Bachelor ESB | Deschutes Brewery

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Bachelor ESBBachelor ESB

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: English Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Alc. by Vol.: 5.3%
IBUs: 50

180 calories per 12 oz serving

Added by BeerAngel on 08-25-2001

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Ratings: 193 |  Reviews: 122
Reviews by RedBaron:
Photo of RedBaron
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A beautiful ESB made from a brewery in Oregon with a reputation for greatness. Thanks to my Dad for arbitrarily picking up a six-pack on his trip out West, and bringing it back to Chicago for me!

Appearance: Sunset orange, translucent; nice sustaining head with a little rockiness.
Smell: Bready, slate-y (a bit), fresh cut barley.
Taste: Biscuity sweet malts up front, fruity, clove-like middle, finishes with a wonderful hop bitterness (but more English-like, aka understated).
Mouthfeel: Delicate balance between malt and hops, though the complexity of the malts carry the day. For a beer that is fairly low in alcohol, this one finishes dry, and that's quite appealing. Think I'll have another!
Drinkability: My, oh my, what a great beer! This is the second beer I've been blessed to enjoy from the same brewery (my first was their porter), and this is a beer that reminds me of how well an American brewery can interpret an English ESB if they want to. No expense was spared in this one. Nice job, folks.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper with a nice fluffy two finger head that settles nicely leaving a fair amount of lace,big aromas going on some dry biscuit malt with a little caramel and big juicy citrus to balance I even get some metallic in there.Very solid brew hoppier than say a true English ESB but there is a firm lightly sweet maltiness and nuttiness that keeps it pretty well balanced.A real nice beer well rounded and very flavorful my first ale from Deschutes was pretty darn good.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – Nice, thick, cloudy copper color with a deep head that laced the glass as it slowly dissipated.

Smell – Complex hoppy bitterness adds greatly to the wonderful bouquet. The hops are fairly balanced by some full, lightly-sweetened, yeasty malt. Wonderful!

Taste – This one mellows out some at the tongue. The lightly toasted malt flavors flex their muscles a little bit here, standing tall to the lovely floral hops. The sweetness (that I can’t quite pin down) adds a nice compliment to the duo.

Mouthfeel – Flat, refreshing, medium-bodied, and very smooth just as it should be.

Drinkability – Another fine offering from Deschutes Brewery. This one went down like water.

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Photo of megamass
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Jason
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown with a simple yet inviting label, purchase before date clearly marked.

Appearance: Amberish copper hued brew with a very well retaining off white head.

Smell: Biscuity malt with a hint of caramel, light floral hop and some mild fruity esters.

Taste: Smooth, crisp and chewy malt mouth feel the let forth a attack of fruitiness, malt sweetness and a husky biscuity malt flavour. The hops make an appearance with a semi assertive bitterness and a pungent oily herbal/veggie flavour. A touch of caramel is in the end along with the rest of the residual sweetness and drying grain.

Notes: Very flavourful ... quite impressive. I must say ... this is a great ale, it goes great with marinated grilled flank steak.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap. Pours hazy, dark brown in color with 3/4 inch head. Taste is toasted malt, caramel, biscuit, dark fruit, and light citrus--orange hops. Taste is slightly bitter with medium body and carbonation. Good and tasty example of the style.

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Photo of GarrettB714
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of strangebrew52
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice amber color with a small amount of head. Smells of bread, slightly piny hop scent, malts. Tastes bready with a nice hop flavor, hops are more piney than citrus. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. This is a decent beer not as good as some of the other Deschutes stuff I've had but not bad.

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Photo of Thrasher
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mmmm, a fine ESB from one of the nation's finest breweries. It pours a rich glowing amber with large fluffy head and tons of beautiful lacing. Sweet aroma of caramel malts and a light hop twinge. The beer is hugely flavorful, with lots of strong tasty malts, and a crisp hoppiness that is just about perfectly balanced. Both elements are forceful, but that is the Northwest way. The malts put forth bready flavors that are reminiscent of English ales, but a bit more in your face. Hops linger on the tongue for a great aftertaste. Mouthfeel perfectly soft and smooth. The beer is nourishing and very drinkable. A success on every level, and yet another example of Deschutes' brewing prowess.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden darkness, lots of head, always good retention and lacing from Deschutes. Aroma was brisk and British if I may, husky.

Taste was actually pretty bitter for an esb, assertive, bready. One of the heavier esb's I've had, almost chewy biscuit element to it, plenty of sweetness. Hops delicare and sparingly used, very dry yeast aspect though mixing with the heavy malt/breadiness I was talking about, even though it is big, it isn't necessarily simplistic, it has plenty of nuanced character.

For some reason these aren't distributed as much as they used to be. Probably the most drank esb in my lifetime. Anderson Valley, close second I'd guess.

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Photo of ADR
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy copper appearance, yellowish thin-bubbled head that powers down in about a minute. Laces in big patches. Hoppy aroma but with a good butterscotch backing to it. Nice beer here, good full mouthfeel, lower carbonation, and a fine cinnamon and slightly diacetyl maltiness. Very good Goldings hop balance at the end, not a blast of bitter but a subtle conclusion. This is my idea of a good ESB, a fair match to Fuller's and not overdone with west coast hops as some American examples can be.

Source: Liquid Solutions

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Photo of chinchill
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Deschutes brewpub in Bend.
Clear copper body with a very good head.
Mild aroma of sweet malts and Light hops. Mildly bitter.
Medium body and lively carbonation.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of ste5venla
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of dannyj56
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of switzer
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of watermelonman
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured to an amber and copper color with a medium head that shrank but never disappeared. The lace is medium.

The smell is somewhat light, but nice and full of biscuit and malt flavor. The taste is classic and bold while giving way to a substantial hop flavor in the end. It's solid in the mouth and easy to drink.

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Photo of heather625
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of biboergosum
3.41/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the restaurant in Bend.

This beer appears clear medium ruddy amber hue, with one finger of thin foamy white head, which leaves some random streaks of stringy lace around the glass as it falls away. It smells of mild bready malt, and leafy hops. The taste is bready, faintly biscuit malt, and earthy, leafy hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium-light in weight, and fairly smooth. It finishes off-dry, the breadiness persisting.

What we have here, seemingly, is a decent amber ale. It needs a fair bit more biscuit edge and noble hop bitterness to slide into the ESB zone.

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Photo of HugePlume
3.41/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was excited to find this in my area, its not that common outside Oregon so I picked up a 6er. 12oz bottle marked with drink by July 2011.

A- Poured with a thin head, maybe too light of a pour? Some lacing retention but not much. Color though is a beautiful deep copper.

S- When first poured, a weak nose, not much there at all. Maybe too cold? As it warms, some grainy malt and just a faint hint of fruity hops.

T- All malt here for the most part, starts as a dry grainy malt and evolves into a sweeter cereal flavor. Hops really only manifest in a bitter fashion.

M- A bit on the watery side, carbonation is slightly lighter than would be expected. Does leave a nice malty residue on the teeth.

O- I'm dissapointed I have to say. Deschutes normally crafts devine brews, but this comes up short. Its above average, but not to the level I expect from Deschutes, I love a good ESB too, it may be my favorite style. Needs a little punching up. Since I can't find this locally and there are some other good local ESB's around it might not be a bad thing.

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Photo of Sammy
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very bitter, and some malting in finish. Grapefruit C-hop aroma. Golden with white head. Consumed three days past expiration date. More bitter than I would like so not as drinkable as it could be. Some citrus. Dry aftertaste. Was not what it could be with food. Quite median brew.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hazy, deep amber/reddish copper body is topped by a long-standing, frothy ivory head. It holds quite well and leaves some very nice lace at the offset. The nose is fresh and inviting with floral/grassy Goldings and a mild yeasty fruitiness over a lightly sweet and biscuity malt. The body is medium/full and it's quite creamy in the mouth, no doubt due in part to it's very fine and moderate carbonation. The flavor is as the aroma suggests it may be, with a dryish biscuity malt that's laced with fruitiness (soft berries, some cherry) and infused with floral/grassy hop flavors. A firm bitterness backs it, and ushers in a dry finish that lingers shortly with a dollop of gently caramelish malt. Quite nice, and surprisingly authentic "English" in character. A flavorful beer that doesn't step over the edge, and thus retains a great deal of drinkability. Sometimes a little restraint goes a long way!

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Photo of ElGordo
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy amber hue with golden highlights, topped by a good inch of creamy off-white head. Nice aroma of floral noble hops and mellow, slightly sweet malt. Palate is well-balanced between assertively bitter noble hops, mildly sweet malt, and a lightly fruity undertone. A lingering bitterness follows the finish. Body is smooth and creamy, very nice for an ESB. A very drinkable ale, and one that is overlooked in the Deschutes lineup.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. Pours a beautiful copper colored amber with an extremely sticky off-white head that possesses excellent lacing and retention. The aroma is sweet biscuity malt with some caramel, hints of dark fruits and hops. The taste is incredibly smooth with some sweet biscuity malt, caramel and citrusy hops. An extremely well crafted beer that I would drink all the time if was available here in FL. Overall, Bachelor ESB is another outstanding brew from Deschutes, quickly moving up my list of favorite breweries. Highly recommended.

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Photo of russpowell
4.31/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle from Liquid Solutions with a BBD of 2/29/08, shame on liquid Solutions for sending me a beer past it's sell by date, lets see how it drinks. This was my go-to session beer on Oahu

Pours copper/amber with effervescence & 1+ finger of rocky sand colored head. Excellent head retention & good lacing

S: Bready notes & a bit of caramel & some fruittyness once warm

T: Breadyness, caramel, with herbal & leafy hops up front. Some flinty dryness, citrus hops & fruitty note (apricots) as this warms. Finishes with herbal & citrussy hops, caramel, fruittyness (apples & pears), a bit of honey malt & a touch of dryness

MF: Medium bodied with light carbonation, a bit of creamyness & super balance

Still very sessionable, I remember this having a bit more fruittyness, but a super solid ESB that rivals many brewed across the pond IMO

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