Fuller's ESB | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
England, United Kingdom
fullers.co.uk

Style: English Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Twice named World Champion Beer, Fuller’s ESB is one of the most decorated ales of its time. A winner born and brewed, it’s a strong, full-bodied ale that has delighted drinkers for decades with its smooth, mellow bitterness and superbly satisfying finish.

Added by kbub6f on 07-08-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,394
Reviews:
1,382
Ratings:
3,035
pDev:
11.08%
 
 
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162
Gots:
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Photo of ian_graf
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of VictorSage
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mj24053
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent. Probably the best ESB I've had. Tastes typically English. Loved it

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Photo of Seadogmariner
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A lovely English Ale with body. Great taste.

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Photo of JonnoWillsteed
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mike_Morrison
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Malt, caramel, prunes, marmalade. Rich, lightly carbonated, thin head.

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Photo of Mortarforker
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vidblain
3/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of detroitpat
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Cris4545
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dsippel
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bobstockwell
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dwiech
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the tall boy bottle in a snifter via a friend from work---Cheers Randy!
This classic ale pours a beautiful copper bronze with a nice English head of
white big bubbled foam that subsides to a thick ring, thin subtle light pool,
and shows subtle lacing. Nose of light toffee, subtle light herbal malts, and
subtle citrus. Flavors hit the crush-able---nay---decimating level of drink-ability.
Light toffee and caramel malts dance about light notes of a good English
marmalade with subtle orange peel and mild herbal notes with the trademark
English yeast flavor in the background with a hint of bitterness from the hops.
Very nice mouth feel; low carbonation, medium light body, and a lightly sweet
subtly bitter finish.

As always and ever since I had one---a classic and worthy of praise.

Like English----LOVE THIS.

Cheers

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Photo of masondixon
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DCPremo
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Branlott42
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of yaron73
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lastmango
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a copper brown with a one finger tan head that dissipated quickly. Light lacing was present. Mild winy floral aroma. Slightly malty caramel flavor ending in slight citrus peel with a bit of booze. A tad oily and wet with low carbonation. As someone else described . . . this is poundable. I would definitely buy this again. Well done Fuller!

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Almost didn't pick up this beer because the bottle looked 'weird' to me. Boy am I glad I though twice.

The beer pours a rusty copperish color, very appealing to the eye, though there is no head or lacing to mention. The smell was very much the marmalade advertised, along with light hops and some honey notes added in. Mouthfeel was somewhere between light- to medium-bodied, lightly carbonated as well. The taste had no hint of booze, slightly sweet, but definitely drinkable - even poundable in my opinion. Overall, I think this is very good, will be on the lookout for more Fuller offerings, regardless of packaging...

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Photo of Baviera
3.12/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DavidRandall
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nichols33
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BrentMcQuirk
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of SaltofOH
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle best by 1 Sep 2018. Nonic pint.

A: pours a rich, crystal clear copper amber with 1/2 finger white frothy head that settles to a thin cap of white that sticks around. Streams of visible carbonation rise to the top of the glass. No lacing to speak of; who knows how old this is.

S: familiar floral, dank, sweet citrus English hops, malt, and yeast eaters combine for an effect that is, as the label describes, remarkably like orange marmalade. With chunks of peel.

T: arrives mildly sweet, delivering that sweet orange peel citrus, then bready malt, fruity apple and pear esters, then closing out to an earthy, floral hop finish.

M: lighter end of medium bodied, less carbonated than the appearance would suggest. Cleaner finishing than the sweetness and body would suggest.

O: this is nothing short of remarkable. It is the standard by which all ESBs should be judged, and honestly I can’t say I’ve ever had a better ESB. I knocked a couple of points for what is clearly a lack of freshness. I can only imagine what this is like fresh, on cask. One day...but in the meantime, whenever I can find this, I plan on buying it.

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Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 3,035 ratings