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Whalebone (Freehouse)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Fox - Nelson's BloodExceptional1
Golden Triangle - Mosaic CityExcellent1
Wolf - Strawberry FairExcellent1
Golden Triangle - CitropoloisExcellent1
Oakham - JHBGood1
Humpty Dumpty - Big SharpieGood1
Woodforde's - WherryGood2
Geltsdale - GoldAcceptable1
Hop Back - Summer LightningNot Tried0
Eagle (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Courage Best Bitter (use Banks's entry now please)Not Tried0
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London PrideNot Tried0
Timothy Taylor - LandlordNot Tried0
Shepherd Neame - Spitfire (or Spitfire Amber Ale)Not Tried0
Hop Back - Crop CircleNot Tried0
Adnams - Southwold BitterNot Tried0
Oakham - Bishops FarewellNot Tried0
Wolf - Golden JackalNot Tried0
Grain - Blackwood StoutNot Tried0
Jo C's - Bitter Old BustardNot Tried0
Jo C's - Norfolk KiwiNot Tried0
Lacons - EncoreNot Tried0
Eagle (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Courage Broadland Best BitterNot Tried0
Humpty Dumpty - Little SharpieNot Tried0
Adnams - Ghost ShipNot Tried0
Woodforde's - Once BitternNot Tried0
Woodforde's - Bure GoldNot Tried0
Sharp's - AtlanticNot Tried0
Woodforde's - Royal Norfolks'Not Tried0
Woodforde's - Nelson's RevengeNot Tried0
Humpty Dumpty - Reedham GoldNot Tried0
Norfolk Brewhouse (uses Moongazer brand name too) - Norfolk HarvestNot Tried0
Picture 1. Whalebone, Norwich, Norfolk

Visits Details

10 Jun 2015 (HSB)
17:15 Quiet when entered but started to get busy before we left.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Humpty Dumpty - Big Sharpie5.00GoodOne of their rarer beers.
Woodforde's - Wherry3.80Not Tried
Woodforde's - Nelson's Revenge4.50Not Tried
Wolf - Golden Jackal3.70Not Tried
Adnams - Southwold Bitter3.70Not Tried
Adnams - Ghost Ship4.50Not Tried
Humpty Dumpty - Reedham Gold3.60Not Tried
Norfolk Brewhouse (uses Moongazer brand name too) - Norfolk Harvest5.00Not Tried
28 May 2015 (HSB)
13:15 Every time I come to this pub there is another room added. Off from the converted courtyard, double doors lead into a function room converted from former stables. The furniture is rather smart but the chairs have an unfortunate ability to make any slight move by the occupant produce a farting noise. Fans of Reggie Perrin will be reminded of C J's office. The only other customers were gathered in the right hand bar with its original Bullards bar back.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Golden Triangle - Mosaic City3.80ExcellentMore citrus than other mosaic beers, but unlike a lot of these golden beers it kept its flavour to the last drop. I suspect because it has a bit more body than some similar beers.
Humpty Dumpty - Little Sharpie3.80Not Tried
Wolf - Golden Jackal3.70Not Tried
Adnams - Ghost Ship4.50Not Tried
Woodforde's - Once Bittern4.10Not Tried
Woodforde's - Bure Gold4.30Not Tried
Sharp's - Atlantic4.20Not Tried
Woodforde's - Royal Norfolks'4.50Not Tried
30 May 2013 (HSB)
This is a great pub and has been improved with the conversion of the courtyard into a third bar. In conjunction with the City of Ale week they were running a local beers festival. Only four others in but it still has a good atmosphere. Only drawback is how far it is from the city centre.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Fox - Nelson's Blood5.10ExceptionalFirst time I have seen this on draught. Flavoured with rum.
Golden Triangle - Citropolois3.80ExcellentYet another Citra beer
Oakham - JHB3.80Not Tried
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Oakham - Bishops Farewell4.60Not Tried
Woodforde's - Wherry3.80Not Tried
Wolf - Golden Jackal3.70Not Tried
Grain - Blackwood Stout5.00Not Tried
Jo C's - Bitter Old Bustard4.30Not Tried
Jo C's - Norfolk Kiwi3.80Not Tried
Lacons - Encore3.80Not Tried
Eagle (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Courage Broadland Best Bitter4.00Not TriedHouse beer
02 Jun 2012 (Martin the Mildman)
Quite busy here on a Saturday afternoon.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Wolf - Strawberry Fair4.60ExcellentAmber beer with a sweet strong strawberry flavour but also a good malty base to keep the fruitiness in check. Lingering fruit finish. My score 16/20.
Geltsdale - Gold4.10AcceptableRather dry tasting golden ale with some fruity hop and a dry finish. My score 14/20.
27 Jul 2007 (Ian)
On a junction, corner pub, opposite a church and park, seating outside for good weather and smokers. Smaller public bar with 10 handpumps in the central bar area and tehn a larger lounge bar with sofas and a conservatory. Relaxing pub with a bit of lounge living style.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Oakham - JHB3.80GoodI'm just too picky now with this beer. It's good, a bit soapy maybe, but excellent finish.
Woodforde's - Wherry3.80GoodHey my first half of Wherry in Norwich on this trip. Excellent, right balance of hop, malt and good hop on finish. Delicate and subtle. Nice.
Hop Back - Summer Lightning5.00Not Tried
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Not Tried
Shepherd Neame - Spitfire (or Spitfire Amber Ale)4.20Not Tried
Hop Back - Crop Circle4.20Not Tried
Adnams - Southwold Bitter3.70Not Tried
27 Jul 2007 (Andrew)
A 2 roomed stylish pub with some dark brown leather sofas and light brown cube seats. Outside seating seemed to be at the front of the pub plus over the road.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Woodforde's - Wherry3.80AcceptableGood toasted orange peel and earthy hop. Bit soapy on the finish though
Hop Back - Summer Lightning5.00Not Tried
Oakham - JHB3.80Not Tried
Eagle (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Courage Best Bitter (use Banks's entry now please)4.00Not TriedBadged as "Broad and Bitter"
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Not Tried
Shepherd Neame - Spitfire (or Spitfire Amber Ale)4.20Not Tried
Hop Back - Crop Circle4.20Not Tried
Adnams - Southwold Bitter3.70Not Tried

About the Whalebone

The pub sign. Whalebone, Norwich, Norfolk

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional1
Excellent3
Good3
Acceptable2
Poor-

Website.

The pub is found in Norwich, Norfolk, NR3 4BA.

5 rooms plus a garden and a pavement drinking area opposite the pub

We have visited this pub 6 times, seen 31 different beers and tried 8 of them.

Map location

Postcode: NR3 4BA