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

bottled
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on tap
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RATINGS: 2606   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


bozoNZ's rating

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bozoNZ (750) - Christchurch, - JUN 6, 2012
A beautiful beer - one of my fav styles. Amazing rich marmalade texture amazing balance from start to finish UCSC Tasting June 12


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Vighals (2659) - SÝrumsand, NORWAY - MAY 4, 2016
Gylden mot ravfarvet med hÝyt beige skum. Lukter honning, lett brent karamell og noe epler og rÝde bśr. Middels fylde. SÝtlig smak, kandis og karamell. Lett kort bitterhet.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hippoman (646) - Durham, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2016
500ml Bottle from Tesco, Dragonville, Durham. Pours a good-looking, ruby/amber with a bubbly, foamy, white head and soft carbonation. The aroma has caramel and toffee malts as well as ripe apples and berries. The taste is a balance of nutty and warming, biscuity malts and old-fashioned English hop flavours lending a reasonable bitterness to the finish. I expected a little more from a beer with such a great reputation - I found his to be a little bland, and flat, obviously pasteurised, although perfectly drinkable with some pleasant flavours.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AntiusII (19) - BromŲlla, SWEDEN - APR 20, 2016
Appearance: amber copper clear color. minimal white head. Aroma: Caramel, toffe, dried fruit, apricot, raisin. Taste: low to medium bitterness. Palate: light to medium body. thin texture. soft carbonation. abrupt finish. Overall: not a complex or interesting beer, but does a good job as a pub beer.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Camillica (7) - BromŲlla, SWEDEN - APR 16, 2016 does not count
Copper colored, foam crown that disappears quickly. Aromas of toffee, dried fruits (raisins and apricots), some roasted notes. The body of the beer feels light with a slight bitterness at the end. Drank it to chicken leg made in the oven, seasoned with chipotel, cinnamon and curry. The flavors and bitterness of the beer were raised slightly, in combination with the food.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kajser27 (1081) - Zagreb, CROATIA - APR 15, 2016
Copper colored, clear, medium- white frothy head. Aroma is malty, biscuit and toffee, quite fruity. Taste is medium+ sweet malt, biscuit, some toffee, bit nutty, dried fruits, some lemon and grassy notes, orange, biscuity finish, light+ bitterness. Medium bodied, soft+ carbonation, bit creamy.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fullersfan (5) - Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2016 does not count
I was raised as a teenager on this stuff. A well balanced fruity ale with body, a classic!

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
DylansDad (552) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - APR 9, 2016
Quite a nice cereal aroma with a hint of grass, hay, stonefruit and yeast, and it looks good. Taste adds a bit of green apple, a little bitter and a little spice. Body is watery and bland, which, for me, totally undermines any of the good points of this beer. Still, itís drinkable, but not something Iíd look out for.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Quick3Beers (750) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - APR 7, 2016
Pours a golden amber from a tap. Slightly banana-y aroma, with nice toffee notes in the mouth. Rich and full mouthfeel. Very good beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
peponi (1228) - Mainz, GERMANY - APR 7, 2016
Aroma: herbs, flowers, sweet notes, caramel, roasted malts. Appearance: clear amber color and thin white head. Taste: medium herbal bitterness, herbs and flowers, malty, caramel, semi-dry. Palate: medium body and medium carbonation, herbal finish. Overall: Really good ESB.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ebone1988 (964) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - APR 5, 2016
Aroma is sweet, marmalade, bready, caramel, toffee, earthy, very nice. Appearance is copper, white head that receded quickly, clear. Taste is fruity, sweet, bitter, floral, caramel, toffee, not amazing but just enough. Mouthfeel is light to medium body, light carbonation, slightly watery, with a mild sweetness and bitter aftertaste. Overall, this is a solid example of the style, smooth enough for even the timid to try but enough flavor to keep you satisfied.


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