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Brewed by Fuller’s
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
London, England
Serve in English pint

bottled
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RATINGS: 2460   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.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 8, 2003
Pours a good amber color. With 1/4 inch head that lasted several minutes. Flavor is malty and bittery - works well as an ESB. Overall, this is very good - as are all Fuller's products I've had.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jzzbassman (1523) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - SEP 8, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2004 Re-rate: I have to balance my rating between the bottle and nitro pumped version. Bottle is not nearly as good, but as a draft: Great start that smells like biscuits and an even better finish, crisp but nutty aftertaste.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 8, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2008 Update: 22.02.08, 50cl bottle, bbe 20.11.08. Very clear amber-tan hue with an unimpressive, foamy, off-white head. Muddled aroma has an earthy theme and allows me to catch glimpses of damp linen, pepper, light toffee, peaches and tea. Sometimes it gets a bit salty or catty. Semi-sweet flavour is softly salty, finishing fruity with peaches and a floral bitterness. Light tea astringency builds from the first sip. Medium bodied, watery texture, moderate carbonation...flimsy. Soft, without intrigue.

50 cL bottle, pint glass, 50 degrees. Finally! The local stores have started carrying this again! Very large, rocky, frothy, well lasting off-white head is on a clear red-amber body. Cookie, caramel malt; mostly flowery, but a little piney hops. Aroma is pretty simple, but quite inviting. Oh...now that’s tasty. Definitely a malt dominant ESB. Moderately sweet, lightly bitter flavor becomes a moderately sweet, moderately bitter finish. No acidity. Great creamy body, medium weight, soft carbonation. A highly drinkable ESB. The bottom line is: I didn’t know it until now, but when I thought of what a great pint of ale should taste like, it was this beer. Original rating: 8, 4, 7, 4, 15 = 3.8.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 3, 2003
Pours a medium amber, nice off-white head that slowly recedes and laces very nicely. Aroma is lightly malty, slightly fruity, and medium on the hoppiness. Flavor is sweet and fruity maltiness, ending with a decent hop finish. Body is on the fuller side of medium, super easy drinking, very tasty.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
r464 (1956) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2004 I have had this ESB on tap in London and bottled in the States. A fine example of an ESB. Strong flavor, but not too strong to have a pint or two with dinner.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 1, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2003 Full body, I get heavy plum, pear, and unfortunately a little stale cardboard taste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - AUG 31, 2003
Reddish-brown color. Full fluffy white head. Nice hoppy aroma. Fairly full-bodied, not too bitter. Smooth and quite refreshing. Expected a little more from the hype but still a good beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Yeastmaster (44) - USA - AUG 25, 2003
Coper color. Malt aroma. Sweet flavor. Very smooth. Good, but not extraordinary. Would go well with starchy foods.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - AUG 21, 2003
Bottle. Copper-colored with an off-white head. Malty aroma with some hops mixed in. Initially sweet with a bitter hoppy finish. Dry. Very enjoyable.

3.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerheart (237) - Erie, Colorado, USA - AUG 18, 2003
Hard to say anything that hasn't already been said. Excellent beer! Moderate to heavy toasted malt smell with a light fruitiness that leans toward port. Small, white, diminishing, lace head on an amber body. Creamy brew hits the tongue sweet, but finishes oh so bitter and stays bitter on the tongue for a long time with a light alcoholic finish. Be sure to enjoy at the right temperature as that is essential to getting all the flavors!


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