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Fuller's ESB - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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2,283 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,283
Reviews: 1,248
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 70
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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4/5  rDev -1.7%

11-16-2011 01:01:59 | More by RyanPS
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New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +22.9%

11-15-2011 19:39:09 | More by ElGallo
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

11-15-2011 11:22:34 | More by derricksmalls
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5/5  rDev +22.9%

11-15-2011 05:46:27 | More by Lawnboy33
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3/5  rDev -26.3%

11-15-2011 03:51:38 | More by pzymali
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New Jersey

5/5  rDev +22.9%

11-15-2011 02:36:46 | More by Elfastball7
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5/5  rDev +22.9%

11-15-2011 02:36:41 | More by IpeeA
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

11-14-2011 18:52:04 | More by nanobrew
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

11-14-2011 16:17:01 | More by celticfutblclub
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New Jersey

5/5  rDev +22.9%

11-14-2011 13:24:52 | More by richbrew
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4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour orange and hazy with a giant, tight head. Great retention, lacing with a nice bright cream color. I smell apricot and peach schnapps and some dextrin (sweet and grainy). Fruity and pale on the palate with an emphasis on the hops and creamy feel. Like the smell the peach and apricots are really noticeable. Leaves a metallic lingering aftertaste. The feel is furry and very smooth. This thing just feels great. Hard to describe, but very unique. This is a classic. From the pour to the bottom of the glass it is always enjoyable. Great representation of the style and very well made.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 01:25:09 | More by JohnWaynes44
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4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought this beer on a recommendation from a brewer friend of mine who keyed me into English beers. This is a great hoppy and malty beer full of flavor. Very refreshing and smooth. Don't let its reputation as a "strong beer" fool you because it is not "strong" in the tradition of Stone beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 20:49:36 | More by greenborn
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4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A = pours a very clear copper color with a quickly dissipating white head.
S = slight hoppy, floral aroma.
T = taste is slightly bitter with caramel and toasted bisquit flavors.
M = mouthfeel is good, creamy.

Overall very nice, easy drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 00:27:36 | More by gc4hokies
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4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my first ESB that I am analyzing, so my judgement of this wont so much be to the style, but rather generalized to my overall liking.

11.2oz of copper beauty topped with a descent cream white head and lacing to compliment. A good nutty biscuit aroma with hints of creamy caramel, sweet butterscotch, and light floral hops - beautiful! Up front is a strong english yeast presence, mixed nuts, caramel malts that leads way to a drying floral hop finish with a slight metallic aftertaste. Soft feel and slightly drying out back, just very drinkable. This is my idea of a perfect session beer, even though it is 5.9%abv, I could definitely drink 4-5 of these in a sit in. This is one to go back to for sure.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 03:47:11 | More by hoptualBrew
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Alberta (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favourite beers, yet I haven't managed to review it yet. 500ml Can poured into a pint glass.

This beer has a lovely copper colour and a thick frothy toffee-coloured head that forms after a nice cascade of carbonation.

The aroma is a nice balance of crisp hops and toffee.

The flavour is light toasty malt with some almost herbal hops accenting the biscuity aspects. Some slight sweetness comes in towards the end, followed by a quick flourish of hoppy bitterness and a nice toasty malt finish.

Overall, this is THE classic ESB in my opinion. An easy drinking hoppy ale with great flavour. It's a winner every time for me!

Serving type: can

11-07-2011 03:02:02 | More by evlu1441
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4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark amber with a big fluffy head. The head stays throughout the life of the beer.

The smell is sweet with a nice little bitter edge. Honey, cream, sweet breat, and a hint of Twizzlers fill the air.

The taste is full of sweet bread, the Twizzlers return, and some light honey. The finish is light and sweet. It keeps you wanting mroe.

The feel is creamy and velvety, very nice.

Overall, a tasty beverage. This is great if you don't know what you're in the mood for as it toughes quite a few bases. Great with food.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 19:45:30 | More by RomaniIteDomum
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New York

3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 10/29/11 notes. Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip. Best by April 16 2012 on the bottle.

a - Pours a transparent dark amber color with one inch of white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of grain, caramel malts, toffee malts, bready malts, light fuity hops. Very malty, but nice.

t - Tastes of grain, toasted malts, caramel malts, bready malts, and some musty notes.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Very easy to drink.

o - Overall a nice ESB that is heavy on the malts. Worth checking out and something I would have again.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 22:04:11 | More by mdfb79
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4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Time to revisit a classic. Fills the glass with a nice clear copper colored body and a creamy white head that slowly fades to leave a sticky but thin layer of lace behind.

Not as hoppy as many American interpretation of the style. Nice slightly sweet caramel notes and some graininess make up the malt profile. Hops give a bit of an herbal note and in the background some fruit esters and mineral water can be detected.

Taste follows suit with a nice slightly sweet body that is delicately balanced by a mildly spicy and herbal hop character. Some caramel and toffee notes. A bit fruity as well.

Mouthfeel is rather full bodied for a sub-6% abv ale. Goes down with a nice creamy texture. Overall, quite possible the benchmark for the style. A nice departure from the hop-heavy american ales.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 16:58:33 | More by Kinsman
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4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Deschutes fluted pint.

Comparing this to American ESBs can be unfair. This to me is the quintessential ESB in the world. Pours nice copper hue with decent head and good retention and lace. Smells typical of English ales, lots of those English hops and malts on the nose. Very pleasant. The palate centers on the English malts with that faint bitterness that is well integrated, nice red fruit and caramel notes. Texture is great, with nice thickness without being weighty and fat. Pretty great beer overall. It's maybe not the very best English ESB, but it's a worthy yardstick to measure others by.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 23:54:10 | More by cbarrett4
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3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a tan auburn with a mild hop aroma on the nose. Some crisp bittering comes through what is otherwise a very sweet beer. This is a crisp, clean British-style pale ale that's just a little too sweet for my palate, and sweet for my expectations of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2011 18:00:15 | More by elNopalero
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3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle into tulip pint.
Best Before: Feb. 25th 2012

Pours a clear caramel color with a bubbly, off white head. A fair bit of rising carbonation.

The aroma is mostly toffee and toasty malt upfront with some faint floral, earthy hops.

The taste is has the same caramel, toffee, bready malts with lightly earthy hops and a slight mineral quality.

Has a pleasant, medium mouthfeel with fairly active carbonation.

A very enjoyable English beer. Quite balanced and easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 07:41:52 | More by vkv822
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3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Holiday Wine Cellar
Escondido, CA

Dark amber and mahogany throughout with a moderately sized light brown head that leaves splotches of lace down the glass.

Earthy aroma combined with bread, toast, and caramel malt. Appropriate, though simple, for the style and certainly pleasant.

Bread, toast, and caramel dominate the simple flavors, with an earthy hoppy character. Low bitterness makes this incredibly easy to drink.

Thin to medium mouthfeel with relatively low carbonation. I could drink this all day and all night.

A great, simple, sessionable beer. A perfect beer to come home to after a late, long night at work when a big, super high ABV beer just won't work. A classic and definitive ESB.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 02:32:45 | More by ehammond1
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4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From my beer journal. Reviewed on July 14, 2011.

A: Medium amber color and very clear. 2 finger head quickly fizzled away to a light coating. Can see lots of carbonation in this brew.

S: A little fruity. Caramelly malts. Definitely smell a bit of hops in there which surprised me.

T: Caramel malts up front. Nice, comforting breadiness. Light bitterness from the hops lasts to the finish.

M: Nice body to this one. Good carbonation ties it together.

O: A tasty beer. Maybe a little more expensive than it should be but I'd reach for it again at the right occasion.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 01:41:24 | More by tony223366
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3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark gold, off white head, not much retention, okay lacing.

S: Smells of sweet toffee malt and cereal, some nuttiness.

T: Tastes follows the nose. I"m not too sure what the designation of "Extra Strong Bitter" is really supposed to mean, because this is a well balanced, slightly sweet, English Ale, and certainly not bitter.

M: Medium dry beer, not much carbonation. Aftertastes lingers with caramel sweetness.

O: I'm not experienced with English beers, but this one reminds me very much of Sammy Smith's Nut Brown Ale, and it's a very good, satisfying, easy drinking Ale. A bit heavy in body, which is nice for the low abv.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 18:12:42 | More by fox227
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4.88/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of the best beers I have had. It is one my standbys. It pours a reddish golden hue with a big fluffy head and rising carbonation that never quits. It smells of malt and hard candy. The bitterness and sweetness of this beer is perfectly balanced, finishing on the bitter side. It is very smooth, with a nice loose carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 21:39:41 | More by mentaltraveller
Fuller's ESB from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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