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:
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:
#3,002
Reviews:
1,380
Ratings:
3,017
pDev:
11.08%
Bros Score:
4.17
 
 
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Photo of gracient
3.47/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dmitry1989
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a can acquired at LCBO.
Look - a little lighter than expected, looks like a Vienna lager (clear amber) more than an English ale (half-transparent reddish). Nice head but quickly disappears, carbonation is so-so.
Smell - caramel, pretty much the only smell.
Taste - light caramel, sweet, with a nice bitterness to it, really easy drinking. No way to tell it's almost 6% alcohol.
Feel - not enough depth and thickness, lacks body in my opinion.
All in all - nice ale which hides its alcohol strength well, not offensive, very easy drinking, but really lacks body, too submissive, does not have an aspect that stands out. It would be perfect if it had a little bit more of both hops and malt.

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Photo of FZR23
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zazzi82
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Curt3
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

To me this is the standard by which I measure all ESB's it has the perfect taste, the perfect balance of caramel and slight bitterness that gives it a nice rounded flavor, smells nice and malty, leaves a nice malty taste in the mouth. Excellent for anyone who enjoys bitters or wants to try for the first time.

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Photo of Wowo64
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mmmbeer89
2.8/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

Photo of evanwoertz
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Darrin_Smith
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

16oz draft poured into a pint glass shows a bright orange leaning amber colored body that briefly floats a light tan soapy head.
Aroma is a nice mix of malt and bitter, but subtle.
Flavors include a darker bitterness, not so much a bite, but rather a chomp.
Not a taste on the tongue, but more a mouth filling taste.
Mouthfeel is medium and leans full, but not remotely heavy.
Overall it was the perfect foil for my smoked salmon sandwich.

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

Photo of Dave1999
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Monks
4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Ceisen
4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of rulisekmartin
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of jhart96
3.59/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of csmrx7
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jsbirnba
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of movieclockstar
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cuvtcuv
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jtee
3.09/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

From a 500ml can served at 6 degrees Celsius into a tulip. My fridge is apparently colder than I thought so I'm waiting for the beer to gain a few degrees before going at it. Best before date: 30.11.2017.

Look: The beer pours a brilliant medium amber with 1.5cm of dense, creamy, tan head that settles into a thick cap within 3-ish minutes.

Smell: Faint pale malts with moderate dark fruit esters. Caramel/toffee and a faint alcohol note. There's no doubt the malts dominate, but there's enough hop-character to balance the aroma.

Taste: Moderate intensity and well-balanced following the nose seamlessly. Malts and esters rule with support from the hops. Notes of nuts, caramel/toffee, toast, and some floral, earthy hops with estery dark fruit.

Feel: Medium body with mild carbonation. Very smooth, wet, and round. Faint alcohol warmth.

Overall: At this point I haven't had that many British ales. There seems to be a trend for solid brews that don't really stand out in terms of flavour or aroma and Fuller's ESB is no exception. Malty-forward yet good overall balance. Nice texture but relatively uninteresting. I'd like to try this fresh from the source.

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Fuller's ESB from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 3,017 ratings