Banks’s brewery; just the name of it seems to transport me straight to the Black Country (look it up before you comment: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Country) and seems to conjure up all sorts of heavy industrial connotations. Maybe it was all those TV ads voiced by Noddy Holder in the Eighties Nineties that ingrained it so in my memory?
Anyway, post industrial whimsy aside and on with the review:
Banks’s Bitter pours a very clear Golden-Copper. The nose is fruity, malty and inviting. Body-wise it’s medium and certainly not thin and the taste is fruity-sweet maltiness with a moderately bitter finish. This is not a classically bitter, bitter – not like some of the Yorkshire thumpers. You don’t get a ton of after-taste, either, but what there is of it is tasty and more than adequate.
At 3.8% it’s not a killer of a beer, but is what it is – i.e. a refreshing restorative for people that work for a living. You can (and probably will want to) drink a lot of this – which is no problem at all as it’s an absolute thundering bargain at a quid a bottle from Tescos*
(*at the time of writing – other supermarkets exist and probably charge about the same, as well as also wanting to possess your very soul)