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:
#2,925
Reviews:
1,378
Ratings:
3,012
pDev:
11.08%
Bros Score:
4.17
 
 
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159
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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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Photo of shigg85
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bmaslakov
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Fullers ESB pours beautiful bronze color with a minimal head that swiftly disappears. The smell has cognac, some citrus, and metal in it. Tastes caramel, yeast, soybeans. Round body, oily mouthfeel, low carbonation. Overall: good, but not impressive.

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

Photo of ThomKeg
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

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

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

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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Fuller's ESB from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 3,012 ratings