Brewed by Banks’s (Marston’s)
Style: Bitter
Wolverhampton, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 97   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.9/5   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
Cask: Regular.
Originally brewed by Thwaites, the brand was contract brewed at Marston’s Wolverhampton plant (Banks’s) from 2013, then bought completly by Marston in March 2015. The brand continues to be sold under the Thwaites name and logo.
"The Northern Beauty. A very easy drinking beer with an inviting malty aroma, this rich amber beer is brewed using pale ale and crystal malt to achieve this full-bodied flavour. A finely balanced hop character is enriched by the late addition of Styrian Goldings as a dry hop to give a prominent floral hop aroma and warming aftertaste."

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rune (13186) - Tromsø, - OCT 12, 2006
Half pint on cask. Amber in colour. Creamy, short-lived white foam. Sweet citrus aroma. Hints of caramel, grape and plums in the flavour. Short bitter finish. Standard bitter (Pillars of Hercules, Soho 18.09.2006)

DruncanVeasey (8260) - Nr NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAR 5, 2017
Cask pints at a carvery in Keresley, Coventry, April 2016. Since when did Thwaites become Thwaitestons?? Thick capped almost nitro head over warm coppery bronze. Barely any aroma leeching out at all; olive oil soap and ancient dried rosemary. Gentle sultana fruit and pale toasted nuts leading to a wafer and mallow linger. Actually really pleasant, neutral, clean and kind to the palate and stomach in a nostalgic 20th century kind of way. Had one and instantly wanted another. A reminder that beer doesn’t have to taste like guava and shower gel to make you want to guzzle a few pints of it.

BeerViking (4947) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2017
Cask at the Plough & Harrow, pours a clear chestnut with a fluffy head, a little red fruit and earth on the nose, body is chewy malt with a moderate earthy-bitterness. OK, but I prefer the bottled version.

Rhombic (145) - Elx, SPAIN - JUN 16, 2016
Draught, pint. Good concept but otherwise a fairly standard and pretty much predictable bitter. Not bad on palate, in fact, balanced and smooth, but lacks a nice aroma background to it. Flavours are mainly malt, a bit of wood maybe, but, again, fairly one dimensional. Not a bad brew per se, just pretty much what comes to mind if someone tells you to imagine a totally ordinary beer of this style. Not memorable, but drinkable and no particularly negative aspects to be honest.

SarkyNorthener (4709) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2016
[email protected] gate Inn, cannock wood. Amber beer with medium head and excellent lacing. Aroma is faint malt. Taste is malts, caramel and mild hop bitterness. Bland.

MarcinG (943) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2015
Cask w Cheshire Cat . Rubinowy kolor mala piana. Zapach raczej nikly o chmielowej nucie. Goryczka w smaku przyjemna. Bukiet owocowo orzechowo herbaciany. Ok

theprof (1078) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2015
Cask. Copper. Creamy head. Aroma of cereals and spruce. Nicely balanced with some wonderful malty caramel and sparkling hops. Medium bodied. Moderate lingering finish, considering the ease with which it goes down. Marston’s are keeping up Thwaites tradition of good session bitter.

Cunningham (8163) - Halden, NORWAY - SEP 3, 2015
Nice amber color with a thick off white head. Floral hoppy and some toffee in the aroma. Ok body and an ok balnce between sweetness and bitterness. Soft carbonation. Floral hoppy, toffee and fruity flavor. Nice pleasant ale at the pub.
[On tap at Waldorf in Manchester, England]

gegwilson (3752) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2015
Cask. Pours amber with a cream head. Biscuity malt with citrus notes. Quite a decent bitter.

redders1974 (1546) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - AUG 1, 2015
On cask in the Albion arnside good looking pint just like on english bitter should be with medium lasting head Camry taste with some not altogether agreeable floral notes some hops coming through

MrBlueSky93 (524) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUN 2, 2015
Cask at The Locomotive, Burton upon Trent. Pours deep amber with a single finger white head. Aroma of malts, caramel, nuts, toffee....Taste of initial malts, some caramel, a little nuttiness and some toffee sweetness. Nice touch of bitterness too with soft carbonation. Some fruitiness also. Nice.

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