89 Wingwalker Amber Ale (brewed as a lager), City Brewing Co. (WI). 4.5% ABV (11/09)
Bright amber color. Lightly yeasty, honeyed orange pound cake crust and raisin-peach chutney aromas follow through on a soft, supple entry to a fruity-yet-dry, medium body with hints of cocoa-dusted orange peel and turmeric. Finishes with a tangy, citrus and grassy, earthy hop fade. Very distinctly orangy amber lager; pair with spicy Asian beef and duck dishes.
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 Pre-Prohibition Style Amber Lager, Lucky Bucket Brewing Co. (NE). 4.5% ABV (11/09)
Pretty golden amber color. Interesting mild aromas of buttery toffee and pound cake follow through on a round, supple entry to a dryish medium body with clean toasted grain and nut notes. Finishes with a gentle, delicate melon, baked bean and grass-accented hop fade. An easy drinking session or banquet style beer.
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.
88 Annie’s Amber Ale (brewed as a lager), High Noon Saloon & Brewery (KS). 5.5% ABV (11/09)
Copper color. Bright grapefruity and piney hops and pie crust aromas follow through on a round, vibrant entry to a dryish medium body with vigorous pale ale hop character and a touch of grass, bread crust, treacle and minerals on the finish.
88 Amber Lager, Trouble Brewing (USA). 5% ABV (11/09)
Deep amber color. Aromas of honeyed raisin bread toast and peach butter follow through on a smooth, supple entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with nice depth and balance. Finishes with a lemon curd, applesauce and dry hay-like hop fade. A fruity take on an amber lager style and a very tasty one.
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 Amber Ale (brewed as a lager), Tap Room 21 (USA). 5.5% ABV (11/09)
Bright amber color. Aromas of dark bread toast and faint brown sugar follow through on a round, supple entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with toasty praline and baked fruit tart notes. Finishes with a crisp, wheatgrass-like hop and caramel fade.
86 Amber Ale (brewed as a lager), Cable Car (USA). 4.5% ABV (11/09)
Bright amber color. Toasty freshly baked Hawaiian bread and praline aromas follow through on a soft, supple entry to a dryish medium body with peach butter and dried citrus notes on the crisp, doughy grassy hop 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 nut skin 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.
84 Amber Lager, Steel Kettle Whistle (USA). 4.6% ABV (11/09)
Deep old gold color. Aromas of praline and floral honeyed toast follow through on a round, soft entry to a dryish light-to-medium body with hints of pear skin and milk sugar. Finishes with a crisp, dried grass and dusty gravel fade. Not very amber lager-like, but decent.
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 froth entry to a dryish medium body with nice lively flavors and a zippy meringue, apple, and wet cement fade.