Brewed by Fullerís
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
London, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 321   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 Fullerís beer in the US is served by handpump kegs and not a cask. Ask your server.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Fat (3) - - AUG 8, 2012
My favorite English beer, very important to drink it young. True afficionados drink it the day it is delivered - the publican may say it hasnít settled - ignore him and offer twice the usual price. When delivered it is bright, exciting the very elixir of life with hops whizzing around in the glass in the excited bubbles. It may look like a snow storm but the taste is out of this world. I have never met a publican that once persuaded to serve it on the day it is delivered is not hooked himself - they usually donít charge double the price you have offered to get them to serve it to you. Try this once and you too will be hooked!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
axl (824) - Lund, SWEDEN - MAR 10, 2017
Shiny clear mahogony brown with small off white head. Aroma is orange, cherry wood, toffee, light caramel, herbal tea and sweet, bready malts. Taste is orange, herbal tea-like hops, floweriness, cherry wood, toffee, light caramel and bread. Light to light-medium mouthfeel, minimal carbonation and smooth fruity toffee aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TedE (1250) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 9, 2017
Pint on tap at The Local Taphouse, Sydney. $15! Even in Sydney that is jaw dropping. Slightly hazy golden beer with solid white head. A myriad of tiny bubbles. Aroma of berries, malt, grass and pepper. Full bodied and fruity at first. The bitterness comes later, subtle but it lingers. Dry and grainy at the end makes you want another. Excellent pint.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DwarfeD (3390) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - FEB 10, 2017
Cask at In de Wildeman. Pale deep red with a small slightly off-white head. Light to medium body with low to moderate carbonation. Subtle sweet and bitter tones. Caramel, malts, ripe fruit and some herbs. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
john44 (3041) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2017
Cask Pint at Wibbas Down (JDW), Wimbledon, London in Sept 2010 - Mid amber colour. Very, very fruity (orange-citrus, grapefruit, marmalade). Malty (roasty malts, caramel and toffee). Hoppy (grassy and spicy hops). Malty sweet and mildly bitter. Enjoyable. Decent. (2010-09)

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Pudding (251) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2017
5 litre mini-cask from brewery. Contains yeast. Pours amber with slight off-white head. Little on the nose. Taste: tangerine. Mouthfeel: quite prolonged, with mineral finish. Overall: an okay bitter. Up against many fully-flavoured bottled beers these days.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tomer (3416) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - JAN 24, 2017
Cask at Porter and Sons, many thanks for this, end of the cask, murky deep red with all the sediments, fruity plum aroma with biscuit, toastiness and a yeasty hint, fruity slightly biscuity and mineraly flavor wirh just a hint of barnyard, empathic mellow herbal bitterness, complementing fruity sourness, lingering light dried fuit aftertaste, beautifully balanced. Bliss.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Turtles (2517) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 22, 2016
Cask @ Bishops Arms, Hornsgatan. Slightly hazy mahogany, creamy tobacco stained small head, quite a looker! Malty, floral, woody and fruity aroma, caramel, grass and dried fruit. Silky smooth and clean mouthfeel, medium-bodied. Bitter floral taste, grass, bitter orange, citrus zest, caramel, wood and hay. Long pleasant bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BarrelCaptain18 (1) - - DEC 7, 2016 does not count
One of the best draft English Bitters. Many rating on here are not drinking a well kept draft pint. Temperature and Cellar essential with this beer. When itís kept right and served right (it should be a draft pint - bitter is supposed to be draft and served almost still - not carbonated!!) it is one of the very best. If you are not acclimatised to english bitter and how a draft pint should be served, then I am sorry but the reviews are missing the point. So is serving a draft Ale in a bottle carbonated. Not right.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Mjp12 (1764) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2016
Donít think this was severed in best condition , no where near as good as the bottled version .

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlackHaddock (7092) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2016
Cask pint on 21st Oct 2016: did not realise I had never rated it before (drank it many times over the years). This was taken in the lovely little beach bar (formerly a Public Toilet Block) in Chapel St Leonards, Lincolnshire: Admiral Benbow. Poured the usual clear mahogany with that creamy head. Fruity and malty in both the nose and taste, fairly sweet throughout, yet with a bittering undertone. Always a joy to drink this fine brew when has been looked after correctly.

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