Arthur's Best Bitter | Otto's Pub and Brewery

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Otto's Pub and Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ski271 on 02-17-2005

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Ratings: 22 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by FlakyBiscuit:
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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Photo of tdm168
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Kegatron
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serveed on cask via a hand pump at the brewpub on 10/19/08.

Pours a hazy, golden orange with a finger of EXTREMELY creamy off-white head. A 1/2 finger of retention just sits there like a rock, sticking around and leaving gigantic rings of sticky lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is yummy smelling mix of floral hops, citrus character, and pale malt sweetness underneath.

The taste ia a mellow, sweet tasting mix of tangy citrus, light grainy malts, and just a touch of bitterness in the back for balance. The mouthfeel is light bodied with an incredibly smooth and creamy feel. Finishes sweet and tangy on the lips.

This is just about the definition of a session beer on cask with it's silky smooth flavor profile and creamy, easy drinking body. Great stuff that you could go to again and again.

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Photo of envizz1
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Phatz
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a tasty simple easy drinking smooth English bitter. I was in the middle of a 4 hour drive and I stopped at Zeno's for one pint and a growler fill before hitting the road again. This is a beer I could easily handle one before needing to drive again.

Appearance: Served an amber copper with a creamy white head and very nice lacing .

Smell: The aroma is reserved but pleasant. It has a light bread malt, caramel element and a touch of floral hops.

Taste: Simple and approachable just as an English bitter should be IMO. A mild floral (and slightly citrus) character, blends gently into honey and caramelized sweet malts.

Mouthfeel: It does feel light and maybe even a bit too light but the cask gives it a creamy feel that makes up for it and overall it probably appeals to a large market that prefer an approachable beer.

Drinkability: This is the epitome of session beer. This is a go-to session style and this beer is no expectation. Nice easy dinking beer.

Hope this is helpful.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of jsbrendle
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pulled by hand-pump into a shaker glass. Appearance is a nice amber with a white head. Aroma is subtle... some floral hops, some cereal grains, touch of sweetness. Flavor echos this with some slight citric notes & faintly honeyish sweetness. Feels light and somewhat creamy (from the cask tap) on the way down. Perhaps just a touch too light. Compares favorably to the imperial pint sized bottles of Youngs bitters. Very pleasant session beer because of easy drinkability. Recommended.

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Photo of WesWes
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice gold color with a thick and creamy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a very malty scent with just a mild hop aroma at best. The taste is decent as well. It has a smooth, malty flavor that boasts of pale and light crystal malts along with a nice hop bitterness. It goes down like water and finishes a bit thin. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This a malty brew that tastes very nicely off the cask.

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Photo of JimmytheSaintPSU
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of ajm5108
2.22/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Pours a clean straw color. Aroma is very hop forward - viney & earthy - which was the first sign of trouble. English bitters certainly have that bite to them, but they are typically crisp and milder on the hop spectrum. This thing is way over-hopped for the style and ends up tasting like some homebrew west coast IPA. What's worse is that it is one of the thinnest, most watery beers I've ever had. Zero body. Otto's has some good brews but this one is a dud.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served as a medium copper colored beer with white puffy head. Very attractive lacing as the beer was slowly consumed. Smell is malty and caramelly, with a touch of hops. Taste was full of caramel with a nice balance of hops. Finished nice and creamy, giving a pleasant mouth experience. Perfectly drinkable. What a session beer should taste like.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.52/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Light copper colored body with a good head. Looks like a standard beer that would come out of a hand pumped beer engine.

Smells of lots of floral hope notes, a touch of sweetness and some sweet grains. Very nice.

Taste is also good. Very slight bitterness from the hops with the floral notes coming through once again. Some citrus and fruity sweetness. Pale tasting malts reminiscent of cereal.

Always have trouble grading a cask beer's mouthfeel, but this is rather light bodied.

Very drinkable, I could drink a ton of this stuff. Pretty awesome bitter.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.29/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on cask at the brewpub

Appearance - poured a deeper copper color with a nice head. A bit haze.

Smell - A nice floral note meets the noise with a little bit of maltines later on.

Taste - Meet with some floral hop spiciness with a bit of pine coming in later on. A nice malty taste was present thoughout the whole tasting experience.

Mouthfeel - For an on-cask brew it had a rather nice level of carbonation and for the ABV it had actually a thinker mouthfeel then would have been expected.

Overall - A pretty good brew and one worth trying.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of rastapenguin22
5/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of treyrab
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on cask last night at Zeno's, State College, PA. Had it poured into a pint glass from the cask...

A: Very clear light copper with a nice, creamy and frothy white head. Lightly carbonated, but was very sticky and laced nicely to the glass.

S: Smell of very floral hops, but nothing extremely bitter. Minor malt characteristics and cereal grains coming through also.

T: This was a very refreshing bitter. It went down smoothly with a nice taste of pine hops. The bitterness was there, but not by much. It was a very mild bitterness that blended well with the malt body.

Overall, this was a good bitter that, while not overly complex, was very refreshing and moderately flavorful.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of SteelCityHops89
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of ski271
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This hand-pumped ale is a slightly cloudy orange-brown color with a light brown, creamy head that mostly diminished before my first taste, but still had some decent lacing. Aroma is very mild and floral. Taste is floral as well with a light caramel sweetness to balance out its bitterness. Finish has a nice nutty flavor and is average to short in duration. The mouthfeel is very light with a creamy texture. Nothing earth-shattering here, but a nice drinkable beer nevertheless.

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Photo of EMV
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had on-cask (hand pump) at Otto's in State College, PA. poured into a small tulip.

L: Pours a golden orange color. Two fingers of thick creamy off-white head. Nice lacing.

S: Light bread and lightly toasted malts... floral hops and faintly herbal.

T/F: Light in body... baked bread and malts up front with a stronger than expected hop profile. Floral and citrus hops and faint peppercorn mixed with cracked grain. Served at cask temp so warmer than most beers (as per the style). Very creamy and smooth on the mouthfeel.

O: A very nice take on the English Bitter style... and this would be at home in any pub in London. A strong effort from Otto's.

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Arthur's Best Bitter from Otto's Pub and Brewery
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 22 ratings