Formerly brewed at Fuller's Brewery (Asahi)
Style: Bitter - Premium / Strong / ESB
Chiswick, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 2722   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   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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ophone (1105) - LUXEMBOURG - FEB 5, 2020
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2020 The bottle I have states 5,9% ABV, not 5,5% as for the other ESB, so I post my rating here. Amber and clear with a thin head. Smell of roasted malts. Bitter at the attack, later the malty component develops. Weak bodied and low carbonation.

purikss (4) - - NOV 5, 2019 does not count
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2019 Gerçekten beğendiğim en güzel bitter biralardan özellikle İstanbul’da bulabileceğiniz nadir İngiliz birası afiyetler olsun...

BarrelMonger107 (167) - GREECE - OCT 4, 2019
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2019 I try before the 'Porter' and classic beer from this brewery and i get and this one due the high ratings.. First of all the aroma remind me little the 'Gouden Carolus imperial Dark' or some 'Quadrupel'.. But the taste is completely different and remind you some 'U.S' beer from 'Sierra Nevada' and 'Anchor' breweries for sure.. The taste is pleasand with great and malty aftertaste.. The carbonation is soft and the beer has medium body.. Is slightly watery and very easy drinkable and that make it much more better.. Also is very refreshing and easy can make your night or your day.. Overall is very good and pleasand beer to drink anywhere and anytime you choose..

rauchbierlover (2246) - Berlin, GERMANY - SEP 23, 2019
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2019 Thanks minutemat for sharing! (Euro Summer Santa 2019). Clear ruby body with a minimal vanishing white head. Aroma is malty, with notes of biscuits and mild mineral notes. Taste is malty as well, mild hoppy. Mineral finish. Medium body soft carbonation oily texture. Very drinkable.

Zappa82 (30) - - SEP 21, 2019
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DraftExports23 (255) - - SEP 21, 2019
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2019 W aromacie słodowo z mocnym zaznaczeniem toffi. W smaku toffi z bardzo fajnym goryczkowym finiszem. Goryczka wytrawna, utrzymująca się, żywiczna. Bardzo dobre połączenie.

dzenkalpic (140) - TURKEY - SEP 15, 2019
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2019 Fazla olmayan değişik koku, sarı gövde. Çok fazla aromaya sahip değil olan aroması da stout biralara benziyor. Çok tutmadım

surething_ii (3387) - Šenkvice, SLOVAKIA - SEP 7, 2019
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2019 Bottle found in the depths of fridge of nearby hotel near Bodrum. Pours headless amber. Sweet malty nose. Taste has some sweet caramel notes. Medium to high bitterness with toffee line. Good.

williamlantz (406) - SWEDEN - AUG 26, 2019
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2019 Clear brown colour, small head. Aroma: toffee, caramel, brown sugar, marshmallows, esters, some banana skid, raisins. Taste: caramel, toffee, bitter malt, banana bread, raisins. Quite light mouthfeel, easy drunken.

KegLove29 (78) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 30, 2019
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2019 Citrusic aroma, pours ambery golden with white head, full bodied, can taste hops and malt with bitterish end notes. Bought from Ülle pood, Tallinn.

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