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Fuller's ESB - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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2,588 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,588
Reviews: 1,286
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 98
Gots: 203 | 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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Ratings: 2,588 | Reviews: 1,286
Photo of tophers
4.73/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: Thick creamy head. Deep copper in color. Brilliant clarity

s: Malt sweetness that is a little bit bready. Some fruity esters noted such as pear. Little bit of caramel too.

t: Toffee malt flavor with a touch of caramel-coffee in the background. Moderate bitterness but the malt wins out in this one. Bit of spicy hop flavor

m: Moderate body and carbonation.

o: This is a great ESB. Would like to have it fresh vs. 1000 miles away via boat.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured from bottle into a Nonic shaped pint glass

A - Beer pours with a translucent dark copper colored body; some visible carbonation; one finger frothy sized head formed, but didn't hold very well; moderate amount of lacing formed around the edge of the glass

S - Strong airy roasted malt; floral nose; rose; slightly sour scents of champagne/white grape; hint of citrus hops; apple and banana

T - Oak flavor; syrup and caramel malt finish; sweet apple and other fruits like banana; creamy roasted malt flavor; cherry; touch of hop citrus flavors lingers for a little on the side of the tongue

M - Chewy and creamy consistency; moderately effervescent; sip finishes off with a subtle hop bite

D - Beer drinks very easily; nothing to sophisticated here; comes with all the traditional tastes and mouthfeel you would you expect from an English bitter

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3/5  rDev -26.1%

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3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Three Floyds tulip. Nice clear golden-copper pour with a thin head. Faint nose with piney hop aromas.

The mouthfeel is firm and the flavor is very balanced. There are nice flavors of toast and jam in the front of the palate and the hops at mid-palate are certainly present, but they're just strong enough to give the beer an herbal, lemony crispness of flavor. The finish is slightly sweet, fruity, and acidic. Nice!

Overall, this is an exceptionally well-balanced beer. The flavor is crisp, clean, and extremely drinkable.

Photo of BeerKangaroo
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Into a nonic:

A: amber colored body with a one finger white head which left fairly quickly. It left some foamy lacing with some rings trailing down the sides of the glass. No carbonation was seen rising.

S: sweet maltiness that smells superb, may be overbearing to some but I really liked this.

T: some caramel tones to it, perhaps the sweetness I smelled earlier. The hops are very subdued. There is no bitterness whatsoever in this beer.

M: balanced very well. Though I didn't see any carbonation earlier, I could still sense it in the mouthfeel. This beer felt very smooth in the mouth.

O: I am thoroughly impressed and am wishing I bought the whole six pack, but only wanted to buy a single because I didn't know anything about this beer. I would have this beer again in a heartbeat!

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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL (best before 11/5/2012) into an imperial pint glass. Pours a crystal clear coppery amber w/ a thick off-white head, moderate carb.

Aroma is mild floral caramel and pale malts, some breadiness from the yeast.

Taste is caramel malt, bready yeast, clean water. Nice hoppy palate-cleansing bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy, medium-bodied, clean.

Overall a classic English ESB, this is making me seriously crave a hot greasy basket of fish & chips.

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Fuller's ESB from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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