Buckleys Bitter Ale | Yarra Flats Brewery

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Buckleys Bitter AleBuckleys Bitter Ale

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Yarra Flats Brewery

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by rastaman on 05-28-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by Hoptron_3000:
Photo of Hoptron_3000
2.5/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hmm super conflicted again. Love Brett beers but wasn't expecting it here. Not quite as nice of a Brett beer as there "Pilsner" but still quite a lot of Brett character. Nice dry finish. The Brett was kind of a nice surprise! I wonder if this is what the brewer intended. No English hop or malt character at all.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of rastaman
2.8/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Not a big fan of this, though it is OK, a bit thin and lacking flavour, still it is quite bitter, but it isn't well rounded, in my opinion. Also had a bit of a funny "off" character which i couldn't put my finger on, not unpleasant, just a bit funny.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
2.63/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Pours dark amber with a small, fading, off-white head.
Nose shows spices, some nutty malt, subtle sweet malt. Pretty restrained.
Restrained flavours too. Some bready malt and grainy notes alongside faint spicy hops.
Body feels watery.
Needs a bit of work.

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Photo of DaveFL1976
3.75/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had a bottle at the Healsville Hotel just up the road from the brewery (which appears to be a shed). Truthfully I wasn't expecting a whole lot from the beer, since I've never had an Australian "Bitter" that was actually, well, bitter.
The beer poured a nice rich dark golden color, similar to Sam Adams back in the States. Aroma definately had a bit of hop punchiness to it, which is something I've not come to expect from many Aussie beers. The beer was smooth going down with a little sweetness that ended with a clean hop finish. Not a bad beer at all. Good job.

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Photo of sonorb7
3/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of vancurly
3.95/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very interesting experience,

I believe the bottle has undergone some lacto secondary... opening the bottle gave a whiff of pungeant cheese.... not promising.

My mate reckoned it was off... I thought "yeah maybe" but pressed on anyway...

After a couple of minutes to let the offness aromas dissipate, it poured amber with a good frothy head...

Faint notes of stinky cheese / off milk... but supplanted with pineapple, herbs (sage ?), cedar tones... I don't care what's happened to it in-bottle... the nose is very interesting, and worth pondering....

The flavour is a complex mix.... subtle buttermilk and acid tang gives support to the lacto theory.... but this is more than balanced by the strong essential oil elements... Cineol/eucalyptol.... tea tree oil.... some green weed notes, and an overall effect of Swedish/Campari bitters. Plus some good malt profile....

More bitter than your classic English bitter... a beer for hop lovers... and also for "wild" beer lovers, depending on bottle condition.

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Photo of jarmby1711
3.43/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Quite dark and cloudy if , like me you dump the sediment into the glass.
The smell and taste have a distinctive herbaceous aniseed quality , which was not unpleasant but a bit overpowering by the end of the glass.It reminded me a little of cough medicine and I wonder if this may be the Tetthanger hops that are part of the mix. There are also Fuggles in ther , but I've never picked up the aniseed flacours with them before.
A nice change and variety but I couldnt drink very much of it

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Buckleys Bitter Ale from Yarra Flats Brewery
Beer rating: 3.15 out of 5 with 7 ratings