Fuller's ESB | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Fuller's ESBFuller's ESB

Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
England, United Kingdom

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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

Bottle shared by Rick @ Brewforia, thank you! Served in a tulip.

A: Brilliant clear copper color, decent white head and lacing.

S: Malt-forward and sweet...caramel, and a touch of fruity ale yeast...seems pretty sweet and syrupy.

T: Toffee abounds here, sweet, sugary malt, a bit buttery as well, with the yeast making its fruity & chalky presence known...no hop bitterness really to speak of...hints of a woody earthiness.

MF: Smooth, slick mouthfeel with a medium-light body.

O: Its too sweet and malt forward for me but it is drinkable in about 6oz portions, which I had.

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3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear medium gold with a one finger head. Wonderful head retention and lacing.

Aroma is full of caramel and toffee along with some light roasted malt. Some spicy hop character is also present.

The flavor has loads of spicy hops along with some toasted malt. Caramel and toffee are in the background throughout. There is a slight metallic flavor that is off-putting but this is a minor complaint. A nice bitterness is present throughout leading to a clean, crisp finish.

Overall, this is an excellent beer and one of the best ESB's out there.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 Oz bottle poured into a Guinness pint.

A- Clear orange amber with a one finger foamy head.
S- Smells english, very grainy and a complex selection of light malts. Some caramel and bitterness reminiscent of a pilsner.
T- Tastes crisp clean and of course, bitter. A lot of grainy tastes as well as European malts, very similar to a euro lager. Good bitterness and a slight hop flavor thats hard to pick out.
M- This is a smooth and easy drinking beer, Full bodied flavor and a fairly light feel make this a good beer for any occasion.
O- One of the best ESB's I have had, a beer thats certain to please everyone.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At the Brick Store:
Pours less than clear copper with a foamy off white head that leaves glass clinging lace.
Smell: Sweet smell of brown sugars with some aromatice hops and hints of malts.
Taste: Clean, smooth malts are on the sweet side and has hop bitterness. Finishes dry and bitter.
Excellent Special bitter. would recommend it to anyone looking for an ESB.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served via cask dispense into a 'Fullers ESB' large 'goblet' style glass at the William Webb Ellis ('Spoons - and a decent one at that!), Twickenham, Feb '12.

Cask version is 5.5 % ABV.

Pours a mid amber/copper colour with a small-ish frothy white head.

Toffee/biscuity nose along with a little grass, sweet malts and hops.

Wonderfully balanced ale with all manner of flavours combining to the excellence that is Fullers ESB! Caramel, toffee, sweet malts, grains and a little citrus hop bringing up the rear! Sweet tasting, smooth and easy drinking!

Mouthfeel is spot on and leaves the palate with a little hop bitterness, a nice twist on a beer that is quite smooth and sweet during imbibing!

Overall a great 'legendary' beer from Fullers - well worth seeking out. Today was the first time I'd had it in a quite a few years and I can truly say we won't be strangers for anywhere near as long next time!

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4.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep bronze in color, with a sliver of off-white head. It is brilliantly transparent. Spotted lacing.

S: I get a prominent caramel/toffee smell, and the mild scent of coffee. It smells good.

T: It tastes just like it smells. It's like eating Halloween candy. I get a huge toffee/caramel flavor from this. It's like I just unwrapped a candy and ate it. I get some mineral flavor, like that hint of flavor from drinking bottled water. It tastes excellent.

M: Mouthfeel is light. The heavy caramel causes it to bounce between medium and light body. It's light up front, medium in the middle, and finishes clean and light. Very very light bitterness at the end. I just want to say that it is a very thin beer. It's not a huge in-your-face beer. Very pleasant!

O: Overall I thought this beer was great. I felt it could use a little more head and lacing, but that's minor. The flavor and smell of the beer are great. I would buy it again and I definitely recommend it.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fuller’s ESB has a thin, egg-shell colored head and a clear, amber appearance with few streaming bubbles and little-to-no lacing. Aroma is of caramel, light fruit, medium-roasted barley malt, some spice, and candy. Taste is of roasted malt, a bit of bitterness, candy, caramel, sweetness, some mild fruit, and toffee. Mouthfeel is soft, rather light, and watery, and Fuller’s ESB finishes mostly crisp, clean, refreshing, and super easy drinking. This is truly a wonderful, enjoyable, delicious, and classic beer. I’m so glad to have tried it. Please get one!


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4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear, deep caramel with light suds and no bubbles.
S - Esters, grain, and a little bit of alcohol.
T - Balanced sweetness with firm but not overpowering hop bitterness. Herbal English hops. Toasted grain and bread flavors with promenent English yeast.
M - light carb with medium-high body.
O - A delightful English ale!

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Fuller's ESB from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
4.06 out of 5 based on 2,939 ratings.
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