Fegley's ESB | Fegley's Bethlehem Brew Works

BA SCORE
3.62/5
70 Ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Fegley's Bethlehem Brew Works
Pennsylvania, United States
thebrewworks.com

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-21-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#33,630
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
70
pDev:
11.05%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
9
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 70 |  Reviews: 30
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2.75/5  rDev -24%

Photo of wheelinshirt
2.9/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First growler from BBW. Picked it up on my walk back from work. $8 for the beer, $3 deposit on the growler itself.

Pours a deep amber with little head that fades to a collar and leaves no lace. Smell is roasted and caramel malts with some hops--pretty faint overall.

Taste is more bitter than i would have expected, but not overpoweringly so. The dominance of the roasted character also took me a bit by surprise. Mouthfeel is inoffensive, medium with enough carbonation. Drinkability is good, it goes down fairly easily, but this is not a beer that i will be reaching for time and time again. Hope i can find one there that suits my tastes a bit better.

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2.9/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Rifugium
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at Bethlehem

Poured a clear amber color with a small white head that nonetheless left copious lacing. Basic, light aroma of toasty malts and light leafy hops. Taste of mild herbal and earthy hops, light caramel, homebrewish malt extract, moderately bitter in the finish. Not too bad, but not great. Light body, light flavor, went down pretty smooth. Not much else to say.

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Photo of cfadams17
3.12/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.12/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of claytri
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a good looking beer. A nice clear amber with an off-white head. The smell was decent with a bit of malt and lot of hops. It had a little bit of sweet upfront and a lot of bitter in the back. It was light and crisp with a dry finish. This is not really my style of beer, and I had it as part of a sampler. Not the beer I would come back for.

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3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out a clear amber copper color aand was topped by a quickly thinning off white head. Good malt nose with some lemony hops in the aroma. There is a bitter grapefruit hop note in the flavor and lingers in the aftertaste. Medium bodied, smooth and mellow. A decent and drinkable beer, but nothing all that extra special.

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3.34/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bethlehem Brew Works- ESB

Appearance- Golden brown with very little head.
Smell- Light sweet caramel malt.
Taste- Sweet caramel malt with a light dry nutty hop flavor.
Mouthfeel- Light and crisp. Slight dryness in the end.

Overall- My favorite beer of the night at the Brew Works. Not a big flavorful ESB but an easy drinker. I had 3 of them!

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Photo of hopdog
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Bethlehem Brew Works Brew Pub.

Poured a medium copper color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas and tastes of caramel malts, light floralness and a little fruity. Medium sweet. Better than I expected since being billed as a 'great Yeungling Lager alternative'.

Notes from 5/15/05

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Photo of rfgetz
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a coppery amber color, minimal head. Scent is light carmel, light roasted nuts, touch of honey. taste again brings a faint carmel and nut presence, hints of bready yeast and very faint earthy hop presence. Lighter side of medium bodied, low carbonation. Thin flavor profile and all the material at the brewpub seem to say this is an entry level craft (along with their pilsner) for BMC drinkers and I agree.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

part of sampler tray at the brewpub.
Served as a light copper color with slight white head. smell is of roasted hops with a background of maltiness. Taste is a bit light with slight hops. Mouthfeel leaves a small dry bitter taste. An ok brew but a bit ordinary for me.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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Fegley's ESB from Fegley's Bethlehem Brew Works
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 70 ratings
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