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Fuller's ESB - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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2,343 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,343
Reviews: 1,256
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 73
Gots: 107 | 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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Ratings: 2,343 | Reviews: 1,256 | Display Reviews Only:
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BeerArchivist

California

5/5  rDev +22.9%

11-18-2011 05:53:06 | More by BeerArchivist
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jujigatame

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.7%

11-18-2011 03:40:41 | More by jujigatame
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aanth

California

3/5  rDev -26.3%

11-18-2011 03:26:48 | More by aanth
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goalie33

New York

5/5  rDev +22.9%

11-17-2011 20:57:22 | More by goalie33
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codynevels

California

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

11-17-2011 18:53:49 | More by codynevels
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freewill35

Indiana

4/5  rDev -1.7%

11-17-2011 08:33:37 | More by freewill35
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ChrisPro

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -14%

11-17-2011 04:01:10 | More by ChrisPro
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IPAaron

Virginia

5/5  rDev +22.9%

11-17-2011 03:02:57 | More by IPAaron
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

11-16-2011 02:05:18 | More by bpfrush
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RyanPS

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.7%

11-16-2011 01:01:59 | More by RyanPS
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ElGallo

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +22.9%

11-15-2011 19:39:09 | More by ElGallo
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derricksmalls

Virginia

4/5  rDev -1.7%

11-15-2011 11:22:34 | More by derricksmalls
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Lawnboy33

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +22.9%

11-15-2011 05:46:27 | More by Lawnboy33
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pzymali

Illinois

3/5  rDev -26.3%

11-15-2011 03:51:38 | More by pzymali
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Elfastball7

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +22.9%

11-15-2011 02:36:46 | More by Elfastball7
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IpeeA

Missouri

5/5  rDev +22.9%

11-15-2011 02:36:41 | More by IpeeA
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nanobrew

California

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

11-14-2011 18:52:04 | More by nanobrew
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celticfutblclub

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +22.9%

11-14-2011 13:24:52 | More by richbrew
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JohnWaynes44

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

11-13-2011 01:25:09 | More by JohnWaynes44
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greenborn

California

4.55/5  rDev +11.8%

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.

11-12-2011 20:49:36 | More by greenborn
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gc4hokies

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev -1%

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.

11-11-2011 00:27:36 | More by gc4hokies
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hoptualBrew

Florida

4.22/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

11-08-2011 03:47:11 | More by hoptualBrew
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evlu1441

Alberta (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +1.5%

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!

11-07-2011 03:02:02 | More by evlu1441
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RomaniIteDomum

Florida

4.35/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

11-04-2011 19:45:30 | More by RomaniIteDomum
Fuller's ESB from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
91 out of 100 based on 2,343 ratings.