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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2344   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - JAN 14, 2003
Balanced like a Beetles harmony - exuberance, energy, and musical strength. I appreciate all of these qualities, but am not a huge Beetles fan, personally.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jgb9348 (4626) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2003
Good bitter, oaky beer. Didnít record notes about this beer, but I do remember it to be rather good!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CQC (224) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 9, 2003
oh baby, look at that colour.. Nice smooth taste. Ahhh Fullers, I""ll move back to London just so I can sit outside their Brewery and smell those beers... Must find more Fullers.. wheres the london Pride, the 1845...oh baby. This is a nice beer, pretty damn smooth. Slightly bitter, with a bit of a ""chive and onion Pringles"" back taste. Watch out for the slight fish taste when belching.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Archimedes99 (27) - Virginia, USA - JAN 8, 2003
Upon opening the bottle of Fullerís, I could smell the malts. The head formed was more filmy than foamy and was rather unimpressive. The taste was malty with what seemed like a hint of burnt caramel. A very dry taste with a bitter aftertaste that lingered momentarily after the beer had already been set down. I havenít sampled a great many bitters in my short time as a taster, but this is generally just a quality beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazz88 (2542) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 7, 2003
Bottle. A brownish amber color with a foamy tan head. The nose has tons nice malts and some burnt caramel. A quality bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
uhorpheus (215) - houston, Texas, USA - JAN 6, 2003
Great ESB, weak small head. Medium to light carb, very thin and light but with adequate body and fullness of flavor. Dry and bitter aftertaste, I expected a more bitter finish than it had. Still a great ESB though, its just hard not to be too critical.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JAN 3, 2003
Pours a nice amber color, same head as other fuller brews. For some reason, every fullers Iíve had from a bottle have been past the best before date. Anyways, smells and tastes slightly sweet and bitter with a nice, but unimpressive hop/malt finish. Overall: beer. :)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JAN 2, 2003
Malty aroma out of the bottle. Deep rich copper color. Although termed a bitter it is very balanced--not like an IPA. Not overly hoppy at all. The benchmark ESB.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Motomille99 (7) - Salt Lake, Utah, USA - JAN 1, 2003 does not count
Holy carbonation batman. The first pour gave a great head that quickly dissapeared. The color is a nice creme carmel. Iím not much for ales but this one was actually nice. Smooth malt finish and not overly bitter.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
cpuuk99 (1) - ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2003 does not count
The first half bottle is strong in taste. The second half of the bottle is strong in alcohol..... hmmmm, perfect.

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