Brewed by Fullerís
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
London, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 2552   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
Bottle & keg (USA); Pasteurised.
First brewed in 1971. Ingredients: Pale Ale malt, Crystal malt and Maize; Target, Challenger, Northdown and Goldings hops.
Brewed at 5.5% ABV in cask and 5.9% ABV in bottle, ESB is a true liquid legend, and should be savoured as such.
ESB has a wonderful rich mahogany appearance. Taking in the nose, the beer is bursting with cherry and orange, balanced by soft malty toffee and caramel notes. The flavour delivers everything you would expect from such a full-bodied ale. The unique blend of Northdown, Target, Challenger and Goldings hops imparts grassy, peppery notes on the tongue along with intense citrus fruit characters of grapefruits, oranges and lemons. The blend of Pale Ale and Crystal malts in the brew give a biscuity, toffee element to the beer. A smooth, mellow bitterness lingers on the palate to give a superbly satisfying finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Boutip (5346) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 23, 2004
Tap: Poured a clear light brown colored ale with a small creamy head with standard retention. Aroma is quite weak with only light roasted malt being noticeable. Taste is quite refreshing but again a bit weak on taste with some roasted malts and light dry finish. I was quite disappointed by the strong watery finish and Iím wondering if this one wasnít shot through nitro before falling into my glass. Anyway, I still persist with my belief that Fullers beers should only be drank from cask.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 23, 2004
UPDATED: APR 24, 2005 Bottle @ Akkurat, Stockholm. Offical tasting with represetatives from the brewery.Sept 2004
A Fullerís fav for many of my friends. I, however, am not so impressed. A bit too harsh and slightly "chemical". Not bad, but they do several better beers. 5/5/6/4/11 3.1
Keg @ Bishops Arms, Sundsvall
Served in their (Fullerís) new branded glases. Toffee and fruits in aroma. Served a bit too cold. Fresh, new, slightly green taste. I like. Very bitter also in aftertaste. One of the best Fullerís ESB Iíve had.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
burcusabrews (106) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 16, 2004
Golden amber with a trace of a beige head. Aroma of fruity figs adn some nuts. A bit stale tasting with quite a nasty aftertaste. If anything it has honey adn nuts on the tongue with almost a charcoal bitterness on the finish. Could not finish. Could be a bad bottle and if I ever try it again with different results, I will re-rate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - SEP 12, 2004
I think this was the first one of the style I tried and I was intrigued. However, I have not tried it again or another one of the style, so not that intrigued. Not really bitter, but I dont know much about the style. Very malty and sweet.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JonMoore (2033) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2004
Bottle. Very dark orange colour with a foamy, short-lived off-white head. Sweet, carmel malt nose with a little hint of citrus. Nicely balanced between malt and the hops. Excellent creamy mouthfeel, refreshingly bitter finish. Bottle or cask, a classic.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - SEP 3, 2004
(on bottle)Nice aroma of caramel, wood and some fruit. Nite brown/orange color. But the taste itself is not for this tounge. Hard burnt malts and too bitter finish, but bets it could be nice with some ageing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tony2times (23) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 1, 2004
Poored an amber color with a slightly foamy white head. The aroma was a mix of flowers and apples. Only slightly bitter, but a good hoppy taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2004
Perfectly amber color, under a big, bubbling, bone-white head. An indistinct aroma, that cast off hints of flowers and honey, but also strains of coppery flintiness. A sly hop attack occurs on the tongue, which fades back fast. Light body, faint texture. Nice, but unmemorable finish. A very un-bitter "bitter", a textbook session ale. A good fruitiness comes out the middle, and the taste overall is pleasant, but itís largely forgettable for my taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tweety83 (26) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - AUG 29, 2004
The aroma made me think of apples. It had a good taste, not too bitter. Itís an amber liquid and the hops is mild. I would recommend it to my friends.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 24, 2004
Bottled. Aroma of apple, caramel, mild hops. Appearance is amber, clear, white head with nice lace, lasting head. Body is medium, fairly dry, clean, crisp and regreshing. Flavor is apple skin, caramel, bitter finish of apple skin, wood like toothpicks, pine and oak, rather mild, pleasant. Refreshing. I like a little umph with an ESB, but this is very nice, true to English style. Balanced, on the malty side, but well balanced, truly. Very drinkable, sessionable.

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