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:
2,947
Reviews:
1,363
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
11.08%
 
 
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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

Photo of Frankgabriel2383
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of -steve-
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It's good to see the Fuller's beers on a steady rotation at the LCBO here in Ontario. In general there is little about these beers that will disappoint.
Look: Clear, copper coloured brew with half inch foam lasting a fair time.
Smell: Malty sweetness fills the nose. Bready, biscuity.
Taste: Tastes like the smell with plenty of sweetness up front and bread notes. No hops with the sweetness lasting into the finish.
Overall: A thirst quencher.

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Photo of eberesford
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can feom LCBO, a little cold and needed to be warmed up.

Rich reddish copper with a thinish head with good retwntion but little lacing.

The nose is a little thin. Some feint toffee a bit caramelized.

The taste is malt driven with good hop balance turning a little sharp, slight metalic taste. The carbonation is low as I would expect.

Fullish mouth feel for a bitter.

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Photo of bankboy66
3.2/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of monk2021
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerAndFilm
3.31/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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

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
4.74/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Where are we now with this ESB?
This is the direct link between two ultra classics, London Pride and Golden Pride. ESB comes just in between them, as a bridge, or as an initiation into the Golden One. Its smell and flavor also carries the hints of sherry and bourbon that is so overwhelming in Golden, but not yet that intense. This ESB still tries to remain an ale, whereas the Golden is already beyond that, already on the way of becoming a barley wine perhaps.
Anyway, this ESB is good, and do not think of it as a mere appetizer for Golden Pride - it is all good in itself.

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

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