Fuller's ESB - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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Reviews by thehyperduck:
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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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
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