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BIS003 - Scottish Light


Malts: Maris Otter, Munich, Aromatic, Crystal, Chocolate, Chocolate Rye, Peated

Hops: Magnum, Fuggles

Other: Coriander

Yeast: WLP004

(Allergens underlined. Contains gluten.)


Light in alcohol content but dark in colour, our Scottish Light (or 60/-) delivers a rich and rewarding experience. A slow and low fermentation keeps things clean and crisp, and allows the array of delicate malt flavours to shine. This under-represented style overperforms relative to its ABV, works equally well in summer or winter and ages well, making it a great choice for the fridge and the cellar. 

This is a malt-forward beer with toasty rather than roasty notes to the fore, alongside caramel, toffee, a gentle orchard fruitiness from restrained esters, and a hint of peat smoke. A balancing bitterness prevents the finish from being cloying but there’s enough residual sweetness to leave a satisfying mouthfeel that belies the low ABV.

What The Hell Was I Thinking?

A malt-forward table beer; something easy to drink and relatively low in alcohol while offering a satisfying and enjoyable drinking experience. The use of peat smoked malt in a Scottish Light is considered inauthentic but for me it’s an essential component of this beer. I did a version without the peat and it was dull, plain and disappointing. A tiny amount brought the beer to life, and, along with a pinch of ground coriander made the whole more than a sum of its parts.

Naturally carbonated, vegan friendly

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