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Left Coast Una Mas Amber Lager - Left Coast Brewing Company

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69 Ratings
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 1
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Left Coast Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-01-2005

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Ratings: 69 | Reviews: 16
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Photo of ctxfenris
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.
Dark amber color, zero head to speak of.
Smells like.... not much. Some malt and caramel notes.
Tastes pretty bland. The higher than normal ABV is hidden well though.
Very malty, no hop bite. Could use more hops. Some caramel notes.
Eh. Mediocre.

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark bronze color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of light malts, grains. Taste is malts, caramel, some hops, very refreshing and easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is good summertime beer.

Photo of NerveStorm
3.36/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beer, for a hot day, but not too complex. Lacking any strong hop flavor so the finish is a little flat, but a wholly drinkable beer that is a step up from the mass market stuff.That said it is priced with premium beers that are more interesting. I would use this as a good beer to introduce craft beer to someone, as a step up from factory beer.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber pours a very clear copper color with a modest cap of tan head. Lacing is spotty at best and the retention is forgettable.

Nose is caramely and nutty with a twang of buttered popcorn and burnt toast. No hop aroma whatsoever.

Taste is definitely caramely on the malts, fairly sweet and has some butter-flavored diacetyl issues that actually work ok for this style of brew. Moderate toasty flavors but never nears harsh, and it probably helps that I cannot detect any hops at all. If I did not know better, I would have said no way this is a lager...tastes more like an ale with a nutty yeast presence. I like it well enough though and would reach for this before a Fat Tire anyday. After trying 5 different Left Coast beers, I feel like Im going back to the early 90's to a brewery at the forefront of the craft beer movement. I think these beers would have been looked at as fantastic back in 1992, but now they struggle to be even average compared to their modern counterparts. Id be more willing to drop 7 bucks on a sixer of this than ever pay 6 bucks for a bomber again.

Photo of Zorro
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber from High times in Costa Mesa.

The bottle says this is 6.4% ABV.

Clear amber colored beer with a medium sized tan to yellowish colored head.

Smell is sweet and malty with a little scorched sugar aroma and a bigger caramel scent. Little bit of Nobel hop smell but this one is really all about the malt.

Starts out sweet and malty with a patent malt flavor I had not expected. Not much bitterness here it is decidedly malty heavy. Taste very similar to Fat Tire ale.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is OK. OK beer to sweet for my tastes.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, lager yeast, and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with some mild sweetness from flavors of caramel and fruit. Then some breadiness comes in from the lager yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. There’s also some mild smokiness in the background. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while.

Photo of woodychandler
4.36/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I am now committed to reducing, if not eradicating, my backlog of bottles. This one was part of a local, in-person trade with tone77.

From the bottle: "This dark copper lager (ale in Texas) is light in body and bursting with flavor. Styled after the popular Amber Lagers south of the border, Una Mas is the perfect Spring brew. Small amounts of dark roasted malts add rich color without making it thick or chewy. Munich malt adds a rich toasty finish to the brew. Una Mas will leave you wanting one more!"

It began foaming through the neck as soon as I popped the cap, which is always my cue to begin a gentle pour. As you might imagine, I was faced with a LOT of head, so I decided to let things settle through a rest before continuing. Finally, a dense finger of light-tan head that was collapsing in on itself like a black hole! Color was a deep coppery-amber (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was sweet, but pleasant, with notes of caramel, freshly baked bread and honey. That is what I am usually looking for in a lager - the honey-like sweetness! Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, almost, but not quite, creamy. It was sweet, of course, and the bready malt was in balance with the honey sweetness. I was really digging this, especially following another AAL. Finish was semi-sweet with a taste like honey-drizzled biscuits. I would certainly drink Uno Mas of these!

Photo of mactrail
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice mouthful of malt. Caramel is the pleasant taste. Hops come along before long. Surprisingly tart after a few sips. A bit of a dirty taste after a while. Nice roasted malt nose, a hint of fruit. Quite attractive coppery amber in the tulip glass, nice lacing. Clean and well made, a good quaff. Each sip renews the malty flavor with just a touch of sweetness.

Photo of Zach136
4.14/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Crystal clear amber and solid off white cap, OK lacing.

Aroma: Big caramel malt sweetness probably more intense than any other amber lager i've had.

Flavor: Medium+ notes of caramel sweetness, some bready malt flavor as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium- body and fairly crisp finish.

Overall: A great, for my tastes, amber lager. It seems to be they brewed an Amber Ale with Lager yeast, rather than a lager with some specialty malts. I'm not positive I can slam it back like some easier drinking amber lagers, but the first one sure does go down better.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a murky honey brown with a 2 inch foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, and some slight sour cherry aromas. Taste is of toasted and slightly burnt malt, caramel, and a slight sour fruit note on the finish. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer flavor wise and definitely not something I would go after again.

Photo of mithrascruor
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a nice, clear amber color. Off-white head has little retention, but turns into a lot of bubbles on the edges.

Smell: Very mild aroma; I can really just get some caramel hints out of it.

Taste: Initial taste is somewhat watery, though there's definitely caramel there too. Some hops (or bitterness at least) come in towards the finish, rather low in the mix.

Mouthfeel: Generally smooth (a touch of grain) with moderate carbonation. Light- to medium-bodied.

Drinkability: Pretty easy to drink, especially good on a warmer day. Slightly stronger ABV (6.4%) than I would have expected, but nothing too strong.

A decent beer - fairly simplistic (not much complexity at all), but nothing particularly bad about it. One of the more pleasant beers I've had from Left Coast, however. Just not one I think I'd pick up again.

Photo of MillerMan16
1/5  rDev -71%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Worst beer I have ever had.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The note on this site says that it is 5.3%ABV, but the bottle says that it is 6.4%, so that is notable. I don't recall where I picked this one up, but it doesn't really matter for me to review it. Let's give it a shot.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a large 2" head that was maintained by tons of bubbles rising. The head was a light tan with more density at the bottom due to the bubbles rising. There is quite a bit of lacing left on the glass after drinking and the head finally starts to fade a bit.

Aroma: The aroma initially was clean with a subtle American hop profile and some very noticeable crystal malt. Second sniff gives a little bit of graininess, but it doesn't seem "off" or anything.

Taste: The flavor is very malty for an Amber, and the graininess isn't really there in the flavor. With all of the carbonation, the beer comes across the palate pretty quickly and leaves a little bit of creaminess and some sweetness, but the hops are reserved in this beer the whole time. They are there in the finish to provide some balance, but overall this beer swings firmly toward the malt. The alcohol isn't noticeable.

Opinion: Overall this is a pretty decent beer. I personally like the malty balance, but they may have over-done it a bit for this style. I like the high carbonation, and it definitely keeps the beer from getting boring. If you are a big fan of the Amber style, I would definitely recommend that you pick this one up to recalibrate yourself toward the malty side of this style as it is still probably within the guidelines, but it is a bit of a loner for a brewery on the West coast.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

as amber lagers go, this is a great one, pairs well with fresh street tacos too! luscious white head, lacy and robust, several inches tall and long lasting. medium amber color, clear but leaning dark, smells like lager yeast more than grains, but dry red malt is ahead of sweeter caramel malts on the nose at least. a little sweeter in the flavor, even brown sugar notes here, but everything is so relaxed, its just sort of a refreshing nondescript all day drinker for me. nobody would ever know this is over 6% abv, feels barely like 5%. clean as lagers are, but this one is super down easy, even washes away Serrano pepper heat rather effectively. better than many ive had from lost coast, a real crowd pleaser here, with a medium but refreshing body, happy carbonation, and enough hops to balance out a slightly more elaborate grain bill. it works for me, especially with Mexican food, and I suspect it would work for anyone in that context. beyond that, maybe a little boring, but a tasty brew overall that looks superb and overall does the trick.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.07/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a dark, almost murky copper color. The murkiness is a bit off-putting for a lager. The head is less than a finger high, and off-white in shade. With pathetic retention and no lacing left on the glass, this is not an attractive beer. (2.5)

Smell: Very strong malts - caramel, brown sugar, toast, toffee, dark fruit, and even chocolaty hints pop up. I wish it was hoppier, but it's not turning me off, either. (3)

Taste: It starts off with a caramel-laden sweetness, before transitioning into toasty finish. The back end also seems a little 'tart' - hardly like a sour ale, but maybe invoking some lemon/lime flavor, or a distant hoppiness. Pretty simplistic, like the nose suggested. Still, it works. (3.25)

Mouthfeel: While it's very malty, it's not oppressively heavy on the tongue. While it stops short of being really refreshing, it does go down easily. I don't seem to notice a lot of carbonation. (3)

Overall: The bottle invokes a "Mexican lager" vibe to it - and indeed, this brew would pair well with a good burrito, or tacos, or other things that made me wish I had a nearby street vendor selling the best Mexican food ever (oh well Californians, I have crabs). Would work well on a beach, too. Pretty average all told, but decent at doing those things I said. (3)

3.07/5: No está mal

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.78/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 ounce bottle - $2.29 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, toasted brown body with a small-sized, wispy, near white head.

Smell: Toasted malts with an instantaneous, distinct husky scent that grabs you, though not in a good way. A little wisp of herbal hops, though, there's little to the aroma beyond the huskiness.

Taste: Bready, lightly toasty malts with a noticed husky quality to it. Lightly sweet, with a low touch of caramel. Modestly fruity. Herb tinged hoppiness, also low, with little bitterness present. Encroaching wearying wateriness as you proceed to the empty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-light carbonation.

Overall: A lacking, humdrum lager. No Mas.

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Left Coast Una Mas Amber Lager from Left Coast Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.