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

bottling
unknown

on tap
common

Regional Distribution

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RATINGS: 320   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask: Regular.
First brewed in 1969 as Winter Bitter - renamed Extra Special Bitter in 1971.
Ingredients: Pale Ale and Crystal malts; Target, Challenger, Northdown and Goldings hops. Dry hopped in the brewery.
CAMRA Supreme Champion 1978, 1981 and 1985.
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.

NOTE: Most Fuller’s beer in the US is served by handpump kegs and not a cask. Ask your server.

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3.7
kerenmk (5358) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 19, 2016
Cask at Benny’s Cask Ale Pub, Kfar Saba. Clear dark gold white head. Malt, bread and some toffee with fresh fruity notes. Soft bitterness and mild citrus in the mouth. full body, mild bitter f8nish and toasted notes.

3.8
rayaron (2074) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - JAN 19, 2016
Cask at Benny’s Cask Ale Pub, Kfar Saba. Clear golden-orange with small off-white head. The aroma has some caramel and some sweetish fruitiness. Bitterish flavor with notes of caramel, fruity, a bit grassy, lingering bitter finish, dry. Medium-bodied. Very good from cask.

3.5
DSG (15432) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 19, 2016
Cask at Benny’s Cask Ale Pub in Kfar Saba. Rather clear copper-orange with a bit of white foam. Nice aroma of floral, citric and earthy hops, slightly toasty malt, a caramel hint. Flavor has some sweetish malt, toast, a bit of caramel, a light nutty note, and nice bitter hops - citric, earthy, floral. Medium-bodied, flat. Good one.

4.3
maclennan73 (2) - Hove, East Sussex, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2016 does not count
One of Fullers mighty brews. A great full strength, full bodied dark English ale. Not for the faint hearted though. It has a lovely rich treacly taste that is very easy to drink despite its high alcohol level.

3.6
Leini (2079) - SWEDEN - JAN 6, 2016
On tap @ a local pub. Deep brownred body with a medium white head. Malty & earthy, with some dried fruit and a clean bitterness.

3.4
Marstonlad (980) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 31, 2015
@ St. Urho’s Pub, Helsinki. Pours deep, clear copper with a white frothy head. The aroma features toasty maltiness, bisquit, nuts and some citrusy fruitiness. Taste is dryish with low to medium bitterness; toasted, nutty maltiness is most prominent with citrus giving support. Hoppiness is fairly mild all in all. The palate is medium-bodied with a characteristically smooth and velvety mouthfeel, very drinkable. Surprisingly malt-driven, at least this cask.

3.3
Erzengel (9783) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - DEC 17, 2015
On tap at the brewery-tap. Smooth and fruity, fresh. Malty, quite dry. Malty smooth aftertaste, round and fresh. Fruity hints in the aftertaste. Full and round. Great!

4
caribou43 (1252) - Lausanne, SWITZERLAND - DEC 8, 2015
I drank this beer in Lima and Switzerland. The colour is really nice between copper and orange. There is an interesting mix between some sweetness and hop and a side alcoholic. It is a good ale but not to drink during the all night.

3.4
Cimbasso (1058) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2015
A popular bitter sampled at the Holly Bush in Hampstead. Copper colour with outstanding clarity and with a quickly dissolving white head. Malty aroma and slightly sweet caramel taste. Quite earthy with flavours of brown bread and toffee. English hop taste giving a pleasant, fruity bitterness. An excellent pint.

3.5
elbernays (1731) - Dublin, IRELAND - SEP 19, 2015
Fruity estery bitter. Light body with big foam white head. Bread earthy Aroma. Good looking and nice.


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