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Banks's Bitter - Marston's PLC

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26 Ratings
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Ratings: 26
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 13.5%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Marston's PLC visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  3.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 01-16-2006)
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Reviews by captaincoffee:
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2.6/5  rDev -16.4%

I guess it comes down to what you expect your beer to be. I poured this from a half-liter bottle during a tasting of London supermarket beers. Out of the pool of beers I selected, this one is the one that reminded me most of a bad American macro...mostly due to the nose. The pour itself was more promising with a classic amber coloring and one-inch head...although the head disappeared rather quickly. I got a stale cardboard hops smell off the bat. Taste was somewhere between a traditional ESB and a MGD. That is to say, it was better than a Bud/Coors/Miller etc, but not up to spec for a good beer.

captaincoffee, Aug 16, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of innominat
3/5  rDev -3.5%

innominat, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of AEK
3.65/5  rDev +17.4%

500ml brown bottle BB 31/5/11 poured into a Young's branded pint pot.

A. Amber coloured beertopped by a soapy/foamy white head.

S. Whole oranges including the peel, a faint touch of lemon.

T. Malty, caramel notes, initial burst of hops, fruity - perhaps citrus.

M. Medium bodied

D. The very first pint of Banks's bitter I had got me hooked on their beers. While this bottled version is not quite up to the standard set by the draught it is still an escellent beer to have at hand. A good offering for a beer of such low ABV. I bought this for 99p at Aldi just after they had stocked it on the shelves. A great value beer.

AEK, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of WillAndSarah
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

WillAndSarah, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of Tipper27
3/5  rDev -3.5%

Tipper27, Friday at 09:34 PM
Photo of BlackHaddock
2.63/5  rDev -15.4%

This beer is mass produced and sold all over the Midlands, I just don't understand why people drink it in such quantities. There are so many other fine beers brewed in the area. I have tried it many times, in plenty of pubs and clubs, but just can't get to really enjoy it. I have even mixed it with Mild, but still it will not excite me.

It looks OK, light brown with a loose white head, which clings to the glass, and sometimes stays to the end.

Smells fine, hops and barley in equal amounts.

The taste lets it down badly, very weak, almost insipid, watery and uninviting in my opinion. Sorry I couldn't bring the scores up any, it is just a poor product from a very successful brewery.

Update October 2011: had a blind tasting of a bottle and a can, both seemed to mirror the cask version, if a little more carbonated, OK but no world beater.

BlackHaddock, Aug 24, 2006
Photo of vinicole
3/5  rDev -3.5%

vinicole, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of EmperorBevis
3.03/5  rDev -2.6%

Pours a golden amber body with a quickly gone thin white head.

malty aroma with hints very vague but just there of bitters

too much of a taste of what sweat smells of sweat smells off
nice hop hints when appearing

thin mouthfeel okay carb

less than average bitter okay at a push

like WWI over the top push

EmperorBevis, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -3.5%

cfalovo97, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of endless1408
3/5  rDev -3.5%

endless1408, Jun 04, 2014
Photo of BeerDetective
3.3/5  rDev +6.1%

I found this to be an average bitter, not bad, but not great either. It also had a slight vingerary odor, which I found a little off-putting. The taste was much better, and the mouthfeel was nice and well balanced. I would drink it again, if there weren't so many better beers out there.

BeerDetective, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of jonb5
3.53/5  rDev +13.5%

Half Litre bottle, poured into pint glass. Pale bronze colour, clear, medium head, decent retention + lacing. Malty aroma, some wheat. Tasted a bittersweet maltyness, wheaty finish. Decent character for the low strength. Medium body, slightly coarse, low carbonation. Overall typical session beer, not watery, has good depth for the ABV.

jonb5, May 15, 2013
Photo of StJamesGate
3.43/5  rDev +10.3%

Brass with loose piles of foam that pock and leave big sheets. English sour grain nose with bark and some soap.
Dried apricot and whole wheat toast with orange sap and fresh earthy leaf hops.
A lactic hit in there somewhere, herbal finish, and tightening spicy linger. Light, soft, smooth, but a bit thin.

A typical, toned down but still solid English bitter. Fuggles and Golding together carry the day here. Better than expected from Marston's, which wasn't much. There are far better bitters out there but this does hang together.

Note: Label said 3.8%

StJamesGate, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

wrightst, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of Mr_Pink_152
2.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Mr_Pink_152, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of kmacphail
1.78/5  rDev -42.8%

I tried this beer after seeing it for the first time in the local co-op superstore.

The beer poured a dark amber colour with a thick creamy head that settled to a 3mm film. Very impressive given that it was a canned beer. However this was the best part!!!

The nose was non-existant, a very faint hint of hops and nothing else. This theme of blandness continued through to the taste, a slight hint of bitter hops and nothing else.

The mouthfeel wasn't bad for a beer, a medium mouthfeel with a bitter aftertaste did offer something else positive about the beer.

This was a really bland beer, no scent, no taste and certainly nothing that would ever make me want to try this again. It pours nicely, maybe I should have taken a picture and mounted it on the wall. Apart from that aspect don't waste your money.

kmacphail, May 11, 2007
Photo of flyingpig
3.16/5  rDev +1.6%

500ml bottle from Morrisons for £1.25:
Light amber with a thumb sized, creamy white head on top that holds well.

Earthy malts and a few hints of caramel with some fruity hops. There light citrus and orange notes with a touch of bitterness towards the end.

Again earthy malts and a spicy citrus taste followed by some very light, floral hops. The taste is a basic one but it's not a bad one and has a touch of fruity bitterness at the end.

Medium bodied, quite spicy and with an strong, earthy bitterness to it. There is some background citrus and a rather dry finish.

A solid bitter with all the usual flavours making an appearance, it's not the most exciting beer in the world bit it wasn't a bad one. It was quite a nice, relatively low strength beer that seems to hit the spot and went down rather well.

flyingpig, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of Kirk
2.5/5  rDev -19.6%

Kirk, Jun 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

ILiveOffHops, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of gpcollen1
2.83/5  rDev -9%

Had the great joy of sipping this on cask after getting back to the hotel at 9PM and running to the Clocktower. I have been neglecting my beer duties by not getting into town, but oh well, here goes...

Nice pour with a half inch head. Laces nicely.

Not any nose at all. Dont know if it is me or not but I just cannot smell anything.

This brew has a nice dry mouthfeel, which I really enjoy, but not much flavor at all. A bit of bitter hops in the finish but...where's the beer? Average brew - I do love drinking someone else's average brew instead of one in the US!!


gpcollen1, Sep 13, 2006
Photo of burnstar
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

burnstar, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of charlatan
3.6/5  rDev +15.8%

Fairly light gold colour with a moderate head. It has a clean citric smell with lemon to the fore. The taste surprises me: it's the nose but with much greater intensity. Any sweetness is an afterthought, following a zesty,almost acrid lemon hop punch. Much bolder than I had anticipated, even though I grew up in the Black Country drinking this stuff.

charlatan, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of wl0307
3.08/5  rDev -1%

Coming in a 500ml brown glass bottle, BB 31/12/11, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass. NOTE: the bottle version is now at 3.8%abv.

A: pours a lightly carbonated, burnished gold body with light reddish glows; the white beer head is short-lived.
S: the main aroma is sweet tea-ish and caramely, underlined by mild citric hop fruitiness, biscuity malts, a touch of boiled sweet root vegetables and a touch of sweet butter.
T: boiled yum and biscuity malts seem to echo each other seamlessly, underlined by a sharp edge of sourness as of yeastiness, while the aftertaste shows more aromatic malts in contrast with a dry-ish palate & lightly chewy citric hoppiness.
M&D: lightly carbonated but more effervescent than I would like, while the palate is at times light and at times slightly thin. Nothing to write home about - OK drinkability.

wl0307, Dec 29, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

BILF, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of LittleCreature
3.48/5  rDev +11.9%

Appearance - 4.0
A rough pour yields two fingers of solid cream coloured head over a clear peachy-copper coloured body.

Smell - 3.0
A sweet aroma of caramel and a little fruit and earthy hops.

Taste - 3.5
Lots of flavour for a beer of just 3.7% ABV. Biscuity malt is there along with peach and earthy, metallic hops. A healthy bitterness level, as one would hope so when drinking a beer called "bitter". Finishes bone dry.

Mouthfeel - 3.0
Carbonation is very light, the beer feels quite heavy in the mouth.

Drinkability - 4.0
A very sessionable ale thanks to the low alcohol and appetizing malt-hop balance.

A better than average English bitter, very drinkable and a much better session choice than a blonde fizzy lager.

LittleCreature, Sep 10, 2009
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Banks's Bitter from Marston's PLC
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