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Fuller's ESB - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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2,422 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,422
Reviews: 1,264
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 80
Gots: 129 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-08-2001)
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Photo of RoyalT
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance – The body is a slightly hazy brown with a nice orange tint. The head is off-white and full, made up of beautiful tiny bubbles that showed good retention and left a bit of lacing.

Smell – Oh, yeah, this is an English ESB. This is THE English ESB. The malt is remarkable in its clarity. The light grassy hops round things out and there is indeed a bit of caramel afloat, but the huge malt base makes up the bulk of this nose. It is both generous and wonderful.

Taste – Oh, man. I’m actually laughing at how this beer tastes. It is so good, and so true to form, that it’s funny.

The malts are encased in wood and eek a sense of maturity not found in any other beer that I’ve had to date. I don’t know where they get this flavor from, but it is delicious and quite amazing.

The caramel and toffee notes are the best I’ve ever had. There is nothing cheap about this beer. When I think of English ESB this is what comes to mind. This is the standard; no question about it.

Mouthfeel – Perfect. So smooth, so well-blended, and so thoughtful, this beer was made with the mouthfeel in mind. Talk about your “happy place”.

Drinkability – To answer all those stupid, “If you were stuck on a desert island with only one beer . . .” questions, this would have to be it. On-tap this has to be a “5”. This is THE standard for English ESBs (or any ESBs for that matter).

RoyalT, Aug 11, 2004
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4.6/5  rDev +13%

Balliet, Yesterday at 12:17 AM
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

esmyth15, Sunday at 09:56 PM
Photo of JamesMN
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 3/12/15.

Appearance: Subdued caramel color with brilliant clarity. Some effervescence making its way from the bottom of the pint glass to the thin layer of off-white foam on top.

Aroma: Stone fruits and sweet apricot. Different than I was expecting.

Taste: It starts with a nice blend of lightly bready malt and smooth low end hop bitterness. The hop character comes out more with each sip and reveals sweet hearty fruit flavors, apricot, date, etc. The overall bitterness builds over time and reaches a moderate level, maybe like 35 IBUs. The finish is a little muted but transitions to an aftertaste in which the bitterness builds slowly and then fades along with the fruity hop character. A lot of flavor and never watery, which is impressive at 5.9% ABV.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with a smooth feel but enough carbonation that it is never tepid. Good drinkability.

Final Thoughts: I had I expectations going in to this one based on Fuller's other offerings. My expectations were met by this ESB. With all the up-and-coming breweries these days it's nice to drink a beer with a history spanning several generations. Would I drink it again? Yes.

JamesMN, Sunday at 05:48 PM
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Bottle. A: amber, quickly subsiding head.
S: plums, raisins, caramel.
T: fruit and caramel, appropriate bitterness.
M: rather thin, plenty of fizz.
O: Could be improved by secondary fermentation in the bottle.

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Fuller's ESB from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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