Fuller's ESB (Pasteurised)

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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2726   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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DocuDrinks (1296) - 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 (471) - Lleida, POLAND - NOV 25, 2020
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2020 Ampolla supermercat Evaristo Terrassa. Bona strong bitter. Maltosa, amb notes de caramel.

dunklermessias (1262) - GERMANY - NOV 23, 2020
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2020 Nice clear, amber pint with a white head. Appetizer during Diageos Special Release Launch

colui72 (2887) - 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.

MaltTasty27 (497) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 5, 2020
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2020 Flaska 330 ml från Systembolaget. Bärnstensfärgad med luftigt vitt skum som snabbt lägger sig. Doft av malt, aprikos och torkad frukt. Smak av malt, torkad frukt, aprikos, tallbarr och citrus. Mycket fruktig och med trevlig beska i eftersmaken.

alex_leit (11729) - Minsk, BELARUS - APR 27, 2020
UPDATED: APR 27, 2020 Bottle, draft and can. Bronze color. Aroma: meadow flowers and honey, hoppy, good malts. Taste: sweetish, butter, a little nut in honey, bright tones of malts, warming, dry and bitter finish, very good.

bowling (790) - Bury ST Edmunds, Suffolk, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2020
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2020 Pours an amber colour ale with a white thin head Notes of roasted toffee caramel and vanilla malt

ophone (1379) - 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 (250) - 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..

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