Fuller's ESB | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

Fuller's ESBFuller's ESB
BA SCORE
83.5%
Liked This Beer
4.06 w/ 2,959 ratings
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
Ranking:
#2,480
Reviews:
1,366
Ratings:
2,959
Liked:
2,472
Avg:
4.06/5
pDev:
11.08%
Alströms:
4.17
 
 
Wants:
154
Gots:
392
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 2,959 |  Reviews: 1,366
Photo of evanwoertz
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Darrin_Smith
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

16oz draft poured into a pint glass shows a bright orange leaning amber colored body that briefly floats a light tan soapy head.
Aroma is a nice mix of malt and bitter, but subtle.
Flavors include a darker bitterness, not so much a bite, but rather a chomp.
Not a taste on the tongue, but more a mouth filling taste.
Mouthfeel is medium and leans full, but not remotely heavy.
Overall it was the perfect foil for my smoked salmon sandwich.

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

Photo of Dave1999
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Monks
4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Ceisen
4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of rulisekmartin
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of jhart96
3.59/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of csmrx7
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jsbirnba
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of movieclockstar
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cuvtcuv
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jtee
3.09/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

From a 500ml can served at 6 degrees Celsius into a tulip. My fridge is apparently colder than I thought so I'm waiting for the beer to gain a few degrees before going at it. Best before date: 30.11.2017.

Look: The beer pours a brilliant medium amber with 1.5cm of dense, creamy, tan head that settles into a thick cap within 3-ish minutes.

Smell: Faint pale malts with moderate dark fruit esters. Caramel/toffee and a faint alcohol note. There's no doubt the malts dominate, but there's enough hop-character to balance the aroma.

Taste: Moderate intensity and well-balanced following the nose seamlessly. Malts and esters rule with support from the hops. Notes of nuts, caramel/toffee, toast, and some floral, earthy hops with estery dark fruit.

Feel: Medium body with mild carbonation. Very smooth, wet, and round. Faint alcohol warmth.

Overall: At this point I haven't had that many British ales. There seems to be a trend for solid brews that don't really stand out in terms of flavour or aroma and Fuller's ESB is no exception. Malty-forward yet good overall balance. Nice texture but relatively uninteresting. I'd like to try this fresh from the source.

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Photo of Eirik336
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Erik-P
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jbehlar
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.69/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of edrip222
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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Beer rating: 83.5% out of 100 with 2,959 ratings
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