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


on tap

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RATINGS: 372   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98/5   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
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Originally brewed by Thwaites, the brand was contract brewed at Marston’s Wolverhampton plant (Banks’s) from 2013, then bought completely by Marston in March 2015. The brand initially continued to be sold under the Thwaites name and logo, but by 2016 the Thwaites name had been dropped.
"This rich amber beer is brewed with only the finest English ingredients. A prominent hop aroma and bitterness throughout is finely balanced with a full malt flavour, leading to a dry bitter finish."

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diabel (1714) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - SEP 17, 2009
Bottle Clear amber body with an off-white head. Soapy aroma with some hops. Lightly sweet flavour, very soft. Not that interesting.

Suttree (6392) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 4, 2009
Copperish brown, thin white head. smells like oatmeal cookies, in beer form.. Flavor has some caramel and oatmeal, maybe some whole wheat bread. Not bad session ale, I suppose.

GregClow (3402) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2009
Bottle from the LCBO. Nice chestnut-brown with a small off-white head. Aroma lacks the "prominent hop" character promised on the label - yeah, there are some pleasant hop notes, perhaps more than the average ESB, but it’s still primarily malty and a bit earthy. Medium bodied. Flavour is very pleasant and well balanced, with some caramel malt, a very faint woodiness, and a moderately bittered finish. So while I disagree with one statement on the label, I agree with another that says it’s "very more-ish" - I could easily drink a couple even though it’s not an especially memorable beer.

ChrisThomson (522) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2009
Bottle. Okay ESB, but nothing special. Good malt character, with sweet caramel notes, some spice, finish is bitter and long. Body a bit too thin for my liking.

Strangebrewer (1309) - Chatham, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2017 bottle/can. Poured clear auburn brown with a beige creamy head. Caramel malt aroma. Medium-light bodied, subtle carbonation, buttery mouthfeel. Sweet caramel malt paired with peppery hops, a little tart. An easy drinking ale.

cyrenaica (1126) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 8, 2009
500ml bottle
4.4% ABV
I tried this beer on August 6, 2009 at "Smokeless Joe’s" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a beautiful reddish-brown in the glass with a very thin white bubbly head. The aroma was sweet malt, some nuts, hops and wet cardboard. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour mas malty, slightly sweet, with a bitter finish.

Slacks (615) - Bolton, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 3, 2009
500ml Bottle: Pours pumpkin brown, reasonable head that wasn’t around long. Floral, hoppy aroma surrounded in grains and malty sweetness reminiscent of raisin. The flavour is a but muted, lots of sweet caramel malts and some stone fruits, an odd papery, dry aftertaste. Still, perhaps benefiting from being drunk shortly after yard work, I’m finding it well balanced and very refreshing. I like it a lot more than it’s rating would suggest.

joe19612 (2929) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUL 18, 2009
Bottle. Pours a deep amber with great frothy pale head. Good malty aroma, with a soft hoppy taste with plenty of malt in the taste. Full mouthfeel with long bitter finish.

Eructoblaster (4205) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 16, 2009
Bottle - 500ml. Limpid amber body with average carbonation and a thin, lasting white creamy head. Fair, simple malty/hoppy aroma with some grainy hints. Refreshing taste is well balanced but rather thin. Ends with a short, shy bitter finish. Not bad, but does not correspond to my definition of a real, good ESB.

blankboy (7689) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 12, 2009
Bottle (500ml). Pours a clear deep orange-amber with an average size diminishing off-white head. Sweet, biscuity and grainy aroma along with caramel malt. Slightly watery flavour of biscuity malt, grain and some toffee along with an average but long bitter finish. Light bodied. Just O.K., it’s not bad but I’m not loving it.

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