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


on tap

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RATINGS: 370   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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redders1974 (1506) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2016
Nice chestnut colour creamy honey caramel small bitterness easy drinking simple but effective

rstk (18) - - NOV 7, 2016
Floral and hoppy aroma with caramel notes, pretty simple but full. Beautiful chestnut colour with average creamy head. Medium body, taste is simple, malty, mildly bitter blunted by hops, which are felt all the way through with a bit dry finish. Soft carbonation, feels watery. Not perfect but, personally, the best bitter I have tasted so far.

darbeer75 (907) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - OCT 29, 2016
Aroma: getting lots of apple juice; Taste: lightly bitter; Overall: refreshing

wombat23 (1500) - Texas, USA - OCT 2, 2016
Shared bottle. Pours amber with an off-white head. Aroma of caramel and biscuit. Taste is malt, caramel, and bread. Mildly bitter. Overall, it’s bland but easy to drink.

UXO (1896) - CANADA - SEP 11, 2016
Appearance: clear pale to medium amber with one fat finger of rocky ivory head, short retention and moderate lacing. (3/5) Aroma: grassy, caramel, light floral. (6/10) Taste: moderate sweet, mild bitter. (6/10) Medium body tending slightly watery, moderate carbonation, off-dry short duration mildly bitter finish. (3/5) It’s really a struggle to find an ESB that’s actually interesting - and this isn’t one. It’s fairly polite and well-behaved, with no significant shortfalls, but it’s just so very, very boring. Try it if you like ESB’s, I guess? (12/20)

hauxe (832) - Butzbach, Hesse, GERMANY - SEP 11, 2016
Pours golden brown from the bottle. Aroma is caramel with a dash of turpentine. Taste is sweet with the sugar noticeable but by no means dominating. Overall remains sweet, and ends with a light bitterness at the finish. Relatively light bodied. Okay.

TomBitter (13) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2016
Aroma very pleasant, nice and hoppy, almost peppery in its hoppyness, with hints of caramel, nice amber colour. Lovely bitter taste with the caramel coming through along with biscuits. A good strong flavour and a very pleasing bitter aftertaste, though certainly not a session drink. Great drink for those who like bold hoppy beers.

Quafco (10) - - APR 14, 2016
Bottle - good shape and label, these are often overlooked but are definitely part of the quaffing experience. Would have liked a picture of the mighty Avro Lancaster the beer is a tribute to but a minor quibble. Beer - good dark amber colour, not too light or heavy, balance good. Bitter notes, a nice rounded bitter. Good with nuts, sandwiches.

phfyysik (1297) - Tartu, ESTONIA - APR 10, 2016
Pours clear amber with medium white head. Aroma is black tea, some grass, light floral notes. Taste is black tea, fruits, caramel, brown sugar. After taste is quite bitter and dry. Nice beer!

Jorn69 (3216) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - FEB 22, 2016
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2016 Backlog, early amateur rating! @ Havregatan 20121016. Bottle from Systembolaget. Caramely and sweet with nutty and buttery notes.

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