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Brand: Batemans / Type: Bitter

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      23.04.2003 14:36
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      This is another of my reviews that originally appeared in my local branch of CAMRA's magazine called Innspire. I thought that I would share it with you and give it a wider audience. At the moment it only gets seen by anyone who picks up a magazine at a local pub, or goes to the web-site at http://www.derby.org/innspire/features/features.html#XB. So, here is my review of Bateman's XB. Bateman's Brewery is based in Wainfleet, Lincolnshire; just down the A52 from Skegness. It is a small independent business that was set up, back in 1874, by farmer George Bateman and his wife Suzanna. The present chairman, also called George, is the founder?s grandson; keeping Bateman?s as a family concern, despite threats of buy-outs from larger companies. Bateman's produce a variety of good quality beers and are respected producers of cask ales. George Bateman & Son Ltd own around 60 pubs and also supply bottled and cask beers nationwide ~ they even had the concession to supply beer to Skegness Butlins! They brew regular, seasonal and speciality beers; these include the wickedly named Miss Whiplash (4.2% ABV), the dark and rich Salem Porter (4.7% ABV) and the wonderfully flavoursome Dark Mild (3% ABV). Bateman's XB weighs in at 3.7% ABV and is brewed using Challenger, Goldings and Liberty hops. The relatively modest alcohol content makes it an ideal strength for a session ale too. Looks wise, it is a light to mid-brown colour, with a slight golden tinge when held to the light. The head is a light cream hue; it is quite tight and lasted throughout the pint. The texture of the beer is slightly on the fizzy side, but it is still pleasant and very easy to drink. XB is quite a hoppy beer so, not surprisingly, the predominant aroma is that of hops. There is a little maltiness along with a little lemony fruitiness lurking in there. Taste wise, XB isn't one of those beers that you speak of with flowery language and poetic metaphors:
      It is a good, typical bitter, not something to wax lyrical about! I suppose the main point is that XB is refreshing, tasty and well balanced. The hoppy element could have a tendency to dominate but, due to an underlying maltiness and a pleasant warming sensation, this doesn't happen. What you get is an interesting balance of hops, malt and fruit. There is a nice refreshing and bitter flavour in the finish, leading to a warm lingering after taste that tempts you to drink more (so we did!). We sampled our XB down at the Rugby Club on Stonegravels in Chesterfield; a great place to get good reasonably priced beers. They usually have a couple of guest beers on offer, the atmosphere is relaxed and the staff are friendly. The location and the excellent Bateman's XB added to our enjoyment of our Charity Quiz night. Our pints (of which we had a few) cost us £1.75 each ~ a thoroughly drinkable ale at a reasonable price! It went well with our steak and red wine pies too because its flavour didn't drown out the taste of the food. I would definitely recommend Bateman's XB as an easy drinking and pleasant bitter that can be enjoyed at any time of year... and at £1.75 a pint it didn't break the bank either. Brewer details: George Bateman & Son Ltd Salem Bridge Brewery, Mill Lane, Wainfleet, Lincolnshire, PE24 4JE By Telephone / Fax T: +44 (0)1754 880317 F: +44 (0)1754 880939 http://www.bateman.co.uk/HomeF.htm

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      A distinctive, well balanced bitteer with a refreshingly dry bitterness and a pleasing hoppy finish. Brewer: George Bateman & Son, Ltd. Style: English Bitter Alcohol Content: 3.7%