Wainwright
Daniel Thwaites Brewery PLC

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Style:
Pale Ale - English
Ranked #135
ABV:
4.1%
Score:
81
Ranked #41,537
Avg:
3.61 | pDev: 13.85%
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
96
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Daniel Thwaites Brewery PLC
 
England, United Kingdom
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Year-round
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SCORE
81
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josanguapo from Spain

2.5/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From Costco. In Ikea's pint glass. After dinner. Dull in both nose and mouth, with just some lemony citrus and a even a slight sourness. BBF this month. To repeat fresher

Dec 08, 2016
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Authentic from the north of England, Wainwright tastes different than the EPAs I'd been getting from the south (for example, just had a very soft Marston's brand.) Glad that I'm learning enough to make the geographic/taste connections.

Wainwright's Looks, of course, are more golden; but the lace on the glass seems same. Smells are mostly malt and some citrus hops popping out. Tastes are nicely balanced and the malts reemerge subtly in the finish. Refreshing.

My first from Thwaites, I went on their website and I see that they've "been working on the perfect pint for 200 years." I discover they are mostly a hospitality company with inns and pubs and that they brew their own beer... which is really good hospitality. Maybe our paths will cross again.

May 30, 2019
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue IX:

Crystal-clear shimmering golden color; tight, small-bubbled lacing may not stick to the glass that much but it does hold together quite well. Sweet pale honey malt, hint of buttery diacetyl and fruit from the yeast with a faint herbal, woody hop in the aroma. Smooth with a subtle creaminess, moderate size body. Malt wants to be dominate with a sweet biscuity character throughout. The hops have other plans though, as the modest but solid bitterness cuts off the top edge of malt sweetness, laying a blanket of herbal flavor. The yeast strolls in with a quick kiss of buttery diacetyl and ripe fruit. Pleasant biscuity malt in a semidry herbal-hopped finish.

A real pleasure to drink, a quaffers delight. It reminds us of the delicious ales we had back in the early '90s in England. Ale lovers looking for a session beer should seek this one out.

Sep 20, 2010
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horshack7 from England

3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: This one is clear and golden with a white head only an inch worth of head.

Aroma: A little bit of yeasty notes in the front faint citrus with traces of biscuits and buttery.

Taste: Light bodied fairly smooth mouthfeel. Faint citrus notes with some grain sweetness is there but it's more underlying than anything which lends a good balance.

Notes: This one is solid, straight forward and a drinkable English pale ale. Cheers.

Aug 28, 2017
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PartyHatjo from Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had a proper pint on cask at the Collingwood Arms in Jesmond (Newcastle upon Tyne)

Appearance: Hazy, straw-colored brew with a fluffy head (helped out by the sparkler). Some decent retention and lacing for a cask ale.

Aroma: Floral hoppiness with some sweet malt undertones. Some yeastiness gives the aroma of fermenting bread.

Taste: Wasn't expecting the amount of hops I was getting, some American citrus character interplays well with the floral / earthy English hops. Solid sweet maltiness as well fades into a bitter finish. Fruitiness from the yeast is present in apple / pear like undertones that adds complexity to the brew.

Mouthfeel: Medium - light body, proper cask carbonation / temperature. Creamy consistency.

Drinkability: Another solid English bitter that goes down smooth and almost as easily as water. I'll need to return to Collingwood tonight for another pint or two.

Jul 15, 2008
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lacqueredmouse from Australia

3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Quite a light golden colour in the body, this beer pours with a crackling white head of large bubbled foam which is audible as it dissipates, leaving a wonderful honeycomb lacing down the inside of the glass. Great clarity. Looks very decent.

Nose is rather sweet and rich with malt, giving rise to aromas of early-stage processed sugar. Something rough and slightly salty in there too, almost a whiff of dry dog food. Certainly something grainy and husky.

Pleasant smooth entry; when swilled, I can feel the carbonation crackling against the roof of my mouth. Really nice mouthfeel for a bottled beer. The palate yields flavours similar to those on the nose - some rough grain, sugar syrup and quite a flat back palate, which isn't unwelcome, but it does leave something of a hole.

Drinkable enough all up. It certainly has some things going for it. Quite easy to drink - it would make a very pleasant summer beer. It's light enough and clean enough that you could give it to a macro-lager drinker to get them to try something different.

Aug 09, 2010
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KoG from Nevada

4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Apr 02, 2014
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wl0307 from England

3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml slim, short neck brown bottle in presentation, filtered and likely pasteurised. BB 18/01/11, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: light golden in colour, coming with a huge off-white frothy head settling slowly to a thin cap to last, on top of rather restrained yet healthy steams of tiny bubbles.
S: orangey-citric, sweet lemony and peach-blossomy floral comes the aroma, with a very very thin support of pale malts and also a touch of yeasty sourness lagging behind. Sufficiently fruity and aromatic, not terribly hoppy.
T: rather light in flavour, showing a... "neutral" flavour mixed of very pale malts and some kind of citrus-peel-ish fruitiness, smoothening gradually in terms of flavour intensity and hop bitterness, leading towards a rather bland finish where only residual bit of fruity hops can be picked up by my bored taste-buds...
M&D: okay in terms of overall body and palate, not too thin for 4.1%abv. but the flavour really is a bit too light. For a light-weight golden ale designed for summer (I suspect), the combination does the job not too bad, but this simply is not quite my cup of tea. I prefer either boldly hoppy, or balanced, or really really bitter ales, neither of which alas can be found in this bottle.

May 01, 2010
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mdagnew from Northern Ireland

3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle bought from a local Spar..

Poured a light golden colour... white head poured quite small then faded quickly to very light layer. Fair amount of continuous carbonation drifts to the surface... very little lacing...

Aroma - Biscuity malt sweetness, light spicy fruits (oranges, apples, some lemons), grassy, light floral honey, some sea saltiness, herbal / vegetal notes, hight peppery hops...

Taste - Quite strong peppery hops, light fruity sweetness (apricots, lemons, pears), some light sickly sweetcorn notes, salty, some creamy vanilla hints, light almond / marzipan nuttiness, some honey notes, decent biscuit maltiness..

Feel - Quite sharp initially then becomes more rounded as you drink... light bodied... pretty drinkable but a little boring..

Overall - An OK pale ale... nothing special.

May 26, 2009
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.32/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another Midtown liquor pick up

Pours apricot with a pinky of sandy colored head.
Head falls a quickly to a thinnish film covering the top of the ale, a bit of head retention & lacing

S: Leafy hops, hints of cling peaches

T: Fruitty (pears & peaches) up front, plus muted floral & herbal hops. Crackery notes, more peach sweetness & a modicum of herbal & lemon hops as this warms. Finishes dry, crackery with herbal hops, plus a touch of honey

MF: Light bodied, low carbonation, okay balance

Drinks okay, not too exciting, I'm sure this is tasty on cask, but just fails to deliver in bottled form. Very few of these low ABV offerings thrill me, I prefer cask by a mile. Drink this at cellar temp or higher

Aug 07, 2009
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drmeto from Germany

2.46/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

L:
-pours a clear golden with a small to medium,foamy,white head
-medium carbonation visible
S:
-skunk ?,grainy,roast,cereals,honey,candied fruits
T:
-grainy,spicy,cereals,roasty
F:
-medium carbonation
-light body
O:
This is weird.
Overtly grainy like many alcohol free beer.Weirdly skunky despite being in a brown bottle and only 2 months old..
I thoroughly didn't like this.

Sep 01, 2019
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vinicole from England

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Apr 22, 2013
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BlackHaddock from England

3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light brown 500ml bottle, best before 19 Oct 2009, drank on a sunny afternoon in July 2009.

Poured into a UK pint straight sided glass.

Pale amber/old gold colour with a thin white head. The body was almost clear, just the hint of a mist, plenty of bubbles rising upwards, so good carbonisation within the beer.

The aroma was weak, some hops and yeast esters but nothing very strong throughout the tasting.

Crisp, refreshing and slightly hoppy, an apple taste hovered in the background, a bitterness comes through in the aftertaste.

Nothing special, might be a whole lot better in cask form?

Jul 08, 2009
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Shadman from Canada

4.07/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

An award winner as far as golden ales go...given the smoking hot deal on a 4 pack I got I feel like I'm already a winner

Well...looks golden...as in a nice dark amber....lot's of fine carbonation bubbles = an English Ale head fit for a king.

Classic aromas...really is there more to add...ok...this...really liked the fruitiness that lies underneath all the classics.

Smooth, without some of the iron water twang prevalent in some Anglo ales. Again some nice fruitiness that pokes thru the withering tea-like bitterness.

Given the low ABV I was surprised at how much body this brew has...maybe goes flattish a bit too soon, but overall that's a minor detail

English session ale par excellence

Aug 04, 2013
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thierrynantes from France

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beer bottle (50 cl.) purchased from Bières & Chopes, and tasted in 2013.

Appearance : golden color with white foam head.
Smell : hoppy and grassy aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : malt with caramels notes, bitter and dry finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style English Bitter

Apr 20, 2013
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pin from Australia

3/5  rDev -16.9%

May 22, 2013
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AlexLMS from Portugal

3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: beautiful bottle. Very clear with an orange-bronze colour. Off-white, foamy low head with impaired retention and no lacing at all.
Aroma: yeast, fruits, slightly sweet malts and grains.
Taste: sweet malts, bitter herbal hops, grains and yeast.
Mouthfeel: smooth, average carbonation, average to low alcoholic strength and a medium body.
Finish: lingering bitter and slightly sweet aftertaste.

Overall: very enjoyable beer. Nice bitterness. Quite refreshing. Deserves a try.

Dec 01, 2008
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biboergosum from Canada

3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml can. This may be an ode to a beloved English writer's walk in the local fields, but around here in Alberta, the name Wainwright inspires no such heady prose.

This beer pours a crystal clear, medium golden amber hue, with two fingers of densely foamy, rather creamy eggshell white head, which leaves a near solid wall of multivariant, webbed painted lace around the glass as things duly move southwards.

It smells of bready, biscuity pale malt, a mild honey sweetness, a bit of apple fruitiness, and earthy, leafy noble hops. The taste is more understated pale, grainy malt, a touch of breakfast biscuit, mild orchard fruit notes, and subtle earthy, leafy hops. Simple, but that's its thing, apparently.

The bubbles are quite low-key, and mostly innocuous throughout, the body medium-light in weight, and generally smooth, an oh so slight pithiness pecking at its heels. It finishes off-dry, the mostly unchecked sweetness petering out slowly, with the musty hops holding fast in their basic inequity.

A so-so pale ale of the English pale ale bent, with some pleasantly mixed fruity notes, and little more. The kind of offering that defines a sort of easygoing session experience, the kind where you might be less than concerned with the state of your walk on the way home, I suppose.

Jul 24, 2013
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dgilks from Australia

3.61/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light, fruity aroma with very little malt character.

Clear, golden colour with a big, fluffy, white head.

Light, malty and a bit fruity with some nice esters. Good East Kent Goldings flavour.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation.

A nice bitter. Not too full on.

Aug 19, 2010
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joe1956 from England

3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Poured a pure gold colour with a thin head. The aroma has a hint of honey. Plenty of fruit and and some hops with a touch of a bitter taste. It has the typical Thwaites profile, and in spite of the low ABV a lot of flavour. A good beer from a good brewery.

May 08, 2009
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fullsweep from England

3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL brown bottle poured into a pint glass.

First things first, I doubt this is technically a bitter--it has none of the typical characteristics. It lacks the earthy/bitter taste, and the generally brownish colour. Much more like a pale or blonde ale. But anyway . . .

A: great blonde colour, clear, with lots of foamy white head--leaves tonnes of lacing.

S: a sour/bitter scent with floral notes underlying

T: very mild, mellow taste--relatively non-distinct and not matching the scent all that much.

M: moderate body and carbonation--nice and smooth with just the right amount of bite.

D: incredibly drinkable--goes down VERY easy. Beware. ;)

Apr 19, 2010
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IRONRakkasan from California

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Oct 23, 2013
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DerBayer from Germany

2.7/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Hmmm this beer is distinctly aberage in its appearance though more reminiscent of a pale ale in my view.

Smell is English hops with English hops and faint faint fruity esters

The taste is much the same there and nothing remarkable

The palate is medium dry and leaves a slightly unpleasant coating.

May 22, 2010
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Thehuntmaster from South Africa

3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle 4.1% abv

Appearance: Golden in colour (too lager like for me) with a good, dense, off-white head that leaves good lace.

Smell: Sweet fruity smell (pears and apples, almost a touch cidery), with a hint of floral, lemony hops. As the beer warmed I picked up a hint of white grape juice...

Taste: Not a strong flavour, but decent. Sweet and fruity as with the smell, with a touch of floral (almost grassy) hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, light with good carbonation.

Drinkability: A very drinkable brew. An afternoon's thirst quencher, rather than a beer to savour.

I must add that I don't see how this beer can be classed as an English bitter. I see it more as a pale ale.

Mar 20, 2010
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g4g2008 from Canada

3.25/5  rDev -10%

May 28, 2012
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