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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2638   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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DominoVixen (17) - Stavanger, - NOV 12, 2012
A really good esb! Good aromas of caramel and hops. Copper colour and a nice offwhite head,with a nice lacing. Good tastes of sweet malts and mild but prominent grassy hops.

Bijl (698) - 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 (30) - - JUL 29, 2017
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2017 Stilsäker engelsman. Gör dig aldrig besviken. Mycket alesmaker och med den genuina engelska karaktären som bas.

Pedritisz (10) - - JUL 24, 2017
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2017 Malátás, karamellás, erősen kesernyés íz. Színe tiszta, habja közepesen kemény. Kellemesen csalódtam

BeardedAvenger (842) - 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 (71) - 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 (393) - - 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.

kraddel (8358) - 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) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 10, 2017
UPDATED: JUL 6, 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. It’s like a receiving a kiss from an old girlfriend who’s more attractive than you recall.

Rubin77 (2252) - 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 Sainsbury’s supermarket, Camden, London.

Mota1985 (90) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUN 4, 2017
Clear amber color with low and quickly disapperaing white head. Aroma: caramel, malt Taste: light bitter

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