Marks & Spencer
Brewed at Haacht

Style: Pale Lager
Paddington, England


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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.46/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Be aware this is likely to be Gala Pils, which is the beer used for most UK supermarket own-brand "Belgian Lagers".

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KegReports3 (1) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2017 does not count
I can't really rate this lager highly enough. My normal preference is for a light coloured, zestily hopped pale ale that is not overly malty. The vast majority of lagers for me are just too cloying unless they are fresh from a really deep chill. Even then I find most become a tad tasteless. M&S Belgian' is light, very fresh with a good body and feel. There is a perfect (for me) malt strength that does not move towards sickly as I find with most canned lagers, especially as they warm. To me it is as perfectly balanced as a canned lager gets before we nudge into the likes of Pennine Pale. Well done M&S, a great quarter!

GoufCustom (2078) - HONG KONG - SEP 20, 2017

500ml can bought at M&S in SoHo, Central.

Clear pale golden colour; Two finger head with crumpety white foam which lasts for 2 minutes; Very good sticky lacing with fizzy carbonation; Aroma of full Lager malt, with corn, strong floral, sugar, strong bread, lemon and grass; Medium sweet taste of full Lager malt, with strong floral, fair sugar, herbs, dry bread, strong lemon, mid to strong bitter hops and strong grass; Mid to light body. Quite slick palate; Mouth feel is very solid Lager maltyness in a slightly thinned background. Very hoppy with strong floral and herbs. fair sweetness balanced by strong lemon and grass to round. Really good!... Hoppiness is strong floral, lemon and grass in nose, same in taste but stronger and with herbs; Bitterness is close to strong for a lasting , mid to high astringent bitter-sweet malty finish; Fairly dry after taste. Herbal hobby and bitter to mouth.

Comments: The full maltyness and strong hoppiness warrant this one a decent Premium Lager rather than a usual Macro Pale. Just when I thought it's another forgettable Lager, its full malt and lively floral lemony hops makes me reckon. Unexpectedly good and will buy again!

martpez (263) - Norwich, Norfolk, ENGLAND - SEP 9, 2017
Crisp but bready it's actually a pretty decent lager. Good dryness M&S are good.with their branded stuff.

leaparsons (10657) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 14, 2017
Can, Marks and Spencer, Service station, somewhere. Golden with a white head. Decent grain body with a peppery palate. Light lemon. Some nuttiness. Dry finish.

Wezzielad (42) - Ilkley, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2017
Smell is malty. The taste is quite malty and a fair bit of barley. The barley taste sits on the tongue for a while, the after taste lingers for a while. Pretty decent beer, Not as good as Stella but it is good how you can buy it in single cans.

dcmchew (104) - Bucharest, ROMANIA - APR 30, 2017
Clear pale pour, small white bit of foam. Malt, stewed generic hop, not much else. Is "water" a smell? Tastes like watered down polenta, with some chemical notes and some metallic notes. Soft bitterness. Light body, medium carbonation. A boring industrial-type lager, no personality whatsoever.

JorgeLee (2168) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2017
Can, M&S. Light pale yellowy clear lager, thin bubbles. Fairly clean basic lager, some floral spicy hop note. Light to medium bitterness. Perfectly ok.

midovark (1018) - Balassagyarmat, HUNGARY - NOV 14, 2016
0.5 l can from Malta, as a gift. Not much going on here, an average macro lager with the type’s every characteristics. Have had many worse tho.

SarkyNorthener (4722) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2016
Can from M&S service station. Golden beer with large head. Aroma of pale malts and sweet corn. Taste is pretty much the same with some herb. Not good.

Biroholik (1493) - Sosnowiec, Poland, POLAND - SEP 9, 2016
Puszka 500ml z Marks & Spencer, Luton Airport wypita w drodze do Brighton.
Kolor złoty, czysty. Piana wysoka, biała, puszysta. Powoli opada do krążka. Aromat słodowy, zboża, trawa, ziarna, słoma. Lekki karmel na koniec. W smaku to samo, dodając do tego papierowy posmak w ustach i minimalną metaliczność. Goryczka niska, krótki czysty finisz. Bardzo wodniste, lekkie i niczego nie oferujące. Taki przeciętny lager, a na pewno nie ma w nim nawet kszty Belgii.

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