WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2003
OK, it's only a lager, but the combination of malt, floral hops, and long finish, plus surprisingly complexity for a lager, made it quite pleasant. Of course, some of this may be location. I had this on a balcony in New York on Central Park West, overlooking the Park and the City at night. Andrew196 (1993) - Katy, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2003
Amber in color with a brief beige head. Sweet malts, hops, and honey in the aroma. Very plain throughout, but it had a pleasant, crisp maltiness to it that was very refreshing. Probably a gateway beer of sorts. DKlovesbeer (172) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2004
Golden amber body, white, foamy head that settles quickly. Looks elegant in a glass. Aroma is not strong but presents a bouquet of malt and hops. Flavor is somewhat weak, light malty flavor with a slightly bitter finish. Goes down easy and certainly doesn’t offend. Overall, I think this is a good session beer and I’d drink it again.
Note: The bottle said New York Amber Lager. I don’t know about that because it tasted distinctly like an ale. Either the bottle is misleading or this beer is in the wrong category. Whatever, it’s the flavor that counts.
Papsoe (25056) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 15, 2005
(Bottle 35,5 cl) Thanks to Pernille for bringing me this from NYC. Dark amber, small creamy head. Very hoppy beer (Cascade and Hallertau), which adds freshness but also brings this beer on the edge of being too sharp. Reminds me more of an IPA. I’m a bit confused as my label reads: "New Amsterdam New York Amber Lager". So is this an ale or a lager? Top- or bottom? See they’ve changed "Lager" to "Beer" on the labels now. Slipstream (2702) - USA - JAN 23, 2010
Brewed in Saratoga Springs, but by who? New Amsterdam was one of the pioneers of the craft beer movement in New York in the 1980s. It disappeared for a while, and I suppose the brand has been picked up or restarted by someone else. Nice label. Brown pour. A bit of citrus tang and honey in the aroma. Pretty dry, medium-bodied ale, with a touch of esters and some honey in the aftertaste. It is still a good brew.
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - APR 9, 2002
Chill hazed amber. Thin white head. Light carbonation. Toasty aroma, some light floral and citric hops and some wet cardboard. Medium bodied, quite full. Slightly citric and floral hop flavor atop a light toasted sweet malt base. A bit of oxidation and wet paper and semi-flat hops. Nice body for a lager. This has potential but I'm not buying this again until they have dated packaging. Aurelius (5570) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2002
Dry, low to medium hoppy flavor. Slightly acidic. Hop bittering makes for a long finish. A little woody. Very drinkable, a good companion for beef or portk. Distinct orange, persistant head. prpplague (247) - Euless, Texas, USA - MAR 28, 2003
nice malty aroma, strong even from an american pint glass.watery thin orange/copper color. hint of a nice flavor and mild hoppy finish. seems like they started with a nice amber and watered it down. rugbydude05 (478) - Bridgewater, NJ, New Jersey, USA - JUL 17, 2009
12 oz bottle, pours an opaque dark brown color with little head. Aroma at first is sharply hoppy and dry but later becomes sweeter and maltier. Flavor is bitter with a bit of sweetness, kind of roasty. Palate is average, kind of rough, but somewhat full body. Not a bad beer, but nothing special. pootzboy (1804) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 12, 2010
Bottle: Finally scrounged one of these Utica-made NA beers. I’m revisiting this after tasting the original in the distant misty past. One of the first US micro beers I tasted.
Pours a clear orange-amber ale in the glass. ! finger rocky cap, goes to a ring but laces the glass.
Caramel maltiness, some fruits and dried grass in the nose
Moderate body, thinnish mouth feel. Caramel malts in front are balanced with piney hop and fruity esters, finish dries out with a decent hop bite.
My memory is foggy but this seems a tad thin compared to the AN amber of yore, nothing outstanding but it’s a decent enough amber ale for sessions.