Banks's Bitter
Banks's Park Brewery

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Banks's Park Brewery
 
England, United Kingdom
Style:
English Bitter
Ranked #130
ABV:
3.7%
Score:
74
Ranked #29,888
Avg:
3.13 | pDev: 15.34%
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
38
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jun 08, 2022
Added:
Jan 16, 2006
Wants:
  4
Gots:
  12
SCORE
74
Okay
Notes: None
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
500ml bottle into a pint glass. Best by March 2023, so guessing 2-3 months old.

Looks outstanding in the glass. Crystal clear amber golden body. Foamy off white head persists throughout leaving rings of lacing.

Not much of an aroma here, a little malty.

On tasting, slightly sweet, malty, a light bitterness that lasts on the tongue.

Mouth above medium, finish malty with that light bitter touch.

Overall, an unassuming clean eady drinking English Bitter. Man, I've missed these.
Jun 08, 2022
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Reviewed by FritzieGettleman from England

4.32/5  rDev +38%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a bottle from ASDA. I had my first bitter in pub in Shepherds Bush in 1985. As and American passing through London it was revelation. As an American resident in London, I am always on the look out for what to me tastes like a traditional bitter. Banks does it. The look is a nice bronze color with a good head. The smell is mild, which is right. The taste starts with solid malt base, and then ends with the 'bitter' ness that gives him this beer it's name. The mouthfeel is fulsome, and satisfying. To me this is solid example of a bitter, get if you can find it.
Feb 27, 2021
 
Rated: 2.85 by velaredno from England

Oct 03, 2020
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Reviewed by James94 from England

3.53/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
L: Clear dark amber colour, top of the head stays for a while, some lacing
S: Some sweetness (perhaps toffee), wheat
T: Mild citrus, malts, slight hint of caramel
F: Quite smooth, not particularly bodied or complex

O: 3.5
Dec 02, 2019
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Reviewed by JonnoWillsteed from England

2.75/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
L- Very deep golden, clear, pours with 3mm white head into a trad British nonic pint glass.
S- I can get no smell from this beer at all, curious! I'm rating that as 2.5 as I can find nothing either positive or negative to note.
T- Thin, bitter, quite hoppy dry, a zingy herbal edge comes through at the end.
F- It's light and hence refreshing, might work better for me in mid-summer than mid-winter. Now half-way through it, the head has cleared almost completely bar one small patch and a thin semi-circle ring. Carbonation in the mouth is also quite low (no bad thing for this style).
O- It's unremarkable and it presents nothing that would make me buy it again. It somehow manages to taste materially lighter than it's 3.8% ABV.
Bought from Tesco, Portobello Road, London W11 for a surprisingly low 90p, and that was not on any kind of offer.
Jan 03, 2019
 
Rated: 3.25 by Neilos from England

Aug 10, 2018
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Reviewed by Gajo74 from New York

3.64/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Another English Bitter enjoyed while in London.
Pours a clear amber/copper color with a moderate head that displays decent retention.
Im detection slightly fruity aromas, perhaps melon, to go along with nutty and biscuity malt.
At first, the taste highlights the nutty and biscuity malts and light fruit that imparts a moderate sweetness. However, a hops bitterness soon sets in. The hops flavors become earthy, dark and dry. The finish is dry and with a moderately bitter linger.
Medium bodied, very smooth and gently carbonated. Well balanced and sessionable.
A good example of the style.
Jul 06, 2018
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Reviewed by cyrenaica from Canada (ON)

3/5  rDev -4.2%
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
$3.16
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.
Mar 29, 2018
 
Rated: 2.22 by TwiggyCZ from Czech Republic

Jun 05, 2017
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Reviewed by josanguapo from Spain

4.04/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
From Costco. In Ikea's pint glass. After dinner. Very sweet beginning for being called a bitter but pretty pleqsant nonetheless and with an extraordinary feeling for such a low ABV
Dec 17, 2016
 
Rated: 2.75 by windowside from Germany

Oct 05, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by FZR23 from Romania

Aug 21, 2016
 
Rated: 3.04 by Macamah from England

Jul 25, 2016
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Reviewed by M_C_Hampton from Georgia

3.49/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
A: poured from a 500 mL can into a pint glass, amber colored with a huge off white head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: light hops, grain, slight sulfur

T: bread, grain, light traditional hops

M: thin with lower carbonation
Jun 30, 2016
 
Rated: 3.37 by Martine from England

May 24, 2016
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Reviewed by Dentist666 from Russian Federation

3.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
3.8% ABV.
Poured into pint.
Pours clear light copper beer with decent beige head, low retention.
Smell - dried fruits, honey-ish
Taste - malty, remarkable bitter finish, rather simple.
Light chewy body, smooth, moderate carbonation.
Feb 01, 2016
 
Rated: 3.68 by DanLowery from Brazil

Dec 27, 2015
 
Rated: 1.98 by simonreadmusic from England

Dec 25, 2015
 
Rated: 2.98 by AlexW693

Dec 23, 2015
 
Rated: 3.19 by Spike from England

Oct 29, 2015
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Reviewed by chinchill from South Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
500 ml bottle with a BB date of 31 March 2016.

This a low priced compared to most other local beers and, unfortunately, this shows in the quality. The malt load is low for style, shifting the balance to some earthy hops. On the positive side, it's certainly drinkable and looks OK in the glass.
Apr 24, 2015
 
Rated: 3.37 by sephyrott from Spain

Mar 01, 2015
 
Rated: 3.45 by Parsj3 from England

Feb 27, 2015
 
Rated: 3.44 by Bf_89 from Canada (ON)

Jan 10, 2015
 
Rated: 3.24 by spinrsx from Canada (ON)

Dec 25, 2014
 
Rated: 3.25 by BigGruntyThirst from Canada (ON)

Dec 08, 2014
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Reviewed by thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

3.38/5  rDev +8%
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.
Dec 05, 2014
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Reviewed by biegaman from Canada (ON)

3.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Bank's brewery pumps out more than 50 million pints each year and, indeed, their Bitter will look familiar; its clear complexion, butterscotch colour and almost tinsel-like gleam make for a generic, if good-looking ale. Its head leaves something to be desired but as someone who prefers their Bitter pulled from gravity cask I'm familiar with it looking a little flat.

At a modest 3.8% you wouldn't expect esters to be overly strong, but traces of dried fruits are noted. These aromas stop way short of fruitcake, though sweetly scented malt and its honeycomb hints play to that kind of confection. Naturally, a pungent, weedy quality accompanies closely.

A 'bitter' is, by definition, not sweet, but many (this one included) have a trace of toffee and nutty malt flavour. And their hoppiness may be prominent (relative to a 'mild') but it'll never be extreme. For Americans, this beer's earthy bitterness will hardly register. If anything it'll be the dried fruit notes and chalky water minerals that stand out most.

Its "best before", rather than listing a date some eight months in advance (these beers are generally afforded a year from the bottling date), really aught to read "best enjoyed fresh and unfiltered on cask". Were I doing that I assure you the scores posted would be much higher.

English Bitters, like a handful of styles (German Kölsch also comes to mind), are at their very best in the towns in which they're brewed. The closer to the source the better. In fact, they're rarely all that good at all without the atmospheric local surroundings - and certainly not when pasteurized and shipped halfway around the world. Here's my advice: unless a fresh cask - pass.
Nov 22, 2014
 
Rated: 3.25 by kelvarnsen from Canada (ON)

Nov 17, 2014
 
Rated: 2.56 by headstash from Canada (ON)

Nov 12, 2014
 
Rated: 3 by bigox420 from Canada (ON)

Nov 10, 2014
 
Rated: 2.08 by FrizzBizzle from England

Nov 04, 2014
 
Rated: 2.5 by Bob6518 from England

Oct 31, 2014
 
Rated: 3 by cam477 from Canada ()

Oct 27, 2014
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Reviewed by gutbucket2 from England

2.5/5  rDev -20.1%
A: amber, rapidly diminishing head.
S: none detected.
T: reasonable balance. Fairly sweet.
M: light-med body.
O: nondescript beer. Some cardboard flavours.
Oct 08, 2014
 
Rated: 3 by Drummermean from England

Sep 26, 2014
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Reviewed by BeerDrinkersWorldTour from Northern Ireland

3/5  rDev -4.2%
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.
Sep 15, 2014
 
Rated: 3 by Tipper27 from England

Sep 12, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by wrightst from Maryland

Sep 03, 2014
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Reviewed by vinicole from England

3.39/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Bottle. Clear medium amber with a thin frothy head.
Light malty aroma with some indistinct hops.
Mild caramel malt flavour. Not much else.
Light in body and carbonation.
Any port in a storm EPA and cheap as chips.
Aug 25, 2014
Banks's Bitter from Banks's Park Brewery
Beer rating: 74 out of 100 with 71 ratings