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Meyer ESB | Thirsty Bear Brewing Company

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3.51/5
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45 Ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Thirsty Bear Brewing Company
California, United States
thirstybear.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#37,764
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
45
pDev:
13.96%
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Ratings: 45 |  Reviews: 19
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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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 smithj4
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of AngusOg
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of mattmarka1
2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from nitro-tap at the brewery.

Pours a smooth amber colour, with a small but creamy head of white foam, although the brewery lighting is rather dim. Looks pretty decent.

Smooth on the nose with a bit of malty sweetness, very round with a crispness that reminds me of raw potato. Quite sweet overall, certainly not a big ESB sharpness. But nice.

Sweet grain on the palate, a little dusty - certainly not a lot of hops. Very clean though on the palate, and the texture is very pleasant.

It's an extremely drinkable brew, let's give it that. Would make a great session beer - there's enough character to keep it interesting, not enough to wear out the palate, and it's extremely smooth.

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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

Photo of DrJay
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, reddish hue with a thick beige cap. Excellent head retention with lots of sticky lace. The aroma was malty and sweet with a hint of caramel and faint, earthy hops. Bitterness was on the low side, balanced towards malt and caramel. Hops were light and grassy. Medium bodied with lowish carbonation, smooth texture. I enjoyed my pint, though I thought it could have used a bit more bitterness to really round out the flavour.

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Photo of Hellpop65
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of AgentMunky
2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of dgilks
3.96/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear copper colour with a creamy, long lasted off-white head. Good lacing.

Nutty, sweet caramel aroma with very light citrussy hops. Good.

Crisp caramelised malt flavour with a nice hoppy edge. Well balanced and full of flavour.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Very good.

A really solid American style ESB with a good balance between the malt and the hops. Easy to drink.

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

Served from nitro-tap in a clear weizen glass.

A: Ruby-mahogany hue with steep sticky light tan head with above-average retention and solid rings of lace.

S: Mild aroma with a caramel malt, earthy hops, and faint nuttiness

T: Again not the most robust brew, even for and ESB, though there is nothing objectionable. Not overly sweet caramel maltiness with earthy, leafy hops in the finish. Tastes a bit undermalted.

M: Despite the nitro-tap which adds a bit of creaminess (and is a good service choice by the brewers), the body is still lighter than medium with a pleasant enough sweet nutty aftertaste.

D: A decent ESB but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of kwjd
3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the brewpub in San Francisco. Pours a reddish-copper colour with a finger of white head. Nice enough head retention, mild lacing on the glass. Floral hops with a big toasted malt backbone. Very mild bitterness. This didn't quite live up to many other ESB's I've had, though it was pleasant.

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Photo of mhaugo
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 Kiniey01
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of bobsy
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wife’s pint at the brewpub. Orange body and creamy white head. Dry, nutty aroma, with some roasted malts in there. Citric bitterness clings to a malty backbone, and is pleasingly refreshing, although a little forward at times. Fairly light bodied and dry finish. Overall a solid ESB.

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Photo of gregcordle
4/5  rDev +14%

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

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 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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Photo of mc4z
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of bschinelli
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

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Meyer ESB from Thirsty Bear Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 45 ratings
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