Fuller's ESB | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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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
Ratings:
2,927
Reviews:
1,357
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
11.08%
 
 
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150
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377
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Photo of Oleg85
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Knobs303
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of illini99
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of runeatdrink
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JustinSparks
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of josanguapo
4.78/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From Labirratorium. I Ikea's pint glass. Reading Java HTP11. Caramelish, with a good amount of english noble hops that leaves a long pleasant aftertaste. Very refreshing and drinkable

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Way darker than your average esb, has colors of dark amber, rustic red, earthy appearance. Aroma had some honey pale malt, not so much hops.

Taste, noble hops, toffee, dry, unsweetened. Just as bitter as hoped for in style. Bready. Toffee bread. Its a decent beer, just the 500ml bottle format is excessively expensive per oz so that often will preclude picking this and finding a different esb 6 pack of 12oz. bottles for almost half the cost per oz.

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Photo of davidperez
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a hefeweizen glass, it pours a beautifully clear copper color, with a myriad tiny bubbles surfacing constantly. It forms a three-finger head, sudsy and creamy, ecru, with good retention.
Very nice lacing.

Nice bouquet.
Toasted malts, caramel, a slight butterscotch hint, fruity as in plums, and herbal hops resembling pine resin.

What a beer, a prime example of an elegant and balanced beverage.
What seemed a huge carbonation from the bubbles right after pouring, became very subtle on the palate, and you can tell that its carbonation is actually low.
The flavor follows the nose, with the toasted malts being the most prominent flavor, and you can taste some wood, a tea-like note and nuts as well.
Its bitterness is slightly more assertive than its sweetness, and it gets more pronounced as it approaches the aftertaste.
The finish is long and semi-dry, and it has a very nice tobacco note.

Definitely my favorite ESB thus far.

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Photo of trytoketchup
3/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of user785335
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JamFuel
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of acmurphy696
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had an ESB in the past and thoroughly enjoy revisiting this beer.
It looks great and certainly has great taste and character.
I enjoyed getting reacquainted with a style that I rarely encounter.

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Photo of takusan1000
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ddibella84
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jerk_Store
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Rukeli76
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml can served at cellar temp in a nonic pint.

Nice amber colour. Only a half inch or so of head, and it dissipates almost immediately.

The aroma is dominated by floral hops which for me are somewhat reminiscent of bergamot or Earl Grey tea.

I get a nice little bite of hop bitterness up front. There's something about the depth and complexity of flavour I get in this beer that's hard to describe. There's no real comparison. It's satisfyingly malty and hoppy in a way that you usually only get from bigger, boozier, more liberally-hopped beers, but at the same time it's crisp and thirst-quenching in a way you'd never in million years expect from a room-temperature pint of bitter.

Not a ton of carbonation in this canned version. The mouthfeel is unfortunately pretty light and nondescript. too. This is definitely the kind of beer you'd much rather have on cask at a pub somewhere in East London.

This is an all-around world-class beer. I think of it as the ur-bitter against which all others must be judged.

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Photo of Hendrick24
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dipso123
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In bottle = 4
In can =4.25
On tap = 4.5
Cask = 5
Few beers vary as much depending on how they're packaged or served. When done right only a handful are as addictively drinkable.

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Photo of matuto
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle (exp. 08/2016), poured in a mug. Amber clear liquid, with lots of a persistent foam, which leaves some laces. Caramel and toasted malts. Herbal hops. Light to watery body, very low carbonation. Very high drinkability.

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Photo of OneTuffPony
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of AlexFields
3.72/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fuller's ESB from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
4.06 out of 5 based on 2,927 ratings.
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