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

bottled
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RATINGS: 2347   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.


3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
S_Side_Smitty (429) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUN 12, 2014
Pours copper-gold with a medium white head. Aroma is sweet syrupy malts (maybe a little caramel). Taste is a nice blend of malted grains and bitterness throughout the palate. All of this is balanced with the sweetness. An easy beer to drink and enjoy.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
felsenpils (104) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 10, 2014
It does not get much better than this! Wonderful estery, hoppy aroma. Great clear reddish color, nice foam retention. The taste is a wonderful balance between malt sweetness and hop presence, both bitterness and hop oil. Reminds me a bit of Belgian Orval. My only criticism is that at 5.9% alcohol, you cannot throw these down like regular beers. Another great offering from a traditional British brewery. Take that you American micros! Try to copy this!

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
freretoc (567) - Besançon, FRANCE - JUN 6, 2014
Bu en bouteille de 50cl, jolie couleur blonde grosse mousse belle effervescence, une bière très amère en début de bouche mais un peu trop malté, un mariage qui colle pas très bien, dommage.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tricyclist (659) - Florida, USA - JUN 5, 2014
As far as ESB’s go, this is a pretty solid offering. Medium amber pour with off white dissipating head. Nose is light due to a minimal head, mild bready malt and notes of caramel. Mild hops. Flavor is more pronounced with good biscuit notes and balanced light hop flavors of citrus with minimal bitterness from the hops and more from the malt. Light to medium body, and really drinkable. I dig it.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oliodnb (243) - ITALY - JUN 4, 2014
50cl bottle. Beautiful clear amber beer with a slightly off white head. Sweet smell of malts and caramel with some sweet fruits. Similar taste, malts very prominent. Not too bitter.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pringao_Toribi (220) - Oviedo, SPAIN - JUN 3, 2014
Pours ambarine red with thin white crown. Tastes similar to a soft hoppy bitter but with an interesting sweet malty finish, and hints of citric aroma.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hidden_Pooch (261) - Stratford, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - JUN 2, 2014
Feel like a champ drinking this champion ale. Smells very fruity. Very complex taste going on. Tastes of caramel,toffee, bananas, herbs, and biscuits. Aftertaste is spicy and citrusy with a long bitter finish and a medium slick body. Fullers is a pretty solid brewery for how big it is.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
IgorAlvaro (55) - - MAY 31, 2014
Acredite, a garrafa é com vencimento em 2009, perfeita com espuma branca persistente, cortou firme, forte paladar caramelo, nada de desagradável.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dnicolaescu (683) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - MAY 30, 2014
BOTTLE 50CL. Look: clear copper with a small orange frothy head with below avg. retention. Aroma: caramel/toffee with biscuity/toasty notes, hops - minty lollipop, fruity - pear, apricot, cherry. Taste: fruity, caramel balanced by moderate hop flavours, peppery zesty light bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mydogjet (17) - - MAY 30, 2014
A beautiful amber colour with a quickly vanishing head. Smells a little of pine and caramel and tastes quite malty. Quite a bitter aftertaste, which isn't really surprising given the style. I like this beer.


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