Welcome to the Drink in the Sights Combined Harvest by Batemans Beer Review. Combined Harvest is marked as a multigrain beer which makes me think that I'm about to drink a loaf of very healthy bread, but anyway... Batemans Brewery is based in Wainfleet near Skegness in Lincolnshire, which is my home county so that's a good start. They are a proper old tradition English brewer with years of experience behind them and a decent beer selection. This will be my fourth Batemans review of the Easter weekend as I thought in keeping with lockdown rules I'd stay local with my beers.
Combined Harvest comes in a 500ml bottle with lots of grains drawn on, which I guess is appropriate, but it just looks a bit tacky to me. The brewer notes that Combined Harvest 'is brewed with pale barley malts combined with wheat, oats and rye malts, then hopped with challenger and target varieties.' It sounds like there's a lot going on so lets just hope it's all combined well. The beer comes with a very average 4.7% alcohol content and pours a nice amber gold with a pretty impressive head that leaves a decent level of lacing behind. It's a pretty good looking beer.
The aroma is fruity with apple and maybe some grapes coming through. You can really smell the grain too, it's quite earthy and generally pleasant and light. I'm not usually a big fan of light beers but this one looks and smells quite promising. The beers texture is quite light and relatively thirst quenching so it's all coming together quite nicely. You can really taste the grain combinations, it's still quite fruity though with just a little citrus coming through to keep things interesting.
I think Combined Harvest might be my favourite Batemans beer, well it's either this or Mocha, but that's not really fair as I always love a chocolate beer. For all the complexities of Combined Harvest it's still a really well blended beer with plenty to offer, plus with that many different grains in it has to be good for you doesn't it? I'm going to give Batemans Combined Harvest a very good 8 out of 10. It's a good well rounded beer with enough going on to be more interesting than most pale ales.