Theakston XB | T & R Theakston Ltd.

BA SCORE
84
good
118 Ratings
Theakston XBTheakston XB
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
T & R Theakston Ltd.
England, United Kingdom
theakstons.co.uk

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-29-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
118
Reviews:
62
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
9.33%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
11
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 118 |  Reviews: 62
Photo of Macamah
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Skrumpy
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Another bottle I received as a gift, not my normal choice for drinking, but new experiences are often surprisingly fun. This beer was poured into a standard pint glass. A foamy head that receded to a nice film, and there was sporadic lacing. The color is deep, dark amber, and the appearance is on the hazy side. The aroma is herbal, earthy and toasted malt. The flavor is similar, caramel malt, nuts, and some crisp fruitiness, apples and cherries perhaps. The finish is smooth, and there is not much to the bitterness. The mouthfeel is kind of watery, but there is an essence of that nutty, sweetness/bitterness that lingers that gives the beer a nice quality.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark copper to almost deerskin brown. Clear and filtered with a little carbonation and topped with 2 fingers of light beige head.

Hard water, toffee, burnt sugar, apple candy.

Dark toasted malts, hard water finish with only a hint of bitterness and a glassy almost watery refreshing note that splashes in on the tongue at the end.

Medium to light body, little foamy carbonation.

Found at Villa Market in Bangkok. Drank in Chiang Mai Sept. 30th, 2015. Refreshing great beer that seems rare and unfamiliar in these parts but well done.

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Photo of cab4514
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Was willing to try anything from Theakston since I tried Old Peculiar. One thing to note is that the two are not similar. XB is much more fruity and lighter. I definitely got an apple hint from it, both in smell and taste. Has a light amber look with a good light head to it. Would definitely drink again.

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Photo of 123321123321
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of der_meister
3.36/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Geoffq
4.41/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rulisekmartin
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ian_B
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FLima
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Amber copper color with a thin head with short retention.
English tangy fruit aroma with hints of toffee, plums, biscuit and mild earth.
Flavor with notes of English hops, fuggle alike, toffee, tea leaves, plums, apples, lemon and fresh grapes. Hints of chocolates, grains, cola and minerals. Dry aftertaste with a rounded bitterness.
Bordering medium body with appropriate carbonation.
Easy to drink fruity ESB, with decent complexity though. Good balance between English hops and fruitiness. Not exceptional or unique, but still pleasant.

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Photo of JiltedFat
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of pwdiamond
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of chinchill
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy copper with a decent bubbly head.

Feel: Medium-Light body.

The flavor is similar in quality to the aroma, but much stronger. Fine fruity, malty flavor.

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Photo of robotiks
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of civicm87
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of RCLOHR267
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of brentk56
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear tea color with a proper head that leaves a respectable amount of lacing

Smell: Plummy, with caramel apple and earthy tones

Taste: Fruity, at first, with plum apple tones melting into toffee; earthy bitterness builds in the mid-palate but fades, after the swallow; the finish is grainy and slightly sweet

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not quite at the ESB level as this is more sessionable, it is,nevertheless, a pretty good beer; I would like to see the bitterness raised a notch but that may be a function of the age of the bottle as the bottling date is in a code I cannot discern

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Photo of DrBass
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EdmundBlackadder
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of BeerDreadz
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of erialbill
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +20%

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Theakston XB from T & R Theakston Ltd.
3.75 out of 5 based on 118 ratings.
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