Thursday, 8 March 2012

Fuller's Mighty Atom

2.8% Abv

I know this beer has been out since October last year but it wasn’t until Tescos started to stock the bottles I saw it to buy. The Fuller’s pubs I have been going to didn’t do it on cask (or bottle for that matter) which is a shame as a comparsion would be nice. Brewed to take advantage of the lower duty laws from the government this beer was designed to be 2.8% unlike the Mackiesons I tried last month which has been changed from it’s original strength.

It’s not an unattractive beer, light golden Carmel coloured with a white head which disappears while fast. Mighty Atom is brewed with five different hops according to the bottle and it has a lovely light grapefruit scent, not overpowering but inviting. It does have that Fuller’s marmalade trademark tone alongside a smooth malty dry bitter finish all tinged with fruity grapefruit tang. It is a refreshing light beer, the body is very thin in the mouth but then this is 2.8% so I'm not surprised by this. Mighty Atom would make a lovely pint for a hot summer's day I feel.

The only downside to this beer is the fizzyness of it, maybe on cask it would be better as the over gassiness of the beer is slightly problematic. Being able to burp the national anthem may be a source of patroitic pride to a young teenage boy, it is awkward for me to have that amount of gas from two bottles of beer. The cats were surprised by the level of burp at one stage!

All in all I enjoyed this low abv beer from Fullers, would like to try it on cask though for comparsion purposes and public drinking.


  1. I saw this in Tesco but not being a beer geek, didn't see the point. Interesting you think it's not crap.

    What I did notice is that the lower alcohol stuff like this is in a different section from the premium ales & lagers, and those premium beers are on multibuy offer.

    There is no reason to buy it on price, so the lower duty is not passed on, and when drinking at home you have less reason to go for weak grog, being as you're not driving.

    Time will tell, my guess is that a market cannot be created without customer demand by means of a tax anomaly, and the beer will be gone this time next year.

  2. Shame, I did enjoy it despite the gas. I would be interested in the price of a pint of this in a pub. As beers go it would make a lovely session beer.

  3. I thought this was the best of a poor bunch, but even so it's still basically a distress purchase and Tesco aren't helping by putting in in the low-alcohol ghetto.

  4. I agree Tescos placement wasn't great, in my local store it was with the non-alcohol lagers and lager deals whilst Mackesons was with the other beers.