Fuller's ESB | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

Fuller's ESBFuller's ESB
2,965 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

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Added by kbub6f on 07-08-2001

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

Pour orange and hazy with a giant, tight head. Great retention, lacing with a nice bright cream color. I smell apricot and peach schnapps and some dextrin (sweet and grainy). Fruity and pale on the palate with an emphasis on the hops and creamy feel. Like the smell the peach and apricots are really noticeable. Leaves a metallic lingering aftertaste. The feel is furry and very smooth. This thing just feels great. Hard to describe, but very unique. This is a classic. From the pour to the bottom of the glass it is always enjoyable. Great representation of the style and very well made.

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

I bought this beer on a recommendation from a brewer friend of mine who keyed me into English beers. This is a great hoppy and malty beer full of flavor. Very refreshing and smooth. Don't let its reputation as a "strong beer" fool you because it is not "strong" in the tradition of Stone beers.

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

A = pours a very clear copper color with a quickly dissipating white head.
S = slight hoppy, floral aroma.
T = taste is slightly bitter with caramel and toasted bisquit flavors.
M = mouthfeel is good, creamy.

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

This is my first ESB that I am analyzing, so my judgement of this wont so much be to the style, but rather generalized to my overall liking.

11.2oz of copper beauty topped with a descent cream white head and lacing to compliment. A good nutty biscuit aroma with hints of creamy caramel, sweet butterscotch, and light floral hops - beautiful! Up front is a strong english yeast presence, mixed nuts, caramel malts that leads way to a drying floral hop finish with a slight metallic aftertaste. Soft feel and slightly drying out back, just very drinkable. This is my idea of a perfect session beer, even though it is 5.9%abv, I could definitely drink 4-5 of these in a sit in. This is one to go back to for sure.

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This is one of my favourite beers, yet I haven't managed to review it yet. 500ml Can poured into a pint glass.

This beer has a lovely copper colour and a thick frothy toffee-coloured head that forms after a nice cascade of carbonation.

The aroma is a nice balance of crisp hops and toffee.

The flavour is light toasty malt with some almost herbal hops accenting the biscuity aspects. Some slight sweetness comes in towards the end, followed by a quick flourish of hoppy bitterness and a nice toasty malt finish.

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The smell is sweet with a nice little bitter edge. Honey, cream, sweet breat, and a hint of Twizzlers fill the air.

The taste is full of sweet bread, the Twizzlers return, and some light honey. The finish is light and sweet. It keeps you wanting mroe.

The feel is creamy and velvety, very nice.

Overall, a tasty beverage. This is great if you don't know what you're in the mood for as it toughes quite a few bases. Great with food.

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