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 tweeder263
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a slightly hazy amber brew with thin white head. Smells slightly caramelly ,malty. Taste very malty slightly tart in the end. Really low in hop flavor. Mouthfeel a little thin.Drinkablility is pretty good not really too high in alcohol. An ok beer , ive had better english pale ales a little too tart for me.

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Photo of PorterLover83
2.98/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Head dissapates rather quickly and gives way to an amber orangish color. Smells of white breads, slight yeast and some hops in the background. Hops bitterness with a slight breadsy taste and almost muted citrus. Pretty much a lighter-medium mouthfeel. Pretty good drinkability, malt comes a little more as it warms.

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Photo of bboven
3.3/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Definitely on the dark end of the style; reddish-amber very clear body with a thin layer of persistent head but no lacing.

Pretty balanced aroma, though a bit too buttery overall. The English malts definitely show up along with some nice English hop spice.

Flavor is a bit too buttery as well, but if you go past that it's got all the characteristics of the style.

Much too highly carbonated for the style. This stuff should be almost flat but this one certainly is not.

A decent English style beer for the states, though certainly not the best example you could find worldwide. Also, the alcohol is way to high and apparent here to make it a session beer.

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Photo of orangemoustache
2.7/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A-pours amber with orange tones,the head is almond in color and thick,it leaves no lace behind

S-sweet and sugary,butterscotch(not what I expected)mostly malts with no hop presence at all

T-caramel apples,wimpy malts,very little noticible hops and a stale malt liquor(40oz) aftertaste,Wow

M-thin body,dryer than it needs to be,metallic finish

D-at first sip this beer seemed ok,but it really missed the mark(BIG TIME) from the middle to the finish,I will try other styles by Samuel Whitbread,but you would have to be pretty sneaky to get me to drink this Pale Ale again!

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Photo of nickfl
3.08/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Two finger white head that settles quickly and leaves decent lace. Copper body with nice clarity.

S - Malty with some fruitiness form the yeast and a slight hop aroma. A bit of alcohol in the background.

T - Thin malt flavor up front. Some fruitiness and moderate hop flavor. Harsh bitterness comes in during the finish.

M - Medium body and moderately high carbonation.

D - Reasonably drinkable, but it is a bit overcarbonated and the bitterness is harsh and unpleasant.

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

12 oz bottle poured into mug.

Appearance: Clear, medium amber with medium off-white head.

Smell: Slightly malty, some caramel. Minor earthy hops present in the background.

Taste: Somewhat corn-like flavor hits you hard. Some minor caramel malts and roast.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Corny flavor sits on the tongue.

Drinkability: If it wasn't for the corny flavor, this might be good.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.73/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass and received a mediumish auburn/copper body with minimal head that quickly died. A floral, hoppy smell with faint dough, very faint. A rather weak smell.
A robust, bready taste that is a mix of some hops and dry malts and even a sharp acidicness. A full-bodied beer that went down easily but still left a dry and smokey finish. The hops are used pretty good here, and overall a nice session beer that I look forward to drinking again.

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Photo of avalon07
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a nice amber hue and a somewhat thick consistency. Didn't pour much of a head, but there was decent lacing.

There was a bready smell, accompanied by some malt.

The taste was simple but forceful enough to be interesting. Malt, yeast and some hops.

There was a fair amount of carbonation and a dry finish for a good mouthfeel.

On the whole, this is a drinkable beer. A nice example of a pale ale.

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Photo of cfriend2
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found a six pack of this beer at a grocery store where I rarely shop and spotted an unfamiliar face in the imports section. I'd never heard of it, so I thought I'd give it a shot.

A - Poured into a glass tumbler. Pale copper/red in color and is quite clear. A beautifully thick head forms after pouring but dissipates quickly after a few seconds.

S - Strong yeasty/bready smell and an easily distinguishable smell of alcohol. Not much more going on here.

TM - Very much like the smell. I could barely detect any trace of hops in the flavor. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. The aftertaste is a bit rough, comes off a little burnt.

D - A decent beer. I would say it is one of the best pale ales I've had, but I admit I haven't had the privilege of trying a lot of what the world has to offer just yet. I could easily see this replacing Bass as my go-to English pale ale on account of the price tag, if for no other reason.

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

A- Gold/Red, perfectly clear, white head with hazelnut speckling, about 3 fingers, thick and frothy, shortly falls to 1 finger with great lacing, very sticky.

S- Not a big nose on this beer...Pretty clean, small amount of malt, decent hop aroma, a tad earthy. Hops are a bit bitter/sweet and earthy.

T- Clean and smooth. no frills. Nice pale malts balanced clean and well by floral/earthy hops. Tastes exactly like a pale ale should.

M- One of its better attributes, this beer is nice and big in the mouth. A slight acidic sharpness, hop bite, sweet and sticky malt. Goes down smooth and refreshing with a clean, astringent after taste, and subtle lingering hop feel.

D- Have it all the time. It's good. A fine example of an English Pale Ale, it's clean and refreshing, goes well on its own, in warm or cold weather, as a social beer, and with food. Pretty versatile and always refreshingly tasty. Just don't drink it expecting to be blown away, just relax and enjoy.

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

Orange with a good head.

Smell is bready and sweet.

Taste is sweet, then bready, but then turns a bit off at the end. A bit buttery and alcoholic in the finish.

Mouthfeel all right, not really notable.

The bottle was drinkable, but this was nothing too special for me.

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Photo of MerkinMan
4.14/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: Lovely red / amber with a thin head. Remarkably clear

S: Not much there. Almost an absence of smell. Clean.

T: A great tasting beer. Whitbread is head and shoulders better than Bass or Old Perculier. Goldings hops are pretty apparent, and the malt is very tasty.

MF: If I had my druthers it would be more substantial in this department, but still not bad.

D: All night long. This is a pale ale that is very drinkable, yet not boring like other session beers.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice amber color with a clean khaki head that stays with you as you drink.

Smell is very clean and crisp, there is a nice caramel scent with a malt finish. Those malts are very light and have no sign of being toasted.

Taste is all caramel and malts. There is a nice diacetyl hint that gives the beer a slight buttery taste and a smooth mouthfeel. Typical with an english pale, there is no discernible hop profile.

An uninteresting beer kind of weak in the flavor department. I don't think there is anything here that makes the beer have any true character.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains light malts, caramel, honey and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is sweet, malty and bready with flavors of caramel and honey. There's a mild pale hops presence that provides a decent balance. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it's a decent beer to drink for a long time if you're in the mood for this style, but overall I consider it just an ordinary beer.

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Photo of JDV
2.16/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Amber pour with little offwhite head. Light smell or sourness, caramel, and a metallicness to it as well. Same tastes, sour, caramel and metal, but I didn't get much in the way of hops as the description states. Boring, bland, and possibly a bit past its prime for this particular bottle. World Market doesn't seem to be the best place to get fresh beer... Thanks to RateBeer.com however for the MIDI version of the song "Another One Bites The Dust" in celebration of my 200th rating on my last beer.

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Photo of BDIMike
3.78/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is good. A dark tan color with a thick white head. Head retention is very good along with good carbonation.
Smell is very bready, almost like buttered bread.
Taste is nice. The first shot is of the hops. Then they are immediately taken over by the malted barley.
The mouthfeel is nice. Carbonation is high, but it is still smooth at the same time.
Drinkability is very high for a pale ale. This is a good session beer.

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Photo of claytri
3.85/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured a clear amber with a white head. The aroma was good and strong of a good mix of malt and floral hops. The taste if very biscuity with a dry hop finish that has a floral edge to it. The feel is nice and wet with a good dry finish, quite nice. A very nice beer I can see setting up a session or two with this one.

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Photo of tronester
3.3/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent amber brown. The head is medium and off-white. It fades away pretty quickly. Smells of English malt, with a yeasty character. Taste is malty, buttery, with a hint of tea. There is a good amount of bittering hops to round things out. Mouthfeel is rich, and carbonation levels are slightly high for the style but otherwise good. Pretty drinkable, not really a session ale in the British sense (due to its relatively high alcohol) but I could drink a few of these.

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

The colour of caramel with a half finger of beige head. Head falls to a thin cap.

Sweet bready malt with a touch of caramel and herbal hops hit the nose.

Semi sweet caramel flavour up front. Finish is a mix of herbal hops and some pine sharpness. Finish isn't as pleasant as it could be.

Mouthfeel is pretty standard for the style, not watery and not overly carbonated. It isn't a tough beer to drink, but it doesn't have that sessionable feel that the style should.

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Photo of Shadman
3.46/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

next to last beer from the beer traveler 'suitcase' I got for Christmas. This is the 'Natti' Brewed version.

Rich amber/copper in colour and perfectly clear. Head and lacing very poor and reflect in the score. Really liked the aroma. Rich rum/raisin and buttery caramel with a hint of the ABV lurking in there as well. Not overly hoppy by any means though. Pretty much all the aroma comes through in the taste. A definite buttery flavour comes through as well as some tea-like hoppiness that was quite muted. Decent body, certainly not as watery as some.

Decent ale...would have another for certain, but the sweetness would get tired after more than 2.

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Photo of JamesS
2.56/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pourd a very nice dark auburn/copper color, with great head and decent lacing. Has a very low scent, which seemed much too malty for a pale ale (in my opinion). Low taste, hardly anything there, not really a hoppiness, maltiness, or anything, beyond a very weak, almost water flavor. Went down fine, but not great. I doubt I'll get any more.

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Photo of gabeerfan
3.57/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Brownish orange, a little hazy. Very little head that disapated quickly. Some lacing around the top of the beer that disappears down the glass.

S- Very British. Malty, some hopiness. Iced tea, caramel, some alochol.

T- Again, mostly malts upfront with some nice mellow hop bitterness near the back of the tongue. Again, Iced tea and caramel flavors.

M- The carbonation scrapes the tongue clean, in a good way. Overall, medium bodied. It sticks around, but not for long.

D- Very drinkable. It's flavorful without being burdensome on the palate or the stomach. I could see hanging around the pub for the evening with a few of these.

Overall, pretty typical for a British beer, which is not a bad thing for me. Not as good as Fuller's London Pride, but I can see bringing this into the rotation if Fuller's isn't availabe.

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Photo of becktone
3.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Eye: I'm quite surprised at the color of this beer. It is a lot darker than I expected. Color is light brown with yellow-orange highlights. The beer is fairly clear, there is a bit of cloudiness in there. Head is egg white and has decent retention. Lacing is good.

Nose: Great malt aroma coming from this beer. I get toasty, bread, light nutty, and warm malt aromas. Hops are pretty low key, pretty much hidden behind the malt aromas. Great representation of this style.

Tongue: Sweet malt flavors right up front. All elements present in the nose of the brew are here, toasty, bread-like, nutty, and warm. I also pick up some diacetyl in the finish of this beer. Hops are there in just the right amount to balance out the brew. There isn't much hop flavor, but I'd have to say the small amount of flavor in this brew that I can't put my finger on is from some type of noble hop.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: This beer has a light body and is appropriately carbonated, nothing gets in the way of this brew's flavor profile. The finish is slick and leaves a slight warmth with the diacetyl that I am picking up. After a few seconds the finish becomes much drier leaving the tongue looking for something to rehydrate it. This is a beer I'd not be opposed to buying again, however, I don't see anything that is all that great about it. It didn't WOW me. I find it to be a classic example of the style and an overall good beer, but nothing to write home about.

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

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Appearance : ambrée, limpide. mousse blanche, bonne persistance
Smell : discret, avec des notes de caramel
Taste and mouthfeel : des notes maltées et caramélisées. puis se développe une belle amertume en bouche
Drinkability : une bonne bière pale ale, même en bouteille

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle to a dark amber color with medium thick off-white head that lingers through the entire glass and leaves good lacing on the glass. Nose was a pleasant blend of malted roasted nuts and a hint of citrus hops. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and slightly tingly, with the flavor resembling the malt-hop aroma, and a hint of alcohol creeping in late.

The finish was medium duration and pleasant, though I never did detect the bitterness expected of this style. Actually, this resembled more an English Ale/Amber mix than an ESB, but not a bad offering.

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