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Fuller's ESB - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,382 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,382
Reviews: 1,259
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 75
Gots: 118 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -14%

gelasin, Sep 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Tafyob41, Sep 08, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

Was motivated to try this after tasting Beer Camp There and Back ESB in order to get a read on what a classic ESB should drink like. Hey, the label even says it's the ESB by which all others are judged.
Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle with best by date of 4/17/15. Nice offwhite head eventually settles down leaving a decent amount of lacing. The beer itself is a very nice deep orange copper. Nose is slightly less prominent than expected. What is there is pleasant enough with malt and hops detectable in equal measure.
Taste has a slight hoppy spiciness to it along with a solid malt foundation. On the negative side, there is also a steady presence of what I can only describe as a "wet dog" character lurking in the background that really takes away from the rest of this beer. I don't have a great deal of experience with this style so I am not sure whether this is a typical trait. Mouthfeel is very smooth with a nice level of carbonation.
Overall, this is a really solid effort that sadly is marred by those odd notes in the taste.

bristol2120, Sep 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

trxxpaxxs, Sep 07, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +8.1%

Amber color. Pleasing malty aroma. Light carbonation. Slight hop bitterness is present, but this is dominated by the slightly sweet malts. Excellent body. Wonderful bitter, even considering this was the USA import version rather than the cask version. Very nice malty finish with some hops presence. Interesting fact: English Bitter, despite the name, is not particularly bitter. All of the American bitters I have tasted thus far are too hoppy to be a true English-style bitter.

MNAle, Sep 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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Idrankthat, Sep 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Aeroscorp, Sep 05, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +3.2%

Ddekalb0122, Sep 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Sellen, Sep 04, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

Elicoleman, Sep 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

dvanhandel, Sep 01, 2014
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5/5  rDev +22.9%

dwaynelking, Sep 01, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

allenson21, Sep 01, 2014
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4.19/5  rDev +2.9%

Declanmeehan, Sep 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

A: poured into a nonic pint to a clear golden copper hue with a small white head that fades quickly
S: smells of fruity esters, caramel and some juicy hops
T: taste is caramel malts, fruity esters, and some slightly floral hops. swallow is a nice lingering floral bitterness with a little more caramel malts
M: this beer sits at the lighter side of medium on the palate with soft carbonation and a refreshing finish
O: very well made and this beer has no apparent faults. very drinkable and a great example of the style.

SHODriver, Aug 30, 2014
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4.16/5  rDev +2.2%

steverx8, Aug 30, 2014
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davercomeau, Aug 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

jbertsch, Aug 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Andrew041180, Aug 29, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

jordanimal, Aug 26, 2014
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3/5  rDev -26.3%

Cramshawbar, Aug 26, 2014
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5/5  rDev +22.9%

drsaaron, Aug 24, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

one4thegutter, Aug 23, 2014
Fuller's ESB from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
91 out of 100 based on 2,382 ratings.