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Fuller's ESB - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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2,279 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,279
Reviews: 1,248
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 69
Gots: 86 | 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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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500 mL can from the LCBO; best before June 2012. I have been a fan of several other Fuller's brews for quite a while, but the ESB is one I have never gotten around to trying until now. Served a little warmer than the recommended range.

Pours a bright, clear brassy-orange colour, with almost two fingers of silky off-white head on top. Retention is ok; the head lasts more than a few minutes before it finally vanishes, leaving behind a thin, even creamy cap on the surface. Webs of lacing stick to the sides of the glass. Lovely aroma; toasted nuts, toffee and leafy, English hops are very prominent, alongside fruity prune, plum and pear notes.

Nice flavour; good balance but leaning on the malts, which are of a toasted, biscuit-y, nutty nature. Fruity esters reminiscent of buttery pear and apricot, in addition to tea leaf, toffee and butterscotch notes. More leafy, earthy English hops that provide a pleasant bitterness in the finish that lingers briefly. Medium-bodied, with very mild, almost flat carbonation. A little slippery in the mouth, but exceptionally smooth and easy to drink.

Not my favourite offering from this brewery, but still a solid ESB. Very enjoyable, and a good, 'heavier' sessionable alternative to their London Pride. I'll get this again at some point I'm sure, and would certainly recommend to anyone looking for a good bitter.

[Updated Jan. 8 2014]

I picked up another can to compare it with a few other bitters - Wells Bombardier, Trafalgar ESB and Wellington Best Bitter. This one wins the four-way showdown, edging out Bombardier by a nose. Fuller's ESB has a delicious malt backbone of toffee and nuts, in addition to notes of orchard fruit and a leafy, mildly bittersweet finish likely to please most English ale fans. Bitters have never been a 'go-to' style for me, but this is one of the best ones and I would never turn down a pint of such prestigious ale.

Final Grade: 4.31, an A.

Serving type: can

11-18-2011 07:29:12 | More by thehyperduck
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Fuller's ESB from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
91 out of 100 based on 2,279 ratings.