Fuller's ESB (Pasteurised)

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


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RATINGS: 2731   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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LovibondPours23 (21) - - APR 8, 2022
UPDATED: APR 8, 2022 It seems to be available in bottles, so not out of production. It's a classic ale, no doubt. Rich malty Best Bitter with the right balance of everything. Pours dark amber, has a deep aroma, thin head and not too gassy. Classic hops, more on the traditional side - overall very satisfying and delicious. Hard to fault - find some and enjoy!

Parmenion777 (1439) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2022
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2022 500ml bottle - Pours a clear dark orange amber colour with a small off-white head. The aroma is biscuity malts, toffee and caramel with sweet fruity notes. A moderately sweet taste, caramel, sweet biscuit malt, toffee and sweet dried fruit flavours with a smooth bittersweet finish.

edward78 (850) - West Wickham, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2021
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2021 Bottle from Waitrose. Pours a clear amber colour with a thin soapy looking white head. Aromas of oranges, tangerines, marmalade, honey and tea. Taste again has notes of oranges, marmalade, honey and tea with some added caramel. Sweet finish. Medium to full body with a smooth oily mouthfeel. Very sessionable for the strength. Nice

FACambridge (1163) - Chelmsford, Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 5, 2021
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2021 (from old notes) - Aroma : Rich sweet toffee maltiness, fruity with noticeable notes of orange peel & dried dark berries. Taste : As aroma. Medium bodied, smooth texture. Moderately bitter fruity hopiness at first, before a strong malty sweet toffee comes through. Long fruity finish. One of Fuller's better ones

hopihalido (2124) - Hamburg, GERMANY - MAY 29, 2021
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2021 AR: malzig, Honig, erdig AP: klares bernstein TA: malzig, Honig, bitter, erdig

Grumbo (15134) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - APR 28, 2021
UPDATED: APR 28, 2021 Old historic backlog rating of a pasteurised 500ml 5.9% bottle. Supermarket purchase, Sainsbury's I think. Poured clear dark amber with a small frothy off-white head. Nice malty, toffee, fruity aroma. Medium sweetness, moderate bitterness. Medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation.

DocuDrinks (1648) - Riga, LATVIA - FEB 27, 2021
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2021 Putting rating here as mine is 5.9% alcohol. I don't see any mention of this being unpasteurized or not Smell-weak malt, hops, roast. Foam- thin, malty, bitter, roast, citrus, hops. Head is small, white in color with a brown tint. Appearance- beer bottle cap and bottle specific to brewery, neat.Clear orange-brown medium-dark color, weak carbonation. From - snifter Taste - malty, bitter, roast, citrus, hops. Refreshing. A fine beer I must say, perfectly drinkable. Bitter-lasting aftertaste. Feels like it would be great cold on a hot summer day.

fistrin (760) - Lleida, POLAND - NOV 25, 2020
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2020 Ampolla supermercat Evaristo Terrassa. Bona strong bitter. Maltosa, amb notes de caramel.

dunklermessias (2062) - GERMANY - NOV 23, 2020
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2020 Nice clear, amber pint with a white head. Appetizer during Diageos Special Release Launch

colui72 (3681) - Yuen Long, HONG KONG - OCT 25, 2020
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2020 Part of my BJCP study, as a a strong bitter. And it's a classic I tried multiple times, but I admit the last time was at least 3 years ago. Pours crystal clear light copper, without much visible carbonation and a small head, white and with minor retention. Some lacing until the head lasts. Aroma has a medium level of hoppiness, floral and fruity, but it's dominated by malts, with a toffee, burnt caramel and bready character. No evident diacetyl. Tastes bitter, but not overwhelming, with a lot of burnt sugar (homemade caramel). Again, malt dominated, but floral hops and an enjoyable fruitiness emerge soon. Nice smooth mouthfeel, low carbonation, actually quite flat, but lingering malty flavours go well with that. Long finish with herbal after taste. Overall, a great classic, flawless and packed with taste.

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