ESB Amber - Saugatuck Brewing Company
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Reviews by czfreeman:
3.15/5 rDev -9.5%
Pours a deep amber/light brown tone.
Head is creamy, medium bodied, good looking ESB.
Smells of biscuit, amber malt, toffee, honey, bit of hops adding just the lightest touch of grass and pepper.
Taste is good.Dry bread, malt, bitterness, pepper, touch of brown sugar, grass, slight floral notes in there, finishes slightly spicy with a very light touch of almost a bourbon-like vanilla note.
Mouth is medium, light, bitter, I would like a bit more carbonation to clean up the mouthfeel, as it becomes one-dimensional at times.
Ok ESB..not the best, but good
02-02-2013 00:38:38 | More by czfreeman
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3.55/5 rDev +2%
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.
05-13-2014 14:19:29 | More by oberon
4.28/5 rDev +23%
I was visiting back in MI. I was in Canton, MI and found this beer on draft. I didn't know what it was I was little impressed. This is a very good beer. Not too many breweries i get overly excited about. New ones i should say.
Nice color and not much of a smell but that is nothing to what the beer taste like. This is a very well beer. I wish I could have too more back to Chicago on my plane but didn't want to check in luggage. I can't wait to try more of their beers. Cheers! \m/
09-18-2011 19:33:28 | More by chicagobill13
3.83/5 rDev +10.1%
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.
01-22-2014 22:58:49 | More by Brenden
2.78/5 rDev -20.1%
Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Label depicts an old picture of 5 people sitting on a pier, partially colorized. No freshness date.
Appearance: Pours with a massive almost white head, enough that I only get a few ounces out and have to drink to prevent it from spilling. This finally settles to a still substantial cap of foam, leaving behind nice lacing. The beer itself is medium yellow with hints of orange and moderate activity. Some compacted sediment remains in the bottle.
Smell: Mild hop spiciness with an underlying biscuity, butterscotch malt.
Taste: Mild hop bitterness upfront with a distinct metallic twang. This is layered upon a malt backbone that is thin and insipid with only a hint of the bready caramel flavor expected. Finishes with an unpleasant sourness, an almost lacto bite.
Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is thin.
Drinkability: My second strike from this brewery. Can't remember if I have another in the refrigerator, but I almost hope not.
12-21-2010 01:34:31 | More by beveritt
3.53/5 rDev +1.4%
Trying the Saugatuck lineup and 0-3 so far, hoping this is the one that turns it around. Maybe. Single bottle with "2262 B2 0114 " printed on the bottom of the bottle.
Poured into a Bells tulip, the color is a deep copper and clear enough to read the text on the opposite side of the glass. A finger of foam on the surface that recedes to a floating island of skim in the center, leaving behind a drippy halo of lacing in the glass. Looks pretty nice so far.
Grainy barley aroma, cereal grain, some mild apple, pretty on point for an ESB.
Flavors of mildly toasted malt, light apple and a mellow hop bitterness in the dry aftertaste. Light to medium bodied, easygoing feel. No flaws, pleasant overall, would drink again. Finally, a decent beer from Saugatuck...
11-27-2012 02:04:50 | More by emerge077
2.95/5 rDev -15.2%
12 oz. bottle, no apparent bottled on date present, code stamped on the label. My second beer from Saugatuck Brewing Co., another random find off the local mix a six pack shelf.
Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.
A - Gentle pour still yields about three and a half fingers of tall fluffy off-white head on top of a deep coppery amber colored body. Some fine sediment twirling around the glass is noticeable when held to the light. Head has intense retention, and a massive cavernous root beer float like appearance to it.
S - Smell is of stale dusty malts, malts, and more malts. Some dusty green apple skin, and perhaps some adjunct type smell going on in there also.
T - Crisp, carbonated, apple skins, copper, and a touch of hop bitterness on the end. This is basically a malt bomb though. Not nearly enough hop presence to keep me interested, and offensively over-carbonated, heavy body.
M - Feel ends with some sweet fruit sugars, and a pervasive dryness.
Overall, not horrible or anything, just not very interesting. Lacking in hops, and too excessive in the way of carbonation. Still, a drinkable beer with a modest 5.50% abv. I won't have a hard time finishing this bottle, but this won't be a beer I pick up again.
Saugatuck ESB Amber ---3/5.
05-03-2013 18:44:57 | More by mfnmbvp
2.54/5 rDev -27%
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.
09-02-2013 20:40:56 | More by carlborch
ESB Amber from Saugatuck Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.