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Fuller's ESB - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Ratings: 2,544
Reviews: 1,279
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 93
Gots: 177 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-08-2001

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Photo of sjccmd
4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear deep orangey amber. Small off-white head that fades quickly. Some lacing. Fairly low carbonation.

Rich malt in the aroma with significant fruity esters. Loads of caramel and toast. Some spicy and fruity hops, but those are in the background. A hint of diacetyl, but within appropriate range.

Caramel and apricot in the flavor. Finishing with toasty nutty malt. Medium bitterness and some fruity spicy English hop character. Sweet and fruity upfront finishing quite dry.

Rich and filling mouthfeel with low carbonation but not chewy. Dry bitter finish with malt lingering on the palate.

Rich and refreshing ESB. Definitely a classic example if that even needs to be stated.

Photo of car2052
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to English nonic pint.

A: Clear copper with noticeable carbonation. Not much of a head.
S: Smells like a wine... nice grape and other dark fruits. Slight hint of banana and yeast. Malty.
T: Very malty. Toasty malts like the ones found in porters is balanced by a bitterness at the end of the palate. Nice.
M: Medium feel. Bitter aftertaste.
O: My first real ESB. Not bad, and pretty balanced.

Photo of j0hnc2468
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jtofjtrey
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tucquan
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2015-01-20 in Lancaster, PA at Quips Pub

Lots of malt favor With caramel and decent bitterness. A good ESB although a bit higher ABV than I prefer for the style.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce glass poured into a nonic pint glass.

Light and airy pale white head that somehow still looks thick and chewy. Lace is just everywhere, demonstrating a stickiness that is inescapable. A dark amber color with light copper hues glimmers from the body and carbonation bubbles up steadily.

The aroma is not so fresh, like a once-bright floral arrangement gone dull. It's pungent with a bit of a tart bread note, similar to the kvass I'd had recently. I'd like to try this fresher, but in my part of the world, that's close to impossible. Still, Fuller's suggests this beer is good until May of this year, so I have good reason to have higher expectations.

All is not lost here folks. Somehow despite the less than appealing nose, this beer tastes pretty good. It's toast-like and caramelly before becoming earthy, floral and even slightly sweet with citrus. These flavors are all mostly understated and mellow and work well with each other.

As far as tossing a few of these back, it's not exactly in the light, smooth-sipper category. There's a medium-body, light sweetness and bitterness that sneaks in and seems to crescendo to a lingering mellow exit.

For not having this fresh, it's still impressive and enjoyable. It seems the nose takes the biggest dive with some time on the shelf and that's okay because it still drinks well.

Photo of TJBOtt
4.56/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gruss004
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zbooks
3/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

ive rated ca 650 beers and this is just average in my opinion. real ales' phoenix esb blows this way

Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

look - very clear light amber color, good head retention and lacing

smell - very balanced smell of citrusy hops and caramel malt

taste - clean, crisp, well balanced again with the caramel flavor of the malt at the forefront and the bitterness of the hops showcased as it finishes. delicious

feel - smooth, very drinkable

overall - I was very impressed with this beer. i can see why it has won many awards. it is very well crafted and aesthetically pleasing and delicious. i definitely recommend trying one

Photo of Limelite
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BigGold
3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Vogey77
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JMUduke
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kaiyote
3.51/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of czillmer
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kevinlater
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into nonic pint. best before 05 sep 15. consumed on january 12, 2015

a: extremely clear amber colour with absolutely no bubbles streaming upward. finger and a half of off-white head that disappeared after i blinked

s: very grassy up front, with subtle caramel. fig, and apple notes. getting some metallic aromas too

t: caramel, grain, toast/bread, grass, raisin, apple, fig, nuts

m: stellar. medium-plus, very creamy and thick. little carbonation

o: a straight malt and fruity yeast bomb, like others are mentioning.

Photo of SayBoom
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Silke_Neryn
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.46/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My 1st bottle using a mug :

Look : Copper. Served in a mug without a coating!

Smell : Sour but slightly fruity.

Taste : Smooth with a perfect crisp.

Feel : Rich and hoppy.

Overall : Fully bodied beer with well balanced flavors. Truly a blast to drink!

Photo of ejh06752
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of infinitebruner
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

January 4, 2015

11.2 oz bottle, English dimpled pint glass

A – Dark gold to copper, high clarity, some small bubbles rising. About two inches of thick, luscious foam sits on top, mildly craggy, with very high retention. I’ll have a mustache after my first sip.

S – A toasty, toffee wave with just the slightest impression of peat in the foam. Hop aroma is mild floral, a lot of hop bitterness on the nose, a slight bite. Very malty upfront though.

T – Damn, that’s good. Strong malt presence of light caramel and toast, incredibly smooth, with a touch of fruity esters, apples and pears. Floral hops are present in the second wave, and bitterness is strong but provides a backbone for the malt. The finish carries for a long time.

M – Very sudsy, high carbonation, but thick and full on the tongue. Malt provides flavor without a ton of sweetness, and/or the bitterness is in great balance.

O – One of my great regrets is spending a week in England and not taking full advantage of the pubs, and/or not taking note of the experiences I did have. As such, I expect my foray into British beers to be eye-opening, and to only strengthen my regret. And what a start! This ESB is sublime, the perfect pint to quaff on a hot day or to put down next to a warm fire. Consider me blown away.

Photo of wow209
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DeanBB
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tekstr1der
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours gold-amber with thin white head. Toffee and malt in the nose and flavor. Well-balanced with a mild stylistic bitterness on the finish.

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Fuller's ESB from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
91 out of 100 based on 2,544 ratings.