Beer Style

Beer, ale, lager and stout styles and categories

Beers, ales and lagers come in many types, styles and variations. Please choose from the styles listed to find more of the beers you like.

Pale Ale : Best Bitter

Adnams Gunhill
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Adnams Gunhill
83A red-amber-coloured beer with fruit cake flavours you expect in a beer of a much greater strength.

Arkell's 3B

Arkell's 3B
73An enjoyable if unremarkable best bitter.

Arundel ASB

Arundel ASB
73A big and tasty brew with a chalky finish that dries the palate completely.

Batemans Rosey Nosey

Batemans Rosey Nosey
78A good value, red-amber beer that is full of character.

Batemans Valiant
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Batemans Valiant
80A robust, tasty and highly satisfying, dark golden best bitter.

Broughton Ales Angel

Broughton Ales Angel
75It's a bit one-dimensional – it could use a little more sweetness – but it's certainly clean and dry.

Cameron's Castle Eden Ale

Cameron's Castle Eden Ale
63Sadly, it all goes downhill after the aroma, with oxidation obscuring all the intended flavours of what, in its cask form, is an enjoyable, malty-sweet Northern ale.

Castle Rock Harvest Pale

Castle Rock Harvest Pale
75A popular beer from Nottingham, but a bit disappointing on this evidence. Butterscotch (diacetyl) flavours are dominant to the detriment of other characteristics. Full flavoured, nonetheless, with a g...

Dark Star Sunburst

Dark Star Sunburst
75A golden beer for hopheads, but too hoppy for some palates.

Deschutes Bachelor ESB

Deschutes Bachelor ESB
Quince jam-like dominant in the nose along with peppery hops. Pleasant balance of malt, fruit and slightly earthy, solid final bitterness. Spicy bitter hop character. Robust and satisfying.

Fuller's Gales HSB

Fuller's Gales HSB
74A full-flavoured, nicely balanced, deep amber-red beer, perhaps not quite as sweet as in the days when it was brewed at Gale's in Horndean.

Green Man Best Bitter

Green Man Best Bitter
75A dark golden, English-style organic best bitter from New Zealand with plenty of body thanks to its chunky malt base.

Green Man Best Bitter

Green Man Best Bitter
78A good, robust beer with a nice sweetness in the mouth and a satisfyingly bitter finish. This was first tasted here in 2006 and the flavour profile seems quite different today, and for the better.

Greene King St Edmunds

Greene King St Edmunds
75Designed for serving at a cooler temperature than most ales, and also as a mass market beer – there's certainly nothing demanding here. It's pleasant enough, but quite thin.

Highwood Tom Wood's  Jolly Ploughman

Highwood Tom Wood's Jolly Ploughman
75A fairly robust, ‘old-fashioned' tawny ale with lots of flavour.

Hoggley's Northamptonshire Bitter

Hoggley's Northamptonshire Bitter
73Pleasant, if a little chewy, with a notably bitter finish. From a tiny Northamptonshire brewery.

Hoggley's Reservoir Hogs

Hoggley's Reservoir Hogs
75Full of pleasant, fruity hop flavours, if just a little thick on the palate. The roasted notes in the finish arrive a little unexpectedly.

Hogs Back T.E.A (Traditional English Ale)

Hogs Back T.E.A (Traditional English Ale)
75A drinkable, amber-coloured best bitter that perhaps lacks a little character.

Joseph Holt 1849

Joseph Holt 1849
75A smooth and full-flavoured, predominantly malty bitter with excellent balance.

Joseph Holt Touchwood

Joseph Holt Touchwood
75An unusual but well-judged beer with intriguing but not overbearing flavours.

Meantime London Pale Ale
Tastingbeers.com Recommended - Winner

Meantime London Pale Ale
80With its hedgerow-grassy character, this golden ale seems to offer more of a taste of the countryside than of the capital city, but it's an interesting, full flavoured beer with lots of character.

Morrisons The Best
Tastingbeers.com Editors Choice - Winner

Morrisons The Best
85Excellent value, strong, amber bitter, an ‘own label' beer produced by the Freeminer Brewery in Gloucestershire.

Otter Claus

Otter Claus
75A full-flavoured, bronze quaffing beer.

Peak Ales Bakewell Best Bitter

Peak Ales Bakewell Best Bitter
75A robust and characterful, orange-golden bitter from Derbyshire that tastes stronger than the ABV suggests.

RCH Double Header

RCH Double Header
75A robust amber beer that will score more highly with hopheads.

Ringwood Boondoggle

Ringwood Boondoggle
75A refreshing, bitter, golden ale featuring Fuggles and First Gold hops.

Ringwood Old Thumper

Ringwood Old Thumper
75A famous copper ale with a rather subtle finish for a beer of its strength.

Rogue  Younger's Special Bitter
Tastingbeers.com Recommended - Winner

Rogue Younger's Special Bitter
85The bottle describes this as ‘a classic English special bitter,' but there aren't so many British beers as bold and hoppy as this these days.

Saltaire Cascade Pale Ale

Saltaire Cascade Pale Ale
78A hop feast that also includes the Centennial hop alongside the one celebrated in the beer's name.

Sharp's Doom Bar

Sharp's Doom Bar
73Nicely balanced but firmly malt-accented amber Cornish bitter.

Sharp's Single Brew Reserve 2010

Sharp's Single Brew Reserve 2010
78Although a little light-bodied and delicate for its strength, this is an interesting, one-off, dark amber beer, matured at the brewery for a month before being bottle conditioned.

Shepherd Neame Whitstable Bay

Shepherd Neame Whitstable Bay
75This well-established organic ale seems a bit fruitier than when last tasted for this magazine.

Spectrum Capt. Scarlet

Spectrum Capt. Scarlet
75A sturdy, red-coloured bitter with a good, complex malty background. Not quite FAB, as they used to say in the puppet series from which it takes its name, but decent enough.

Spectrum Wizzard

Spectrum Wizzard
75A burnished copper-coloured strong ale with big flavours.

St Austell Tribute

St Austell Tribute
75A pleasant quaffing ale with an American accent. Not that new in bottle, but recently repackaged.

St Peter's Organic Ale

St Peter's Organic Ale
75A robust and strongly-flavoured, golden best bitter.

Traditional Scottish Ales Ben Nevis 80/-Ale

Traditional Scottish Ales Ben Nevis 80/-Ale
78A full-flavoured 80/- that does the business. Traditional Scottish Ales is an amalgamation of three Scottish microbreweries: City of Stirling, Trossachs Craft and Bridge of Allan.

Traditional Scottish Ales William Wallace

Traditional Scottish Ales William Wallace
78It's unusual to find such a malty beer that's so refreshing. A beer worthy of the name of arguably Scotland's greatest freedom fighter.

Uncle Stuart's Excelsior

Uncle Stuart's Excelsior
70An amber-red bitter, one of a range of bottle-conditioned beers from a tiny Norfolk brewery. The taste and finish sadly fail to do justice to what is a rather appealing aroma.

Westerham Brewery Little Scotney Pale Ale

Westerham Brewery Little Scotney Pale Ale
75A robust, full-flavoured but very dry bitter featuring Target hops from the National Trust's Scotney Castle farm in Kent.

Westerham Brewery William Wilberforce Freedom Ale

Westerham Brewery William Wilberforce Freedom Ale
75A full-flavoured, bottle conditioned ale to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in the UK and extolling the virtues of today's Fairtrade produce.

Wye Valley Butty Bach

Wye Valley Butty Bach
65At its best, a soft and easy drinking, fruity, dark golden ale.

Wye Valley Morgan Centenary Ale

Wye Valley Morgan Centenary Ale
75A straight down the middle, bottle-conditioned beer, with no real highlight features yet an excellent balance throughout. The freshness and fullness of flavour make it very enjoyable. Brewed to mark t...

Toronto the good
Canada is a major player in the beer revolution that is sweeping North America. Robert Hughey seeks out the beer venues in its largest city.

Everything you need to know about cask conditioning
In the latest in our series Nigel Huddleston looks at the role of the cask in production

Hampshire, Kent and Sussex: In the garden of England
Andrew Catchpole looks at the brewers of Hampshire, Sussex and Kent

The pride of Yorkshire
Yorkshire is one of Britain's finest beer regions. We have extensively covered North Yorkshire in past issues. Here Barrie Pepper goes West and South

A light in the Black country (West Midlands)
England's West Midlands has long been a beer heartland, built on its industrial past. Roger Protz looks at what is on offer these days

Border brews (Cumbria and Northumberland)
Adrian Tierney-Jones discovers the beers of England's most northerly counties, Cumbria and Northumberland

Far from Middling (East Midlands)
Several regions of Britain could lay claim to be its most fertile beer producer. One of the least celebrated is the East Midlands. Dominic Roskrow grew up there

Southern style
Dominic Roskrow gets to grips with the breweries of Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex and Kent.

UK Breweries
Breweries HAMPSHIRE Bowman Ales Ltd, Droxford Tel: +44 (0)1489 878 110 www.bowmanales.com Choice beer: Wallops Wood 4% The Crondall Brewing Co, Crondall Tel: +44 (0)1252 319 000 www.crondallbrewery.c...

God's own country
It covers 6,000 square miles, but does its beer measure up? Alastair Gilmour sets off for Yorkshire.

Star of the East (Adnams)
Few breweries dominate their locality the way Adnams does in Southwold. Adrian Tierney-Jones visited it

World Beer Awards 2011
world beer awards 2011 intro html pthe 2011 world beer awards saw a surge in entries and judging began its lengthy meticulous process in june with more rounds and judges taking part more than ever in ...