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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2478   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Deimos (81) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 31, 2003
Pours clear amber with a nice long lasting head. Good feel and the flavor is great. Clean finish that's slightly bitter. Maybe the best of this style. Has a sell by date on the label. Very important for imports.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12096) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2003
(Bottle) Pours an amber-brown color with a medium white head. Has a nice caramel malt flavor with a smooth finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Betty (235) - Walgett, NSW, AUSTRALIA - DEC 24, 2003
my bottle (from corkers in Newcastle) was 'bout 18 months over the use by date, but it was still fairly nice. Very nutty, perhaps from age etc. Decent soap-suds head. Hops are peppery and nice. I like it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brownaler (378) - Topsail Beach, North Carolina, USA - DEC 23, 2003
On tap. Has an amber-like appearence and flavor with a bitterness all-around. It seems to be a good standard for bitters.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - DEC 19, 2003
Longtime favorite. Clear orange color, with the white head. Trademark carmel/malt nose. Big carmel malt flavor with the hop bitterness in the background. Always worth the pint.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ericnixon (741) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 17, 2003
looking back at my notes in my palm pilot, i wrote the following cryptic message: "Fullers esb gwd stusf." i'm guessing that translates to "a delightful blend of maltiness and the hoppy stuff. A wonderful tasting beer!"

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jburbey (14) - Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2003
This was a very good beer! The aroma had a nice sharp hoppy edge to it. It went down very smooth with a nice bitter hoppiness blended with a little malt flavor. I would say that the hops flavor dominates. I could drink this beer all night long

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
psychoanalyst (16) - USA - DEC 16, 2003
Wow! This beer has lots of hops and malt. Malt flavor hits first and hops bleeds in later. Dry aftertaste.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drinkbeer (283) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - DEC 10, 2003
Great ESB. Perhaps the best. Makes me feel like I am in a London pub, and that aint a bad thing at all.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
warrior (213) - Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2003
Nice good classic ESB, balance of the good caramel malt flavors with hop bitterness and the Kent Golding hop flavor coming through. I had this beer quite a few times over the years and will continue to enjoy it again in the future.


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