January in lockdown has resulted in me buying a lot of cheap beers I'd usually just walk straight passed in the supermarkets of Lincoln and Banks's Amber Bitter is the latest I'm going to crack open. Like a lot of old ales this one is owned my Marston's who brew it in Wolverhampton. You wont struggle to find Banks's for around the pound mark which makes it an excellent option if you just want a beer for the sake of having a beer. I've also picked up the their Golden Beer which I'll probably get round to opening in a day or two. I'm not really sure why I've waited this long to buy either, I guess it's just that they're so readily available it doesn't exactly feel like I have to rush to make sure I don't miss out.
The beer comes in a nice fairly standard 500ml bottle featuring a lion with an axe, you really wouldn't want to bump into him in a dark alley. Still though it's good to be able to get a 500ml bottle for less than a pound, you can barely buy bottled water for that these days. Amber Bitter comes with a pretty mild 3.8% alcohol content so you'll have to drink a few to get drunk, but I guess at the price that's not really an issue. Not surprisingly this pours a clear reddish amber with virtually no head at all. I guess all I can say about the looks is that it's a standard English bitter look.
The aroma is one of the faintest I've ever smelt. Really there's virtually no scent there at all, it's a bit weird. I'd like to be able to expand on that, but all I can really say is there's some malts floating around, but really you may as well sniff some water. I'm finding it quite difficult to get excited about this beer, it just feels like there's nothing there to get excited about other than the cost, and really is saving money that exciting?
Sadly the flavour very much matches the smell and the look, there's just nothing to the beer. At a push I'd say there's some biscuit flavouring, a mild bitter aftertaste and a hard water texture, it's just bland. I guess there's always a place for a cheap none descript beer, and you certainly wont be offended by it, but that's really not good enough. I'm going to give Banks's Amber Bitter a fairly generous 2 out of 10, mainly because it's quite cheap. If you fancy a fairly low alcohol, low taste beer that wont distract from a nice meal you could probably do worse than this, but not much worse.