Whitbread Pale Ale | Whitbread PLC

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Whitbread Pale AleWhitbread Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Whitbread PLC
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 10-25-2001

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Reviews: 226 | Ratings: 289
Photo of BigJim5021
3.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dull bronze with a white head that recedes into a semi-ring. Good lacing.

Smells lightly of toasted caramel malts. I don't really know how fresh this bottle is, but the smell is pretty mild.

And if you wanna talk about mild, the flavor is definitely that. The malts actually overpower the hops a little, but you still get a slight twinge of bitterness in the finish. Not spectacular, but not bad either.

Mouthfeel is creamy, but a little thin. Like everything else about the beer, it's pretty decent.

With all that said, it's no surprise that drinkability also sits as decidedly decent. I wouldn't pick up a six-pack, but you could do much, much worse than Whitbread's pale ale.

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Photo of barleysandwich
4.53/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite beers, it has everything I like in a well balanced package.

Color is a nice deep copper color, and the taste is a very smooth slightly sweet flavour that feels very nice in your mouth.

The thing that impresses me the most about this beer is there are no notes or flavours or aftertastes that are unpleasant, some beers even good beers sometimes have 9 great things and 1 not so great aspect, this beer however is really a 10 out of 10 for me.

Bottom line, try it, you will like it, if you can find it.

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Photo of BWH3
3.81/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: light brown with orange to copper with small tan head that degrades to nothing quickly. Still which is okay but the haze is not. Another negative on appearance is the twist top.

S/T: A mildly sweet caramel note combined with a dry tart order characteristic of this yeast strain. The nose and after taste have a prominent floral flavor from the Styrian goldings. The bitterness is mild overall. The finish is dry, tart and just a bit fruity.

M: Still, weak head retention, light medium body.

D: A unique yeast profile is what distinguishes it from several of its peers and also produces a classic session beer.

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Photo of bmwats
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint.

A: Copper color. Light carbonation pours into a 1 finger, off-white head which settles into a thin layer of foam. Almost no lacing, but foam hangs around as you drink.

S: Light malt, hops, hint of grass.

T: Wheat and hops, yeast, touch of raisin (maybe?).

M: Wheat first, yeasty aftertaste. Fairly strong alcohol taste. Kinda' dry finish.

D: Good, solid drinkability.

Overall a good pale. Alcohol taste is a bit strong (in my opinion) for this style, but good flavor, decent atmosphere. Good quaff.

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Photo of xhcadamx
3.79/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - translucent amber with a dense off white head and decent lacing

S - Not very familiar with what a EPA should smell like but it reminds me of a lot of American ESBs. Frutiness which could come from the yeast or malt and some sublte hops - not sure what variety.

T - Very fruity and quite pleasant. Reminds me of the American made ESBs I have had. Fruity upfront with a nice bitterness to end.

M - Medium bodied with a small amount of carbonated bite

D - I am surprised at how much I am enjoying this beer and will try this one again.

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Photo of albern
3.8/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I didn't realize this beer was brewed in Cincinnati until I read the review by one of the Bros. I'm not sure it entirely matters, but I haven't had the original brewed in London. The beer pours a nice deep amber color with a very thick and creamy head with tons of lacing and retention. The beer clings to the sides of the glass. The nose on the beer is sweet malts and a good deal of fruitiness, perhaps some apple and pear, and a good deal of sweet caramel and toffee. The aroma is quite good.

The taste is a tad bit less than what the aroma reveals. It is a medium bodied beer, a bit chewy, with loads of sweet caramel malts. There is definitely a full palate of fruity maltiness, a very bready backbone to the beer, balanced out pretty nicely by traditional Noble hops. There is a bit of a butterscotch, diacetyl characteristic that diminishes the taste to a degree. This beer seems to have a higher ABV than its 5.7% given it slightly thick and slightly cloyingly sweet syrupy mouthfeel and texture. There is perhaps a raisiny note or two towards the finish. The beer is defined by its sweet caramel malts, its malty fruitiness, the Noble hops, and the diacetyl lurking throughout. This is a nice pale ale, a bit stonger than one might expect, but full of character and worth seeking out.

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Photo of likethetaste
3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got this beer in a variety pack from World Market. This wasn't a bad ale but it was not great either. I was expecting more from it. I would try this again to see if I just got a bad bottle in the pack but I would not rush to specifically look for it.

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Photo of nick76
3.85/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma is malty with diacytle yeast effects. There is also plenty of hops, toffee, and leaves. The appearance is amber with an average sized foamy head. The taste is like the aroma with a hint of sour dough. The palate is thick and smooth. Overall I like this one and it's one of the better easy to find beers.

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Photo of kinger
2.58/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

After reading the label and looking here I confirmed my initial suspician that this "English Pale Ale" had not been brewed in the mother country. What tipped me off initially was the fancy screw off cap which screamed DOMESTIC! Considering the value of this beer I was not upset that it's contract brewed here in the states but after sampling I got upset that apparantly this beer is rushed through production, this is indicitive of the extremely noticeable diacetyl aroma and flavor. Now the "buttery" affect from the diacetyl isn't completely offsetting to me, in fact I sort of enjoyed this taste in the brews I've sampled from Shipyard Brewing. It's very prominant and almost overpowering in this beer though. This one looks decent in the pint glass, nice copper color, small fizzy white head with decent lacing. Creamy and nicely satisfying mouthfeel. Lightly hopped even for an English Pale Ale, perhaps more hops would help offset the boring buttery flavor. One sixer and done for me.

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Photo of illidurit
3.26/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium watery brown color with a creamy tan head. Nice lacing and retention. Aroma has some diacetyl and apple juice along with caramel maltiness. Flavor is English toffee malt with a touch of darker fruits and a nice appreciable earthy hop finish. Not a lot of bitterness, but nice and dry. Mouthfeel has a nice heft to it, with appropriate carbonation and little wateriness. Not bad at all.

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Photo of Offa
4.01/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a fairly simple, straightforward English ale, a bit on the sweet side, but nice, fruity, and tasty.

Dark amber, it has a big, creamy pale tan head that slowly shrinks to a thin, foamy, permanent top and leaves some nice foamy lace.

The aroma is very fruity with fermented plums, raisins, with a tea leaves, orange juice, and light hint of caramelly yeaty bread.

The taste is similar, with a lot of fermented plums and apples up front, caramelly and a little creamy, with a general, strong sweet-sour fruitiness, and leafy earthiness. It is sweetish with light tart-sour fruit to balance. It's fairly balanced and dryish up front, but becomes more sweet with only the tartness and sourness to balance, with little bitterness, and it has a finish of caramel, fruity candy, with grain, and these persist very pleasantly into the somewhat long aftertaste.

It's very enjoyable, quite tasty, and overall the character is amostly winey, raisiny, spicy sweet-sour-tart fruit quality throughout with a very lkight leafy bitterness. It's highly drinkable and light, but with a creamy feel.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.35/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Something about this EPA makes it the best

A- Transparent orange-brown copper color with a little frothy head.

S- Smell is off hard water with mineral tones, slightly-caramel malts and a background spicy hop effect.

T- This is where this beer excels. I don't know if I'm tricking myself, but it really does taste like wheat bread with hops.

M&D- Feels and drinks like high quality mineral water.

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Photo of ectomorph
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Copper color with a slight haze. Nice head leaving rings on its' way down.

S - Very hoppy in the nose here with a citrus/grape thing going on.

T - It has a hop presence that I can't place or just haven't had before. Nice caramel sweet malt finish. Different.

M - Medium body with a chewiness not common in this style.

D - I wouldn't mind having this again from time to time.

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Photo of slyke
3.97/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Whitbread Pale Ale pours a copper color with a finger of off-white head that falls to a cap after just a couple of minutes some lacing.

The smell has a sweet malty quality with a hint of floral hoppiness.

Taste has a pleasant maltiness throughout with a floral note present - especially in the middle and end of the taste. There is a bit of almost breadiness there is well. I feel this is a positive in the beer.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied. Just about right for the style.

Drinkability is good on this beer. More than one would make for a nice afternoon.

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Photo of jdmorgan
4.03/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful copperish-brown with a one finger white and creamy head that dissipated into a lace around the rim. Very appetizing!

The smell had a bit of malt aroma and a light floral hop presence, but was largely subdued. The taste came on with a nicely blended malt body with caramel and fruit flavors and a slight sweetness. This was merged well with the hop flavor which was medium with a decent bitterness. Very laid back overall. Consistency was medium and carbonation was medium as well.

Wow, this was blended well and very easilly drinkable. I could drink a session of these easilly despite the ABV. I'll be getting more.

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Photo of Greggy
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice 2 finger head over an amber body. As the head recedes it leaves some faint lacing. No sediment is present in the clear body.

S- Very malt driven with notes of light cocoa and light fruitiness. Some hoppy edge is present reminiscent of faint apple. Pretty light, but good none the less.

T- Starts off with some fruitiness of apple, some grassiness, and slight nuttiness, then moves to a quick dry fruit, and even slightly mineral content finish. Not a hell of a lot to it, but it isn't terrible.

M- Low carbonation works nice with the bigger mouthfeel of the beer. Decent finish although the mineral content is a bit off putting.

D- I could drink this again, but wouldn't at all go out of my way to get it.

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Photo of cnally
3.74/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Whitbread. Sounds like a grain mill, but whatever.

The beer pours with a creamy white head. The color of the ale is a musty orange with some hints of red in the light.

The smell is all sugary butterscotch, with a shot of brandy. Quite enticing.

The flavor is a great initial creamy malt, with flavors of ginger and grain. This fades into a bit of yeasty aftertaste, of which I believe is not as appealing as the first flavor.

This is definately a frothy, creamy, milky beer.

Easy, easy, easy to drink--but the same way chocolate milk is. Not enough bite or distinctive flavor for me. However, harmless and quite filling.

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Photo of dsa7783
2.68/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Single, twelve ounce bottle copped from Total Wine and More in West Orange...
Pours a chestnut brown, mahogany hue with hardly any head and very minor lacing...
Aroma seemed sugar-dominated with a nice suggestion of malts and hops...
Taste was full of barley, cinnamon, brown sugars, slight hops, heavy malts, and licorice...
Wasn't too enthralled over the flavor, which I deemed slightly odd and unappealing... There was a distinct sweet finish which wasn't too enticing...
Average mouthfeel with a not-so-great level of drinkability in my opinion...
I personally wouldn't recommend this one...

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a very nice, deep amber-orange with a slight creamy khaki colored head that left a trail lacing behind. Visible carbonation was extremely light.

S: sweet caramel oranges.

T: light, and appeared somewhat thin with some caramel and oranges with a spicy flowery hopping. A dry spicy finish with cinnamon, alcohol and apple cider is found. A soft spicy hop bitterness and fruitiness of apples and pears round things out saving an otherwise weak start.

M: light, slightly creamy and softly carbonated.

D: Average drinkability, being fruity, dry, but overall worth a try.

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Photo of charliedango
4.63/5  rDev +38.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. Darker tan than what I usually expected of a pale ale with a slim frothy head. Smell revealed a very buttery aroma with a strong malt overtone. The best description of the taste I can give is that of a caramel rich/non-sweet butterscotch flavor. Overall I find this to be an excellent pale ale, but not the kind of thing I could indulge in - a great beer to experience in single offerings.

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12-ounce bottle poured into a pint nonic glass yields a clear reddish amber body capped with two fingers of creamy off-white foam that retains at a thick sticky sheet and leaves dedicated rings of lacing at the sip-lines.

Smells a little malty with caramel.

Taste is semisweet and malty with a slightly-astringent hint of black tea with honey and a dash of English hops. A dry, bready malt character emerges as the drink progresses, as does a decidedly metallic note.

Smooth and crisp, this is a very simple and drinkable beer.

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Photo of Rifrafboy
4.17/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Note: This sampling is an American under license brew.

Appearance - Dark brown, just like the color of a brown beer bottle. Nice head.

Smell - Clean and sweet, slightly floral.

Taste - Very malty, not a lot of hoppiness. Not quite what I expected from an IPA.

Mouthfeel - Crisp and clean. Medium bodied.

Drinkability - Good. If this is on sale again I will buy it.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of smcolw
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy amber color. Decent head with a small amount of spotty lace.

This is surprisingly sweet. Strong malt sugar in the nose with nearly no hop aroma.

The taste is far more dry than the smell suggests. Still, this is virtually a no hop brew. Good body with a slightly elevated carbonation level.

With a lot of the English elements, this is an interesting beer. I wish it had a stronger hop presence.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.3/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark amber, clear, with light tan head that laces well.

Nose has a delightful biscuit malt character. Fresh bread aromas too.

Palate has a pleasing biscuity/bread malt profile with balancing hops. The biscuity/bready component is what makes this beer stand out among other pales. If you like this component, you'll love this beer. Otherwise you may not be so impressed.

Finish brings in some hop bitterness that takes over once the biscuit/bread goes into the background. Medium to light bodied.

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Photo of kbnooshay
4.32/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured a clear amber color with a frothy white head that didn't stick around for long. Carbonation bubbles stuck to the body of the glass.

S- Very sweet fragrance of butterscotched bananas and malt. There is a hint of yeast also. Hops are not detectable in the nose.

T- Insanley manlty and sweet with a light butteriness. The butter flavor leads to a caramel flavor as you drink on. Hops are light and more detectable after a few sips. The sweetness dominates most of the time.

M/D- The feel is sticky and smooth. The carbonation is there but its light and doesn't add much tingle. I would gladly down a full 6 pack of this. The sweetness could get to you ventually though. A clean and refreshing brew that doesn't skimp out on flavor.

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Whitbread Pale Ale from Whitbread PLC
3.34 out of 5 based on 289 ratings.
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