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


on tap

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RATINGS: 321   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Cask: Regular.
First brewed in 1969 as Winter Bitter - renamed Extra Special Bitter in 1971.
Ingredients: Pale Ale and Crystal malts; Target, Challenger, Northdown and Goldings hops. Dry hopped in the brewery.
CAMRA Supreme Champion 1978, 1981 and 1985.
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.

NOTE: Most Fuller’s beer in the US is served by handpump kegs and not a cask. Ask your server.

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leaparsons (11002) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2006
Cask, Loughborough Fest 06. Amber with a small head. Aromas are malty with dates and plummy notes. Bready yeast is present with hints of chocolate. Flavours are sweet and malty with spices, fruit and warming alcohol. Has a good bitter finish. Scored lower than the bottled version (somehow). Still very nice.

jmgreenuk (10725) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - NOV 12, 2012
Cask at The Bishops Arms (Gustav Adolfs Torg) Malmo. Golden brown pour with a thin white head. A rather fruity aroma leading to a mellow fruity malty taste. It seems much less bitter than the bottled version and perhaps not bitter enough. I wonder if its been sitting in the pipes for too long. Still very drinkable though.

KimJohansen (10498) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - AUG 4, 2008
Clear amber with tiny white head. Sweet fruity aroma with mild hoppy notes. Sweet fruity flavor with caramel and hoppy notes. Bitter finish.

MartinT (10239) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Minty hops, mineral water and caramel malts converge in this sweetish, lazy pint.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the deep copper.
-Leafy hop bitterness is a little too low for the residual sugar level (in my tastes).
-In the end, this ESB feels very generic even though it’s well made.
-Mouthfeel is somewhere between silky and stagnant.

On cask at The Barrowboy & Banker.

mabel (10086) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2008 [770-20071020] Cask @ Volo Cask Days 2007 (Toronto, ON). Mild floral apple aroma. Hazy, orange brown body with a medium-lasting bubbly white head. Mild apple flavour is beery. Medium body is smooth. Nice mild brew. (6/4/6/4/14) 3.4

[1008C-20071229] Cask @ Duchess of Markham (Markham, ON). Mildly hoppy grains aroma. Slightly cloudy, amber brown body with a long-lasting creamy white head. Mild fish oil hops flavour. Medium body is fairly smooth. Lovely and fresh. (6/4/7/3/15) 3.5

Erzengel (10032) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - DEC 17, 2015
On tap at the brewery-tap. Smooth and fruity, fresh. Malty, quite dry. Malty smooth aftertaste, round and fresh. Fruity hints in the aftertaste. Full and round. Great!

The_Osprey (10000) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2017

Dec 2013 - Cask at the Salutation Hammersmith. As 'Fuller's ESB'. Clear dark orange / light brown, still, white bubbles on top. Smell - not a lot to report - maybe some light toffee. Body is medium, carbonation very low. Taste - toffee, slight liquorice, a bit watery, lightly bitter finish. The flavour is actually quite nice but there isn’t much of it. (5-4-6-4-14=3.3)

Jan 2015 - Cask at Culpeper Spitalfields. In contrast to last time, this has quite a big rounded malt flavour, twiggy and ashy with a medium bitterness. Was OK, but got a bit tiring over the course of a pint. (3.1)

Dec 2017 - Cask at The White Horse, Richmond. Paired with lamb shoulder. Taste is malt-forward, toffee apple, gluey hop. In perfect condition. Good stuff today. (6-4-7-4-14=3.5)

Svesse (9222) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - APR 25, 2006
(Cask at Churchill Arms, Kensington, London 22 Apr 2006) Colour is dark amber. Malty, fruity nose with notes of toffe, nuts and a sweetish sewage character. Malty, fruity taste with hints of orange, caramel and dried fruit, some sweetness and a nice bitter finish. Complex and very well balanced.

DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2009 1. Cask Handpump at the Smithfield Hotel, Manchester 09/02/2002 Amber golden colour strong in alcohol and slightly rich on the palate. Bitter hop finish. 2. Cask Handpump at the Old Market Tavern, Altrincham 24/06/2003 Amber golden colour hoppy and smooth. Crisp finish. 3. Cask Handpump at the Old Joint Stock, Birmingham 25/06/2005 Golden amber colour and slightly sweet. Sour fruit flavour. Some dryness in a full malt finish. 4. Cask Handpump at the GBBF, Earl’s Court 06/08/2009 Some hop aroma. Amber golden coloured smooth on the palate and malty with a little dryness and bitterness in a crisp malt finish.

downender (9106) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2008
Cask-conditioned at the Mad Bear & Bishop, Paddington 13/1/08. Amber with a slight off-white head. Aroma of caramel, red fruit and some floral hops. Flavour inclined towards sweetness with a decent bitter finish. Good.

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