St. Peter's Best Bitter | St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd

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St. Peter's Best BitterSt. Peter's Best Bitter

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St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A traditional best bitter ale brewed wth Pale and Crystal malts and Goldings aroma hops. The result is a full-bodied ale with distinctive fruity caramel notes. Brewed with skill and patience in one of Britain's finest small breweries.

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Photo of metter98
3.49/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear dark amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short beige colored head that quickly died down, leaving only specks of bubbles on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of toffee are present in the nose along with hints of fruity yeast.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and also has some hints of biscuit malts.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather flavorful for a light-bodied beer that is also low in alcohol content. As such, it is very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of josanguapo
3.39/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.75

From Club del Gourmet of El Corte Ingles El Duque. In Ikea's pint glass. After dinner. Very bitter, with a earthy bitterness that at first I wasn't sure if I liked but I ended up enjoying it. Low carbonation, a bit more would improve it, as it feels a bit flat because of it,

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Photo of Spike
3.05/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

L: Dark copper. Crystal clear. No carbonation. Half finger open head reduces quickly to a partial cap. Spotty lacing.

S: A hint of sweet malt. A little bread and smokiness. All very understated.

T: Some smoky malts. Light, spicy bitterness. Too one dimensional.

F: Medium to light body. Very flat. Dry. Some sweetness in the finish. A little watery.

O: A pretty ordinary English bitter. True to the style but nothing special.

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Photo of stevoj
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Almost wine like aroma. dark copper color with airy head. The bitter taste comes right on from first sip, with lingering bitterness on the tongue afterwards. A good example of the style.

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Photo of titvs
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 8B). Bottle 50 cl - Batch unknown. AROMA: malt aroma background with a caramely and dried grapes profile. mild hop and roasteds notes. APPEARANCE: copper color and translucent. slight ivory thin head with low retention. TASTE: roasted notes noticeable with some low maltiness and faint floral hop notes. high bitterness that lingers well beyond a not totally dry finish. PALATE: low body with low carbonation. OVERALL: a best bitter bitter that lacks a bit more of esters, malt complexity and body.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.29/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A 500ml green glass bottle with a BB of Oct 2013. ABV is stated as 3.7%. Acquired some time back from a supermarket and stashed in my garage.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A clear coppery-orange colour with light carbonation. Forms a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before settling as a thin surface layer. Some lacing. Aroma of caramel malt with hints of grain, fruity ale yeast, mild biscuits, stewed hops and faint cardboard. Malt-heavy and unstimulating.

Tastes of biscuity caramel malt with a dry finish. Notes of grain, caramel, fruity ale yeast, stewed hops, earthiness and harsh cardboard. Well-attenuated, followed by a leafy bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with good carbonation and decent body. Somewhat astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of acrid stewed leaves, cardboard and yeast.

Meh - rather dull and one-dimensional. Perhaps too traditional for my tastes. It looks alright, however the flavour and aroma are uninspired; grainy malt and stewed leaves. Body is OK. Drinkable enough but doesn't hold your interest. No need to hunt it down.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Clear amber body with a slightly off-white frothy head. Great lacing.

S: Grainy roasted malt.

T: Slightly smokey caramel, but not sweet. Sharp. The hops take effect later on like a plain hops with fruity, caramel/fudgeness, pretty much what it describes on the label. Has a bit of earthiness and that grainy taste you get from some English ales which always reminds me of fish food pellets.

O: Mild and Mellow but not boring. A decent brew.

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Photo of stcules
3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark orange, with an almost white foam, two fingers, quite abundant for a bitter.
Malt caramel, light, in the smell. Fresh and grassy hop, light pepper.
In the taste again caramel and malt, with definite bitter notes, from englishhop, earthly, tea, intense and fresh.
Good beer, pleasant, very sessionable.
Not too light as expected body. In the aftertaste a good tea, light pepper, anf light earthly.

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Photo of janubio
2.73/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It comes in a 500 ml. bottle that reminds me those of medecinal syrup. It pours an amber reddish colour, small head that fades quickly. No lace. Smell is earthy, sulphuric, kind of chalk. I can't find anything more here. Sweeter than expected in the palate, a bit watery but fizzy. Taste is sulphuric, hints of caramel, butter, some biscuit . Soft. I took another look to the label to see if I drank it out of date by mistake, but no. The bottle is the best about this beer, IMO.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours the classic light brown amber bitter body with a huge white head that disperses to a large cloud of white that keeps.

Nice hoppy aromas are thrown up right from opening the bottle with light floral tones.

This continues through to the flavour that flowers and hops refreshing biting taste tapering towards a peppery smack.

A decent and competent bitter a real decent pint not 'alf

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.26/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hand pulled pint (now only 3.7%ABV by the way) in the RAF bar at the back of ‘The Eagle’ in Cambridge, England.

The beer was pulled straight into a UK sleeve: the Pale and Crystal malts ensured it wasn’t too dark in colour. I thought it reddish amber in body, with a thin covering of white bubbles for a head. The beer was clear and looked inviting, so I attacked it with relish!

The aroma came from Golding hops and those aforementioned malts, the malts just about winning in the strength of the smells.

The flavours were a mixed bag of caramel, biscuit malts and semi-bitter citrusy hops all blended to produce an easy drinking bitter that doesn’t upset anyone: it also means it doesn’t test your taste buds or excite your tongue too much either. A little more malt content than bittering hops: so the beer leans towards my sweet tooth liking, but only just.

Body depth about right for this style and strength of beer: the flavours staying throughout the tasting.

Above average and a pleasant session bitter to have all night, would need some crisps and nuts though, if I was to stay on it for too long.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - yellow-orange hue, fluffy pillow head that fades with time.

S - semi-grain with malt and slight citrus notes.

T - bready, grain quality, with hint of sweet malt.

M - light/med. body, with solid carbonation balance, goes down smoothly.

D - Very good session beer. There are much better bitters out there, but this is solid.

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Photo of charlatan
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Copper colour with slightly off-white fluffy head. Label salmon coloured rather than white as pictured. Rather earthy nose with a hint of grape or raisin. After initial biscuity start a slightly herbal hop kick takes over. Seems very slightly spicy, almost peppery, in the aftertaste. Better than most bitters.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer bottle (50 cl.), tasted in 2010.

Appearance : amber golden colour, with white foam minor head.
Smell : grass and hoppy aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : malted, with fruity caramel flavours, a bitter finish.
Drinkability : an average beer in the style English bitter (very low ABV 3.7).

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Photo of brendan13
4.42/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a pint glass from the bottle a orangey bronze colour with 1.5 centimetres of slightly off white head that falls fairly quickly.
S - Some caramel maltiness and light citrus fruity notes.
T - Biscuity and caramel malt flavour, quickly followed by a fruity marmalade flavour.
M - Fairly light bodied, lowish carbonation, slightly dry finish and a bit of bitterness.
D - A pretty damn good english bitter. My bottle said 3.7%. Could do with a bit more bitterness IMO.

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Photo of wl0307
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB 24 OCT 10, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass. NOTE: The beer is said to be brewed with Pale and Crystal malts, and Goldings aroma hops, hence the major difference with a sister product, Organic Best Bitter, lies in the hop variety (First Gold for the latter).

A: pours a bright, dark amber hue with great clarity and very restrained carbonation at play, while the off-white frothy head comes thin but lasts well.
S: just like a good honest Best Bitter should be, the aroma consists of caramelised sugar, (melting) barley candy, and, just like what it says on the label, lots of Goldings' sweet orangey citrusness. A closely sniff adds to the aroma extra bits of boiled root-veggie and sweet black tea. Simple and nice, a tad too sweet for the balance, though.
T: a hop feast, in the Olde English way - the dried hops give the foretaste plenty of chewy/tannic palate not unlike dried, roasted tea leaves plus dried Chinese herbs, but at the same time a much milder caramely taste of malts (than on the nose) is inextricably mixed with the equally much milder orangey hop taste. The flavour shows an integrated whole, with each sip revealing pretty much the same ingredients smoothly bound together. Not particularly bitter in the aftertaste, where the tongue can still pick up residual aroma from the dried tea-leafy hops as well as an almost roast-malt like dry-ish palate.
M&D: the texture is very soft with only necessary amount of tiny bubbles to soothe the taste-buds, while the body comes really decent, never thin for its low alc. strength, thanks to (I think) a sound balance achieved b/w malts and hops, and also an assertive level of hop bitterness. All in all, this is to me a thirst-quenching, light-weight ale, not far from what one'd expect from the cask version in a good old pub!

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Photo of Sigmund
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 3.7%. Amber to brown colour, moderate off-white head, nice lacing. Fine aroma of malts, toffee and biscuits. The flavour is nicely balanced between the malts and the hops, also notes of biscuits and nuts, hints of caramel. Fairly dry. Distinctly hoppy finish and a long aftertaste. A very enjoyable session bitter!

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Photo of hunteraw
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Label is orange, contrary to the picture on BA. Attractive amber color, lots of lacing although retention isn't spectacular.

Smell: Aroma is fairly light, herbal hops and a hint of brown sugar.

Taste: Lots of biscuit/toasty malt, which I am a fan of. Some grapefruity hops (in a british beer?) and a little brown sugar. Slightly soapy finish. Lasting, bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Moderately high carbonation - much more so than any bitter you'd get on cask. Fairly light body.

Drinkability: Drank this one to de-stress after burning something in the kitchen. Did the job.

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Photo of sstackho
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle purchased from LCBO. Thank Dog for the LCBO employees who are there to cross out the 3.7% alc/vol label and affix their own 4.4% label! There's my tax dollars well spent. Pours a slightly cloudy light gold. Light funky hop aroma. Flavour is rather nice, particularly in the bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of callmemickey
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Jerusalem Tavern in London...

not as good as the Organic...

A: Copper body with a moderate cream white head which fades..

S: Slightly citrus/fruity with a bittersweet malt base

T: The malts form a solid base which is accented with crisp orange flavor..

M: Crisp.. medium body.. lightly carbonated

O: Alright for two.. no more after that before losing interest

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Photo of slitherySOB
2.89/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'm unsure why, but I like the bottles of St. Peter's. Reminds me of a medical flask. Pours out coppery, with no head to speak of. Their are a few bubbles, but no real foam. It actually looked a bit like the bubbles you get from soapy water. Not impressed. Bit of an earthy, mineral scent withs some floral and citrus. Nothing really remarkable. Toasty flavour, with a bit of earthy bitterness. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. A rather plain bitter. Nothing necessarily wrong, but their is no factor that would make me come back for another.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.45/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a light brown color ale with a small bubbly head that disappeared way too quickly. Aroma of grainy unrefined dry malt is not the most interesting. Taste is also dominated by this unrefined grainy taste with a dry ending. Carbonation is very low with no noticeable hops. Very uninteresting and boring.

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Photo of pootz
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


Poured a dark gold-amber with a small rocky cap..low carbonation.

Light fruity aroma..peaches and some wet hay, bit of musty sweetness.

Nice mild caramel tastes in the front, then golding bittering, light sweetness like dark toffee, light fruity notes, clean wet bitter finish...soft mineral mouth feel.

Pretty fair cask-styled light bitter,

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Photo of shamus
4.17/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The St. Peter's Pale Ale is one of my top rated beers and so it was a nice surprise to see this one on the LCBO shelf. There is a bit of a mystery to the labelling as the percentage of alcohol is marked out with a black ink stroke. I was able to make out that it probably said 2.7% which seems laughably low. Perhaps it said 3.7%. In any case there is a white label on the back that says 4.4%.

It poured very thin with large bubbles and a tawny head. It has a bit of a chill haze; a lovely copper/amber colour. It has a earthy scotchy smell. Nice and bitter malty foretaste with a fragrant hop taste following. Very satisfying. Not too sweet which is good. "A nice balance between the malt and the hop" says Leslie.

I still prefer the pale ale, but that is my favourite type period. A really nice beer that lives up to it's label "Light and Bitter"

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Photo of Derek
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

4.4% according to the LCBO test lab.

A: Copper-amber with a little chill haze; off-white head, light retention & lacing.

S: Earthy citrus, grainy, light bicuit & toffee, hints of tropical and cotton-candy fruity esters.

T: Orange & grapefruit citrus with a light earthy-mineral flavour. Biscuity & grainy malt, good bitterness, nice fruity flavour.

M: Light body, modest carbonation, smooth, ligh thop acidity.

D: Quite drinkable.

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