UK brewer Greene King has said consumers have driven its move to lower the abv in its cask ale brand Old Speckled Hen.

Greene King said yesterday (16 August) that "extensive research" among drinkers had led them to cut the strength of Old Speckled Hen from 5.2% to 4.5%. The company said the move would "secure the future success" of the brand.

Greene King managing director Justin Adams said: "Feedback from drinkers is that they love the full flavour of Old Speckled Hen but a significant number find it too strong. Dropping the abv by 0.7% won't affect the taste but it will dampen the effect of the alcohol."

The brewer said it will also raise the abv of Old Speckled Hen Smooth from 4.3% to 4.5% to bring the portfolio in line in the UK on-trade. The bottled product will also see a change, moving up to 355ml but remaining at 5.2% abv.

In a further move, Greene King has revamped the off-trade packaging for Old Speckled Hen.