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.

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.

We brew award winning beers

  • World Champion, 1999 (World Beer Championships)
  • Gold, 2006 (World Beer Cup)
  • Silver, 2008 (Camra Champion Beer of Britain)
  • Silver, 2012 (International Beer Challenge)
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Taste profile

Sight: Chestnut
Smell: Intense fruit and hops
Taste: Rich malt and marmalade bitterness

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'.


Ale yeast
Malts: chocolate, crystal
Hops: challenger, goldings, northdown, target

Nutrition (per 100ml)

  Keg/bottle Cask
Energy (Kcal): 51.39
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

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.

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