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Fegley's ESB - Bethlehem Brew Works

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Fegley's ESB
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bethlehem Brew Works visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-21-2002)
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Photo of tgbljb


3.4/5  rDev -5.8%

part of sampler tray at the brewpub.
Served as a light copper color with slight white head. smell is of roasted hops with a background of maltiness. Taste is a bit light with slight hops. Mouthfeel leaves a small dry bitter taste. An ok brew but a bit ordinary for me.

07-11-2005 00:21:42 | More by tgbljb
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.9/5  rDev +8%

The beer pours a dark gold/amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a grainy pale and crystal malt scent with some light hop aroma. The taste is good. It has a nice malty flavor that is fruity and slightly bitter with a nice hop finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a decent ESB. It could use a little more hops in the aroma as well as a little more crystal malts for flavor and body. Overall, it is a good drinker.

02-28-2005 19:00:14 | More by WesWes
Photo of claytri


3.3/5  rDev -8.6%

This was a good looking beer. A nice clear amber with an off-white head. The smell was decent with a bit of malt and lot of hops. It had a little bit of sweet upfront and a lot of bitter in the back. It was light and crisp with a dry finish. This is not really my style of beer, and I had it as part of a sampler. Not the beer I would come back for.

08-09-2004 04:33:26 | More by claytri
Photo of psugrad98


3.98/5  rDev +10.2%

Clearish golden amber with white clingy head. Moderate lace. Hoppy flowery aroma, coaxed out as beer warms.

Full and bitter with mouthcoating body and light malt character. Finishes slighty sweet with woody flavor. A good ESB which, though like all their beers are served much too cold.

07-19-2004 17:52:41 | More by psugrad98
Photo of deejaydan


3.95/5  rDev +9.4%

Got a growler on a GIF. At first, I wasn't horribly impressed (it was still pretty warm). After I let the beer properly chill in my fridge, I was impressed by this ale and the style. Pours a nice darkish amber color with a proper head. Aroma is slightly hoppy, slightly malty. Something going on in the aroma though I can't put my finger on. Tastes, well, it reminds me of iced tea. I know that you think that might be strange, but Teatley's draught cans do as well, must be english hopping and/or yeast. A very solid drinkable beer.

06-09-2004 21:15:42 | More by deejaydan
Photo of RoyalT


3.98/5  rDev +10.2%

Appearance – Nice, malty dark ESB brown with a decent, tanned head.

Smell – This one has a toasted malt base to it along with some playful, bitter hops.

Taste – Ah, this is where the rubber hits the road. The fuggles are in full effect here and the malts are a little darker than I thought from the nose. There’s a hint of burnt toast that mixes well with the distinct, tangy hops. There’s a mild almost citrusy sweetness to the dry finish (if that makes any sense).

Mouthfeel – This is where this ale shines. It is smooth as silk with an incredible mouthfeel. It’s medium-bodied and very entertaining.

Drinkability – This is one of the funnest session beers that I’ve had in a long time. I thoroughly enjoyed the first pint and look forward to finishing off the 64 oz growler on this glorious Friday night.

Comments – There’s nothing like long distance pub crawling. As I sit in Seattle sipping (well, not exactly “sipping”) on this local PA brew I can’t help but think what a wonderful organization we have here at BeerAdvocate. A big thumbs up to francisweizen for sending this growler out my way.

05-15-2004 01:54:27 | More by RoyalT
Photo of ark57


3.83/5  rDev +6.1%

This beer is sweet with a very good bitter finish. You can really taste the use of the English variety of hops. It says they use Cluster, Fuggles, and EKG. The Fuggles and the EKG are the most evcident and they contribute a lovely aroma and finish to this beer.

02-21-2004 23:27:40 | More by ark57
Photo of ElGuapo

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -0.3%

An amber colored brew topped in a strong standing covering of foam that will coat your glass in lace. The nose starts off with sweet aromas, but is then dominated by a rich hop aroma.

It has a nice rich medium body with lots of flavor. The start is big on the sweet malts. A mix of nice bitter hops come in to balance and take over command in the flavor of this brew. The finish dries out a bit and picks up some bready flavors. It is very smooth all the way down. A nice one.

08-29-2003 22:19:44 | More by ElGuapo
Photo of pezoids


3.35/5  rDev -7.2%

This beer poured out a clear amber copper color aand was topped by a quickly thinning off white head. Good malt nose with some lemony hops in the aroma. There is a bitter grapefruit hop note in the flavor and lingers in the aftertaste. Medium bodied, smooth and mellow. A decent and drinkable beer, but nothing all that extra special.

05-25-2003 19:24:32 | More by pezoids
Photo of francisweizen


4/5  rDev +10.8%

A pretty great brew from BBW! and one of their three flagship beers...This pured a nice dark red/copper colour with a nice head that died pretty quickly in my glass. This tasted very sharp, fruity, and a bit hoppy with some nice malt action going on, I believe. The mouthfeel was full and creamy, and this is a very drinkable brew. A very good beer indeed, and definately worth picking up a growler full of.
Good work BBW!

12-07-2002 10:03:41 | More by francisweizen
Photo of Jarod


3.93/5  rDev +8.9%

It pours into the glass dark and clear. The head seems to rise into a creamy light tan/beige foam, but does not stay long. No real lace is present. The aroma is sweet with hints of fruit (apples) and tea, slight hops. The taste comes on with a slight sweet of fruit and hops. Each does not dominate the other. The temperature changes effect the flavors of the beer, it brings the hops out. Slightly bitter, but not overpowering. Good beer.

12-03-2002 09:22:28 | More by Jarod
Photo of tigerpaws

South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +10.2%

A very good beer even though I am more of a hophead. It has a good appearance and goes down so smooth. If at the Bethlehem Brewworks be sure to sample this brew.........CHEERS

06-25-2002 16:25:29 | More by tigerpaws
Photo of goindownsouth


4.3/5  rDev +19.1%

This is a fabulous beer that, unfortunately, is only available at this Lehigh Valley establishment. While I am not the biggest fan of ESB's, this is one of the smoothest brews I have had in recent memory. If you are ever in the vicinity, it is definately worth you while to stop by this brewery and check out this signature beer.

06-21-2002 15:46:30 | More by goindownsouth
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Fegley's ESB from Bethlehem Brew Works
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