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Fuller's ESB - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,443 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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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 JamesMN
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 3/12/15.

Appearance: Subdued caramel color with brilliant clarity. Some effervescence making its way from the bottom of the pint glass to the thin layer of off-white foam on top.

Aroma: Stone fruits and sweet apricot. Different than I was expecting.

Taste: It starts with a nice blend of lightly bready malt and smooth low end hop bitterness. The hop character comes out more with each sip and reveals sweet hearty fruit flavors, apricot, date, etc. The overall bitterness builds over time and reaches a moderate level, maybe like 35 IBUs. The finish is a little muted but transitions to an aftertaste in which the bitterness builds slowly and then fades along with the fruity hop character. A lot of flavor and never watery, which is impressive at 5.9% ABV.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with a smooth feel but enough carbonation that it is never tepid. Good drinkability.

Final Thoughts: I had I expectations going in to this one based on Fuller's other offerings. My expectations were met by this ESB. With all the up-and-coming breweries these days it's nice to drink a beer with a history spanning several generations. Would I drink it again? Yes.

JamesMN, Oct 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

dipso123, Oct 19, 2014
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2.95/5  rDev -27.5%

Giu, Oct 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

handpullme, Oct 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

maltmate_, Oct 15, 2014
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3/5  rDev -26.3%

kofukasho, Oct 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

mattycasey, Oct 14, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

dougieboy, Oct 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Florya, Oct 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Jeff_Benson, Oct 13, 2014
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4.16/5  rDev +2.2%

Lahiggy, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of decksorto
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%

decksorto, Oct 10, 2014
Photo of gutbucket2
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

Bottle. A: amber, quickly subsiding head.
S: plums, raisins, caramel.
T: fruit and caramel, appropriate bitterness.
M: rather thin, plenty of fizz.
O: Could be improved by secondary fermentation in the bottle.

gutbucket2, Oct 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Jtrigonis, Oct 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

kotzbauerm, Oct 09, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

Zorora, Oct 08, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +3.2%

Bp123, Oct 08, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

GregStoner, Oct 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

pwdiamond, Oct 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

MCImes, Oct 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

factoide, Oct 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

jsurfs82, Oct 07, 2014
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4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

0,5 l bottle into a pint glass. Clear pale amber color, two finger white head that fades quickly, ample lacing. Smell is light and fresh, malt and caramel with a hint of nut.

Taste is light and crisp, fruity, malty and nutty with some caramel and toffee notes. Floral hops rise up in the end with a slight bitterness to balance the taste. Light body and mouthfeel, stingy medium carbonation, very drinkable.

Overall light but flavorful. I could easily have another after finishing the first one.

JTuomi, Oct 04, 2014
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4.6/5  rDev +13%

CTague, Oct 01, 2014
Fuller's ESB from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
89 out of 100 based on 2,443 ratings.