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White Horse Bitter | White Horse Brewery Company Limited

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Brewed by:
White Horse Brewery Company Limited
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by wl0307 on 01-06-2007

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Photo of Stengelfoot
2.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Arch578
3.25/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of vinicole
3/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of IRONRakkasan
3.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.44/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Aug 2012. ABV is stated as 5.1%.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A hazy golden-amber hue with medium carbonation. Forms a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a couple of minutes before collapsing. Aroma of mild caramel malt with notes of stewed hops and a hint of stale cardboard. Weak.

Tastes of caramel malt with a harsh, dry bitterness. Notes of stewed hops and wet cardboard. Quite bitter upon swallowing, with a harsh, astringent quality. Mouthfeel is dry and tingly, with decent body. Aftertaste of bitter stewed hops and cardboard.

Pretty crappy. I've had this for a while but still. The aroma/flavour are just nasty - this brew really doesn't have anything to offer. Avoid.

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Photo of MAB
3.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a bad brew, but not very bitter and I thought it was under-carbonated (although most of the cask ales I had in the UK were).
It looked nice; a pale orange with a small amount of white head.
No aroma hops that I could discern. Not much nose at all, really.
Tasted decent, especially with food. Bitter-sweet. Lacked hop balance (could have used more bitter for my liking).
Kind of flat and uninspired in the mouth.

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Photo of guitarninja
3.79/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: 20oz pint glass filled from a traditional English "pump."

A: Coppery-bronzed color with about a 2cm head which lasts throughout the drink, leaving a wonderful lacing down the glass. Slightly cloudy at first, but clears up to be mostly opaque as the drink goes on. Occasional bubbles are evident after a big sip, but otherwise not much carbonation is detectable.

Sm: Not much to report, but a faint sniff of malts, earthy floral hops, and a slight bit of alcohol are evident.

T: A smooth hit of malts mostly enabled by the creamy head, then grassy hops take over, and the bitterness really comes through. The aftertaste lingers with savory tea leaves.

MF: Slides over the tongue, with a detectable acidic layer, smooth and slightly creamy. A few tingles of the tongue, but due more to the bitter hops than any carbonation.

D: I'm starting my second right now, goes down smooth.

Overall, I think a better than decent choice of a session beer for a fun night out at the pub.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.83/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear 500ml bottle, best before 23rd Oct 2009, drank 20th July 2009. Poured into a standard UK pint sleeve glass. My bottle claimed 4.1%, not the 4.5% on the site information.

Pours a dull golden amber colour, almost clear and see through, a white head arrived and then left very quickly leaving a thin collar and a wispy covering.

A slight grassy aroma, no hint of the Challenger Hops or Yorkshire Malts as advertised on the label.

The taste was weak, again no sight of the ingrediants mentioned above, a thin bitter in all aspects, fizzy and boring to be honest.

This is the second beer I've had from this brewery and so far I've been unimpressed with either brew.

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Photo of wl0307
2.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Purchased at the Sainsbury supermarket. The beer comes in a 500ml clear bottle of the same shape as Young's beers. BB 24/11/07, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: dark golden hue; as soon as the bottle is popped open, the carbonation gets extremely hyper in the bottle... resulting in the glass a fiercely fizzy body that decreases in force in but one minute... then followed by very even flows of artificially-looking small bubbles, like the work of excessive amount of added CO2--looking rather like a keg beer.
S: a sharply skunky smell comes out during pouring, then followed by very sweet maltiness, an intense flow of burned-sugary note as of pasteurisation, a weird yet sharp edge of burned-plastic or chemical smell of washing-up liquid, coupled with rather intrusive sweet lemons and floral scent of hops. I'd like to say something nice about the aroma, but the overall note is way too sharp and weird.
T: on the palate, the texture is effervescent at first (more than necessarily fizzy for a bitter, that is), while a thin, peachy-floral taste of hops (like First Gold) manifests itself, bringing on board very shallow spicy and straw-ish bitterness, burned sugar, and a nutty/bitter-biscuity taste of pale malts... a sour-sweet edge of fruitiness accompanies the flavour closely throughout the drink as well.
M&D: effervecent on the mouthfeel, with rather artificial fizziness to stand in the way of more enjoyable flavours. Overall, pasteurisation has left a deeply unpleasant mark in this thin-bodied beer, making the mouthfeel, taste, and smell all below average (esp. the nose...). I heard the cask version is very good, but how come it could go so wrong in a bottle? Not recommended.

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White Horse Bitter from White Horse Brewery Company Limited
Beer rating: 3.04 out of 5 with 9 ratings
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