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Fuller's ESB - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,550 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,550
Reviews: 1,280
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 93
Gots: 178 | 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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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My 1st bottle using a mug :

Look : Copper. Served in a mug without a coating!

Smell : Sour but slightly fruity.

Taste : Smooth with a perfect crisp.

Feel : Rich and hoppy.

Overall : Fully bodied beer with well balanced flavors. Truly a blast to drink!

Photo of ejh06752
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of infinitebruner
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

January 4, 2015

11.2 oz bottle, English dimpled pint glass

A – Dark gold to copper, high clarity, some small bubbles rising. About two inches of thick, luscious foam sits on top, mildly craggy, with very high retention. I’ll have a mustache after my first sip.

S – A toasty, toffee wave with just the slightest impression of peat in the foam. Hop aroma is mild floral, a lot of hop bitterness on the nose, a slight bite. Very malty upfront though.

T – Damn, that’s good. Strong malt presence of light caramel and toast, incredibly smooth, with a touch of fruity esters, apples and pears. Floral hops are present in the second wave, and bitterness is strong but provides a backbone for the malt. The finish carries for a long time.

M – Very sudsy, high carbonation, but thick and full on the tongue. Malt provides flavor without a ton of sweetness, and/or the bitterness is in great balance.

O – One of my great regrets is spending a week in England and not taking full advantage of the pubs, and/or not taking note of the experiences I did have. As such, I expect my foray into British beers to be eye-opening, and to only strengthen my regret. And what a start! This ESB is sublime, the perfect pint to quaff on a hot day or to put down next to a warm fire. Consider me blown away.

Photo of wow209
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DeanBB
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tekstr1der
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours gold-amber with thin white head. Toffee and malt in the nose and flavor. Well-balanced with a mild stylistic bitterness on the finish.

Photo of Thomas0790
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of asmangat
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zimmee66
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JackieKu
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of majorbase2
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, radiant amber color with a small off white foam head. Dissipates quickly. Good amount of visible carbonation. Small amount of lacing around the edges.

The aroma comes through mid-pour. Good deal of fruitiness detected. Upon bringing the beer to the nose, the fruitiness has faded and given way to subtle dark fruit, and some caramel malt. A little bit of roasted malt.

The fruitiness returns in the taste, with a hint of tropical as well as dark fruits. Some grainy malts come through as well, forming a nice combo with the fruit. As it warms a little nuttiness comes through. Excellent touch. A very well balanced beer.

Light bodied. Super easy to drink. Might be one of my new go-to's. Well carbonated.

Overall, a supremely easy to drink beer. Strongly recommend.

Photo of themagickallife
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Quafftastic
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tedvr
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Supra97
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of andyjeigh
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of atone315
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Phoodcritic
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ConradKenney
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DavidSomers
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of InVinoVeritas
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of nimski
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of rockernino
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of velezgerena
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Fuller's ESB from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
91 out of 100 based on 2,550 ratings.