Category Archives: Low alcohol

Adnams Sole Star

2013-02-23 18.06.45

I wasn’t sure what to expect of Sole Star given its ABV of just 2.7%, but I think that I’m going to enjoy it rather more than I expected.  The amber colour is not as light as the label led me to believe, and there’s a lively head that quickly settles.  I don’t normally place a lot of store by the description of the ale printed on the label, but on this occasion it’s pretty accurate:  the ale does have a floral aroma (though I personally can’t detect the promised citrus notes), and yes, there’s definitely a caramel flavour too.  This is a very pleasant and satisfying beer made all the more enjoyable for knowing that it’s actually rather healthier than most ales that I review.  It would go very well with almost any meal.


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Posted by on February 23, 2013 in Low alcohol, Pale Ale


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Banks’s Bitter

This was yet another of the ‘Beer on a budget’ tests:  it was approx £1 from either Budgens or Aldi (can’t quite remember!).  There was not a lot to dislike about this bitter, but not a huge amount of character to it either.  At this price, it’s quite good value:  it’s a mild-ish bitter with a well-rounded finish, and went down rather quickly.  From memory, the ABV was 3.8%, which probably explains the low cost.  I wouldn’t turn it down if offered at this price again, but probably wouldn’t pay the going rate of £2-£3 that most English bottled beers demand these days.

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Posted by on May 20, 2012 in Bitter, Low alcohol


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Elgood’s Black Dog

I think that Mild is undeservedly overlooked as a beer. In fact it’s only recently that I’ve been personaly aware of a resurgence in the brewing of mild. This bottle of Elgood’s Black Dog (part of my son’s birthday present to me) is a particularly fine example. A lowish ABV of 3.6% doesn’t detract from the rich malty flavour. If anything, this bottle is going down a little too easily, and I only have the one…

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Posted by on May 13, 2012 in Low alcohol, Mild


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Greene King IPA

This Greene King IPA (the reward for a long day driving to York and back) is a little like some people that I’ve worked with over the years: it’s pleasant, well-finished, and competent, but to my mind, lacking in character. It’s a lowish-alcohol 3.6%, which probably accounts for the £1 price tag from my local Budgens.

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Posted by on April 28, 2012 in Low alcohol, Pale Ale


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Adnams Lighthouse

This Adnams ale was on special at my local Budgens for only £1!. It’s a new one on me: it’s light (maybe too light), and would probably be very refreshing after a bike ride on a summer’s day. Nothing to object to, but just a little bland. Something to return to when the weather perks up perhaps.

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Posted by on April 6, 2012 in Low alcohol, Pale Ale


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