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


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RATINGS: 2426   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.

tapIluv99's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tapIluv99 (41) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2002
Not much head to spill about; so its the English ESB style. The nose all around was pleasant, excellent malt/hop combination, very smooth. Looks great in glass, without the head though. I really liked this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
magicmn (21) - Moscow, RUSSIA - DEC 28, 2014
Deep red to ruby colour, medium carbonization. Sweet aroma with some acid notes of dryed apples and peaches maybe plus caramel. Very similar taste - very reach to medium body beer, sweetnes is balanced by light pleasant tartness and some noble hope bitternes closer to end. Alcohol masced completely you can drin a lot of this 5.9% ale. Great beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Agtronic (26) - Laval, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 25, 2014
Aroma is dark, musty, malty. Color is an exceptionally clear dark copper, which a decent head and good lacing. Taste is well balanced. Up front sweetness followed by a medium bitterness does not over power. Malt profile is exquisite, some caramel and toffee flavours, some breadiness, some earthy hops. (By no means a hoppy beer though.) I’ve had this beer many years ago and like it a lot. But I forgot just how good this was. Really superb beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
TychoJames (192) - Örebro, SWEDEN - DEC 19, 2014
Flaska från systembolaget. Kopparfärgad vätska. Brödig och lätt höig doft. Maltig smak med trevlig bitterhet. Låg kolsyrehalt

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MarkoNm (781) - 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 (23) - 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 (102) - 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 (69) - 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 (109) - 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 (87) - 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.

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