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Fuller's London Pride - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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2,073 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,073
Reviews: 989
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 71
Gots: 163 | 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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Photo of joecast
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

clear golden amber color. low carbonation. not much head o it, just a few bubbles trying vainly to cover the beer.

malty sweetness is the main contributor with some floral hops in the background. fairly pleasant but maybe the hops have faded somewhat. best before is still about six months away though so not sure.

yeah pretty standard epa stuff. nice and full malt character but slightly lacking in hop profile. hm
funny, the more i think about it, the more i think its very finely balanced. cant pick what i would change to improve it as far as malt/hop flavor/hop bitterness. messing with one would change this beer quite a bit.

doesnt take long to polish off a half litre of this stuff. there is still something about it thats not quite right and i cant put my finger off it. probably needs a fresher hop aroma which i suppose the trip down here wouldnt help. other than that, very enjoyable.

joecast, Mar 27, 2009
Photo of beerbuddah
3.2/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

got this from a can from LCBO. Best before date on bottom says Dec - 11 - 09, but I had to check it once or twice to make sure. Poured this into a mug.

A - at first, a nice foamy head of about a half inch. This quickly disappears. It appears a light amber color.

S - the smells is of hops, a bit of sweetness, maybe honey.

T - Hmmm. very watery, some bready notes, as well as the slight bitterness near the end. it's crisp.

M - too watery. no carbonation to speak of. My pour was not aggressive, but the head was gone and there was no bubbles coming up through the beer at all. Looked as though it had been sitting for some time. Don't know if this was the style of beer, or just the can, wrong glassware, or a bad pour??

D - not great. would not have another of these.

Might possibly try this beer again from a bottle, or on tap, to see if there's a difference in the carbonation and mouthfeel. Otherwise, this was slightly disappointing for the title 'England's Finest Premium Ale".

beerbuddah, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of tigg924
2.65/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: amber, small head, no carbonation

Smell: malts, bread, and honey

Taste: a very malty/bready start followed by a slight hop finish

Mouthfeel: smooth light and a slight bitter finish

Drinkability: Not for me. This beer has two dimensions, but kind of fizzles. I will not be having this one again

tigg924, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of MillySox
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An easy going copper ale with a sticky white head. Smells malty and a little sweet. Exceptional crystal malt flavor in a delicate balance with English hops. Light in flavor and feel. It would be very easy to drink large quantity of these. Nothing overwhelming about this beer. A quintessential English pub beer.

MillySox, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of GClarkage
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

02/18/09- Purchased at Draegers in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 16.9oz bottle with a best by date printed on the back label. Poured into my 20oz Pizza Port glass.

Appearance- Bronze-orange colored pour. About a 1/2 inch lightly creamy head forms upon pour. Very slight rim left over for the duration. Leaves some trails and lines of lace behind.

Smell- Nothing that really sets your nose on fire, but a nice light nose of toasted malts and english style hops.

Taste- Very well rounded beer. Freshly toasted malt combined with what seems like a combo of american and english hops. Kinda of earthy in flavor. I know it's strickly english hops, but it doesn't have that distinct flavor I am used to.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, not creamy, but the perfect amount of carbonation. Really no lingering aftertaste.

Drinkability- I'm liking these English beers I am having lately. Super easy to drink and flavorful. Could drink these all day.

GClarkage, Feb 19, 2009
Photo of Lambstrong
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden copper color with a thick white creamy head. Good head retention and good lacing.

Aroma: Malty aroma. Sweet smelling.

Taste: Somewhat bitter twangy initial flavor followed by a nice malty finish. I picked up slight vanilla notes.

Mouthfeel: Excellent mouthfeel. Somewhat chewy and substantial.

Lambstrong, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of GJ40
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 1 pint, 9 oz bottled with a best by date of Jul 19, 09.

A - Golden with excellent clarity and a moderate head that dissipates quickly.

S - A slightly fruity aroma with peach and apricot. A little yeast comes through as well.

T - Bready and biscuity with a hint of fruit and a very faint bitterness. Clean and very nice.

M - Moderate consistency and low carbonation. It has a real cask feel even though it comes from a bottle.

D - A perfectly balanced and extremely drinkable session beer that makes me long for London and the Churchill Arms (see my avatar).

GJ40, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of webbcreative
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours an amber color. i got a 1 finger head, with moderate lacing. smells or sweet malt, and some hops, kinda earthy. Tastes bready,has a pretty good carbonation. Getting a bit of bitterness but its okay here. little fruity, this is a pretty smooth drink for me. would LOVE to give this one a try on tap. im really liking this one the more i drink it! This brew, at the present time, is my favorite pale ale.

webbcreative, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of Schwab
2.58/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured a bottle of London Pride in a glass. Beer has a nice amber color and I noticed immediately the head and carbonation level. While a nice head is great IMO, this head came fully from over carbonation. I'm not sure if it is with all the London Pride bottles, but this one was clearly over carbonated. I let it sit for a few minutes before I took the first sip.
Beer tastes decent but stays behind in its class. Somewhat malt and hop flavor, seemed well balanced but again way below for its class.

Schwab, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. Famous is as famous does, so let's take a little look see.

This beer pours a clear, medium bronzed amber hue, with a two fingers of broadly foamy, soapy ecru head, which leaves some consistent snowflake lace around the glass as it genially recedes.

It smells of moderately crisp biscuity, bready, grainy malt, an ever so slight touch of caramel, and sassy floral, earth, and leafy hops doing a grand job of balancing things out so early. The taste is semi-sweet brown sugar, caramel malt, wet buttered white cracker, a light, indeterminate, but hardly inauspicious spiciness, and herbal, leafy old-world, stiff upper-lip hops.

The carbonation is moderate, in the British sense, so almost flat to the rest of us, the body a wavering medium weight, and mostly smooth, a niggling watery nature taking its pound (or more aptly, ounce) of flesh there. It finishes off-dry, the sweet biscuity graininess still holding court, but not without the lingering fruity, somewhat spicy hops.

A very easy to drink, flavourful pale ale, one we in the New World seem unaccustomed to, for much too long, but now no more - if I see this on tap in your so-called better pubs around town, I am not hesitant to immediately order it, as it is quite obviously the embodiment of an inimitable session ale.

biboergosum, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of PBoegel
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not going to go terribly in depth here, first I had no idea that Fuller's was canning some of their brews.

The pour on London Pride was nice, the appearance was golden orange with an egg shell white head. Carbonation is low just like an english pale should be, good clarity very nice looking ale.

Aromas are wonderful fruity esters and soft honey (not oxidized notes, just honey) light grassy hop note.

Flavor is deliciously complex for a session size ale. The fruity esters and maltiness are rich, the hop flavor is light earthiness.

Mouthfeel is medium light, low carbonation and smooth.

Extremely drinkable. A perfect English ale, in a can no less.

PBoegel, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of gfreed
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dandy pale ale that has a solid malty nose and taste with a nice bite of hops as it goes down. Pours with a loose pile of foam that sticks nicely to the sides of the glass, releasing plenty of caramel and a tad of citrus. A great accompaniment to chicken sausages or even a chicken sandwich, and a good one to keep on hand for general drinking. A bit less punch than Fuller's 1845; nice and mild. A favorite!

gfreed, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of selecter70
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid brew that would be ever so good on draught(although Cornwall's I believe still does have it, hmmm). A perfect accompaniment with my wife's fantastic fish'n chips (or rather, onion rings in Fuller's batter!.A lovely honey-brown pour with good inch & a half white head and good lacey cling. A slight apple aroma with bread-malt. The flavor is a nice balance of mild malt & hop with a hint of caramel. Smooth and fantastically drinkable.

selecter70, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of lhaqq
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a light orange-amber body. Regardless of the angle of the pour there is little head; what is there dissipates pretty quickly.
S: Smells of sweet biscuity malts and honey. Reminds me of a less round and creamy Fat Tire, and with less wheat in the nose.
T: The honey comes through pretty strongly but pleasantly. Not too much else though--some malts that taste a bit burnt at the end.
M: Alright at cellar temp; a little low on the carbonation and might prefer it a bit colder.
D: Probably one of my favorite EPAs; sessionable, simple, and enjoyable.

lhaqq, Feb 02, 2009
Photo of skrib09
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured out a nice pale ale brown (pale brown) with an off white head. good cling.

smells a familiar malt-bread-dough all inclusive. if you use your imagination you can smell the sweet of the beer.

tasted exceptional. excellent balance for me personally. lots of characteristics i enjoy. great malt backbone, lots of dough tones, good bread flavors. just a hint of hops as well.

good palate feel here. crispy texture.

my number one session beer so far.

skrib09, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of DoctorStrangiato
4.68/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 500-ml can into a pub ale pint glass.

Appearance - glorious amber, very thin head with a good ring of lace. A beautiful pint.

Smell - caramel malt generously covering a thin, well defined hoppiness. Chocolate's there, along with a roasted grainy aroma.

Taste - exceptional flavour with dense, complicated maltiness blanketing a refreshing vanilla honeydew finish.

Mouthfeel - smooth and enjoyable. Low carbonation makes the flavour the focus.

Drinkability - just a joy to partake in. The rich flavour requires moderation so a couple of these would be the limit.

DoctorStrangiato, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.1/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 1/16/2009(Can BB 13Jun09):

Pours a pretty clear amber orange colored body with a smalllish creamy, white head, that's lasting. Has a malty grainy grapey aroma. A molasses-y, watery grainy taste, very malty. Tastes very English-like. Very grapey.

jujubeast6000, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of CMW
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When I poured the London Pride the first thing I noticed was the color. It was a bright amber/orange with light carbonation when I held the brew up to the light. I expected the beer to be somewhat darker. The head that was formed when poring dissolved quickly. It did leave a small trace of head on top.

The first thing I smell is the grain. You can definitely smell the malt in this beer. There is also sweetness to the London Pride that I cannot specifically place. I'm thinking it has a fruit base. Overall, the aroma is very pleasing.

You can taste the grain and bread malt with the first drink. The malt is definitely the first thing that grabs my attention. I enjoy a brew where the malt is prominent and has a strong grainy taste to it. Next, you taste the sweetness I referred to earlier. It is a good combination with the malt. The hops provide a bitterness that becomes prominent in the aftertaste. London Pride finishes clean and very refreshing for a medium bodied brew.

CMW, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of Clydesdale
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A clear copper-gold color with active carbonation. An average sized, creamy white head with so-so retention and some lacing.

S: Some mildly sweet, bready malt. Mineral hop aroma. Appealing fruity scents. Some doughy yeast. Clean, basic, and very inviting.

T: Bready, grainy malt sweetness, with some accompanying yeast. Herbal and mineral hop bitterness. Pleasant sweet fruity/citrusy flavors. Some faint diacetyl as well into the finish.

M: Medium-light in body. Crisp and somewhat active carbonation. Refreshing, although a touch thin.

D: A super sessionable and very tasty English Pale. Classic and extremely easy to drink.

Clydesdale, Jan 27, 2009
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

well it was served on the hand pump at kclingers in hanover. i had the second draft poured and it was a light yellow in color. the head was perfect about an inch of head.a little more than room temp but that was ok since it was shipped in the middle of a cold spell. went down too smooth as all hand pumps do. the lacing on the mug was phenomenol as well...

SBALDWIN, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of cvfish
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured an amber color that produced a white head that retained well and left a classic lace around the glass

S - Hoppy upfront, some maltiness and citrus

T - Great malt and hop balance, sutle fruitiness, and honey

M - Smooth medium bodied, light carbonation

D - Good Pale Ale, and a great addition to Stein's

cvfish, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of Deuane
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

An imperial pint via handpull.

A-Golden kissed amber with a billowing off white head that retains and left a healthy dose of lace.

S-Light caramel malt sweetness with a decent dose of fruity hops and a bit of biscuit.

T-Caramel malt and bouncy, fruity hops dance on your tongue. This is a soft and mellow brew. Ends with a dose of biscuity dryness.

M-Medium-light and smooth beyond belief. Maybe a tad thin but all is forgiven with that ridiculous smoothness.

D-Off the charts! This has got to be one of the most quaffable brews out there. Just enough flavour and hop goodness to keep you interested and a nice low ABV to keep you upright! A true English classic...best enjoyed fresh on cask...you can keep the bottle...give me the hand pull!

Deuane, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of Beerzebub
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

16.9 oz bottle, best before date 29 Aug '09, poured in a big wine glass at 50 F/ 10 C.

Bright amber color, classic looking small white head and fine spindly lace.

Aroma of toast, toffee, butter, berries, grass, a fresh anise & mint note like Thai basil, and some minerality like a river bank. Quite pleasant.

Crisp, refreshing flavor. Fruity toasty malt, herbal grassy hops, mild butter. Good balance of moderate sweetness and crisp clean bitterness and a bit of stony minerality. Elegant, refreshing, and tasty. Dry herbal finish.

Soft supple carbonation. Extremely refreshing, thirst quenching.

Beerzebub, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of Faune
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation Brown 11.2 oz bottle.

A- A half inch thick head which quickly reduces to a thin layer of foam. It is orange-brown, dark amber with little streams of tiny bubbles.

S- Hops, yeast, citrus, Fruity, malt, grain and a slight caramel sweetness. Sourdough bread.

T- Grainy, Malty, citrusy. Sweet at first with a more than slightly bitter finish

M- Medium feel with nice carbonation. Very Smooth.

D- A very nice beer. "Kick back and relax" .

Faune, Jan 21, 2009
Photo of hosehead83
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass- golden and bright with a half inch fluffy white head

Aroma-- slight hop nose and subtle malts

Taste--Hops up front, leading to a malt/mineral taste, and finishing with a lingering hop bitterness

Overall--Simple and subtle, nothing fancy, but elegant and enjoyable-- at 4.7abv. it is definitely sessionable--
A fine English pale ale, very drinkable and a fine example of the style

hosehead83, Jan 20, 2009
Fuller's London Pride from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
88 out of 100 based on 2,073 ratings.