Meyer ESB - Thirsty Bear Brewing Company
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Ratings: 35 | Reviews: 18 | Display Reviews Only:
3.59/5 rDev +4.1%
(had a pint early one morning after doing their sampler flight)
A: light, golden amber liquid, nice creme-colored head that laces in drapes
S: not much to it.... a bit of character from the malt - something about it stood out from the rest of their clean, inoffensive beers....mellow toasty cookie, light-med esters, very lite hop
T: much like the aroma, along with fresh bread, cookie/wafer, some caramel.... grassy hops in balance... some residual dry bitterness finishing it off
M: a little pull in the finish, but on the lighter side in body... neither smooth nor sharp, just clean.... could've had some more roundness
O: best of the ales i had there?... still tastes like it's from a brewpub... stood out as having hints of depth and complexity whereas their other offerings were nice, but all had an unmemorable homogenous clarity on the palate
05-13-2013 21:41:17 | More by Bouleboubier
3.71/5 rDev +7.5%
Dark amber in the pint nonic with a creamy head that lasts nicely. Watery body that is paired with a pleasant malty richness. Grainy flavors dominate. This tastes like rye for some reason, with the tast and bitter tang. The hops are more resiny and leave a moderate bitter aftertaste. A dark roasted flavor adds some interest.
Not a bad quaff that seems like a nice middle ground of hops and malt on the drier side. On tap at the Thirsty Bear in San Francisco [notes from 01/24/2013 visit].
02-22-2013 05:28:09 | More by mactrail
3.75/5 rDev +8.7%
Part of the sampler platter. Reviewed 7/15/10.
P: Caramel brown body. Dirty white head with a nice covering.
A: Somewhat subdued aromas of floral hops, jasmine and caramel malts.
T: Smooth and creamy. Floral and earthy hops impart a lite bitterness. Caramel malts balance the flavors.
A solid ESB. Very enjoyable.
08-08-2011 03:58:25 | More by litheum94
3.98/5 rDev +15.4%
Clear copper colour with a creamy, long lasted off-white head. Good lacing.
Nutty, sweet caramel aroma with very light citrussy hops. Good.
Crisp caramelised malt flavour with a nice hoppy edge. Well balanced and full of flavour.
Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Very good.
A really solid American style ESB with a good balance between the malt and the hops. Easy to drink.
08-06-2011 09:42:29 | More by dgilks
3.28/5 rDev -4.9%
Had this on tap at Thirsty Bear in SF. Didn't have my notebook with me, so I'm doing this from memory.
A - Deep copper with a small to moderate head. The color looked on the darker-hued side for an ESB, but well within the style.
S - Malt malt malt. Caramelly sweetness coming through with only a touch of hops.
T - Same as the smell. This beer is mostly malt on the taste, too much so IMHO, and not enough hop balance.
M - Thick and creamy, almost syrupy. A bit on the heavy end of an ESB.
D - Not great. After one of these I was ready to move on.
Overall, I found it too malty and sweet and a bit off target for an ESB, though the maltiness tasted fine, and I took my time enjoying it while watching march madness. Just made me feel a bit fuller than I was expecting and without enough hop balance.
04-08-2011 02:00:20 | More by hiku7
3.3/5 rDev -4.3%
Had this on tap at the brewpub in San Francisco. Pours a reddish-copper colour with a finger of white head. Nice enough head retention, mild lacing on the glass. Floral hops with a big toasted malt backbone. Very mild bitterness. This didn't quite live up to many other ESB's I've had, though it was pleasant.
01-14-2011 16:42:20 | More by kwjd
3.48/5 rDev +0.9%
Served from nitro-tap at the brewery.
Pours a smooth amber colour, with a small but creamy head of white foam, although the brewery lighting is rather dim. Looks pretty decent.
Smooth on the nose with a bit of malty sweetness, very round with a crispness that reminds me of raw potato. Quite sweet overall, certainly not a big ESB sharpness. But nice.
Sweet grain on the palate, a little dusty - certainly not a lot of hops. Very clean though on the palate, and the texture is very pleasant.
It's an extremely drinkable brew, let's give it that. Would make a great session beer - there's enough character to keep it interesting, not enough to wear out the palate, and it's extremely smooth.
05-23-2010 03:24:48 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.68/5 rDev +6.7%
Clear, reddish hue with a thick beige cap. Excellent head retention with lots of sticky lace. The aroma was malty and sweet with a hint of caramel and faint, earthy hops. Bitterness was on the low side, balanced towards malt and caramel. Hops were light and grassy. Medium bodied with lowish carbonation, smooth texture. I enjoyed my pint, though I thought it could have used a bit more bitterness to really round out the flavour.
04-03-2010 19:07:17 | More by DrJay
Meyer ESB from Thirsty Bear Brewing Company
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