Fuller's ESB

United Kingdom
Fuller's ESB British Beer Strong Bitter
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
90
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

Twice named World Champion Beer, Fuller’s ESB is one of the most decorated ales of its time. A winner born and brewed, it’s a strong, full-bodied ale that has delighted drinkers for decades with its smooth, mellow bitterness and superbly satisfying finish.

Profile

ABV: 
5.9%
IBUs: 
43
Served at: 
50 - 55° F
Hops: 
Challenger, Goldings
Malts: 
Concerto
Judges Review 
BC Review's picture
Judges Rating:
90
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

London’s last traditional family brewery, Fuller’s Brewery has been producing singularly British ales for nearly 200 years. Fuller’s ESB, is the archetypal bitter, displaying a rather fruit forward, malty nose while packing a solid bitterness in the flavor. Rick immediately picked upon the “toast and toffee” aromas, noting their interplay with hints of apple and pear was “reminiscent of a proper English pint.” Tim also keyed in on the maltiness, noting “sticky sweet caramel and candy-like toffee.” He uncovered a faint spicy hop component under the sugary malt. Both judges felt the nose would benefit from more pronounced earthy or grassy hop aromas. A brilliantly clear, lightly carbonated amber brew, Fuller’s ESB suffuses the room with a warm golden glow. Punctuated by hop bitterness, flavors of biscuits, toffee, and caramel abound. Tom had high praise for the “mineral notes balanced against bready malt,” opining that the beer had “a distinctly British lineage.” Pete felt the bitterness was just a tad low, but noted the “herbal, grassy hop flavors keep sweetness in check.” Likewise, he was pleasantly surprised with the dryness of the finish. All judges felt this was a solid beer, but each found himself wishing for just a bit more hops across the board. If on a grand beer tour, or just headed to the pub for a pint, seek out this British classic.