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BJCP 2015 Guideline

British Bitter Best Bitter


BJCP 2015 11B Best Bitter example
11B - Best Bitter


Overall Impression

A flavorful, yet refreshing, session beer. Some examples can be more malt balanced, but this should not override the overall bitter impression. Drinkability is a critical component of the style.


More evident malt flavor than in an ordinary bitter, this is a stronger, session-strength ale.

Commercial Examples

Adnams SSB, Coniston Bluebird Bitter, Fuller's London Pride, Harvey's Sussex Best Bitter, Shepherd Neame Master Brew Kentish Ale, Timothy Taylor Landlord, Young's Special

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  • OG:  1040 - 1048
  • FG:  1008 - 1012
  • ABV: 3.8 - 4.6
  • IBU: 25 - 40
  • SRM: 8 - 16
BJCP 2015 11B - Best Bitter Commercial Example