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Oakshire Amber - Oakshire Brewing

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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: RedDiamond on 07-20-2008

Formerly known as 'Willamette Amber'.
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Ratings: 61 | Reviews: 21
Photo of chumba526
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears medium bodied orange with an off white tan looking head.

It smells of nutty malt, citrusy hops, sweet grains and toasty malts.

It tastes much like it smells. There is a nice toasted malt quality to the beer. There is a nice sweet caramel malt flavor that is noticeable but subdued. There is a nice caramel malt flavor. This is a really nice rich tasting amber ale.

The mouthfeel is semi-thick and creamy. The carbonation is around medium.

The drinkability is quite good. I could drink a few of these easy. It is very smooth and is easy to drink.

Overall a great amber. Ambers are beers I think are ok but this is a great one. Oakshire is turning into one of my favorite breweries.

Photo of N3rdM3t4l
4.15/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

brown bomber into standard pint.

A:Pours a pretty solid copper color. Very clear, a somewhat aggressive pour got about 3/4 inch of slightly off white head that became a thin cap littered with some large bubbles and a pretty good looking ring also scattered with some bigger bubbles. leaving good lacing on the glass though.

S: at first whiff I get a lot of malt from the body a quick swirl provides an herbal note. nothing strong or overly hoppy. Just enough aroma to let you know the beer has been hopped. Northwest hop choices in this one of course. Appealing but it doesn't stand out from the crowd and scream "DEAR GOD DRINK ME I AM THE WORLDS BEST SMELLING AMBER ALE!"

T: Opens with a great hit of malt flavor. I love ambers/reds anyway so I am a little biased. Well balanced no excess sweetness and no overpowering hop bitterness either. After the first wave of flavor it starts on the bitter track. That pretty standard northwest hop flavors permeate the finish but without the citrus notes. Finishes with that herbal note in the nose and lingers for a while on the palate.

M: great middle of the road medium body. Not so heavy you want to take a nap after but not so light you feel like you just drank water. exactly where the body should be for the style I think. Not much carbonation in this one but as the beer crosses the tongue it agitates and forms some of that foamy head i saw in the glass making the beer feel creamy in a good way.

O: A winner for sure. This beer is a great example of the style. Nothing that makes it jump out and beg to be drank but nothing that would make you avoid it. Very sessionable. It has won me over.

Photo of cavedave
4.15/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to oregonskibum for this delicious PNW gem. Enjoyed 6/26/10.

It pours a cloudy, dark amber, topped briefly by a nice beige head, which relaxes to ring and skim. Hefty lace arms hug the glass.

It's a med-strength bouquet, topped by some really luscious smelling yeast, and estery light fruit notes, maybe ripe pear, hugged by the pleasant aromae of caramel, floral hoppiness, and some faint scents of citrus and pine.

The taste is also med. strength, starting with some neutral sweetness, light caramel, then floral hops, almost a sweet and spicy taste to them, join the sip. Not super complex, not a hop showcase, this is a simple, balanced and quite delicious taste. It finishes with drying, light better entering, hints of pine and citrus in there, but mainly sweet and juicy.

Very light in the mouth, creamy, exceptionally pleasant feel on the palate, and decent finish.

Drinkability, due to very tasty and very refreshing, is quite good. With adequate supply of this I could drink it until no living people remember that the human race once used petroleum for power.

Impression: Oakshire needs to start shipping beer to NYS immediately.

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.11/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a mason jar mug at Hole in the Wall BBQ

A- Poured a very dark murky amber color with a frothy off-white head that left no lace

S- Almost no aroma, some light bready malt charater

T- Lots of big and rich caramel and bready malts. Bright citrus hop character, some earthy and floral notes.

M- Refreshing, prickly carbonation, smooth, dry, and very easy to drink

O- This is a great balanced and flavorful amber ale. Nice malt and hop character and very refreshing.

Photo of RoryOMoore
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of kickerofelves
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of sirdillon
3.98/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

poured from a bomber into a pint glass. pours a clearish dark amber color, with a two finger off-white head. smells of milk chocolate, nuts, and toasted malts. tastes approximately the same, i was surprised by the lack of hop presence, but enjoyed the somewhat lower carbonation and heavier mouthfeel that most ales i've had lately. much more chocolate in the taste than any other ambers i've had, reminds me of a heavier, maltier, 1554 in a way. i can imagine this being a lovely session beer in the winter, but as it's summer, i'm really in the mood for some hops and light malt. overall a good amber ale.

Photo of RedDiamond
3.92/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mahogany-garnet color, dense and dark, with a mellifluous aroma and taste. The finish is a bit wooden and suggestive of an alt, though it's not too alty overall. It is fruitful and engaging with notes of black cherry and bitter almond and shows low suds with web-like lace.

This was my first ever beer from this low-profile mid-valley brewery and I walked away with a favorable first impression. I would eagerly drink this beer again. In fact, I look forward to it.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.84/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a clear, darkened amber body with a fast-lived, near white head.

Smell: Has a rich, toasty Munich malt nose with sweetish notes of brown sugar, caramel. Low fruitiness. Hint (a small one) of earthy woodiness in the background.

Taste: Again, hits well with the Munich malt, quite toasty and with the accompanying tastes of brown sugar and caramel. Deeply sweet. Slight touch of raisin. Rather light hop profile, just a bit of earthy wood, a bit of spice, a relatively low bitterness. Soft, semi-dry finish.

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

Overall: A simple, easy-going but pleasantly flavored amber, definitely leaning towards the malts and being somewhat light in body, which, I liked well enough, but those seeking a hop-forward PNW brew may be sorely disappointed.

Photo of Harvest06
3.79/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer pours an amber color with a finger of off-white head.

S: There's a nice perfume and floral hop aroma to this. Behind that, there is sweet toffee and caramel malt. A bit of toasted bread, some hints of citrus peel, too.

T: The beer is mostly sweet with a good amount of toffee and toasted malt/bread flavor. A nice bit of perfumey hops, some good floral notes, and just a mild citrus flavor. A decent hop bitterness to the beer as well.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Pretty standard red ale, but good flavors and easy to put down a glass or two of.

Photo of Fuzzycuffs
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of InfernoBoss
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of throwerbri
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of johnnyboy76
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of woodenbones
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of KStark
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of constantine_272
3.74/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Spikester
3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark and hazed with almost one finger of off white head. Lacing only where the head was. Head recedes quickly.
Smell is all malts with a hint of earthy hops.
Taste is dark earthy hops with a fair amount of malt support.
Mouthfeel is quite full for an amber. Carbonation is on the low side. It has a fairly dry finish with some lingering leathery bitterness.
Overall quite a let down from a brewer I respect. Could be old. The bit of inked on date on the label was smudged. If I get a fresh example I will revise or update this review.
12-17-2013 Upgrade and additional notes.
Amber an clear with a large white head that sticks around. Lacings are plentiful.
Smell is about the same as before.
Taste is earthy bitter hops with some bready malts. Could use a bit more malts as the hops are slightly in the lead.
Overall a not sweet amber. Pretty easy drinking whatever you call it.

Photo of msubulldog25
3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm sure I've tried this once or twice before (likely at a summertime beerfest), but this my first chance to sit with it/review. A (too-cold) pint, served during Happy Hour at Clyde Common (downtown Portland).

A: Perfectly 'amber-colored' Amber Ale, with a reddish skew. Decent carbonation, plenty of single bubbles ascend slowly. Scant creamy ivory head (may be due to the chilled glass or to a bartender aiming to minimize head). Small bits of lace speckle the glass.

S: Tried to get this to give me something, waiting for it to warm, swirling, etc. The fact is, I don't get any more than the simplest malt/grain aroma, a vaguely sweet bread crust. Meh.

T: Malty cereal grain sweetness, slightly nutty. A nicely balancing hop spiciness, a little of the 'citrus zest' approach. Doesn't reinvent the style, but represents well.

M: Springy carbonation, light/medium body, finishes very clean.

D: An enjoyable beer - won't 'wow' you, but is well-crafted nonetheless. A good effort by Oakshire (formerly Willamette) and worth a try.

Photo of canucklehead
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty decent red ale from a brewery that is getting some hype ( though mostly for the Hellshire series). Nice colour and nose and a happy mouthfeel that backed off to let the malt shine. Not overly complex but very drinakble. The kind of beer you could drink all evening but not the kind of beer that really stands out in a crowd.

Photo of metter98
3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Whetstone Station Restaurant and Brewery, Brattleboro, VT

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin beige head that died down and left a thin film of bubbles on the surface and a thin ring around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of earthy hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of earthy hops along with notes of caramel malts and a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a nice amber ale that is neither too malty nor too bitter. It paired quite well with a burger.

Photo of BurdockBoy
3.56/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of airpup
3.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of marcespo
3.51/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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Oakshire Amber from Oakshire Brewing
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