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Fuller's ESB - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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very good

2,443 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,443
Reviews: 1,264
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 83
Gots: 133 | 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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Photo of samie85
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a clear orange/copper color with a finger of white head.

S-Dark caramel and fruity esters with some light vanilla.

T-Rich caramel and fruity notes with some peppery hops.

M-Full and slick feel with low carbonation.

D-Very drinkable yet complex and interesting; if I could this one a little more reasonable and fresher, I would probably get it all the time.

samie85, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of chcfan
3/5  rDev -26.3%

chcfan, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of towlea25
5/5  rDev +22.9%

towlea25, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of quantumcipher
3.5/5  rDev -14%

quantumcipher, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of videofrog
5/5  rDev +22.9%

videofrog, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of otvomadeut
4/5  rDev -1.7%

otvomadeut, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of Stoffel
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Stoffel, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of jkanavel
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Solid amber, tiny little head.

S: Kind of tight, not giving away too much.

T: Spicy hop bitterness gives way to chewy, sweet, carmely, buttery malts.

M: Low carbonation, medium bodied.

O: This is a simple delicious beer. The king of session beers in my opinion.

jkanavel, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of AWS2111
3/5  rDev -26.3%

AWS2111, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of animal69
4/5  rDev -1.7%

animal69, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of NeutroMan
4/5  rDev -1.7%

NeutroMan, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of ububru
4/5  rDev -1.7%

ububru, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of CapitolCrusher
3.2/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i am bummed. this comes from after a brief stint in London this fall and drinking this stuff like water. its pretty clear its just not the same over here.

ah well it started out promising. nice deep amber color slight off white head on top. just how i remembered it.

but the aroma is just not there. there usualy is a nice english hop aroma that i would describe as an english golf course. :-) really don't know the correct word here but that's how it sounds

it tastes good but not great, and that's the problem here. normally i could drink it all day long as it has the perfect blend of all the appropriate flavors. this time around everything was muted.

well i will still rock this out hardcore when back in the pubs but over here i will probably look elsewhere

CapitolCrusher, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of KimenTshom
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

KimenTshom, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of VaterRoss
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving: 11.2oz bottle into mug, best by 12 Dec 11 (oops)

Appearance is a deep amber color with an off-white head. Head dissipates to a ring. Smell is a biscuity malt (wet bread) with some hop spiciness at the end. Malt is prominent in the taste, again with the biscuit, and lingers after swallowing. There is a vague fruitiness in the taste that I can only assume comes from the hops. Mouth feel is low carb and a bit creamy.

Very well balanced and malty compared to my normal beers. This a beer I could drink a lot of. It has enough going on to mull over each sip but extremely smooth and inoffensive enough to make it a session. No single facet of it stands out but it works so well together. One of the best not in your face beers I've had. Reminds me of England.

VaterRoss, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of mbmyers3
5/5  rDev +22.9%

mbmyers3, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of dmmcgove
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

dmmcgove, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of SargeC
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Beautiful copper colored brew. Manila colored head with gold highlights.

Smell: Sweet toffee with a touch of hops. Caramel apple.

Taste: Perfect ESB. Strong malt presence with a satisfying wall of hops. Slight alcohol taste in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full body. Creamy smooth and slightly sticky.

Drinkablity: One of my favorite styles and this one is the gold standard.

SargeC, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of xdefeatsy
3.5/5  rDev -14%

xdefeatsy, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of cdwil
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

cdwil, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of spdyfire83
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

78th Review
Served into half pint glass

Enjoyed at Churchill Arms on Christmas Eve while visiting London.

A: Mild copper tint. Single (simply white) fingernail head.

S: Malt biscuit, freshly made caramel, roasted chestnuts, more sweetness, and a nice scent of orange zest. Wonderful for the style...I was very surprised by this.

T: Awesome balance of malt, hops, and sweetness. The orange zest comes thru with a brilliant balance of earthy hops and more citrus. The complexity is great!

M: Medium body/carbonation.

O: A very tasty and enjoyable beer. This is the best beer that I have enjoyed in this style even though I am not a fan of very bitter beers.

spdyfire83, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of leedorham
3.5/5  rDev -14%

leedorham, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of Star80
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours our a medium copper color. Some minor lacing on the glass. Bottle says best before Sept 23, 2012. I would guess this beer is probably three months old right now. Smells is slightly faint of roasty caramel notes, and faint floral, earthy, grassy hops. Taste is more dark toffee, and some citric bitter hops. I always think English hops have a more earthy taste than most, with a slight lemon citrus aftertaste. It is a nice balance between the malty backbone and the cleansing hops. The mouthfeel, like a lot of Fuller's, is extremely smooth. In Chicago, there is a really good clone of this beer called Honker's Ale, but this beer, complete with the soft English water and the original yeast is to be sought out if you want to find the standard ESB. Overall a really nice, drinkable English beer.

Star80, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of Telestic
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Telestic, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of jophish17
4/5  rDev -1.7%

jophish17, Dec 24, 2011
Fuller's ESB from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
89 out of 100 based on 2,443 ratings.