Young's Bitter | Wells & Young's Ltd

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Young's BitterYoung's Bitter

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

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of josanguapo
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From Hipercor Sevilla Este. In Ikea's english pint glass. At dinner, with chicken steaks + fideos soup + magnum almendrado. Very drinkble. Smooth, with a plesant and balanced english bitterness and fresh hops. However, its still a style that lacks some punch for me

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Photo of patre_tim
3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hazy copper gold with no carbonation and a half finger of off white head.

Pears, hay, light bitterness, skunk and caramel.

Starts creamy with hints of skunk, caramel, hay and a lightly bitter finish.

Creamy, foamy body due to the carbonation, light in constancy.

Well rounded on the tongue, the smell lacks a little, but overall a nice brew. Got tonight in Chiang Mai, Nov. 14th, 2015.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.42/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Marquess of Anglesey. I believe the ABV was less than the 4.5% listed here.
Came a straw-gold with small dense head (typical English pour). Nose was light, not much at all, with some breast malt and leather. Taste was watery malt, not much fruit or caramel notes at all. Some off astringency other than the light hop bitterness on the finish. Overall, very disappointing, especially after seeing some of the other reviews here.

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Photo of Wobbly
4.68/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A world classic. One of the ten or fifteen best bitters in the world, easily. Lovely texture with some lacing. Refreshing use of hops with firm malt backbone. One of those beers you can drink all day long.

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Photo of janubio
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500 ml. bottle, golden orange colour with a white head that fades soon, but leaves a good lace. Smell of hops and citrus, mineral, limestone. Sme rough edges in the (buttery) palate but it feels very good and refreshing. Taste of citrus, hops and minerals. Good one.

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Photo of endovelico
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Young's number one seller is as classically made as you'll ever experience, atleast where it concerns Bitters.

It evocatively tastes and feels fresh and mineraly, claiming drinkability and balance from the very beginning; Yet, it almost feels like this character can be easily overlooked if one is to - for one reason or another - dispense insufficient attention to it. This grants this beer immense versatility, as it does not challenge for constant pontification but rather leaves the burden of choice to the drinker, to make this brew as complex as he / she desires.

If you're so inclined you'll delight in the balance of the honey sickle and toffee aromatics and the traditional buttery and sulphury back notes; Or at the very elegant and bittersweet, flinty finish.

This is just one of the beers that is perfect to have at the pub with the mates as it doesn't ask for too much attention and slakes the thirst just fine without boring the palate or mind.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured in a chalice.

A: Pours a golden orange bit cloudy color. Forms a medium white bit yellow aired head. Medium retention and some nice lacings

S: Smells like a good bitter :), I mean, caramel malts, toffee and grassy and citrus hops. Bready. Simple but pleasant

T: Follows the nose. A caramel upfront followed by a watery and malty body with a good bitter-grassy-pine-citrus hoppy aftertaste. A little bit metallic. In overall a dry and bitter taste, no sweetness

M: Very light wayery body. Nice medium carbonation. Reasonable ( an good!) hoppy bitter aftertaste

O: Very drinkable as a English Bitter should be. Nice one

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Photo of dansmcd
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Furiously effervescent clear orangey red amber body, beneath two fingers of soapy head which fades quick and leaves no real lacing.

S - Subtle malt aromas of caramel and golden syrup with some clove and faint fruity hops.

T - Follows the nose with the caramel and orchard fruit. Mildly bitter with a touch of metal taste.

M - Light body, watery, moderate carbonation.

O - It wont blow your socks off but I suppose EBs aren't really supposed to hit too hard. Pleasant beer for a quiet chat at the pub.

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Photo of heygeebee
2.29/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a copper gold, I finger head good lace.

Aromas of sharp astringent English malts, and it actually smells like watered down beer...

Which it tastes of. Waiting to warm does not improve things. Along the lines of typical flavourless English dishwater, and I don't say that often.

Mouthfeel is alright but in gerenal I'll pass.

Don't think it has travelled well, but still within BB.

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Photo of dgilks
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber colour with a small, smooth light tan head. Fair head retention. Some lacing.

Light malt aroma with some earthy UK hops.

Crisp, sweet malt with some caramel and a light fruity ester profile. Nice enough.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation. Too fizzy.

This is a nice enough beer and good for a session.

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Photo of cichief
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on cask at the Wargrave Arms near Paddington Station, London.

A- Pours a nice clear amber-gold, with a thin white head.

S- Somewhat hoppy, a little citrus on the nose.

T- Malty at the beginning, but finishes dry and hoppy.

M-Thin to medium on the body, carbonation nicely muted.

D- An average bitter, good, but not special.

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Photo of Ochsenblut
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From the cask into a proprietary nonic. Can't ask for much more.

A pure white two finger head sits atop a golden copper body. The head is full of big soapy bubbles that become heavy lacing after a few minutes.

It smells of floral hops perfume and yeast-heavy bread.

Crispy pretzel-like malts start, and fade to a punctuated hops profile. The hops bitterness last in the mouth along with a faint cracker taste throughout, leaving a satisfying aftertaste. The mouthfeel is slick and surprisingly bubbly for a cask beer. Although it goes down quickly, the robustness of the malt and hops is enough to make up for a watery consistency. All par for the course.

The execution is brilliant. It's high on flavor and relatively low on alcohol. I really like these aspects, and think this makes for a perfect session beer.

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Photo of atis
4.19/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear amber with rocky head that fades almost immediately. Aroma is malt with citrus, mostly orange. It is subtle and compelling.

Taste is delicate light malt body balanced with floral hops, semi-dry finish and faint hops in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light with moderate-high carbonation.

One of the most drinkable beers I have had lately, I am sure I will make some effort to find the version in the cask.

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Photo of Zimbo
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite lightish golden almost resembling a pilsner. Thin fluffy head beginning smooth and light on the palate but as it hits just past the midway point there is some lingering tame slightly chewy bitterness that leaves a subtle yet surprisingly long aftertaste.
Probably lacking the character it once had but certainly more consistent. Still a pretty good ordinary bitter which remains a classic session beer.

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Photo of joecast
2.25/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

light copper/golden color. a bit lighter than i expected. stable thin foamy head, just off white. medium carbonation.

interesting smell. lightly woody, leather, sap. fresh wood shavings. yeah, not sure where this is coming from. after shave. quite aromatic, but not like a beer i thought it would be.

umm, this is not right. strange overbearing wood/leather flavor. what i imagine a shoe would taste like. not a cheap shoe though. one of those expensive italian leather shoes. not that i would want to eat one though.

nearly didnt review this. its well with the bottle date, but i just dont think this beer travels well. check out the other bottle reviews from australia and they are all well below the average. its probably great from the cask, but avoid the bottle.

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Photo of Trizzle
4.48/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

NYE 2009, Founders Arms Southbank.

My first Youngs on cask.. (Tap badge reads 3.7% not the 4.5% as stated here.. )

Barman poured to a honey orange perfection. 1/3" head that retained well, only slowly subsided and good lacing.

Not too much on the nose as to be expected. Some citrus, straw and dry malt.

Creamy toasted muesli malt at the start, a touch of biscuit and brown sugar. Light hop bitterness arrives quickly and lingers nicely. Very moreish.

Smooth as you like and quite thick on cask (for the style). Could easily drink all day. I'd say this is very fresh on.

The definition of a Cask Bitter for me.

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Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.46/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was a bottle I purchased in Molloy's off-licence, Dublin costing €2.99 for the 500ml.

Poured into a pint glass; a pale golden/copper coloured brew with bubbles rising and a nice lasting off-white head.
Not a whole lot of aroma here; I was a bit surprised at how subdued it was.

Taste was solid; nothing spectacular but a nice balanced bitter.

Overall a nice refreshing session ale; tasted more like a Summer ale.

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Photo of fullsweep
4.48/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle poured into a pint glass.

Deep brownish-orange beer with a super-thick and rich beige head of multiple-finger thickness.

Smells great with a hint of orange and citrus fruit rind.

Tastes great. I'm not a huge fan of the bitter style, but is is nice. Complex and well-balanced with bitter and sweet flavors playing off of one another.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are respectable as well. ABV is slightly higher than your average English bitter (typically a session beer), but still very drinkable--especially in moderation.

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Photo of vancurly
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

a) Pours an attractive pale orange/burnished gold. Nice fluffy white head settles into a 1 inch raft. Slight haziness, which I expect will increase as I get to the end of the bottle, kicking up the sediment.

s) Fleshy, meat pie-like. Warms to a grain & malt base, with some herbaceousness.

f) Marmalade, biscuits, slight gaminess that distantly reminds me of kidney.... but not in an unpleasant way. Good caramel sweetness cuts across the gamey note. Warms into some orange sweetness.
As with most English bitters, not very.

m) Fairly light, slightly hollow and watery.

d) It drinks very smoothly.

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Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at a Young's pub in Camden Town, London. Had a half pint and it appeared a clear amber-orange. This was just a nice, classic English bitter with lots of dry pale malt flavor. The aroma takes a fruitier malt aroma. Overall, this bitter cleaner is on the cleaner side of the style, but worth trying.

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Photo of juju7
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange haze with an ample head, looks very inviting. Not a hell of a lot happenning nose -wise. A bit of malty action with some hop presence but it all comes together on the palate. Nice warming malt with beautiful lingering bitterness that you just don't see often enough in other beers purporting to be bitter. Very nice aftertaste, only had one bottle unfortunately. Went down a treat with devilled steak burger my missus made. Yummo.

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Photo of laituegonflable
2.98/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden colour with a slight orange tinge. Good, steady carbonation. A bit of head when first poured, doesn't really hang around. Decent-looking, and very English.

Bit lacking fragrance-wise, but nice for what's there. A bit sour with a slight hint of citrus, quite a lot of hops, but could use more.

Surprisingly sweet on the front palate, elements of candied orange, but that's really it. Mostly watery and quite refreshing with a slight bitterness on the finish. Again, that's about it. Slight bitterness. I guess this is all in keeping with the style, smooth drinking with a minimum of flavour. Mouthfeel is a bit full, like swallowing soapy water. The body feels heavier than expected, given the lack of flavour.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice golden yellow body, with a full, pillowy and frothy head of white foam. Great lacing. Looks nice.

Nice mix of malt and hops on the nose. Notes of biscuit and wet grain, mixed with gritty organic English hop flavours. Quite vegetative. Very pleasant.

Tingly and raw hop bitterness on the palate. Absolutely what I picture when I picture an English bitter; quite raw and sharp with a dirty organic back palate of pure bitterness. Mouthfeel full at the front with a pleasant effervescence creeping up later on.

This is a nice beer - a very well made English bitter. Truly, not my favourite style, but a good example of it. Raw, robust and true to its name.

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Photo of Nickls
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(From notes)

A - Nice finger thick slightly off white head. Crazy lacing throughout the sample. Light amber color

S - Grainy beer aroma, with a touch of hop aroma. This was not the best aspect of the brew

T - Light maltiness at first sip; then onto tea-like hops...some herbal flavors. Sour biscuit dough yeastiness

M - Slick and almost creamy MF, next to no carbonation

D - Very easy to drink, and I would take this as my session brew any day. Fairly basic, but still interesting.

Overall, this was an interesting and well-balanced brew that I wish I were able to find in the US. Would very much recommend.

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Photo of seanyfo
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint served in an imperial pint glass in a Young's pub off Fleet Street in London, i cant remember the name.

A- Copper bronze colouring with a rocky 2 finger head. Leaves a crown, moderate lacing. Served by handpump.

S- Light floral hop aroma and toasted malts.

T- Floral notes turning into a toasted malt flavour, with a nutty aftertaste.

M- Lightly carbonated and moderate chewiness.

D- A sessionable ale, not overly flavoursome
but easily drinkable with solid flavours.

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Young's Bitter from Wells & Young's Ltd
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