Marston's Plc.

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Pale Ale - English
Ranked #181
Ranked #45,637
3.57 | pDev: 13.45%
Marston's Plc.
England, United Kingdom
Notes: Pale / Fuggles, Golding
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Hanglow from Scotland

3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottle. It is almost two years out of date, so bare that in mind.

Pours clear nice head that lasts. Good carb.

Light aroma, toffee, stewed apple. No hop aroma remains.

Taste adds a touch of burnt sugar. Some bitterness remains. No hop flavour at all.

Good mouthfeel.

Overall i was surprised just how well this bitter held up. Yes it shows its age from oxidation, but not unpleasant as I was expecting.

Jan 15, 2021
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James94 from England

3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Quite a cloudy/hazy look due to the bottle conditioning, golden amber colour, decent initial head, some lasting lacing
S: Earthy notes, perhaps a bit of cucumber, citrus peel, bread roll, spices
T: Mild citrus, vegetable notes, pleasant bitterness at the back
F: Low-medium bodied, very drinkable

O: 4.25

Dec 24, 2020
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BigGold from Mississippi

3.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had Marston's Pedigree Amber Ale in the Beer Garden and in the very pub-like Bar & Restaurant of The Bank House Hotel, Uttoxeter, England, on draft into Marston's Pedigree logo pint tumbler.

Pedigree pours a deep amber with clarity, and a very attractive creamy half-finger head, leaving a coating of lace down the glass. Aroma and flavor are primarily of mild caramel malt, and the beer drinks smooth and sweet before a mildly drying but not bitter finish. A classic example of an English Pale Ale, from the oldest brewery in the town where English Pales were born.

Jul 07, 2020
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Bierschenker from Belgium

3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I've been picking these up from the bargain bin for three weeks now at my local Lidl. Seems my majority muslim neighbours don't like their English ales. Opening one or two after work. No expectations, thought it was a Lidl contract brew.

Develops a nice caramel coloured head for a Brit, but looks a bit like liquid soap foam.
Very faint odours, need to inhail deep to get any sensation. I get some malty caramel, clearly sweet and herby.
Colour is a copper red seethrough.
Taste is weak. sweet caramel tries to mask a metallic sensation. Upcoming aftertaste saves this beer. Becomes drier, more bitter and hints of yeast. Resembles the sensation in the mouth after eating hazelnuts.
Aftertaste is dry and bitter hops, bit of yeast, with malty caramel playing as wel. Not unpleasent at all.

Perfect for an afterwork drinker in front of the tv.

Apr 01, 2020
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elnachooo from Spain

2.33/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Cerveza de color ámbar, con una pequeña cabeza espumosa. Aroma a malta, naranja y un poco herbáceo. Al beberla tiene un sabor agridulce, un poco seca en su final.

Aug 18, 2019
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drmeto from Germany

3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

-pours a clear amber with a medium,frothy,offwhite head
-medium carbonation visible
-Medium,soft carbonation
-light body
Not too complex, but a nice, easy-drinking Amber Ale.

Aug 13, 2019
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

3.74/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle conditioned, so a careful pour.
Pretty dark amber color, no head.
Caramel aroma, some sweet fruit, floral hops.
Taste follows the nose. Mostly caramel, faint cherry, late mild hop bitterness.
Light-bodied, easy drinking.

Jan 06, 2019
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

3.69/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, deep golden amber coloration with a small, creamy head. Smells of sweet, grainy, caramel malt and lighter grassy, herbal hops. Taste follows the nose, being dominated by sweet, grainy, caramel malt and lighter grassy, herbal hops, with lighter notes of toffee, dark fruits and just a hint of coffee. Finishes with a medium bitterness and some grainy, herbal notes lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

Quite a decent brew with a good balance and complexity, yet remains quite easy-drinking.

Jan 04, 2019
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jonb5 from England

3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber, slightly hazy, small tanned head faded quickly, not much lacing.

S: Earthy, barley.

T: Slightly sour cooking apples gave way to lingering, bitter finish.

M: Low carbonation, medium body.

O: A solid bitter, not particularly memorable.

Nov 03, 2018
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap. Pours clear, copper in color with one third inch head. Taste is pale English malt, caramel, drak bread and earth. Medium light bodied, moderate carbonation, and sweet. Makes for a really good English bitter.

Aug 28, 2018
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monkist from Hungary

3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The label says it's an amber ale, BA tells me it is an English Bitter... it is 4.5 and luckily enough this one is a bit less watery than its common counterparts, although this one is also watery in it's character - is this how English Bitters are supposed to be? Slightly bitter and more than medium carbonated, and though malty and biscuity, it is somehow a bit dry in the end. Not bad, but by now I know that English Bitters aren't my favorite type of beer...

Jun 02, 2018
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The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

2.53/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Can't tell how fresh the bottle was but there was not the slightest amount of hoppiness or bitterness in this beer. The aroma is of honey and the taste is much like water with honey and some bubbles. Not appetizing at all.

Dec 13, 2017
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JonnyGoldsbrough from England

2.96/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Marston's Pedigree Amber Ale | Bottle | 4.5%

Bottle conditioned. Brewers says to look for biscuity hops, spice & fruit.

Amber as described. Not much else to say.
Very subtle. Sweet & malty, like a friendly bourbon.
No huge flavours. Hops come through slightly. Rather bland.
Watery somehow.
Pretty drinkable but lacking character. Not getting the promised spice or fruit, but the hops do shine through.

Nov 06, 2017
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Douggie53 from England

4.78/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

If you're a bitter drinker, you'll like this. Not going to bore you with 'complex flavours', 'hints of this' and 'notes of that'. Not too hoppy, and full of flavour if served by a pub which looks after its pipes. Very smooooth! If you check my reviews all 'decent' beers aren't too hoppy and 'citrusy' I can do without.... just add lemon if you like that.

Jul 27, 2016
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M_C_Hampton from Georgia

3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: poured from a 500 mL bottle into a pint glass, copper colored with a large white head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: heavy malt, Burton water, light hop

T: malt up front with nice bitter hops, slightly bready, traditional British hop flavor, slight oak

M: medium with lower carbonation

O: good quality pale ale

Jul 02, 2016
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brainwilson from Mississippi

3.34/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This has a great color, but very little aroma to speak of. It has a good mouthfeel, but it is a bit heavy on the carbonation. The taste is nice enough, but nothing spectacular and a very faintly skunky undertone (probably just this particular bottle). Overall, I found this a decent ale--smooth and enjoyable, but nothing particularly exciting.

May 15, 2016
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.79/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Glad that I could try this classic again.
For those who expect foam and lace, this is a disappointment. But, I am a fan of ambers and this is a pretty good Looker. Crystal clear. Smells are mostly malts offering a mild fruitiness. Tastes.... so now I remember how this Burton-on-Trent minerals work. Almost a delightful change, although I'd have to get used to it. I like how Pedigree sits subtly in my mouth... although I'll admit that heavy hops can be more stimulating. My bottle had the retro label from when Pedigree was introduced.
How far they have come.

This is my only beer from Marston's, so I went on their website. And well.... I had no idea they were such a big, diversified deal. Some 1542 pubs that produces some 80% of their revenue. And I thought they were just the 19th Century brewing innovator that other brewers stole ideas from. Turns out they own some eight brewers (most I've heard of) and are listed on the London Stock Exchange. Now that I know what a big deal they are, maybe I should stop by and have some real cask conditioned ale.

For a longer perspective on Marston's history, read about Pedigree as reviewed in Roger Protz' CAMRA classic "300 Beers To Try Before You Die!" Pedigree also is on the list of "1001 Beers To Drink Before You Die" and deserves to be on the list for what has evolved from it.

Apr 28, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle review; First impression is that this is bland. Aroma is faint, but appearance is pretty good, amber color with decent foamy head. Taste is hops and light malt. Finish is dry and abrupt.
Cask: review Lovely, thick creamy pour, head took some time to settle, and still a thick coating of cream remained. Gentle malt aroma and taste, velvety smooth body. Excellent pub quaff

Jan 13, 2016
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Dentist666 from Russian Federation

3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint.
Clear copper beer with 2-finger off-white head, good retention.
Smell - rubber, metallic, biscuity, fruity.
Taste - toasted malts, biscuity, fruity esters, herbal hops.
Smooth, soft carbonation, light body.
Overall - good, but with poor aroma.

Jan 06, 2016
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Spike from England

3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml, bottle conditioned.
A beautiful amber ale in the traditional style with low carbonation and minimal head. Little nose to speak of but the flavour is soft caramel balanced by bitter, grassy hops. Mouthfeel is clean and smooth. Marston's Pedigree is a classic English bitter in the traditional style. Low ABV, lightly fruity, very smooth, dry, super refreshing.

Oct 15, 2015
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Tone from Missouri

3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of strong pale malt, hint of hop, slight caramel malt, and metallic. Fits the style of an English Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong pale malt, hint of hop, slight caramel malt, and metallic. Overall, good appearance, but metallic aroma and body dominates and hurts the beer.

Aug 03, 2015
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Andrewharemza from Australia

3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden colour with a small off white head. Light biscuity aromas with notes of fruity esters, well balanced. Soft smooth carbonation, lightly slick and light-medium bodied. Some sweetness and light fruity flavours. Finishes a bit mineral dry.

Jul 20, 2015
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josanguapo from Spain

3.31/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Last units in Hipercor. In Duvel glass. Playing Memoria. Nice beer. Very balanced but nothing amazing. Low alcohol makes it a good beer to drink in big quantities. Avg 3.1

25 Feb 2017: From Costco. In Ikea's pint glass. At lunch, with dorada + rice with meat. After futsal match. Very pleasant caramelish, with soft notes from the oak that combine really well and makes provides an original and distinguished touch. Avg 4.5

28 Jun 2018. From Lidl. In Ikea's pint glass. At lunch, with breaded chicken steaks. More flat than i remembered. Didnt detect any wood, just light caramel notes, some minerality and well adjusted bitterness

Jul 16, 2015
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Fatehunter from Oregon

3.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a finger of head on a clear medium straw body.
The aroma is dry grain.
The taste is mild sweet, dark fruits with a touch of lemon.
The texture is smooth with low carbonation.

May 09, 2015
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

The Pedigree is a decent english style pale ale. It Pours a amberish clear with frothy white head that is lacing. The scent carries an interesting malt character. The taste is very smooth has a light bitterness to it that is masked by the malt. The Mouthfeel is ok...the absence of carbonation is always touchy. Nonetheless I am glad to have the opportunity to have tried it.

Mar 20, 2015
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Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 370 ratings