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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2640   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.

NonOperational's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
NonOperational (60) - - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kdd230 (26) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2016
500cl. bottle in Mae Kasa, Thailand. Pours a dark amber. Caramel aroma with malt. Grassy, fruity taste with the caramel again. Tends to a watery mouthfeel but pleasant with the interesting flavours.. Soft carbonation. Even with stiff competition these days this beer stands its ground.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
StevieT (1533) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 26, 2016
From a bottle. The slight spiciness of the yeast is interesting, otherwise a classic of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
melush (2759) - SPAIN - AUG 25, 2016
Bottle 33cl @ Cervezas Diferentes, Coslada, Spain. A: Amber. T: Malt, sweet, slightly bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pityu (622) - Budapest, HUNGARY - AUG 23, 2016
Bottle - Clear amber colour, medium beige head, good retention and fine lacing. Malty aromas with caramel, some orange and some herbal hops. Taste is bittersweet with caramel, orange, some cherries, herbal hop bitterness and some biscuity notes. Medium body, soft carbonation, oily mouthfeel, decent bitter finish. Great ESB.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
googleimage83 (29) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2016
Immediate caramel, toffee, some orange, cherry on the nose - you could smell it from 5 feet away. Reminds me a bit of Grand Marnier liqueur. Pour has surprisingly little head, but body is a pleasant orange-brown. Taste is full and malty. Lots of orange liqueur, caramel, chocolate covered cherries. Biscuit, slight vanilla as well. Very subdued hops, with light floral touch in the finish. Low carbonation, somewhat thin but in a way that suits the beer - very sweet and sticky flavours without being sticky itself. Just an awesome beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Samuel214 (495) - SWEDEN - AUG 19, 2016
Flaska från SB. Superklar, mörk bärnstensfärgad vätska med högt, fluffigt krämbeiget skum. Doftar sött av torkad frukt, honung, brödsirap, kakdeg och brunt socker. En lätt och något torr kropp som försvinner snabbt. Lite jordig, torr smak med ett bittert bett. Lite mer rostade toner i smaken i jämförelse med doften. Sötman nedtonad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OminouSC2 (424) - SWEDEN - AUG 15, 2016
Amber color, small white head. Bittersweet aromas of caramel and bananas. Sweet taste of fruits and bananas that quickly turns bitter, but still very balanced. Solid beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jury (126) - RUSSIA - AUG 15, 2016
Добротн& приятны& красивы& эль, хороший аромат и вкус и продолж& послевк& с горчинк& 500ml in bottle ABV: 5.9%

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
guitartown (106) - SPAIN - AUG 14, 2016
Ni tan mal para ser Fullers. Maltosa, quizás un poco demasiado dulce pero para una sed...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nicke80 (457) - Södertälje, SWEDEN - AUG 13, 2016
50 cl bottle from tesco hungary. Pours hazy golden with little head. Sweet malty aroma with malty caramel taste.

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