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

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

Brewed by:
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.

Added by jdhilt on 06-23-2003

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Ratings: 63 |  Reviews: 41
Reviews by janubio:
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 I took another look to the label to see if I drank it out of date by mistake, but no.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 oberon
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice bronze with a soapy-like head that is gone in a flash,light aroma I get a little brown sugar and fruitiness very English.Taste is very subtle lightly sweet and fruity with a little minty flavor that comes out as I drink more.A little watery in the mouthfeel though makes its mouthfeel get a low grad but a real quaffer something to drink alot of.True to the style and a great bottle for my collection.

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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 chickenm
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sammy
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A session beer of good bitterness at 4% ABV. Beautiful dark bottle, fresh from the LCBO. Easy medium mouthfeel colour of medium yellow with lots of head. Good bitterness,Goldings hops, moderate and on the bitter side. Nicely drinkable, suitable carbonation.

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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 ThinkAgain
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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 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 vinicole
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper orange in colour. Light tan head. Plenty of bubbles.
English hop aroma with malt.
Mildly bitter.
Moderate body. An easy drinker and representative of the style.

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Photo of Foley67
3.87/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pin
2.5/5  rDev -29%

Photo of killcore
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Globetrotter
4.27/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lovely brown oval-shaped bottle with a very plain label. Ingredients conform to the purity law. Best before 3/14/04, I opened mine on 10/25/03.

This beer brought back lots of memories from my two years at Oxford. It poured a clear copper tone under a very thin off white head that disappeared quite quickly. There's the typically strong barley and flowery hops in the nose. The mouth was surprisingly prickly (the price one pays for bottling, I guess), and medium-bodied. The taste was just how I remember the bitters in my favorite pubs. Just a bit sour, there's lots of malt at first, chased by an excellent hoppy bite. The aftertaste is mainly bitter, with just a touch of malt in the background. Great example of the style.

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Photo of askeladden
4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

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 safaricook
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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 Indybeer
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1pt .9 oz bottle. Poured a golden yellow, with very little head even with an agressive pour. Some lacing on the glass. The only aroma I could detect was tea. As in a cup of tea! Taste starts out with low carbonation, then comes the bitter, which is followed by a nice sweetness in the finish. Not the best bitter I've had, but still enjoyable.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.29/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: amber, good clarity, sparse head formation

Aroma: lush bready maltiness, caramel, toast, lightly fruity

Flavor: even maltiness with a toasty edge and slight acidity, artichoke hop flavor, hint of citrus, finishes dryish with a malty/caramelly aftertaste laced with a minute hop bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium body, gentle carbonation, soft texture

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Photo of jdhilt
2.68/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

St. Peter's site has two bitters - the organic is brewed with Chariot malted barley and organically grown Hallertau hops. This is brewed with Pale and Crystal malts and goldings aroma hops. Pours with a head that lasts and leaves a lace. It finishes bitter - imagine that, but there is a sweet caramel nose.

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Photo of Bix
3/5  rDev -14.8%

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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Photo of Tom87
3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of MEP
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

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