Williams Red | Williams Brothers Brewing Company

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Williams RedWilliams Red

Brewed by:
Williams Brothers Brewing Company
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by wl0307 on 09-15-2005

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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 28
Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Reddish amber with a slightly off-white head.
S: Piney hops.
T: Dry and slightly piney with a biscuity malt backbone. Not good biscuits though. Alka Seltzer-like and insipid. You lose the piney hops after a few chugs.
O: Shit.

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Photo of Arborescence
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Medium dark copper/ruby. Pours a one finger head that recedes quite quickly.

Aroma: Malty, with a hint of caramel. Not very strong, but a refreshing combination of malt and hop aromas.

Taste: Robust malt, but quite light at first. The hops come forward in the aftertaste with a little bit of bitterness, but it's a light beer all in all.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light to medium body; the aftertaste is heavier though. Low carbonation.

Overall: Decent beer, even if nothing amazing. Would be a good session ale.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On cask at L Mulligan Grocer, Dublin.

Creamy parchment head that leaves rings over glowing apple red body. Strawberry, caramel, dark toast and resin on the nose; very crystally, not a million miles from 5 a.m. Saint.
More dark toast, red berry and some toffee and chocolate, a bit of sour malt and roastiness with orange oil and wood hops.
Tangerine and tropical lily end and oily linger. Light to medium, slight cling, crisp.

Tart but chewy, clean and light but with lots of roasted malts and hops - this walks a knife's edge. 7 different malts explains the depth and late Cascade explains the citrus. A Scottish-American Amber?

Unconventional and very drinkable.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.26/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes during a visit to Glasgow, Scotland. Served from a cask into a pint glass.

A: Pours a red-amber. Not as dark as some amber stouts (e.g. Guinness - which few people seem to recognize is amber). Thin cask ale head.

Sm: Impossible to detect scent. No barley. No nothing. Never smelled so little. Not a bad thing, per se.

T: Luckily the taste is more remarkable than the smell. Balanced amber malt/barley. Nice finish complements the build of the body. All in all it's a bit one-note. Quite simple.

Mf: Nice. Coarse where it needs to be and dry enough. No complaints, but no praises.

Dr: Pricey but nice. I'd have it again so long as it's cask. These brewers would do well to be a bit more bold.

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Photo of rarbring
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is clouded red and brown, a tan rather big and nice head leaving some lacing.

The smell is in the hops area, grass, nettles but some bread sweetness as well.

The taste is brown bread and sugar, biscuits, citric, bitter oranges, and the grass and nettles.

Medium carbonation, a rather thin body, but a nice dry finish.

Nice and easy to drink, seems to be well hopped.

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Photo of tatoodkelt
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My buddy and fellow BA 46and2 scored me a couple of Williams Brothers brews that arent normally available here since he works for the importer. Thanks again Dan!

Consumed 9/12/09- from notes.

Brown 500ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Very deep brown/garnet with a tight bubbled off white head about one finger thick. Nice retention and lacing for the whole glass. mildy carbinated.

S- Light citrusy fruit, caramel malts.

T- Much like the smell with the addition of little wood hints and little floral notes here and there.

M- Medium bodied, slick and creamy.

D- Probably one of the easiest drinking ESB's I've had. Could be sessioned with no problem.

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Photo of DerBayer
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was unsurprised to find that this is another good brew by the williams bros:

A - Very good ruby with golden brown touch

S - I smell hops with caramel and some floral notes but a bit too faint

T - Tastes just the way it smells but a bit less bitter and stronger notes of fruit would be good

M - Low-Medium carbonation with small bubbles

D - Yep goes down a treat but slightly bitter and dry so you cannot have too many in one go

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Photo of charlatan
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is available in most Scottish supermarkets and so I've had quite a few bottles in the past. The bottle has a freshness date.

The beer has a nice fluffy head and a pleasant ruby red hue. It has a fairly citric nose. I notice hints of lemon and blackcurrant.

There is a nice hoppy edge to this which helps to create an overall flavour somewhere between blackberry and redcurrant but less tart and more earthy than that. Rather filling for a beer of its type. I'm well disposed to it.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on cask at Max's on Braodway.
Served as a hazy reddish-brown colored beer with moderate off-white head.
Smell is slightly malty with some mild fruit and caramel notes.
Taste shows enough of the caramel to be interesting, some light fruits and a touch of dryness at the finish.
Finishes sweet, dry and creamy with a sensational mouthfeel.
This has to be the perfect session beer. Low alcohol, nice taste creamy finish.
Served at the perfect temperature, this is one of finest beers I've ever had.

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Photo of John_M
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Max's the other day. Considering the low abv., this is pretty impressive "session" beer.

Pours a hazy red brown color with outstanding head retention and lacing. This beer looks quite impressive. I don't get a lot on the nose; maybe some light malty sweetness. On the palate this beer is fairly complex, with flavors of cherry, walnuts and melon. The beer comes across as very light and creamy, with a touch of sweetness on the mid palate. However, the beer is pretty dry on the finish, with a touch of bitterness. The finish is very clean in this beer, as well as very smooth.

Really, for a beer with such low abv., there is a remarkable amount of flavor. Not surprisingly, this beer is quite drinkable and one could undoubtedly down a number of pints in an evening without doing any real damage to oneself. Pretty nice beer.

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Photo of dedrinker
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark murky rootbeer color with a thin creamy head. Aroma is musty with notes of currants. The flavor is a dry burnt caramel with smoky porter-like notes, and a little earth (damp basement). The mouthfeel is medium bodied and soft from the cask conditioning. The finish was toasty with earthy hops. This is a great sweater and pipe beer for damp, cloudy days in the fall. Makes me want to grow my beard back again.

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Photo of jaluria
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appeared a translucent, dark brown color with ruby highlights and a touch of crimson. A nice soap-like, white head was present and as it dissipated it left behind a nice bit of lacing. Low carbonation, though plenty of bubbles covered the surface. Aromas of bread, burnt malt, mildew, and tropical fruit. The taste followed suit with bread and malt flavors dominating. A hint of fruit in the finish with a nice breeze of hops. Creamy and smooth in my mouth, though slighly silky. Quite dry, but that only brings forth the malt flavoring more. Overall, a very enjoyable and flavorful beer that I would have again given the chance.

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Photo of kmacphail
4.37/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Odd Bins on a recent trip to Glasgow. I had never seen this before, but there beer selection wasn't great so I gave it a try.

The beer poured a nice dark ruby brown colour with a dark cream coloured head.

As usual with the majority of Scottish beers a nice aroma of hops was evident. However there was a very sweet smell along with the hops of chocolate and a hint of banana.

This continued through to the taste, but it was not as sweet as I had expected. A nice balance of hops and sweet flavours swirled around the mouth and then left a zesty aftertaste.

Whilst I enjoyed the one bottle I had I felt that it was too sweet for me to drink over a night and this is the only knock I have on the beer. Well worth a try, something different to the majority of Scottish beers, but I would only get a couple to start with, don't buy a crate immediately.

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Photo of mdagnew
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast...

Poured a deep amber / ruby red colour... Slightly off white head poured thick and foamy and faded to nice layer...

Aroma - Sweet caramel / biscuity maltiness with light toasted notes, light juicy fruits (gooseberries, apples, blackberries), nice spicy hops, woody notes...

Taste – Quite strong spicy hop bitterness, floral, nice fruit (apples, some bananas), light toffee sweetness, nutty notes, peppery...

Feel - Quite smooth with some underlying sharpness.. Medium bodied. Very drinkable - would be an excellent session beer..

Overall - A very good beer....Recommended...

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Photo of Billolick
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The sign outside Brooklyn's Waterfront Ale house said something like"very rare cask Ale" so it was an obvious selection to try. Poured reddish dark amber, cloudy, with a loose, medium bubble film for a head. Minor loose lacing. Slightly sour nose. Low carbonation and served at about room temperature. Tart and tasty, slight sour apple note picked up. Smokey, fruity and dry. Interesting and complex. Alot going on here. Too bad we rarely see brews like this in the NYC area.

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Photo of wl0307
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle from the London branch of Royal Mile Whiskies shop. The BB date is June 06.

A: in a goblet it pours a clear, deep reddish amber hue, coming with an off-white, frothy beer head with good retention.
S: a mixed, floating, perfumy fruity note of longan-fruit and banana dominates the nose, along with deeply sweetish caramel and buttery aroma, like toffee... very very enticing aroma overall.
T: rounded taste of sweet, caramel-malt(?) with a tinge of buttery flavour, followed by fruit esters on top of juicy dark-fruity flavour of raisins+dried longan fruits; at the back of the tongue, a tinge of oriental dried-fruit gradually intensifies, like dried-damson+dried sweetened tangerine-peel, as a mild citrusy zest flavour reveals underneath--not as sweet as the aroma suggests, the palate is rather dry esp. in the aftertaste, enhanced by a hint of spicy bitterness sustaining towards the end.
M&D: consistently smooth palate goes hand in hand with a lively mouthfeel thanks to dryish bitterness and zesty, dried-fruity hops. Very hard to pinpoint which beer style it belongs to, but personally I think it's a lesser version of ESB-style bitter but ain't quite sure. Anyway, it's a very delicious malty ale with good depth, an evolving texture, and pleasant fruity complexity. Highly recommended!

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Williams Red from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
3.79 out of 5 based on 28 ratings.
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