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Fuller's London Pride - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

Fuller's London PrideFuller's London Pride

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very good

1,773 Ratings

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Ratings: 1773
Reviews: 971
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 12.12%

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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North Carolina

3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear medium golden yellow in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation slowly rising from the bottom of the glass and some light apricot highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall foamy off-white head that quickly reduces to a medium sized patch of mottled very thin film and a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of biscuit malts with hints of caramel sweetness.

T: Upfront the beer is slightly sweet with a moderate flavor of biscuit malts and just a touch of caramel notes in the sweetness. Hints of butter and toffee with a light note of earthy hops which contribute a light amount of bitterness which fades pretty quickly.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Easy to drink and sessionable. Nice complexity of flavor and definitely one to enjoy again.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 01:39:50 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of ZS881107


3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - light amber/copper color. Poured with little head that quickly dissipated, with no lacing.
S - bready, slight Hop presence.
T - bread or biscuit flavor with mild hop presence.
M - smooth light carbonation, light on the palate as well
O - this is a great beer for the style, not my favorite but still decent

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 01:23:22 | More by ZS881107
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From an outdated bottle dated 16-May-13. Sampled on February 17, 2014.

The pour is caramel amber with a big, cream colored head that leaves a lot of lacing.

The aroma is of roasted caramel malts, toffee, sweetness, and mild hop notes.

The body is smooth, medium, and chewy.

The taste is not as sweet as the nose might suggest but it most definitely brings out a great roasted caramel flavor and a mild, pleasant hop finish.

I cut my teeth on this beer in my early days of exploring the world of beer back in the 1980's. Despite the fact that I was drinking it 9 months after its expiration date it held up beautifully and reminds me of how I always remembered it to be.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 23:56:57 | More by puboflyons
Photo of slusk


3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours a nice, bright copper with a fairly short lived 1-finger white head. A bit of lacing for what little head it has.

S: Mild but spicy hop aroma filters through the pear and lightly sweet caramel. There's a bit of bread crust but overall I don't get an overabundance of breadiness in this brew.

T: This brew finishes semi dry beer with a slight sweetness. There's a piney hop component that comes through with some bread crust and a mild pear flavor. It balances a bit to the bitter side but barely. I personally like the balance. It's bitterness is present but not overwhelming and has a low to medium low carbonation. The piney hop lingers in the aftertaste for a short time. The hop bitterness tends to intensify a wee bit as the glass warms.

M: light to medium body, not too thin. a bit more body than a pale ale I think.

O: This is one of my favorite brews. Overall it balances nicely. This beer will appeal to English IPA and brown ale lovers as it has some components of both but balances well enough to pick out these differences. As a fan of English ales, I'd give this one a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 01:11:45 | More by slusk
Photo of tmzl


3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Pours with a large, thick, off-white (orange hue) head. Mostly diminishing, medium thick layer on top sticks for the ride. Clear, medium carbonation, golden orange/amber (red hue) - hard to describe - good looking either way.

Smell: Pine, citrus, light noble hop and a relatively strong honey, caramel, sweetness. Also a bit floral. Subtle, complex enough and well balanced.

Taste: Pine and honey dominate. Starts surprisingly on a floral spike then goes in medium honey, caramel malt, sweet middle and ends with piney light/medium bitterness which lingers with honey sweetness for a while. Also some light metallic notes at start. A bit less of everything than in the smell.

Mouthfeel: Relatively fresh, medium, silky body. Medium/low carbonation.

Overall: Solid, smell is fun, taste a bit less, but a solid beer worth to have in your basement for random nonbeer-drinking friends.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2014 09:12:50 | More by tmzl
Photo of artoolemomo


3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up a decent amount of head which seems to have okay retention. The head is almost pure cotton white (there is a slight hint of off-white) while the body is a pale to medium amber which appears pale in the light. Considerable lacing has already been left behind.

Nose- Starts off with a blend of citrus and caramel that starts to fade into floral/perfume notes. A hint of soapiness. Light notes of bubblegum as the caramel starts to fade. Some brown bread from the malts which works well with the orange from the citrus. Touches of honey which are reinforced by swirling.

Taste- Pretty reflective of the nose but lacks some of the complexity. A very balanced and well integrated flavor profile of citrus, brown bread, caramel and biscuit. There is a slight earthiness with some chalk on the finish. Very English hops. Slight pine and resin. May not have a ton of presence but does what English beers do well- offer subtle but always interesting flavor profiles for very sessionable beers. Doesn't show any of the bubblegum of the nose but only hints at the honey and floral notes. A slight bit of spice on the finish, some pepper and a dash of coriander. Pretty much a solid, good beer. It can seem a little thin if you don't pay attention. Also seems to be a very good representation of the style.

Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied with some syrup to the texture. Appropriate amount of carbonation which lets a little bit of the smoothness through.

Drinkability- Very sessionable and very easygoing. Four bucks for 500 mL is a bit much for regular purchase but I could see myself buying this beer again.

Overall- Solid representation of the style and a simply good beer. Definitely worth a try and a good introduction to English beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 04:51:42 | More by artoolemomo
Photo of Captain_Komamura


4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - It is a dark amber color, with a decent head.

Smell - It is mostly a piney / hoppy smell , with some malts.

Taste - It is a nice balance of hoppy bitterness with the sweet malts.

Mouthfeel - It is a medium-bodied beer, with good carbonation.

Overall - It is a pretty good English pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 02:50:53 | More by Captain_Komamura
Photo of PaulyB83


4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by Oct. 19 2014

A- Pours a light amber with a nice clarity. Lots of tiny bubbles and a small slightly off-white head that dissipated to a ring quickly.

S- Nice mildly sweet malt, faint apple cider vinegar. I should be eating fish and chips with this.

T- Similar to nose, nice slight malty sweetness, some cracker malt. Faint apple/apple cider vinegar. Light English hops.

M- Crisp and light and very drinkable, could probably go for 5 pints of this stuff.

O- An amazing representation of an English bitter. Clean and refreshing. i do prefer Fuller's ESB to this one though.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 19:59:34 | More by PaulyB83
Photo of BWED


3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle poured into a tumbler.

A- Clear golden body, leaning toward amber. Head retains okay. Agitation produces a nice off white pad for a short time.

S- Biscuit malts. Slight caramel in the aroma. Very mild smell of earthy hops.

T- Mild grain and toasted malt flavor. A dry earthy hop flavor comes through.

M- Light and smooth. A slightly dry finish, but nice feel.

O- Decent. Light, drinkable, like any solid English pub beer. Nothing spectacular in my mind, though.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 19:46:35 | More by BWED
Photo of bennyguns


4.61/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

When I was first offered this ale at a Bar in Dubai I was a little skeptical. I felt that the bartender was being forced to sell the beer so they can get rid of it. However after she assured me it was new to them and she just wanted to promote it I gave it a shot. I was very surprised to say the least. First the bottle this ale comes in was nothing short of classy. It gave me the feeling that I was drinking at an old english pub. Then as the bartender filled my glass the color was the next thing that caught my attention. Its a beautiful reddish brown. Im not overly familiar with European beers so maybe most of their ales have this same color and reddish hue to it. Its exactly the kind of color I see on TV shows when they are depicting ales on your favorite sitcom. I really didnt believe that color truely existed until I saw this ale. After she filled my glass and I was done admiring the color I went for the first taste. I have been duped by beers before that come with excellent presentation but leave a less than desirable taste in my mouth. So I decided not to expect much. Boy was I wrong. This beer taste better than it looks. It is exactly the flavor I would look for in an Ale that looks this good. Not only that but the smell as I drank it was a stark contrast to the flavour of the beer. The smell is very sweet. It almost reminds of a camarel covered chocolate. The taste while bitter is very smooth on the pallete. Overall I would say this beer is very well balanced. It is now one of my favorites and should be on everyones list to try.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 13:47:17 | More by bennyguns
Photo of djura


3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got it from somewhere,Bulgaria i think. It is 0.5l bottle,so it imported beer,out of U.K.

A - Clear nice reddish color,few bubbles with decent one finger tick creamy white foam.
S - Haze,honey mostly. With some malt.
T/M - Very drinkable. Low carbonation,sweet high bitter aftertaste.

O - Good ale,highly drinkable with decent aroma.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 11:42:08 | More by djura
Photo of Ron860

New Jersey

4.79/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I really enjoy drinking this fine brew. I've also had it on tap while I was visiting London a few times. This one is sort of in a class all by itself... it has just about the right balance of everything.

Appearance - A slightly hazy amber color with light carbonation, poured with a nice 6 mm head that diminished ever so slowly... although I may have consumed it too fast to truly tell. Left a considerable amount of lacing around the glass. The overall appearance is very inviting.

Smell - Sweet malty aroma with a hint of hops. Can almost imagine I sense some barreled oak
with a mix of fruits and flowers as well. No citrus is evident.

Taste - Difficult to tell but I do sense a hint of vanilla and some berries on the aftertaste. Whatever it is... it is quite good!

Mouthfeel - Just about perfect. Extremely smooth beer that went down begging for more. Would definitely go very well with an order of fish-n-chips or a sheppard's pie!

Overall - Please don't pass this one up if you have the opportunity. It is very well crafted and has earned it's right to stand amongst the very finest ales in the world!

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 21:57:46 | More by Ron860
Photo of superspak


4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into pint glass, best before 12/22/2013. Moderate gusher upon opening. Pours slightly cloudy deep golden amber color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of caramel, toffee, pear, apple, grape, biscuit, toast, floral, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with very well balanced malt, hop, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toffee, toast, pear, apple, grape, biscuit, floral, grass, herbal, light pine, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, pear, apple, grape, biscuit, toast, floral, grass, herbal, light pine, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a god bit. Very well balanced and moderately robust malt, yeast, and hop flavors; with a moderately crisp malt/hop balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a lightly creamy, smooth, and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 4.7%. Overall this is a damn nice English pale ale! All around good balance and robustness of flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 21:38:39 | More by superspak
Photo of Mojo


3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

bottle poured into New Belgium globe glass

A - clear gold with a quickly fading off white head, not much lacing.

S - earthy notes, citrus, and pine

T - malt forward with a slight metallic taste and a mild hop finish

M - kind of thin and metallic

O - decent but not memorable

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 04:31:23 | More by Mojo
Photo of BEERMILER12


3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Best Before 08 APR 14

A: Pours an amber color with a little over a fingers worth of head that fades down to a nice cap after a few minutes

S: A good deal of pale and caramel malts with a nice fruity presence that lends some apple, grape, and other aromas

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the maltiness up front, followed by the complex fruitiness. Goes into some bread and butter notes and well as some mustiness as it nears the finish, which is fairly clean with a light bitterness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A very fine English Pale Ale, and one that could most certainly be the benchmark for the style. Extremely easy to drink with a coy complexity. Definitely worth trying if you're into English ales

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 04:13:46 | More by BEERMILER12
Photo of UKFlorida


4.7/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Well rounded, malty and bitter without being overdone. Bursting with flavour - particularly for a 4.7%. Full taste whilst sessionable - hard to beat. The live cask ale draught is a 4.1% and even better, but bottle conditioned is a close second. Both are made at the Griffin Brewery in Chiswick (West London) where the brewery and company have a long, proud history.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 21:07:37 | More by UKFlorida
Photo of barczar


4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant golden orange with a frothy cream head that dissipates slowly, leaving spotty lacing.

Aroma is floral, fruity esters, and nutty, with hints of caramel and toasted malt. Smells rich and buttery, and almost like a very grainy whole wheat bread.

Flavor follows suit, with fruit underlying a toasted, grainy bread backbone, accompanied by diacetyl, finishing floral and a touch bitter. The balance is toward the fruity character. Minerally notes surface as it warms.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation and light alcohol warmth.

Great, rich malt character, and the hops balance nicely, but don't overwhelm. The diacetyl complements the malt backbone well. The fruit character was stronger than I recall.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 16:54:06 | More by barczar
Photo of atr2605

New York

3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-pours a clear copper color with an off white head with decent retention and leaves some nice lacing
S-slightly sweet with a hint fruitiness
T-more sweetness up front followed by a great hop bitterness that balances the beer out and finishes clean
M-medium-light bodied
O-easy drinking straight forward brew. Great session beer

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 00:13:37 | More by atr2605
Photo of JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked this beer up in Totowa last week, having never had this before. Loved the old-school look and the heaviness of the bottle, as well as the "best before" date on the bottom of the back. This seemed like one of the classics and after finally giving this a go, I can say that this was something I should have had a long time ago. Nothing about it blew me away but but when it comes to quintessential English beers, there isn't a better example than this!

Good pour to this, with a fairly deep apricot hue, present but not overpowering head, and just a bit of lacing that slowly slid down the sides of my pint glass. Not a terribly strong aroma to accompany this but there was some tea and a hint of earthy hops. More of that could be picked up in the taste, along with some earl grey, floral notes, mild sweetness, and a slight metallic twinge in the aftertaste. Just the right amount of carbonation to go with a slick and almost buttery mouthfeel. I was amazed how easily this went down for a beer that never felt or tasted weak and this reminded me of the ESB when it came to the balance the consistency of it.

Even though I only bought one bottle of this, I could have downed a few in a sitting. This had "session" written all over it (not literally) and thankfully, all of the ingredients were British. I say that because it's hard for me to picture something not along the lines of Boddington's or Bass but had a nice niche all of it's own. While not like their American counterparts, this fell into a style that I could easily enjoy and even love. Beers like this are a classic for reason - no one would ever want to see this change. A must-try for anyone looking to find a new session Ale that feels like an old friend.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 06:36:24 | More by JerzDevl2000
Photo of gueuzeonhigh


3.51/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer provided a "tight" flavor-- hops commingled with a sprite of malt.
I want to use the term "dry" although the ABV is not particularly high.
The mouthfeel was a lively combination of bitter hops and effervescence to create a life on the finish.
Overall this beer is spot on its style with a satisfying combination of hops malt and flavor robustness.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2013 23:35:08 | More by gueuzeonhigh
Photo of scotorum


4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into an Alchemist shaker pint.

a: Clear deep amber topped by a finger thick white head which declined to even surface foam and spotty lacing.

s: Malt.

t: Caramel malt up front balanced by some hop bite. Very tasty.

m: Moderate with good body.

o: A fine English ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 02:33:16 | More by scotorum
Photo of beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours with a short-lived white head over golden liquid with just a hint of redness in it. Nose is weakly malty, very clean though. Taste is somewhat on the light side, a lightly malty start with a slight but pleasant hoppiness. All in all it adds up to a very easy to drink English pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 00:21:55 | More by beerluvr
Photo of dar482

New York

4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a clear orange amber. A light reddish gold. It has a finger of

The aroma has floral and earthy hops and a big bready malt. It’s not a big nose, but a bit hoppy with lots of toasty caramel malt. Toasty white bread.

The flavor follows with an easy drinking light bready malt along with some yeasty flavor. There’s earthy bitterness on the end. It’s quite drying. Reading about this, as it warms, but it definitely gets a lot better. The fruity notes start coming through with slight pear and apple. The grassy notes are stronger along with that complex touch of the toasty, biscuity malt.

The body is clean and light.

At under 5%, this is a really one of the best session ales I’ve had. It surely would pair well with many heavy meals as well as chicken. Pleasantly surprised and impressed.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 04:53:03 | More by dar482
Photo of Cyrion


4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic pint. Best before 2 Feb 2014. Not saving any for a groundhog.

Appearance: Dull, dark gold with lots of carbonation. The 2-inch off-white head disappears inside five minutes. Decent lacing.

Aroma: At fridge temperature, there's not much to work with- a faint sweet smell with earthy hops. As the beer warms, toast and raisin develops with some delicate hops.

Taste: When cold, this is a mild and inoffensive beer, with a slight bitterness on the back of the tongue. When warmer (50 degrees) the character of the pale ale appears and the style is more in line with a pale ale.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and light. Almost a soda effervescence.

Overall: Do not drink this cold. It needs some air and warmth to do its thing. It's an English ale, so no real surprise, right? I really expected a little more malt, but for what it is, it's a tasty session beer that appeals to a wide audience. Me likes.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 02:25:01 | More by Cyrion
Photo of IchLiebeBier


3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Amber; honey-like; medium head

Aroma: Malty; sweet; dried fruit; hints of tea

Taste: Malty; creamy on start; semi-sweet in mid and finish; not much bitterness, but nutty aftertaste; quite good

Remarks: Good session beer

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 13:23:42 | More by IchLiebeBier
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Fuller's London Pride from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
89 out of 100 based on 1,773 ratings.