Fuller's ESB

Fuller's ESB

Rated 3.788 by BeerPals

Brewed by Fuller, Smith and Turner Public Limited Company / Fuller's Brewery

Chiswick, London, United Kingdom

Style:  Extra Special Bitter

5.9% Alcohol by Volume

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Smooth, strong and bursting with flavour, ESB is a classic award winning beer.

ID: 706 Last updated 3 years ago Added to database 23 years ago

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Overall Rank588
Overall Percentile98.9
Style Rank1 of 735
Style Percentile99.9
Lowest Score2.3
Highest Score5.0
Average Score3.811
Weighted Score3.788
Standard Deviation0.424

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  • MISSSIPLESS 165 reviews
    rated 3.6 3 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    A reddish brown beer, looks pretty transparent, and topped with a creamy tan head. Aroma is light citrus, bread, caramel, and yeast. Thin on the tongue. Starts off tasting sweet, hints of caramel, and finishes with a hop bite.

  • PAULCARDOM 549 reviews
    rated 4.1 6 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    One of the premier brewers in the world, and this is a very well done ESB. While Scandinavian and American brewers continue to try and push brewing to the edges, Fullers continues to take time tested recipes and make them just like they always have, with great results. This ESB is a perfect example, a reddish-brown pour, translucent, with rich caramel aromas complemented by a creamy tan coloured head and resinous hop aromas. The flavour is toffee and citrus. Heavenly!

  • HANTRAN 551 reviews
    rated 3.7 10 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Nose of bread and raisins and licorice. Medium copper body is topped by a moderate short lived head with very little lacing. Mouth is nicely slick, a bit under-carbonated and full.. Flavor is fairly complex. Tart apple, carmel malts, dark ripe fruit. Finish is slightly sweet. A very nice ESB!

  • PALEALERIDER 2314 reviews
    rated 3.5 11 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Pours a very small layer of foamy off-white head. Has a golden/amber appearance. ok lacing. Aromas are pretty faint, malted barley, light roasted malts, a bit citrusy. Pretty mild. Flavours are quite malty and a bit of citrus hops. Mild sweetness and definitely bitter but not as expected. Barley malts are also noticeable. Medium carbonation. Tingling mouthfeel and also slightly watery. Pretty good, will try again.

  • VIPINVELP 2001 reviews
    rated 3.4 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Clear brown with huge brown foam head, lacing to glass. Aroma is malty, with some sweet fruity notes. Taste is bittersweet with light coffee note and again some citrus fruits. NOt a bad beer at all. (Velp 201301)

  • THOMASSOVA4 1037 reviews
    rated 3.7 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    I had this beer on April 12, 2012 (I know I had it before but never rated it, so I am drinking it again, and rating it now). I picked this up from the Wine Gourmet in Roanoke, VA. This beer was good but a tad sweet for me. I don't know that I like the ESB as much as the other ales from Fullers. The London Pride is better in my opinion. That being said, I wouldn't kick ESB out of bed either. I love bitters/English Pub Ales - they are one of my favorite styles. Armada Ale and Best Bitter from Harvey's is still my favorite.

  • RICHSBEER 1961 reviews
    rated 4.0 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    pours a nice orangish amber color with a nice white head, that quickly disappears. It has a wonderful aroma of carmel and orange. It has a complex flavor of malt and honey but balanced well with hop bitterness. It's no wonder that this beer has won so many awards.

  • HEYBEERMAN 1025 reviews
    rated 3.9 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    This is just good beer flavored beer. Nice looking copper, super clear, foamy headed beer. Aromas of mild cider and spice with lots of malts and some earth. Flavor is classic, malty, a touch of bittering hops and really easy to drink. I could see drinking a lot of these on a regular basis.

  • BOBHOPPS 406 reviews
    rated 4.0 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    This is one on my line up on a regular basis,because this is a nutty and refreshing beer...just bitter enough to be a great session beer very smooth caramel malt a very satisfying beer...

  • BLUESANDBARBQ 2568 reviews
    rated 4.1 13 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    On tap @ Bearden Beer Market. Been wanting to try this one for some time. Nice clear copper pour with a tight creamy head which leaves some lazy lacing throughout. Earthy, caramelly, very light orange in the aromas. Taste is very smooth with slightly sweet and caramel malts, hint of orange and citrus, some nutiness, and earthy English hops light bitter linger. Dry finish. Very very good ESB, very drinkable - nothing less would be expected. Glad to find some.

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