Fuller's ESB | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

Fuller's ESBFuller's ESB
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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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Added by kbub6f on 07-08-2001

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

A: Pours an extremely clear amber color with an off-white head, about one finger in height. Retention was ok, with sticky lacing left behind.

S: Caramelized malt, a some citrus, and a bit of roasted nuts.

T: Upfront there is some caramel and nuts with a light hop/grassy presence in the middle. The finish has a little bit of bready malt and a nice sweetness at the very end.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A little thicker than expected.

O: Pretty good beer. Have not had too many ESBs, but this one is near the top. Just doesn't really do it for me though, even though I do like the drinkability.

O: This is fairly well balanced, maybe on the sweet side for me. That could just be my American palate that's used to being slammed with hops (not that there's anything wrong with that, mind you). I certainly enjoyed the experience, and if I ever am fortunate enough to find my self in London I will absolutely pop into a pub to try a pint off the cask. Otherwise, I think I prefer the American interpretation of "bitter".

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Photo of uturn
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of LostHighway
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of rab53
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of ceraphin
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of DiffuseTheBob
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Daveychu
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of kelvarnsen
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of Burt
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.23/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: The beer itself is a light transparent caramel color with an amber tint and a few spots of pink where the light shines through the glass. A rocky off-white head gets to medium height with an aggressive pour, fading to a small cap for the duration.

Smell: The aroma is fairly sweet. Light bready malt has a caramel candy sweetness. A bit of a nutty aroma sand earthy hops sneak into my nostrils as well.

Taste: The flavor also starts sweet. Toasted malt bring some caramel flavor with it, and then some lightly bitter earthy hops present a long, flat bitterness for the second half of each sip. The finish is a bit bitter.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is mostly creamy with just a bit of a crisp bite. I would say smooth, but lack of character or watery might be more accurate. The body drinks on the light side of medium. A bit of oily residue is left behind my lips after the sip.

Overall: This is an easy beer to drink, and it would be a good beer to have in hand while involved in a good conversation that required little attention be paid to the beer. With a thorough analysis, however, it is a bit uninspiring. If this is the model for all ESB's, they should stop brewing this style.

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Photo of weaselchew
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of sfprint
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Soda like, but medium orangy brown in color with a hint of rose. Single finger head. Moderate rising carbonation.
S: Sweet hops, almost to an IPA degree but a nice sweet pineyness. Plastic.
T: More sweet than bitter. Definitely a tree element there, but also a sort of earthy sweetness. Very solid and well rounded flavor. Nothing poking out in funny ways. Could be in the rootbeer family, though obviously way less sweet.
M: Most outstanding feature of the beer, very smooth with a lovely body.
O: Very good. Again, not really bitter but has a special taste.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +23.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of drh1382
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Rico488
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of supermeniscus
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of prosper
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Canned, this is VERY different than bottled! It's noticeably fresher - more yeastiness, more like a home-brewed beer. Some lightly roasty malts in the flavour that I haven't noticed before. More yeast, though - bubblegummy fruity pear-like ripe fruits, with a trace of butttery diacetyl distinctly noticeable.

Doesn't seem as hoppy, though. It's not particularly bitter, nor citrussy. Some citrus, along with the sweet crystal malt with the IBU's makes for an almost marmalade-like character to it, but none of the fresh dry-hop sort of flavour that I remember in the bottled version.

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

Fuller's ESB from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
Beer rating: 83.5% out of 100 with 2,959 ratings
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