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Fuller's ESB - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,228 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,228
Reviews: 1,245
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 63
Gots: 74 | 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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deanhead

Vermont

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Twenty years ago this became my gateway beer. They offered it on tap at a small place in Bethlehem, PA called Rippers. It was an awesome local pub to hang out in. I'm told the burgers were exceptional...I don't eat red meat. I digress, now about the beer.

Rich amber color, poured it had a head once, but now it has been reduced to virtually nothing. No lace, nada...

It's malty, nutty, and slightly buttery with a hint of tartness in the finish.

This beer is lacking body, but then again maybe it's just part of the style. At any rate, it is a good beer.

I find it hard to believe that this beer is almost 6% alcohol. It is highly drinkable, Llight, almost thin in it's body.
Highly drinkable. Yes.

This beer is highly drinkable. As mentioned, it was my gateway beer, so it will always have a small place in my heart

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2009 03:40:12 | More by deanhead
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Poured from a bottle into a Boulevard Brewing Co., Kansas City, MO, pint glass.

A: A rich red-orange amber, translucent. Some carbonation and a nice head. Head quickly fades, leaving no lacing. Very little retaining of the head on the beer's surface. Looks yummy but not rich and full bodied.

S: A wonderful aroma of rich roasted malts with quite a bit of caramel notes, a hint of coffee and a large dollop of honey. Crisp and clean but not sweet.

T: Extremely malty, significant hop bite (it is a bitter!). Somewhat sweet but cleanly so, not overpowering. Lots of molasses, caramel, coffee, nuts and strong roasted malts. A bit of ester perfumey nose once the beer has warmed which makes the beer seem more alcoholic than it should be. I'm not a fan of the perfumey flavor that comes later, so points off from me on that.. Very flavorful and delicious, but best when cold - contrary to the British serving tradition of an ale. I'd order it again.

M: Smooth, clean, crisp hops and low carbonation. Feels good all the way around, cold and warm, but thick enough to be enjoyed slowly..

O: A good beer, worthy of somewhere between a 3.75 and 4.00 on my list. Nothing mind-blowing but if I were in England and saw this guy on draft, I'd definitely want to give it a shot (I feel that some quality may have been lost in bottling and importing).

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Poured a clear brown with a short-lived white head. The head lingers on, though, and leaves nice soapy lacing. The aroma is light with malt tones and fruit. The taste, though, is more developed and has a nice interplay of malt (bready and fruity) with a subtle earthiness. The body has a nice full feeling to it and a nice crisp finish from the hops. All in all, a great pint of bitter and example of an ESB. Highly recommended on cask, if you can find it.

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Fuller's ESB from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
91 out of 100 based on 2,228 ratings.