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


on tap

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RATINGS: 311   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Cask: Regular.
First brewed in 1969 as Winter Bitter - renamed Extra Special Bitter in 1971.
Ingredients: Pale Ale and Crystal malts; Target, Challenger, Northdown and Goldings hops. Dry hopped in the brewery.
CAMRA Supreme Champion 1978, 1981 and 1985.
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.

NOTE: Most Fullerís beer in the US is served by handpump kegs and not a cask. Ask your server.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cgarvieuk (21543) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 6, 2007
A Dark amber coloured ale, with a sweet full RICH malty fruit with honey tones showing through.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
doubelknv3 (1081) - Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2007
Nicer on cask. Aroma comes out a bit better than in the bottle. Starts out with a medium malty flavour and then the hops finish up the journey. Nice light floral aroma. This is a good session beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (43888) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 4, 2007
Cask (handpump) @ The Victoria, W2, London. Deep copper amber color with a small off-white head. Aroma is malty, fruity with notes of hops. Flaovr is sweet and warm, fruity with some spiceness in the end. Duration is good. Full body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
berkshirejohn (5988) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 12, 2006
Cask at The Fishermans Cottage, ReadingThe cellar seemed a trifle cold so it took a while for the aroma to develop, but I did pick up raisins and malt; the pint was a crystal clear light chestnut colour with a thin off-white head that lasted to the bottom, leaving soem attractive tracing behind; big and chewy in the mouth, sweet but not overwhelmingly so, warming, rich and fruity; with a touch of bitterness and spiceness afterwards. A really complex beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - DEC 4, 2006
Cask, Harcourt Arms, Oxford. Chestnut pour with a small coarse white cap. Floral hops blending nicely with cool berry esters and soft malt. Brisk, building bitterness, kind of a woody hop flavor, plums, round malt. A good pint, and with a bit more lively carbonation I think it would be significantly better. This wasnít flat, but it was a bit dull.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rune (11120) - TromsÝ, NORWAY - OCT 1, 2006
Enjoyed a pint in a very quiet and relaxing atmosphere early on a Friday evening (29.09.2006) at the Garibaldi, St Albans - now and then described as the best Fullerís pub outside London. I also had a half at The Mad Bishop and Bear in Paddington (19.09.2006).
Both were in perfect condition and served in good (room) temperature. Deep amber coloured with a reddish tint. Great clarity. Very low head but some nice lacing on the glass. A bit poor on aroma, but a dried fruit component came through. Well balanced flavour with caramel and fruity bitterness. Hints of malt and hops. Low carbonation and moderate mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JHunter (676) - British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 20, 2006
a very fresh fruity smell very enjoyable to drink and smell. tasts of malts orange and lemon

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
YK23 (465) - Haifa, ISRAEL - SEP 15, 2006
What a wounderfull and refreshing beer, clean and bitter with some grape like sweetness at the begining, full body, dry finish, my bitter of choise, addicting stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2006
Aroma gives fruit and malt but not overpowering a bit of floural hops also. Taste is similar, a bit or spicey really fruity but really well balanced and in top condition too. One of my favourate beers from sweden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Phatz (225) - Paradise, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2006
I stopped at Quips Pub in Lancaster and had this beer on-cask along side a traditional Fish-n-Chips dinner. What an enjoyable experience. This beer tastes very clean and a bit light but not overly thin. Just cool and refreshing. It is a mild beer and it was a good choice to accompany my dinner. On the breakdown Appearance: Served in a pint glass. The bar was dimly lit but it looked like it was a light amber brown, semi translucent, and it had a small creamy head. It remained nice and frothy the entire duration of the beer. Smell: I did not get much smell (it was served to me cold and I assume based on the tatse that there was probably more aroma possible if it had warmed up more). I did get a little bit of smooth hop and a gentle malty sort of thickness in the nose. Taste: Beautifully balanced bitter and mild sweet flavors. The slight bitter hop is so gentle that I would not call it a bite, only an attribute. There were clear suggestions of the sugars beside the hops. The aftertaste was malty sweet and only mildly bitter. Mouthfeel: Very smooth and full of flavor with a big body. Still, it is crisp on the swallow and very refreshing. Drinkability: This beer is so mild on the palate and so well balanced it is as drinkable of a beer if this style, as Iíve ever had. It is very sessionable. It stands well on itís own and also, because it is so balanced it doesnít impair your palate to enjoy your dinner either. Very good choice. I highly recommend Fullerís ESB. Hope this is helpful. Cheers!

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