92 Mañana Mexican-Style Amber Lager, Del Norte Brewing Co. (CO). 5% ABV (10/08)
Rich, deep amber color. Caramel custard, orange marmalade and chocolate-covered almond aromas follow through on a smooth, supple entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with great interplay of nut, caramel and grilled citrus and veggie notes. Finishes with a smooth, tangy citrus and earth fade. An excellent beer for sipping or food.
92 Elliot Ness Lager, Great Lakes Brewing Co. (OH). 6.2% ABV (10/08)
Deep reddish amber color. Caramelized dates, figs and orange aromas have a spicy citrusy hop edge and follow through on a crisp, round entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with praline, anise and candied grapefruit accents and a long, peppery spice, candied nut and straw-like hop fade. A delicious and thoroughly refreshing amber lager.
92 Amber Czech Lager, Bernard (Czech Republic). 4.7% ABV (10/07)
Deep copper brown color. Roasted nut, crusty banana pie and burnt sugar aromas. A round, supple entry leads to a smooth, dry medium-to-full body of roasted grain, nut toast, dried banana and citrus marmalade flavors with a long, crisp and earthy hop finish. Great balance and drinkability.
90 Morena, Tijuana TJ (Mexico). (10/07)
Deep burnished copper mahogany color. Sweet caramelized roasted nuts and mocha aromas. A round, frothy entry leads to a dry-yet-fruity medium body of dates, dark chocolate and raisin flavors. Finishes with a crisp, nutshell and mocha spice fade. Very nice.
90 Baltijos Dark Beer, Svyturys (Lithuania). 6% ABV (10/08)
Deep amber color with pillowy taupe head. Eucalyptus honey on pumpernickel aromas follow through on a soft, creamy entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with toasty praline and delicate spice notes. Finishes with a crisp toffeed fade with a hint of sautéed turnip.
90 150 Anniversario Birra Ambrata, Menabrea SPA (Italy). 5% ABV (10/08)
Copper amber color. Brown sugar and dark toasted nut bread aromas follow through on a crisp, vibrant entry to a dryish medium body with hints of floral honey and blood orange. Finishes with a long, tangy caramelized nut, citrus peel and earthy hops fade. A sensationally balanced and flavorful food beer.
89 Samuel Adams Boston Lager, The Boston Beer Co. (MA). 4.9% ABV (10/08)
Brilliant amber color with a blanket of taupe foam. Dried citrus and honeyed buttered toast aromas follow through on a stylish medium body with excellent even balance of flavor and vibrant earthy hops on the finish. Very tasty and well made.
89 Michelob Amber Bock, Michelob Brewing Co. (MO). 5.2% ABV (10/08)
Deep copper brown color. Dark roasted nut, molasses and baked caramel apple aromas follow through on a round, supple entry to a clean, dryish medium body with excellent integration and smoothness. Finishes with a dark raisin nut toast, grilled orange and mild earthy hops accented fade. A very nice sipper or pair with sausages.
89 Beniaka, Coedo Brewery (Japan). 7% ABV (2/07)
Deep amber color. Toasted nut and candied yam aromas. A round frothy entry leads to a off-dry medium body of cinnamon raisin toast and sweet potato pie flavors with a citrus marmalade fade and a breath of minerally hops. Curious, but very fun!
89 Belle Rouse Red Amber, Bowes (Canada). 5% ABV (10/07)
Deep burnished amber color. Candied yam, chocolate-covered cherry and caramelized nut aromas. A brisk frothy entry leads to a fruity medium body of orange honeyed toast, dried fruit, cocoa flavors with a tangy chocolate-covered citrus and nut fade. Tasty.
88 Riverwest Stein Beer, Lakefront Brewery (WI). 5.5% ABV (11/06)
Rich copper color. Lightly soapy aromas of dried lemons, oranges and rye. A round entry lead to a dryish medium body of buttery caramel, toast and dried orange peels. Finishes with a creamy sweet citrus marmalade and toast fade.
88 Premium Lager, Coopers Brewery (Australia). 5% ABV (11/06)
Pale golden amber color. Spicy raw honey, nut toast and lemon curd aromas. A round frothy entry leads to a dryish medium-bodied with tangy dried citrus, toasted nut bread and a touch of caramel. Finishes with a crisp, earthy reed and lemony hop fade.
88 Bufadora, Tijuana TJ (Mexico). (11/07)
Deep copper color. Vibrant toffee, marzipan and date bread aromas follow through to a supple, chewy medium-to-full body of honeyed raisin nut rum cake and mild chocolate flavor with a bold citrus marmalade and hay-like hop fade. A very tasty and balanced amber lager.
86 Stejar Pilsner, Ursus Breweries (Romania). 5.5% ABV (10/08)
Bright golden amber color with a high foamy head. Mild frosted cereal and creamy nougat aromas follow through on a soft, silky entry to a dryish light-to-medium body with melon custard and caramel drizzled grapefruit accents on the zesty, honeyed nut finish. Nice balance and style, if a little too light in color for the style.
86 Special Amber, Sprecher Brewing Co. (WI). 5% ABV (11/06)
Deep amber color. Caramel and rye toast aromas. A frothy entry lead to a dry-yet-fruity medium body of dried citrus and peaches, spicy toast and brown sugar flavors with a crisp citrus, nut and clay finish.
84 Swiss Style Amber Lager, Minhas Craft Brewery (WI). 5.5% ABV (10/08)
Rich copper amber color with a lacy head. Cocoa-dusted praline with hints of dried peach and orange marmalade follow through on a soft, gentle entry to a dryish medium body with nutskin and pumpernickel notes. Finishes with crisp, citrus peel and mossy earth fade.
84 Brava Lager, Tijuana TJ (Mexico). (10/07)
Deep burnished amber color. Buttery, roasted nut aromas are attractive. Round, crisp entry. Dry medium body of burnt toast and dried citrus peel flavors with a crisp, smooth, lightly metallic finish.
83 Point Classic Amber, Stevens Point Brewery (WI). 4.7% ABV (10/08)
Deep amber copper color. Buttery brioche and orange custard aromas follow through on a round frothy entry to a dryish, medium body with nice lively flavors and a zippy meringue, apple and wet cement fade.