The Governor
J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd

The GovernorThe Governor
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J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
England, United Kingdom
English Bitter
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3.11 | pDev: 25.4%
Apr 16, 2019
Nov 22, 2011
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Reviewed by EmperorBevis from England

2.76/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
Manchester. Amber-brown with next to no head. Much better than I remember the cask version being, although still without any wow factor. Not much of the expected bitterness with a very light sweetness.
Nov 01, 2013
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Reviewed by Lemreway16 from England

1.56/5  rDev -49.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75
The Governor Ale I tried was apparently created with the brewer by the Chef Marco Pierre White. If the cook did 'brew' this then he would be far better off sticking to catering as the beer was one of the worst Ale I have tried for some while. On pouring the beer did have the classic colour of an English Ale however the foam/head disappeared instantly even when the glass was topped up. The smell was overbearingly malty. The taste was poor - the beer is simply too thin and the only obvious flavour - malt. Feel - did not like it far better Ales in the supermarkets. Overall I rated this as 1.75 or less.
Apr 16, 2019
Rated: 3.4 by hdtrice from England

May 12, 2016
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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
J. W. Lees & CO. "Marco Pierre White's The Governor"
cask via handpump @ The Bridewell, Liverpool, UK on 2 May 2015 - 3.8% ABV

Notes: Clear deep amber with golden highlights beneath a fluffy head of white. The aroma displays nutty, biscuity, and grainy malt but it's also a bit sulphury and almost ocean-like - odd. Leafy and floral hops make their way through as well. In the flavor it's more nutty, and I'm guessing that there's quality floor-malt in use here (perhaps Golden Promise although I'm guessing it's Maris Otter). The mouthfeel is medium and it's got a median carbonation level. It finishes dry but with some residual short lingering maltiness. A decent enough pint but no more, although I will give a nod towards the malt.
Mar 31, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by innominat from Ireland

Jun 16, 2013
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Reviewed by jazzyjeff13 from England

3.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
A 500ml bottle with a BB of July 2012. The label mentions that this ale is created by Marco Pierre White (a chef) and JW Lees. Named after Marco's family greyhound.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A golden-amber colour with faint haze and good carbonation. Forms a large head of white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a surface layer. Aroma of biscuity caramel malt with a touch of ale yeast, butter and stewed hops. Not much going on.

Tastes of caramel malt with a dry finish. Notes of mild biscuity grain, stewed hops and earthy yeast. Quite dry upon swallowing, with a subtle bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with decent body. Somewhat astringent. Aftertaste of malt and stewed hops.

In a word - pedestrian. A bog-standard bitter; balanced and technically well-crafted, but deadly boring. OK malt character but no aromatic hops to add interest. Not worth the trouble of seeking out.
Jul 13, 2012
Rated: 4.25 by moneyfunnel from California

May 01, 2012
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Reviewed by BlackHaddock from England

2.48/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5
500ml Brown bottle best before 27 July 2012, poured into a Batemans badged UK pint sleeve: an all malt brew according to the rear label, by someone called Marco Pierre White with the JW Lees brewery.

Light amber/bronze body, clear and bright, thin white head on top.

The smell was tinned toffee, a strange metallic aroma then!

The body was thin and the flavours weak, like the smell it had a metallic toffee feel to it, not a lot of anything else though.

In short: it was watery, bland and boring.
Nov 22, 2011