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

bottled
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RATINGS: 2644   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 (758) - 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


3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DraftDodger (1080) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 21, 2016
Copenhagen 21/5 2016. 50 cl bottle from Meny. Blue label with no less than 5 gold medals and the very modest by-line "Champion Ale". Pours clear amber with small white head. Settles as fine thin layer of foam. Aroma is quite strong. Caramel, soap and quite pronounced sourness with hints of citrus. Soft carbonation and watery palate. Flavor is medium sweet followed by more distinct bitterness. Bitterness lingers in the aftertaste. A nice bitter edge in this very easily drinkable ESB.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fullpintofbeer (210) - Bristol, Somerset, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2016
From bottle. Small just a bit off-white head, dark gold/amber colour, clear. Aroma of malts, caramel, also bit of berries. Lightly sweet taste with bitter finish. Light body, average carbonation. Nicely refreshing, pretty good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scrumpy369 (468) - Budapest, HUNGARY - SEP 14, 2016
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2016 Bottle at home. Clear reddish amber colour good white head. Nose is caramelly slightly sour. Taste is medium sweetness light bitternrss. Light fruity notes. Oily mouthfeel, good carbonation. Noce esb.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Villyzzz (44) - Espoo, FINLAND - SEP 8, 2016
Bottle at pub. Beautiful amber color with small beige head. Aroma is malty caramel with a little bit of herbal hops. Taste is full of malts and a little sweet with mild hops. Really good beer, not very special but still amazing.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kdd230 (35) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
StevieT (1601) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 26, 2016
From a bottle. The slight spiciness of the yeast is interesting, otherwise a classic of the style.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
melush (2816) - SPAIN - AUG 25, 2016
Bottle 33cl @ Cervezas Diferentes, Coslada, Spain. A: Amber. T: Malt, sweet, slightly bitter.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pityu (681) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
googleimage83 (48) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Samuel214 (554) - 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.


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