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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): 3.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Ratings: 129 |  Reviews: 54
Reviews by charlesw:
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3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a pint in the Red Lion public house (somewhere in England). Hand pumped -> no head and hardly any carbonation to speak of, close enough to room temperature. Pours a dark (brownish) apricot.
Smell: very very light fruity hop smell.
Taste: ah, well, hmm. I suppose that English bitters can be just about anything, can't they? I was surprised to find this one quite fruity and yet very well rounded and not overpowering at all. The aftertaste remains true enough to the original flavor - very light malts with just a touch of citrus.
Drinkability: ah, again. They can call it what they will - for ME this would be a perfect ale for the warmer days of summer if it were chilled just a wee bit more and with a wee bit more carbonation. Perhaps they also sell it in bottles? Anyway, as it was a rather warm summer day out, this beer was quite refreshing in!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Offa
4.84/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an incredible bitter - although I've only had it bottle-conditioned instead of cask, which I long to try.
Dark gold/pale amber, it has a small white head soon thinning to a thing ring.
Aroma is rich yeasty bread, wet tea leaves.
Taste is an incredibly complex, balanced, and well-rounded character, the epitome of how an English bitter should taste in terms of packing in lots of complexity for low alcohol. Zesty, full-bodied but light caramelised bread, yeast, herbal bitterness, lightly nutty - great balance of sweetness and bitterness.

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Photo of Silkience
5/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Jason
4.77/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my all time favourite ordinary bitter, such a small beer with big complexities. So drinkable to the point of going down like water, malt is a bit thin but that is they way the style is. Malt was faintly doughy from hints of yeast and lightly kilned grain. Great subtle hopping with a balance of bitterness and flavour. A faint haze lingered but the lace sat well and seems to stick here and there.

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Photo of innominat
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of fionn13
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
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 breadwinner
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Beertracker
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of trevorpost
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TrojanRB
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of drummerdwzp
3.29/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JohnQVD
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of BrazilianAussie
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of BlackHaddock
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This could be the last, or one of the last reviews of a Wandsworth brewed Young's beer. How fitting then, that the drink by date on the bottle is Saint George's Day next year. Stranger even still, I met my wife on the 23rd April, way back in 1976, we are still together, and she cleans my pants, now that is true love!

Anyway, back to the beer.

Light amber with an off white foaming head which didn't stay long. That might be because I reviewed it while eating Red Leicester cheese, sweet pickle and Hula Hoops.

The aroma was sweetish, with a nutty wiff to it.

Thie beer is a well balanced blend of hoppyness and a dry thirstquenching bitter flavour, to produce a fine English Bitter. I just hope it doesn't change to much once it is brewed in Bedford.

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Photo of BGsWo22
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of vinicole
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of goatherder
4.57/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Golden in colour with a slight haze and a decent sized tight foam. The aroma is a pleasant balance of sweet toffee malt, fruity esters and subtle hops. The taste is sweet up front with a rich toffee malt profile going right through into the finish. There is a firm hop flavour supporting the sweet malt, the bitterness being superbly balanced. The mouthfeel is full yet not cloying, making this an exceptional session ale. This is a wonderful beer, a great example of what can be done with a low alcohol beer.

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Photo of pin
2.5/5  rDev -34%

Photo of joecast
2.25/5  rDev -40.6%
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 patre_tim
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
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 Schumatrix
4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of dmurray50000
3.27/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Dithyramb
3.26/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served at Hogshead in Weybridge, Surrey. Found on cask at every bar in Weybridge that had cask beers.
Poured a dark golden copper with light fluffy white head. Very nice lacing.
Very faint floral hops and light malt undertone on the nose
Lightly bitter brew, very faint and nonaggressive floral hops on the initial flavor, with some light almost caramel like malts rounding it out
Medium, creamy mouthfeel that finished clean
Overall, subtle and nice, but didn't knock my socks off.

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Photo of gentlebubbles
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


A clear, amber brew, served with no head.

(I thought I got a whiff of sulfur, but that could have been my imagination after the Bank Top stuff.)

Mellow malt, with a sparkling mouthfeel. Dry finish with a bit of metal in it. Decent, if unremarkable.

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Young's Bitter from Wells & Young's Ltd
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 129 ratings