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Finnegans Irish Amber - Finnegans Inc.

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Finnegans Irish AmberFinnegans Irish Amber

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Ratings: 118
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 16.88%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Finnegans Inc. visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  4.75% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 08-19-2005)
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Photo of exonthebottle


2.5/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

not impressed by this weak beer not very redeeming as others mentioned just a bit above Bud. Still if you are in charitable mood it could be worse barely it's too sweet for me. I say there isn't much Irish red ale about this beer or american red ale like either so I think is way below style wise. the head disappears fast leaving a golden color body. light vague smell of malt. Sweet malt taste. a bit harsh carbonated on the tongue. Overall not great beer experience a bit below average drinkability

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 00:01:06 | More by exonthebottle
Photo of swangod


3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Others have done a great job describing the appearance, smell, taste, mouthfeel, and drinkability. Some have gone too high and some too low in my opinion. This beer as noted in one of the first reviews isn't great, but isn't terrible. That's a "C" in my book. Average. Yep, it's a little bit better than a Budweiser. I could down this stuff because it's like water.

On another note all profits from this beer go to charity. That's pretty cool.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 00:30:01 | More by swangod
Photo of JackieTH


3.13/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light amber as advertised with about a 1/2 inch of eggshell white foam.

Smell: Grain & Malt

Taste: Non-descript. Malty with slight hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body, crisp due to moderately high carbonation.

Drinkability: Quaffable. A better choice than Budweiser, but not something I'd seek out.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2011 02:03:13 | More by JackieTH
Photo of zeff80


3.15/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, amber color with a samall, off-white head of foam.

S - Smell is bland. Malt, caramel and mild floral notes.

T - Malty with sweet caramel. There is a mild hop bitterness. Not much else.

M - Fairly crisp and sharp. A light bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This was merely okay. It was the only thing on tap at the hotel bar that I hadn't had.

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2011 20:43:34 | More by zeff80
Photo of womencantsail


2.75/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: The pour is a light amber color with a fluffy off-white head.

S: A pretty light and unimpressive nose overall with some light notes of grain and caramel.

T: Light in flavor as well with a strong adjunct character. Almost like glorified Budweiser, showing plenty of corn and grain.

M: Fitting in with the rest of the beer, the body is quite light and overly carbonated and fzzy.

D: Not a fan of this one at all. This was enough of an experience with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 17:34:44 | More by womencantsail
Photo of jera1350


3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at McGoverns.

Not sure if this was on nitro or what, but the head was creamy and gorgeous looking. Burgundy amber in color.

Faint smelling. A bit of grainy malt and mild hops.

Kind of watery tasting. Some light caramel malt and a hint of hop presence. Not bad, but nothing that good either.

Lighter bodied. Again, feels a bit watered down. Slight creaminess. I have a sneaking suspicion that this was a nitro tap to give it that feel.

Drinks easily, it's just not something I will probably have again though. Pretty average beer that goes towards a good cause however.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2010 01:07:00 | More by jera1350
Photo of bsp77


3.18/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into clear cup.

Appearance: Light golden-amber with slight head and minimal lacing.

Smell: Very light malts, with caramel and slight spicy hops.

Taste: Mild caramel malts with a slight hop finish.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, light to medium body, semi-dry finish.

Drinkability: Easy to drink and quite pleasant, but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2010 04:09:01 | More by bsp77
Photo of jjanega08


3.23/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A= pours a light amber color for an amber ale with a nice thick white head thats got really nice retention and lacing. Pretty impressive for the cheap beer it is.

S= Smells sort of light and sweet malts. Nothing really special. Definitally a cheaply made amber ale.

T= Light cheap lager taste. Nothing like an american amber ale. A lot like an american lager. I don't think they used adjuncts in it but it tastes like it might.

M= Smooth and light. Crisp clean finish.

D= Pretty decent beer for a cheap irish beer. This beer is brewed by Summit and all profits go to charity so I feel good about drinking it but I think it may be lagered and tastes too light to be an amber ale. Amber lager maybe?

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2010 19:57:51 | More by jjanega08
Photo of BeerFMAndy


3.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada Imperial Pint. Brewed with Potatoes, Enjoy by 01/06/10.

A - The golden yellow color is a bit hazy with a fair amount of carbonation rising up. A thin white head pops up and sinks to a thin layer rather quickly. A good arch of lace is left.

S - Mild earthy tones hide behind a fairly open nose of pale malts and straw. A sort of pilsner-like hint to it with mild grassy hops on the finish.

T - It's kind of lacking any distinct flavor. Mild pale malts and a touch of straw with a fine finish of uncooked potato. Rather interesting but not great.

M - Crisp and sharp feel of carbonation with a faint lingering flavor on the finish. Medium-light bodied and kind of hard water-like.

D - Not as bad as I had imagined but there is a very small hint of potato that is unappealing to me and is otherwise an average beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 01:07:58 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of mikebiewer

North Dakota

3.48/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4


Pours a light amber color with minimal head or head retention. It seems to have moderate carbonation in my opinion.


I can smell little caramel malts and a slight hop aroma. It seems more distinct if you get your face in there right when the head is fresh.


Sweet, crisp, slightly malty and slightly bitter. I think its balanced pretty well. I can definitely taste the potato sweetness in it. However, I'm not sure I could place it had I not known before hand.


Crispy and sparkle like. Medium bodied which I think attributes to the ease of drinking.


Could and have made a night out of drinking this. I often suggest this beer to friends who drink light beers but want to step it up a little bit. It has that lager crispiness.


I think it is important to note that this beer is made completely by volunteers. It is brewed and bottled under contract by Summit, but the whole Finnegan's organization is volunteers and all profits go to local communities and charities.

I also did a video review of this on my website if anyone is interested in seeing it.


Serving type: bottle

01-22-2010 01:19:50 | More by mikebiewer
Photo of bonk0076


3.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, slightly amber color with a moderate white head. Aroma consists of slight pine notes, potatoes, and molasses. Taste is dominated by the mellow malts, but balanced with hop bitterness slightly. Not balance quite well enough between the two in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2009 04:02:37 | More by bonk0076
Photo of taylorhamrick

South Carolina

3.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale color, almost blonde, lighter than a lot of pale ales I've had. The head was pretty thin, and it faded fast, leaving basically no lacing. I'm still intrigued when the bottle says ale brewed with potatoes. The smell is very grainy, like a bunch of pale pilsener malt. And I may be imagining it, but I smell potato skins - I'm probably making it up. No hop presence, I didn't really expect it. There is a bit of a bready smell, but not very irish reddy in the smell. The taste comes back with some graininess, some moderately sweet malts, like slightly watery spongecake. There's even a little bit of an earthy presence, maybe a bit of grass or leaves. And still I would say that I can taste potatoes. That label has convinced me. It's a bit interesting, but ukltimately somewhere between a cheap pilsener type knockoff and a pale ale (both lacking a significant hop presence). The body is about right, a thinnish-medium, and the carbonation is a bit prickly, provides a nice rush in the drink. I kind of like it. Ansd actuallym I usually wouldn't rate the drinkability so high above the other aspects, but this one is very easy to drink. And it keeps me just interested enough to want a bit more. This could provide a nice drink for a night.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 00:10:27 | More by taylorhamrick
Photo of SilentSabre

North Dakota

2.6/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

While I'm certainly glad to have had the opportunity to try this, it really isn't a very good representation of an Irish Red, and in and of itself, it's probably only an average beer at best. Colour was more of a medium gold and not really red at all. Head left a bit to be desired, too. Smell was a bit of sweet malt with a quasi-BMC aroma. In fact, the whole beer was somewhat BMC-esque. Mouthfeel was very thin. Again, I'm always happy to try new things, regardless of the outcome, but this simply wasn't for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 23:03:12 | More by SilentSabre
Photo of mdwalsh


2.98/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Light golden, not at all 'amber". One finger head that is very white, no A/C, but pretty decent lacing

S: Wet malt and a little hops. Pretty BMC, like Mickey's or PBR, and pretty weak.

T: It was bitter, but I have no idea where that came from. It wasn't a hoppy taste and it wasn't a roast obviously. Not much else though.

M: Thin and Metallic.

D:Pretty Easy I guess.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2009 21:05:49 | More by mdwalsh
Photo of ThePeskyDingo


3.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

had this on tap on st patricks day. thought ide review it. ive had it from the bottle before too.

came with a 1 finger white head which dissipated slowly for me. Golden in color.

A pretty bland grainy smell, reminded me of a domestic light beer in a way.

A bit of a malty taste. Not too bad, other than that, there isn't much too it.

Medium carbonation that is easy to drink. Light feel in my mouth.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2009 17:31:04 | More by ThePeskyDingo
Photo of Fatduck


3.45/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ale brewed with potatoes, okay, Irish enough.

Pours a very light copper color, this is not red, not even close.

Smells like grain, maybe some grassy hops, nothing really, very mild.

Taste is alright, I'm not sure what ale brewed with potatoes is supposed to taste/feel like, but I sure can't tell. Just like the smell there isn't much here.

Mouth/drink, is alright, its a very light beer, almost nothing here. Taste a lot like an adjunct lager too me. Goes down nice and easy, maybe I'll just kill this 6pack tonight.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2009 02:34:37 | More by Fatduck
Photo of wheatyweiss


3.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finnegans Irish Amber pours a medium straw, with no cloud and a moderate head that dissipates quickly.

There is a decent grain aroma that gives a nice smell as well as flavor. Hops are very subtle, but there. The outstanding quality is the grain bill, which brings everything together.

A little weak for an amber, the beer holds more on the label than it can deliver.

Not terrible, but not good either.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 03:56:27 | More by wheatyweiss
Photo of Mistofminn


2.5/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz short brown bottle. Lucky 4 leaf clover on the cap.

Claims to be "quite possibly the most socially conscious beer in the world."

Nice malty scent to go with a dark amber color with an off white head. Taste is lovely, sweet malts and a hint of hop bitterness. Please correct me if I'm wrong but is that.... potatoes....that I'm tasting? Heavy carbonation but it works well with the flavor and body. Quite drinkable.

One of my friends all time favorite brew. He swears by this stuff. So naturally I'm only allowed to drink this in his presence. Not a problem I rather enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 05:27:06 | More by Mistofminn
Photo of xymyl


2.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This highly carbonated beer retains a light film on its surface for the duration of the drink. The beer itself is a crystal clear deep gold.

Smell is earthy and malty on par with a light lager with adjuncts notable but not overpowering the rest of the beer.

Taste is simple clean (sweet, bitter, earth) and refreshing but nothing to write home about. I guess it is enough to write a review of though.

Overall, light, simple and refreshing as a lawnmower beer. Not capable of standing up to any real food or other beers. Even lighter and less complex than most amber ales.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 17:03:33 | More by xymyl
Photo of supercolter


3.43/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the Irish Fair on Harriet Island. Not a bad brew, but not that spectacular.
Appearance is rather bland, oddly light colored for an Irish Red. Some head but no lacing.
Smell and taste are pretty good but a little lacking on the quantity of malt.
Mouthfeel is a bit weak.
Drinkability is good.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2008 15:27:31 | More by supercolter
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.15/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"The Irish ignore anything they can't drink or punch."


Closer to bright orange than amber. The sandstone colored crown is on the small side, but looks decent enough. It has a lightly rumpled surface, doesn't melt too quickly and leaves a barely acceptable looking slurred collar of lace.

The aroma is generic. Whatever pototoes have added to the beer, they didn't change the way it smells. There's a modest toasted maltiness and almost no hops. It's time to forget this forgettable nose and move on to the taste bud submersion.

Can I use the word 'generic' again? Finnegans Irish Amber isn't bad beer by any means, but it does absolutely nothing to engage the palate or the imagination. For starters, there needs to be more malt. It tastes and feels like an 'amber ale light'.

Munich malt (or something similar) provides a toasted, earthy nuttiness that is somewhat reminiscent of an Oktoberfest. What little sweetness is present initially goes bye-bye by the midway point of the mouthful, just in time to usher in a finishing (German?) hoppiness that is herbal and lightly spicy. There aren't many fruity esters floating about, giving even more weight to the lager comparison.

Although the mouthfeel is on the light end, it isn't watery in the least and the carbonation is right on the money. Given the flavor profile and the sub-5.0% ABV, it isn't bad at all and maybe even deserves a little bit of praise.

The best thing about Finnegans Irish Amber is that 100% of the profits go to help the working poor and at-risk youth throughout Minnesota. I don't want to be too critical, but a better beer would lead to higher profits, which would lead to more people being helped in the end.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2008 12:09:55 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of mnstorm99


3.03/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

All over the board on this one, nice copper red pour, pretty clear view through it. The head is pretty weak, and not much lacing to speak of.
Aroma is wierd, aromatic malts, but off putting.
Bready flavors are decent with a touch of hops to round it out.
Mouthfeel is decent, well carbonated and maybe a little thin, but not overly thin. This is an easy to drink beer, but the choice for me would be to pass it up.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2008 18:56:07 | More by mnstorm99
Photo of Greggy


3.13/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pours a sad 1/4 in head that recedes quickly with no signs of lacing

Smell- Caramel and faint graininess. Pretty austere, to be honest.

Taste- Caramel notes with some hop bitterness, that is again, like the smell, pretty simple. Finishes on the dry side with some residual bitterness.

Mouthfeel- A bit to carbonated for the style

Drinkability- putting aside my personal taste towards ambers, and just thinking of style, I have had better, more complex offerings leaving this with only an average drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2008 06:35:54 | More by Greggy
Photo of timbro81


3.03/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Clayton for the chance to try this beer. Pours a slightly hazy light orange with no head even with a "hard" pour. Decent carbonation. Smell is very faint, maybe it is very faint grainy sweetness. Taste a bit bolder than the smell. Soft nuttiness balanced with more of the faint grainy sweetness, a touch of light hops flashes at the tail end. Sessionable. Not my favorite Irish Amber, but then again I'm not crazy about the style. I've got to give the brewery props for its use of potatoes in this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2008 04:15:34 | More by timbro81
Photo of KarlHungus


2.13/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer pours a clear, watery, bronze color with amber hues. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes within seconds into almost no lacing. The aroma is has mild caramel tones, and is painfully simple. The taste is more mild, and more simplistic than the aroma. The mouthfeel is light bodied, watery, with annoyingly high carbonation. Overall, this is a bad beer that I will not drink again.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2008 00:21:44 | More by KarlHungus
Finnegans Irish Amber from Finnegans Inc.
74 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.