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

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Added by kbub6f on 07-08-2001

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Photo of jadpsu
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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Photo of lommym
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of mdillon86
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Ruds
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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Photo of teromous
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%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
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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Photo of Crazyale
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of gaugebozo
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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Photo of matt062286
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of PEIhop
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of cervezango
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

copper penny color. inticing.

rich caramel and fudge smell , also hops.

clean hops and alcohol, refreshing , and super tasty, no better bitter in taste.

well balanced

best bitter as i said , taken a while to get into theses since ive been in england, nd this bad boy is the king. fullers does it again, this brewery is the buisness

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clean orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, a small hop with a sweet gingerbread like malt. In the taste, a small sweet gingerbread malt and a small hop presence in the end. a nice bitterness and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry small hop and sweet malt in the aftertaste. An easy pint with a small hop presence.

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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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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Fr0stb1te
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of AndrewMichael
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of jeffthepony
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of ThinkAgain
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Fuller's ESB from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 2,974 ratings
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