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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2613   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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.

potbeerjob's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 24, 2012
Copper orange with lasting but thinning tannish head. Aroma is caramel bomb with grass, earth bomb. Flavor follows suit, deceptively full palate to start (low bicarbonate, high chloride water?), all caramel sweet, touch toffee maybe, then goes dry as a bone bitter as hell lingering finish. It isnít american bitter but the shock and awe it gives after that malt nose and all over caramel sweetness and malty full body is shocking. A timeless classic! Fruity aromatics go peach and other fruits as beer warms. Grass hop also comes forward from dry-hopping. Earthy, floral, just Goldings all over it. Burn in hell if you donít like this one!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
javiercrasher (269) - Granada, SPAIN - MAY 30, 2016
De color Šmbar, transparente con espuma no muy abundante de retenciůn media. Aroma maltoso, algo de caramelo y fruta madura. De cuerpo ligero y sin mucho gas. En boca dulce y maltosa con algo de frutos secos, final seco. ClŠsica.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ttheilen (530) - USA - MAY 26, 2016
I do not wax on poetically about beer but I do know the quality of a beer once tasted. This review is not about my tastes but reinforces the numbers, which are arbitrary.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wombat23 (386) - Texas, USA - MAY 25, 2016
11.2 oz. bottle. Clear amber color with an off-white head. Aroma is malty with faint fruity notes. Taste is malt, caramel, and bread with subtle notes of dried fruit. Mild bitterness. Smooth and drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gonzin (140) - ARGENTINA - MAY 18, 2016
Probada en botella de 500 ml. Adquirida en Pinta Point Belgrano. Muy buena ale inglesa. 8.5/10. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jampura (31) - FINLAND - MAY 12, 2016
PyŲreš ja pehmeš. Vaisu, viipyilevš ja vaahdoton, makeahko. Hanasta parempaa kuin pullosta.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tokyo9 (216) - GERMANY - MAY 7, 2016
Malt and elegant hop atoma
Citrus and a hint of iron
Small alcohol smell in finish
Otherwise overall very good
A hint of starch or rice

Rich beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikeyo1 (593) - LinkŲping, SWEDEN - MAY 5, 2016
bottle @ home. Pours amber with a small off-white head. Spicy, rather sweet aroma with intense, warming caramel and toffee aroma. Also flowers, biscuits, syrup, some red berries. Great balance. Taste is dry and medium sweet with biscuits, caramel, toffee, flowers, nuts, herbs, earth, red berries and marmalade. Spicy finish with a balanced, assertive bitterness. A classic.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Vighals (2720) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AntiusII (33) - 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.

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