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100
style
Brewed by Fuller's
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Chiswick, England
Serve in English pint

bottled
available

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2666   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.9
sammy3D (141) - Lawrenceville, Georgia, USA - SEP 16, 2005
Bottle. Malty nose with fruit cake, honey and citrus. Poured into a pub glass produced a short head with fine bubbles. Well balanced flavor with a malty, nutty sweetness on the tongue and long hop finish with the bitter balancing things out. Makes me want to open another.

3.3
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 14, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2007 Strong amber colour with a full head that settles to a thin corona. Sweet dried fruits and citrus can be detected with the nose, along with the malt. Nuts and toffee are released on tasting, with the hops providing plenty of bitterness for the finish. Quite a full palate provides a decent lasting aftertaste. Good, but it doesn’t live up to the narcissistic praise on the label.Re-rate: Taste quite medicinal from the pasteurisation, is this getting worse or is my palate getting more picky? Still a decent quaffer though

3.9
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - SEP 12, 2005
Fuller’s ESB has a fruity aroma. The color is a rich golden and the head is a long lasting tan, with lacing. The flavor is well balanced between a malty roastedness and hop flavor. There is a honey like hint. The finish is pleasant as the hop bitterness builds slightly.

3.7
nick76 (4403) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 11, 2005
The aroma is sweet and fruity with prunes, caramel, and surprisingly leather. The appearance is a medium brown with and orange hue. The head is small but persistent. The flavor is very nice. The complexity of toffee, coffee, caramel, nuts, roasted malt and light hops all work great. Nice smooth palate and a light hoppy and malty finish.

3.9
Sigmund (8022) - Tau, NORWAY - SEP 6, 2005
500 ml bottle, now available in Norway (Vinmonopolet). Clear amber colour, large fluffy head. Pleasant aroma of citrussy hops and toffee, hints of oak and leather. Flavour has some toffee and nuttiness, but first and foremost a distinct hoppy bitterness from start to finish, grapefruity notes. Hops linger in the long aftertaste. Not quite as good as the cask version, but still very good!

3.8
swiseman (536) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - SEP 3, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2011 pours a deep amber with thin head. extremely pleasing aroma - lots of fruit. body on the light side. The taste is a combination of caramel, dates and apple? strong, but not overpowering hop finish.

3.7
albert007 (415) - Penobsquis, New Brunswick, CANADA - SEP 3, 2005
Bottle. deep amber with long lasting frothy off-white head & lacing. Aroma is fresh citruisy hops with a touch of caramel sweetness. Flavor is very well balanced with a nice citric hop finish. A very tasty brew indeed.

2.9
GiBrew (171) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - AUG 31, 2005
Pours clear copper colour with a meringue-like head. Prunes and grapefruits aroma with traces of yeast. Flavours are mostly bitter, lingering in the mouth for some time along with a little alcohol.

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Ratman197 (15616) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 30, 2005
Bottle poured a clear copper with an amber head. Aromas of raisens, molasses, and fruitiness. Palate is a bit oily. Flavors of dark fruit, molasses, and flowers with a bittersweet finish.

3.5
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2005
A Mes rate: Aroma has a hint of wood and varnish, pine maybe? Whatever its very pleasant but does not smell like a beer as I am used to. Then again I am pretty new to anything other than Belgians. Unusual very orange amber colour. Head vanished almost as quick as it arrived. Maly and hoppy especially at the long and gradual bitter finish. I am not a huge bitter fan so the finish lets it down a little for me but over all its good well balanced stuff. I can imagine if you enjoy English bitters then this stuff is great. I would definitely have this again.


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