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


on tap

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RATINGS: 320   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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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fonefan (53055) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 4, 2007
Cask (handpump) @ The Victoria, W2, London. Deep copper amber color with a small off-white head. Aroma is malty, fruity with notes of hops. Flaovr is sweet and warm, fruity with some spiceness in the end. Duration is good. Full body.

yespr (49173) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 18, 2008
From cask at Charlies. Pours clear and golden orange to brown with a bubbly white head. Mild spiced and malty aroma. Flavour is light spiced, mild hoppy and towards dry. Finish is mild malty and a subtle spiced.

Ungstrup (39104) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2005
[Cask at Charlie’s Bar, Copenhagen] The new recipe. A hazy amber beer with a small off-white head. The aroma is faint, but of malt and hops. The flavor is quite sweet with notes of caramel and malt. Not as powerful as the old version - I liked the old one better.

joergen (29799) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 5, 2005
Cask at Charlie’s Bar. Orange colour with a white head. Malty aroma with notes of apricots. Malty flavour with notes of apricots.

anders37 (27898) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 11, 2007
Cask @ The Harcourt Arms, Oxford. Pours a dark amber color with a small off-white head. Malty toffee aroma with some hoppy hints. Slightly sweetish malty caramel flavor with some hints of hops and toffee. Long malty finish with some bitterness in the aftertaste.

cgarvieuk (26609) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 6, 2007
A Dark amber coloured ale, with a sweet full RICH malty fruit with honey tones showing through.

oh6gdx (26485) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 19, 2005
Casked. Dark copper coloured, big bubbly head. Flowery and fruity aroma. Bittersweet fruitish flavour. Hoppy fruitish aroma with sticky palate and bitter finish.

omhper (26043) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 26, 2008
UPDATED: APR 25, 2008 Cask at Akkurat, Stockholm. Amber colour. Resiny piney hops up front. Shows off the trademark Fuller’s dense, rounded and solid malt character, but resiny hops still domintes. Throughout a well balanced, flavourful beer with marked piney bitterness.

Papsoe (25054) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 20, 2011
Cask. Pours a dark amber with a slight haze and a tiny off-white head. The nose has caramel and a twist of roast. Medium body, hardly any carbonation, caramel and some overripe fruitiness. Subdued bitterness. Perhaps a slight buttery touch to it. 190111

Leighton (23106) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2012
Cask at Goldengrove, JDW, London. Pours clear russet with a fine, white froth crown. Fruity nose with light berries. Light to medium sweet flavor, some nice, semi-ripe berries, touches of brown sugar, hints of alcohol and leaves. Light to medium in body with fine carbonation. Sweet finish, some moderate toasted sugars, more berry fruits, very mellow leafy bitterness, mild lightly toasted bread. It’s a fine beer.

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