Fuller's ESB (Pasteurised)

Formerly brewed at Fuller's
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Chiswick, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 2690   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
Bottle & Keg; Filtered & pasteurised. Note: Since late 2014 all Fuller's beers have been unpasteurised so there are no longer separate listings for cask and bottle/keg versions lon RateBeer. Please do not add new ratings here (unless it was an old bottle/rating). Ratings will be moved when time allows.
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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tribemjetblack (43) - FRANCE - JUN 23, 2018
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2018 Beautiful amber color with little head. The smell is of sweet caramel and bread cereals, pain d'épices. The taste is more bitter but still with sweet caramel biscuit and grapes. Light liquorice and smoked. Stays a nice long dryness. Very smooth body. Excellent.

franclh (1842) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 19, 2018
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2018 Fles 50cl thuis. Bitter met zoetje, typisch engelse bitter, wat maltig. (7-2015).

lidor1995 (179) - ISRAEL - JUN 15, 2018
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2018 Pours from the bottle clear light brown, candy-raisin aroma, sweetish and light

tzynamoon (526) - Jastrzebie-Zdroj, POLAND - MAY 15, 2018
BB 01.02.19. Legenda czy nie, nic szczególnego. W aromacie głównie karmel i owoce trudne do zidentyfikowania (pomarańcze? truskawki?) i byłoby OK, gdyby nie raczej mizerna intensywność i trwałość. Smak jest karmelowy, ciut biszkoptowy, ale w przyjemny sposób, co nieczęsto się zdarza, może dlatego że jest skontrowany odpowiednią ilością chmielu o ziołowo-herbacianym charakterze oraz przyjemną, lekką ale długą goryczką. Dobre, warte spróbowania, ale fanem nie zostanę.

EerieDrinks (469) - Malm�, SWEDEN - APR 27, 2018
3 finger off-white head. Clear, dark ruby coloured beer.

Aroma is caramel, bready malts, dried dark fruits, some unripe red berries and grapefruit.

Taste is as described above but with more focus on the malty, sweeter notes with the addition of grass and a skunky, lager-like note.

Mouthfeel is somewhat light but adequate in body. Refreshing. Medium-low bitterness. Low carbonation. Short aftertaste.

Overall: Seeing as the "Rebirth" beer by Fuller's just released at the Swedish monopoly, I had to pick this up first to compare. I've actually never tried this classic before. Then again, I've never even tried a Bitter before. Pretty good for such a mass produced beer. Or atleast better than expected. It's a bit boring though. Boring as in lack of character. Not bad, either way.

biilz (433)
- SPAIN - APR 26, 2018
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2018 Аромат сладкий, слегка солодовый, жженая карамелька. Цвет красно-коричневый, без пены.Вкус питкий с очень сбалансированной горечью которая плавно течет на протяжение всей дегустации. Присутствует совсем легкая жженая карамелька и солод. На послевкусие неожиданно появляется домашний концентрированный мед. На оттенке некие травы.

Belu_metal (73) - - APR 19, 2018
UPDATED: APR 19, 2018 Me encanta las bitter inglesas. Y esta es la madre de todas. Una de las mejores que he tomado. Muy rica. Maltosa, acaramelada, amarga. Exquisita.

SloaneRanger (131) - - MAR 31, 2018
Kuparin värinen lasissa. Tuoksu on mieto, banaaninen ja hieman makea. Maussa on pientä katkeruutta, toffeeta ja banaania. Mielenkiintoinen bitter.

sebsky (658) - ENGLAND - MAR 29, 2018
500 ml bottle,bb 01/04/2019. Dark amber,clear. Nose - cherries,citrus fruit,caramel,toffee. Muted. Taste - bitter,malty,herbal,lightly spicy. I don't like bitters but this one is actually good.

gk_hunter (4) - - MAR 25, 2018 does not count
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2018 Clear orange colour with a light tan head. Very little carbonation. Tase of honey, biscuits and a hint of caramel. Light bodied. Very good easy drinking beer.

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