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

bottled
available

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 2667   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.

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4.1
Benters (142) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2018
Pours a clear deep amber colour with thin white head and average carbonation. Aromas of roasted malts, caramel and toffee, grainy plus notes of orange and grassy, earthy hops. Taste is rich, full bodied, dialled up malt driven flavours of toffee, stewed fruits and a nice biscuit-like character all backed with a firm hop bitterness which is slightly spicy, grassy and earthy. Carbonation is very gentle and refreshing and the finish is lightly warming, with a gentle bitterness being left behind. Really enjoyable ESB, great with steak!

2.9
yerffoeg (83) - Dinant, BELGIUM - JAN 17, 2018
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2018 Ambrée très orangée, très claire et transparente, quasi plate. Elle dégage des arômes de miel et d'épices. Au niveau du goût elle présente une amertume assez peu présente, ce qui n'est pas pour me déplaire.

3.3
cage.79 (28) - ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2018
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2018 500ml bottle. Deep copper, clear. Smell is delicious but can’t but my finger on it. Taste is caramel, burnt oranges, balanced bitterness, melts in mouth, quite smooth. It’s subtle but excellent beer.

3.2
FunkyF (1400) - Örebro, SWEDEN - DEC 21, 2017
Flaska på La Pampa. Bärnstensfärgad med luftigt smutsvitt skum. Doft av kåda och barr. Söt med smak av barr.

3.1
Piepenhenrich (1288) - Steinbach, GERMANY - DEC 20, 2017
Pours clear amber/copper with low white head. Very interesting, rather complex composition of flavors: a gentle bitterness, some malt, some booze and a curious but somehow fitting taste of bread or cookies. Good one!

3.7
Nikokaoja (413) - Ljubljana, SLOVENIA - DEC 9, 2017
9. 12. 2017, Ljubljana. Bottled. Served a bit underchilled. Aroma held back, hints of corn. Colour is dark orange/amber with off-white head with some retention. Taste is somewhat malty sweet in the beginning, not intense, swallowing creeps in fine bittering which lingers and rings out slowly in the aftertaste. Nice. Med bodied, even thin a bit, easy dryish finish. Good under proper circumstances, but just not my favourite style.

4
p0urmeac0ld0ne (413) - Merthyr Tydfil, WALES - DEC 8, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2017 Pre RateBeer review from 1001 Beers book. Noted as a 4/5 rating, with no additional comments.

3.3
martpez (373) - Norwich, Norfolk, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2017
Amber beer with lots of malt sweetness and some dry hoppiness in the finish. Dont really get its rating a fairly standard strong amber ale.

3.4
Zilverenmaan (316) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - DEC 3, 2017
Aroma and taste mostly sweetish malts at first, some caramel, some apple, subtle fruity hops, somewhat grainy MF, light bitter finish. Starts of a bit too sweet for my taste but surprisingly complex.

4
beergearbox (150) - London, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2017
Can. O England! - model to thy inward greatness, Like little body with a mighty heart.


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