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Fuller's ESB - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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2,571 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,571
Reviews: 1,281
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 95
Gots: 194 | 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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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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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - An average amber complexion with around a finger's worth of head which dissipated quickly.

S - Some sweet malts and caramel up front followed by some notes of pine. Seems to have a bit of hops complimenting the pine.

T - This one hits first with a full malt flavor complimented by a strong sense of butterscotch. The remaining flavors all follow the nose nicely. Not near as bitter as I was anticipating, that said this is far beyond my expectations!

M - A medium body with ideal carbonation. The hops and malts are balanced perfectly for the style. Smooth to start and finishes with a nice bitter bite.

O - While this is not my favor style or mixture of flavors I feel obligated to praise this beer. Given the type of beer the Griffin Brewery was going for, this is truly spectacular and a fine example of the style.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle. Pint glass. Enjoyed on jul´11. Amber color, clear appearance. Off-white, medium size bubbled crown. Good retention. Mildy malty, subtle floral & orange peel ,yeast & lemon hues to the nose. Sweet fruity flavor . Rich flavor & gentle hoppiness. Medium body, medium carbonation. Bitter finish. Tea-like & chocolate notes on the aftertaste. Excellent drinkability, pleasant ABV sensation. Well balanced flavors & aromas.

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4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a crystal clear amber to dark amber in color with some very light visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall light beige head that reduces to a thin and patchy layer over the entire surface of the beer with a much thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant lacing is observed.

S: The aroma is dominated by the caramel malt sweetness, with some lighter hints of toffee. There is a subtle almost grassy hint and just a touch of bitterness.

T: There is a really nice sweet malty body upfront with this beer, including caramel and toffee notes (including some almost butterscotch like hints as well). The beer has a nice light bitterness in the finish but it is not intense/aggressive or over the top.

M: Medium bodied with light amounts of carbonation. The carbonation is very gentle on the palate.

O: This beer is extremely easy to drink and very enjoyable. I remember putting down quite a few of these while I was watching some Premier League in a pub in London (quite a fond memory for me). The beer has enough complexity to not be a one note kind of and a very nice balance. Happy to have many of these in session and will have to get some of this again... Hopefully in London and on tap :)

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Fuller's ESB from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
91 out of 100 based on 2,571 ratings.