Fuller's ESB | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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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
Ratings:
2,926
Reviews:
1,357
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
11.08%
 
 
Wants:
150
Gots:
377
For Trade:
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Photo of hopflyer
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Best by 9/9/17.

Poured rich deep and dark honey gold color. Lively carb bubbles, clear. Collar holds well.

Grainy blend of English and German malt. A little bit of fruit, Apple.

Taste up front is fruity with the apple carrying thru and a little bit of caramel sweetness. A little grass, hat.

I wasn't sure what this style goes for on the feel but the carbonation is very low, despite its appearance. Body is light to medium. A bit watery very much so because of the lack of carbonation. Clean, low bitterness and none of it lingers much.

Not familiar with this style. I like the flavors, but the feel with the low carb throws this one off for me, even though I see that is part of this style.

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Photo of Atg1095
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of monkist
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of MurphyMacManus
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle into oversized wine glass

Look: Clear, copper colored, minimal head, but a fair amount of lacing.

Smell: mild sulfur notes, sweet/fruity malt, earthy hop aroma.

Taste: Malt backbone is toasty and a little sweet, balanced by earthy hop flavors in the finish.

Feel: feels substantial but not heavy. Not much in the way of carbonation.

Overall: great interpretation of the style.

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Photo of Treefig33
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of janubio
3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours an amber colour, minimum head with short retention. Good lacing.
Aroma of minerals (water used), lime caramel, hops. Medium body, oily palate, CArbonation is OK. Taste is again mineral, lime, caramel. Slighty bitter finish.

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

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

Poured from tap.
L: opper color with a massive wihte foam head.
S: Caramel and berries.
T: Sweet with a little bitterness.
F: Medium body and carbonation.
O: Thought that there will be more bitternesss but it's very good balanced.

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Photo of edward_boumil
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Burgundy colored, clear, light head.
S: Pretty light aroma, mostly grain. Not all that different from a bock beer IMO
T: Great flavor, grape-like grain, slightly toasted granola. Lots of dark fruit like raisin and plum. Also some toffee/caramel. Touch of earthy hops to finish off the palate. Slightly bitter but very mildly so
F: Smooth, easy drinking, and balanced
O: Great beer. Can definitely get down with this.

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Photo of Magsmyth24
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

This beer has an amber color, very light coffee smell, and crisp caramel flavor. It was not my favorite beer, but I enjoyed trying it.

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Photo of Reddanm1
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The Fuller's ESB Beer is very beautiful in color. It is a beautiful amber, caramel color and appealing to the eye. The Aroma is very light and not overpowering. The taste of the beer if very unexpected because it has a coffee and wheat taste. The aftertaste is wheat as well. Overall, I'd say the beer if fair.

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Photo of jmarod7
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fuller's ESB. Fuller Smith & Turner PLC. Little hints of toffee with a great balance overall. The colors are a clear darker gold with a good head of foam. Crisp and refreshing beer I would drink it again.

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Photo of williamphelps
4.66/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Foams up nicely with medium bubbles when swirled. Settles to thin foam around rim. No lacing. Light amber color. Aroma of rich dates, orange, apple juice, orange blossom, toffee, caramel, kettle corn. Palate of toffee, caramel, sweet malt followed by some bitter hop character of grapefruit, pine needles, lime blossom then going mildly sweet again with pleasant grainy texture and flavor, caramel, bittter-sweet balanced finish. Pros balanced, refreshing, crisp, awesome flavor and intensity, cleaner and brighter flavor than sawtooth ale. Cons of some graininess in finish, not much head or lacing. 94/100.

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Photo of needMIbeer
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dankabier1
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SGR1220
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of kuhndog
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dannycohen62
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VoxRationis
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Decanted into a tulip pint glass; best before 04 April 2017. Poured a light copper color with a 1/4 inch head and good legs. Nicely fragrant with fresh hops, sea salt, and honey; tastes of medium roasted malt with carrot/turnip notes. Medium bodied with nice retention of effervescence. Very nice example of bitter.

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Photo of thoglund
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rollmeaway2loadout
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of duvel1979
2/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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