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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2714   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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ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
Reviewed 3/11/13. 11.2 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. A: Pours a clear copper color. The head is a one finger offwhite shade. It slowly fades to a thin film, and leaves some (not much) lacing on the glass. Generally, an attractive beer. S: At first, I notice rich caramel, brown sugar, and earthy hops. Then the aroma permutes into something wonderfully fruity. I really enjoy the cherry, apple, and grape esters this provides. I mean, really, REALLY enjoy them, even if they donít come across terribly strongly. T: Taste-wise, Iím not a fan of the style; but this one works quite well. Vaguely sweet caramel maltiness provides the backbone, supported by an initial hit of tart, fruity esters. Drying hops and faint diacetyl finish this one off. If anything, itís gorgeously balanced, with just a suggestion of depth to keep it interesting. Didnít live up to the aroma, however. M: Dry and crisp, though some toffee flavors linger on the palate somewhat. Carbonation could be upped a hair to make it cleaner, though - given the way the complex flavors shift on the aftertaste, Iíll call it a wash. This one is easy to drink. O: Iíd say itís the best ESB Iíve ever had, even with the qualifiers of A) the style doesnít tickle my fancy, and B) I havenít had enough good offerings of the style for it to tickle my fancy in the first place. Out of personal preference, Iíd much rather have their London Porter; but just in terms of objective quality, theyíre at the same level.

balloonbuffoon (263) - - 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 Fullerís, 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. Iíll 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.

kraddel (7783) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JUN 10, 2017
Sampled on a blind tasting with Dr. Beer. Smell is moderately fruity. Mild, creamy, coockie dough maltyness. Some sugary undertone. Taste is full malty, mild hops ( bit grassy ) very low bitterness. Easy drinker, but with a hopped undertone (underneath the prominent maltyness ) . Decent , rather creamy body, with moderate carbonation.

Gary (1999) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 10, 2017
500ml bottle. R8. An assured and flavoursome ESB . Very toffee textured and lightly hopped. You can taste the river Thames rat infestation water and this makes me smile . Quality. Sometimes I feel the need to reject the bloated gimmicky contrived extreme craft beers and holla enthusiasm to straightforward enjoyment of a beer like fullers esb. Itís like a receiving a kiss from an old girlfriend whoís more attractive than you recall.

Rubin77 (2028) - Brussels / Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUN 7, 2017
F: thin, tan, quick gone. C: deep amber, clear. A: malty, fruity, caramel, dates, dried fruits, toffee, cherries, orange. T: malty, caramel, roasted tones, fruity, bit of cherries, peppery, citrus, grassy, medium to full body, low carbonation, good balanced, 0,5l bottle from Sainsburyís supermarket, Camden, London.

Mota1985 (68) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUN 4, 2017
Clear amber color with low and quickly disapperaing white head. Aroma: caramel, malt Taste: light bitter

Tezminator (225) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 2, 2017
A True classic. Aroma: orange and sweet malt. Taste: begins with mild caramel-like sweetness, moves to citrus, mainly grapefruit, faint herbal/pine notes and nice grassy hops. Such a lovely beer.

jakeskia (29) - Kanata, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 30, 2017
Nice creamy and rich ESB, well executed ESB and truly sets benchmark for this style.

JuanCC (106) - Valencia, SPAIN - MAY 29, 2017
Botella de 99Cervezas. De color Šmbar-rojizo, es brillante y transparente. La formaciůn de espuma es escasa y bastante fugaz. En nariz encontramos manzana roja, asŪ como algunas notas herbales frescas, florales y cŪtricas. Tambiťn aparecen notas de galletas, miel y caramelo. De entre los gustos bŠsicos el dulce es el principal y mŠs presente, acompaŮado de una acidez suave y de un amargor igualmente suave y poco astringente pero creciente. De cuerpo medio y textura chispeante y sedosa. Persistencia media, manteniťndose en boca de forma muy suave y equilibrada.

AVLarsen (161) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 27, 2017
Bottle. Typical British bitter. Only better carbonation. Bit of a flat taste that wears off quite quickly. But OK.

Jultsu (946) - TAMPERE, FINLAND - MAY 20, 2017
BBE 01 may 18. Kuparisen tumma všri, olematon vaahto. Suutuntuma makean katkera, dunkelmainen, tahmaisa jšlkifiilis, peruskiva.

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