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

bottled
available

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2656   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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Rob_D_UK's rating

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rob_D_UK (1366) - Madrid, - FEB 24, 2014
The aroma was nice and enhanced by hops. The flavour was slightly malty and sweet. The hops kicked in again towards the end.


4
phfyysik (1427) - 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 (345) - 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 (346) - - 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.

3.6
kamanova_boy (408) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - NOV 17, 2017
Bottle from Damian. Clear amber colour with small white head. Aroma of honey , caramel and hops. Nice taste, hops, caramel, soft carbonation, dry finish. Pleasant beer.

3.7
IOzh (199) - Kyiv, UKRAINE - NOV 12, 2017
500ml bottle. Pours clear dark red with small white head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, malts, fruits. Medium to full, creamy body with soft carbonation. Taste is medium sweet, light bitter. Bitter finish. Pretty good.

3.1
alexmate (286) - South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2017
Pours an almost amber colour, thin white head with nice lacing. Aroma of caramel and orange peel. Taste of marmalade as advertised and a sweet biscuit base caramel finish. Hides the alcohol well. Recommended.

3.6
humpah (339) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - NOV 4, 2017
0,5l Bottle from Alko. Pours reddish brown color with slight head. Aroma of caramel, sweet malts, citrus, nuts, fruitiness, grassy herbal notes, toffee. Quite sweet nutty taste at first, medium notable bitterness and hoppiness. Medium body, bittersweet aftertaste. Solid all around, sweet hoppy ale.

3.8
Bill Becker (1808) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 31, 2017
From Oct 2007 I got this sample in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John! My, it's been years since I've had my last Fuller's ESB and I was surprised to see that I hadn't reviewed it yet. This pours from 16.9 oz bottle(best by 30/Sep/06) a clear amber-red with a small but firm head of foam. Note: I poured the entire bottle into my "Killian's Irish Red" pint glass and it never even threatened to overflow. Cool. The smell is nice and malty. Lots of caramel with a touch of fruit and a touch of grain. The taste has a big caramel kick up front with a touch of butterscotch, some dark fruit)plum) and a bigger note of wild cherries that add a slight pungency that works well on my palate. Man, I've always liked this ESB but trouble is, most of the time that I seek it out, nay, every time I seek it out, it's well past its best by date. Good thing that an "old" Fuller's ESB is *still* a mighty tasty brew. Anywho, it has a good thickish mouthfeel and the carbonation is light. Good stuff!

3.2
meccahh69lol (354) - New Haven, Connecticut, USA - OCT 26, 2017
Didn't notice until too late that the bottle is a best by May 2017 so might need to do a re-rate down the road, but will evaluate as it stands. Smells a lil skunky syrupy and with heavy malt doses. Looks like an amber beet vitamin pee anaranjado. The flavor is a bit too much malt and some skunked sweetness with some yakky bitter on the aftertaste. You can see how it might be a lot better fresh, but this is still a fairly rapid descent. Good for a pre Halloween weekend watching stuff in bed sesh with your boo boo who already brushed their teeth.

4.1
SvanteL (644) - SWEDEN - OCT 9, 2017
Vackert bärnstensfärgad med medelstor skumkrona. Mycket knäck och smörkola i doften blandat med fin fruktighet av aprikoser och lite pomerans. Söt och god smak med massor av knäck och kola, fruktigheten finns också där och det hela avslutas med en bra beska. En riktigt fin klassisk ESB.


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