Good Times
Williams Brothers Brewing Company

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Bitter - English
Ranked #69
Ranked #30,719
3.78 | pDev: 8.47%
Williams Brothers Brewing Company
Scotland, United Kingdom
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Oleg85 from Russian Federation

3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours nearly clear straw color with 1 finger tall thick white head, lasting realy long. There're a lot of tiny bubbles, like sparkling wine. Smells a lot like fresh honey, berries for sure, some malts & hops as well. The taste is a bit faint: slight berries, malts, slight bitter finish. Light-bodied with soft carb. I'd like to drink it time to time.

Dec 02, 2015
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flyingpig from Scotland

3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light and clear looking golden amber with a thin, bubbly white head that is about half a centimetre tall and has decent retention before turning to a thin lacing.

Hops and floral note are present, along with some lighter malts and a vague smell of berrues coming through. There is quite a sweet aroma with some citrus and possibly some lychee as well. It is quite a light smelling beer though.

Sweet malts and a definite floral note to start as well as some lighter hops and a background fruit taste. There is a moderate, earthy bitterness to th ebeer to round things off with too.

Smooth to taste and with a medium body and a mild citrus tang to it. There is again a light bitter finish to this one.

A nice pale ale that has some good fruity notes and a pleasant, malty base to it. The beer is quite drinkable and goes down very easily. It would make a good session beer.

Nov 13, 2012
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charlatan from Scotland

3.29/5  rDev -13%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle with freshness date four months away describes this as a county pale ale. This is straw coloured with a head which rapidly recedes to the rim. It looks like American mainstream swill but the nose, while sweet and indstinct, is nonetheless much fresher than the hopefully misleading appearance.

Initially it tastes very sweet and then the idiosyncratic elderflower and a hint of bitterness kicks in. This is pretty good despite the mediocre appearance.

Sep 01, 2012
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CwrwAmByth from England

3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a light golden colour with a small head and some faint lacing.

Smells vaguely hoppy and malty.

Tastes nicely balanced as well, malts up front with hops finishing and adding a citrusy bitter taste.

Overall an ok bitter. Prefer others though.

Mar 29, 2012
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Zimbo from Scotland

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful almost continental pilsner nose this pours a reasonably thick white velvety head on top of the light slightly hazy yellowy body. Positive fine beading sustains that nice head leaving rings of delicate lacing with every sip.

Slight carbonic quality but never burpy.

A refreshing quenching taste which is lemony and zesty with a reasonably long gently chewy bitterness at the end.

Another great Williams Bros beer that rewards your wits and your patience. Will be great at the BBQ this summer (if we actually get one).

Jan 27, 2011
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CanuckRover from Canada (ON)

3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours gold with lively head that settles to a none to impressive film fairly quickly. Looks like a good dose of carbonation from all the bubbles.

Bittering hops on the nose, citrus zest, touch of fruity malt lingering behind.

Aromatic citrus hops up front, lend the beer much of its character. Hops and herbal bitterness with a fairly generous helping of citrus zest. Sweet malt in the finish with an unfortunate touch of butter.

Drinkable bitter, though a bit on the slippery side for me.

A little ho-hum for me given how much I enjoy some of their other concoctions. Not bad though.

Jan 01, 2011
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Dentist666 from Russian Federation

4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent golden ale with oats, meadowsweet and elderflowers. Pours slightly turbid golden beer with close white head and spicy aroma of plants, listed above + a bit of hops. So is a taste, herbal and sweet, transforming into tender hop bitterness. Carbonation is low, palate remains crisp & floral. Another good beer from Scotland!

Dec 06, 2010
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thierrynantes from France

3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (50 cl.), tasted in 2010.

Appearance : golden color, with a small white head (little bubbles).
Smell : spicy and floral hoppy aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : floral and light spicy flavours with bitter hoppy finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style English Bitter.

Nov 14, 2010
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GreenCard from Maryland

3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: golden, good clarity, off-white layer of frothy foam, OK head retention

Aroma: grapefruit, buttery toffee, slightly floral; but all in all quite faint

Flavor: medium sweetness with a nice crisp edge from the mellow hop bitterness; hints of elderflower, honey, and something else (which must be the meadowsweet); finishes dryish with a hop/elderflower aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium body, pert carbonation, soft texture, silky

Other comments: A nice, mellow, drinkable beer. The added herbs and oats give an otherwise mundane golden an added complexity.

Sep 04, 2008
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wl0307 from England

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the Sainsbury's supermarket. Coming in a slim 500ml brown bottle, BB Nov. 09, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: pours a clear golden hue, decorated with constant streams of mild fizziness and a thick, well-lasting light beige froth.
S: elderflower, lychee fruits, annise-seed, oranges and grapefruits all spring to mind, on top of a focused but moderately aromatic sweet maltiness with a tinge of stinky oat biscuits. Nice, very hoppy and deliciously fruity.
T: delicious & aromatic flowery hoppiness, light citric zestiness, an exotic taste of lychee-skins, along with a dryish-sweet touch of annise-seeds prevail on the palate... Gradually, the understated herbal bitter-sweetness and tangy grapefruit-iness take over, leaving a really chewy aftertaste with a wee bit of malty undernote lurking underneath.
M&D: refreshing on the palate thanks to microscopic fizz, while the zesty and flowery hoppiness also serve to elevate the whole drinking experience. I feel that malts are quite negligible in the flavour profile, or, should I say that, they are blended in too well, offering a solid platform for the flowery & citric elements to dance freely? All in all, this is IMO the best golden/pale bitter produced by the Williams Brothers. Delicious, balanced, never boring and thus a quaffable ale.

Aug 30, 2008
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