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Marston’s
Brewed at Thomas Hardy Burtonwood (Molson Coors)

Style: Mild Ale
Burton-on-Trent, England
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 174   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.78/5   EST. CALORIES: 84   ABV: 2.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Available filtered and pasteurised in bottles and cans.
Previously brewed by Burtonwood for Ushers (Refresh UK).
Manns Brown Ale has been brewed in Britain since 1902, originally by Thomas Wells Thorpe who was the head brewer of Manns in London. He envisaged the opportunity to move away from IPA and brown stout and create a new beer, claimed to be "the sweetest beer in London". Brewed to the original Manns recipe, this 2.8% ABV ale is now brewed by Thomas Hardy at Burtonwood, it remains the most widely distributed brand of the original style of sweet, low gravity brown ale.

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2.9
victorsampson96 (154) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2017
(500 ml bottle) Manns Brown Ale is the archetypal beer of the British working class, and enjoys association with the colliers of the North. At a mere 2.3%, this beer was not only cheap, but also highly refreshing in very large quantities. Pours a crystal-clear ruby to dark mahogany-brown, with fine carbonation, and a thin tan head. The aroma is entirely malty: chocolate, coffee, beef, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, raisins, cinnamon, smoked oak, nuts, caramel, and a hint of plums. There's a strong taste of copper on the finish, which is unfortunate. Light, smooth, and refreshing, but just a little watery. This beer is pleasant, and largely underrated. Although improvements could be made, the brewer has achieved an impressive depth of flavour at such a low gravity.

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john44 (3392) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2017
Bottle. BBE Aug 2018; Drank Oct 2017 - Clear reddish brown in colour. Medium foamy beige head. Malty; toasty malts, toffee, brown sugar, nutty, hint of coffee, slight chocolate notes. Fruity; dark fruit notes. Sweet malty mild brown ale. Not surprisingly it is thin bodied but it is quite tasty considering its very low ABV. It is a classic, which I fondly remember drinking in "brown and mild" bottle and cask ale mixes many years ago. So for me, it is both a pleasant easy drinking ale and a time machine for a trip down memory lane. (2017-10)

2.8
LazyPyro (1582) - Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 8, 2017
500ml bottle. Clear dark brown colour with a small beige head. Aroma: light malty, caramel, toffee. Taste: sweet malts, caramel and toffee. Medium body and carbonation, fairly smooth mouthfeel. Overall it’s lacking the richness of flavour claimed on the label, but given such a low ABV it’s not too bad, not one worth seeking out though.

2.9
Zlotta (3808) - Hagen / Düsseldorf, GERMANY - JUN 8, 2017
0.5 l bottle at ’Gasthaus zur Eule’, best before November 2017. Clear, very dark red to black with a thin, frothy, quickly diminishing, light beige head. Sweetish, malty and slightly fruity aroma of caramel, sweet licorice and some blueberry. Rather sweet, malty, a bit fruity and minimally roasty taste of caramel, sweet licorice, blueberry and wine gum, followed by a short, just slightly bitter and a little roasty finish. Almost medium-bodied, slightly effervescent mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Interesting stuff, especially considering the abv, never watery but also not a revelation of course.

0.7
comperchris (142) - - APR 19, 2017
Awful, tastes of malt and nothing else. No real smell other than malt and no alcohol content. Nice in a stew though!

2.7
prawlie (1675) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2017
Bottle. Smells almost synthetic. Tastes weak, lightly malty, and there is little else. Very easy to drink but leaves little impression.

2.9
jjsint (3492) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2016
275ml bottle from King of the Belgains, Hartford. Dark brown, opaque with a slight purplish hue. Light aroma of porridge, Ovaltine. Taste is sweet and milky which is pleasant at first but it becomes cloying very quickly. No wonder Mr Creosote exploded after drinking a crate of it. There isn’t a lot to this beer but hey, it’s a classic.


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