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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: 2647   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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mrbeakersalesman99 (17) - USA - FEB 24, 2001
Let's face it...this is the BEST ESB on the market....find me a better one!

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rosebud (47) - Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 10, 2001
This is the best ESB I've ever had. I've had a lot of ESB, but none can compare to the hoppiness and aroma that this beer has, almost a religious experience. From the 1st to the last sip it remained powerful, almost like it was bottle conditioned, where some beers get that flat taste at the end, Fuller's stayed true to itself. I hear its even better on tap if you get the chance to get it.

5
Ageers99 (4) - Athens, Ohio, USA - AUG 10, 2001 does not count
The best beer I have ever had...............................................

5
ESBFREAK (20) - tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2001
The classic English ESB, in my opinion. Try it on draft if you can find it. I would say I have never tasted a finer brew. Not quite as good in the bottle, but, still one of the best available. A more well balanced ESB than most American versions, as some of the American ESB's, tend to over do it slightly on the hops.

5
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2001
This one gets another perfect rating, as a Definitive Good Beer. Served on handpump at the right temperature, it is an experience nobody who likes beer should miss. Good up-front malt, proper carbonation (or lack thereof), complex grassy hops; an all-around wonder of a beer.

5
STUARTMILLER (10) - flushing, New York, USA - FEB 12, 2002
The best bitter par none. Winner of countless awards. In bottle make sure you get it fresh. Check the best before date on back label.

5
cascadehop (4) - fort collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2004 does not count
A true classic. I am not sure how any one can knock this beer in any aspect. Maybe the best malt flavor and aroma that can be accomplished in an ale.

5
mjurney (64) - Amarillo, Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2005 Pours nice amber color with a nice head. Nice fresh hoppy aroma. Crisp hoppy flavor, very herbal & spicy, kinda dry finish. Excellent ale!! Really enjoy this one.

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twilson (3) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 22, 2006 does not count
Absolutely the best beer around, especially when you can get it on draught.

5
SBacon (1) - USA - SEP 25, 2006 does not count
Perfectly balanced and classically crafted. Wonderful floral-herbal aromas with striking mid-palate. The finish is rich and long -- flavorful but not overpowering.


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