Frank (4061) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
American ambers tend to either be slightly darker versions of APA or beers that try to pass off lack of hops as maltiness. This is neither of those; it is a legitimately big and malt beer--and I like it. Nose is mile, just a touch fruity but a hint of earth. It’s a bit on the sweetside but that sweetness is expressed in the form of intense, almost exaggerated maltiness. The carbonation is perhaps a touch too strong for its full and slightly sticky texture but that is a small complaint. This is a nice change of pace from typical American offerings.
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 26, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Originally reviewed: 10/22/09. Poured into my pint glass. Pours a slightly murky copper color with a thin off-white head on top. Dissipates quickly leaving little lace in its wake. Smells of toffee, the woods, and big fresh sourdough bread. The body is full and hearty. Nice mellow crispness to this due to a moderate amount of carbonation. Very mellow bready flavor with a touch of honey on the finish. Bitterness is low on this one. Slight sweet quality to it. I really like the aftertaste. Like I just ate some fresh-buttered dark bread. With the low ABV, I could drink a few of these. Good beer.
dekester1 (359) - Neenah, Wisconsin, USA - APR 21, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a nice red/amber with a light fine heade and lacing that lingered throughout the drink. Aroma was of sweet malts with a slight fruitiness twinge. The taste was of malts with a slight roast hue and moderate hop finish. Palate was decent. Overall, a decent amber lager.
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pours deep amber with a small white head. Aroma is nicely malty, biscuit, a bit doughy, touch of cookie sweetness, caramel and toffee. Flavor is much the same, lots of maltiness, sweet caramel and doughy notes. Finishes a touch hoppy and crisp. Medium slightlyu creamy body and a crisp carbonation. Good for the style.
demmbonz (732) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - APR 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautiful amber color. Very sweet and malty. Minimal hop aroma / taste. A lovely amber.
madvike (3218) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle - Pours hazy reddish amber with a light tan head. Nose is light spicy wood with a faintly yeasty bread note. Light sweetness. Taste is a bit sharp, with a faint cherry note and toasted bread malt. Woody finish with a bit of milkiness. I swear there’s some heat on the finish. Nice carbonation, and a bit slick. Odd beer, with some flavors that I wouldn’t expect in an amber. Not my thing.
TheAlum (7054) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Flight on tap at the brewpub (Milwaukee, WI). Pours a glowing crisp amber hue, good glow, touch of haze as more orange works it’s way into play. A frothy offwhite head sits atop, stays as a small film, laces well. Aromas are crisp toffee and toast, gentle bready and doughy malts, touches of toast, sticky caramel and toffee. Gentle bready yeast and a touch of earthy hops. Initial is lighter bodied, touches of sweetness and grass, light toastiness up front. Middle gets a bit more bitter, gentle toast and crispness. Mellow sweetness into the finish leaves this simple, a bit sticky and a touch of butter. Mellow and odd, that weird buttery note sticks on me. Meh. Has some good parts and some bad. Finish doesn’t work for me.
jongrafto (3) - - MAR 7, 2012 does not count
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Kinda fell flat for me. Was expecting more flavor. Was told it is better on tap than in a bottle. Decent but I was expecting more.
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backdaft (286) - Menasha Red Light District, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 5, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. Bottle - Pours a medium copper color with a creamy light head. Flavor is on the sweet malty side with a hint of caramel. Not bad, but nothing special.
emeinz (220) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2012 Bottle to glass. Nice Amber pour with a white head. Aroma is sweet with a little bit of caramel. Not too good, not too bad. Pretty drinkable though