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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Ratings: 125 |  Reviews: 69
Photo of dwren89
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: amber with gold highlights, creamy off white head, great clarity

Aroma: toasty , toffee, earthy hops with slight metallic hint,

Taste: toffee and caramel flavors abound, slight toastiness with a bready malt character, earthiness from the hops

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, soft carbonation

Overall Impression: Considering this ale only sports 3.4% ABV, it packs a malty and flavorful punch! Surprisingly complex and flavorful, this is highly indicative of the English brewing style-- finding ways to create flavorful beers without having to jack up body and ABV. Toffee and caramel flavors explode in the mouth and finish with a earthy bitter twinge. This is an ale that you could drink all night long, enjoy every last drop, and not stagger out of the pub drunkenly.

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Photo of cervezango
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of Robert-Simmonds
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of cambabeer
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of magpieken
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of pin
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of BKLRIBS
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of KiltedCulinarian
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of woosterbill
4.36/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Handpump halfpint from a fresh cask at the Eagle and Child in Oxford.

A: Clean bright chestnut body with a creamy finger of tan head. Lovely.

S: Very fresh aroma of floral hops, mild fruit, and nutty malt. Restrained but pleasant and complex.

T: Follows the nose. Great balance of leafy hops and toasty, nutty malts. Clean bittersweet finish. Simple, yet distinct in it s freshness. One of the best Bitters I've had this year.

M: Light-bodied with similar carbonation. Could use a bit more on either front, but it goes down easy.

O: Great session ale, period. I'm not surprised that bottles aren't as good, but on cask near the source this was a real treat.

Cheers!

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Photo of rulisekmartin
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of vinicole
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of BILF
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Viceroy
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Bix
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of rarbring
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a clear amber ale with medium sized bubbles, an offwhite head that leaves good lacing, but small curtains.

Smelling honey, ripe apples, nuts and oatmeal.

Starting with sweet brown bread, honey and orange marmalade, a hint of canned pears, grass and apple peel.

Medium low carbonation, soft and refreshing, a slow dry finish.

Very good, very sessionable, and very reasonable ABV.

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Photo of MEP
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of moneyfunnel
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of cdwil
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of heygeebee
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly murky golden copper, the head really comes and goes.

Aromas of toffee, English style malts.

Taste is restrained, until you look at the bottle and see 3.4 ABV, when you realise this is A Good Brew. Malts dominate some caramel. English all round. Light delicate.

Mouthfeel starts watery, as does flavour, but soon changes to a more creamy feel.

Overall.. quite good taste of Old England. Be really interesting to try to session, but at $9 a bottle, it ain't gonna happen. Difficult to rate given flavour / ABV.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +33%

Photo of jonb5
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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

Didn't expected a lot - just read that it had 3.4% abv - and could not believe, that this has aroma.

It surprised me... punched straight in my face.

Big hoppy aromas - which continues on the palate.
Mouthfeel - yeah butterscotch is a great expression - however the bitterness doesn't reveal it easily.

Hoppiness goes on and on and on.

Not your everyday beer - it is just too hoppy and too unsettling - but occasionally it is a great beer, which really surprises.

Would buy it anytime again!

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass providing a lovely reddish hue and golden body with a thin white head with large bubbles which quickly dispersed but was easily recalled due to the very slightly over gassy nature.

a very hoppy aroma compliments a nicely bitter peppery taste that quenches the first.

quite drinkable very reasonable and low enough gravity to be sessionable.

not very exciting but alright wallop

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Photo of flyingpig
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 500ml bottle of this in Home Bargains for around £1.

Clear reddish copper colour, fluffy white head that has good retention & leaves some lacing.

Fruity with a nice butterscotch aroma & some nice sweet malts too. There is a good mix of malts, honey and some floral notes. Very sweet & well balanced.

Sweet with a nice mix of butterscotch, malts & hops upfront that is followed by a great summer fruits type taste too it. Sweet right up until the finish which is a solid bitter one.

Smooth, medium bodied beer that has a creamy feel to it & goes down well. Carbonation is low in this one & the finish is a nice dry one

Overall the beer is really well balanced and full of flavour. Only downside being that the bitter finish is slightly too strong for my liking.

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Brakspear Bitter from W.H. Brakspear & Sons plc
3.76 out of 5 based on 125 ratings.
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