Meyer ESB | Thirsty Bear Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Thirsty Bear Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-18-2004

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Ratings: 45 |  Reviews: 19
Reviews by kdoc8:
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3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on nitro-tap at Thirsty Bear in San Francisco, CA. It is a deep reddish-brown color with golden hints in it. It had a thin, but long-lasting head and some lacing. It didn't have too much of an aroma, maybe a bit of flowers. It is not at all bitter or hopsy in taste and has more of a dark roast taste of malt to it, very similar to the taste in their Brown.

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Photo of sourdog
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of k47k
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mc4z
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Niedzws
4.36/5  rDev +24.2%

Photo of BubblesandFoam
2/5  rDev -43%

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2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of baiser
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber orange body, with a foamy white head, good retention and lacing. Sweet malt, buttery - balanced by a dry and bitter finish. Crisp and clean. OK beer, but lacks any depth of flavour. Much rather have their brown ale or IPA. One of their few english style ales, which aren't nearly as good as their american style offerings.

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Photo of jwolfie70
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Thirsty Bear from a nitro pour. Poured a dark amber. Smell was of roasted malt and nuts. Taste also had a roasted malt (almost nutty) flavor that was balanced by a dry hop bitterness. I would prefer more intense flavors, but a good beer. Not sure what the nitro added.

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Photo of Mark
4.06/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice amber body was topped by a thick lasting head that left cask like sheets of lacing, on both sides of the glass. Aroma of sweet malt dominates the nose. Taste profile is sweet malt accented as well with a good hop bite as befits an ESB. Mouthfeel was very nce and this beer i exceptionally smooth and drinkable. A major league ESB.

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Photo of hiku7
3.26/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at Thirsty Bear in SF. Didn't have my notebook with me, so I'm doing this from memory.

A - Deep copper with a small to moderate head. The color looked on the darker-hued side for an ESB, but well within the style.

S - Malt malt malt. Caramelly sweetness coming through with only a touch of hops.

T - Same as the smell. This beer is mostly malt on the taste, too much so IMHO, and not enough hop balance.

M - Thick and creamy, almost syrupy. A bit on the heavy end of an ESB.

D - Not great. After one of these I was ready to move on.

Overall, I found it too malty and sweet and a bit off target for an ESB, though the maltiness tasted fine, and I took my time enjoying it while watching march madness. Just made me feel a bit fuller than I was expecting and without enough hop balance.

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Photo of Bumblebtna
3.2/5  rDev -8.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of gregcordle
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of Hellpop65
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of Redrover
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer was a dark bronze with a nice beige head

Soft floral nose, with malts clearly evident.

The taste is slightly bitter with fruit and spice notes. It is also sweet with some minor caramel notes.

The mouthfeel was a bit of a disappointment. In spite of the nitro, the beer was a bit brittle feeling.

This ESB is an easy enough drinker but slightly thin in the end. Reminds me a bit of a slighlty washed out Fullers.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(had a pint early one morning after doing their sampler flight)

A: light, golden amber liquid, nice creme-colored head that laces in drapes

S: not much to it.... a bit of character from the malt - something about it stood out from the rest of their clean, inoffensive beers....mellow toasty cookie, light-med esters, very lite hop

T: much like the aroma, along with fresh bread, cookie/wafer, some caramel.... grassy hops in balance... some residual dry bitterness finishing it off

M: a little pull in the finish, but on the lighter side in body... neither smooth nor sharp, just clean.... could've had some more roundness

O: best of the ales i had there?... still tastes like it's from a brewpub... stood out as having hints of depth and complexity whereas their other offerings were nice, but all had an unmemorable homogenous clarity on the palate

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2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of mactrail
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark amber in the pint nonic with a creamy head that lasts nicely. Watery body that is paired with a pleasant malty richness. Grainy flavors dominate. This tastes like rye for some reason, with the tast and bitter tang. The hops are more resiny and leave a moderate bitter aftertaste. A dark roasted flavor adds some interest.

Not a bad quaff that seems like a nice middle ground of hops and malt on the drier side. On tap at the Thirsty Bear in San Francisco [notes from 01/24/2013 visit].

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Photo of litheum94
3.71/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of the sampler platter. Reviewed 7/15/10.

P: Caramel brown body. Dirty white head with a nice covering.

A: Somewhat subdued aromas of floral hops, jasmine and caramel malts.

T: Smooth and creamy. Floral and earthy hops impart a lite bitterness. Caramel malts balance the flavors.

A solid ESB. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Mike-Harms
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of mhaugo
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of JDV
3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours reddish amber with a light hop smell, taste and aftertaste. Some honey sweetness in the nose too. Somewhat refreshing, thin, and decent. I guess about what I expect for the style in terms of overall sessionability and ease of drinking, but not particularly special.

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Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Meyer ESB from Thirsty Bear Brewing Company
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