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Courage Best Bitter | Wells & Young's Ltd

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Courage Best BitterCourage Best Bitter

Brewed by:
Wells & Young's Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-09-2002

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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 46
Reviews by Eramen:
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2.82/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Apparently it's the colour E150C... which is a light bronze, topped with a foamy head which comes to a half finger. Plenty of bubbles dancing underneath the white surf as I hold it to the light.

S - I'm getting the malts, faint hops, and a very neutral clay/earth vapor.

T - Pale malts, cereals, grass, paper-cardboard, hops are quite delicate, too much so, leading to an underwhelming finish.

MF - Has a certain creaminess, nice to swirl in the mouth, the pleasant part of this beer.

O - Not the 'best bitter' proclaimed on the bottle by any stretch of the imagination, yes, it's drinkable but I'd give it a miss comparing it to similar bitters.

Also, I do not like the way this beer has added ingredients, the colourant and the stabilizers. It just seems a bit needless and goes against the craft brewing ethos. I'm sure a wonderful beer could be brewed without their use.

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Photo of beerhunter13
4.5/5  rDev +46.6%

Photo of innominat
3/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of fionn13
3/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 500ml bottle with a BB of July 2012. ABV is stated as 3.8%. Picked up recently from an off-licence. Label lists the ingredients, including sugar, E150c and E450 - not convinced these are really needed.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A clear golden-amber colour with medium carbonation. Forms a decent head of white foam that lasts for a minute or so before subsiding. The aroma is pretty weak - a faint hint of grainy caramel malt and little else.

Tastes of grainy caramel malt with a dry finish. Slightly sweet, with a faint hint of stewed hops. Pretty mild, not much bitterness to be found. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and reasonably full-bodied. Not much aftertaste; just a whisper of malt.

Surprisingly bland, particularly for a bitter. It's more like a mild really; hardly any hop presence. The balance is OK and it doesn't have any flaws - it just fails to excite me on any level. It's best characteristic is the body, although I wonder if the added stabiliser plays a part in this. At any rate, drinkable but nothing special. No need to seek it out.

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Photo of rastaman
1.5/5  rDev -51.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pretty weak and watery, this is enough to turn you off bitters for ever, hints of fruit and citrus, quite a smooth palate, but very simple, got sick of seeing it on cask in London.

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Photo of acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of watermelonman
2.41/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This sat as a very plain shade of brown without much head. What was there faded quickly. There were a few chunks of lace.

The smell was subdued and what was there was not very enticing. Generic malts come through and nothing else. The taste was bland at best, giving more of the same.

There's just not much going for this one.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500ml brown bottle (3.8% ABV) poured into an 'Old Speckled Hen' vase shaped pint glass. Best before 10-10-2010 and drank while watching the England v Algeria World Cup match.

The body was a clear, almost bright amber/light brown colour, on top was an off-white, thin foaming head.

Very little aroma, some slight hop esters and hints of malted biscuits, typical mass produced English Bitter to be honest.

The taste is a good enough mix of malts and hops, nothing spectacular, but nothing wrong with it either.

A bit thin in the body stakes, even for a 3.8% beer and a little too fizzy for my liking.

Pleasant enough, but not a beer I could recommend to anyone.

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Photo of frank4sail
4/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this "real ale" at a london pub during their real ale festival. Crystal amber color. Creamy white head. Caramel malt nose. Served of course quite warm it was smooth and rich with a big malt spine. The taste was rounded with hop left on the tongue. Citrus notes... Smooth and rounded.. with a wonderful lace on the glass. Solid.

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Photo of vinicole
3/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of KiltedCulinarian
4/5  rDev +30.3%

Photo of Wyattldavis
3.25/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of jwc215
3.75/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber with nice head and lacing.

The smell is slightly pungent - herbal/easthy with woody notes.

The taste is of caramel and a nice general maltiness with a bitter backing that comes out in the finish.

The body is pretty thin, but very creamy.

The aroma has more of a bite than the taste. A nice "session" beer with some subtle complexities.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of cdwil
3/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of soju6
3.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Served a golden brown color with a small head and some lacing.

S: Aroma is mostly of malt.

T: Taste a mixture of biscuit and nut. There is a bit of bitterness in the finish.

F: Fairly light body, still quite smooth & creamy.

O: Decent beer, not overly impressive. However it is a decent session beer. Very common beer in the South of England.

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Photo of endless1408
3/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of PorterThwarter
3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of galluch
2.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of fizzyted
4/5  rDev +30.3%

Photo of scottfrie
3.28/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in an imperial pint glass at a dive bar in London. Clear copper color beneath a creamy inch of foamy head that left sheets of fuzzy lace. Tons of fine bubbles cascaded down the liquid. Nose is metallic, penny, copper amber scents, very light and bready. Taste follows the nose with bready and light flavors. Peppery hop in the finish is light but balances out the slightly sweet bready notes. Super light body, slick and watery, served warm. Smooth slick low carbonation. Decent bitter, decent beer, but left me wanting more.

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Photo of tbeer40
3.25/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Mattias
3/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Euroglot
3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Courage Best Bitter from Wells & Young's Ltd
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