Butty Bach Premium Ale
Review Date 3/21/2004
Everybody needs friends. That’s a given.
But how about a friendly pint? I’d find it hard to get through life without
one of those from time to time, too. Beer is, after all, a sociable drink.
It’s great to wash down your meal with, or just to sip at the end of the
day. But a really great pint is one shared with friends at the local
watering hole, with the conversation and the beer flowing freely. Just don’t
forget your designated driver, of course.
The Wye Valley Brewery of Stoke Lacy, Herefordshire, England seems to agree with me. In the spirit of beery camaraderie, they offer Butty Bach, “The Friendly Pint”. The bottle even features a friendly looking chap on the label; one you wouldn’t at all mind having a pint with at the pub. Actually, though, he looks like he’s already had a few himself, what with his rosy red cheeks and nose and half-closed eyelids. Still, he seems to have a firm hold on his tankard of ale.
Translated from Welsh, “Butty Bach” means “little friend”. Perhaps this is the origin of the word buddy? If that’s the case, then Butty Bach might make a great drinking buddy indeed. In any case, let’s take a look see at what the brewer has to say about his beer.
A burnished gold premium ale. Full bodied, smooth and satisfying.
Ingredients:- Pale and crystal malt with English Goldings and Fuggles hops. Our most popular brand.
'OVERALL CHAMPION THREE TIMES AT THE CAMRA GREAT WELSH BEER FESTIVAL'
This isn’t a very old brew. According to the importer, B. United, it’s only been around since 1998. I think it’s a nice sipping ale, a decent pint the likes of which you would expect to find in a decent pub. The alcohol content is about average at 4.5% alcohol by volume.
Butty Bach pours to a rich orange amber color with a light head formation and a light malty nose that hints at candied fruit. The palate is smooth and very drinkable with notes of light caramel and mincemeat pie. The finish is at first sweet with a gently tea-like aromatic hop character, then a gentle dose of bitterness finally emerges. It is not at all overpowering, however, and all in all this beer is lightly hopped with classic English Fuggles and Goldings.
I like this beer. My one complaint is the price; at $3.99 for a half liter bottle I think it runs slightly on the high side. For that price I could enjoy a friendly pint at the pub, with a real butty to boot.
And remember, try a new beer today, and drink outside the box.
*Pricing data accurate at time of review or latest update. For reference only, based on actual price paid by reviewer.