Fuller's ESB - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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2.93/5 rDev -28%
Wanted to try this for awhile, as I was thinking of brewing an ESB in the near future. Now I am on the fence again. Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into my tulip glass. Nice appearance with a clear amber body and small, whitish head which left some nice lacing in the glass. Just a bit of hop bitterness (kind of generic hop bitterness) on the nose. It also had a bit of the wet cardboard funk on the nose as well... glad it didn't show up in the taste. They definitely hit the bitterness just right (I like bitter), and the overall taste was just a bit grassy and light. Nice, light, easy-drinking mouthfeel. Quite refreshing to the palate on a hot afternoon. Bit lacking in flavor overall, though I am not sure if this is the style or the Fuller'. From my understanding ESB should be a little lighter and straightforward... what can I say, I am a big IPA fan! This was an ok beer. Probably a nice beer to offer to someone who is not a craft drinker who wants to try something a little different from their everyday BMC beers.
07-27-2014 14:05:50 | More by Mikus
4/5 rDev -1.7%
I had this in an American sized pint glass (yes, I know not a true 16 oz like the English) but hey still the same shape).
The appearance was a hazy burnt orange to brown color with a one finger white foamy head that died within about a minute leaving some light lacing here and there sticking nicely to the glass.
The smell had a real deep sweet earthy English maltiness with fairly decent nutty notes.
The taste was mainly the same and it leaves a deep fullness on my tongue which leads to a fairly simple yet smooth fulfilling quality running about my tongue and mouth.
Overall, in my opinion, this sets the standard for ESB's. Of course, I would have this again.
07-24-2014 08:42:56 | More by SitkaSteve
Fuller's ESB from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
91 out of 100 based on 2,337 ratings.