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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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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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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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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%

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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%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into a US pint glass. Golden copper, very thin white lacing on top. Nice malty caramel in the nose with mild hop bitterness.

Very pleasant beer to sip and has disappeared far too quickly. Lots of fantastic malt flavor--hints of caramel, toffee--and just enough hop bitterness to balance things out and leave a crisp finish on the tongue.

Taste-wise, this seems like an excellent session beer. Perfect balance between smooth, full malt flavor and subtle hop bitterness in the background. At nearly 6% abv, though, I imagine this ale could catch up to one in a hurry considering how drinkable it is.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

5/5  rDev +23.2%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle served in a small glass.

Amber hinting copper in color. Fine pronounced head, recedes quickly to a small / fine grained collection along the rim of the glass.

Good mouth feel - just complete, but hints that it will be hollow towards the start (nut fills out nicely). Long lingering finish of bittering hops - but not over powering. Just there.

Small beads of CO2 provide a nice tingle.

Malty, first and foremost. Some alcohol. Hops are bitter at the end. Balanced. Nothing out of whack.

A good ESB overall.

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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