Old Speckled Hen Low Alcohol

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A review of Old Speckled Hen Low Alcohol

ABV: 0.5%
Calories per bottle: 110 (22 per 100ml)
Score: 3 out of 5

Old Speckled Hen has to be one of Britain’s favourite beers. Launched in 1979 and named after a much-loved vintage MG car, it’s won its place in drinkers’ hearts with a series of hilarious fox-and-hen themed adverts.

This new 0.5% Hen is one of six beers from Oxfordshire’s Morland brewery, most tending towards the stronger end for session beers. So, how does this low ABV brew compare?

For starters, it looks marvellous. The clear glass bottle really shows off the beautiful amber colour of the drink, and the smart blue and gold label shows that it’s fully-fledged member of the Speckled Hen family (or should that be flock?). The brewers have also made a lot of the fact that it has 54% fewer calories than regular Speckled Hen, which will be a big bonus for those of us who are watching our weight.

Once opened, it’s got a lovely aroma. It’s easy to drink – malty, and a lot less hoppy than, say, Adnam’s Ghost Ship. It does feel a bit thin, which is always a risk for low ABV beers, and it may need a bit more work to bump up the delicious caramel flavour that is so characteristic of their other beers.

Overall, it’s a very acceptable pint. Not outstanding, but a good choice if you fancy an ale but don’t want alcohol.