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:
#5,497
Reviews:
1,384
Ratings:
3,037
pDev:
11.08%
 
 
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Photo of achepil
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beer_Rabbit66
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: deep amber almost chestnut, creamy Guinness look when pored settles quick with with good head that dissipates soon.
S:strong caramel and toffee smell crisp and fresh, certainly inviting
T: subtle sweetness and rich in malt, ever so smooth on the palette
F: creamy and smooth, goes down a charm leaving plenty of flavour, delightful malty sweet marmalade aftertaste.

Overall am excellent and extremely enjoyable ale! Must have

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

Compared to the Hobgoblin a better beer, checks out as the best beer in the style I tried, the style itself being a little hoppy- bitter and maybe even a tinge of sourness, very balanced and pretty easy to drink.

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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

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