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


on tap

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RATINGS: 322   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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Fat (3) - - AUG 8, 2012 does not count
My favorite English beer, very important to drink it young. True afficionados drink it the day it is delivered - the publican may say it hasn’t 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 don’t charge double the price you have offered to get them to serve it to you. Try this once and you too will be hooked!

hanskpauley (5) - Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2012 does not count
The first ESB is still broadly the best. Fullers makes an amazing ESB in both the cask and bottled categories.

Chrispski (1) - ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2005 does not count
THE ESB - My favourite beer of all time. The Kings Head, Stoke Road, Guildford serves one of the best examples of this fine pint....and I have done extensive research!

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 it’s 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.

kempicus (343) - Bakewell, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2009
On cask at the princess head in Richmond. This always surprises me how light the colour is in the glass but i find that incredibly becoming. Great beer, bags of the orangey character you usually get but my only complaint about this was a touch of hot alcohol on the palate, never mind it went down well with my bangers and mash!

medallaisla (91) - PUERTO RICO - AUG 14, 2012
Hazy amber. Very malty, nutty, with lots of toffee and caramel. Fruits that go well with the maltiness. Mmm.

Vladivostok (485) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUN 2, 2010
One of the great ales. Mellow malts with a strong hop aroma on the nose. Deceptively drinkable.

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.

tomer (3517) - 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.

Tobias10 (99) - London, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2005
Cask : The Star, Belgravia. Really fruity(orange)/malty with an oily mouthfeel. Good long finnish with quite a hop kick. A really good beer!

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