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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HenrikSoegaard (14760) - Randers, DENMARK - MAY 12, 2009
Cask at Cockney Pub. Creamy white fair mostly lastuing head. Amber colour. Moderate malty and hoppy aroma. Moderate bitter flavor. Average moderate biotter finish. Malty and herbal. Creamy palate. Nice.

mR_fr0g (14242) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2015
Had this a few times before but first time rate. Cask at local spoons. Mid amber / copper coloured pour with a small off white head. Aroma is nutty toffee, raisin and nuts, dried fruits, trail mix. Flavour is composed of semi sweet toffee malts, nutty, strawberry, berry, dried fruits. Palate is semi sweet, moderate carbonation, good cask condition. Lingering toffee and Berry. Pretty sessionable, maybe a little sweet, but really good malt character.

crossovert (14233) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2011
A creamy one. But not too much there is still a nice body to it. Really fruity but with some nice toffee notes.

argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 24, 2005
(Cask at Jugged Hare, London) Clear copper topped by an off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, caramel, orange, some cherry, light alcohol. Taste is medium sweet, caramel, orange, faint cherry, with a bit of alcohol in the finish. Watery medium body.

Rune (14045) - Tromsø, NORWAY - OCT 1, 2006
Enjoyed a pint in a very quiet and relaxing atmosphere early on a Friday evening (29.09.2006) at the Garibaldi, St Albans - now and then described as the best Fuller’s pub outside London. I also had a half at The Mad Bishop and Bear in Paddington (19.09.2006).
Both were in perfect condition and served in good (room) temperature. Deep amber coloured with a reddish tint. Great clarity. Very low head but some nice lacing on the glass. A bit poor on aroma, but a dried fruit component came through. Well balanced flavour with caramel and fruity bitterness. Hints of malt and hops. Low carbonation and moderate mouthfeel.

Christian (14040) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 18, 2006
Cask conditioned tap. Beatiful beer! Cloudy amber body with a firm off-white head. Great fruity/blackberry aroma with some caramel and honey. Well balanced flavour, but I could do with a bit more bitterness in the finish.

Desverger (14024) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 11, 2014
[email protected] Bar, CPH - amber pour with good beige head. Aroma and taste is toasty malty, with caramel, toffee, brown sugar, some light herbal and floral hoppy notes. Had this many times years back in bottle and cask, but never rated cask until now. Still really like this.

Sammy (13106) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 27, 2007
On cask it’s one of the best cask bitterbeers, mellow and delightful citrus hops with great fruity aroma,I could drink volumes all day and night.

thewolf (12992) - Kolding, DENMARK - APR 22, 2008
Cask @ The Churchill Arms, Kensington, London.
Pours golden with a small, bubbly, off-white head. Aroma is softly fruity, quite dry and with good caramel behind it all. Fine mouthfeel, low carbonation - perhaps it is a bit on the thin side? Flavour is wonderful, though, text-book example. Lovely dry, crisp, light berry notes, good toffee and a super chewy feel.

Pinball (12641) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2011
handpump at bishop arms cph. Clear brown, smooth small offwhite head. Not carbonized, no bubbles. Very mild aroma, a little malts and a little sort of sourish hops. Flavor is nutty, caramelly, bitter malty, hops only provide some bitterness. A very sweet english bitter, bitter berryish note too.

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