Cousin_Larry (895) - - DEC 31, 2014
The Brennan Family Presents This Handcrafted and Freshly Brewed Lager, Carefully Chosen For Its Unique Small-Batch Taste. DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2014
12oz bottle, picked up from Brennan’s in Madison during my stay for GTMW. I didn’t realize while I was there that this may be a house brand... My bottle is labeled "Special Amber", otherwise it looks the same as the one pictured. Clear orange color. Thin off-white head. Leaves a few decent ropes of lace, but it’s mostly loose. Flavor of what you’d expect from an amber lager (even though I was going into this thinking it’d be an amber ale). Caramel malt, some dark fruit. Bit of spiciness. Light bit of brighter fruity hints, maybe hop? Moderate sweet taste, light to moderate bitter, a bit of a rough bite to it. I heated up some Skyline to pair with it, thinking maybe some food would help it go down. But no, it’s not really helping at all. Very rough, not easy to drink. Really disappointing. Better texture, but worse taste and flavor than a yuengling. Is it really old, or just terrible? Either way, a real failure, considering I got it straight from the source... Brennan’s... Or is it just a coincidence that the supermarket has the same name as the brewery? None of this was explicit... I’m honestly not sure... could barely get through 2/3 of this. AWISLguy (3109) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Bottle from Brennan’s (where else?). Pours a light golden copper with a bit of a white head. Little lacing. Aroma has malt and jalapenos. Taste is of thin malty tangyness ... and something vegetal (tomatoes?). Thin and watery. Not my favorite style, and this is not too good to begin with. Plus possibly old?? jebert (500) - Watertown, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 26, 2013
Pours a copper red with a small tan head mostly dissipating. Nose is malty. Fairly creamy, the taste profile is mostly malt, other grains and a hint of yeast. Hops are well hidden. Only average mouthfeel, as carbonation appears week. An OK beer but there are better ambers than this one. madvike (3264) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 11, 2011
Bottle - Yep, that’s amber, with a thin off-white head. Smell is lightly sweet malt with some floral, soapy hops. A touch of yeastiness floats about. Lightly toasted sweet malt, with a tangy, grainy finish. Herbal hops and some earthiness on the long finish. Biting carbonation and syrupy slickness in the mouth. Not very good stuff.
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 21, 2011
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of malt and caramel. Poured amber in color with a small head that disappeared immediately. Clear. Sparkling. Flavor is light to medium sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of malt, caramel, lager yeast, slight toffee, and slight toasting. Medium body. Lightly thin, then lightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Malt, lager yeast, caramel, slight toast finish. nuplastikk (6289) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 3, 2009
12oz bottle. The bottle now states "Special Amber". Recipe change? Macro brewery malt aroma. Filtered orange-tan color. Frothy white head. Rather insipid amber malt taste, medium bodied and dirty. Mild soapy bitterness balances it out. A touch of crystal or dark malts gives it an inkling of decency, but overall this is sub par swill.
esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 22, 2008
Amber with off-white head. Aroma of caramel and sweet malts. Taste of caramel, sweet malts with a mild bitter finish. Not as good as Capital amber though that’s classified as a Vienna and this an American Dark Lager. Decent but not great. BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 27, 2008
thanks to skyview for sharing. Dark copper color with a sweet malty aroma. Faintly nutty but an off finish. capitalbrewer (17) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 22, 2008
Virtually no head. Lightly reddish brown in color. Thin on the palate, and goes down easy. The taste is overall pretty ordinary and bland, with no genuine hop presence. Nothing special.
If you’re in Middleton looking for an amber, you’re better off with the Wisconsin Amber from Capital Brewery.