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:
#5,189
Reviews:
1,381
Ratings:
3,021
pDev:
11.08%
 
 
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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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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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Fuller's ESB from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 3,021 ratings