Our Extra Special Bitter
Succumb to the temptation of ESB
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.
ESB can be discovered throughout our estate of unique and contemporary pubs - find your new local.
We export our beers to more than 60 countries worldwide, meaning your favourite bottle, cask or keg is never far away.
From your local supermarket to your favourite off-licence, you can find our canned and bottled beers to enjoy at home.
The Champion Ale
By the time ESB launched in 1971, breweries had long been in the habit of producing an ‘ordinary’ bitter and a ‘special’. Our special was the irreplaceable London Pride so we broke the mould and added a pioneering third style: an extra special bitter, brewed to a stronger 5.5% ABV.
Since then, ESB has gone on to become a recognised beer style, imitated in breweries right across the world.
Rich mahogany in colour, ESB tempts with aromas of orange marmalade, balanced by soft malt toffee. The hops impart grassy, peppery notes alongside hints of citrus fruit – while the Pale Ale and Crystal malts bring distinctive biscuity flavours. A smooth, delicate bitterness lingers on the palate to give a supreme finish.
International Beer Challenge Silver, 2012
World Beer Championships World Champion, 1999
World Beer Cup Gold, 2006
CAMRA Champion Beer of Britain Silver, 2008
Raise a glass
After three CAMRA Beer of the Year awards, two World Champion Beer awards and several other gold medals, it’s easy to see why ESB is referred to simply as ‘The Champion Ale’.
Stand up to steak with ESB
Steak and chips: This full bodied ale has the depth to stand up to the big flavour of a steak and the beers intense, rich fruit and marmalade notes complement and lift the dense flavour of the steak.
The bitterness will cut through the heaviness of the meat
The three Cs method was used to match our food - compliment, cut through and contrast. To find out more click here.
- Ale Yeast
- Malts: Chocolate, Crystal
- Hops: Challenger, Goldings, Northdown, Target
Experience Gales Force of Nature
A silky-smooth premium ale, Horndean Special Bitter was originally the flagship beer of Gales Brewery in Hampshire. First launched in 1959, it’s still brewed with the same passion and pride today – and the age-old recipe continues to go down a storm.
Something completely different
All hail the new classic
IPA. Three small letters, one huge impact on the brewing industry. For more than 200 years, IPA has been a bastion of all things big and beautiful about beer, and this new classic from Fuller’s shows the style still has a few more centuries in it yet…