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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Ratings: 290 |  Reviews: 226
Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reddish brown in color with a nice tan head.
Aroma of earthy hops, toffee and caramel malt notes, and a woody character.

Taste follows suit. Toasty, slightly roasty caramel malt. Solid earthy hop balance. Woody.

Good mouthfeel.
Above average drinkability.

Overall, a solid pale ale, but nothing exciting.

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Photo of Boto
3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First off, I was disappointed that they have been Americanized and have a screw-off cap. The beer is a copper color. There is a small, fluffy light tan head that went away almost instantly. Some sweetmess to the nose. Honey? I get a bit of caramel to the taste. Very light bitterness in the aftertaste. OK, but I like my pale ales a bit hoppier.

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Photo of WMBierguy
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This looaks and tastes like a Bass clone. It has an amber color, and an uninspired, slightly bitter taste. However, it goes down pretty smoothly. Overall, its a mediocre import with only its relative rarity to set it apart from other beers of the same style. Drinkable, but not worth seeking out.

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Photo of TinusTime
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this on sale and as i had not had it in a while i thought i would give it a shot. It pours a nice sunset amber colour with a decent enough head which unfortunately dissapears quicky. Smells include a slight spicy ( almost clovelike) undernotes, and a bit of a whiff of hops, but other than that not much on the nose to speak of. Taste was fairly bland. A bit of sweet maltiness at the front, then a little surge of hops to try and dry things out. Slight hint of Bananas Foster,

Nicely carbonated and this beer goes down very smooth. Would be a good session beer as it is not "too" anything. A decent beer at a price a little cheaper than Bass. I would not buy this on a regular basis, but it would be good at a cook out or such as I think many people might like it.

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Photo of au1sec
2.93/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

As soon as I poured it into the glass the appearance
reminded me immediately of some earlier homebrew
attempts of mine to clone Bass. Deep reddish amber color with little head, decent lacing. Then I tasted it and
the disappointing feeling of not coming very close was
also similar. Malty, but the hop bitterness provided is in a bad way, IMO. Just a bitter finish..and not a good bitter. Its better than a lot of beers, but then its my favorite style, and it falls short of most other Pale Ales. Well short. I'll drink it again if given to me, but probably won't ever buy it again.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Copperish red with a decent head and decent carbonation. Earthy (almost vegetal?) hop aroma, spicy malt notes, and a touch of alcohol (?). Spicy malty flavor with a solid English hop balance which leans it bitter. Light-medium bodied with a dry bitter finish.

An average, but true, English-style Pale Ale -- would likely not buy again.

Per label: "Styrian Golding hops"

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Photo of granger10
3.06/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looked really nice with a dark amber color and a thick head that was quite large. But this beer fell from there. Aroma had an unpleasant astringency to it. The taste was of a bland non descript sweetness. Slight hops were there but not even strong enough to provide any backbone in the beer. Finished with an astringency where it seems the yeast should have been. This still isn't a terrible beer but not that good either.

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Photo of oberon
2.94/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice deep copper color with a light but creamy head,the aroma was really sweet (almost to sweet) with some cider notes.The taste has some decent fruitiness but is lacking a nice balance for a pale ale.Average at best beer probably wont go outta my way to buy again.

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Photo of daledeee
3.56/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was one of the first imports I ever drank(27 yrs ago.) That with Bass Ale. Now I am told it is brewed in the US.

Pours a beautiful copper-brown with a nice whipped creamy head and it stays around!! Taste is creamy and hoppy with malt. Pretty dry finish. But that is OK. This is a very drinkable beer.

There is a significant difference between American Pale Ale and European Pale Ale. I think this one is half way in between.

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Photo of euskera
3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale orange in color. Medium sized head that doesn't linger. Light in body, not much malt or hoppiness in there. Unobtrusive in the extreme, but certainly a cut above the macros. A perfectly acceptable session beer when you want to give you taste buds the night off..

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Photo of stirgy
2.47/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured out a clear amber orange color. The head was huge and creamy which gave off some strange aromas. Something like peanuts and sour yeast. The taste didn't fare that much better. The body was weak and the hops didn't seem to ever kick in. A bland and ordinary beer that didn't impress me.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.17/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First off, this is anything but pale or bitter, is the brewmaster straying from style a bit here or what? This should probably be called Whitbread Vienna or Amber Ale. Its color is right on iced tea. One demerit for not sticking to style...tough house tonight, huh?
Thin head bubbles down quickly.

Aroma is fruity and malty, raisins present, even a bit estery.

Very malty and sweet taste, slight alcohol tinge, not unpleasant, it actually gives the beer a little more personality to give its profile something more than just malt.

Pleasant carbonation and smoothness, soft sweet and slightly bready aftertaste. Not the best choice for a hot summer drink, but nice for relaxing with in the A/C or cooler outside temps. Disappears fast, at least mine did, but not sure how appealing it would be after 3 or 4.

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Photo of Scooter77
1.59/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

No sir, I didn’t like it, I didn’t like it at all. Poured a dark golden color topped off by a very thin white head that dissipated very quickly leaving no lace. The aroma had some hops intermixed with a hint of skunkiness. The taste was just as bad as the aroma, it had some hop bitterness, but mostly funky sweat socks. There was a bit of an astringent almost soapy aftertaste, I guess that was there to try to cleanse the taste buds of the sour taste of the beer. I will not drink this beer ever again and I do not recommend it to anyone.

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Photo of aaronh
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a dark amber with a dense cream colored head. The head fades to a thin layer of foam rather quickly. Wonderful caramel, butterscotch aroma with a delicate spiceness. The taste also has a bit of a butterscotch note, with a hint of bitterness. A slightly sour aftertatse greets you rather quickly and lingers for a while at cooler temps, but is mitigated a good bit as the beer warms. There's a good bit of malt here, and decent bitterness, but I don't dig the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is good, but the drinkability suffers from that lingering aftertaste. Not a bad beer, but there are much better Ales.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.93/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Color is a deep amber/copper kinda clear with a decent large off-white that was about two fingers high but faded quickly leaving some sheeting action in the lace. Smells faintly of sweet malt and has a twinge of floral hop. Taste is leveled out and mildly roasted malt caramel and toffee like with a nice balanced in herbal, clean hop bite and drying bitterness. The feel is full medium bodied with a good sense of bittering dryness thats smooth, clean, and slightly creamy/silky and is favorably easy to drink.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There's not much that's very pale ale-ish about this beer. Pours out a nice looking amber with a thin tan head. No hops in the aroma at all, but there is some sweet malt and cherry in there.

Flavor is very malty, with different layers of malt to pick out as it coats your mouth. Somewhat unpleasant bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is somewhat smooth. Needs a serious kick in the chops with some hops.

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Photo of goindownsouth
3.91/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a bad beer, by any means. A decent pale ale in both color and aroma, it taps out a decent copper color, although it is a tad faint. The aroma is hoppy and quite good, actually. This one really surprised me. I was not expecting it to drink as well as it did. Well worth seeking out. Bottoms up!

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Photo of Morris729
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber in color with a creamy light tan colored head that coats the glass in lace as it recedes. Nose is sweet malts and a good deal of fresh fruit. Medium in body with a fairly creamy mouthfeel. Taste is sweet toasted malts, caramel, and a bit of candied fruit. Some mildly spicy hops come through towards the end, but not enough to offset the initial sweetness. A nice brew, but I’d love to try the original.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep amber brown with profuse streams of carbonation and a huge pillowy head, retention is excellent, lace rings the glass quite nicely. Aroma of sweet caramel, molasses and some rather faint hops. Taste is dominated by the caramel malt, mild hops make their appearance only towards the end of the taste - and then are a second to the malt. Finish is a bit dry. Mouthfeel is pleasant, but not as good as expected. This beer seems quite bland for the style.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is a caramely brown and clear, underneath a full, creamy, well-retained head. Aromatics are disappointing, lacking any hop associations I come to expect and look forward to in any "pale ale" wothy of the name. Soft, dry, slightly buttery. Smooth texture, sweet palate, light body, with a yeasty/bready taste. Lasting finish. It drank well, but brought absolutely nothing to the table, making little impression on me at all. I'm sure they succeeded in creating exactly the beer they wanted, but it's too lacking in hops to be of any use to any ale drinker!

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Photo of LarryKemp
3.16/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer had a very dark amber color with a fair white head.

The malt aroma was there but the hops did not seem strong. There was no butterscotch or caramel.

The malt flavor was NOT overpowered by the hop bitterness. The beer finished with a little hop bitterness but was well balanced.

The mouthfeel was light.

It was a drinkable beer, but did not stand out in any particular way

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Photo of bditty187
2.98/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Amber-copper hue; off-white head, smallish with pitiful retention, good lace. Fruitiness (banana mainly), some malt, and caramel construct the nose. A solid foundation of malt sets the tone for the palate, some hops for a nice bite, good carbonation then, unfortunately, buttery and caramel-apple-like. A tad sticky… tacky mouthfeel. Alcohol is warming. Whitbread is a slightly below average English Pale Ale. I would not recommend it.

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Photo of ADR
3.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Just slightly hazy dark brown color, dark for the style. Head is pretty much on the refuge side -- 1/8 of an inch for 20 seconds max. Malty aroma, some definite sweet caramel smells. Malt dominated flavors, sweet bread and candy apple, with the afore-mentioned caramel. A bit of cinnamony and flowery hops -- not much. Definitely on the malty side for a Pale Ale, with medium body. Could use a tad more balance but I would drink this one again, as a cool weather transition brew for the shoulder seasons.

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Photo of budgood1
3.36/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours out a dark ruby color; slight fizzy head that died in ten seconds and no lace whatsoever. nice toffee, caramel malt, and a floral hop aroma is really inviting. smells great! tastes of the caramel malts and soft hops, with a misplaced hop bitterness that lingers on the tongue too long. mouthfeel is creamy at first, then a huge tongue tingling crispness asserts itself in the finish. strange mineral metallic flavors are perceived too. sort of schizoprhenic. out of balance too. something amiss here.

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Photo of putnam
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium to dark-brown with red highlights. Dark for a "Pale." Rich, steamy, sweet malt defines the nose. Watery molasses, dried breakfast syrup, banana bread.
On the palate it is warming and dry with a big dose of breadpan crust on the finish. Brown bread, walnuts and more subtle banana notes arrive while it is rolling past my tonsils. Slick sweetness comes on as it warms.
Very pleasant if a bit confected.

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Whitbread Pale Ale from Whitbread PLC
3.34 out of 5 based on 290 ratings.
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