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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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Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +37.7%

05-12-2013 20:45:33 | More by leprechaunandfatman
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Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

08-11-2012 19:52:30 | More by KaisersDaughter
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Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

07-16-2013 12:18:01 | More by Paul_Apsley
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Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

07-30-2013 23:04:02 | More by amalahow
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chicagobill13

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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/

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2011 19:33:28 | More by chicagobill13
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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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Drk93TT

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

08-02-2013 00:38:54 | More by Drk93TT
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dcevans

Texas

4/5  rDev +15.9%

11-27-2011 07:19:42 | More by dcevans
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GR_Rick

Michigan

4/5  rDev +15.9%

12-10-2012 02:56:26 | More by GR_Rick
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amishbooze

Michigan

4/5  rDev +15.9%

08-07-2012 16:01:14 | More by amishbooze
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Biffster

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured with a generous amber head that quickly dissipated to a low sudsy foam. It is clear but not brilliant, with a deep copper color with amber notes.

The nose has an an intensely fruity malty aroma. There is bright fruit like strawberry and apple, but an intense caramelly malty aroma. Graham cracker, grapes and toast

The flavor is surprisingly dry. There is a bracing hop bitterness, but there is a malty sweetness that didnt leave until I drank my water. It is relatively full bodied while simultaneously being clean at the swallow.

I find the mouthfeel to be rather full, with a strong body, but a substantial carbonation to counter.

I like this very much - very tasty and a surprising fullness I didnt expect.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 04:24:21 | More by Biffster
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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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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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DMarlinJ

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

08-19-2013 19:56:52 | More by DMarlinJ
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Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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Illinois

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Illinois

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Michigan

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Michigan

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Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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Missouri

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ESB Amber from Saugatuck Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.