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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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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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Solid amber, tiny little head.

S: Kind of tight, not giving away too much.

T: Spicy hop bitterness gives way to chewy, sweet, carmely, buttery malts.

M: Low carbonation, medium bodied.

O: This is a simple delicious beer. The king of session beers in my opinion.

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i am bummed. this comes from after a brief stint in London this fall and drinking this stuff like water. its pretty clear its just not the same over here.

ah well it started out promising. nice deep amber color slight off white head on top. just how i remembered it.

but the aroma is just not there. there usualy is a nice english hop aroma that i would describe as an english golf course. :-) really don't know the correct word here but that's how it sounds

it tastes good but not great, and that's the problem here. normally i could drink it all day long as it has the perfect blend of all the appropriate flavors. this time around everything was muted.

well i will still rock this out hardcore when back in the pubs but over here i will probably look elsewhere

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving: 11.2oz bottle into mug, best by 12 Dec 11 (oops)

Appearance is a deep amber color with an off-white head. Head dissipates to a ring. Smell is a biscuity malt (wet bread) with some hop spiciness at the end. Malt is prominent in the taste, again with the biscuit, and lingers after swallowing. There is a vague fruitiness in the taste that I can only assume comes from the hops. Mouth feel is low carb and a bit creamy.

Very well balanced and malty compared to my normal beers. This a beer I could drink a lot of. It has enough going on to mull over each sip but extremely smooth and inoffensive enough to make it a session. No single facet of it stands out but it works so well together. One of the best not in your face beers I've had. Reminds me of England.

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Appearance: Beautiful copper colored brew. Manila colored head with gold highlights.

Smell: Sweet toffee with a touch of hops. Caramel apple.

Taste: Perfect ESB. Strong malt presence with a satisfying wall of hops. Slight alcohol taste in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full body. Creamy smooth and slightly sticky.

Drinkablity: One of my favorite styles and this one is the gold standard.

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Fuller's ESB from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 2,972 ratings
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