Manchester Bitter | The Marble Arch

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Manchester BitterManchester Bitter

Brewed by:
The Marble Arch
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Nickls on 09-21-2008

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Ratings: 20 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of Dazka
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AleSan
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pleasant, drinkable, bitter with floral notes and sometimes a bit sour, balanced and dry. A good "review" of english bitter

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of trevorpost
4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tdenham
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of thatsmyspot
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tobelerone
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of steverx8
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hayley_86
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of endless1408
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of wl0307
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of samEBC
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of woosterbill
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Gravity halfpint at the Euston Tap.

A: Clear pale amber body with a thin off-white head that leaves plenty of lace. Light for the style, but just fine.

S: Very fruity, with orange marmalade standing out. Some herbal hops and bready malt as well. Quite complex.

T: Fascinating. Citrusy and herbal hops up front, with sweeter preserved fruit notes midway through (both apricot and orange), and a bittersweet, malty finish. A touch minty on the aftertaste. Bizarre but quite good.

M: Slick light-to-medium body with carbonation to match. A little short on both body and carbonation, but not terrible.

O: Every beer I've had from Marble has been solid, and this is no exception. Definitely hoppier than your average bitter, but with plenty of malty complexity as well. Good stuff.


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Photo of rolltide8425
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of BrewSage1985
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one at the Rat Race Alehouse, Hartlepool.

A: Golden yellow, slightly hazy and a slight off white head. Slight carbonation, just right for this.

S: Floral, citrusy aroma. Hints of lemon, smells almost like a APA but not as intense.

T: From the first sip, a taste which can be only be described as elderflowers, hits you and is bitter sweet. Tastes of lemon and citrus fruits are in there also. The elderflower taste is more pronounced. But it still maintains its bitterness through out, lingering in the background, which provides balance. Crisp and refreshing. Sweet, earthy bitterness in the aftertaste.

O: Absolutely loved this beer, I have never tried any bitter quite like it. To me it sets the bar higher for english bitters to aim for. It's unique and one that definitely needs to be tried. Medium bodied but refreshing. Not a sessionable beer but one that you can have a few pints of.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presented as a birthday present from the Marble Arch Pub
lemon yellow body perfect white head

aroma is floral and hoppy and divine

perfect classic hoppy bitter taste, reclaiming the cream of Manchester title

at last a pint that proclaim
'by 'eck, it's gorgeous'

mouthfeel why of course it is right

great can't get a better bit of bitter in your pint.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Slightly cloudy; nice golden colour. Porous white head and sediment at bottom.

Bitter fruit, lemons and apricots in the scent. Mild malts. Lemon, apricot, yeast and light malts. The malt profile is bigger in the flavour. The hops are nice, the fruitiness nicely subdued. Pleasant bitterness on the back of the tongue.

Noticeable carbonation, probably from being bottled, but not out of control. Good session ale, even with the higher ABV, but a bit bitter at the end.

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Photo of NCBeernut
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden body with a little haze...I'm not going to count off much for that however, because 3 days may not have been enough time for the yeast to completely settle out after it's journey from the UK. White frothy head with excellent retention. Looks refreshing.

The aroma is very citrusy, definitely hop dominant. It actually smells very "American" with the citrus hoppiness. Has some floral notes to it as well. No real malt in the nose. Aroma is very crisp. A VERY slight sweetness is there.

This would make a great summer brew. Light, crisp and refreshing, but not at all watery. Although the aroma was much more citrusy than anything, the taste is much more peppery kind of, with slight fresh herbal notes. Solid bitterness, but not puckering. Again, the crisp hop flavor and bitterness is the star of the show, with the malt and yeast contributions very distant seconds. A little biscuit flavor comes out as it really starts to warm. Dry finish. Very clean, very refreshing.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle bought from The Bottle, York

Poured a clear light golden colour... Slightly off white head poured fairly thick and foamy then faded quite quickly to light layer.. fair amount of carbonation... some light patchy lacing...

Aroma - Light biscuity malts, vanilla hints, grassy, some light lemon and grapefruit notes, sea saltiness, spicy / pepperiness, light basil notes, lots of floral hops, light rubbery traces...

Taste - Good spicy / grassy hops, some faint toastiness, nice light biscuity malts, some honey sweetness, peppery notes, quite floral, salty hints, good juicy fruits (lemons, apples, light grapefruits)...

Feel - Pretty sharp and dry... Light bodied. Very drinkable and refreshing - an excellent session beer...

Overall - A fine example of a modern English bitter... recommended

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Photo of Nickls
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

(From notes)

This was described in the beer menu as the brewpubs most popular brew.

A - Yellowy gold, and hinging on amber as well. Thin, white head poured at the perfect height. Fantastic lacing all throughout the sample

S - Light, citrusy and bitter hop aroma that was followed by biscuity maltiness

T - Brilliant hop bitterness up front with a dry floral finish

M - A lot creamier than I expected for the style. Very full mouthfeel with a decent coating of the tongue

D - This would do me great all night long. Lighter body might have been nice, but I can't complain with all of the great flavors going on. What a treat, and at such a reasonable abv.

Overall, this is a great interpretation and update of a very traditional style. Well-done, and I can see why it was the most popular beer at the pub.

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Manchester Bitter from The Marble Arch
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 20 ratings