In this beer blog, we are going to get into an import and craft brewery from England. It is Fuller’s and the beer is their ESB. This is family owned business since 1845. This brewery is just outside of London, England. They brew several different beer styles that is true to classic England beer styles. There beers are not over hopped like most American craft brews. Let us get into the beer.
It has a clear amber color without a head on the beer. The smell is almost like a caramel. The taste of medium body beer is carbonated caramel with dry hazelnut hop finish. It is pretty drinkable beer.
Here is a description from the beer bottle:
Fuller’s ESB is the famous winner of many awards around the world; bursting with powerful, sustained malt and hop flavors, it is the world’s original and the one by which others are judged!
The Griffin Brewery in Chiswich, London, has been brewing fine ales since 1654.
The Fuller, Smith & Turner partnership, dating back to 1845, brews an excellent range of award-winning ales, many of which are available in the USA, including London Pride pale ale and the world’s original ESB. I hope you will enjoy trying all our fine ales.
Here is a description from their website (www.fullers.co.uk):
ESB was launched into the Fuller’s family in 1971, as a winter brew to replace a beer named Old Burton Extra. The potential of the beer was soon realised and ESB was installed as a permanent fixture, creating an immediate impact.
Not only was it one of the strongest regularly brewed draught beers in the country (at 5.5% ABV), it was also one of the tastiest, and as the awareness of the beer grew, so did its popularity. ESB’s reputation was soon enhanced after being named CAMRA’s (Campaign for Real Ale) Beer of the Year in 1978, and the beer has not stopped winning since!
With three CAMRA Beer of the Year awards, two World Champion Beer awards, and numerous other gold medals to speak of, ESB is, quite simply, the Champion Ale.
Here is their website and twitter addresses:
In closing, what can you say about this beer? It is a classic beer and this brewery shows most craft breweries in the United States how to brew the classic beer styles. They keep teaching their wrongs or maybe they are not paying attention to it. I am talking the old and new world breweries. There is some rich flavors here and I really enjoyed drinking this brew. I love the malt characters that this brew produces to the beer drinker. I am not much into import breweries but this brewery pops off the shelf. I had to give it a try again. I recommend you trying this brew to get an idea what ESB is supposed to taste like. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser