Fuller's ESB | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

2,940 Ratings
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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Added by kbub6f on 07-08-2001

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Photo of mjtiernan
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle best by dated 16 Apr 12 poured into a standard pint glass

A: Rusty gold. Nice pillowy head with massive lacing. Very inviting.

S: Light caramel and biscuit with some dark fruit. Not much jumping out of the glass. Really need to get your nose into it.

T: Taste follows the nose, but you really get a good dose of it this time. Caramel is at the forefront with some raisin and nice biscuit. Mild grassy hops add an important touch. Mineral flavor in the water is present which is also important for the style. Finish is dry and really works well.

M: Outstanding drinkability. Another one that I finished at least half just tasting it for the review. I could quaff this all day. Despite the generous head, the carb in the mouthfeel is quite low. Appropriate for the style.

O: Seems like a beer that would really shine on tap or cask. A nice break from the palate wreckers.

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Photo of angusdegraosta
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of dprophet
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of 6string
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of Hoagie1973
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light clear amber with a full foamy head. Retention is fair with stringy lacing.

Super malty nose. Bready with a buttery sweetness.

Smooth flavor of toasted malts and a slight sugary caramel quality. Alcohol is assertive in the finish. Hops lend balance.

Carbonation is low; a bit thin overall.

Has a nice mild English flavor (if that's a thing). More sweet than bitter though. Flavorful & drinkable, though not quite on the same level as the London Pride. Still it's another really good beer from this brewery.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of JRHope
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of codfeast
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle to stein.

A: clear amber, thin off white head.

S: tea, caramel, esters, hints of spice.

T: spicy hops move quickly to a yeasty bread and malt. hints of tea and a dryish finish.

M: medium carbination and body.

O: Very nice beer, easy drinking and nicely balanced. better on draft.

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Photo of andrewj17
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of zenwatts
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of galluch
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Campodog
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of QTCDub86
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of whartontallboy
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of cycoduck
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of prisdefer
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of Boone1504
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of dhabersetzer
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Sarunas7
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Shakerman
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of jjkatter
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of bonbini26
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of samie85
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a clear orange/copper color with a finger of white head.

S-Dark caramel and fruity esters with some light vanilla.

T-Rich caramel and fruity notes with some peppery hops.

M-Full and slick feel with low carbonation.

D-Very drinkable yet complex and interesting; if I could this one a little more reasonable and fresher, I would probably get it all the time.

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Photo of chcfan
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Fuller's ESB from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
4.06 out of 5 based on 2,940 ratings.
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