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Fuller's London Pride - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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88
very good

2,178 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,178
Reviews: 1,006
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 85
Gots: 227 | FT: 0
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Fuller Smith & Turner PLC visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-01-2001

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Golden-brown amber w/decent head.
S-Malty aroma w/floral hops, faint citrus, and apple.
T-Sweet malt, especially upfront f/faint esters. Finish is floral hops w/a touch of citrus.
M-Good balance of sweet and bitter hops, but body is on the lighter side. Carbonation is moderate.
D-Easy to quaff and very smooth.

Photo of katan
3.18/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle dated tax day 2008

A - Pours a light golden brown color with almost zero haze. Excellent job of filtration on this one. The carbonation was light which didn't lead towards much head retention.

S - A combination of light malty notes and some phenolic hot notes. The overall nose is very light.

T - Starts off with the malt note that I detected from the smell. Really subdued however. Middle note is almost non-existent. I wanted some hops balance which wasn't there. Finishes with a note that seems somewhat oxidized to me. Wonder if this has aged too much.

M - Creamy and full of body. Carbonation is light which makes it feel somewhat flat.

D - Easy to drink due to its light flavors. Not overwhelming or tiring. However, that is probably a trade off as I would have preferred more balance.

I'm becoming less and less enamored with British pale ales in general - unfortunately this one is an example of that decline for me.

Photo of tronester
4.65/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a crystal clear copper color with a small off-white head. Smell is of earthy hops and toffee. Taste is juicy malt up front, with a buttery, toasty middle, and woody hops in the finish. There is also a hint of tea. Bitterness levels are great and add exceptional balance. Mouthfeel is full, carbonation levels low and just about perfect. Extraordinarily drinkable, this beer is would make a fantastic session beer (even though it is above session strength in alcoholic content). Fantastic beer, I can only imagine what this would be like on cask, I really wish I could have tried this in real ale form when I was in England.

I love that this is available in a can, better light protection, and fresher beer!

Photo of thekevlarkid
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured off the tap a great amber color leaning towards slightly orange. Half finger head that faded quickly. Sadly, no lacing and little retention. Very balanced aromas of hops and malts. Flavors are difficult to describe (!?), malts quickly cut by hops. Bitter and very English in style. Dry finish. Smooth and clean. Medium body, medium carbonation. Real beer, very quaffable. In many ways quite middle of the road (nothing outrageous here - how British!) but still a classic and still unique.

Photo of atsprings
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crisp pale copper with a thin diminishing head. Aroma is some mild Earthy hops and sweet caramel malts. The taste is a nice balance of mildly citrus hops and sweet malts. The beer is light, crisp and refreshing. This is a great example of what a British beer is supposed to be!

Photo of Rayek
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: Brilliant amber color with minimal carbonation. Fluffy off-white head has decent retention and leaves tiny amounts of lace.

S: Lots of butter. A nice combination of flowers, caramel and toffee compliment each other.

T: Very smooth. Initial buttery caramel sweetness is balanced by a floral bitterness that has a bit of pepper in it. Finishes with a lingering bittersweet toffee flavor.

M: Light body is slick and oily. Carbonation level is low, but right for the style.

D: Wow. Low ABV makes this an exemplary session beer. Goes down almost too easily.

Photo of BeerSox
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into nonic.

Crystal clear honey amber hue with a one finger light tan head taht settles to a thin cap.

Light sweet grain with a little bit of brown sugar mixed in. The hop aroma is barely there.

A great smoothness to this one in the flavor, with light, slightly toasty grain along with only a touch of balancing bitterness. Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. The finish is some lingering toasty grain.

Obviously not as fresh as if I got this in England, it's still a very enjoyable beer. Hopefully this one is still close to the bottling date. Very enjoyable, recommended.

Photo of spointon
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this ale from a 16.9oz brown bottle into a pint glass.

A= This brew poured a beautifully clear orange/copper color with a fluffy 2 inch snow white head. The head quickly dropped to 1/8 inch. Lots of sticky lace down the glass.

S= This being an English pale ale, the malts were as upfront as the hops. I detected equal amounts of bakery, sweet caramel, and earthy hops in the nose. Very muted, very balanced.

T= This ale was a very malty upfront, with lots of bready and caramel sweet flavors leading the way. In every swallow, just when it seemed the sweet/malt flavors were too much, the hops came in with just the right bitter and dryness characteristics to balance the brew. All flavors lingered on the tongue after the finish.

MF= This was a medium bodied ale with good (medium) carbonation levels.

D= This was a damn fine example of English pale ale. I would recommend this as a good brew to start someone off on that wants to drink good beer but is afraid of overpowering hops. Perfectly sessionable, and another solid offering from Fullers.

Photo of gonzo46and2
1.74/5  rDev -55.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Wow. I love me some London porter.... Their ESB is nice too... This was awful.

Appearance is average. It's a red pour with a rocky small head that diminishes.

Smell is so full of butter, butterscotch, diacetyl... ick... Ok there's some hops in there that make is somewhat palatable but this was not a beer I enjoyed.

Taste is loaded with butter.

Mouthfeel is thick with a tongue sweater that I didn't want. ... Not a good choice for anyone who doesn't like buttery overly sweet pale ales. The hops need more spotlight.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a beautiful red/amber with a small head, less than 1 finger. The head quickly died leaving little to no lacing. At first the smell was offensive, but after the beer started to warm up, it became mild and pleasant. I had a hard time describing the actual taste. There are some noticeable hops, but it is also sweet and spicy. I think the hops are more noticeable when it is cold and the malted sweetness comes out later.
This is a well balanced beer with a great complex taste and relatively low ABV.

Photo of Ralphus
3.3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

London Pride is Fullers flagship beer and a best selling ale in Britain. It's found on tap in many taverns in the UK and with multiple awards both local and international it's easy to understand why. I picked up my canned sample in the LCBO - the best before date still 11 months off.

London Pride pours quite similar to other ales of the style. Copper in colour with fairly carbonated head that recedes quickly, if not surprisingly quickly. This isn't a lacy blanket your glass brew by any means. When you're done sizing it up and you've had a few mouthfuls you'll notice that the smell is there but it's not pronounced... merely content to complement the taste in well behaved and slightly floral manner.

Taste-wise, there's malt in the beginning with some earth tones, caramel and toffee. And just as you start to wonder what more there might be the hops kick in and give the ale some well deserved bitterness. The end result is a well balanced ale that's certainly deserving of a try.

Photo of waldoiverson
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle into a pint glass

A: reddish brown with minimal head and somewhat overcarbonated

S: toasted malt with hop...not a very floral nose but satisfying and appropriate

T: Clear malt flavors to go with the nose. biscuity malt with a nice balance of bitter hopos

M: this bottle seemed somewhat more carbonated than past experiences. the overall body gives the biscuit malt a good chance to shine. overall a bit dry.

D: this is a go to beer that will not blow you away again and again but will be there with you from drink 1 to drink XXX a true friend.

Photo of danny013
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lovely pair of 11.2 oz. bottles lightly chilled, poured into a 20 oz. English style pint glass. Beer pours a light amber color with a light one finger head that slowly falls back into the brew, leaving a light covering over the beer. Lovely looking pint of ale, overall. Little to no lacing.

Smell is a gentle mix of light malt sweetness, biscuit/bread, and a fresh, spicy hop aroma. Good balance.

Taste is a good blend of all elements as well. Nice malt flavor up front with a light hint of toasted grains. Hops come right in with a leafy, spicy hop flavor to round things out. The beer finishes with a gentle tingle from the carbonation with some bready flavors and a nice pronounced spicy/earthy hop flavor. Delicious.

A nice pale ale with a medium body and medium carbonation. Drinkability is great, nice and flavorful without being overwhelming on any front.

Overall, a delicious and classic English pale ale. Don't hesitate to try this one out.

Photo of simonjohansson
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml can.

Smell: nice sweet malt, caramell and some toffee, some grassy hops. Lovely "smooth" smell.

Taste: malty, with caramell and some smooth toffee notes; some grassy fresh hops, just enough to balance the malt; a bit fruity too.

Overall, this is a great beer. The only flaw is its somewhat watery character. But on the whole, its a solid english ale.

Photo of charlatan
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bit of a classic this one, so much so that I was surprised I hadn't already rated it. There is a best before date nearly a year away.

The light copper coloured beer has quite a significant head and a sweet nose - raisins and golden syrup spring to mind: bread and butter pudding beer? Now there's a thought.

The carbonation and taste are both understated but well pitched. A creamy, dried fruit start gives way to a fairly delicate and slightly herbal hop finish. I can't really find anything to criticise here. It doesn't knock my socks off but it is well composed and conceived: a superior session beer.

Photo of Haybeerman
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark golden reddish brown. Looks like a very full-bodied beer. Half inch head that laced evenly, but light.

S: Toasted malts and nicely balanced hoppiness.

T: Toasted malt with a slight hint of bitter hops. Dry finish that leaves subtle warming spice flavors.

M: Not as heavy as appearance with nice balance which I really liked about this beer. Medium carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. Good call under any circumstance - if you're just having one or more than one.

Photo of DmanGTR
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Old Toad in Rochester, NY.

A - deep transparent golden brown with an off white 1" head that left a little lace and formed a cap for about 15 minutes in a pint glass

S - very balanced malts and hops, little bit of fruity esters and biscuits as well. Very inviting.

T - very slight citrusy notes mixed with malts and a touch of herbal hoppiness. Not too bitter at first but the flavors got better as the temperature increased.

M - medium bodied with decent carbonation, just enough to hold everything together on the palate

D - highly drinkable, a good session beer. Could've easily finished off 2 more but I had to save my money for a Westmalle Tripel after this one

Overall - The Old Toad is probably the only beer worthy pub I have yet to see in Rochester. I was impressed that they had this on tap. It is relatively light compared what I'm used to and easily sessionable. Crisp and refreshing and a good body to satisfy any type of beer drinker. Definitely worth a try or two.

Photo of Antilochus
3.36/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Somehow I had two pints of this on cask today... one for lunch and one after work. Ubiquitous in the City, and you can do much worse. Hand pumped, at Cape and some pub around the corner from my office. Both stamped pint glasses.

Classic Pride look - inviting transparent brown body with a reasonably large head, albeit casked up suds. Leaves superb lace on the glass. Awesome.

Nose is a bit bland - apples, grain, bananas, very fruit-forward! Touch of hops to balance.

Watery feel, disappointed on the palate. Grain, a bit of fruit, but much less flavour than in the can. A bit chalky too, which threw me off. Tea, wood.

As I said, you can do much worse.

Photo of FreightTrain
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Comes in a very thick and sturdy brown bottle (attention: homebrewers) with an attractive and classic-looking label. Pours a completely clear copper with a nice big white head which bubbles down to a thin ring of lacing.

Smell is like a loaf of bread with a hint of bitterness.

Taste is a study in the zen-like balance of British beers. Although it leans to the hoppy side in the finish, the malts are the base and wash over the tongue with a medium body. This beer delivers loads of flavor in a small package.

The beer is designed to be drinkable and drinkable it is. You could easily drink many of these and you'd be lucky if you did.

Photo of GRPunk
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Can poured into an imperial pint glass.

A- It poured a deep gold, near amber. There was a thin head that became a nice off-white lace that clung nicely to the glass.

S- A nice mix of fruity esters and floral hops, with doughy and caramel malts.

T- Gret balance. Initially the hops power through, but there's a solid doughy flavor that appears in the middle. It has a dry, Granny Smith apple finish.

M- Initially a little thin. The hops provide a nice bite near the end of a sip.

D- Pretty easy drinker. Lower ABV makes drinking more than 1 a real possibility. With greater availability, I could see this being a regular beer in my rotation.

Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at a local pub in northern London near my mate's flat (The Swimmer in Islington).

Nice dark copper color, reasonable lacing.

Bit of biscuit and malts on the nose.

Nice malts with a bit of hops at the end. A little subdued overall.

This was my first real ale in a matter of months, I forgot just how little carbonation they tend to have.. or was my pint an anomaly? Medium-light mouth feel over all.

Pretty solid offering. One of the better ales I've had in London.

Photo of dbONE
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Kind of copper in color, not what you would expect. The shallow head doesn't reflect the amount of carbonation.

A sweet buscuit aroma with a very mild hop note.

Some berry flavor comes through with the hop bitterness. Great mouthfell keeps it around for a great experience.

Serving this one a bit warmer brings out another beer equally as good.

Photo of blamoe
4.65/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fulers London Pride is a English classic the apperence an mahogany red and smell good and malty. The taste an excellent all round beer with a malty base, which goes smoothly down the throat and can be drunk to the early hours of the morning. By the way it's a Best Bitter not a EPA.

Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: amber-brown body with a solid and tightly bubbled white foamy head w/ light lace and great retention

s: sweet malts; citrusy hops as well as some yeasty spiciness; light caramel malts

t: dry raw wheat; citrus and bitter hops; fruity malts; hints of caramel malt; there is some good hop here for an english pale

m: maybe a little more carb than i would expect from an english ale but good body a little creamy a little syrupy

d: good but ultimately kind of what i expect from an true english pale i.e a solid all around ale but nothing too special

Photo of gunnerman
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Mellow Mushroom Delray Beach, FL. Poured into a pint glass pour an yellow orange with a foamy fluffy head that leaves pretty quickly. Smell is a hoppy lemon grass smell, not over bearing with the hop nice and mellowed out. I was expecting this to be a bit more hoppier was kind of mellowed out I could taste hops, malt and a bit of alcohol burn on this one. Overall a nice product and would drink again.

Fuller's London Pride from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
88 out of 100 based on 2,178 ratings.