Brewed by Fuller’s
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ShivanDragon (2546) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - SEP 5, 2015
Helder amber met wit/gele kraag. Aroma van veel boter/margarine, graan, toffee. Smaken zijn redelijk zoet, matig bitter, matig sterk, sterk moutig maar dan voornamelijk caramout en ambermout. Medium body, dun en vettig, lage co2. Ik ben totaal niet te spreken over het veel te boterige karakter van dit bier. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beers0mniac (58) - Joensuu, FINLAND - SEP 5, 2015
Clear amber color with miminal head. Aroma of caramels, toffee, fruits and malts. Smooth taste of citrus, malts, nice hoppiness and bitter. Very rich and flavourful bitter, yet smooth and easy to drink. Amazing!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hoplover66 (67) - Barcelona, SPAIN - SEP 5, 2015
Color ámbar, espuma media persistente. Aroma de malta, caramelo. Sabor dulce, con predominio del caramelo, galletas y notas cítricas del lúpulo. Buen cuerpo y carbonatación media. El final es algo amargo y persistente. Excelente y original bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cimbasso (483) - - SEP 2, 2015
Sampled from a bottle, this beer pours a beautiful, clear chestnut brown with a foamy white head. Aroma of toffee and biscuit. The taste is rich and malty, with notes of toffee and nuts. Hints of grapefruit, orange and lemon from the hops. Beautifully balanced with a long hoppy finish. Fresh and fruity but also dry and refreshing. Wonderful mouthfeel and appearance. This is perhaps the finest British bitter, and is even better from the cask.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mister_Li (340) - GERMANY - AUG 28, 2015
Klares Bernstein mit reichlich Schaum. Malzig, reichlich Karamell dazu gesellt sich ein angenehm bitterer Hopfen, sehr ausgewogen und lecker.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hopmaestro (847) - Örebro, SWEDEN - AUG 28, 2015
Backlog from lost & found notes: Aroma is malty and fruity and sweet. Taste is pleasant and nice. Flowery and and fruity with a well balanced bitterness in the end. A reliable workhorse.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
popiela (215) - - AUG 27, 2015
Amber, medium head. Sweet aroma of caramel and little bit metallic. Taste is sweet, herbal, with medium biterness. Nice ESB.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cristobal37 (458) - Budapest, HUNGARY - AUG 19, 2015
Delicious mixture of roasted nuts (chestnut maybe) on the nose. Bubbily off white foam rests like a cloud. Appetizing balance of dry champagne bitterness and nutty mid bodied malty goodness. The finish continues with the roasted notes hanging strong and a nice creamy bitterness. Terrific brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
colui72 (415) - HONG KONG - AUG 15, 2015
Clear amber with a beautiful creamy head. Aroma of sweet malts and fruits (cherry?). Taste is smooth and tasty, low bitter ending. Better than most of English bitters.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TorbenJensen (1394) - Valby, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2015
Beautiful creamy foam. Lovely caramel flavor with a little smoked character. Fine malt sweetness reveals itself in the taste with a little orange and other fruit. It tastes slightly enjoyed before the hops invade with its fine bitterness that stands in perfect relief to its fullness. Hop bitterness give this beer a slight dryness, which is to make it perfect and type really. Again, a 100% type correctness from Fuller, but with this ESB, I think that you get a little more for the money than similar British ESB’s. This ale has also won numerous awards over the years - and it is not without a reason.

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