Fuller's ESB - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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Reviews by cbarrett4:
4.28/5 rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Poured into Deschutes fluted pint.
Comparing this to American ESBs can be unfair. This to me is the quintessential ESB in the world. Pours nice copper hue with decent head and good retention and lace. Smells typical of English ales, lots of those English hops and malts on the nose. Very pleasant. The palate centers on the English malts with that faint bitterness that is well integrated, nice red fruit and caramel notes. Texture is great, with nice thickness without being weighty and fat. Pretty great beer overall. It's maybe not the very best English ESB, but it's a worthy yardstick to measure others by.
Serving type: bottle
10-21-2011 23:54:10 | More by cbarrett4
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2.93/5 rDev -28.2%
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
Fuller's ESB from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
91 out of 100 based on 2,282 ratings.