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Meyer ESB - Thirsty Bear Brewing Company

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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 14.45%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Thirsty Bear Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-18-2004)
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Photo of jwolfie70


3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Thirsty Bear from a nitro pour. Poured a dark amber. Smell was of roasted malt and nuts. Taste also had a roasted malt (almost nutty) flavor that was balanced by a dry hop bitterness. I would prefer more intense flavors, but a good beer. Not sure what the nitro added.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-13-2008 00:50:41 | More by jwolfie70
Photo of JDV


3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours reddish amber with a light hop smell, taste and aftertaste. Some honey sweetness in the nose too. Somewhat refreshing, thin, and decent. I guess about what I expect for the style in terms of overall sessionability and ease of drinking, but not particularly special.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2008 22:15:55 | More by JDV
Photo of bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wife’s pint at the brewpub. Orange body and creamy white head. Dry, nutty aroma, with some roasted malts in there. Citric bitterness clings to a malty backbone, and is pleasingly refreshing, although a little forward at times. Fairly light bodied and dry finish. Overall a solid ESB.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2008 18:36:59 | More by bobsy
Photo of bboven


3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Darkish gold color, spot on for color and a fantastic, fantastic head with great retention.

Great floral hop aroma, nice malty balance.

Very malty taste, a bit of a sour finish, but overall right there for style.

Mouthfeel is wonderfully creamy even though the body is a touch thin.

I could see myself having several pints of this on a night out. This is a beer I would seek out were I in an ESB mood.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2007 22:54:00 | More by bboven
Photo of kdoc8


3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on nitro-tap at Thirsty Bear in San Francisco, CA. It is a deep reddish-brown color with golden hints in it. It had a thin, but long-lasting head and some lacing. It didn't have too much of an aroma, maybe a bit of flowers. It is not at all bitter or hopsy in taste and has more of a dark roast taste of malt to it, very similar to the taste in their Brown.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-13-2007 22:34:07 | More by kdoc8
Photo of klewis


4.25/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Thirsty Bear 6/8/06

A: Pours a nice copper color with a one-finger nitro head that lasted the duration of the drink. Tons of lacing left all over the glass.

S: Floral hops aroma with caramel notes.

T: Well-balanced with both malty and subtle hops flavors

M: Wonderfully smooth and silky with a medium body

D: Overall this is a great beer. The nitro was a great touch and allowed the complexities of the beer to come through. This is a beer that I wouldn't mind drinking all night.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-16-2006 20:44:43 | More by klewis
Photo of Redrover


3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer was a dark bronze with a nice beige head

Soft floral nose, with malts clearly evident.

The taste is slightly bitter with fruit and spice notes. It is also sweet with some minor caramel notes.

The mouthfeel was a bit of a disappointment. In spite of the nitro, the beer was a bit brittle feeling.

This ESB is an easy enough drinker but slightly thin in the end. Reminds me a bit of a slighlty washed out Fullers.

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-14-2006 16:53:39 | More by Redrover
Photo of baiser


3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber orange body, with a foamy white head, good retention and lacing. Sweet malt, buttery - balanced by a dry and bitter finish. Crisp and clean. OK beer, but lacks any depth of flavour. Much rather have their brown ale or IPA. One of their few english style ales, which aren't nearly as good as their american style offerings.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2005 09:15:42 | More by baiser
Photo of Mark


4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice amber body was topped by a thick lasting head that left cask like sheets of lacing, on both sides of the glass. Aroma of sweet malt dominates the nose. Taste profile is sweet malt accented as well with a good hop bite as befits an ESB. Mouthfeel was very nce and this beer i exceptionally smooth and drinkable. A major league ESB.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2005 23:50:26 | More by Mark
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Meyer ESB from Thirsty Bear Brewing Company
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