Fuller's ESB | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

Fuller's ESBFuller's ESB
BA SCORE
83.5%
Liked This Beer
4.06 w/ 2,959 ratings
Fuller's ESBFuller's ESB
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
England, United Kingdom
fullers.co.uk

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 07-08-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,480
Reviews:
1,366
Ratings:
2,959
Liked:
2,472
Avg:
4.06/5
pDev:
11.08%
Alströms:
4.17
 
 
Wants:
154
Gots:
392
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 2,959 |  Reviews: 1,366
Photo of Frankgabriel2383
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of mishi_d
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of -steve-
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It's good to see the Fuller's beers on a steady rotation at the LCBO here in Ontario. In general there is little about these beers that will disappoint.
Look: Clear, copper coloured brew with half inch foam lasting a fair time.
Smell: Malty sweetness fills the nose. Bready, biscuity.
Taste: Tastes like the smell with plenty of sweetness up front and bread notes. No hops with the sweetness lasting into the finish.
Overall: A thirst quencher.

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Photo of eberesford
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can feom LCBO, a little cold and needed to be warmed up.

Rich reddish copper with a thinish head with good retwntion but little lacing.

The nose is a little thin. Some feint toffee a bit caramelized.

The taste is malt driven with good hop balance turning a little sharp, slight metalic taste. The carbonation is low as I would expect.

Fullish mouth feel for a bitter.

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Photo of bankboy66
3.2/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of monk2021
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerAndFilm
3.31/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BenBreeg
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hopflyer
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Best by 9/9/17.

Poured rich deep and dark honey gold color. Lively carb bubbles, clear. Collar holds well.

Grainy blend of English and German malt. A little bit of fruit, Apple.

Taste up front is fruity with the apple carrying thru and a little bit of caramel sweetness. A little grass, hat.

I wasn't sure what this style goes for on the feel but the carbonation is very low, despite its appearance. Body is light to medium. A bit watery very much so because of the lack of carbonation. Clean, low bitterness and none of it lingers much.

Not familiar with this style. I like the flavors, but the feel with the low carb throws this one off for me, even though I see that is part of this style.

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Photo of Atg1095
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of monkist
4.74/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Where are we now with this ESB?
This is the direct link between two ultra classics, London Pride and Golden Pride. ESB comes just in between them, as a bridge, or as an initiation into the Golden One. Its smell and flavor also carries the hints of sherry and bourbon that is so overwhelming in Golden, but not yet that intense. This ESB still tries to remain an ale, whereas the Golden is already beyond that, already on the way of becoming a barley wine perhaps.
Anyway, this ESB is good, and do not think of it as a mere appetizer for Golden Pride - it is all good in itself.

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Photo of bird_soul
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MurphyMacManus
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle into oversized wine glass

Look: Clear, copper colored, minimal head, but a fair amount of lacing.

Smell: mild sulfur notes, sweet/fruity malt, earthy hop aroma.

Taste: Malt backbone is toasty and a little sweet, balanced by earthy hop flavors in the finish.

Feel: feels substantial but not heavy. Not much in the way of carbonation.

Overall: great interpretation of the style.

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Photo of Treefig33
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of janubio
3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours an amber colour, minimum head with short retention. Good lacing.
Aroma of minerals (water used), lime caramel, hops. Medium body, oily palate, CArbonation is OK. Taste is again mineral, lime, caramel. Slighty bitter finish.

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

Photo of Dzu
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap.
L: opper color with a massive wihte foam head.
S: Caramel and berries.
T: Sweet with a little bitterness.
F: Medium body and carbonation.
O: Thought that there will be more bitternesss but it's very good balanced.

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Photo of edward_boumil
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Burgundy colored, clear, light head.
S: Pretty light aroma, mostly grain. Not all that different from a bock beer IMO
T: Great flavor, grape-like grain, slightly toasted granola. Lots of dark fruit like raisin and plum. Also some toffee/caramel. Touch of earthy hops to finish off the palate. Slightly bitter but very mildly so
F: Smooth, easy drinking, and balanced
O: Great beer. Can definitely get down with this.

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Photo of Magsmyth24
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

This beer has an amber color, very light coffee smell, and crisp caramel flavor. It was not my favorite beer, but I enjoyed trying it.

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Photo of Reddanm1
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The Fuller's ESB Beer is very beautiful in color. It is a beautiful amber, caramel color and appealing to the eye. The Aroma is very light and not overpowering. The taste of the beer if very unexpected because it has a coffee and wheat taste. The aftertaste is wheat as well. Overall, I'd say the beer if fair.

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Photo of jmarod7
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fuller's ESB. Fuller Smith & Turner PLC. Little hints of toffee with a great balance overall. The colors are a clear darker gold with a good head of foam. Crisp and refreshing beer I would drink it again.

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Photo of williamphelps
4.66/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Foams up nicely with medium bubbles when swirled. Settles to thin foam around rim. No lacing. Light amber color. Aroma of rich dates, orange, apple juice, orange blossom, toffee, caramel, kettle corn. Palate of toffee, caramel, sweet malt followed by some bitter hop character of grapefruit, pine needles, lime blossom then going mildly sweet again with pleasant grainy texture and flavor, caramel, bittter-sweet balanced finish. Pros balanced, refreshing, crisp, awesome flavor and intensity, cleaner and brighter flavor than sawtooth ale. Cons of some graininess in finish, not much head or lacing. 94/100.

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Photo of needMIbeer
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dankabier1
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SGR1220
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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