Sainsbury's Basics Bitter | Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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Brewed by:
Meantime Brewing Company Limited
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 2.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Not brewed by Meantime.

Added by mitchfor3 on 02-13-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 3 |  Reviews: 3
Reviews by mitchfor3:
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3.47/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Part of the inexpensive but generally high quality "Sainsbury's basics" line of products exclusive to Sainsbury's supermarkets. Purchased in a 4-pack of 440ml cans for the princely sum of 83p. Certainly wasn't expecting much...

Poured a pleasing orange-amber color with a fizzy white head that quickly dissipated to a thin collar. Minimal lacing, constant stream of bubbles rising up from the bottom of the glass.

Smell is heavy on malts with a subtle fruity note. Quite nice.

Mouthfeel is thin, as expected from a cheap 2.1% ABV beer.

Taste is surprisingly pleasant. Not particularly bitter, but a nice full malty backbone.

I'm only just becoming acquainted with English styles, but this is was a nice change-up from the pricey pints that are so prevalent in the UK. Definitely a bargain!

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
2.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drunk straight from the can mostly - its best to gulp it down quickly. But poured into a pint glass for the review.

An unnaturally white head, drink is a brown colour.

Smells watery with a bit of malts.

Tastes not very bitter at all, obviously started out as a decent beer but bulked out alot with water to reduce the price per can (30p)

Overall not the best, but refreshing and better than alot of lagers.

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Photo of soulgrowl
2.44/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Fizzy and thin but surprisingly dark - a fairly deep orange-cinnamon. Head retention is not very good.

Smell: Smells like what it is: a generic bitter. All the basic bitter characteristics are there, without any character: toffee, caramel, and brown sugar malts with a bit of diacetyl, plus a very light floral/leafy hop breeze. Bland and unenticing, but not bad. There are no off flavors to speak of, and it could be a whole lot blander.

Taste: Bland and boring, a bit watery, but what little flavors this beer has are good ones, for the most part. Nice, toasty malts with a bit of nutty caramel sweetness and a touch of hops so feathery it almost seems absurd to call this a bitter. It calls to mind cheap Japanese lagers more than actual bitters, and as it warms unpleasant off-flavors of corn and stale lemon intrude on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Not bad. Thin, soft, and very, very dry.

Drinkability: Drink it cold and rapidly and it will do in a pinch. About as refreshing as sparkling water, and about as interesting - but what do you expect for 40p a can?!

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Sainsbury's Basics Bitter from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
2.8 out of 5 based on 3 ratings.
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