Fegley's ESB | Fegley's Bethlehem Brew Works

BA SCORE
42.9%
Liked This Beer
3.62 w/ 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:
#33,104
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
70
Liked:
30
Avg:
3.62/5
pDev:
11.05%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
9
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 70 |  Reviews: 30
Photo of Sammy
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hoppy aroma, a combination of British hops to add a layer of complexity. Creamy and bitter to the end. A good palate cleaner that's all, and begs for food accompanment. Medium mouthfeel. Apparently popular after the golden, and fancied by their more trained beer crowd.

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Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a copper colored brew with a decent looking head on top. There is some light sticky lacing that holds on for a little bit. The smell of the beer is loaded up with malts. The taste is a bit sweet upfront like a dry caramel flavor, it then finishes nicely with a bitter taste. The mouthfeel is very drinkable. Overall it's not a bad brew for this style.

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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 PhineasMcClintock
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of tempest
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty good, but doesn't quite hold up to the best of the ESBs. The flavor is quite good, but it doesn't linger and develop like Fuller's ESB for instance. This one had smooth caramel malts that were sweet and paired with a balancing bitterness and touch of spicy hops flavor.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of LoveStout
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of WesWes
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark gold/amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a grainy pale and crystal malt scent with some light hop aroma. The taste is good. It has a nice malty flavor that is fruity and slightly bitter with a nice hop finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a decent ESB. It could use a little more hops in the aroma as well as a little more crystal malts for flavor and body. Overall, it is a good drinker.

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Photo of petermethot
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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 Durge
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A deep clear copper color poured into a pint glass with a fair white cover and very good lacing. After eating my meal with a IPA I can scarcely smell a thing here. Maybe a slightly smokey, dusty wheat with some nuttiness. The taste accentuates the charcoal and wheat. Not terribly sweet, a bit peppery with a sort of rye feel in there. Very subtle and drinkable, light bodied, maybe too watery but the interesting smoke quietly overcomes this and makes it very much worth a try. If this was a bit thicker it might be a great brew. Tingly carbonation. Pretty good stuff.

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Photo of Stofko1992
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RoyalT
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Nice, malty dark ESB brown with a decent, tanned head.

Smell – This one has a toasted malt base to it along with some playful, bitter hops.

Taste – Ah, this is where the rubber hits the road. The fuggles are in full effect here and the malts are a little darker than I thought from the nose. There’s a hint of burnt toast that mixes well with the distinct, tangy hops. There’s a mild almost citrusy sweetness to the dry finish (if that makes any sense).

Mouthfeel – This is where this ale shines. It is smooth as silk with an incredible mouthfeel. It’s medium-bodied and very entertaining.

Drinkability – This is one of the funnest session beers that I’ve had in a long time. I thoroughly enjoyed the first pint and look forward to finishing off the 64 oz growler on this glorious Friday night.

Comments – There’s nothing like long distance pub crawling. As I sit in Seattle sipping (well, not exactly “sipping”) on this local PA brew I can’t help but think what a wonderful organization we have here at BeerAdvocate. A big thumbs up to francisweizen for sending this growler out my way.

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Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty great brew from BBW! and one of their three flagship beers...This pured a nice dark red/copper colour with a nice head that died pretty quickly in my glass. This tasted very sharp, fruity, and a bit hoppy with some nice malt action going on, I believe. The mouthfeel was full and creamy, and this is a very drinkable brew. A very good beer indeed, and definately worth picking up a growler full of.
Good work BBW!
Cheers!

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of 57md
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is burnt copper with half a finger of head. The head had modest retention and left a trace of lacing behind. The nose has mild bready notes. The flavor profile is malty and hearty, but it is just a bit shy of earning the title of "full-bodied." There is a mild dry hop bitterness on the finish.

An excellent example of the style and very sessionable, indeed.

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

Poured a nice amber color from the tap, a little head and lotsa lace as the glass emptied (always a bittersweet event, no?).

Malt was faint in the nose, hardly there, but what little aroma did waft out was sweet, caramel-like, and promising.

In the tasting things seemed to be dominated by hops rather than malt, but it was all balanced well enough and certainly did it's job as a solid and very drinkable ESB.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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 TheBigBoy
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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Fegley's ESB from Fegley's Bethlehem Brew Works
Beer rating: 42.9% out of 100 with 70 ratings
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