St. Andrew's Ale
Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

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Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
Scotland, United Kingdom
Scottish Ale
Ranked #19
Ranked #19,126
3.84 | pDev: 10.94%
Oct 04, 2022
Aug 07, 2001
Very Good
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Reviewed by drmeto from Germany

2.66/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5
-pours a clear amber with a medium,foamy,white head
-medium carbonation visible
-malty,spicy,caramel,slightly fruity,light acidity,lightly roasty
-Finishes dry
-medium carbonation
-light-to-medium body
There's an average Amber Ale hiding behind the skunk (why do they use clear Bottles again ????)
Oct 04, 2022
Rated: 3.73 by Shiredave from New York

Aug 01, 2022
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Rated by cebsch from Michigan

3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
A quality beer, though not my favorite from this brewery.
Jun 04, 2022
Rated: 3.59 by Dentist666 from Russian Federation

Mar 31, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by paulish from New York

Oct 07, 2021
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Reviewed by Thisdrinkinglife from Switzerland

4.48/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Review: 500ml bottle of St. Andrew’s Amber Ale: 4.6% vol.

On the bottle it tells you that the beer was “inspired by the great Scottish invention: golf”, and there is picture of a golfer with a green blazer swinging at a ball.

The bottle is well designed too, looks lovely, and the bottle cap is a thistle, the national flower of Scotland.

On pour we get a very decent sized white head with a ruby amber looking coloured beer, deep in appearance, looks pretty good. Some nice soft carbonation bubbling away.

Head maintains well. A good looking beer, good start!

The smell is also very good. Getting a lovely malty beery smell, nice on the nose. Caramels, roasted barley, sweet malts, grains, and earthy hops.

First impression from the taste is I am getting a nice lovely malty feel, creamy as well, that is going down nice, cold, lovely and crisp on the taste buds.

Caramel and toffee tastes, biscuity malts, barley, all found, all well balanced with the hops. Light but very enjoyable. Lovely served cold.

Malts to the fore, while the hops are on the low level, pretty mild for an ale, but no harm as it went down very well. I like it, very relaxing, a light beer, smooth and oh so easy to enjoy.

Some depth to it, but on the low level, this is tasty and great for sipping while watching a movie or surfing on the net, or even after a few holes of the small game it was inspired by, golf! A good companion to a long night of relaxation. I liked it a lot, smooth and very easy to drink, did the business and will definitely check it out again in the future.

A simple effort here from Belhaven, nothing too crazy or complex, it’s the simplicity on this beer that is just right making this beer very, very drinkable. Recommended.
Jun 05, 2020
Rated: 3.89 by smi69 from New York

May 25, 2020
Rated: 3.94 by arzt from Germany

Oct 27, 2019
Rated: 3.64 by kybeerdrinker from Kentucky

Jul 18, 2017
Rated: 4.34 by DarrellK from Florida

Jul 07, 2017
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Reviewed by Dzu from Russian Federation

4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from bottle.
L: Copper color with a white foam head.
S: Bitterness , red berries.
T: Fruity, juicy.
F: Medium body and carbonation.
O: Not my style but very good.
May 13, 2017
Rated: 4.47 by tageury from Florida

Dec 10, 2016
Rated: 4.44 by OlegShora from Russian Federation

Nov 19, 2016
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Reviewed by Douggie53 from England

4.62/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
As mentioned in my previous review, a marked improvement over the Belhaven Best (both from cans). It's all in the taste which I appreciate is a very personal thing, but it hits all the buttons for me. Good prices at some of the discount stores.
Jul 27, 2016
Rated: 3.85 by Squire from Mississippi

May 24, 2016
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.09/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Amber colored pour, off white 1/3" head. Aroma was grain and not much else.

Taste was pretty damn mild, easiest drinking scotch ale around (not necessarily a good thing). Just mild and earthy, tobacco, dirt, brown malt.

Not cheap either. Pass again.
Apr 01, 2016
Rated: 3.88 by dreidreev from Russian Federation

Feb 21, 2016
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Reviewed by derdtheterd from Canada (AB)

3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
First had this on draught at a friends pub. He served it ice cold with three limes. It hit the spot in the 33c temperature on the patio. Great beer if you can find it.
Dec 20, 2015
Rated: 3.71 by biernack from Switzerland

Jul 14, 2015
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Reviewed by taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
500 ml bottle served at Chester's beers of the world. Served fairly cold into a Belhaven pint glass.

Appearance - a murky ruby color with plenty of sediment floating around. Small amount of lace left behind after the small head recedes.

Smell - plenty of fruit maybe figs and plums with a substantial caramel malt aroma.

Taste- just like the nose some figs plums and prunes. Big dose of caramel before flavour which cascades away into a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - smooth and creamy yet light bodied. Decent carbonation that has a spritzy feel.

Overall - a worthy taste and a fine Scottish beer. Reminiscent of Abbot ale, but amped up a bit.
Jul 03, 2015
Rated: 3.63 by vinivini from Belarus

May 26, 2015
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Reviewed by chinchill from South Carolina

3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
500 ml bottle purchased in St. Andrews and consumed in nearby Largoward.

Great looking ale, with an exceptionally clear red-brown body. The head is not large but has durability and leaves streaks of sticky lacing.

This is hoppy for style. There's a suggestion of this in the aroma, but it becomes most apparent from mid-taste on. Good interplay of hops and malts, with the balance seeming to changes from the from to the aftertaste as well as with warming.

Medium body with crisp carbonation.

O: more stimulating than watching golf.
May 06, 2015
Rated: 3.34 by Alex-Alkis from Sweden

Mar 30, 2015
Rated: 4 by Winston3737 from Michigan

Feb 28, 2015
Rated: 4.34 by Olegophren from Russian Federation

Feb 03, 2015
Rated: 4.57 by Gilyano91 from Russian Federation

Jan 07, 2015
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Rated by samturner from California

4.54/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Wonderful example of Scottish 60/ ale, low hops, ample malts.
Jan 05, 2015
Rated: 4 by woodchip from North Carolina

Nov 02, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by AlexAfonin from Russian Federation

Nov 02, 2014
Rated: 3.84 by Nm4452

Oct 11, 2014
Rated: 3.24 by Flashbac from Germany

Oct 07, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by killcore from Russian Federation

Sep 25, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by zestar from California

Sep 17, 2014
Rated: 4 by Bobhoya from Arizona

Sep 06, 2014
Rated: 3.65 by VitorDamasceno from England

Aug 30, 2014
Rated: 4 by BuddyZ from Pennsylvania

Aug 15, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

Aug 03, 2014
Rated: 4 by Sellen from Connecticut

Jul 29, 2014
Rated: 4 by Iain_Borowicz from Pennsylvania

Jul 14, 2014
St. Andrew's Ale from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 339 ratings