Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99! (Limited time offer, US delivery only)

13 Rebels ESB | French Broad Brewing Co.

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
13 Rebels ESB13 Rebels ESB
244 Ratings
13 Rebels ESB13 Rebels ESB

Brewed by:
French Broad Brewing Co.
North Carolina, United States

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Bierguy5 on 05-18-2004

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 244 |  Reviews: 103
Photo of RochefortChris
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ordybill
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has an aroma of malt, yeast and hops. Not bad
Appearance- Pours a copper color with a small white head.
Taste- Bitter with a citrus bite, not that enjoyable
Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation.
Overall- An average ESB. The artwork on the can is the best part of this beer.

 343 characters

Photo of tillmac62
2.72/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Slightly cloudy medium amber pour that is a brownish orange. Outstanding head volume and retention, fair lacing.

Medium intensity nose that has a slight biscuit sweetness, a touch of citrus (orange) and a hint of EKG.

Medium bodied with a very smooth texture. Poorly carbonated with no effervescence.

The flavor profile is unique, and not in a way that supports the style. It begins with a weak flavor that is similar to an orange citrus tea, but is not quite pleasant. This flavor permeates throughout the tasting experience. The middle typically expresses bitterness, but this brew delivers only a hint. The finish is a continued lingering of the initial odd flavor. I've had many ESBs over the years and home brewed with EKG as well. This beer is a poor example of the style and use of EKG hops. No BOD on the can.

 829 characters

Photo of Notacraftdrinker
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tone
3.84/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, copper color. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of caramel malt, sweet malt, hint of pale malt, hint of earthy malt, hint of yeast, slight hops, hint of tea, and a hint of sugar. Fits the style of an Extra Special / Strong Bitter. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of earthy malt, caramel malt, sweet malt, hint of pale malt, slight subtle hops, and a hint of yeast.

 469 characters

Photo of BGsWo22
3.02/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Winston3737
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Amedlin18
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EEscobar
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jopezu
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Skipster
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Nice tasting, but nothing special.

34 characters

Photo of Mattyb79
2.78/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Not good at all. Had a strange metallic taste to it. Aroma was decent, but completely fell apart when I tasted it.

114 characters

Photo of myelo
3.36/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap.

A: copper colored, clear, with half inch white head

S: bready aroma with some fruit typical of an English ale

T: bready, toasted malt with a smooth mild bitterness (earthy, herbal, floral)

F: medium to light body. No noticeable ethanol warmth. Medium carbonation.

O: nice, balanced ale. Well done.

 312 characters

Photo of Givensmatt
1/5  rDev -71.6%

Photo of Omnium
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of iiaudio
3.56/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of JimKal
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

This was an interesting beer. I don't think this tastes like other ESBs that I've tried. It pours nicely into a SA Perfect Pint and displays some head and lacing but when I tried it with a Nonic there was virtually no head and no lacing, The color is amber with a hint of orange. The taste and aroma are hard to describe but I would lean toward earthy. I will say that I enjoyed the beer. It seems to be a nice transition to the fall for me although I would prefer a slightly darker color.

 489 characters

Photo of ThurstonHowell3
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of RavenForBeer
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Mfbda1daonly
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of jburlew
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of swgwilt
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

French Broad 13 Rebels ESB has a fairly thick cream colored head with heavy lacing and a murky, bubbly, orange appearance. The aroma is of toffee, light fruits, English hop resin, a slight nut, and citrus acidity. Taste is of all that, with mild bitterness, sweet bread dough, and a grass or weed note. Mouthfeel is medium, and French Broad 13 Rebels ESB finishes fairly crisp and odd. It’s one that the drinker would really have to try to appreciate, because it’s difficult to describe.


 497 characters

Photo of 8dubs148
4.84/5  rDev +37.5%

Photo of BT_Bobandy
3/5  rDev -14.8%

13 Rebels ESB from French Broad Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.52 out of 5 with 244 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.