I must point out that we tasted these over several days, so these aren't really direct comparisons, just each one on its merits at the time. Which also explains the different lighting in the kitchen.
|Meantime - London (poor focus not as a result of beer)|
I started with Meantime, brewed in London, because I've had it before and knew it to be a very nice, easy-drinking beer.
It had a lovely amber colour and a clean finish, although I think less fruity and spicy than the European ones that I like.
|Definitely the prettiest label - Whitstable, Kent|
Next up was the Whitstable Brewery candidate, from Kent. I had high hopes for this one, based almost entirely on how pretty the label was.
|Whitstable - Kent|
Unfortunately, I just didn't love the flavour so much. It had a pretty strongly citric acid aftertaste that I didn't really like (more lemony than the orange zest flavour of a Hoegaarden), but I suspect that on a hot day it'd be really refreshing.
|Clouded Yellow - St Austell Brewery Cornwall|
A beer from Cornwall was the next one we tried - Clouded Yellow from St Austell Brewery (also with annoying embedded autoplay video). I jumped to the conclusion that this would be a honey wheat beer, like an Australian Beez Neez, although why I formed that opinion when it's got a butterfly on the label and not a bee is beyond me.
|Clouded Yellow - Cornwall|
Anyway, it isn't a honey wheat beer. But it is extremely delicious. Quite a delicate flavour, moderately sweet and spicy.
|Cotswold Brewing Co - Gloucestershire|
|Cotswold - Gloucestershire|