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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2679   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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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TBone (18931) - Pori, FINLAND - MAR 23, 2004
Dark amber color. Off-white creamy medium head. Same time fruity and crisp. Full-bodied: lots of hops, malt and hints of honey. Finish is dry but pleasant. You can't get better bitter than this!

chrisv10 (18920) - DENMARK - JUL 27, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2012 Bottle. Clear amber with big off-white head. Aroma is malt, fruit, caramel and hops. Flavour is malt, fruit, caramel, hops, little sweet and medium bitter.

rlgk (18843) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 7, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2003 Golden/amber color, with an ok head. Aroma is malty, sweet and a little fruity. Flavor is pleasantly sweet, some cocoa, and it turns into a nice bitterness. Some toffee in it as well, very nice.

Ferris (17950) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 13, 2013
Bottle - Banana, caramel, grains and alcohol. Banana foster, much like some german beers. Copper and clear with no head to speak of. Taste is much like smell, fruit esters, yeast, caramel and some alcohol heat. I didn’t get much flavor from the hops, so I will try this again. Dry finish with low carbonation.

jtclockwork (17937) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 24, 2017
Bottle for my birthday because I need 100 style ticks and I’m a sad old man - pours orange brown white head - nose/taste of malt, cherry skin, caramel, old grapefruits. Medium body.

FatPhil (17742) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 9, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2008 500ml bottle
Slightly fizzy compared to the cask version. Dark amber colour, head settles quickly. Light hoppy aroma, floral, aromatic bitterness. Slightly winey too. Slightly creamy body. Very rich maltiness, sweet, a touch buttery, slightly citrusy and spicy - bold but smooth bitterness. Plenty of English noble hops and very well balanced. Mellow hoppy finish. Class. Very tasty English bitter, but even better draught.

yngwie (17487) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 12, 2006
Bottled. Amber colored with a beige head. First aroma to escape the bottle is a vague yeastiness. Then theres malt and hops. Some light fruitiness and caramel too. Nice flavor, but a little too weak I think, with malt and hops dominating. Nice crisp finish. (060112)

Benzai (17005) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 6, 2011
Lightly amber colored. Kind of musty smell, dull. Pretty boring beer with a low body.

Scopey (16784) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 26, 2016
Bottle from my Local Londis. It pours clear red - brown with a medium white head. The aroma is brown bread, cereal, toasted nuts, toffee, Millionaire’s shortbread and earth. The taste is bitter, earthy, wood, brown bread, cereal, toasted grass, light spice, nut, varnish and toffee with a dry finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Well rounded and rather drinkable. A classic.

brokensail (16696) - Dublin, California, USA - APR 28, 2011
A: The beer pours a clear copper sort of color with a finger or two of white head sitting on top. S: Mild honey aroma with plenty of floral hop notes and a definite earthy hop quality. Sweet malt of bread, caramel, and lots of toffee. There is a nice toastiness to it as well. T: The flavor is similar but more enjoyable. Nicely sweet and malty with the same reliance on toast, bread, and toffee, but a more intense hop flavor. Plenty of floral and earthy hops with a moderate bitterness. M: Medium in body with a rather lively carbonation, especially for an English beer. O: One of the better English offerings that I’ve had thus far. Solid beer.

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