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Ybor Gold Amber Lager - Florida Beer Company

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Reviews: 66
Hads: 126
Avg: 3.27
pDev: 19.88%
Wants: 1
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Florida Beer Company visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: grdahl on 06-22-2001

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Reviews: 66 | Hads: 126
Photo of HardcoreKeith
4.08/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold color with small dissipating head. Smells faintly of hops and malt. The taste was quite excellent, reminding me highly of Sam Adams. Crisp and delicious with noticible hop bitterness. I'm very glad that at least one really good brew is coming out of Florida.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.03/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think this beer may have been defunct for a while; maybe not, but I haven't seen it around in a few years. The brew pours a rich brassy golden hue and is capped with an inch of moderate-lived white head that settles to a covering film. Spotty lace is deposited. The nose doesn't do much except avoid offense and comply with style norms; there is not a tremendous amount of character expressed int the aroma. The flavor, however, is explosive by comparison; it is also very tasty. This bottle must be fairly fresh because it has a good deal of sublime and dynamic hoppiness; herbal and grassy notes are initially observed on the palate but they turn to piney and cannabis-like on the finish. The malt is very pale and mineral-y at first (AKA @ ~55°F) despite the relatively rich hue; as it warms and airs out notes of caramel and ripe fruit come through. The feel is light and refreshing, offering soft carbonation and medium-light body. Overall, I am stunned by this brew, as I did not expect it to be anything better than mediocre at best based on my recollection. It is pretty close to everything I would want from a straightforward lager, excepting the vagueness of the aroma, and it is definitely a case of the whole being better than the sum of its parts.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.99/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received this in a Beer of the Month club and enjoyed every one fully. Interesting story about the history of the brewery, its transformation from Cuban cigar factory, and its storied past. Great label that includes a chart of its color, taste, and body (considered above average in darkness, maltiness, and body). A bit lighter for a nut brown. Would definitely be interested in trying more Florida Beer Company brews.

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Photo of Byeast
3.94/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This american amber poured just that , a golden amber/orange hue with a small and quickly dissipating white head. Smell is mainly of the malts, toasty ,vienna/munich malt and also a fair amount of hop scent , quite nice. Taste is also malty. Some distinct hop bitterness to balance. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a slight crispness to the carbonation. I found this to be very tasty and drinkable american amber lager , brewed in the german lager style. I'll have to try and get a keg from the brewery here in FL!

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Photo of Portertime
3.92/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This os the Florida Beer Company's flagship brew. I used visit Ybor city for concerts and "guava-ween", their version of MArdi Gras. I had this one nicely chilled in a pub glass. Poured exactly what it says on the bottle: a gold amber color. Smell was malty and a little citrus hops. Tastes was farily well balanced with mild malt and hop character. Fizzy on the tongue but has a crisp, clean finish.

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Photo of Joey7F
3.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid lager. It is flavorful but for some reason feels a little empty on the finish. I would prefer Yuengling or other amber lagers to this one, but it is certainly worth trying. The mouthfeel / drinkability discrepancy doesn't register with this beer. Recommended, but I suggest their brown ale more :)


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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours really clear with a small head of tight white bubbles that fell pretty quickly. The beer itself is a golden orange color that is very still after the head falls

Aroma. This beer smells sweet and clean with a caramel apple aroma that dominates. There is also a defined vanilla aroma here that enhances its dessert like sweetness.

Taste. The flavor is clean and doesn't have the vanilla that I got in the nose. The sweetness is the key player here with a pretty generous helping of hops to give the finish and balance of the flavor a floral component. This enhances the honey like sweetness to make it seem more heavy nodied than it is.

Opinion. This is a pretty decent beer. I think that the malt is a bit too in charge and that the additions were too little too late. Other than this, the lagering gave the beer a clean palate. I would drink this again, but I hope that it would be a bit more...flavorful I guess.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've never had a beer from Florida, so I figured I'd give one a try. Poured from the 12oz bottle into a stange. Body is a pretty golden color, topped by a small, fizzy white head. Aroma of pilsner malt and lightly spicy hops (a hint of Saaz?).
Palate is sweet malt up front, with a touch of honey and the faintest hint of butter Ritz cracker(?). A flash of mild bitterness from the hops emerges mid-palate, disappearing into the background again amid the light malty sweetness, which actually dries out on the finish.
Body is light and airy, very refreshing and fitting for a warm-weather beer. I have to say, even in December, this is a nice, refreshing, thirst-quenching ale that's perfect for the Florida climate.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ncie golden color. Nice head that doesn't last too long with no real lacing.

Smells sweet with a little bit of bitterness. Not bad.

The taste is pretty good. Sweet and refreshing.

In the mouth is it fairly well-balanced with some nice carbonation.

Fairly drinkable. It's not fantastic, but it could find a place in my line up.

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Photo of Shaw
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A pretty golden color with a very light head that vanishes in my glass. The smell is of malt and a teeny bit of hops. The taste is well balanced. It is crisp with just a hint of bitterness in the aftertaste. There is plenty of flavor in this beer.

The body is good with just the right amount of substance.

I have usually discounted Ybor beers, even though they are just about the only "local" craft beer available here. This is a great alternative to macro lagers and a good session beer for drinking on a hot, humid Florida day. Give this beer to beer drinkers who only drink BMC products. I bet they'll like it.

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Photo of Jason
3.65/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz long neck with pic of the brewery on the label, no freshness date.

Appearance: Deep semi tawny gold with a healthy bone white lace.

Smell: Hoppy and crisp with lots of fresh grain and herbal hop.

Taste: Medium bodied, lots of slick hop oil and a malty smooth texture aim for drinkability. Hops rise above a little with a sharp bitterness and the sweet grain rides its tide. As the grain comes around it leaves a trail of vaguely nutty sweetness.

Notes: Good quaffing micro brewed lager. A little over the top for the hop flavour ... hell that is what micros are for.

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Photo of chickenflea
3.64/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Clear golden color, frothy white head.

S - Aroma is bread, dark berries, and sweet malts.

T - Taste is bready with some honey sweetness. Some grassy hops are also evident. Flat cardboard finish.

M - Soft carbonation. Light body and clean watery texture.

D - Very drinkable. Better than most.

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Photo of wallaceandvomit
3.6/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a- pours a nice soda-like clear amber brown with a finger of head that didnt stick around for long with a small ring of lacing
s- mild caramel malt scented
t- nice blend of caramel malt and slight nutty/chocolatey notes, a pretty balanced beer, nothing amazing but nothing to really complain about
m- medium mouthfeel, slightly creamy/oily
d- easy to put these down, good beer for kicking back and in the fall, gets the amber lager idea across without being too malty for certain people's tastes

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Photo of bmills1608
3.6/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden yellow color. Nose smelled strongly of adjunct and a sharp light malt.

Taste was a bit sweet-sour, clean, crisp and light. Toasted malt taste was vague. Hop bitterness was low end but about right for this beer. Tasted a lot like an American macro with a little more umph. A fine beer if you like a lighter style and just want to kill a few without really thinking to much about it.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.53/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tend not to really dig red or amber lagers or ales. This one doesn't have elements of the style that tend to rub me the wrong way so I rather enjoyed it.
Pours a clear, pale honey color. Bright in appearance, scent and flavor. Lightly floral and champagney in scent and flavor. The bitterness that I don't like in reds is toned down here but keeps a certain tangyness. On the bready side... a milder rye bread kind of thing, perhaps (I tend not to like strong flavored rye breads, either).
Easy drinkin all in all.

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Photo of jettjon
3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz bottle from the Ybor multipack, "June" notched on the freshness date, though quite alarmingly, only "03, 04, and 05" were listed for years. I'm assuming "2007."

Into the pint glass, pours a yellow-orange somewhat hazy color with few bubbles. A vigorous pour yields a 1-finger head with pretty good retention and minor lacing. Fades down to a spotty cap. Nose is bready/yeasty and a bit hoppy. Tastes of semi-sweet malt fading to a sweet, fairly bland finish. Mouth is wet and refreshing with mild carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good; it’s easy going and agreeable.

Overall: Decent but hardly a standout. Worth a try.

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Photo of babaracas
3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with one finger white head. Smell: grassy hops, musty husky grain. Taste: wheat cracker, grassy, with a crisp mildly sour note, sweet toasted malt. Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied, active carbonation mixes well with a spicy bitterness. Works alright...

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Photo of Ellbert
3.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: orange/golden color, darker than other Pale Lagers I have had. There was a nice sized white head on top that left nice lace on the glass. The appearance was also very clean and clear.

Smell: A sweet smell of unfermented malts. Hops put a small presence in the aroma.

Taste: A bit sweet to begin. Almost too sweet then it came in with a bite of hop to balance it out. Not bad.

The mouthfeel was of average quality.

Overall a decent beer that I will have again when in Florida since that is the only place I have seen it.

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Photo of nsmartell
3.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the 12oz bottle to a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a straw yellow with a shade of amber. Small white head that disappears quickly.

Smell: Sweet malts and not much else going on here.

Taste: Malty with some hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with low carbonation.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable. Would not kick this beer out of bed for eating crackers.

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Photo of Myk
3.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

great session beer, light and crisp, like a lager should be. poured with minimal head which disappeared almost immediately. beautiful golden, clear color. unusual hoppy, but not unwelcome. malt character is there in the beginning but fads fast to leave nothing but hop after. reading about it, says there is a "malt spiciness" but i dont see it, the thing i get from it is the hoppiness flavor and no bite.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.47/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Extremely clear orange in color with a nice head.

Smell – The citrus hops are predominant in the nose. They are supported by a stiff malt backbone and, surprisingly, some strong spicing.

Taste – The citrus hops and slightly-sugared malts mix very well together here. The coriander and white pepper are reminiscent of a BSPA and play well with these flavors.

Mouthfeel – This has good, medium carbonation and is a little heavier than light in the body.

Drinkability – This was a funny mix but it all worked out well.

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Photo of marc77
3.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear dark golden, topped by a thick large bubbled head that settles readily. Loose lace is left. Soft bready malt and lightly toasted grain along with a mildly herbal and floral noble hop nose. A snap of moderate hop bitterness quickly yields to mellow grainy sweetness and a persistent toasted malt note. An herbal hop flavor then emerges and provides contrast. Lightly bodied, but just full enough in mouthfeel to prevent overall weakness. Finishes clean, w/ just a hint of light caramel malt. Ybor Gold is a no frills brew with more than sufficient overall character to facilitate excellent drinkability. Very quaffable.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep gold color. Poured a finger stark white head that dissipated. Minimal lacing. Decanted continually.

S: Cut hay and grass. Light green apple, crackers. A hint of bittering hops.

T: Bready malts came through bigger in the flavor. Noticeable hop bitter in the finish.

M: Light body. Medium carbonation that was a nice balance. Dry and tart.

D: Light, but fairly flavorful. Very easy going down.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.43/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap poured into a pint glass.

A- It had a solid gold color. My first glass had virually no head, but the second one had a good 2 finger head to it. It sported medium carbonation.

S- The aroma was little muted. I could tell there were nice cracker-like and hoppy scents hidden in there, but they struggled to make it through. The strongest scents were fruity.

T- It had more flavor than the aroma would suggest. It had a nice bread-like taste paired with some decent hop bitterness.

M- Medium carbonation and a light hop bite. Dry/tart finish.

D- It was a good drinker. Light enough to enjoy in the muggy weather, but solid enough that you're not going to mistake it for a macro-lager.

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Photo of GreenWBush
3.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not amber. Good lace retention, though. Pale gold.

Nose is toasted grains, butterscotch, uhh…I’m trying to think of something where there isn’t anything. Not too different from the nose of the pale ale.

Taste is actually pretty good, surprising me since I haven’t been too impressed by this brewery. No off-flavors, and nice grain outro. True-to-type, despite the appearance.

Good smooth nice MF. Prickly outro.

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Ybor Gold Amber Lager from Florida Beer Company
76 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.