Fuller's ESB | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Fuller's ESBFuller's ESB
BEER INFO

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

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 07-08-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,938
Reviews:
1,361
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
11.08%
 
 
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151
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Photo of DrBill1962
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a ruddy burnt amber to orange to reddish color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute leaving some light foamy lacing that trickled down the glass. The smell had a sweet malty base grabbing some earthy figs to jump into a gentle light nutty to caramel maltiness. The taste had a really nice sweet nutty to caramel flavoring with a quick dry finish. On the palate, this one sat right at a medium on the body. The carbonation was somewhat sharp but still let in a great creamy smoothness to grace my tongue. Overall, I say this was one fine ESB more than worthy to have again. This one defines the style.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

11.2 oz. bottle

Pours rusted amber orange with a dense creamy off-white foam head. Smells like rich toasted bread crust, toffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, apples, pear, orange marmalade, grapefruit, apricot, lemon, with herbal earthy floral grassy pine. Tastes like toasted bread crust, toffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, apples, pear, orange marmalade, grapefruit, apricot, lemon, with herbal earthy floral grassy pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy and slick with moderate carbonation. Overall a really great ESB.

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Photo of Coltron23
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Frankgabriel2383
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of mishi_d
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of -steve-
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It's good to see the Fuller's beers on a steady rotation at the LCBO here in Ontario. In general there is little about these beers that will disappoint.
Look: Clear, copper coloured brew with half inch foam lasting a fair time.
Smell: Malty sweetness fills the nose. Bready, biscuity.
Taste: Tastes like the smell with plenty of sweetness up front and bread notes. No hops with the sweetness lasting into the finish.
Overall: A thirst quencher.

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Photo of eberesford
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can feom LCBO, a little cold and needed to be warmed up.

Rich reddish copper with a thinish head with good retwntion but little lacing.

The nose is a little thin. Some feint toffee a bit caramelized.

The taste is malt driven with good hop balance turning a little sharp, slight metalic taste. The carbonation is low as I would expect.

Fullish mouth feel for a bitter.

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Photo of bankboy66
3.2/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of monk2021
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerAndFilm
3.31/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of hopflyer
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Best by 9/9/17.

Poured rich deep and dark honey gold color. Lively carb bubbles, clear. Collar holds well.

Grainy blend of English and German malt. A little bit of fruit, Apple.

Taste up front is fruity with the apple carrying thru and a little bit of caramel sweetness. A little grass, hat.

I wasn't sure what this style goes for on the feel but the carbonation is very low, despite its appearance. Body is light to medium. A bit watery very much so because of the lack of carbonation. Clean, low bitterness and none of it lingers much.

Not familiar with this style. I like the flavors, but the feel with the low carb throws this one off for me, even though I see that is part of this style.

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Photo of Atg1095
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of monkist
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bird_soul
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

11.2oz bottle into oversized wine glass

Look: Clear, copper colored, minimal head, but a fair amount of lacing.

Smell: mild sulfur notes, sweet/fruity malt, earthy hop aroma.

Taste: Malt backbone is toasty and a little sweet, balanced by earthy hop flavors in the finish.

Feel: feels substantial but not heavy. Not much in the way of carbonation.

Overall: great interpretation of the style.

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Photo of Treefig33
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of janubio
3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours an amber colour, minimum head with short retention. Good lacing.
Aroma of minerals (water used), lime caramel, hops. Medium body, oily palate, CArbonation is OK. Taste is again mineral, lime, caramel. Slighty bitter finish.

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

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

Poured from tap.
L: opper color with a massive wihte foam head.
S: Caramel and berries.
T: Sweet with a little bitterness.
F: Medium body and carbonation.
O: Thought that there will be more bitternesss but it's very good balanced.

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Photo of edward_boumil
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Burgundy colored, clear, light head.
S: Pretty light aroma, mostly grain. Not all that different from a bock beer IMO
T: Great flavor, grape-like grain, slightly toasted granola. Lots of dark fruit like raisin and plum. Also some toffee/caramel. Touch of earthy hops to finish off the palate. Slightly bitter but very mildly so
F: Smooth, easy drinking, and balanced
O: Great beer. Can definitely get down with this.

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Photo of Magsmyth24
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

This beer has an amber color, very light coffee smell, and crisp caramel flavor. It was not my favorite beer, but I enjoyed trying it.

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Photo of Reddanm1
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The Fuller's ESB Beer is very beautiful in color. It is a beautiful amber, caramel color and appealing to the eye. The Aroma is very light and not overpowering. The taste of the beer if very unexpected because it has a coffee and wheat taste. The aftertaste is wheat as well. Overall, I'd say the beer if fair.

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Photo of jmarod7
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fuller's ESB. Fuller Smith & Turner PLC. Little hints of toffee with a great balance overall. The colors are a clear darker gold with a good head of foam. Crisp and refreshing beer I would drink it again.

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