Fuller's London Pride | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

very good
2,527 Ratings
Fuller's London PrideFuller's London Pride

Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an attractive translucent amber-copper colour, topped with a finger of creamy off-white head. Good retention; the head lasts for most of the session and lots of stringy lacing is left behind. Carbonation appears to be on the low side. Nose is mostly typical english-style malts; biscuity with caramel/toffee and some fruity notes.

Mildly-roasted biscuit malts and caramel/toffee are the first thing I notice, but the fruitiness (plum and apple) detected in the nose is a little more noticeable in the flavour. Mostly sweet on the tongue, but there's some drying hop bitterness in the finish. A very mild-tasting ale. A bit buttery and slippery in the mouth. On the thin side of medium-bodied, with low carbonation.

This is an ideal session ale - balanced, mild, and delicious. I will definitely pick some up again at some point.

[Updated Dec. 20 2013]

Another can, this time compared side-by-side with Spitfire, St. Peter's Organic English Ale and Marston's Pedigree. Easily the best of the four; Fuller's London Pride is probably the gold standard of this style and a fabulous English ale that I have returned to on many an occasion. Wonderfully balanced; if you don't like this, then English session ales just aren't your thing, I guess.

Final Grade: 4.18, an A-.

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Photo of rvdoorn
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: the beer pours a clear orange color, with a small light brown head.
Smell: Nutty malts, honey, caramel and grass.
Taste: Sweet nutty malts, honey with dry bitter hops. Perfect balance. Aftertaste is crisp and bitter.
Mouthfeel: low-medium carbonation, creamy medium body.
Overall: Nice brew, smooth and easy to drink.

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Photo of cbutova
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear golden-amber body into a pint glass. Frothy white head forms and retains decently. A thick pillow and ring leave nice webs of lace.

S- Aroma is heavy on bread notes with English hops, fruit and caramel malt in there as well. A bit faint, leaves ke searching.

T- Fruit and malt combine to give this a sort of caramel apple feel with a hoppy finish. Bread notes are prevalent while the hops lend grassy, floral and herbal notes. Raisins and toasted nut hints.

MF- Lighter end body with a bit of a creamy, foamy feel. Finishes just a bit tart and bitter.

Another solid Fuller's brew, they seem to get it right from what I have noticed. Freshness date was April 2012 so that may be key here.

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Photo of philbe311
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A fingers worth tightly packed slightly creamy lopsided off-white colored head... Minimal retention gives way to thin veil of lace in the center of a glass and a thin collar... The color is a mix of amber and warm caramel... A moderate bit of moderate paced carbonation...

S - Bursting at the seems with toasted malts... Notes of caramel... Touches of toffee... Warm bready malts... Some subtle fruity notes...

T - Bready malts... Nutty... Touches of caramel and toffee... A rich layer of fruity goodness... A slight layer of hops helps to balance things out...

M - Medium bodied... Fairly dense... Just a slight kiss of carbonation... A bit of stickiness... Slightly chewy... A slightly dry finish...

D - A very solid, very respectable English Pale Ale... Quite sessionable at at 4.7% ABV... Could drink a couple of these in a sitting...

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear golden orange color from an 11.2 oz bottle, with ABV and best-by date on the label.
One finger foamy head that dissipates slowly to a thin film that stays.
Aroma is all malts with hints of spice coming through.
Crisp, refreshing pale ale. Taste is also predominantly malty with just the right amount of bitterness in the finish.
A perfect sessions beer for any occasion. Drinkability is VERY good.
One of the best English pale ales. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Matt1516
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I cracked open this can after working outside on a hot day--so I fear it may skew the ratings a little higher...

Semi-transparent caramel appearance with a creamy/frothy two finger head. Lots of cascading in the glass and lacing too. Smells of sweet malts and yeast. Mouthfeel slightly watery with some creaminess.

Simply delicious. Just the right note of wet hops and sour malts. Some caramel and dark chocolate too. A little bitter on the back of the tongue with a dry finish.

Perfect: I could drink it all night.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at the biggest beer store in the UK, Beers of Europe Ltd. Beautiful clear copper pour with fluffy two finger head with great retention and lacing. Toffee and caramel malt dominates the nose with a subdued, but appealing floral, perfumy hop aroma. The taste is much the same with plenty of toasty caramel malt with hints of biscuit, tea, vanilla, toffee, brown sugar and just a touch of metal. Great balance with just enough of a tangy, bitter hop bite on the finish to perfectly complement the sweet malt. The drinkability of this beer is off the charts! This is the definition of the perfect session beer. Plenty of character, with a low ABV and smooth as silk mouthfeel. Definitely one of my favorite beers in the world, from one of my favorite breweries!

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Photo of ifnkovhg
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a pint glass. Just got it in under the wire, as the "best by" date was 7/17/11.

Boy oh boy, do I enjoy this beer. Pours a tawny color, with an off-white head that dissipates. It smells of butterscotch and caramel. Plus "buttery diacetyl," I believe those in the know call it.

The taste is much the same. Great malty body -- so smooth! Some detect hops, but I do not. While my respect for hops has grown, I don't begrudge their absence. Mouthfeel and drinkability are excellent.

Such a great beer! I come back to this one several times a year.

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Photo of PDXHops
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint. I'm 5 months before the 'best before' date; what that means, I dunno. A thick cap of foam sticks around impressively atop the see-thru light amber body, leaving some nice lacing behind.

Smells fresh and inviting, honey, floral notes, newly cut hay. Lots of flavor and oomph packed into a managable ABV package. Crisp and toasty at times, bready and buttery at others. Earthy bitterness with a hint of funk lying underneath. Perhaps a touch of citrus in the finish. Just enough carbonation to push it to medium bodied. Easy recommendation here. Very nice beer.

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Photo of thomcatr3t
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pumped from cask into 16 oz. pint glass on May 21, 2011 at the Prince of Tek in London.

A: Body is red-orange in color, almost copper. Absolutely gorgeous 2 finger head that looks like fresh whipped cream. Crystal clear.

S: Bready malts are the first thing I notice. A little "drier" in smell than a buttered cracker. Some floral hops that help to offset the malt. A very appetizing aroma.

T: Hops upfront are floral and earthy. The rest of the way through it is a nice soft bready malt just like on the aroma, very well balanced.

M: Wonderfully smooth. Nice creamy texture that doesn't stick too long in the mouth.

O: I should have had more than 2. A very pleasing offering. If you get the chance to have one in the environment for which it was intended you should not pass this one up.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep gold with a medium white head consisting of large bubbles. Dissipates quickly leaving some spotty lacing.
Smells amazing; fruity and buttery.
Flavorful layered malt with a fruity, bready character overlayed with sweet English toffee. As sweet as this sounds it maintains a perfect balance due to the skillful use of hops; just enough flavor and bitterness. Finishes dry with a modest lingering bitterness.
Smooth creamy mouthfeel.
I could drink these all day in any weather. Refreshing enough for summer, and hearty enough for winter. This is an outstanding beer.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear Amber/copper colour with an off White head that retains well and laces.

S - Plenty od biscuit, and dark fruits, with some floral aromas.

T - Nice malty flavours of caramel, toffee, and plenty of biscuit. A lttle boozy woth a nice fuggles bitter finish.

M - Medium body with low t0o medium carbonation.

O - A very well rounded beer with plenty on offer.

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Photo of Roke87
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 mL can, slightly chilled and poured into a pint glass

Appearance- Pours a clear light amber colour, careful pour yields about a pinky fingers worth of soapy white head that very quickly dissipates to a tiny little ring around the glass leaving almost no lacing to speak of throughout till finish.

Smell- Very bready aromas coming from this one right away, very sweet as well with a nice caramel malt smell, mixed with earthy grassy hops. Other than that there’s not really much else going on here on the nose.

Taste- Is pretty much the same as the aromas, very bready on the palate and very sweet as well coming through with that caramel malt again, earthy grassy hops still present in the tastes as well. Overall a very well balanced ale although a tad on the sweet side, even though apart from these three flavours there is really not much else going on.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied this one finishes very clean and crisp with a distinctively bready malt characteristic, good carbonation as well.

Overall- Not the best, not the worst I’ve tasted by a long shot, this is a very smooth and easy drinking ale that you could easily sit down a session all night. The sweetness of it though might put some people off as the bread and caramel malt flavours really dominate this one from start to finish, although I must say the flavours are very well balanced. A very quality ale although I wouldn’t rate this one world class by any stretch of the imagination, more on the above average scale I would say, I would drink this one again though and Fuller’s seems to have very solid offerings, I actually really enjoyed their porter and ESB, this is just another win for them.

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Photo of codfeast
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz bottle to stein.

A: A dark gold colour, solid off white head quickly disolved.

S: Malt, biscut, fruit cake, hint of floral.

T: Sweet malt and biscut(almost bock like) picking up more of a tea taste as it warms. nice lingering bitter finish.

M: smooth, with mild carbination.

O: nicely balanced, and easy to drink. To easy sometimes, a few hours out with the boys could easily finish 8 to 10 of these. Then your pissed as a fart, and sleeping on the couch.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Handpump halfpint goblet at the Prince Regent.

A: Clear copper body with a thin but persistent cap of eggshell foam. Lovely cask pour.

S: Bready, biscuity, and caramel malts, balanced with a touch of floral hoppiness. Ok, but kinda boring - even for an English cask ale.

T: Far better than the aroma, with rich toffee, biscuit, date, and floral notes. Good, light bitterness on the finish to counter the assertively sweet malts. Tasty.

M: Soft and lively. Great.

O: Solid beer, but not one that I'll be seeking out in the future. In many pubs this is the best (or even only) cask offering, and it's certainly not a bad one.


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Photo of flexabull
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light and bright amber color with a nice sturdy white head.

Aromas are of brewed tea, some crisp apples, and light floral hops.

Taste is creamy sweet, but not overly so, faint brewed tea flavors, and hints of crisp apples. Very similar to the nose. Finish is crisp and clean with a touch of floral and earthy hops.

Mouthfeel is quite good. Very full bodied and very smooth.

Overall, simple but tasty, and very sessionable. Would love to this from a cask sometime, this is nice every day drinking beer.

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Photo of fx20736
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a Nonic. Served cool but not cold.

Coppery amber, offwhite head, moderate lacing.

Aroma is mildly fruity and malty.

Mouthfeel is pleasingly dry with enough carbonation to make it clean..

Dry and fruity with a restrained bitterness.

Notes: The Archetype. Awesome. Hard to put into words. Perhaps my favorite beer.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always a nice beer. I had this one on-tap at the Brick Store Pub. Pours copper colored with a somewhat slight head. In the aroma, there are a nice balance of earthy hops and malt. The taste is a tad too bready and sweet for me to feel that this is world class, but it's pleasing enough. Smooth and bready in the mouth, this is probably better on a nice crisp fall day. I'm not sure I like this as much as I used to.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 16oz pint glass at The Feathers in London, England on May 17. Reviewed from notes taken that day.

Fresh off of the hand pump, a creamy 1 finger head sits on top of the coppery and reddish hued body. Crisp and clear, you can see through this with no problem. The lacing starts at the top with a wall of lace for about two inches, and as I drink further, it spreads out to gobby and spotty lacing for the rest of the way.

The nose is full of biscuit malts that yield a supple breadiness while earthy hops contribute a touch of bitterness that counteracts the bready sweetness. The yeast yields fruity and earthy notes as well. On the palate, more caramel and a slight butterscotch come through. Otherwise, it is pretty much in line with the aroma. Remembering other Fuller's experiences that I have had in the states, the only way to really appreciate these beers is to head across the pond where they can be enjoyed fresh and served as they were intended to be.

Creamy and smooth with enough bitterness that it tingles the tongue, this is a great refreshing pale ale that I would definitely spring for again if I had another opportunity to grab a pint in London.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Pub in Beavercreek, OH. 20oz served in a Nonic glass.

Appearance: Clear coppery-amber with a off-white dense foam. The foam died down eventually to a thin film across the top but with thick walls of lacing noted. Good looking beer.

Smell: Floral, malty, and some mild tart fruits (berries?) all at the same time. Nicely appealing.

Taste: Nice clean English malt with some raspberry notes in the middle and then a mild English bitter finish. Malt forward, but not cloyingly sweet, and nicely balanced with the tartness in the middle and the bitter at the end. The flavors are richer once the beer has really warmed up - maybe just below room temp and it really shines.

Mouthfeel: Typical English ale - very mild carbonation, just a hair thicker than water. Good, but nothing special.

Overall / Drinkability: Very drinkable beer. I could have easily had another 20oz by itself or with more food. An outstanding beer with food, but a very enjoyable beer on a very hot day. I will definitely have this again on tap - in a bottle it's good, but it is much better on tap. I wonder what it would be like in cask form?

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Photo of Kartoffeln
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours clear, golden copper. The modest, tan head is dense and creamy with excellent retention, slowly dissipating to a healthy cap of foam. The lacing is rather sparse and spotty.

S: Loads of toffee malts with faint biscuit undertones. Slightly herbal, slight floral, but strongly earthy hops round out the nose.

T: Toffee malts up front which give way to bready malts with roasty biscuit notes that become increasingly prominent. Floral hops taste of dark fruits and are particularly earthy, rather woody.

M: On the light end of medium-bodied with very light, smooth carbonation as expected. The lingering bitterness in the finish comes as much from the biscuit malts as the hops and cleanly balances the brew.

D: A flavourful and sessionable English Pale Ale with a distinct biscuit character. Certainly worth a try, though I wouldn't say it's head-and-shoulders above other EPAs as its rating suggests.

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Photo of iSip
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A friend gave me a bottle of Fuller's London Pride to try, and this was the evening. I have been on a IPA run lately, so this beer was a change of pace. Pours with a nice head that leaves a fine lacing. Nice aroma with a sweetness to it. The flavor is mellow sweet with good malty taste and a bit of bitter in the finish. Less carbonation as is common with an English brew makes it easy to drink. Overall the Fuller's London Pride is worth a try, but not Outstanding as the label advertizes.

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Photo of tewaris
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on cask in an Imperial pint glass at the Brit's Pub.

Golden and smooth, with a small head with fine foam. Good head retention and lacing for the size.

Smells is equal parts malts and hops --- honey, and herbs (but not to the extent of being pungent). Tastes of ripe, lush fruit with a mild bitterness, and rich honey and earthy hop flavor. Well carbonated, but not overly so; great body that's not heavy but not watery by any means.

There's bitterness is towards the end, but it does not stay on the palate. Finish is fairly clean. Overall, I liked it. Especially good for a 4.7% ABV beer.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a crystal clear golden colour, solid finger of egg white head, little visible body carbonation and solid retention.

S - Mild on the nose, slightly metallic with sweet corn and musty hops coming through.

T - Similar to the nose, musty leafy hops, sweet corn and buttered bread with some toasted biscuit notes coming through on the finish.

M - A lighter bodied ale with extremely fine carbonation, reminiscent of a Guiness. Goes down smooth and finishes nice and wet.

O - A tasty ale, but nothing out-of-this-world. Worth taking for a test drive, but I prefer some of their other offerings over this particular one.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice clear amber with a thin head on top that quickly dissipates. It has a nice aroma of pine trees and maple syrup, some citrus, and a whiff of grain. Time to taste this beautiful glass of beer.

Oh yeah, this is English pale ale 'cause they don't make 'em taste like this on our side of the pond. We tend to like our pale ales either grainy or hoppy. This one possesses a nice sweet malty flavor nicely balanced with some mild grainy tones and some faint hoppy bitterness. There's some definite graininess here, but it's so nicely balanced that it adds to the character of the beer instead of making it seem blah. The more I drink, the more it seems to have a nice woody flavor to it. I could drink this beer all evening long and not get tired of it. Moreover, since the alcohol content is so moderate, I probably wouldn't regret it either.

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