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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2662   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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victorsampson96 (162) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 15, 2017
(500 ml bottle) I first came across this little number in the early months of 2016. I clearly remember being blown away by the sheer quality of the brew, and the rich biscuity malt.

Pours a crystal-clear, copper-amber beer, with medium-fine carbonation, and a frothy off-white head. This smells like a proper English bitter, with subtle notes of toffee, biscuit, grapefruit flesh, and floral hops, leading to an oak and walnut finish. Its soft, smooth body makes for very easy drinking.

Although this bottle didn't live up to my vivid recollections, it's well-balanced, beautifully blended, and crafted to the highest standards of British brewing tradition.

jimlarkey (11) - - SEP 7, 2017
.................... .................. ........ --Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Fujimo2000 (202) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 3, 2017
On tap at The Bunker Club, pours mahogany with very little carbonation. Super smooth orange and cherry and a great finish.

koleminer20 (4091) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 31, 2017
500 mL bottle. The pour is a dark copper color with a thinner light gray head and a remaining ring without any lace. The aroma is lightly sweet on the front end with a caramel and a maltiness before it turns into an earthy bitter hop. A light bit of alcohol and a scorched malt brings up the rear. It's decent, and you can definitely smell the bitter. The flavor is alcohol up front, surprisingly. There is a sweetness to the malt and a sharp caramel. The bitterness comes through on the back end and just last. There is an earthiness to it, but damn are they bitter and profound. The mouth feel is medium bodied with a soft carbonation and a lingeringly bitter caramel hop thing happening. Not terrible. 6 4 7 4 14

Bijl (844) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 20, 2017
Kopergeel, net geen witte foamy schuimkraag, helder, weinig koolzuur.
Aroma: Zoet moutig, zoet fruitig....idd iets kers zoals beschreven, karamel/toffee. Zeer aangenaam.
Smaak: Moutig/UK malts, karamel/toffee, brood/biscuit, fruitig, sinaasappelschil scherp, Citrus, iets grapefruit, kruidig en floraal grassig gehopt....prima stevige bitter met een fruitig randje.
Eén van de betere UK Bitter’s.
Medium body, romig mondgevoel maar ook prikkelig en netelig. Afdronk is fruitig, moutig en droog bitter. Heerlijk!

putrik (48) - - JUL 29, 2017
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2017 Stilsäker engelsman. Gör dig aldrig besviken. Mycket alesmaker och med den genuina engelska karaktären som bas.

Pedritisz (9) - - JUL 24, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2017 Malátás, karamellás, erősen kesernyés íz. Színe tiszta, habja közepesen kemény. Kellemesen csalódtam

BeardedAvenger (1197) - Addlestone, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2017
Bottle at POW, Farnborough. Lack of aroma, possibly overpowered by what smelled like very nice food being cooked out back. Light chestnut. Creamy but thin off-white head. Initially bitter before a caramel sweetness sweeps in. Light-medium bodied. Slick. Fizzy carbonation. Somewhat abrupt finish. Can see why it’s a classic. Enough said.

Celikelf (73) - TURKEY - JUL 1, 2017
This beer is not so bad but the aroma is too heavy. If you like craft beer you can try it ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

balloonbuffoon (667) - - JUN 19, 2017
11.2floz bottle, BBD: 10.22.2017, paid about $2.50 for a single that I poured into a pint glass. It is good to get fresh Fuller’s, and finding their beers has gotten tougher over the years. Excellent copper/amber color and one finger of head retaining its character as it settles to a solid covering. As expected the nose is of buttery-caramel. I’ll rate this a couple tenths higher than I would an Americanized version, since it is traditional, and getting a traditional American brewed ESB is very difficult. Palate is medium, has soft carbonation, and tastes like toasted bread without burnt flavors, light caramel, and some lactic acidity that hampers the flavor profile. A pretty good pub worthy ale.

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