Norfolk Wherry Best Bitter | Woodforde's Norfolk Ales

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Woodforde's Norfolk Ales
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by UnionMade on 04-09-2003

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Ratings: 27 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by AylwinForbes:
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4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let not a low ABV suggest a concomitant lack in taste or mouthfeel because Woodforde's Wherry disproves that notion. On a visit to deepest Suffolk I came across this for the first time. An orange amber, slightly hazy, it develops a modest but creamy head. Aromatic, piny citrus hop, and rich fruity flavor with a decent body. Very drinkable. One of those pints you would drive to find.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pump clip reading: "Woodforde's Wherry". On cask/hand-pump at The Pen & Wig, Cardiff.
A great example of a British Bitter. Wholesome, complex malts holding up a fruity hop bite. Perfectly carbonated making it drinkable as heck.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This beer is yellow in color with lots of sediment and carbonation in the glass. It has a giant, extremely stubborn head.

Smell – The big, raunchy bitter aroma shoots right through the head. The bitterness is tangy with lots of fruity notes.

Taste – The rindy citrus leads the bitter/fruity flavors here. There’s a nice malt backbone to this one as well.

Mouthfeel – I like the refreshing and dry nature of the mouthfeel but it’s overly carbonated for the style.

Drinkability – This made for a nice, midday low ABV refresher.

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Photo of jeschaefer
3.05/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TrojanRB
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On cask at the Grenadier in London (like the previous reviewer...small world

Warm copper color with a thick white head that stayed with the beer.

Smelled of toast and a some floral notes

Caramel malt with subtle floral flavors, a bit of pine

Smooth and easy cask beers pulled from a beer engine

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've drank this in the brewery tap and on many occasions in Norfolk, but strangely never reviewed it before. This review is of a pint, hand pulled into a standard UK sleeve glass in the Prince of wales pub on Drury Lane, London (opposite The Lowlander Cafe).

The body is light amber and almost clear, a slight haze hangs in the glass, on top a white head struggled to keep afloat, it slowly faded away leaving a wispy covering surrounded by a thicker collar.

Many smells came into my nose (the pub was full), but I think the beer gave off aromas of caramel biscuits, lightly baked and dropped into a box of pink-grapefruit before being used in the brew!

The taste was a good mix of flavours, mini citrus notes and those caramel biscuits from the smell marry together nicely: this is so easy to drink.

A lovely brew and one that can be sessioned, only 3.8% ABV, but full of character and quality.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of Tsotsi
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An excellent English bitter, highly reccomended.

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Photo of Sigmund
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask conditioned at The Pickerel, Cambridge. (Was also available at the Cambridge Beer Festival.) Deep golden colour. Slightly sulphurous aroma, some fruits (plums, cherries?) too. Very nice moderately hoppy flavour with citrussy elements. A decent session bitter.

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Photo of prinnysquad
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GreenCard
2.57/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Best before 04.05...

Appearance: pale brownish-gold, quite cloudy, thinnish cap of white foam, poor head retention

Aroma: grainy maltiness, hint of floral hops, a touch sour

Flavor: dry malt backbone, quite tangy (like a cask that has gone off), yeast, grassy hop flavor, finishes dryish with more of that tanginess in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, mild carbonation, soft texture

Other comments: Unfortunately, I have yet to try this on cask. Every time I've had the opportunity there was either another beer I was more interested in or the cask was empty. But it's a local favorite. This bottle has got to be an off-bottle. It tastes like old cask ale; vapid flavor and a tad sour. I'll definitely have to try it from cask.

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Photo of steverx8
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of StJamesGate
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On cask at Gunmakers, Clerkenwell, London.

Pale ruddy gold with steady white film and sheets at the top.
Cream crackers and citrus blossom on the nose.
Mild mango and honey crunch biscuit malts and cedar hops. Fruity end and drying tight linger.
Light to medium, dry, lean and crisp.

Leans towards the hops. Lots of character for 3.8%. Balanced, not too thin and easy drinking.

Very much not retired.

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Photo of clvand0
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one pours an orange color with a small head that falls fast and doesn't leave much lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma has a charamel character, but with a lingering sourness. Interesting. The flavor has the same slight sourness that the nose had ... not what I expect in an English bitter. Has a nice hop bitterness with a solid malt backbone. Not bad at all, but I don't like the sour notes.

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Photo of zerk
2.46/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a slightly chill hazed copper with a light orange tint. No head to speak of, and no lacing. Aroma is very simple... light toasted malt and a touch of grassy hops with a light vinegar note. Flavor is downright bland, with no noticeable hop or malt profile and a touch of vinegar sourness. I have to think something is wrong with this batch, so beware. Mouthfeel is light with low... almost no... carbonation. I would give this one a try again if I could be sure that it's fresh.

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Photo of Viking
2.57/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Orange-golden brew with a fat, white head. Very good head retention with a lot of residual lace on the glass. Smell is extremely fruity - practically like an apple cider. Small notes of malt, slightly grainy hiding underneath the apple aroma. Hops not apparent in the aroma at all. Fruit esters dominate the flavor. Again, I'm reminded of a cider. Light hop and malt notes apparent, with very low bitterness. Rough mouthfeel, crisp and clean.

Fruit esters simply too dominant in this brew, even for a Best Bitter. Could be a great thirst quencher for someone who likes their bitters rather closer to cider, however.

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Photo of FLima
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber color with a thick two finger head with great retention.
Aroma with notes of British hops, stone fruit and red fruits.
Fruity flavor with notes of British hops, cherries, red berries, plums, a bit of sweet grapefruit, peaches and muffled pine. Dry aftertaste with low to medium bitterness.
Light body with slightly effervescent carbonation.
Pleasant and fruity English Bitter with red flavors. Interesting how their yeas was able to deliver those intense fruity notes.

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Photo of KevinRailton
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of kmpitz2
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a nice slightly hazy orange color with a finger of head that falls to coat the beer. The nose is very interesting. Its almost like its got woody tannins in there, along with sourness. Interesting. The flavor is really nice. Slightly grainey, touched with hop and a very slight sour tone on the finish. Rather nice and light. Almost a little spicey piney tone in there as well. The feel is light and watery. Expected for a beer under 4%. A nice, refreshing beer with a very mild flavor. Not bad at all.

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Photo of atrocity
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of captaincoffee
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pint on cask at the Grenadier. I expect this beer would not be very good bottled.
Pours a light amber brown with a creamy sense head that doesn't go away. Nose is...missing. Just a touch of earthy floral English hops. Flavor is better, with a good bitterness and enough fruity malt flavor to keep it interesting. Some cidery notes keep this from being top-notch. Mouthfeel was quite good. Overall, a decent throwback pint on cask...probably much worse in bottle form.

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Photo of TGS
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Lemreway16
4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an example of old fashioned English Bitter. The bite of the real fruit of hops is dominant none of the shallow banana, grapefruit et al descriptions fit this. Far better from the pump but even in a bottle it represents a really good session beer, proof that strength over taste is a folly.

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Photo of rmehughes
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Can_if_you_can
4.67/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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Norfolk Wherry Best Bitter from Woodforde's Norfolk Ales
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