Brewed by Fullerís
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
London, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 2678   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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2005
From a bottle pours a reddish hue with some decent froathy white head. Aroma is sweet and malty with some citrusy hop scents as well. Flavor is very rich and nicely balanced between the malty sweetness that first hits you and then the lingering hop finish. Hop prescence nice fit but not too overpowering. Overall, an enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
green (186) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 23, 2005
Fridge Temp. Red in a shaker glass. Flavor is dry and hoppy with some nuttiness and a resinous background. A nice session ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AndrewGeoff (27) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 23, 2005
Pours a clear, dark, reddish - amber with a good initial head Ė this beer just invites you to drink it. Postponing the invitation to smell the aroma, one first notices citrus hop tones but soon a delicious honey malt character predominates. Although slightly watery in mouth feel, the flavours are strong with beautifully balanced malt, hops and sweetness while the bitterness is kept in the background. The carbonation is just right and the aftertaste of roasted malts lingers nicely. I never thought I would be scoring an English bitter higher than many a Belgian ale but this beer said it all!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
oh6gdx (25997) - Vasa, FINLAND - FEB 21, 2005
Bottled. Reddish brown, decent white foamy head. Mainly malty aroma with hints of fruit. Fruity sweet taste which turns bitter. This one has a nice long bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 19, 2005
Bottle. Pours clear and reddish amber. Big dimishing beige head and sticky lace. Aroma is malty and caramel. Flavor is sweet, malt, and slightly bitter finish. Very mild overall and very little carbonation. Has a nice lingering flavor. I probably need to taste some other ESB to see if this is the style for me. I probably wonít be buying this again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
balke13 (156) - MIssoula, Montana, USA - FEB 18, 2005
Transparent ruby orange color with a very nice white head. Excellent aroma of sweet tobacco. Matched by a wonderful flavor of carmel, merlot, and some subtle spicy hops. Far better than my expectations!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Homebrewerguy (305) - Oil City, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2005 If I vas brewink zis bier in Chermany I vould not be changink a ting. It ist perfect for style unt eben usink Hallertau hops vould not be betterink it. Zis ist ein ov mein favorite Englander biers unt yet Helga zhe zay,"It hast ZUM malt schmell." Oy Vey!!
Earlier Rating: 2/18/2005 Total Score: 4
Ahhh, Fullers ESB, what makes this an "extra special bitter" is the Golding hops. The marriage of Goldings and malt is a thing to behold. Like Hallertau and Saaz, Goldings is top class. Combine this with a great roasted malt, caramel flavor and you got yourself a winner.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (10293) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2005
Copper colored, with aroma of malt, some hops, caramel, brown sugar, cognac, and merlot. Tastes of caramel malt, toffee, and some finishing hops. Smooth palate and a delightful finish. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - FEB 18, 2005
Andyís on tap. This poured golden with nice fluffy head, Aroma of hops and grapefruit. This was smooth but quite hoppy. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bigsky66 (148) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 18, 2005
Redish-amber color with descent head off-white. Smells sweet and fruity. Almost a grape and caramel-honey combonation. Does have a light to meduim bitterness. Overall darn good with smooth aftertaste.

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