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Fuller's London Pride - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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very good

1,764 Ratings

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Ratings: 1764
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:
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Photo of augustgarage


3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 500mL bottle into my Samuel Smith nonik. Served lightly chilled.

Bright, clear, coppery body shines a light amber when held fo the light; a fat finger of off-white foam dissipates into a light dusting of bubbles within a soapy risen circle. Delicate slippery lacing and faint legs. Average retention.

Pleasant caramel and orange notes in the aroma - faintly biscuity malt and low floral hops...

Malty palate entry with a moderate hop bitterness throughout to offset the sweetness. A touch of biscuity/toasty character from specialty malt peaks through now and again. Grows fruitier as it warms (esters from the yeast I presume). Extremely crisp albeit sweet and slightly earthy finish reminds me of a lager.

Light carbonation and a medium-light body add to the immense drinkability of the ale.

By no means the best best bitter out there, even among the paltry imported bottle offerings on the shelves in California...but a well crafted historical ale worth a try (though given the price, maybe not worth re-visiting often).

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2013 05:26:07 | More by augustgarage
Photo of keithmurray

New York

3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - crimson amber colour with white head

Smell - caramel and toffee are coming through, cherry, malt, hops

Taste - Nice flavors of caramel, toffee, cherry, apple

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, ample carbonation, initially some slight sweetness is there and then there are enough hops to balance the beer out without it dominating the profile. Finish is smooth and the flavors linger after the sip

Overall - This is considered a classic in the English Pale Ale style and it's easy to see why. Enjoyable beer that I will revisit from time to time

Price Point - $1.67/11.2 oz single bottle

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 22:53:58 | More by keithmurray
Photo of Perduret

4.48/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I first had pride when I was stationed in London from 2002 to 2005. My favorite is to get on tap at the brewery but a bottle every now and then is refreshing. Pours a golden color with a white frothy big head. You can really smells the English malts and hops. Taste is a strong apple cider-like sweetness in the mouth. Aftertaste has the the right amount of hops. Carbonation is soft. This is one great ale!

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 18:11:36 | More by Perduret
Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber with a smallish head.

S: Strong caramel aroma, some grassy notes and a hint of citrus.

T: Malty and grainy with not much hop presence - some sweetness, but less than the nose would suggest. Fairly muted taste.

M: Watery and clingy with little carbonation.

I generally find this style a bit dull, so I'm probably unconsciously prejudiced against this. Nonetheless, I'd definitely rate it higher than the currently highest-rated English Pale Ale, 'Landlord', which I found to have an off-putting sweaty taste. This a very well-balanced brew and would probably be the perfect match for a pub lunch.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 20:48:50 | More by His_Royal_Hoppiness
Photo of Giggy


4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: light amber to slightly red. White head. Good clarity.

S: toffee and sweet malts. Caramel, biscuits and hops.

T: a lot like the aroma. Initial sweetness from the malts followed by a clean bitterness from the hops. A slight grapefruit zestiness.

O: clean smooth and refreshing

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 18:17:13 | More by Giggy
Photo of PorterPro125

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Another great beer from Fullers.

A- A sexy Reddish brown tint.

S- Fruity Notes, above average smell for a Pale Ale

T- Quite fruity, almost a blueberry like flavour. Balances out well with a hoppy finish.

M- Pretty light body. Similar to a lot of macro Ale's.

O- Not a bad beer. Although I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a Pale Ale, I probably won't be picking up this one anything soon.

Serving type: can

01-26-2013 02:51:15 | More by PorterPro125
Photo of Bashao


3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearence: Pours light brown from the bottle, no too much head.

Smell: malty smells with hints of butter.

Taste: very acidic because of high carbonation. Strong hoppy flavors.

Mouthfeel: light body.

Overall: a good strong flavors beer but with a light body.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 14:48:40 | More by Bashao
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New Jersey

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

Pours a clear dark golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly recedes to leave some decent lacing.

Aromas begin with some earthy and floral English hops complemented by a solid toasted bready, buscuity maltiness. There is almost a deep nutty malt complex as it warms with some light English fruity yeast esters.

The tastes follow the nose with the Marris Otter heavy toasted bread maltiness mixed with some earthy and floral hop flavors but the bitterness outweighs the flavor in the hop department. Some more nutty and almost a caramel maltiness comes out as well more as it warms.

The mouthfeel is quite impressive for such a low ABV beer. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is mainly faintly bitter with balanced malt sweetness.

Overall I can't believe this is the first time I am reviewing this beer but just like the Porter and the ESB, I have zero to complain about. The flavors are not mind-blowing but just super solid and extremely enjoyable and drinkable for the ABV/style. Not many American brewers can make a beer this tasty and sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 19:40:23 | More by claspada
Photo of greenengineer


4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle into my Notch 0.5 L glass. Served right out of the refrigerator. Best Before 26 Nov 13. Halftime of the Syracuse Louisville game.

A - Clear reddish amber. Foamy head settles quickly into a thin layer of white lacings.
S - sweet malt, a little yeasty, bread
T - well balanced malt, hints of cardamon, clove. Grows on you after a few sips. Nice mix of sweet and bitter
M - good fizz, crisp
O - classic English Ale taste

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 22:09:58 | More by greenengineer
Photo of kvnstfrd


4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden honey color with a white frothy head. Smells of English malts, cereal, apples and herbal hops. Taste is a strong cider-like sweetness up front with cereal grain character while in the mouth. Aftertaste is smooth, buttery with just the right amount of hops. Carbonation is soft. Nice balance, awesome complexity. This is one great ale!

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 15:46:15 | More by kvnstfrd
Photo of OldRedLion


4.85/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A first note should be made that this beer is best enjoyed in its cask conditioned form pulled by hand from a beer engine in London where it is made and is freshest. The Fuller, Turner and Smith Brewery is located in Cheswick, London and London Pride is amongst the most poular Real Ales in the city.

In America it can be found in bottles and on draught, and although you won't find it cask conditioned here, freshness should still be made the upmost priority. Another note should be made that it should not be drunk or served at American near freezing temperatures, but rather in the mid 40F range (cellar temperature) of British ales, and should not be served in a chilled glass. When ordering here I will often order two, and let the second stand while I enjoy the first. The second will then be the perfect temperature. I keep this beer on draught in the cooler winter months and it is my favourite cold weather beer. When serving from the keg, I recommend tapping into and then serving from a pitcher; this tends to help the head become more creamy, somewhat simulating the cask pull in each pour. I have tried pulling it through the beer engine, but the extra forced carbonation of the export version is too much for the sparkler. I would enjoy the keg version of this beer more were there less carbonation.

In any regard, when well kept and properly served, I place London Pride at the very top of my favourite beers, and a benchmark for all British pale ale. It is delicately balanced, and a fine session beer. Whith its bright copper color, smooth lacy head, moderate alchohol and pleasantly balanced finish, London Pride pairs excellently with prime rib, steaks and other hearty beef meals, as well as with fish&chips.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2012 19:26:01 | More by OldRedLion
Photo of GMB


4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

If this bottle is to be believed, this ale is not only the pride of London, it's also outstanding and premium. My interest is piqued and my expectations are high.

Fuller's London Pride pours a deep orange, amber body a viscous, frothy head. Carbonation is light but present in the glass. The head sticks around a while before settling into a beautiful pattern of foam-glaciers that float on surface and cling to the sides of the glass.

The nose is delicious. The toasted caramel malt sings; I had to stop myself from upending the glass after the first sniff. Grassy aromas are present up front. Citral fragrances follow. A bit of patience, repeated sniffs, and a swirl of the glass bring out the latter; I detect a bit of orange peel and some cantaloupe. This is a beer worth sniffing for a minute or two before tasting.

The beer is soft on the palate and yields a gentle, thick foam. But it is also a bit thin. My first sip almost seemed a bit watery. Still, the lightly toasted butterscotch flavors are sweet and delicious. They are complemented by some spicy citral flavors: the illusion of orange rind is developed by a decent amount of bittering hops, whose bitterness lingers long. Sweetened grapefruit, black pepper, cherry, and floral notes (especially rose) emerge as the beer's flavors develop on the palate.

I don't know that I would characterize this ale as "outstanding" among well-crafted English Ales; I've had some that are just as delicious. Similarly, I don't know enough about the brewing process to judge whether or not the beer is "premium." Still, I can say with confidence that there is plenty to take "pride" in here. Fuller's produces better beers, but London Pride is a delicious English Ale that I'll definitely drink again.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 07:40:32 | More by GMB
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle served in as snifter at about 48F.
Poured clear, deep amber in color, with a thin but modestly durable off-white head. Mostly caramel malt in the nose, and that seems for a moment to be what you get in the flavor too. But wait, there's more. A nearly equal amount of earthy/spicy hops kicks in, partly taming the sweetness and, eventually, dominating the aftertaste and creating hints of peat. True to style, this one is a tiny bit more earthy than ideal for my taste.

O: tasty, easy drinking, session beer, with enough complexity to hold a beer geek's interest.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 00:27:48 | More by chinchill
Photo of alexipa


4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've heard a lot about Fullers, can't believe it's taken me this long to try one. I didn't really know what to expect, so I popped the cap and poured into an imperial pint glass. The color is a beautiful orange with a sticky film on top. Smells much less hoppy than I expected, very bready and malty. After tasting... oh yes, this is a good one. It's malt-forward with some great bread and toffee/caramel notes (did I mention caramel is my favorite flavor in beer?). The bitterness on the back end keeps it well rounded and balanced, but I'm getting no distinguishable hop taste. Clearly they added little to no late hop additions and it REALLY works here.

This will be in my regular line up, especially at $3.50 a bottle. I believe this would also be a great beer to people new to the craft world. A great example of how beer should be.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2012 05:28:52 | More by alexipa
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours an amber brown color with a two finger just off white head. The head fades to leave a light level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is heavy of a bready aroma. With this smell is a good lot of butterscotch and some lighter fruit aromas of apple cider.

Taste – The taste begins with a crisp bready flavor. A lighter butterscotch sweeter flavor then comes to tongue. As the taste advances, some of the apple cider in the nose is detected on the tongue. This mixes well with the rest, and at the end, is joined some light herbal and earthy bitterness which leave a rather pleasant taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the rather average side in terms of creaminess and thickness with a carbonation level that is the same.

Overall – A tasty and very drinkable brew with a good blend of malty, lightly sweet, and lightly bitter. Rather refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 02:36:27 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of jsisko01


3.23/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a copper/amber color. Only poured about half the glass and it overfilled with foam.. Looks overly carbonated.

Smell - Very malty and bready, sweet, bitter, musty, and butterscotch.

Taste - Very sweet and malty, somewhat of a fruity apple flavor, toffee, and has a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

Overall - Not a bad pale ale.. The carbonation is just overkill.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 00:17:55 | More by jsisko01
Photo of Jetulio


3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a traditional Pint Glass from 500 ml can.

App--- copper/amber colour with a thin head off-white

S---- apple and malt, it smells lighltly

T--- not impressive but very well balanced, malty with a liitle touch of fruit and presence of hops too

M--- nice in mouth, medium/light body with medium carbonation

O--- easy easy to drink because its well balanced. Not a complex Pale Ale but good to be a standard at London pubs.

Serving type: can

10-09-2012 09:45:24 | More by Jetulio
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New Zealand (Aotearoa)

3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance- Amber body with lots of bubbles clinging to the side of the pint glass with a very
thin head.

Smell- Smell of sherry and Xmas cake.

Taste- Toffee taste with the contrasting hops coming through at the end making this beer well balanced and refreshing.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation and quite creamy in the mouth.

Overall- This bottle of beer has been imported to N.Z from London so has travelled half way around the world and it may have lost some character in the journey but that is just speculation, having said that it is a very nice beer with lots of flavour I would definitely buy again.

Poured into a nonic pint glass from the bottle Best Before May 13.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 06:07:45 | More by keitho
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North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a deep gold with a thick off-white head that slowly dissipates. There is some slight cascading, but no lacing.

S-malty, bready, toffee, butterscotch, and I also picked up a scent of green apples.

T-Malty with a nice bitter finish. Caramel and Toffee dominate the flavor to me with some butterscotch sneaking in as well. Its not as floral as I was expecting. This beer gets much better as it warms.

M-buttery, creamy, with a nice touch of carbonation. In some ways not as slick and full as I was expecting.

D-True session beer. You could drink this all day.

Overall, I was slightly disappointed with this beer. I expected a fuller more complex flavor and a slightly better mouthfeel. Maybe my expectations were too high, but I expected this to blow Bass Pale Ale away. While it is better than Bass, it just didn't seem to be worth paying that much extra to drink. At just over $13 including tax for a sixer I expected more. I doubt I will purchase this ever again in bottle form, but would like to try it on tap. All of that being said it is a good beer, just not as good as my high expectations had hoped it would be.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 04:10:25 | More by thegodfather2701
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North Carolina

3.13/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - light, see through amber with a soft, short, off white head that has good retention

S - very faint caramel

T - nusty, milky, caramel

M - medium bodied, well carbonated, a bit crisp

The milky notes were very off putting. The base beer is all caramel and very one-dimensional. This is rather disappointing, but it is low-abv and very sessionable. I won't be buying this again, though.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 08:13:07 | More by tdm168
Photo of pkalix


4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

not another 11.2 oz bottle . . . . and at 4.7% abv, i think i'm expecting a light beer.
pours with very little head, and what little there was relinquished itself to the orange-y, marmalade-y, ginger ale-looking liquid below it. some fizzy carbonation, but that dissipated also.
i'm sharing this bottle with a glass of Woodford Double Reserve bourbon and i believe i'm still getting a good sense of smell and taste from the glass. some malt in there with little hop and a little caramel. very light beer and, as someone else mentioned, would go great with a sandwich at lunchtime in a pub.
i did purchase this sixer specifically for the purpose of chasing the bourbon (it was a toss up between this and the guinness black lager- both very light abv) and i feel it accents the bourbon nicely. as a stand-alone brew, it stands by itself and on its own merit. a great tasting brew, although very light; but very nicely balanced and has definite purpose in life. cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 22:46:37 | More by pkalix
Photo of rickyleepotts


2.75/5  rDev -30.6%
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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North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aside from the low carbonation, it looks like a nice beer. Light amber body with a tiny head.

British malts and slick british hops come to mind. Its mild for sure, with just a hint of slick malt coming through. Slightly lemony and earthy.

Its malty for sure. Slight hint of grains, but I think of Marris Otter malt straight away. It just has that trademark slightly earthy yet slick British malt. It goes down so smooth and easy, with the ease of a German Helles or well a British Pale. Its mild, yet still flavorful enough.

It feels amazing. Full on British malt with a touch of earthy lemon.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 00:01:47 | More by VncentLIFE
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3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap served in a Fuller’s London Pride pint glass at White Beer’D, Bangkok.

Got a clear copper brown amber beer with thick off-white foamy head with great retention, the head stably endures until the end of tasting along with nice lacing.

Variety of fruit predominates in the smell mainly reminding of cherry and apple. Sweet malt is also there with a note of caramel and biscuit.

Load of fruit still exhibits through the taste buds reminiscent of cherry, citrus and apple. Sweet biscuity malt, caramel and some hop bitterness are leverage and enough to balance its fruity side.

The body is medium, smooth mouthfeel with some good crispness and carbonation, rather dry finish.

Good English ale with many varieties in term of complexity, aroma and flavor rather than typical others in the style.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2012 17:19:24 | More by Everydayoff
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4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Different and unique bottle with nice raised embossed lettering on it. Label is simple yet classy. Label on the back give an excellent history of this beer and brewery.

Appearance: Poured out of 12oz bottle into a 16oz English Pint. Pours out a clear bright copper/amber color with a 2 finger airy creamy white foam head that dissipated into a frothy covering. Head retention was 1min 24sec. Very active carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass. Minimal lacing after initial head dissipation.

Smell/Aroma: Earthy aroma with hints of butterscotch and caramel throughout. A very nice bread-like maltiness with mild hop essence.

Flavor/Taste: Tastes of the same bread like malts with a hoppy-bite. Maintains a butter-like caramel flavor throughout.

MouthFeel: Medium-bodied with crisp feel. Moderate carbonation..

Drinkability: Highly drinkable and very well balanced. Very smooth.

Overall/Comments: One of the best ales that I've had. So very well balanced in flavor/aroma/mouthfeel. An exceptional brew. Classified as an English Pale Ale at 4.7% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 08:27:11 | More by thegodfather1076
Fuller's London Pride from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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