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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.

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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.

Brewer's Notes

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

Taste profile

Chestnut
Intense fruit and hops
Rich malt and marmalade bitterness
Bitter
Sweet

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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’.

Food Pairing

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.

Discover more beer and food matches at www.beerforthat.com

Ingredients

  • Water
  • Ale Yeast
  • Malts: Chocolate, Crystal
  • Hops: Challenger, Goldings, Northdown, Target

Nutrition

Per 100ml
Keg/Bottle Cask
Energy (Kcal) 51.39 51.4
Energy (KJ) 215.4 210.8
Protein (g) 0.51 0.45
Carbohydrates (g) 4.67 4
Bitterness (IBU) 35 35
ABV 5.9 5.5
This product contains Malted Barley
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