Moorhouse Blond Witch | Moorhouse's Brewery (Burnley) Ltd

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Brewed by:
Moorhouse's Brewery (Burnley) Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 10-02-2003

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Ratings: 24 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by EmperorBevis:
Photo of EmperorBevis
3.73/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly clouded straw coloured body with a crowning glory of a big white head.

Subtle aromas of hops and brewing coppers.

What it lacks on the nose it makes up for on the tongue
Toffee starting then drying to citrus fruits and then a nice hops kick preparing the tongue for a bitter aftertaste.

Nice flowing mouthfeel and utterly perfect carbonation makes a beer that will slate any thirst.

Good stuff

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.09/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A 500ml bottle with a BB of March 2016. Acquired a little while back from a B&M store.

A: Poured into a straight pint glass. A clear golden hue with faint haze and intense carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam with superb retention; it settles as a thick surface layer.

S: Aroma of light malt with hints of yeast esters, stewed leaves, faint grain, subtle earthiness and brewing salts. A lingering touch of the Burton snatch. OK but rather average.

T: Tastes of light malt with a lingering dry finish. Notes of stewed leaves/husks, subtle malt, a hint of grain, earthy yeast, brewing salts and a twinge of sulphur. Highly attenuated, followed by a restrained yet bone-dry bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with lively carbonation and decent body. Perhaps a tad too thin. Somewhat astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of harsh stewed leaves/cardboard, earthy yeast and a whisper of sulphur.

O: Meh - pretty standard fare that fails to excite. Looks good, but this is its best attribute. Aroma and flavour are bland and uninspired; little hop character to speak of. So-so body. The dryness of this brew also makes it surprisingly astringent. Drinkable enough but instantly forgettable in a sea of equally dull beer. No need to seek it out.

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Photo of rastaman
2.48/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

(Cask) Pale yellow. sulfury nose. Slightly honeyed sweetness. Some citrus and bitterness from the hops in the finish, felt a bit thin though, lagery, rather than cask-aley. But not a total loss, it did have a little character, some aromatics, but definitely not enough.

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Photo of Rootdog316
3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It’s 4.5% alcohol and is brewed with pale malt and a single hop variety .It has a superb and tempting gold colour with a big aroma of toasted malt – which suggests lager malt may be used – floral and spicy hops and tart citrus fruit. Juicy malt, spicy hops and citrus fill the mouth followed by a bittersweet finish with rich malt, tangy hops and tart fruit; it finally becomes dry and hoppy.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown 500ml bottle, best before the end of Dec 2010, drank and reviewed 9 Nov 2010. Poured into an 'Abbot Ale' glass tankard.

Very light golden hue to the beer, a good well formed foaming, white head.

No real aroma from my tankard, hints of hops and citrus esters, but very little to get excited about.

The taste is a mild hop flavour, no depth, but pleasant enough, the mouth drys and the hops give a bitter aftertaste. The faint citrus smells mentioned earlier turn into a true flavour mid-drink.

I bit too dry and without any malt influence for my taste. Nothing wrong with the beer, just not my sort of regular choice in a brew.

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Photo of Drummermean
3.1/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of vinicole
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of mak83
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of wretchedabyss
3.59/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of windypete
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

aka Blond Bitch for the U.S. markets, as their website explains, the beer stands out because of it's humorous name, but turns out to be a nice Blonde Ale to surplant those yellow, fizzy beers. The website goes on to explain, "A 4.5% abv beer brewed with fuggles hops, Blond Witch cask was first introduced to meet the growing demand for pale bitters."

Farily typical of Bondes; not that they are dense, shallow, but look really, really pretty.

Actually the beer does look nice with a deep golden color, mild haze, firm headstance that endures the session. Fair amounts of lacing on the glass.

Aromas are obviously pilsner driven with soft malty, grain flavors. Appetizing floral hop notes compliment the delicate pilsner malts well. Moderate fruity esters give the beer a bit more variety, depth, and interest.

Pleasant and delicate flavors of hops and malts set the tone for taste. Both round out into a herbal, pilsner-like character. Again, the fruity flavors of apples, apricots, and pears give the beer a bit more pep and intrigue. Grain flavors follow up and present themselves deep into the finish.

Medium fullness and richness does not try to do too much, but remains soft, light, and very drinkable. Light alcohol and peppery character gives a mint-like sensation to the throat. Hop bitterness and light graininess offset the sweetness and crispen up the beer going into the finish.

Ultimately a fairly nice beer for summertime consumption, albeit forgettable.

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Photo of bark
3.93/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The colour is gold with a tint of brown. The head is low, compact and white.

The smell is soft and malty, I found complex notes of butterscotch, brown sugar and some grassy aroma hops.

The smooth taste is a bit sweet with notes of butterscotch, boiled vegetables and a slowly building bitterness. There is a mild sourish flavour of metal / minerals. The creamy aftertaste got some cream and a delicate bitterness and apricots.

The carbonation is very low, maybe a bit too low for a golden ale.

This one was a damn gulpable beer! I liked it!

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Photo of tomcostello
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.35/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Being here in America, The bottle I acquired is labeled differently and goes by "Blond Bitch."

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a thin white head that quickly settles to a very small film in the center of the surface. Carbonation is very subtle.

S: Smell is sweet and bready, with hints of toffee, butterscotch, and some grassy notes. Hops are not real present in the aroma.

T: The malt gives this beer flavors of butterscotch and fresh bread, along with hints of straw and a very pleasant fruitiness. Spicy hops finish the brew with more grassy, herbal notes.

M: Creamy and rich, this full-bodied brew seems as if it would be stronger than it is. Clean, but has a long finish.

D: Very drinkable. This is a true session beer. Although it's a bit pricy for a 16 oz bottle, it's well worth it.

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Photo of Mr_Pink_152
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of flyingpig
3.11/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

500ml bottle from B&M Bargains, Glasgow (£1.39):
This one from Mourhouse's Brewery was a fairly average offering if I'm honest, a drinkable beer that was okay but it's certainly not one worth seeing out nor would it be one that I'd be likely to pick up again.

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Photo of tomis850
4/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of captaincoffee
3.35/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a filtered straw with almost no head. Smells more like an adjunct lager...some light malt and breast grain. Taste is fairly clean and crisp, but not that good. Drinkable if you are pounding beers with your mates, but not something for a special occasion for sure.

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Photo of Macamah
3.69/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jhart96
2.66/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of wl0307
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tasted by a pint at my local JDW pub, East End London.
A: light golden hued, almost no beer head is formed but leaves rather fine lacing~~ interesting.
S: Fuggles hop-dominated nose, with that hayish and deep-running citrusy fruity aroma. Not bad, though a bit one-dimensional.
T: juicy pale malts laced with a dash of honey and refreshing hoppyness, like sweetened lemony zest but milder; slightly dryish bittersweet aftertaste and a smooth hoppy, citrusy flavour at the tail...
M&D: pretty light on the mouthfeel with a welcomed crispy touch, but overall the beer is a little thin-bodied, pretty much like lots of other attenuated British "blond ales" I've tried. Had to do better in terms of flavour to stand out.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours out a hazed, pale, dark golden body with a thin, white head.

Smell: Notable scent smelling of raw cereal grains with a backdrop of floral, lightly spicy hops. Still though, it's mostly grains.

Taste: Light maltiness with a markedly high grainy overtone and mild sweetness. Faint lemon zest hint. Predominately floral, spicy hops with a light bitterness. Drying finish with cling grainy taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation. Soft overall mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I'm find this to be distinctly grainy, like I'm forever munching on some raw malted grains that aren't really there. Didn't care for this one.

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Photo of Stevethebeerman
3.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rulisekmartin
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Moorhouse Blond Witch from Moorhouse's Brewery (Burnley) Ltd
Beer rating: 3.33 out of 5 with 24 ratings
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