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Oakshire Amber - Oakshire Brewing

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81
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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 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 BESTIALEX
3/5  rDev -15.3%

BESTIALEX, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of InfernoBoss
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

InfernoBoss, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of N3rdM3t4l
4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

N3rdM3t4l, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of carteravebrew
2.25/5  rDev -36.4%

carteravebrew, Jan 30, 2013
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
Photo of shelby415
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

shelby415, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of johnnyboy76
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

johnnyboy76, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of CoryR
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

CoryR, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of RoryOMoore
4/5  rDev +13%

RoryOMoore, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of jjohnston87
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

jjohnston87, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of kylemckinnis
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

kylemckinnis, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of kickerofelves
4/5  rDev +13%

kickerofelves, Feb 19, 2012
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 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 MaltsOfGlory
3.1/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Regarded by me as my favorite amber of all time, but I haven't had it in over a year so we will see if it still holds up to that, especially with a very different palate now. Very aggressive pour only gives me a standard (maybe less than standard) one finger head. The had is just barely off white, mostly completely white though. About half medium bubbles and half small bubbles, the head looks pretty standard, not pillowy or creamy or soapy, it just looks....normal. The head is fading pretty quickly, it leaving good lacing though. The body looks much better than the head, nice dark amber color, hints of brown and orange, but very dark red all around. Somewhat cloudy, but mostly just very difficult to see through due to the dark color. The carbonation looks very very low, but we will see on the taste. The head is now gone, but it's leaving a very generous amount of foam on top of the body, so that really saves the head for me. Overall a pretty good look, body is excellent, the head not so much, but the foam on top of the body saves it. The smell is not what I remember at all, I remember a hop hound, but like I said my palate has changed a lot. The first thing I get is malt, rich rich rich malt, very similar to what an irish red would have in it. Somewhat dark malt, but my no means what would go in a porter or stout, perhaps caramel malts. Frankly the smell is too malty, is smells like it's going to be very sweet and overpowering. In an amber there should be some hops, and there is almost none on the smell for me. The smell isn't horrible, I can tell it will still be a decent craft brew, I'm just not looking forward to it that much. We will see how it tastes, but I don't have that high of hopes. Wow....that's just not a very good beer, I'm shocked at how different this beer tastes to me now that my palate has changed. I get very little flavor overall, the malts are for sure dominant, and the hops are barely there at all. I mean if I can say anything good about this beer it would be that the malts are smaller than I thought they would be, and there are a tiny bit of hops, and I didn't think there would be any. Overall though....man, disappointing. It's just super watery, the hops and malts are just overpowered by water. I remember this beer being my favorite from Oakshire, it will probably turn out to be my least favorite. The taste is just not very good. The mouthfeel is also just super super thin, almost nothing going on there at all, it feels like I'm drinking water. Carbonation is very low, like I thought it would be when I looked at it. Overall though it's not the carbonation that makes it feel like water, it's just super thin. Overall on this beer as a whole, I don't know what else to say....I'm shocked.

MaltsOfGlory, Jun 21, 2011
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 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 chumba526
4.28/5  rDev +20.9%
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.

chumba526, Feb 06, 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 sirdillon
4/5  rDev +13%
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.

sirdillon, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of cavedave
4.15/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

cavedave, Jun 27, 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 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
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Oakshire Amber from Oakshire Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.