Adnams Bitter | Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery

Adnams BitterAdnams Bitter
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Adnams BitterAdnams Bitter

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Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by wl0307 on 05-28-2005

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Photo of cypressbob
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle served slightly chilled in an imperial nonic, 4.5%

Pours with a rich dark copper body, shimmering rust highlights. An inch thick head forms, bubbly and dense, good retention also. Some small bubbles of lacing up and down the glass

Smell, rich slightly musty malt profile. Some spicy malt character along with a helping of strong aggressive english aroma hops. Some grapefruit and lemon zest

Taste, crisp and smooth malt body, lots of crisp hops backing the malt flavour up. Crunchy very dry biscuity malt, some slight dry yeast character on the finish. A touch of dried fruit and brandy too

I'm sure this is a real winner on cask. A very drinkable and flavourful bitter

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Photo of Hammarby
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber with a foamy white head twith some lacing.
S: Fruit, iron,butter, dried apricots.
T: Bitterness, fresh bread and a hint of iron. Aftertaste of light fudge and dill crisps. I can't explain the dill crisps, but it's there.
M: Medium body, kind of low carboration.
D: Good. No problem drinking this one whatsoever. Then again bitter is one of my favorite styles.

This is just the way a bitter should taste and feel, to my opinion.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dry English malts with a bitter...almost vinegar but not unpleasant...hop blend and bite on the tongue.
Color is a nice pale ale shade of gold with a decent head.
Aromas are only slightly English malt but the dry, green hop aroma is definitly there.
Very drinkable, session type brew.

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Photo of Mark
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally had this beer in a pub in Hampstead. Adnams bitter is a deep and clear amber topped by a nicely formed head, lacing is scattered but nice. Herbal hop aroma is followed by a zingy sharp hop blast that is also herbal and a bit fruity. Finish is long. Tingly mouth feel, a nice beer to enjoy while relaxing and it is quite refreshing.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.12/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: goldy-copper, good clarity, thick layer of spongey off-white foam, good head retention

Aroma: malt, hint of rust, herbally hops, bit o' diacetyl

Flavor: dry malt backbone with an enveloping green hop flavor; vegetal bitterness and a hint of lime peel; finishes dry with a lingering bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium body, pert carbonation, crisp, slight astringency

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Photo of charlatan
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle claims 4.5% abv. If it were 3.7% I would probably not have bothered spending £1.33 on it!

Beer pours a copper colour with a fairly generous head. It has a pleasant grainy smell with a citric hint, a little lemony perhaps?

Wow! I was expecting this to be mediocre before I opened the bottle but in reality it has good carbonation and a full flavour with a grassy start and then a herbal hoppy hit with a nice fig/raisin flavour in the background. Unlike most English bitters this isn't disappointingly watery.

I may well buy a few more bottles.

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Photo of kmacphail
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Adnams Bitter the 'classic beer' according to it's own bottle, and they're not far wrong.

The pint poured a beautiful ruby-brown colour with a fairly sizeable cream coloured head. Sadly, as with most bottled beers the head was short lived. The smell was not very distinctive, clear smell of hops with a hint of sweet vanilla and a very mild fruity smell to it.

The taste was beautiful, a collection of hops with the vanilla hint running through, very tasty indeed. The mouthfeel was a bit watery for my liking but did give a nice slightly bitter after taste.

The pint went down very well and had I bought any more I would have drunk these on the same night. This is one that will definately retain a place in the beer cupboard. I would be very keen to try this on cask.

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Photo of JanM
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm not sure if I should use bitters on tap as a reference in rating this beer. I think bitters need to be carbonated but not overly carbonated like the can version I had. It kind of puts it in another style (or sub-style) so to speak. In any case, Adnams Bitter filled my glass with an inviting chestnut colored brew, lots of bubbles and some good foam. Straight out of the can it produced a smell of hops and metal. After a while it became floral too. The first taste was of sweet caramel and bitterness (ta-dam!). This was followed by a hint of licorice and dryness. Refreshing, I'm happy with it.

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Photo of gnoff
3.44/5  rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can from Swedish "Systembolaget".
Tried it on April 28, 2006.
"Label" said:
Adnams The Bitter Classic Beer
Mine had 4.5% ABV

Beautiful reddish-brown color with a big beige head.
Faint sweet, a bit hoppy, scent.
Thick mouthfeel, at the same time a bit watery taste.
Medium bitterness.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from Grape Expectations, Ballyclare...

Poured a deep orange / rusty copper colour... Slightly off white head poured quite thick and foamy and faded to thin layer...

Aroma - Fruity (burnt orange, some raspberry hints, raisins), sea saltiness, light toasted malts, spicy hops, herbs (rosemary ?), vanilla creaminess...

Taste - Strong spicy hop bitterness, definite sea salt notes, toasted bread notes, floral, nutty, tart fruit...

Feel - Quite sharp and dry. Medium body.... Pretty drinkable...

Overall - A very good beer.... recommended...

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Photo of wl0307
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of Adnams' most popular regular real ales. Had a pind of this at a local pub in East End London on 27/05/05, and luckily it turned out very fresh indeed!

A: it pours a light-amber to straw colour, with low carbonation, an almost cappucino-like off-white and frothy beerhead which leaves uneven lace along the way.
S: lively, sweetish malts and floral hops; at the back some hayish note is observed. Simple but nice.
T: a mouthful of biscuity malts and soft, hayish/floral hops at first, followed by a tinge of chestnutty(?) bittersweet flavour in the finish. The aftertaste is simply refreshingly bitter and lingering~~
M&D: quite smooth on the palate, albeit not without a refreshing mouthfeel, and the flavour is rather rich against its overall light body. A very very tasty and more-ish session beer!

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