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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2424   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.

ThisWangsChung's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
Reviewed 3/11/13. 11.2 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. A: Pours a clear copper color. The head is a one finger offwhite shade. It slowly fades to a thin film, and leaves some (not much) lacing on the glass. Generally, an attractive beer. S: At first, I notice rich caramel, brown sugar, and earthy hops. Then the aroma permutes into something wonderfully fruity. I really enjoy the cherry, apple, and grape esters this provides. I mean, really, REALLY enjoy them, even if they donít come across terribly strongly. T: Taste-wise, Iím not a fan of the style; but this one works quite well. Vaguely sweet caramel maltiness provides the backbone, supported by an initial hit of tart, fruity esters. Drying hops and faint diacetyl finish this one off. If anything, itís gorgeously balanced, with just a suggestion of depth to keep it interesting. Didnít live up to the aroma, however. M: Dry and crisp, though some toffee flavors linger on the palate somewhat. Carbonation could be upped a hair to make it cleaner, though - given the way the complex flavors shift on the aftertaste, Iíll call it a wash. This one is easy to drink. O: Iíd say itís the best ESB Iíve ever had, even with the qualifiers of A) the style doesnít tickle my fancy, and B) I havenít had enough good offerings of the style for it to tickle my fancy in the first place. Out of personal preference, Iíd much rather have their London Porter; but just in terms of objective quality, theyíre at the same level.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
TychoJames (180) - ÷rebro, SWEDEN - DEC 19, 2014
Flaska frŚn systembolaget. Kopparfšrgad vštska. BrŲdig och lštt hŲig doft. Maltig smak med trevlig bitterhet. LŚg kolsyrehalt

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MarkoNm (760) - Novo mesto, SLOVENIA - DEC 8, 2014
Pours a clear amber color, topped with an average frothy white head. Malty aroma, some hoppy notes not much else. Slightly sweet start, followed by an average bitterness. Drinkable and fairly mild.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
paolo71 (17) - Alviano, ITALY - DEC 6, 2014
In bottle. Amber.Creamy head, not very persistent. Malt sweet, honey, biscuit, resiny, caramel. Velvety bitter during all the tasting. Persistent. Balanced with the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zlotta (97) - Bonn, GERMANY - DEC 2, 2014
0,5l bottle (BB 13/1/2015). Crystal clear, medium amber with a foamy, slowly diminishing, tan head. Sweetish aroma of plums, candy sugar and raisins. Medium bitter taste with further hints of grapefruit. Medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation, crisp bitter finish. Solid ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Krigla (68) - SLOVENIA - DEC 1, 2014
Bottle, 0.5l. Cleaar amber colour with minimal white head. Soft carbonation. Aroma of sweet malts and hops. Taste is light sweet to moderate bitter with long bitter aftertaste. Overall very good beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beese (2560) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2014
Bottle from Waitrose. Pours a clear copper colour, with a white head, which dissipates quite rapidly. Aroma is sweet, some malt, caramel and banana essence. Syrupy flavours, tinned fruit and a slight note of copper. Finish evens out, with dried fruit, grain and peal.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
King_Alex_II (108) - SWITZERLAND - NOV 23, 2014
Amber color with long lasting creamy foam layer. Very mild and balanced tasted. Slight bitterness in the rather short aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Shain (86) - ISRAEL - NOV 21, 2014
Bottle, 330ml. Pours clear medium brown with a yellow tint. Head is medium tall and off-white in color. Aroma of yeast and malt, quite weak. Carbonation is flat, mouth feel is quite full, with a creamy mouth feel. Tastes lightly bitter and lightly sweet. Nicely balanced. Flavor is fruity and malty, with some bread, yeast and very neutral hops, some honey in finish. Well rounded and smooth. Ends nicely bitter-sweet with some malt and honey. Flavors are very nice and the taste balance is good, but both are boring. Really easy to drink and slightly warming. Lacks carbonation. Very smooth and gentle, easy to drink. Ending is very pleasant. Drink slowly to truly enjoy its nuances.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
christhoel (195) - chesterfield, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2014
brown, clear, white foam, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, full body, oily feel, average carbonation, probably the best beer ive had rom fullers

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tricksta_p (1351) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - NOV 17, 2014
Aroma of malt, caramel, raisins, spicy notes. Flavour is moderate sweet with a medium bitter finish. In general Iím not a big fan of English Bitterís, that being said this is one of the better ones Iíve had.

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