There are many great supermarket beers and although these beers are supermarket own brands many are supplied by top famous brewers.
The majority of supermarket own brand lager beers sold in stubby bottles, are made in France and most are much the same, very drinkable, especially very cold, on a hot day. So that is enough about them and I will not be mentioning them again, except to say I can recommend them for your barbecue in the sun.
One problem with supermarket beers is, that they often only appear for a limited period and disappear again as soon as you find them and discover how good they are. So some of these may have disappeared but I hope not.
Another thing to look out for, is that in this contrary some times, these beers are as expensive as the named brands, so beware.
Shepherd Neame (Sainsbury’s), Traditional Kentish Ale from England
4.5% pail amber colour with a thin head, slightly sweet citrus hop aroma, sweet caramel hop taste. Shepherd Neame make some very good beers so I am not suprised that this was very good.
Marston's (Tesco), Simply Dark Ale from England
4.5% deep amber colour with a nice head, caramel malty aroma, nice fruity caramel malt taste. Another good beer from another good brewery.
Arcobräu (Co-op), Wheat Beer from Germany
5.0% cloudy white colour with a thin head, smells and tasted like a good wheat beer should, yeast and banana. It says on the bottle "Served chilled", now I would never have thought of that on my own.
Shepherd Neame (ASDA), Golden Ale Premium from England
4.5% gold colour with a thin head, hoppy aroma, bitter and hoppy with a very slight hint of citrus, good for a supermarket beer.
Freeminer Brewery (Morrisons), The Best from England
6.0% good head, malt aroma, strong malt taste, one of the best supermarket beers I have had. The Co-op use the Freeminer Brewery as well.
Saint-Omer (Sainsbury's), Biere D'abbaye De Belgique from France
5.6% amber colour with no head, sweet aroma, sweet malt with some bitterness but a bit too much carbonation. Saint-Omer are the brewers of most lager beers sold in stubby bottles over here.
Shepherd Neame (ASDA), Whitechapel Porter from England
5.2%, black colour with a nice head, sweet malt and fruit aroma, malty and there is definitely chocolate in the taste, quite good for a supermarket (Asda / Wal-Mart) beer.
Freeminer Brewery (Co-op), Gold Miner from England
5.0% hazy amber colour with a good head, malt aroma, malty hoppy bitter taste with some toffee. Freeminer Brewery beer, brewed for the Co-operative society.
Haacht (Aldi), Park Blond from Belgium
5.6.% in the UK, 6.0% in Belgium, Very much like Leffe, so it's very good. This was in the day when I compared all Blonds against Leffe, in fact I still do.
Batemans (Aldi), Treble XB English Bitter, England
4.7% amber colour with a thin head, malty aroma, malty caramel bitter taste with some hops, a very nice beer. not sure if this is still available though.
There are many Supermarket Beers in cans here are a selection.
These bitters are all from 3.0% to 4.0%+
If you want a bitter but alcohol free, well these are close at 2.0% to 2.1%.
And unless you have a sweet tooth they are all better than drinking shandy
Below are the links to my other Top Ten Beer blogs.
My Top Ten French Beers
My Top Ten German Beers
My Top Ten English Beers
My Top Ten Belgian Beers
My Top Ten Dutch Beers
Another Ten French Beers
Another Ten English Beers
Ten Supermarket Beers (France)