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Fuller's ESB - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,277 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,277
Reviews: 1,248
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 69
Gots: 85 | 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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Todd

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a semi-hazy copper beer with a foamy head that quickly settles to a thin ring lace with slight stick. Aroma is soft, but of coarse hops, but for the most part rather clean.

Medium in body, and smooth. Juicy, chewy mouthfeel. Mildly fruity. Lots of mineral flavours (from the water), followed by a woody, earthy, hop leaf, and coarse flavour and feel. Pear-like texture at times. Little sweetness, it's all body. Touch of roasted malt character in the background. Dry. Sharp bitter edge. Salty. Tingly. Herbal / spicy. Hops kick it all the way into the finish, and stick around long after the mouth party is over.

"The World's Original Extra Special Bitter" ... perhaps, but there's better interpretations of the style in my opinion. Still, the quintessential ESB and a beer everyone should try -- at the very least for the sturdy, impressive bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2002 20:37:14 | More by Todd
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown brown bottle with a best before date on the back label.

Appearance: Caramel copper in colour with a thin but fluffy bubbly lace that leaves several rings on the glass.

Smell: Caramelized sugars with a hint of toasted nearly metallic malt, some fruity esters give of a whiff of alcohol.

Taste: Medium body with a stream of smoothness that is textured to a t. Bit of fruitiness and esters on the mouth. Rich and sweet caramel maltiness with a big flavourful malty palate, finishing off with a steely crystal malt flavour (vague hint of carob) and a semi sharp hop bitterness.

Notes: A supreme ESB, and a superb beer overall. The cast and mold for all ESB's brewed across the world.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2002 00:33:23 | More by Jason
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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Mikus

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2.93/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wanted to try this for awhile, as I was thinking of brewing an ESB in the near future. Now I am on the fence again. Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into my tulip glass. Nice appearance with a clear amber body and small, whitish head which left some nice lacing in the glass. Just a bit of hop bitterness (kind of generic hop bitterness) on the nose. It also had a bit of the wet cardboard funk on the nose as well... glad it didn't show up in the taste. They definitely hit the bitterness just right (I like bitter), and the overall taste was just a bit grassy and light. Nice, light, easy-drinking mouthfeel. Quite refreshing to the palate on a hot afternoon. Bit lacking in flavor overall, though I am not sure if this is the style or the Fuller'. From my understanding ESB should be a little lighter and straightforward... what can I say, I am a big IPA fan! This was an ok beer. Probably a nice beer to offer to someone who is not a craft drinker who wants to try something a little different from their everyday BMC beers.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2014 14:05:50 | More by Mikus
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Fuller's ESB from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
91 out of 100 based on 2,277 ratings.