Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.

Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats: | Print Shelf Talker
English Pale Ale
Ranked #171
Ranked #43,672
3.57 | pDev: 13.73%
Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.
England, United Kingdom
Notes: Pale / Fuggles, Golding
View: Beers
Reviews: 235 | Ratings: 362 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Bierschenker
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.

 846 characters

Photo of elnachooo
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.

 165 characters

Photo of drmeto
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.

 256 characters

Photo of lordofthewiens
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.

 227 characters

Photo of Snowcrash000
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.

 550 characters

Photo of jonb5
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.

 249 characters

Photo of tigg924
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.

 221 characters

Photo of monkist
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...

 461 characters

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
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.

 222 characters

Photo of JonnyGoldsbrough
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.

 429 characters

Photo of Douggie53
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.

 355 characters

Photo of M_C_Hampton
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

 330 characters

Photo of brainwilson
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.

 347 characters

Photo of Beginner2
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.

 1,338 characters

Photo of stevoj
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

 379 characters

Photo of Dentist666
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.

 261 characters

Photo of Spike
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.

 366 characters

Photo of Tone
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.

 441 characters

Photo of Andrewharemza
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.

 248 characters

Photo of josanguapo
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

 633 characters

Photo of Fatehunter
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.

 186 characters

Photo of WoodBrew
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.

 380 characters

Photo of Matteos
5/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I grew up near Burton. The greatest area of brewing known to the world (look up the Burton method). The greatest beer known to the world was the now defunct burton ale. This is the runner up. It doesn't travel well. Drink it at the source in burton. It is one of the greatest beers in the world.

 296 characters

Photo of DiUr
3.79/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a pint glass. Dark amber with a thin head that dissapears fast while leaving little to none lacing.

The smell is earthy biscuits, caramel and red apple. The aroma is soft at the begining so the beer has to warm to get it right. I also find this biscuitty character in other ales from Marstons.

Taste is slightly roasted malts and discreet hops (Fuggles and Golding), which keep working along the whole sip. Not fruity or sweet, just a hint. Even a bit salty.

Mouthfeel is light, smooth and slightly crisp. It finishes dry long, with hops going up in the end. The bottle brought some lively carbonation which dissipated fast.

I didn´t notice this could be interesting in previous tastings. Not near a London Pride but still coming on it´s own. tiA bit watery and bland, like other ales from Marston´s, but honest and surely true to the style. Those waters at Burton on Trent, English hops and malts, are very well balanced and i could have this again.

 967 characters

Photo of rangerred
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into a nonic.

Pours a hazy dark copperish-brown with a thick half finger white head. Very good head retention that stays in place for a long time after the pour.

Aroma is loaded with toffee and caramel with a heavy dose of grassy hops. While nothing spectacular it is exactly on par with what the style should be.

The flavor adheres to the style just as well as the aroma. Loads of toffee and caramel but it is not too sweet. I feel the hops stand out a bit more here lending a mild, light bitterness to balance out the maltiness. The toffee turns into a bit of dark rye bread towards the finish with a touch of roast. Slightly sticky mouthfeeel with bitterness lingering through the finish.

Overall, this is a very well done English Bitter. Better than many bitters that come to the USA and I would absolutely love to have this out of a cask one day.

 868 characters

Pedigree from Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 362 ratings