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Fuller's ESB - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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2,375 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,375
Reviews: 1,259
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 75
Gots: 117 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.24/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.6/5  rDev -11.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

mralphabet, Sep 14, 2014
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3.94/5  rDev -3.2%

Pours a brilliant deep copper with a lingering frothy cream head. Floral and lightly fruity notes counter a light caramel malt backbone in the aroma. Very perfumey. Flavor echoes the aroma, with a toasted finish, which becomes bitter in the aftertaste.

barczar, Sep 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

tally, Sep 14, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.29/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Tafyob41, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of bristol2120
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

Was motivated to try this after tasting Beer Camp There and Back ESB in order to get a read on what a classic ESB should drink like. Hey, the label even says it's the ESB by which all others are judged.
Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle with best by date of 4/17/15. Nice offwhite head eventually settles down leaving a decent amount of lacing. The beer itself is a very nice deep orange copper. Nose is slightly less prominent than expected. What is there is pleasant enough with malt and hops detectable in equal measure.
Taste has a slight hoppy spiciness to it along with a solid malt foundation. On the negative side, there is also a steady presence of what I can only describe as a "wet dog" character lurking in the background that really takes away from the rest of this beer. I don't have a great deal of experience with this style so I am not sure whether this is a typical trait. Mouthfeel is very smooth with a nice level of carbonation.
Overall, this is a really solid effort that sadly is marred by those odd notes in the taste.

bristol2120, Sep 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

trxxpaxxs, Sep 07, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +8.1%

Amber color. Pleasing malty aroma. Light carbonation. Slight hop bitterness is present, but this is dominated by the slightly sweet malts. Excellent body. Wonderful bitter, even considering this was the USA import version rather than the cask version. Very nice malty finish with some hops presence. Interesting fact: English Bitter, despite the name, is not particularly bitter. All of the American bitters I have tasted thus far are too hoppy to be a true English-style bitter.

MNAle, Sep 07, 2014
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Fuller's ESB from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
91 out of 100 based on 2,375 ratings.