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: 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:
#2,825
Reviews:
1,376
Ratings:
3,003
pDev:
11.08%
Bros Score:
4.17
 
 
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Photo of WesMantooth
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DigitGrowler
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Jbbdrinker
4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

There is a strong liceroice wine aroma, with a pleasing off-white head that fades to a bubbled skin. The brew has the color of an old copper penny. Very low carbination, but enough to waken the tongue. The mellow, yet full flavor is of toasted, biscity malt and over rippened plums. There is a touch of bitterness to balance the beer's sweet alcohol taste.

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Photo of Can_has_beer
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Giggy
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MECove
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.75

The aroma is almost like wine. It's strong, rich, and promising. The flavor certainly follows through. There's a full roasted flavor as you swallow, but the aftertaste is too strong for my liking. I guess that's what you get with the ESB style. I do like the wetness so there's a satisfaction that doesn't make you keep drinking from thirst. The after-aftertaste lingers like a rich piece of cake.

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Photo of Zombiefeynman
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 57md
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light copper with about a finger of head. The nose is bready, malty and slightly herbal. The flavor has a touch of caramel and a mild but tasty dose of hops on the finish. The body is a little lighter than I would like to see in this style.

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Photo of kbrown
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MGibbons
3.42/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kdivers
3.69/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DJTOBY
3.37/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of psmith161
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

This is one of those beers that is why craft beer exists. For many of us, American beers were awful and exemplary of a cultural norm we didn't identify with. We looked to exports and found a world that just didn't exist for us at home. A handful of those exports drove s to create more. To do better. This is one of those defining beers for me. A master class in subtlety and balance, this is how one harmonizes the components that make up beer. Simply perfection.

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Photo of RescueKitty
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I tried this ESB for beer sensory homework. I was supposed to observe a butterscotch or sweet butter aroma and flavor which is due to diacetyl - something built in it's flavor profile. This would help me identify the buttery taste. The aroma is slightly sweet like a toffee but I mostly sense the grain. The carbonation is low which makes it feel thin, but I've read that's to style. Over all this is a balanced beer. The mild, very drinkable malty then bitter taste is a for cry from the hop-bombs I have been drinking. 6% ABV well hidden.

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

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

Photo of gvickery
3.13/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Look is really nice, clear copper with off white head. Smell is sweet, malty grain. Taste is a sweet malt followed by an almost toffee flavor finished with a nice bittering. What is a downer for me, I know the style is supposed to be this way, is the lack of carbonation. It feels almost flat. Very off-putting.

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Photo of Heftklammer
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ZachT
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DoctorRobert1969
3.25/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Sulty
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 330ml bottle into glass, Label is stamped best before '01 JUL 18'.
Medium amber color, clear body. Minimal head settles to thin ring and slight head. No lacing.
Aroma of malts and hops to marmalade finish.
Taste and aroma of amber/malt balance.
Medium mouth feel to type.
Beer is totally balanced to type by appearance, aroma, taste, and appearance.
Totally good beer but balanced to type.

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Fuller's ESB from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 3,003 ratings