Belhaven Best | Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

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Belhaven BestBelhaven Best

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Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by JISurfer on 05-03-2003

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Photo of Howycwap
5/5  rDev +53.4%

Photo of knodeljr
4.94/5  rDev +51.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

For the four-plus years we lived in Scotland, Belhaven Best was the beer on which I always fell back. It was so creamy and smooth -- with taste -- that I esteemed it the "Best." I also like really hearty beers, of which Belhaven Best is not; but for everyday drinking -- especially with meals -- I loved Belhaven Best. It's like the Irish Guinness when poured in a glass. Lots of gas that needs to settle out. What's left is a great, smooth, TASTY beer!

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Photo of DarrenBrule
4.5/5  rDev +38%

Photo of mdavidson
4.5/5  rDev +38%

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4.25/5  rDev +30.4%

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Photo of fortyfield
4.25/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JamesS
4.23/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice mid copper with awesome head and lacing. Nice scent with good malts and a nice light earthy bitterness. Good flavor with good malt backing, a slight toffeeness underneath, and good earthy hop aftertaste. Extremely smooth, almost cask like! Good stuff.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.13/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber, with a thick white head, as is to be expected from the nitro can. I love watching this stuff settle, I feel like I'm at the pub. Great lacing, leaving a ladder up the glass.
Aroma is very much the bitter style. Malty and slightly fruity, with a bit of hopping in the back. Strong pear aroma, with a sweet creamy malt. Solid.
Flavor is creamy and malty, with a nice nutty finish. Reminds me of that same aftertaste you get when you eat hazelnuts. No apparent metallic taste. Light earthy herbal hops, blending seamlessly with the malt. Balance like whoa. I can't tell where the malts begin and the hops end. Awesome. Damn fine beer, even in the can. I'd love to try this on tap or cask.

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Photo of MayonakaStout
4.13/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Quite delicious, beautiful cascading on the pour.

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Photo of wetshoes
4.12/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is widely available in Scotland, and it's a great pint to enjoy. Pours a nice dark color in the glass with a thin white foam on top. Easy to drink a lot of.

Suits my taste for a low-hopped ale, though I actually prefer Belhavens Scottish Ale, but it's not so easy to get in pubs. Not nearly so attractive in cans, even with the little nitro bomb inside.

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Photo of BeefyMee
4.09/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is the best draft can I've ever had. If someone had poured it and given it to me, I would have believed it was from a tap.

It looked great as it poured and settled. The taste is similar to Belhaven's Scottish Ale but much more creamy. All the flavors are somewhat muted but, for some reason, this works very well. There is a toasted flavor upfront and a bitterness in the after-aftertaste. This beer is oh so smooth and one I can see myself returning to.

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Photo of JISurfer
4.08/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

If this is the best stuff they got, I'd hate to see the worst. Just kidding! This stuff is awesome! It's appearance isn't that bad, but I usually do like darker beers. It did have a cool seperation effect though. The head stuck around forever too, so I liked that. The taste was a very nice creamy taste, somewhat similar to the Wexford, but a little bit deeper in taste. The finish was definately smooth and didn't leave a nasty aftertaste, like most light beers.

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Photo of dreamchaser
4.02/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clear, light amber in colour, with a thick, rich, creamy staying head. Faint hop aroma. Taste is very light, subtle and creamy. A delicious balance of soft malts carrying faint notes of nut and caramel. Faintly carbonated, and mouthfeel is very round and smooth. A very delicate yet full-flavoured beer.

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Photo of Polidmar
4.01/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of the best beers i've tasted from Scotland. Brownish in colour with dominant burnt/caramel notes [both on the nose and taste] probably due to the pasteurisation regime in goes through. Very drinkable especially in the wet/cold scottish atmosphere.

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Photo of RickB
4.01/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Scottish ale was poured from a nitro can, and the appearance was darker than a Boddington but a tad lighter than a Kilkenny. Taste was a mild bitter, not at all displeasing. Mouthfeel was very creamy as are most nitros. I only had one, but this could easily be a session beer.

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Photo of gtk1989
4/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of GraduatedCashew
4/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of CRObighit2
3.82/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of crazyc1
3.8/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

I was introduced to this very mellow beer at a relatively young age and unlike most beers which i used to drink back then, i have not been put off it.

It is a fairly weak beer but i enjoy how it doesn't leave you bloated due to it not being particularly fizzy. It leaves a sweet taste in your mouth making you lust for more, so is easily drinkable.

It is pretty popular here in Scotland, although south of the border i am not too sure, but i find it unlikely to be so widespread.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.78/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with a big frothy cascading head and a fair amount of lace. The mild sweet malty aroma and faint hop smell fades fast so enjoy it while you can. Notes of Caramel blend with tea-like hops. A trace of metallic bitterness can be detected with some effort. I don't know how they do it, but this ale is a pretty fair forgery of a Scottish Mild on tap.

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Photo of prosper
3.77/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is typical of a nitro beer. About the same as a kilkenny, maybe, a touch lighter.

Smells of sweet grains, and some light fruityness. Actally smells pretty dang appealing right now.

Taste is so-so. There's that same yeasty fruitiness, soft breads, and then some toasty grains. Not as sweet as the smell would lead you to suspect. Just a touch of a dark toffee or caramel there, too, but overall the impression is more toasty biscuity than caramelly.

Mouthfeel is on par with a nitro beer. Satisfying, though a touch on the thin side I think.

Overall - decent, but not somethign I'd seek out.

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Photo of kmo1030
3.76/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

really nice looking beer, with a thick super creamy head that lasts to the bottom of the glass, with lacing all the way down. mild nutty slightly smokey smell. nice and mild malts nuttyness with a liottle bit of that smoke in there, real mild hops that aren't very distinctive, but present. mouthfeel is the very thinner side of medium, but well suited i think. the drinkability here is very high, it looks great has a good taste, and is low on the alcohol, i feel like i could put 6 of these away and not even notice. i would like to see a little more power behing the taste though.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.76/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured bubbly and creamy due to the nitro widget. Once the cascade of bubbles stopped the beer was clear golden light amber with a just barely off white head that was creamy and coated the glass.

The aroma was malty with a caramel impression.

The flavor was malty with caramel and toffee. The beer had just enough bitterness to keep the caramel and toffee in check.

The finish was just dry with a little bitterness starting to show up long into the aftertaste. The body was light and the creamy head made it seem even lighter. You could drink a ton of this.

A pleasing beer, nothing to write home about, but tasty without having a huge body or alcohol content.

14.9 ounce nitro can (oddly enough it made no mention of the widget on the can) - $1.60 a can at Asheville Wine Market.

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Photo of PSUDREW
3.76/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber. For such little head it has a nice bit of lace to go w/ it. Not to much of a smell to it. it has a light, semi-sweet flavor it it. Has a hint of smoke mixed with the malty. Dry, finish, but definately not crisp, more of a nice creamy feel.Blanaced through and through. Easy drinking through and through, nice easy going beer

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Photo of Iaido
3.75/5  rDev +15%

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Belhaven Best from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
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