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: English Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Twice named World Champion Beer, Fuller’s ESB is one of the most decorated ales of its time. A winner born and brewed, it’s a strong, full-bodied ale that has delighted drinkers for decades with its smooth, mellow bitterness and superbly satisfying finish.

Added by kbub6f on 07-08-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,180
Reviews:
1,381
Ratings:
3,021
pDev:
11.08%
 
 
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Ratings: 3,021 |  Reviews: 1,381
Photo of Zombiefeynman
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 57md
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light copper with about a finger of head. The nose is bready, malty and slightly herbal. The flavor has a touch of caramel and a mild but tasty dose of hops on the finish. The body is a little lighter than I would like to see in this style.

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Photo of kbrown
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MGibbons
3.42/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kdivers
3.69/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DJTOBY
3.37/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of psmith161
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

This is one of those beers that is why craft beer exists. For many of us, American beers were awful and exemplary of a cultural norm we didn't identify with. We looked to exports and found a world that just didn't exist for us at home. A handful of those exports drove s to create more. To do better. This is one of those defining beers for me. A master class in subtlety and balance, this is how one harmonizes the components that make up beer. Simply perfection.

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Photo of RescueKitty
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I tried this ESB for beer sensory homework. I was supposed to observe a butterscotch or sweet butter aroma and flavor which is due to diacetyl - something built in it's flavor profile. This would help me identify the buttery taste. The aroma is slightly sweet like a toffee but I mostly sense the grain. The carbonation is low which makes it feel thin, but I've read that's to style. Over all this is a balanced beer. The mild, very drinkable malty then bitter taste is a for cry from the hop-bombs I have been drinking. 6% ABV well hidden.

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

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

Photo of gvickery
3.13/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Look is really nice, clear copper with off white head. Smell is sweet, malty grain. Taste is a sweet malt followed by an almost toffee flavor finished with a nice bittering. What is a downer for me, I know the style is supposed to be this way, is the lack of carbonation. It feels almost flat. Very off-putting.

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Photo of Heftklammer
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ZachT
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DoctorRobert1969
3.25/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 330ml bottle into glass, Label is stamped best before '01 JUL 18'.
Medium amber color, clear body. Minimal head settles to thin ring and slight head. No lacing.
Aroma of malts and hops to marmalade finish.
Taste and aroma of amber/malt balance.
Medium mouth feel to type.
Beer is totally balanced to type by appearance, aroma, taste, and appearance.
Totally good beer but balanced to type.

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

Photo of 104401
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of smi69
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rex_4539
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Clear amber color, half finger white head, messy lacing, medium carbonation.

S: Light hops and caramel. Smells almost nothing.

T: Hops, lots of caramel, malts.

F: Light to medium bodied.

O: OK beer, quite drinkable.

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Photo of worldkrysis
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of DuaneL
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a good one, for sure. But think we would rather support American breweries, so prob wont be buying it. Also prob quite pricey.

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Photo of TheCrowsEye
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Fuller's ESB from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 3,021 ratings