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

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

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4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My drinking buddy's fridge was perpetually filled with Bud only a few months ago, and now he swears by this stuff. A truly great beer appeals to the gourmet and novice alike. So well balanced I want to shout with joy! I like this beer.

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4.94/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First, I have to say this is a landmark beer for me. There really isn't anything I've tasted quite like it. Very unique taste and aromas. Extremely complex on both the palate and nose.
Let me start with it's scent.. the smell of this beer is something very difficult to discribe. My best analogy would be this: a vibrant mixture of butterscotch, exotic herb essense, and pine. Odd? If you can imagine this combonation, I congratulate you.
Taste.. Many of the aromas make a flawless transition onto the palate. (you ever had that experience? sure you have.) There isn't an off balanced feature in this brew, including the hop/malt balance. If there was a perfect marriage between these contrasts, Fuller's ESB has succeded. Hints of citrus orange, grapefruit, lemon peel. Finishes slightly dry. Medium body. Prost!

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4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown brown bottle with a best before date on the back label.

Appearance: Caramel copper in colour with a thin but fluffy bubbly lace that leaves several rings on the glass.

Smell: Caramelized sugars with a hint of toasted nearly metallic malt, some fruity esters give of a whiff of alcohol.

Taste: Medium body with a stream of smoothness that is textured to a t. Bit of fruitiness and esters on the mouth. Rich and sweet caramel maltiness with a big flavourful malty palate, finishing off with a steely crystal malt flavour (vague hint of carob) and a semi sharp hop bitterness.

Notes: A supreme ESB, and a superb beer overall. The cast and mold for all ESB's brewed across the world.

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Photo of proc
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoy drinking this beer. I have never had a brew with a better malt to hop balance. Neither overpowers the other and both compliment each other quite nicely. A nice amber color in the glass with a slightly sweet aroma. This beer is just plain flavorful without any residual bitterness. This is beginning to be a staple in the beer 'fridge.

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

Handsome copper color, small head. Sweet toasted malt aroma. Clean malty slighty sweet (cane sugar and cherrys?) alcohol taste. Sharp and sweet long dry aftertaste with an alcohol undertone. This is my first ESB that I have tried. I liked it and in my opinion is a very good beer.

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

This beer is top five material. Fruity, malty, bit of an alcohol nip, perfect hop balance. Nuff said. Just go and drink some of this perfect beer.

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4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The definitive extra special bitter. Sorry, but this is an English style and I have never found an American version that comes anywhere close. It does need to be fresh, though. A rush of distinctive flavors -- malty, nutty, but with a good hop bite. Extraordinarily well-balanced. London Pride on steroids, and one of my all-time favorite beers.

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

A very nice bitter, with a finish that is both sharp and sweet.

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