Nebraska Bitter | McMenamins

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United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 12-03-2003

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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 19
Reviews by flagmantho:
Photo of flagmantho
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap in a pint glass at the McMenamins in Mill Creek, WA.

Appearance: light golden hue with a touch of haze and a strong effervescence. Head is a good finger of pillowy white foam with good retention. Nice!

Smell: light aroma of sweet malt and citrusy hops. Good but a bit too low in intensity.

Taste: rich malty flavor with a good toasty quality. Nice citrusy hops round out the flavor, and bitterness is good and balanced.

Mouthfeel: light body but with a strong, well integrated carbonation. A good creaminess.

Overall: tasty, refreshing and drinkable. Would definitely have again.

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Photo of Thrasher
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was first brewed at McMenamins' Fulton brewery and is named after the street on which it's located. This particular pint was sampled at the Market Street pub and was probably brewed at Edgefield. A pale-ish, golden-colored ale with thin but solid head and lace. Aroma of sweet malts. This is a remarkably pleasant beer. The sweet malts dominate, with an herbal grassy hop finish. It's much more subtle than Hammerhead and McMenamins beers in general, being one of the more accessible brews they offer. It's certainly not an ESB, but a bitter in the traditional sense of an easy-drinking session brew that doesn't excessively tax the palate. I had this once before and I seem to recall it was slightly hoppier. A slight lactic sourness and a thinnish mouthfeel make the beer decidedly refreshing.

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Photo of heather625
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.36/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours one finger of head on a clear straw body.
The aroma is grain.
The taste is subtle spice, grain and mild bitterness.
The texture is softer.
It's tasty.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of Dcbelkot
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of Reidrover
2.98/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Gold in colour, looks more like a golden ale than a trad. bitter. Very lackluster aroma, some hops maybe. Not a very exciting taste, some malt sweetness to begin then the cascade hops show through in the end. Rather easy to drink but sort of boring, would be pleasant outdoors in the early summer.

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Photo of BrewtalHonesty
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of Phi_Psi_OR_Beta
3.51/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ethansteff87
3.12/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of mhaugo
2/5  rDev -42.9%

Photo of jackmax
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of ricecracker420
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of CoryR
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a stormy unfiltered hazy, cloudy peach hued brewtopped with a settling frothy beige cap. Slight lattice lace left behind in the glass. The bottom had some scrod chunckers, in there too.

Light scents of apricot esters and clean leafy pilsner-esque.

First swigs: Bright light pale ale flavors. Diluted orange juice & clean citrous aspects that sizzle. Clean finish with a lingering aftertaste. Finally, creamy vanilla notes of malts round out the sugary sweet flavor.

Rather full body due to the semi-filtered feel.

Quite an easy drinker that went back fast enough to make a review quick.

Last swigs: Not really a bitter, rather a homebrewish pale meets hefeweizen wheat beer.

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Photo of shelby415
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of katybee
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first experience of McMenamins house beers and I wanted somethng different than a regular ale, so chose the Nebraska bitter and was pleased.

Light yellow as a field of wheat, it poured slightly hazed, no particles I observed, with a light head which quickly disipated, perhaps due to the extreme heat wave we'd been experiencing recently.

Very little nose to speak of, which can be a plus in my book. But the taste was exceptional. Lightly bitter, but not the strong citrus hops characterizing so many beers, this was a slightly herbal almost lavendar overtones. Believe Centennial hops. Crisp, with a tang, but very clean with little if any malty aftertaste. Dry, very drinkable. Similar to a wheat ale or pilsner, but none of the citrus of a Belgian white. Not as overpowring as some other IPAs; would be very good with any meal as no odd fragrances or pungent tastes or malt aftertones. Just a nice dry herbal crispness, with smooth slightly non-filtered creamy feel on the palate to distinguish it from a lager.

Great beer with food, or on its own.

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Photo of charlatan
3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This looked remarkably light for a bitter, so perhaps blonde is a more accurate designation (the brewer's website describes it as a golden bitter). This was a lighter straw colour than PBR with a reasonable head and some lacing.

It had a sweet fruity, hoppy smell with a hint of rhubarb and a nice tart flavour (again think rhubarb!), but was much too watery (much worse than most standard English bitters) which is my standard complaint with this brewer. Would be decent for a rapid session: it only contains 3.6% abv.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Nebraska Bitter from McMenamins
3.5 out of 5 based on 19 ratings.
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