Banks's Bitter | Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.

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Banks's BitterBanks's Bitter

Brewed by:
Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Daredevil on 03-03-2007

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Ratings: 25 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by jazzyjeff13:
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Jan 2012.

Poured into a Guinness pint glass. A coppery-golden hue with good carbonation. Yields a thick head of creamy white foam that lasts for several minutes before subsiding. Aroma of sweet, grainy malt with notes of biscuits and toffee.

Tastes of grainy malt with a slightly sweet, dry finish. A biscuity flavour with hints of caramel/toffee and a dry hoppy bitterness on the palate. Mouthfeel is smooth but a little thin. Harsh bitter aftertaste.

Not bad - a decent example of an English bitter. The mouthfeel is a bit watery and the aftertaste isn't great, but otherwise it's quite drinkable. Would be nice to have some more aromatic hops for extra flavour.

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Photo of cam477
3/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of dwren89
2.66/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Light amber with whitish head and good clarity

Aroma: floral hops, pale malt, very little aroma

Flavor: floral hops, pale malt, somewhat earthy taste

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, soft carbonation

Overall Impression: Fairly flavorless, definitely not as much as others in the bitter category. Light and thirst quenching but lacking in flavor and depth.

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Photo of vinicole
3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.37/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Based on a cask pint whilst using the bathroom in the Bricklayers arms
well kept and served with a handpump with a sparkler delivering a text book clear wheat coloured body with thick white tight head
okay flaour and aroma okay bitter

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Photo of FrizzBizzle
2.08/5  rDev -33.3%

Photo of thehyperduck
3.38/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle from a Marston's sampler picked up at the LCBO; best before July 31 2015. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a bright, clear orange-amber colour, topped at first with one finger of foamy, white-coloured froth that recedes rapidly over the next minute or two. A bubbly film and collar remain behind afterwards, with little in the way of lace. The aroma is mild and fairly non-descript - pale malts, toffee sweetness, canned stone fruit and some floral, leafy hops are all I can manage to pick out of this one.

The taste follows the nose fairly closely. The malts provide a touch of toffee and grain sweetness, with some ripe orchard fruit notes surfacing mid-sip. Some subdued leafy, floral hop bitterness comes through toward the finish, with a neutral, minerally aftertaste. Light-bodied, with moderate carbonation levels that provide this ale with a relatively crisp, smooth mouthfeel. This is not a poorly-brewed beer, but it's one of the least-interesting brews I've had in weeks. Given the low abv of this beer (and the nature of this style in general), that's not exactly serious criticism. It's just the way it is.

Final Grade: 3.38, a B-. Banks's Bitter is a decent session ale, but it's still completely forgettable. Is there anything inappropriate for the style, or overtly bad about this bitter? Not really, no. But I cannot think of any legitimate reasons to bother with this one, except for maybe 'it happened to be in a sampler pack that I bought'. It's bland, but serviceable - I could drink this all night if the price were right, but there are plenty of other bitters and EPAs I'd likely select first. One of the lamer inclusions in this sampler pack.

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Photo of headstash
2.56/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of jmtpi
2/5  rDev -35.9%

Photo of endless1408
3/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of MEP
4/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of DanLowery
3.68/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sephyrott
3.37/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Malt_Man
3.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served cold from 500ml bottle into straight pint glass.

A) Attractive light copper colour. Half inch of white head, dissipates to nothing quite quickly.

S) Served cold, so not getting much. Certainly nothing untowards.

T) Fairly light flavours, pleasant hint of bitterness, bit of a metallic aftertaste.

M) Pleasantly carbonated for my taste in bitter.

O) Cheap and cheerful, worth it for £1, nice to guzzle down cold on a warm day.

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Photo of Daredevil
2.53/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a creamy flow with a not too firm head ... the smell is dominated by notes of abricot paired with herbal vinegar, not a combination which makes you longing for more ... the taste is soury, yeasty, rather watery with a nice bittery aftertaste (if it wasn't for the soury note) ...

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

POured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass..

Pours a red amber colour with a small head and some nice lacing to it.

Smells of not much, a bit of malts and yeast.

Tastes average, balanced hops and malts but nothing exciting or "good" per se.

Overall a decent session pint nice with fish and chips, not not a great tasting beer.

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Photo of AlexW693
2.98/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of BigGruntyThirst
3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Mariozi
3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of cyrenaica
3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle
3.8% ABV
Main/Bronte LCBO Outlet (Milton, Ontario, Canada)
November 8, 2014
Part of the Marston’s PLC 6 pack. The beer pours a clear copper colour with a thin white ring for a head. The aroma is caramel, citrus, and cereal. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with average carbonation. The flavour is caramel, cereal, and weak citrus notes. A typical English bitter.

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Photo of Spike
3.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kelvarnsen
3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of wl0307
3.28/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Notes of 29/12/2010) Coming in a 500ml brown glass bottle, BB 31/12/11, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

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&O: 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.

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Photo of FZR23
4/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3/5  rDev -3.8%

Appearance – It is golden amber and boasts an impressive head but this was lost very quickly. Light lacing in the glass.

Smell – There is little in the smell of this one to excite there are notes of the malts and hops but these are all mild and pedestrian.

Taste – There is also not a massive amount to say about the taste. So what can I say about this one? It has a tiny hint of flora in the glass and the taste has the suggestion of treacle and earth.

Mouthfeel – Thin in the mouth and light bodied with a slight astringency.

Overall – The above comments do not mean it is not a good Bitter simply that there are other Bitters out there with more depth of flavour. The barley malts and hops are almost undetectable and although mild and more than drinkable I have to say I do not find this one very exciting.

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Banks's Bitter from Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.
Beer rating: 3.12 out of 5 with 25 ratings