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Beer – #805 – Bath – Gem

BeerJerkNZ Beerclub beer of the week, already, a Bath Gem, or the Bath Gem, or just plain old Bath Gem. I’m sure that I’ve had this, I really am.  I have the glass and everything, a gift from the nice people at Wine Circle in Kumeu  who I need to visit again.

A quintessentially English beer

This is beer that is 4.8% ABV and 144 calories a serve, the  500ml bottle has 2.29 standard rink in it in NZ.

Brewed by Bath in the style: Premium Bitter/ESB and that was happening in Bristol, England

Hoping for a Gem

Hoping for a Gem

Without doubt an exceptional best bitter.

With its rich aroma of hops and malt, and a long, deep, bittersweet finish, Gem has been carefully crafted into an exceptional best bitter. A quintessentially English beer, brewed with skill and passion

Ingredients: Maris Otter pale malt. Challenger and East Kent Goldings hops.

So, what could possibly go wrong?

That’s British hops is that aroma, musty damp earthy type thing, a smell that transports you back to the snug at the local.

Slightly darker pour thats I was expecting, but then again it is exactly best bitter colour, so not a surprise really. Not much of head but it settles into something thinner but looking like it’ll last.

Aroma in the glass is nice, quite fresh.

Bath-GemBitter to the taste but not so much that you hesitate, this is drinking bitter not show off hop forward bitter.

This is nice drinking, easy going beer, with no sharp edges or odd flavours, it is a beer to appeal across a wide range of people, their flagship beer for the masses, so pretty much an everyman beer. Nothing wrong with that at all, and a local that had this would be quite popular I imagine.

Lovely without being memorable or spectacular, Just like a proper British beer should be.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 7 of its things from the thing. Nothing wrong at all, just a nice beer well made with tried and tested ingredients. I’d easily go another,

The double dip review

  • Where did I get it? The BeerJerkNZ beer club. Everyone welcome.
  • Am I enjoying it? I am, it went a treat after a day at the desk today.
  • Would I have another? I would indeed, it’s very easy enjoyable drinking.
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? This would be a great beer to drink as an assistance to the chat. I’d be keen.

Music for this:  ” Soren Juul” with the album ” This Moment ”  on Spotify 

Danish singer-songwriter and musician Søren Løkke Juul signed to 4AD record label. In concerts, he is accompanied by some musicians also collectively known as Indians. Village Voice has dubbed Søren Løkke Juul / Indians as “Denmark’s Bon Iver


In England, many breweries have a number of bitters in their range. The style that has come to be known as Premium or Special Bitter generally includes the stronger ( 4.6%-6.0%) examples. These are mostly served in the traditional way from the cask, but some are also found in bottle form where the extra malt allows them to stand up better than the more delicate ordinary Bitter. In the US, the designation ESB is common for this style, owing to the influence of Fuller’s ESB, the London brew that was among the first to be exported to the States. In the US, some ESBs are made with American hops and a clean yeast, but the alcohol range is the same, as is the range of bitterness, usually between 25 and 35 but occasionally creeping higher.


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