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Fuller's ESB - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

Fuller's ESBFuller's ESB

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2,120 Ratings
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Ratings: 2120
Reviews: 1233
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.03%


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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drperm

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is seriously a contender for "beer of the year" in my book. If I were a sorority girl (which I most decidedly am NOT), my only appropriate response to this brew would be, "OMG!!!!" As is, my only appropriate response to this brew is, OMG!!!!

I now understand the potential of an ESB, and what it should truly represent. If, as their label boasts, Fuller's have given us the "original" ESB, then we are presented with a case of the source never being outstripped by its scions. This beer is incredibly more refined and well-rounded than any American ESB I've ever had, all of which usually seem (by comparison) to be overly hoppy and bitter simply for the sake of the hops and bitterness. Fuller's, on the other hand, utilises the hops and bitterness to a complete-picture end: it gives them a purpose, and a meaning, and has something to say with them. I drank this with an amazing pork tenderloin dish at The Purple Onion Café in Saluda, NC, and the pairing was spot-on.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2008 18:48:54 | More by drperm
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Best Before 24 MAY 14

A: Pours a golden amber color with slightly less than a fingers worth of head that quickly fizzles down to a tiny patch of bubbles in the center of the pint

S: Nice and malty, with quite a bit of sweetness and molasses brown bread coming through. Some earthiness as well, along with a light fruitiness that rounds out the sweetness

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Fuller's ESB from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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