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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2416   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.

NonOperational's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
NonOperational (46) - - AUG 11, 2013
I have a real problem with pasteurised versions of British real ales, and although I can’t help comparing this to the cask version, it works and is delicious. Nose of lightly burnt cereal, metal, and yeast phenols. Mouthfeel is syrupy, instead of the cask smoothness. Rich taste of heavy caramel malt with a very sweet finish, tempered by earthy hop bitterness. If you’re ever passing through St Pancras station, have a cask pint of this at The Parcel Yard.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
christhoel (161) - 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 (1258) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - NOV 17, 2014
Aroma of malt, caramel, raisins, spicy notes. Flavour is moderate sweet with a medium bitter finish. In general I’m not a big fan of English Bitter’s, that being said this is one of the better ones I’ve had.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
uckelman (310) - Durham, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2014
Pours clear, amber. Small cream-colored head. Spicy, earthy aroma. Dry, but nonsticky finish. Long herbal aftertaste. Medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sarauckelman (209) - Durham, Durham, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2014
Clear caramel amber; with minimal head. Nice malty aroma, a little bit fruity. Complex flavor of malt, grain, moderately bitter hops, and a bit of banana and cherry. Quickly disappearing mouthful. A pleasant surprise.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Karol (653) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - NOV 12, 2014
Tapped at Richtar Jakub in Bratislava/Slovakia. Malty, fruity in aroma and taste. Amber copper color. Tan thick head. Absolutely delicious!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
monacomelody (17) - Bavaria, GERMANY - NOV 12, 2014
Wow! Was für ein Bier! Sehr frisch mit schönem Kohlensäureanteil, schön hopfig mit leicht bitterem Abgang. Lecker! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bastarda (100) - Freiburg, GERMANY - NOV 11, 2014
inviting aromas of wood, even some hint of sandalwood with fruity hops and some bitter-oranges showing up; taste brings up more of this both refreshing, warming and slightly perfumey aromas, with just the right amount of bitterness balancing that subtle, layered sweetness. A little honey note in the aftertaste surprises and pleases. Great Bitter!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
birraiolo (210) - ITALY - NOV 9, 2014
Bottiglia da 500 ml. Bel colore ambrato molto lumpido con poca schiuma fine, nocciola e di poca tenuta. Al naso caramello maltato con note di frutta secca. Al palato ha un corpo esile e risulta watery con un inizio dolcino caramellato maltato, chiude con note amarognole e frutta seca.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bozo_skeleton (551) - Grenoble, FRANCE - NOV 4, 2014
Robe orangée, limpide, belle carbo, collet fin et persistant. Aromes caramel, pain et céréales. Corps moyen voire mince, amertume modérée mais avec une belle longueur relativement sèche sur les notes caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
MMR (320) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 3, 2014
I was rather impressed by this ESB. It has a very big range of aroma’s all blended in perfectly together.

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