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Fuller's London Pride - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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very good

1,900 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,900
Reviews: 977
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.15%
Wants: 62
Gots: 93 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-01-2001)
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2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

05-24-2014 22:24:39 | More by onlymurderers
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New Brunswick (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

04-10-2012 01:27:23 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
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Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

02-23-2013 06:53:06 | More by yancot
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2.75/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

We just got back from London, and I didn't drink this beer while in the UK. However, we did see the brewery. We didn't do a tour, but saw it while driving from the airport to our hotel. It was neat, and Sheryl got a good picture of the building. It would make sense that we would drink a London Pride while in London… but we didn't. I had a TON of cider, though. I am becoming a cider guy, that's for sure. But since this is their most popular beer, I am excited to try it. Let's drink!

In the Glass: It looks like a pale ale in the glass. There are some things floating in the glass… not sure what that is, but a lot of sediment is sinking to the bottom. Hope that doesn't affect the flavor of the beer.

Nose: Not much aroma here. What is there is nothing more than a faint bitter aroma. Nothing to write home about.

Flavor: The flavor isn't that impressive, either. However, it is perfectly balanced. There isn't a lot of bitterness, and the hop character is very muted. When they say you should drink this with a London pub lunch… I totally get it. The bangers and mash would go perfectly with this beer. I wonder what this would taste like on cask. Nearly every beer in England was pull.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is basic. There isn't much going on, not much carbonation, and it's a pretty boring, yet very drinkable beer. We are drinking this ice cold, and I am sure that helps with the smoothness, but even when swishing it around in my mouth, the bubbles aren't obvious.

Aftertaste: The aftertaste is the best part about this beer. It's incredible, and sticks around for a long time. I am talking several minutes after you swallow. I can totally see why this is the most popular beer in the UK.

I am not sure I would order this… or if bars here even carry this. But the next time I am in the UK, you can bet I order some bangers and mash and a pint of London Pride. Bottoms up, people!

Fuller's London Pride - The bottle says: "Fuller's London Pride is an award-winning English classic premium beer, rich and smooth, with a good malty base and well-developed hop notes in the finish. The Griffin Brewery in Chiswick, London has been brewing fine beers since 1650. The Fuller, Smith & Turner partnership, dating back to 1845, brews an excellent range of award-winning beers, many of which are available in the USA, including London Pride premium and the world's original ESB. I hope you will enjoy trying all our fine beers."

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 18:28:37 | More by rickyleepotts
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2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

08-21-2013 01:04:03 | More by beernads
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2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

04-30-2014 05:08:36 | More by illeagle05
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2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

05-21-2014 04:49:27 | More by JoeMans
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2.78/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - this Fuller's pours a true lager brown with a 1/2 a finger of head, which tranforms to a lace in under a minute

S - this Fuller's has a slight white grape aroma, with the typical hops.malt aromas

T - this brew has an uncomplicated flavor arrangerment, its sweet but otherwise unidentifiable

M - pretty average, warm and smooth

D - high, with a refreshing bitter twang at the end

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2006 05:03:40 | More by sinstaineddemon
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2.8/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Reviewed on a plane at 39,000 feet. 12 oz can, best by 09 April 08, accompanied by warm nuts.

Flight attendant sprayed me with the foam when it opened. Poured into a room temperature short round glass. Great head, captivating with dense foam with some pockets. Maintained at a height of several fingers. Very clear, a definitely rose hue keeps pace with the amber shade. Great lacing on the sides.

The smell is a complex blend of peppery hops and biscuity malts. The can notes 3 hop varieties (target, challenger, northdown) -- very multidimensional profile with pepper, grass, and pine.

Taste is balanced as expected, although not as strong as I'd anticipated. Dry throughout until the finish, good use of bittering hops. An off-note lurks, tastes like corn or other adjunct and imparts an unnatural spooky tone. Thin on taste.

Body is as light as can be, low carbonation makes the off-flavor worse.

Could be fine at a pub but don't examine it too closely. Goes great with salted cashews. Has its ups and downs, in the end I'm neutral about having another. Will switch to Glenlivet for the remainder of the flight.

Serving type: can

01-27-2008 21:36:15 | More by semihobo
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2.8/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am not a fan of London's beer overall. Most of the beer tasted flat (this one for example). The flavors are also somewhat bland.

A: Thin film of splotchy head and golden brown color with moderate lacing.
S: Almost completely lacking any distinct smell other than a hint of grain.
T: Cream hoppy start with a very bitter finish on the tongue. the bitterness will tame as you drink the beer.
M: Light body with little carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2007 16:00:52 | More by smcreator
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United Kingdom (England)

2.9/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from cask to an imperial pint glass.

Copper pushing toward nutty in color.

Little to no head.

Mellow but good. A general standard for an English cask ale - nothing terribly noticeable... just generally good all around. Sets a baseline.

Cask serving leaves it somewhat lifeless in terns of carbonation and fizz... but that is to be expected. Slightly livelier when served from a 50cl bottle.

Serving type: cask

12-02-2011 19:38:49 | More by ultrasupergenius
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New Jersey

2.9/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear copper brew. A small head, scattering dots of lacing.

S - Malt and an earthy hop. Simple, but pleasant.

T - Slightly sweet, with a slight wooded taste with a minuscule sour bite. Aftertaste is a little odd with some weird earthen flavor and a bit of a bland wood.

M - Watery, a little harsh and a little drying.

D - Not awful, but not great either. I could see why it would be easy to drink a half dozen of these with some british pub food, but I'd rather drink something else.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 05:49:48 | More by mrasskicktastic
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2.93/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a ton of carbonation, making for a big fluffy white head. Not much in in the way of aroma. A hoppy, spicy beer, and surprisingly clean tasting for an English ale. Pours as clear as most pilsners -- where's the yeast? (This is obviously not a bottle-conditioned ale.) Almost reminds of a little bit of the last Pilsner Urquell I had -- but his is supposed to be an ale, right? A good beer, but lacking some of the traits of other English beers from other breweries I Iike -- Young's or Adnam's, for example -- the mouthfeel, body and fruitiness contributed by the yeast. A bit of a dispointment in terms of the style but is good for impersonating a nice spicy pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2005 01:33:36 | More by marcobrau
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2.93/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear, deep golden with a big frothy head. Rings of lacing are stuck like glue all around the glass. Very nice

S: Not much here, malt, maybe some honey. Smells almost like an amped up BMC beer.

T: Malty up front, some bubble gum and honey flavors, and then some delicate hop flavor in the finish. Overall the flavor is sort of flat.

M: Medium body with light carbonation. Smooth and slick texture.

D: Great appearance and mouthfeel, but the smell and taste leave something to be desired. Overall, this gets a "meh" rating from me.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2006 20:51:00 | More by klewis
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United Kingdom (England)

2.93/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fuller's London Pride, a heavily marketed reasonable ale aimed at the masses. Probably a beer that was in its day memorable but now a beer that is close to bland. Certainly better than keg bitters, but equally not worth a special trip for. It's a beer that I will happily drink unless there is something better on the next pump, and sadly for Fullers, there often is.

Serving type: cask

07-14-2006 22:10:50 | More by GallowsOak
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2.95/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Medium-copper body with excellent clarity. Head is virtually non-existant with just a smattering of foam in my straight-side Libby pint glass. Large fish-eye bubbles cling to the inside of the glass from top to bottom...soap? grease? This beer certainly deserves a better presentation than this...

Aroma: Acidic nose with malt-vinegar undertones.

Taste: A true English-malt dominated brew made the classic style...just a hint of hops (fuggles?) in the finish.

Mouthfeel: A virtually flat beer with a thin slippery presence.

Drinkability: A dependable English PA...best paired with an order of Fish-n-Chips.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2004 20:34:39 | More by IceAce
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New York

2.95/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Color was amber with barely any head. Not much in the way of aroma, I thought that were would be a more noticeable hop aroma. Honestly the beer tasted a little watered down, more so that normal cask beers. The most prominent taste that came through was the challenger hops.

Serving type: cask

04-17-2010 06:07:26 | More by anneseg
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2.98/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500 mL can into a conical pint glass.

An attractive, dim gold colour. Just shy of 2 fingers of head.

Smell is faintly sweet, and rather light, but has the presence of a certain scent that I can't quite describe. "Soapy"?

Taste was mild. A basic "beer" taste. Mild carbonation.

Pale Ales are not my thing, but, overall, this beer is not too off-putting to me.

Serving type: can

09-20-2013 00:53:46 | More by The-Jolly-Imbiber
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2.98/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This beer is rather hyped up so I guess the question is why?

Well, the appearance is pretty generic. A nice orange color, head doesn't last and not lacing. The aroma really gives of a good bit of cereal malt sweetness and a hint of tea perhaps from the hops.

The flavor is rather complex...extremely so. I really like the yeast that fullers uses. There is a certain fruity flavor it gives off that is really nice. From there the malt is grainy and the hops are well English (BTW the big difference in american an english pales and ipas is often said to be the amount of hops. This is wrong. It is the TYPES of hops!) and frankly I just can't get excited for English hops. They just aren't for me.

Easy drinking beer with a LOT going on.

I love how complex this beer is. I really won't bother trying to put words to the flavors. The thing is I'm somewhat indifferent all and all on this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 02:42:57 | More by bobhits
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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

08-31-2013 16:46:14 | More by TheBrk
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -24.1%

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

04-03-2012 06:28:46 | More by traumaqueen
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3/5  rDev -24.1%

07-01-2012 19:22:58 | More by Cooper
Fuller's London Pride from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
89 out of 100 based on 1,900 ratings.