Burton Bitter by Marston's
Marston's have brewed here an easy drinking, flavourful Bitter that leverages the rich history of Burton-on-Trent.
The Marstons Burton Bitter is the re-branded version of Marstons Bitter. Not sure why they have gone ahead and re-branded this Beer - the most obvious reason is probably the right on; to use the reverence of the tapestry of history that Burton-on-Trent has in association with Beer Brewing.
One of Marstons most well known Beers, their web site mentions that their Burton Bitter is available all year round in both cask and bottle form. Marston's use the water from the famous 'Burton Well'. If you've read up a little bit about British Brewing history, the water from Burton-on-Trent, is well suited for producing high quality, tasty beers.
Body & Aroma
In the glass, Marston's Burton Bitter is golden brown in colour, with a decent one finger head. The carbonation, the best I can describe it, is 'sprinkly'. There's no real conformity in the carbonation - the bubbles are rising to escape any which way they can.
The aroma is very fresh and lively. Jumping out was a lovely hop element hovering over the biscuit. It isn't complex, but boy is it inviting.
Burton Bitter is light in the mouth. Along with malt flavours and a delicate amount of hops to round off the beer, there's a slight sweetness towards the end that reminds myself of caramel.
Everything with Marstons Burton Bitter points to an easy going session Beer. I'd have no problem drinking a few pints of this on a hot summer's day. With an alcohol volume of 3.8% ABV, this Beer has been brewed with being a session ale in mind. I was able to find Burton Bitter in my local Aldi for just over a pound a bottle. At that price, you just can't argue with the price point versus quality.
Yes, you can say that Burton Bitter is a little uninteresting, but all Beers serve a purpose, and this one serves it's purpose well.
See: Golden, Brown
Taste: Malty, Caramel