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Fuller's London Pride - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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2,114 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,114
Reviews: 989
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 75
Gots: 176 | 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 BeerNutta
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

London pride.

A = Poured a dark copper colour with a thin foam head. When held into the light, it was slightly reddish.

S = Smelt of malt and plums.

T = Very big malt taste. There is a hint of fruit and nuts in the beer and a slight bitter finish.

M = Slightly buttery mouthfeel. Low carbonation. Easy to drink.

D = Pretty good. Wonder if this stuff can be found on tap?

BeerNutta, Dec 22, 2005
Photo of fisherman34
3.3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Amber-caramel in colour with medium carbonation. Strong toffee aromas with some fruit in the background. I can recognize the Challenger hops in this one, as I often use them in my homebrewed bitters. Caramel malts dominate the palate, with a clean bittering quality providing some balance. Not really enough hop contribution in the flavor department for my taste, but a a solid bitter nonetheless. I'd probably find this beer cloying after more than one.

fisherman34, Dec 19, 2005
Photo of crwills
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a cool-looking English-style bottle into a standard pint glass (man I hope I get some new glasses for Christmas...).

Much lighter in colour than I expected -- a clear orangy amber with a nice big fluffy head that sticks around. Looks quite carbonated...

Not much smell to this beer that I can pick up. Some grains, hay, mild citrus, and I picked up some pears in there.

The taste, however, is very good -- pleasantly tart hops along with some malty thickness and autumn fruits, mostly apples and pears. Very little aftertaste at all, although the bitterness in the flavour itself builds as the beer warms (this is a good thing).

A very drinkable brew, and I will be buying it again -- and more than one bottle at a time next time!

crwills, Dec 17, 2005
Photo of Mandrake
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep coppery-amber with a creamy light beige head that built to about 2 fingers before dissipating slowly and leaving a nice ring around the glass. Good lacing. Smells malty, butter and caramel coming through, with a strong herbal hoppy overtone. Light coffee as well. Malty at first, with strong toffee flavours and a bit of butter. Hops come through well in the finish, light citrus and peppery bitterness. Feels creamy and substantial, with a crisp finish, and is supremely drinkable. An absolutely classic example of a style that is one of my favourites.

Mandrake, Dec 17, 2005
Photo of Dithyramb
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on cask at Prince of Wales in Surrey. Slightly cloudy amber yellow with a creamy white head. Not served with much head, but had an excellent ring o'cream to give some nice lacing.
Very faint malty sweetness was overpowered by a light sulfur and hops aroma. Great tasting session brew that was lightly biting with the hops on the front end, but finished smooth and creamy. Appeared widely available, became my best drinkable option while in the bars of the UK.

Dithyramb, Dec 09, 2005
Photo of sevineyes
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown bottle. The label features a red shield with the beer name in the center.

A: Bright, clear, orange with a thin head but with adequate lacing.

S: Bready and sweet that gives way to a frutiness.

T: Malty sweetness and biscuity. Finishes clean, slightly dry and with a nice bit of hops. Aftertaste holds on to a slight but distinctive bitter.

M: Clean, wetting but not watery. Really good.

D: Very drinkable. A respectable ale.

Overall: A nice beer. Very good example of the style.

sevineyes, Nov 25, 2005
Photo of JohnW
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is widely available on draught in parts of UK as well as in London, and when good is an excellent reliable drink. Good colour and head, though the smell can be just a little disappointing sometimes, though a good balance between malty sweetness and hoppy bitterness. This makes it easy to drink when kept well, and can be a good session beer with it not being too strong.

If nothing else on the bar I fancy, this would be my choice!

John W
Bham UK

JohnW, Nov 22, 2005
Photo of yelterdow
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Freshness date: 12/FEB/06. Served at twenty minutes past fridge temperature.

Appearance- Pours a crystal clear medium amber with a finger-thick head into my Fuller's becker. No lacing, just a damn clean looking brew. It proclaims, "please drink me now".

Smell- Sweet dough, with a bready middle and subtle hop suggestions at the outset.

Taste- Delicious breadiness abounds... who needs cereal when you can get your carbs from Fuller's? The real pleasure (aside from drinking it, of course) is the lasting, complex English malt and hop balance in the finish.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Crisp and active in the mouth without being harsh, and certainly food friendly. Sessionable all day long with its low ABV, a nice (but rather expensive) British alternative to my easy-drinking local favorites.

yelterdow, Nov 21, 2005
Photo of ghostwalker
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

1 pt bottle serving.

Pour is light copper with a huge fluffy white head. Leaves great lacing.

Nose is light malt, biscuits and grain. Slight hint of hops. Maybe a little bit of tart fall apple, too.

Flavor is moderately bitter in that wonderful English style, with a clean and mellow finish. It's a great blend of bitter and smooth. The apple that I mentioned in the nose is here too, kind of a tart bit that adds to the finish. The hops are not a huge part of the flavor at all. To me this falls between Fuller's ESB and Old Speckled Hen. I like both of those also, but for different reasons.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean. A nice example of a Pale Ale.

Drinkability is sky high! Every time I have an English Bitter/Pale Ale/ESB, I want to move to the UK and spend all my days in the pub drinking them from cask. But maybe that's just me...

ghostwalker, Nov 17, 2005
Photo of LPorter33
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At tap at Elephant & Castle,

Appearance = Transparent, brisk looking amber, good 1/2'' head - creamy & frothy, respectable lacing.

Smell = Acidic and fruity, almost like a cider. A little off from pleasant. Not much hops presence but the bready, malt smell is there.

Taste = Has the sweet, sugary undertone I've tasted in other Fuller's brews. This one is a bit lighter and dryer with less of a hops profile and less of an flavorful burst. It's decent though I've enjoyed the ESB more.

Overall = Respectable brew although I'd seek out other Fuller's before this oen.

LPorter33, Nov 12, 2005
Photo of TerryW
3.1/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pretty tame stuff compared to some other Fuller's beers. Looks good, mind you. Very nice looking pour, lots of action. Clear copper amber colour with a good steady head and nice chunky lace.

After that everything about the beer is subdued. Gentle nose with mild malt and hop. Taste is slightly sweet with quiet hop bitterness. Mouthfeel lack sbody and borders on thin.

Inoffensive, but not exciting. Suitable for weaning someone off of macros.

TerryW, Nov 09, 2005
Photo of 3Vandoo
3.05/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am very dissapointed with this beer, especially with the other products from Fuller's.

A very limpid beer of golden color with some amberish, a good generous head came and stayed a tiny bit of time just to know eachothers.

Smell was quite boring, malt, caramel, shy hops, nothing to jump out of the bridge, some flavour of butter was present too.

Her taste was very flat! Maybe I got a bad bottle I dont know but the beer was flat, the experience was quite flat. Very malty beer with some notes of butter that came. A floral flavours came from the hops, but in a very very shy manner.

3Vandoo, Nov 05, 2005
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a nice orange-amber with a creamy white head that sustains. Lots of lacing on the glass.

Smell is light with hints of malt and hops. A slight diacetyl aroma.

Taste is sharp and malty upfront with a dry hoppy finish. Not extremely hoppy, mind you. Not bad, but nothing special.

Body is boring. Kind of weak and not much pep from the carbonation.

Ok to drink, not nearly as good as my memories of drinking it on tap. Kind of plain.

MaltyGoodness, Nov 05, 2005
Photo of hopsaplenty
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A friend was kind enough to bring me a bottle directly from London.

Pours a nice orangey amber with a moderate head of dense, white bubbles. A few strings of carbonation laze their way to the top. The smell is of mild malt sweetness with some spicy hops. Initial hop crispness followed by the toasty malt and some caramel/butter as well. Moderate carbonation peppers the tongue. Well rounded and quite drinkable, a wonderful session beer and fantastic representation of the style.

hopsaplenty, Nov 04, 2005
Photo of jaluria
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A vibrant orange-copper color with egg-shell colored head. Moderate retention and minimal lacing. The smell is of malt and some fruit, but the hops dominate. The taste is interesting in that the bitterness melts into a sweetness that finishes with a touch of sour. As the beer warms, the bitterness gives way to greater sweetness and dryness. The aftertaste is mostly dry with a touch of sour. The drinkability is less than would be expected, because the dry character of the beer makes it less appealing subsequent times, at least for me.

jaluria, Nov 02, 2005
Photo of Suds
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful golden-copper color with a thick white head. The aroma is considerably malty (more so than expected). There’s a little hops, a bit of fruit, and a slight diacetyl smell as well. Altogether, the aroma is pretty enticing. The taste is nicely balanced, and a little drier than the aroma would indicate. This is a medium bodied brew with relatively low carbonation. Very good head retention. All in all, I was pretty satisfied. The beer doesn’t present much of a ‘wow’ factor, but it does stand up very nicely as a solidly drinkable pale ale.

Suds, Nov 01, 2005
Photo of DogFood11
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the Daily pint. Had a nice fluffy white head with good retention. On the darker end of this style leaning towards brown. Nice hop presence surrounded by a bread, biscuit body. Light fruits are evident but overshadowed. Smooth to the point of being slightly watered but tasty enough not to bother me. A drinkable after work type of brew.

Followed this up with a up with a big beer. Turns out london pride set the stage nicely.

DogFood11, Oct 28, 2005
Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted on 22nd October, 2005. A 500ml (not a pint, mind) bottle, best by 21.08.06.
Poured into a pint tumbler a nice dark amber with a reasonable head.

Smell fairly faint; floral.
Taste: not too complex in character but still had a sweetness at first taste, followed by a nice bitterness.
Mouthfeel; slightly creamy, quite smooth.
Drinkability: yes this is a decent session beer.

I have had a few pints of this on tap in London in Dec 2004 and quite enjoyed them.

JohnfromDublin, Oct 23, 2005
Photo of radshoesbro
3.05/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

brown pint bottle bottl with a best before date of..oh SHIT...september 24, 2004. this is the second time i've totally spaced on double checking dates from things bought at yankee! damn it!

a - red amber with fair head that quickly subsides to form an alright lace that seems to stick for about a minute then slides down the side of the glass.

s - sort of breadish, malty, with a waterish hint to it. very unique smell.

t - uhhhh....god this is odd. it's got an astringent hop feel in the finish with a waterish feel to it. i'm not picking up any of the doughy esters that i've read about. probablly due to the bad bottle. i'm gonna have to find this again and rerate it.

m - light bodied with an almost lager like feel to it.

d - this is just really strange tasting. i have to try this again some time.

radshoesbro, Oct 19, 2005
Photo of RBorsato
4.95/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice golden color with a nice off-white head, nice active carbonation, and leaves nice lace rings. Beautiful balanced honey-like malt aroma and flavor with a perfect bitter hop balance. Light-medium bodied and smooth.

A classic English session ale !! Much smoother and better balanced than the ESB in my book.

Per Fuller's website: Target, Challenger and Northdown hop varieties.

Best Before: 02/12/06
Tasted: 10/08/05

(11.2 oz)
($8.99 / 6-pack)

RBorsato, Oct 14, 2005
Photo of tgbljb
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured a perfectly clear medium copper color with respectable white head that quickly fell to a moderate ring that left nice lacing on the sides of the glass. Smell is malty, toastly, caramelly, buttery, (and very nice). Taste is a sweet maltiness, toasty with a hop dryness slowing coming through. Finished more dry than malty and very pleasant. A very easy drinking beer. It was finished before I knew it. Good job.

tgbljb, Oct 07, 2005
Photo of dciskey
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from a 16.9oz bottle perfectly into a nonic; about a finger of off-white head above amber liquid. Head dissapates to a ring around the edge but leaves no lacing around the edges.

Smells of biscuity malts and a touch of hops, some vague fruitiness but not much of it. Taste is malt with a bit of caramel, followed by well-balanced hops. No fruitiness in the taste as I've found in others of the style. Personally I wish it were there; the taste feels somewhat empty without it. There's a little bit of buttery flavor in there as it warms, and a touch of fruit comes through finally. The mouthfeel is quite good, just the right amount of carbonation, and I had no trouble finding the bottom of my glass; this beer is definitely sessionable.

This is a solid beer and I'd have no problem ordering it at a bar if this were their only English PA and I were in the mood, but for drinking at home, I prefer Sam Smith's Organic Ale. This one is definitely worth a try, though, and the two would make for a good head-to-head tasting.

dciskey, Oct 02, 2005
Photo of Backer2004
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This seems to be one of the more pricey English Pale Ales out here but since I'm trying to finish out my list in a local beer club it was worth the shot. Just as good as many Pale Ales, but nothing so exciting to make me want this one over others. Nice hops and great mouthfeel, quite easy to drink. Nothing else too great, but nothing disappointing either.

Backer2004, Sep 28, 2005
Photo of revdrjbob
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this brew from the openning night at the local Dan Murphy's.
Poured a pale golden honey colour with a dense white foam on top, leaving behind plenty of lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Heaps of delicate English hops (EKG?), plenty of malt, hints of crystal malt sweetness, and a dash of caramel and honey.

Taste: Full malt in the mouth, sweet crystal and a well balanced hop profile. Strong and bitter, but not overly. Very well balanced, finishes dry with a longlasting bitterness. No ninny here. Awesome!

Teaser actually said "If this is what English beer is like, then I'm happy to visit anytime". I'll hold her to that.

revdrjbob, Sep 27, 2005
Photo of cracgor
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours out a white creamy head that subsides to a thin layer of head that just screams beauty to me. The body is transparent amber.

Smell: A nice bitter and slightly sweet hop. A little cedar-like. Delicious.

Taste: Delicious hop...perhaps the best hop taste I have ever enjoyed--fruity/ester. The bitter hop is quickly replaced with the a nice pale malt flavor. I don't know how to explain it well, but it is not as sweet as it is earthy and smooth.

Mouthfeel: light bodied. crisp. A beer's beer!

Drinkability: I can't imagine it getting anymore drinkable.

cracgor, Aug 29, 2005
Fuller's London Pride from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
89 out of 100 based on 2,114 ratings.