Dells Chief Amber Ale | Wisconsin Dells Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Wisconsin Dells Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by DaPeculierDane on 04-10-2006

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 9
Photo of bill_rue
4/5  rDev +25%

Photo of Soneast
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Lemke10
3.7/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this as a part of their 5oz sampler package in their bar which you get 10 of their tap beers to try.

Pours a medium amber color with an average head on it. Really didn't have too much of a scent to it. Had a really good malt taste to it that finished rather nicely with a nutty after taste. Had a really good taste overall making for a decent beer.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.78/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a hazy amber brown body wit a thin film of tan foam that is soon gone. There is a gentle carbonation of slow bubbles rising to the surface

S- The dry toasted malt aroma has some Munich malt notes underneath. Pretty clean overall.

T- The melanoidin note blends with a light toasted malt note and a dry caramel malt finish. As the beer warms there is a watery flavor that grows.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slight flat texture on the tongue and no alcohol heat noticed.

D- This beer has a nice malt flavor that was a bit soft but still very easy to drink and a bit of a water flavor came through as the beer warmed. And it was served really cold to begin with.

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Photo of Ragingbull
3.88/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Dark copper color with minimal head. Fresh and light nose that is mostly dominated by malt. The attack is malty and the flavor stays malt strong before mellowing out and leaving you with a very subtle flavor of coffee. Clean finish and very little aftertaste left behind. What aftertaste I can detect has citrus and grain tones to it. A unique take on amber ale, but enjoyable. The coffee tones and citrus tones are interesting and oddly not disjointed. Pretty good I say.

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Photo of botham
2.43/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On tap poured into a tumbler at the brewpub in The Wisconsin Dell's. pours a rich amber color with a light haze and a single finger of healthy off-white head. Leaves solid lacings on the glass.

Nose is full of fruity esters, mainly citrus and apricot, with a bit of wheat malt thrown on. A base of distant caramel notes rounds out the profile. Basically a Hefeweizen in the nose.

Taste follows the nose with a bit of caramel malt thrown in, as well as a semi-clean finish of residual fruity yeast.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with a sweet and lightly tart texture and a crisp and citrusy finish.

Drinkability is good. For a brown colored Hefeweizen, this gets the job done, but for a so called 'Scottish style ale', this is nothing special, nor is it even close to the style it claims to be. Easily passed up.

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Photo of jwinship83
2.76/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- As youd expect, light red. little to no head when it was served to me.

S- very little if anything here. very mild. slight floral hop scent with little to nothing else.

T- Also not impressive. clean tasting with a barely noticeable hop taste.

M- light crisp and clean. the best thing this beer has going for it.

D- i guess i could stomach a few of these, but why would i want to? it really lacks on many levels. it was the only beer i tried there, and left a bad overall impression of the brew pub.

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Photo of Reneejane
3.57/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hop aroma starts this beer. Nice floral scent at the beginning. It starts sweet at the beginning. It then has a bitter flavor with definite notes of a darker roast. It has a smokey, almost coffee character. So, it's almost more of an ESB or a lighter brown. It's just a little bit farther than most amber ales. Which, I liked quite a bit

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Photo of hero27
2.78/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On-tap @ the Brewpub.

Light brown color with orange highlights.
Aroma is mostly toffee malts and some subtle fruits as well.
In addition to the toffee/caramel flavor is a subtle fruit aspect which didn't really do anything for me. The lack of any hop flavor is a bit disappointing, and leads to it being a bit too sweet for my taste, but the caramel malts are still tasty. Not one of the best beers from this brewpub.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour: tangerine-orange with crystal clarity under a skim of sparse white foam.

Nose: light toasted malt, coppery twinge, lemon peel - underwhelming

Taste: light berry/lemon fruitiness, toasted, grainy malt, with a sweet berry finish and no real hops presence.

Feel: thinnish, with soda carbonation.

Drinkability/Overall: interesting berry notes for an amber, but would have liked to see some hops character in there somewhere. Still relatively drinkable as far as ambers go.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
1.96/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I was sadly unimpressed with this brew form Moosejaw. Cloyingly sweet, sticky caramel. Medium to light body. Rich red-caramel in color. Thin off white head. Minimal carbonation. Aroma is a sweet sugary mess as is the taste. Too much fermented fruit and straight up caramel candy. Pass.

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Dells Chief Amber Ale from Wisconsin Dells Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.2 out of 5 with 11 ratings