Beer Review: Pedigree – Marston’s

We are going old school today with a beer my Dad used to drink in his youth! This beer is from one of Britain’s oldest brewers and industry giants Marston’s. Pedigree has been part of their staple range for decades at this point and is a bottle conditioned amber ale. Not something I’d pick up myself usually but I was having a chat with Dad about his old drinking days and Pedigree was often the drink of choice. Saw it in Morrisons at a reasonable price and thought I’d give it a go!

Visually the beer is a very clear amber. In fact it’s probably the clearest beer I’ve reviewed so far. This usually means it been filtered a lot and typically some of that goodness and flavour is lost. On the nose there is virtually nothing in all honesty. Despite those negatives the flavour is actually pretty decent. A nice malt to it with a slight bitterness and hop. It’s that classic English Ale vibe with a smooth finish.

A quick note on the bottle art: While not the most exciting it does have a bit of history to it. Originally the beer was named ‘P’ and in a competition many years ago it was renamed to ‘Pedigree’. The head brewer at the time was George Peard which is him in the front!

This is a fairly standard drink but not an unpleasant one. It’s bottle conditioned so you’ve got secondary fermentation occurring adding a bit more flavour – a positive as it’s been filtered to the eyeballs. While it’s not the most exciting beer compared to many of the others I’ve reviewed, when you consider what you get for a £1.50 (or cheaper) it’s not bad at all. It’s the kind of beer if you went into a village pub and they poured you a pint from the ale pump you’d be perfectly happy. It’s the kind of beer you’d drink with your pub Sunday lunch, and you know what I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that!

Score: 6/10

Thanks for reading! Cheers!

Additional Information:

  • Hops: Not Available
  • Malt: Not Available
  • IBU: Not Available
  • ABV: 4.5%
  • Gluten Free: No
  • Vegan: No
  • Purchase Price: £1.50
  • Purchase Location: Morrisons

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