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Fegley's ESB | Fegley's Bethlehem Brew Works

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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-21-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#33,630
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
70
pDev:
11.05%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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1
Gots:
9
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Ratings: 70 |  Reviews: 30
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -24%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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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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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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5/5  rDev +38.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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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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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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3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 64 oz brown growler

Appearence: Medium amber color with next to no head. Poured into a 22 oz. pint glass.

Smell:A phenominal aroma of toasted malts. Hints of caramel and slight honey.

Taste: A light body, lighter than I expected being it is an extra special/strong bitter beer. I think it was due to the watery texture. Some bitterness with the finish along with mild sweetness from the malt.

Notes: I feel that the beer from Brew Works is watered down. I actually went back to the brewery to see if something was wrong with the tap or if the batch was getting old because of the watery taste, which takes alot away from the flavor. They respected my opinion and gave me a free growler of their Dubbel. Great service.

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3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

On tap at BBW

A - Pours deep amber with 1 finger white creamy head, receds to just a collar with a moderate amount sticky lacing

S - Not too much here. Primarily toasty grain, some caramel malt and faint hop bitterness.

T - That's better. Starts off with some caramel malt and faint fruit esters. Sweet light fruits. Then comes a nice dose of roasted nuts and mild coffee. Finishes with toasty grains and English bittering hops.

M - Thin body. A little watery, my biggest beef with this beer. Nice carbonation, creamy at times and slightly biting to finish.

D - Pretty solid local ESB, especially for $8 bucks a growler fill!

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4.29/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ordered this beer expecting a very hoppy beer. Had on tap at the Brewworks in Bethlehem. What an excellent beer, great smell and aroma, wonderful taste. Dark brown color, darker than yeungling. Not too heavy on the hops, just right kick. Very drinkable. No wonder its an award winner.

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