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Fuller's ESB - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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2,426 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,426
Reviews: 1,264
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 81
Gots: 131 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

caljzy, Sep 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Griffith, Sep 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Bluegrass49, Sep 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

pasjc2001, Sep 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Smanke, Sep 20, 2014
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4.24/5  rDev +4.2%

Mgordon42, Sep 19, 2014
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4.15/5  rDev +2%

Brams17, Sep 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

marley2112, Sep 18, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev -6.6%

Beer-Logy, Sep 15, 2014
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3.6/5  rDev -11.5%

Yalcin, Sep 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

mralphabet, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of barczar
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%

Pours a brilliant deep copper with a lingering frothy cream head. Floral and lightly fruity notes counter a light caramel malt backbone in the aroma. Very perfumey. Flavor echoes the aroma, with a toasted finish, which becomes bitter in the aftertaste.

barczar, Sep 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

tally, Sep 14, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

Basoos1, Sep 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

DutchcdnTEXAN, Sep 13, 2014
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4.29/5  rDev +5.4%

DemoniChris, Sep 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

bandoneon, Sep 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

zestar, Sep 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

everythingiszen, Sep 09, 2014
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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
Photo of bristol2120
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%

Feel_the_Darkness, Sep 07, 2014
Fuller's ESB from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
91 out of 100 based on 2,426 ratings.