Name: Batemans Summer Swallow
Bottled/ Draft: Bottled, not conditioned
Price: £1.29 from Aldi
Colour: Classic amber beer
Head: Big bubbles, *very* short lived
Mouthfeel: Once the fizziness has bubbled off, pleasant.
Taste: Surprisingly deep maltiness for the colour; positively sweet tasting. Light, well balanced hops.
Comment: “One Swallow does make a summer” says the bottle, clearly positioning itself as a summer ale; it’s a light, easy drinking ale with a nice sweet kick to it.
The big, rather enthusiastic bubbles very rapidly faded, leaving the beer with an almost draft-like flatness – no bad thing but it did leave the beer looking more like a soft drink when initially poured into the glass. That aside, however, there’s little to fault this very pleasant, refreshing summer ale. Given the excellent price, it’s a hard beer to resist.