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 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.
87 Amber Ale (Brewed as a Lager), Cable Car (USA). 4.5% ABV (10/10)
Golden amber color. Honeyed corn bread and apple fritter aromas with a crisp, round, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, grainy pastry dough, orange and pear butter accented finish.
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 Point Classic Amber, Stevens Point Brewery (WI). 4.7% ABV (10/10)
Bright copper color. Aromas and flavors of chestnut honey and dark raisin-date bread with a round, crisp medium body and a touch of apple, wafer, and orange jelly on the long refreshing straw-like hop finish. Very nice.
86 Lager, Tap Room 21 (USA). 4.8% ABV (10/10)
Yellow color. Grainy pastry dough and lemon sorbet aromas and flavors with a soft, fruity light-to-medium body and a spicy applesauce and grassy earth finish. Tasty.
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.
85 Amber Ale (Brewed as a Lager), Walker Brown (USA). 5.5% ABV (10/10)
Deep golden amber color. Aromas of pistachio brittle and bread pudding with a round, fruity medium body and smooth honey ice cream and baked pear finish. A smooth, satisfying beer.
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 Lager, Gold Mine (USA). 4.8% ABV (10/10)
Bright golden yellow color. Aromas of roasted corn and scrambled eggs with a round, frothy dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, tangy grain and apple skin finish.
84 Amber Ale (Brewed as a Lager), Wild Range (USA). 4.5% ABV (10/10)
Golden amber color. Aromas of peach butter and honeyed raisin toast with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium body and a citrus, pear skin and mossy stone accented finish
83 Lager, Steel Kettle Whistle (USA). 4.8% ABV (10/10)
Bright golden color. Aromas of lemon gelato and omelet with a crisp, round dry-yet-fruity light body and a tangy tart green apple and jicama accented finish.
83 Lager, Seven Kings (USA). 4.8% ABV (10/10)
Deep golden color. Aromas of grain, corn husk, and lemon yogurt with a soft, frothy dry light body and a crisp, easy-going sweet citrus soufflé and mineral finish.