Theakston Best Bitter
Quintessential English Bitter 3.8% ABV
Theakston Best Bitter is the leading session ale within the Theakston portfolio and has been for time immemorial. It is quite possible that when Robert Theakston founded the brewery in 1827 the range of ales would have been limited to just two or three of which almost certainly, one would have been a bitter beer. Consequently, it would be reasonable to argue that Theakston Best Bitter is one of the longest established session ales in Yorkshire.
When we refer to a ‘bitter’ beer, the term does not mean sour as in lemons, but dry as in ‘dry white wine’. So Best Bitter is a full bodied, dry beer.
We use five different hop varieties to make our Best Bitter forming a complex but subtle taste profile. The combination of dryness as generated by Target and Challenger hops, is balanced by sweetness created by the generous use of prime malting Barley providing the perfect accompaniment to a wide variety of food flavours as found in a Ploughman’s lunch for instance.
OFFICIAL TASTING NOTES: The quintessential English mid-strength ale ... the definitive English bitter! A perfect balance of malt and hops. This fine amber-coloured beer has a full flavour that lingers pleasantly on the palate. With good bitter sweet balance, this beer has a subtle hop character described as citrus and spicy. It's a refreshing and very satisfying pint - noted for the aroma of Fuggle hops and, dry hopping of Bramling Cross adds to its characteristic Theakston nose.
UNOFFICIAL TASTING NOTES: A sweet zesty aroma with a subtle fruit and gentle baked apple flavour leading to a refreshing finish!
Colour: Warm amber