Brewed by: Westerham Brewery Co.
First brewed: 2004
Obtained from: Beers of Europe
I was cautious about British Bulldog. Cautious about the thought of trying my first bitter in general. I like sweeter beers, I like beers that are light on the tongue. Bitter, to my mind, seemed the complete opposite of what I like. So I took my first sip with extreme caution.
I have to say I was more than pleasantly surprised. There was a lovely balance to this beer with regard to the bitterness and sweetness. Westerham included a handy little bitterness and sweetness scale on the back of the bottle – this beer got a rating of 3 out of 5 on both factors. I think the balance worked well in this beer’s favour, perhaps it defeats the point of a bitter to be so, well, un-bitter but I liked it and that’s all that really matters on this blog.
In terms of the strength of beer, I feel it hit a more or less perfect balance at 4.3%. It had a seriousness about its strength but it didn’t come close to being overpowering. It had a little kick in the back of the throat which made it a little coarse to swallow.
I liked this beer but I couldn’t fall in love with it. As only my first bitter it was never going to win me over from my sweet, light lager loving ways. It wasn’t the nice chilled beers I’m most accustomed to, but perhaps with time I’ll come to appreciate it more. I give British Bulldog a solid 3 out of 5.