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

bottled
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on tap
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RATINGS: 2424   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eduardovl (940) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2014 500ml bottle poured in a chalice. Traditional British Bitter. "Bloody Lovelly". A: Beautiful amber color. Medium size yellow head which dissipates leaving some lacings (not much) S: Characterisitc British yeasts and flowery hops. Caramel malts T: Like the nose. Characterisitc British yeasts, caramel malts and flowery hops. Simple but lovely beer M: Medium body. Low carbonation. Delicious moderate bitterness D: High as a good British Ale should be [ BA Review @ 8/7/2010 ]

1.2
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
mikske79 (1248) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - OCT 13, 2014
Als je het uit schenkt zie je het al: veel te helder, precies een donker water. En zo goed als geen schuim of geur. Als je het vervolgens drinkt bevestigs het wat je al dacht: een veredeld water, weinig smaak aan, veel te waterachtig.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ads135 (3077) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - OCT 11, 2014
Mild and floral. This light extremely well balanced beer feels like it should sessionable but has a surprising potency.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RafeAU (187) - Kingston, AUSTRALIA - OCT 11, 2014
Tasting at Plonk. side-by-side with the fullers pride, this is similar, but with stronger malt and hop flavours. I prefer this over the pride. This is a pleasant beer, very sessional, but English bitters are not my preferred style.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ZacM612 (212) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - OCT 10, 2014
Nice amber color with a medium off-white head. Aroma is toffee/caramel with a hint of fruit. Nice balanced flavor with plenty of hops and smooth maltiness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BobyFischer (104) - FRANCE - OCT 6, 2014
Une des meilleures Ale Anglaise.Subtile, maltée, goût de biscuit, amertume, houblons aromatiques, du corps, une présence, un goût.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Arrachtas (10) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 4, 2014
In my view, THE definitive British bitter. It has everything and lacks for nothing, save for the fact that since I no longer live in Europe, I cannot get it on tap; even in the bottle, though, this brew shines. Brilliant, well-hopped aroma with a citrusy scent, backed by firm malt. The palate is decidedly full-bodied, and bursting with rich flavours of floral English hops, and a nutty, bready malt character. The finish is exceptionally long. I realize this is intended as a session beer, but it is so very good and so very flavourful that I prefer to just have one (or two), and sip them slowly over some time. Apart from the fact that it can be pricey to find, there is no reason not to recommend this beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikedevilsfan (187) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 2, 2014
almost no head on this. Great aroma. Taste is one of spices and malt flavors. Very pleasant and at 6 percent is a great beer for the pub.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gschrade (775) - Collinsville, USA - OCT 2, 2014
I had this at Global Brew. Pours amber with a off white head. Taste lightly sweet, caramel, bready. I thought this was good. I could drink this again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ljthiessen (511) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 18, 2014
Can. A very nice classic bitter. Lots of caramel, very smooth, a little dry. Classic Fullers.


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