Meyer ESB | Thirsty Bear Brewing Company

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3.51 w/ 45 ratings

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
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4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 bboven
3.46/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Darkish gold color, spot on for color and a fantastic, fantastic head with great retention.

Great floral hop aroma, nice malty balance.

Very malty taste, a bit of a sour finish, but overall right there for style.

Mouthfeel is wonderfully creamy even though the body is a touch thin.

I could see myself having several pints of this on a night out. This is a beer I would seek out were I in an ESB mood.

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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 klewis
4.26/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Thirsty Bear 6/8/06

A: Pours a nice copper color with a one-finger nitro head that lasted the duration of the drink. Tons of lacing left all over the glass.

S: Floral hops aroma with caramel notes.

T: Well-balanced with both malty and subtle hops flavors

M: Wonderfully smooth and silky with a medium body

D: Overall this is a great beer. The nitro was a great touch and allowed the complexities of the beer to come through. This is a beer that I wouldn't mind drinking all night.

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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 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 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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Meyer ESB from Thirsty Bear Brewing Company
Beer rating: 33.3% out of 100 with 45 ratings
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