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

bottled
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RATINGS: 2398   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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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.


johnnygm's rating

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
johnnygm (55) - Santiago, - FEB 26, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2013 A very nice beer. Small white brownish head. Roasted aroma and enough carbonation. On palate, fruits and a lot of caramel. It´s a bitter beer, but bitterness feels more roasted and caramelized, which I love.


4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
erling1000 (77) - - OCT 19, 2014
A dark amber ESB with low head. Aroma is malty, maybe a bit caramel. Taste is bitter, longlasting. A good beer, but can't drink a lot of them. Low carbonated. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (5944) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 16, 2014
"i wouldn’t say it "explodes" with flavor, but it fits the style quite well (i expect no less from Fuller’s) as is a nicely balanced, entirely enjoyable brew."

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
susanamayer (211) - Ohio, USA - OCT 15, 2014
pours a clear and bright amber colour; little foam; subtle and complex aromatic hoppiness showing flowery and caramelish notes; oily and full-bodied, low carbonation; solid bitterness and a long dry hoppy finish

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RhetoricalAns (304) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 14, 2014
Bottle. Deep amber-brown pour, medium head with little lacing. Heavy malt aroma, bit of spice too. Taste is malt dominate but there is a mild hop presence as well. Heavy body, low carbonation. The best bitter I’ve tried.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eduardovl (865) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
500ml bottle poured in a chalice. Traditional British Bitter. "Bloody Lovelly". A: Beautiful amber color. Medium size yellow head which dissipates leaving some lacings (not much) S: Characterisitc British yeasts and flowery hops. Caramel malts T: Like the nose. Characterisitc British yeasts, caramel malts and flowery hops. Simple but lovely beer M: Medium body. Low carbonation. Delicious moderate bitterness D: High as a good British Ale should be [ BA Review @ 8/7/2010 ]

1.2
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
mikske79 (1246) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - OCT 13, 2014
Als je het uit schenkt zie je het al: veel te helder, precies een donker water. En zo goed als geen schuim of geur. Als je het vervolgens drinkt bevestigs het wat je al dacht: een veredeld water, weinig smaak aan, veel te waterachtig.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ads135 (3037) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - OCT 11, 2014
Mild and floral. This light extremely well balanced beer feels like it should sessionable but has a surprising potency.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RafeAU (153) - Kingston, AUSTRALIA - OCT 11, 2014
Tasting at Plonk. side-by-side with the fullers pride, this is similar, but with stronger malt and hop flavours. I prefer this over the pride. This is a pleasant beer, very sessional, but English bitters are not my preferred style.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ZacM612 (159) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - OCT 10, 2014
Nice amber color with a medium off-white head. Aroma is toffee/caramel with a hint of fruit. Nice balanced flavor with plenty of hops and smooth maltiness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BobyFischer (37) - FRANCE - OCT 6, 2014
Une des meilleures Ale Anglaise.Subtile, maltée, goût de biscuit, amertume, houblons aromatiques, du corps, une présence, un goût.


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