July 22, 2014

Fuller’s ESB

C / 2.5
Fuller's ESB

A robust 5.5% alcohol by volume in cask (5.9% alcohol by volume in bottles and kegs), it is brewed from Pale Ale and Crystal malts and from Target, Challenger, Northdown and Goldings hops.

The US Beverage Tasting Institute named Fuller’s ESB “World Champion Bitter” in 1997 and 1998. ESB received the Gold Medal in the Premium Ales category at the 2003 International Beer Competition and a Silver medal in the same event in 2004. In addition, ESB won another Silver in the Strong Bitter category at the 2002 Great British Beer Festival. And no beer has won more CAMRA awards, including Best Strong Ale in 1978, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1987 and 1991, and Champion Beer of Britain in 1978, 1981 and 1985.

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Reviews of Fuller’s ESB

Review by Aaron D. Campbell on August 29, 2010

C / 2.5

Appearance – Pours a beautiful bronze-copper color with very little white head that disappears almost completely with almost no lacing.

Smell – A lot of dark caramel from the malt and a hint of banana which is rather unique. The surprise here is that it doesn’t smell bitter at all.

Taste – There is a good balance between malt and hops. The hops give you nice fruity touches that mix well with the caramel and nut of the malt. Again it’s not near as bitter as other ESBs.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied with extremely low carbonation gives this a very smooth feel.

Drinkability – I’m not a huge fan. It wasn’t a bad beer, but I was looking for something bitter and this wasn’t it.