overall
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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

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RATINGS: 2662   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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ThisWangsChung's rating

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
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 don’t come across terribly strongly. T: Taste-wise, I’m 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, it’s gorgeously balanced, with just a suggestion of depth to keep it interesting. Didn’t 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, I’ll call it a wash. This one is easy to drink. O: I’d say it’s the best ESB I’ve ever had, even with the qualifiers of A) the style doesn’t tickle my fancy, and B) I haven’t had enough good offerings of the style for it to tickle my fancy in the first place. Out of personal preference, I’d much rather have their London Porter; but just in terms of objective quality, they’re at the same level.


3.7
Nikokaoja (409) - Ljubljana, SLOVENIA - DEC 9, 2017
9. 12. 2017, Ljubljana. Bottled. Served a bit underchilled. Aroma held back, hints of corn. Colour is dark orange/amber with off-white head with some retention. Taste is somewhat malty sweet in the beginning, not intense, swallowing creeps in fine bittering which lingers and rings out slowly in the aftertaste. Nice. Med bodied, even thin a bit, easy dryish finish. Good under proper circumstances, but just not my favourite style.

4
p0urmeac0ld0ne (312) - Merthyr Tydfil, WALES - DEC 8, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2017 Pre RateBeer review from 1001 Beers book. Noted as a 4/5 rating, with no additional comments.

3.3
martpez (351) - Norwich, Norfolk, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2017
Amber beer with lots of malt sweetness and some dry hoppiness in the finish. Dont really get its rating a fairly standard strong amber ale.

3.4
Zilverenmaan (308) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - DEC 3, 2017
Aroma and taste mostly sweetish malts at first, some caramel, some apple, subtle fruity hops, somewhat grainy MF, light bitter finish. Starts of a bit too sweet for my taste but surprisingly complex.

4
beergearbox (121) - London, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2017
Can.

O England! - model to thy inward greatness,
Like little body with a mighty heart.

4.2
deepdrinker (323) - Leeds, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2017 Pours amber in colour with aromas of caramel , dried fruits . Tastes complex / powerful . Great beer

3.8
bedzinianin06 (601) - - NOV 24, 2017
Gęsta piana. Barwa ciemnej miedzi. W aromacie słodowe, z fajnymi nutami ziołowymi chmielu i nutami owocowymi. Goryczka wyraźna, na średnim poziomie. Średnie nagazowanie. W smaku słodowe i chmielowe.

4
phfyysik (1464) - Tartu, ESTONIA - NOV 23, 2017
Bottle. Pours copper with light white head. Aroma is dry, cardboard, hay, brass, cereals, clear, potato, butter. Taste is soft, clear, caramel, hay, fruits, raisins, cardboard, brass, some sweetness, flat, malty. Superb beer!

3.9
brewtalita (348) - Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 22, 2017
Wonderful golden color, crisp with low head. Aroma earthy and wood with distinct hop character. Palate medium with low carbonation. Easily drinkable and balanced with toasty character with hop aftertaste. Great sipper

3.7
tomandoaltura (363) - - NOV 20, 2017
Apariencia : ámbar intenso/cobre (aprox. 15 SRM) translúcido. Cabeza color blanco hueso con buena retención y encaje.
Nariz : malta y ligero butterscotch con delicado lúpulo floral
Boca : carácter maltoso, amargor medio (aprox. 35 IBU) balanceado por tenue dulzor. Cuerpo medio, ligero. Buena carbonatación.


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