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Oakshire Amber - Oakshire Brewing

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49 Ratings
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Oakshire Brewing visit their website
Oregon, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Formerly known as 'Willamette Amber'.

(Beer added by: RedDiamond on 07-20-2008)
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Photo of Thorpe429
3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to a generous someone for sharing this at DLD 2011. Served in a SAVOR snifter.

Pour yields an amber-colored brew with an off-white head that falls quickly without too much lacing. The nose brings some light bready malt plus a bit of light caramel sweetness in the background. Very mild hop presence. The flavor is mostly bread crust with a bit of toast as well as very mild toffee plus some caramel. Lightly candied. Medium body and good carbonation. Not bad.

Thorpe429, May 10, 2011
Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

nmann08, May 07, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

metter98, May 13, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

womencantsail, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

ygtbsm94, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of billab914
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

billab914, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of Brad007
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a mild amber with a white head into my glass. Mild? More like dark. Still a good color.

Sweet with just a touch of the "northwest hops" (as mentioned on the label) in the nose. More pine than citrus.

Ditto for the taste. Reminds me of a brown ale. Probably the specialty malts used. Very easy-going with a touch of butteriness.

Lingering hops, buttery-sweet malt make up the feel here. Clean finish.

A decent amber ale for a mild spring day.

Brad007, May 14, 2013
Photo of puboflyons
3.49/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on May 17, 2014.

It is an attractive looking chestnut amber pour with a short-lived off-white head and good clarity.

The aroma is not very pungent. I get some sweet and roasted caramel malts but little else.

Light to medium body

Those sweet roasted caramel malts are also in the taste but there is a definite bitter bite on the tail end which cuts like a knife and then fades away. A very typical amber ale.

puboflyons, May 18, 2014
Photo of RedDiamond
3.93/5  rDev +11%
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.

RedDiamond, Jul 20, 2008
Photo of canucklehead
3.73/5  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.

canucklehead, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of Reidrover
3.08/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bomber from Lifesource,Salem. Good looking ale in the glass,darkish amber with a great looking light tan head. Aroma is very bready, with cereal also and a strange almost cooked meat aroma, that seems to waft about. Taste is rather bland unfortunatlly all semi-sweet malt..and little else really Palate was thin and in the end annoyingly watery for my tastes. In short i really did not enjoy this beer the Southern Oregon 'amber' was far far better.

Reidrover, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of msubulldog25
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

msubulldog25, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of shelby415
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

shelby415, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of CoryR
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

CoryR, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of 2beerdogs
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

2beerdogs, Jul 24, 2013
Photo of RoryOMoore
4/5  rDev +13%

RoryOMoore, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of anteater
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

anteater, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of InfernoBoss
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

InfernoBoss, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of Spikester
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Spikester, May 17, 2013
Photo of carteravebrew
2.25/5  rDev -36.4%

carteravebrew, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of johnnyboy76
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

johnnyboy76, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of KStark
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

KStark, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of Hoptometrist
4.18/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

Hoptometrist, Nov 17, 2012
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Oakshire Amber from Oakshire Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.