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 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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maar (16) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 25, 2017
330 ml bottle. Light, fruity, and dry aroma. The taste is bitter and fruity with a somewhat dry finish. Clean, crisp mouthfeel and goes down easy. Itís a refreshing beer thatís still full with flavour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Khosrove (5) - LATVIA - FEB 18, 2017 does not count
Clean malty taste, pleasant bitterness in the aftertaste. Sweet but balanced, very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FinnIckler (240) - GERMANY - FEB 15, 2017
Bottle from maruhn. Pours clear reddish brown. Nose is honey, Citrus. Palate is smooth, honey, wheat, Malt backbone. Quite nice, not very exiting, but not every beer has to be ;)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thejackpacker (217) - East Sussex, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2017
Bottle at home. A fabulous beer that has achieved the perfect combination of hops and malts, the speciality malt bringing that cosy, toffee flavour to the table. A true taste of England.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AnG_BrgNor (626) - Bergen, NORWAY - FEB 6, 2017
Bottle. Golden to orange colour with some lasting foam. Aroma is malt, fruity hops and some caramalt. Taste is pretty much like the aroma. Hops is more grassy, and like bitters usually is, its not very bitter at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mrjez (557) - Osaka, JAPAN - FEB 2, 2017
Bottle from Sake no Taniguchi. Pours a clear brown-copper with low light beige head. Big sweetness off the top of the aroma, honey, nut, toffee. The flavour shows more fruitiness to go with the rich caramel malts, marmalade sweetness, great late showing of hop bitterness and citrus. Really effervescent and hoppy but balanced out with some malt chewiness. I used to find this way too bitter in my formative years, now itís bitey and refreshing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ludos68 (44) - - JAN 29, 2017
Birra dallíaccattivante color ramato, limpidissima, ha come carattristica principale líequilibrio tra le varie componenti aromatiche.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Korcz (2315) - Warsaw, POLAND - JAN 27, 2017
Backlog, ocena przepisana z untappd, w ramach uzupełniania profilu na ratebeer. Klasyka.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
schavuitje (176) - APELDOORN, NETHERLANDS - JAN 27, 2017
ik zie een beetje wazig bruin met een oranje gloed. De kop is gebroken wit en vol, opgebouwd uit mooie kleine belletjes in de neus lichte tonen van een gras boeket hop in de verte beetje karamel ,maar vooral graan ik proef zachte tonen van hout en eik en iets verder in de laag toffee en karamel de beste ESB die ik tot nu geproefd heb

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoTheO (157) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 21, 2017
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2017 Pint from keg. Brown mahogany with a fairly dense offwhite head. Roasted malts gives the expected caramel notes. A bit sweeter than expected. Plenty of biscuits or butter cookies in the taste. A pint of this with a plate of Fish&Chips gets my mind over to Olí Blighty...

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