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ESB Amber - Saugatuck Brewing Company

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ESB AmberESB Amber

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79
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88 Ratings
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 13.91%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Saugatuck Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: david131 on 07-20-2010)
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DonaldHeverly

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

07-14-2014 00:03:33 | More by DonaldHeverly
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WesM63

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

07-13-2014 21:22:44 | More by WesM63
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Gemini6

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

06-26-2014 00:18:45 | More by Gemini6
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superspak

Michigan

3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly cloudy orange amber color with a 1 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduced to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, orange zest, apple, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, biscuit, orange zest, apple, light nuttiness, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and toast/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy/herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness, orange zest, apple, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and toast/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/bready malt and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good ESB style. Good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2014 03:45:10 | More by superspak
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Mark4prez20

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

05-27-2014 05:05:03 | More by Mark4prez20
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jbierling

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

05-16-2014 21:09:38 | More by jbierling
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oberon

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a plastic cup at the Tigers game a nice looking deep burnt orange with a thick head that never really settled completely,it's been awhile since I had a beer in a plastic cup I admit.Aromas were of bready malt and caramel mainly,a bit of toast and fruitiness was there as well but on the lighter side.Simple straitforward flavors of caramel/toffee and lightly toasted bread with faint herbal hops in the finish.Enjoyable at the ballgame but not anything I would really seek out to be honest.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2014 14:19:29 | More by oberon
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skinnycox

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

03-09-2014 16:10:39 | More by skinnycox
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HardyA

Michigan

2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

02-24-2014 00:45:51 | More by HardyA
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DCdevyl78

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

01-30-2014 02:19:22 | More by DCdevyl78
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breakingbland

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

01-27-2014 23:12:10 | More by breakingbland
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Brenden

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer is a red-orange color, fitting within the range for either ESB or amber. The small off-white head doesn't look strong but takes longer than expected to fall. The moderate lacing is another surprise.
The smell is mainly of toast and caramel, very much like a Marzen. There's a hint of hoppiness, but it's mostly about the malt backbone.
The taste is similar but different in key ways; it's also interesting, as a nice caramel sweetness that may be the strongest and sweetest note of caramel I've had in a beer, along with a strong note of toast, meets leaf and pith. The sweetness and the bitterness work together without clashing, and it makes for some depth.
A good, strong medium body that leans light so as not to give too much heft to this lighter styled beer also maintains a firm crispness without giving up smoothness.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 22:58:49 | More by Brenden
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king75

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

01-21-2014 22:51:01 | More by king75
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krome

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

01-18-2014 02:20:16 | More by krome
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deadchef

Michigan

2.68/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

served into a pint glass from bottle.

a: slightly hazy copper with a quick dissipating half inch head.

s: roasty malt, caramel, earth, roasted almonds, alcohol.

t: slight astringincy followed up with some sweetness. finishes hot/bitter, not from alcohol but over sparged husk i'm guessing. earthy hop characteristic almost non existent.

m: too much carbonation for what i expect a traditional esb to have. even too much for an american amber. light to medium body. slick.

o: not too happy with this one. i got the last 5 the store had so who knows how long they've been around. who knows, might have caught a bad one. i'll edit my review if the others are better.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 03:31:16 | More by deadchef
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jgunther71

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

01-05-2014 02:01:56 | More by jgunther71
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I_BYE_MI_BEER

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

12-07-2013 04:16:26 | More by I_BYE_MI_BEER
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FirstBrewsoon

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

11-27-2013 20:42:32 | More by FirstBrewsoon
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redleg64

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

11-24-2013 21:10:36 | More by redleg64
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Arsenal0328

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

10-16-2013 03:56:30 | More by Arsenal0328
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vader06

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

09-30-2013 20:54:31 | More by vader06
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BlissJunkie

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

09-17-2013 23:20:14 | More by BlissJunkie
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Zone_Fighter

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

09-03-2013 02:13:49 | More by Zone_Fighter
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carlborch

Michigan

2.54/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Brilliant amber pour. Two-finger off-white head that settled into a creamy 1/2 inch. Modest carbonation. Sweet, grainy, nose with hints of malt. Medium-full body. Less malt and bitterness on the palate than expected given the ESB label. Forward bitterness that lingers. Short. Some Belgian lace. Drinks well. Quenching but not exciting. Will neither seek out nor decline.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 20:40:56 | More by carlborch
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TheBrewo

Michigan

3.21/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This brew was served from a bottle at the Eagle Tavern at Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan. Poured into a smooth mug, it glowed a pumpkin amber coloring in the candlelight of the inn. No real head was produced other than a ring of white bubbles clinging to the edges of the glass. This subsequently left no lacing that was appreciated. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared to be active. The aroma gave the expected amber malts, with faintly sour brown malts to contrast, brown sugar, sweet banana, esters, licorice, grassy hops, and stark tinny metallics. Our first impression was that the flavoring showed a nice balancing ester sweetness to help cut the bittering and toasty amber malts, and all of their metallics. The taste began with sweet molasses, banana esters that gave the spicy but calming essence of cold banana bread, booze, harsh metallics, baker’s yeast, alcohol, and red apple sugars. The middle came to a peak with continued esters and banana breadiness, light coco chocolates, raw pine nuts, dried grass, bittered amber and adjuncty pale malts, light gingerbread spice, and icy metallics. Washing through the finish was a blend of walnut bitterness, candied cherries, flashes of coal, burnt caramel, bitter herbal malts, chemical phenols, and all the bittering metallics of amber mash and unsweetened lemon tea. The aftertaste breathed of licorice, faint buttery diacetyls, bittered amber malts, raw straw and barley, alcohol, corn, leather, brown sugar, and candied apple cloy. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium. Each sip gave nice slurp and smack, with pleasantly creamy froth, giving a soft lick of a mustache. The mouth was left feeling watered and coated, with a bit of a puck, but with no real dryness to come. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its balance through the flavoring. This offering doesn’t kill you with the bitterness, but rather gives and interestingly balanced, and somewhat Belgian-feeling, sweetness from heavy banana esters. The aroma, on the other hand, is overly metallic. While this is noticed through the flavoring, again, the inherent amber malt flavoring, and pseudo wheaty crispness to the pale malts lend more to a warming blend and sip. This is a nice take on the style, but ends up being only decent in our book as a whole.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 14:14:33 | More by TheBrewo
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ESB Amber from Saugatuck Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.