthfeel. Rough, dry finish. Decently drinkable, but I'd rather drink a Sam Adams brew.

Photo of DarthMalt
3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Beers like this actually give my homebrew a chance.

In my experience "Pale" can mean anything from Budweiser gold to Salvator amber. This one errs on the dark side (...beware,Luke!).

An "alstrom pour" gave this beer a pretty studly head, with a good creamy surface. Underneath was a fruity, ester punch, sprinkled with phenols, waiting for the nose. Going down [I beg your pardon!], it has a neat fresh-baked bread taste, with little almonds dancing in the background.

The body is thin and slightly watery, but since this is my official foray into the style (Bass notwithstanding) , I assume it is on the mark for the hard, aqueous component.

General impressions are that of a knock-off Liberty Steam.

"Me quaffed the Ohio brew"

Ditto on the PRICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Jeeesh!

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Whitbread Pale Ale from Whitbread PLC
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