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Fuller's Chiswick BitterFuller's Chiswick Bitter

Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 55 | Ratings: 140
Photo of Alieniloquium
2.34/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

On tap at The House of Brews. Served in a pint glass. Clear amber. Smells lightly fruity and bready. Tastes very similar, but with a strong fruity character. Bready and bitter finish. Sharp bitterness. Light body. Medium carbonation. Disappointed by this. Just not an enjoyable bitter.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.64/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Extremely good beer, I really liked it. Now is one of my favourites, luckily they are wide available in Mexico since the biggest craft brewery imports this.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.37/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at The Sharp Edge Creekside, Crafton, PA.
Very faint aroma of malt
Head probably removed by bartender; what remained was white, creamy, and rapidly diminished to 2 mm partial layer
Lacing on the first one was poor, with a few small islands. The second one had good lacing with multiple narrow rings of small bubbles. A cleaner glass?
Body was medium yellow, clear.
Flavor began initially slightly malty and bitter and ended the same. No alcohol was tasted in either beer, but the second had a slight diacetyl taste at the end.
Palate was medium, watery, and had lively carbonation

A passable Brit bitter after you take into account the time it spent getting here. I’ve had it in the UK and liked it more (maybe the pub ambiance vs the sports bar vibe at Sharp Edge). Fullers doesn’t make the best brews, but they’re still OK.

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Photo of DrJay
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear amber with a slightly soapy cap, spotty lacing. Solid head retention, though it didn't start with much. Floral and earthy nose, malty aroma, quite nice. Balanced bitterness countered the malts and hop character. Medium to light bodied, low carbonation. A good pint, very balanced and drinkable.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.49/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pale coppery gold. Disappointing head. Flopsy bubble ring adorns a popping top.

Dry herbal hop-snap with grassy malts and pomme esters, a la Fullers. Biscuity aromas with buttery notes.

Semi-crisp, lightly fruity, musty, grassy, and light. Herbal hop, pale grains, husks, pomme must, and pared-down toast.

Light and totally sessionable. Carbonation is lacking. Wish this was on nitro.

Was expecting better from Fullers. Still an enjoyable bitter.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

(on tap at Victoria Freehouse - served in a proper 20oz pint)

A: light copper color, clear... bit of frothy foam on the pour, but little-no retention, not even a thin cap or film... boring

S: aromas are ultra-faint, not enough alcohol to carry them? - the glass doesn't help either - even warm, I couldn't get much... what you do get is a bit of a mineral, mild leafy scent (scant esters + hops).... also, some lightly-toasted dinner roll

T: the flavors pop a good bit more.... certain mineral bitterness throughout, at a comfortable yet lively level.... pleasing, slow swell of light caramel in the finish... extremely clean overall - apple-y esters are showcased with a soft, subtle grassy-grainy malt in the background... about what I expected, at the least

M: bright, crisp, and clean... only a smidge of roundness in the body... thankfully, not spritzy or fuzzy - they set the pressure right on!.... very refreshing, if a little filling, volume-wise

O: I could almost tell in a blind taste test that this was the Fuller's yeast... the flavors are on-point but perhaps a bit more subtle than I would have expected... I could drink a couple of these, but I'd likely opt for something with a bit more dimension

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

slight cereal, with subtle floral, hoppy aroma Appareance: beautiful crystal clear copper, but no head whatsoever Taste: medium bitterness, light sweetness Palate: light body, thin feel, soft carbonation, astringent, bitter with a long finish Overall: I’m generally not a big fan of fullers, but this one I truly enjoyed. Is the living proof that a beer doesn’t have to be strong to be good

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Photo of Offa
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is yet another beer from my July 2012 notebook that I had misplaced. I had it on tap at that time at Toad in the Hole, Santa Rosa, the local Sonoma County go-top place for British beers, among others.

Dark bronze, it had a small off-white head slowly shrinking to foamy ring.

Aroma was nice juicy grain, herbs, ripe apples, hint of lemon.

Taste was nice juicy grain, mineral, leafy woody hop and pepper, slightly bitter.

Overall, it is a very good English bitter, light and lean with clear hop leanings, but approachable and easily drinkable.

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Photo of FLima
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had it within Fuller’s plant, couldn’t be fresher.
Clear golden color.
Mild but nice herbal aroma and hints of grains.
Sweet malty taste and herbal hops.
Light body with light carbonation and small bubbles.
Light English bitter, got it more refreshing and with higher drinkability than some similar peers, though I found it somewhat watery. Good as a session beer.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale brass with pitted white head that clings. Steely grain, sour melon and cut hay on the nose, opens into honey grahams.
Golden crunch biscuits with plenty of toast some woody and surprisingly floral hops.
Golden sultana finish and herbal linger. Light, watery but also oily, crisp.

Gets the hops across, especially for the strength. Oily body is unexpected and boosts the body in what's otherwise not gonna have much sugar in it. A very doable session bitter.

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Photo of cambabeer
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a good english bitter, but not the best. It's a little safe, to be honest. It's hoppy but could be more so, a little watery. It feels nice though, and goes down smooth and refreshing. British ale is just plain good, so an average one will still be worth drinking. Smells malty and grassy, but not too strong. With the low alcohol it makes a great beer to drink tons of. Worth getting, just a little on the safe side.

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Photo of bark
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The colour is gold-amber (10 EBC), the liquid is clear. The finger thick compact head is off-white, it sinks quite quickly leaving some lacing.

The smell is malty and smooth with lots of caramel and toffee. It is quite sweet. Smooth dry bitterness. Dried fruits; apricots and red apples. Subtle notes of dark bread.

The taste is smooth. Caramelised sugar, dried apricots, dark toast bread. Hints of tart fruits and flowery hops. A delicate bitterness with some metal. Medium body. The aftertaste is mild with more malts and dried fruits, but also growing notes of minerals. The finish is semi-sweet with some hay.

The carbonation is medium to mild, the small bubbles smooth. The liquid is semi-smooth and a little dry.

This beer got some problems: The metal hints in the bitterness, the somewhat dense minerals in the finish. Still, it is one of the best 3.5 % beers around.

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Photo of rarbring
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer is light copper toned, medium sized bubbles with a white head, leaving some lacing, small curtains.

The smell is mainly from the hops, grass and nettles, but also some honey and lemon.

A typical Digestive biscuits taste upfront, pears, then some lemon peel.

Low carbonation, refreshing and smooth, a dry finish.

A very nice low-alcohol bitter.

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Photo of eriktoyra
2.61/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a three finger head. It is White with uneven sizen bubbles. Crystal clear liquid colored golden/amber. Leaves lots of lacings on the glass. Looks very nice all in all.

S: Earthy. Rye. Hints of caramel malts and flowers.

T: Not as bitter as I expected. I expected to find some bitterness in a Bitter, but this one lacks almost all the bitterness. Tastes rye bread, hints of English hops and green paprika.

M: I was surprised to find it rather heavy. The carbonation is strong with lots of bubbles tickeling the tongue. The alcohol is barely present, naturally for a beer of 3.5 ABV.

O: For being a beer I can pick up any day from my local grocery store this one is quite OK when compared to the alternatives. I wouldn't buy it on tap if I had the chance.

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Photo of cervezango
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

this is a nice beer, but its a little whimpy compared to msot proper english bitters ive had.

hopsy(needs more), earthy(best part of taste and smell, i wish they could've accentuated this aspect more somehow), sour, watery, buttered popcorn.

above average beer , but far below par considering who makes it(fuller's)

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3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On cask at a Fuller's pub in south London.

Very light golden colour with a quickly-dissipating head. It is light bodied, as one would expect from such a low-alcohol session ale. Flavours are still fairly impressive, though - bread, grain, and floral hops with a delicate, subtle bitterness. Extremely drinkable and refreshing while still providing satisfying flavour.

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Photo of IPA4LIFE
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a bottle into an imperial pint glass with a best before date of 2 Jun 2012.

A- Light gold, just a shade or two darker than your average pilsner. Head rises quickly and falls just as fast, leaving just a few bubbles at the top of the beer. There is very minimal lacing.

S- Nothing to powerful here. A bit of malt character, almost like the smell of raw barley, with a moderate floral kick from the hops. Nothing really impressive as far as smell goes.

T- As one would expect with an alcohol content so low, the taste is very mild and nothing stands out as a dramatic, defining characteristic. This beer, rather, is the sum of it's components; a subtle sweetness from the malt combining with mild floral, earthy notes from the hops. Not too bitter on the aftertaste; it leaves more of a slight tingle than the typical tongue-numbing hop bite.

M- Light and smooth. Great for a low-alcohol bitter.

O- This beer is not the bold-flavorful "hop forward" beer that many of my fellow American hop heads would expect, but it is an excellent English Bitter. For a beer with such a low alcohol content, this beer still comes through beautifully with a light, easy drinking, flavorful beer. Great session beer.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle my parents brought back from London. From notes.

A - Poured a coppery colour with a one finger white head that went fast. Bright with mild carbonation. No retention, no lace.

S - Earth, some citrus, mild malt. Grassy. Nice malt base. Nice biscuity/hoppy aroma.

T - Grassy, herbal, bready. Good malt base again. Toffee and citrus too.

M - Mild carbonation, light-ish body. Very light bitterness. Clean.

O/D - A nice bitter. I've had this on cask at the Fuller's brewery and it tasted better there, but I enjoyed the bottled version too. Great flavour for the ABV. Definitely a session beer.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Aug 2011.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A clear golden-amber colour with plentiful carbonation. Yields a small head of frothy white foam that subsides after a minute or so. Aroma of caramel malt with hints of diacetyl and dry aromatic hops.

Tastes of light malt with a mild bitterness. Notes of caramel and flowery aromatic hops, with a subtle background hint of diacetyl and solvent. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry. Faint aftertaste of light, bitter malt.

A decent bitter, though probably better on cask. Aroma is a bit weak, but the flavour is nicely rounded with a definite hint of aromatic hops (sadly lacking in many 'session' bitters). Drinkable if you don't want anything too challenging.

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Photo of rvdoorn
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: the beer pours a clear orange-copper color, with a nice fluffy light brown head.
Smell: Malts, honey, caramel, and flowery hops
Taste: Malts, caramel and honey with low bitter hops in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: low-medium carbonation, medium body.
Overall: Nice brew, the least hoppy of the English bitters brewed by Fullers.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On nitro at The Englander, appropriately served in an imperial pint glass. On to the beer:

Translucent light copper in the body. Shiny. The thick creamy head from the nitro-tap forms a good deal of lacing that sticks to the glass. The nose brings simple esters and a little husk note.

At first, I get a sourdough note which quickly fades away for good. In comes some simple esters, and later on as the beer warms up, the taste of honey. It tastes a little stronger than its listed 3.5% ABV, and it feels more full bodied that expected.

I was thirlled to find the Chiswick Bitter in the US, even if it were on nitro. I wouldn't mind doing a few pints in a session, even if it's supppose to be a shadow of itself stateside.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Kickoff in Waterloo.

Poured into a Fuller's Honeydew glass. Medium amber hue, clear, with only a bit of bubbly foam around the edges, as can be expected.

Nose is tea, caramel, floral hops, a bit of bread.

A nice mild bitter, really hit the spot after a long bar shift. Tea, bread, caramel, usual suspects. A bit watery, but that is to be expected.

Thin-bodied, mild carbonation, easy to quaff.

As far as a session bitter goes, this wasn't bad at all. It took me about two pints of this to finally figure the brew out and train my mind not to see this as Fullers Light, but rather as its own entity. As a mild ale, Chiswick went down easy with a low ABV and decent cask ale flavor.

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Photo of Sigmund
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cask conditioned at the Blackbird, Earls Court, London (a Fuller's pub). Served at cellar temperature, minimal natural carbonation, low head. Golden to amber colour. Moderate citrussy aroma, hints of horse stable. Light bodied, decent bitterness. A nice little beer this one, but nothing to knock your socks off. (I admit I really wanted the ESB, but ratings are ratings!)

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Photo of DaveHS
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at The Blackbird (Fuller's Ale House) in Earl's Court, London.

A-Pours a transparent ruby with a thin khaki head that reduces to bubbles. No lacing.

S-Mild. Pale malts, traces of bright hoppiness.

T/M-Very subtle. Flavors of roasted nuts, fresh baked bread, oats and creme brulee. A bit hoppier than the average English bitter, which is a plus in my book. Soft and light with a lingering finish.

D-Given the plethora of other options, this wouldn't be on the top of my list. Still, it's a fine beer, and one worth seeking out.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: orange-yellow hue, with cloudy head.

S: earthy, grain

T: slight bitter with grainy sweetness.

M: nice carbonation blend with smooth body that goes down with ease.

D: Solid English bitter, sessionable, could have more, but there are better representations of this style.

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Fuller's Chiswick Bitter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 140 ratings