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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: 2656   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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4.1
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2001
Often referred to as the benchmark of the ESB style and deservedly so. A very delicate and floral nose and flavor, yet maintains a strong level of intensity. You know you're drinking a high quality beer. Toasted bread and toffee like malt flavor dominates with the aromatic hops appropriately making their presence known. Not to be missed!

4.1
opiate (199) - Sandy, Utah, USA - NOV 29, 2000
This is the type of beer that sort of defines 'beer' for me. I mean, it's not trying to be anything else...it's just a straight up, mellow, smooth, malty yet hoppy brew. Very well done. One of my favorites for sure.

3.3
Oakes (18873) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 24, 2000
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2005 The bottled ESB is almost bland...certainly when compared to American ales. Vaguely toasty and dry. The keg version is a little more complex, with the goldings and crystal malt showing through a bit more.

4.3
beergirl99 (101) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 18, 2000
Delicious. The best bitter that I have had..................................

4.5
bigred7 (44) - Sarcoxie, Missouri, USA - SEP 29, 2000
I liked this beer very much, as with all Fuller's beers I've tried so far...

4.2
PhillyBeer2112 (2895) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - SEP 24, 2000
I agree with all the others here. This is just a great bitter. Nice rich flavor, and full body. Great balance. I could live on this.

3.8
Bov (13264) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 14, 2000
UPDATED: APR 13, 2006 pours a clear and bright amber colour; little foam; subtle and complex aromatic hoppiness showing flowery and caramelish notes; oily and full-bodied, low carbonation; solid bitterness and a long dry hoppy finish - deeply pleasant


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