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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2551   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.

lupulist's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lupulist (49) - Vancouver, British Columbia, - NOV 5, 2012
Pours a red-amber colour with a lacy off-white head. Big caramel aromas, as well as citrusy hops. Taste is slightly bitter, lightly fruity, and malty. Medium length malty finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
blackisle (1364) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - NOV 24, 2015
Bottle 33cl. Clear medium to deep amber, small frothyfoamy off-white head, mostly diminishing, fair lacing; aroma is toasted malts, caramel, dried dark fruits, nutty notes; taste is light sweet and light to medium bitter, malty, toffee; medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation, aftertaste is mild bittersweet, toasted maltiness and dryness in the finish; very nice bitter indeed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bulldogops (1369) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 23, 2015
Rating #1367 09.12.2014 -On tap at 1600 Bier Haus #yyc. I’ve definitely had this beer previous to this. Pours a deep ruby with a foamy off-white head that dissipates slowly, medium-strong retention. Aroma is mild toasted malt, hints of wildflowers. Hop presence is significant, giving the bitter character, but the breadiness of the malt is what makes this beer. Creamy mouthfeel Well balanced, medium bodied ale that is super drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cousin_Larry (701) - - NOV 21, 2015
Aroma is not what I was expecting for an esb - almost a cream scent. Taste is mostly water with some cream and hops. Not really bitter. Good for its style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MelvinKalksma (295) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - NOV 20, 2015

Malts, hops, caramel, fruity. Not really strong.

Clear amber coloured beer with a small white head.

Starts sweet with malts and caramel, slightly bitter in the background. Really smooth and balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrOrla (1156) - Odense C, DENMARK - NOV 14, 2015
Tap Tipsy Toad. Pours golden/amber with a white head. Aroma of malts, grain, light citrus. Taste is medium bitter, light hops, sweet malty base. Quite bitter. Too graniy

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rekvium (140) - Odense C, DENMARK - NOV 14, 2015
Tap @ Tipsy Toad. Pours clear dark brown with a white head. Aroma of malts, nuts, light berries. Taste is heavy malts, nuts, super sweet, very very light bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
One2remeber (213) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - NOV 11, 2015
BB: 05.13.16 Deep amber, dark orange hue, bright. Thick, off-white head. Crystal clear. Moderate maillard, cooked/slightly burnt caramel malt. Biscuity, toasty malt. Figs, orange-fruit melange, fruity esters are moderate. Moderate-low CO2 MF. Slightly astringent malt character lingers. Moderately-low dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
voyageurmike (176) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2015
dark amber, full bodied, malty, pepper and bitter orange, with nice lingering finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
metalspice (383) - Jevnaker, NORWAY - NOV 6, 2015
Klart bronse farget med lavt skum. Klar maltprofil i duften med karamell, brød og ristet korn. Også noe frukt sammen med noen maritime toner. Smaker knekkebrød, mørk karamell, lett kaffe sammen med bitter frukt og noe tang. Bitter avslutning sammen med en myk og lang avslutning.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bierdimpfe (45) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 21, 2015
Copper color. Minimal head that dies fast. Sour smell but slightly fruity. Smooth taste with a perfect crisp. Rich and hoppy feel. Overall : Fully bodied beer with well balanced flavors. Truly a blast to drink!

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