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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2384   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.

PalCabral's rating

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
PalCabral (120) - - NOV 2, 2012
Bottle from Systembolaget. Pours dark amber with a bubbly white foamhead that settles to a nice attractive layer throughout the session. With itís foam layer and that reddish brown color it is certainly an attractive beer. Equally attractive is the aroma, sweet from candied fruit and flowery from some exotic plant. It is one of the most delicious nose of any beer. The taste is carrying on feeling created by the start, but here hops are playing an important part as the bitterness is playing hide and seek with the sweetness from crystal malts. Very balanced, almost a tad too much bitterness, but itís the kind that makes you think about when you can have another swig. Itís simply delicious too. Medium to full in the mouth with classic english lower carbonation. I still prefer the London Pride, but the ESB is a classy great beer from a classy great brewery. I like.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
salvaticas (437) - - SEP 8, 2014
On tap at Ashley's. Pretty weak palate, very malty, decent flavor. Smooth and light. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
olliejobbins (789) - Surrey, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2014
500ml bottle. Pours a clear, rich brown with thin cream coloured that doesnít last. really nice malty, nutty and hoppy aroma. smooth malty and hoppy taste. bitter throughout unsurprisingly.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 8/20
luisfelizola (23) - Campinas, BRAZIL - SEP 7, 2014
Cor cobre, pouca espuma. Frutado, erva. Meio amarga, ůtima acidez, pouca carbonataÁ„o, seca a boca

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MNAle (23) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Amber color. Pleasing malty aroma. Light carbonation. Slight hop bitterness is present, but this is dominated by the slightly sweet malts. Excellent body. Wonderful bitter, even considering this was the USA import version rather than the cask version. Very nice malty finish with some hops presence. Interesting fact: English Bitter, despite the name, is not particularly bitter. All of the American bitters I have tasted thus far are too hoppy to be a true English bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nano142 (12) - - SEP 6, 2014
The beer pours a very nice deep orange/amber color with a nice small head with a off-white color. The taste is full of hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kermis (5056) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 5, 2014
Bottle shared thanks to Deanso. Pours clear amber with a small off white head. Aroma of butter, malt, toffee, orange. Flavour is light moderate sweet and light to moderate bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ozarkspops (360) - - SEP 3, 2014
Mostly clear amber copper pour. Medium off white head that sustains with some lacing. Aroma is bright, bready, and yeasty. Some earthy light hop aroma as well. Clean light flavor. Bready malt, creamy mouthfeel, light hop flavor. Lingering medium sweet finish. Yeasty bread finish. ---Rated via iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Percy0103 (166) - MEXICO - SEP 1, 2014
Bottle, 500ml. A dark amber beer with a foamy white head that fades away quickly. Aroma is of spices, chestnuts, malt and alcohol. Taste is bitter with a strong alcoholic finish. Rich and dense with a roasted character. It has some carbonation and strong astringency. Aftertaste is very bitter and somewhat alcoholic. Not very drinkable, yet a great beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HammerTroll (480) - Pula / Zagreb, CROATIA - SEP 1, 2014
Amber color, small white head. Caramel and malt aroma. Thin to medium body, average carbonation. Kind of creamy. Some sweetness, little bit more bitterness. Long light bitter finish. Spicy. Not bad.
(Pivoljub 0,5l bottle)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
samcolly (2) - - SEP 1, 2014 does not count
Very nice orange and cherry aroma with a great mouthfeel and pleasant aftertaste with a good malt backbone

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