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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2654   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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Rob_D_UK's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rob_D_UK (1369) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
samjdix (19) - - NOV 29, 2016
Maybe I missed something here but I thought this was pretty middle of the road. A strong almost syruppy taste and smell, not much more to wrote home about.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Echon (414) - Århus, DENMARK - NOV 29, 2016
Copper. Pale malt and fruity esters dominate this beer, with a light caramel note on top. The taste has a light balanced sweetness, and a dry and bitter finish. Medium body. Overall, a nice ESB. Fairly simple flavour. Not as full as 1845, but still good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
malushky (104) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2016
500 ml bottle. Pours clear amber with a very short-lived, off white head which eventually diminishes entirely. Aroma of malt, caramel, grass. Taste starts of malty, caramel, then it is peppery and grassy. Quite nice. High carbonation, full-bodied. Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thomas_W1 (591) - Rastatt, GERMANY - NOV 2, 2016
Flasche 0,5l: Kupfer, roter Bernstein, glasklar, deutlicher mittelporiger Schaum; fruchtig würzige Nase, kräftig Malz, Malzzucker, deutliche Hopfennoten, dunkle Fruchtigkeit, Karamell, Röstaromen; im Körper deutliche Süße, Malz, Malzzucker, Getreide, Karamell, süße Würze, leichte Hopfenbitterkeit, cremig, kräftige Kohlensäure, kräftige Röstaromen, nussig, etwas Säure; sehr langer angenehmer süßlich-würziger Nachgang, zunehmend trockener werdend

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oleg85 (147) - Yaroslavl, RUSSIA - NOV 1, 2016
Для британс& классик& - отлично. Но присутс& противн& привкус, который также есть и у London Pride.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
josanguapo (1228) - SPAIN - OCT 22, 2016
From Labirratorium. I Ikea’s pint glass. Reading Java HTP11. Caramelish, with a good amount of english noble hops that leaves a long pleasant aftertaste. Very refreshing and drinkable

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
ArtificialCyst (680) - Szczecin, POLAND - OCT 21, 2016
Tap ath The Office. Pours golden with nice hedad. Nice toffee and biscuit base with spicy hoppiness, low carbonated, medium bodied, very easy-drinking and very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OnTheTrail (394) - Virginia, USA - OCT 18, 2016
Pours clear dark gold, nice off white head. Aroma has lots of toffee and caramel, maybe hints of dark fruit. Taste is a bit peppery, hints of lemon, not as malty sweet as you would expect from the aroma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChadPolenz (1722) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2016
2015 BJCP Category: 11C Strong Bitter

AROMA: Sweet nose of amber malt, red apple, some butterscotch (acceptable). Floral hops quite strong. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Polished copper hue; mostly clear. Small off-white head. 3/3

FLAVOR: Bready/biscuity malt profile with moderate sweetness. Slight caramel or candy apple flavor is accentuated by a confectionery taste on the back end. Hop presence is medium-low; some floral character and supportive bitterness for balance. Minor lingering dry hops/starch. No alcohol presence. 17/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body; moderate carbonation. Smooth and quaffable. Bit too heavy at 5.9% 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Classic British pub ale that holds up after all these years for good reason. 9/10


NOTE: I am a rank-pending BJCP judge. I am reviewing commercial beer to BJCP specs to hone my judging skills.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alebarasi (45) - Dobrova, SLOVENIA - OCT 1, 2016
Murky amber-brown body with taupe foam. Low carbonation. Decent lacing. Subtle floral and fruity aroma. Similar taste to it - aromas of biscuits, toffee, caramel, malt, roast and also whiskey. Rich flavors, can’t argue with that. Excellent one!

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