Fuller's ESB | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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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
Ratings:
2,926
Reviews:
1,357
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
11.08%
 
 
Wants:
150
Gots:
377
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 2,926 |  Reviews: 1,357
Photo of LeftHanded666
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of griffey123
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SuomenAmerikkalainen
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: pours clear amber with a small white head that fades fast.
S: malty, sweet and some hops.
T: orange peal, malts, hops. Starts sweet then gets a little bitter. A good balanced beer.
F: thin, high carbonation.
O: not my style of beer, but a full flavored seasionable beer.

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

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

Photo of Darthmaul
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sephyrott
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of FreshYeti
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Gorgeous, clear copper-amber color. As expected, it appears to be less effervescent than most American beers. I just bought a new beer fridge and it seems to be running way too cold, so I’ll need to wait a bit and let this guy warm up.

Personally I’m a huge fan of noble hops - they lend a drier, earthier bitterness, as opposed to the citrusy, juicy hops we grow around here. But they’re often showcased in German-style brews and pilsners. ESB is probably my favorite style of beer because it combines these great hop flavors with the perfect malt profile for my taste. As flavorful as you can get while still remaining quaffable.

Alright, I’m done waiting for this to warm up. The nose suggests tangerine and preserved fruits. Not getting much of that noble hop at this point.

The taste starts where the nose left off - orange, jam, rose petals, balanced with biscuity malt. Then the noble hops come to clean up the palate, narrowly saving this beer from becoming too sweet. There is a lightly toasted note on the aftertaste, but it’s pretty tucked away under orange flavors. I find myself wanting to say it’s too sweet and fruity, but after each sip the palate gets cleaned up and dried out by those hops.

This is a must try for anyone seeking the definition of balance. Americans commonly hear the term “special” or “strong” bitter, and then criticize brews like this for not being particularly bitter at all. You have to think of “bitter” as the British term for pale ale, but before the west coast hop craze happened. And special/strong just refers to the ABV, which you can expect to be a percent or two higher than a standard pub ale. With that in mind, this is the canonical representation of the style, and it’s now one of my favorites.

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Photo of Dentist666
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours clearest copper with 2-finger beige head, moderate retention.
Smell - biscuity malts, carrot, some hops.
Taste - toasted malts, caramel, hop bite in the finish.
Medium body, soft carbonation.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Type: 330-ml. bottle
Glass: Hardwood Artisans shaker pint glass
From: My friend, Alistair
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A; Received on Dec. 31, 2016
Consumed: Dec. 31, 2016
Reviewed as: Extra Special / Strong Bitter
Misc.: Best by Feb. 15, 2017 at 11:05 a.m. MT

Was left over from a New Year’s Eve party. Had a bottle with a friend and actually liked it. Gave it a 3.75 on Untappd, but think it will be higher here. Surprised I had never reviewed it. I guess I’m not exactly and expert with this style, so will go into it with an open mouth.

Poured a light amber clear color with two fingers of off-white frothy head. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Average spotty lacing. Average retention. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled caramel, toffee, earthy floral, plum, spoiled dark fruits, unsweetened iced tea and rye spices. (Smell - 4.25)

Clean and crisp on the taste. Got earthy floral, dark fruits, spices (rye?), toffee candy, buttery caramel, pear, dark red apple and a touch of iced tea. (Taste - 4.50)

Light body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Clean, crisp finish. (Feel - 4.25)

Wow. Really liked this for the style. Got better each sip. (Overall - 4.25)

4.32 | 96 | A

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Photo of pcbnumber1
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MaltyPythonsHopCircus
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful copper colour. Head dissipates quickly. Aroma is subtle malty and slightly herbal. Flavour continues along these lines. Some toffee sweetness with bready background and a hint of roast. Hops are woodsy, herbal and slightly spicy. Low carb

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Photo of ANIMOUL
4.56/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great looking beer with plenty of tiny bubbles rising well after initial pour (which, in past tense is 'porn')

A sweet, almost medicine, taste upfront with maltiness settling in the rear. I'm growing tired of IPAs, so perhaps this is tickling my forlorn mood. Definitely worth seeking & destroying. Good stuff.

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

Photo of HermitDan
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Spaz0id
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dewsby
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Allnzy
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ThemThangs
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dcotom
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cjvailbn
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of weareallfalafel
4.93/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Pours an ever so slightly hazy deep copper/Amber color with about a finger of head that fades quickly and leaves little lacing. Smell is strong and biscuity and nutty and a touch sweet, with a touch of British hops evident. Taste follows, beautiful balance of flavors, here. Sweet graham cracker like malts, earthy hops, and an almost tea-like finish that lingers. Feel is medium in body with a light carbonation. Overall, I'd say it lives up to the hype and is certainly a perfect example of the style. Love it!

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Photo of Tigerbrau
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Oleg85
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fuller's ESB from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
4.06 out of 5 based on 2,926 ratings.
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