Brakspear Bitter | W.H. Brakspear & Sons plc

BA SCORE
85
very good
125 Ratings
Brakspear BitterBrakspear Bitter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
W.H. Brakspear & Sons plc
England, United Kingdom
brakspear-beers.co.uk

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-01-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
125
Reviews:
69
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
13.03%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
15
For Trade:
0
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4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Macamah
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

From Costco. At lunch, with fried potatoes + fried eggs + croquettes. In Ikea's pint glass. Full of english dry bittering hops and a smooth and creaming feeling. It's incredible they packaged all this in such a tiny ABV!

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Photo of FZR23
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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4.75/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Spike
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On draught in The Crooked Billet pub in Little Marlow, Buckinghamshire. Pours a clear copper with a dense, creamy, white head that persists despite no visible carbonation.

Sweet, malty, light, clean nose.

Taste is of sweet malt base with earthy, woody, bittering English hops. Very nicely balanced.

Dry mouthfeel with a creamy finish. No carbonation, which is typical of the style. Astonishingly rich for a mere 3.4% ABV.

An excellent, well-kept pint of English bitter served cool. Super refreshing. Nicely bitter.

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2.49/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Photo of Rukeli76
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of DanLowery
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AlexW693
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beerasaurus
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap in a pint, yellowish copper with small head and decent retention. Smells of butter, faint floral notes, taste is buttery with toffee aftertaste, and a nice bitterness that permeates the palate and lingers long after. An enjoyable and quaffable brew. Went well with chicken and leek pie.

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4.24/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Andrewharemza
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

notes of malt, amongst caramel. The foam is confined to a thin layer. It tastes markedly bitter hops and has a small sweet tang of caramel. Not to bad.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into english pint.
Pours light copper beer with off-white 1-finger head, modest retention.
Smell - rubbery, butterscotch, some ordinary fruitiness.
Taste - butterscotch, hop finish.
Light body and carbonation.
Pros - surprisingly well-hopped.
Cons - nothing to blame. Lots of off-flavours.

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Photo of Brewhemoth
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vinivini
3.37/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MacMalt
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is as classic an English bitter as you can drink. I had it on draught in several English pubs. It's a nice dark amber color. It has the telltale toffee aroma and taste, along with some sweet, bready malt - like smearing toffee on an English muffin. It's light, creamy, mildly carbonated, and at 3.4% ABV it is the ultimate session beer.

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3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hopley
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of doktorhops
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Classic English Bitter? Yes please! And, according to the label on this bottle of Brakspear, this is the original taste of Oxfordshire... as if a county in England could have a specific taste... anyway, I’ve got my Bitter and I'm as happy as a Frenchman who has just invented a pair of self-removing trousers. Wow, I can’t believe I haven’t used that Blackadder reference before.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Typical English Bitter clear copper body with a thin cream coloured lace instead of a head. 7/10.

S: Toffee and butterscotch, tons of the stuff, suits me fine - I’m a Werther’s man! The hops struggle to add a note of anything under this oppressive malt regime, but it is an English Bitter - an oxymoron style that is hardly bitter at all. 8/10.

T: Bold in its massive buttery Diacetyl content, with again - a strong toffee centre with some hints of yeast fruitiness (think cider apples) and a light earthy hop finish. Impressive overall given the 3.4% ABV, some 5% Ales don’t reach a profile as tasty as this. The balance is quite well done with mild sweetness countered by the light hop bitterness. I’m very interested in trying their Triple now, that should be a tour de force. 7/10.

M: Mid to light bodied with a light English pub carbonation. 8/10.

D: It’s all good with Brakspear then, an impressive, and in two words: Sessionable Ale. This is the stuff that Ye Olde English pub goers cram into their gullets in massive quantities so that they may still be able to hold a decent conversation without mincing their words or dribbling saliva on themselves (a rookie session drinkers mistake). To me the fact that this tastes like a 5% ABV drop and has those classic English Ale flavours, is what typifies that segment of culture, and really makes me miss the UK pint after work, sniff. 8/10.

Food match: I could picture this brew with a light game roast (pheasant or partridge) with a light gravy, a Yorkshire pudding, roast vegetables (potato, carrot, squash) and peas.

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