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The Bear (Fuller, Smith & Turner)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - Gale's Seafarers AleExcellent1
Shotover - ProspectExcellent1
Hook Norton - Hooky BitterGood1
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London PrideGood1
Shotover - ScholarAcceptable1
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - ESBNot Tried0
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - ChiswickNot Tried0
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - Gale's HSBNot Tried0
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - Gale's Spring SprinterNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Bear, Oxford, Oxfordshire
Picture 2. The Bear, Oxford, Oxfordshire

Visits Details

28 Mar 2014 (Magnus Greel)
Oxford's smallest and oldest pub, afternoon visit standing room only.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10GoodMalty and sweet and fruity.
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - ESB5.50Not Tried
Shotover - Scholar4.50Not Tried
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - Gale's HSB4.80Not Tried
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - Gale's Spring Sprinter4.00Not TriedWas my 1st choice but not enough for a half.
16 Dec 2011 (Martin the Mildman)
Relatively quiet and managed to get a seat in the side room.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Shotover - Scholar4.50AcceptableRather bitter and malty but not particularly hoppy. My score 14/20.
29 Oct 2011 (Andrew)
What a great pub. Got given our beer in jugs too. Sat in the back room and looked at the ends of ties on the wall.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Shotover - Prospect3.70ExcellentExcellent beer.
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - ESB5.50Not Tried
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - Gale's HSB4.80Not Tried
13 Jun 2009 (Martin the Mildman)
Quiet and unspoilt backstreet pub now run by Fuller's. Interesting collection of old ties on the ceilings and walls of the back room.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - Gale's Seafarers Ale3.60ExcellentExcellent recreation of the Gales taste. I presume Fuller's are using Gales yeast in this. Superb biscuity malt complemented by gentle hoppiness and a long malty finish. My score 17/20.
09 Feb 2008 (Ian)
Pretty busy at lunchtime with a wedding party in. So we sat outside on the patio bit with tables. Worth coming to as the interior is really interesting.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Hook Norton - Hooky Bitter3.60GoodVery decent session bitter, touch of everything. Good mouthfeel.
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - ESB5.50Not Tried
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - Chiswick3.50Not Tried

About The Bear

The pub sign. The Bear, Oxford, Oxfordshire

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional-
Excellent2
Good2
Acceptable1
Poor-

Website.

The pub is found in Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 4EH.

In Alfred Street, one of the oldest pubs in Oxford apparently. Low ceilinged 2 room pub, very small inside especially if you have a dozen or so more people in it. Excellent character and plenty to explore on the walls.

We have visited this pub 5 times, seen 9 different beers and tried 5 of them.

Map location

Postcode: OX1 4EH