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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 manitouman84
2.53/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a golden amber with a 1 finger head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of some malt and yeast, a hint of grass to it. Tastes grainy and one dimensional, no sweetness or hop flavor. Overly carbonated, harsh, and watered down. Not impressed with this.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
2.58/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle:

A: Poured a clear light golden color with a slightly less than two finger white head that dissipated rapidly. The head was moderately thick and left some decent lacing. Slight carbonation could be seen rising to the top of the glass.

S: Not much of an aroma, a little hops, that is really it.

T: Taste is average at best, if that. It had a light hoppy flavor, but it was somewhat watered down.

M/D: The beer had a medium body with maybe a little too much carbonation. Overall, the beer is really not that good and I did not finish the second one that I ordered.

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Photo of AaronRed
2.68/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I have got to say that I wasn't that impressed with this beer. Looked OK, and a nice malty aroma was a good start, but I did not like the taste. Sort of thin and sour tasting. Maybe this was a bad bottle, but it did taste fresh and was just shipped to me. Didn't really have much of a pleasent body either.

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Photo of Spica66
2.71/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clear amber color. Decent head formation and some lacing.

S: Not a lot going on here. Lightly malty/bready. No hops at all.

T: Mild flavor. Pretty bland on the tongue with a slightly tangy finish.

M: Slightly watery. Medium-dry finish. Medium carbonation.

D: Easy to drink, but the overall lack of flavor does not lead me to want another one.

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Photo of Drew966
2.73/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Ybor Gold Amber Lager pours a light copper color with a thin white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. I can smell a touch of malt in the aroma but that's about it. Flavorwise, I'm most struck by the caramel malt of this beer, there are some hops, but this is just a mediocre beer, it's not well balanced and not very enjoyable.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
2.77/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer review from BA Mag Nov 2007.

This brand is part of the 2005 acquisition of Ybor City Brewing, and they tout it as a classic example of a German lager. Pretty vague marketing babble. Let's see if this beer has any life to it.

Shiny clear light-brassy color, some good stickage to the lace that seems to stay around for a good while. Hint of feed grain, grassy, bit of caramel, apple skin and a faint taffy aroma. Good smoothness with a light crispness and light slickness in the mouth. Dried grass grain flavor throughout, a kiss of caramel sweetness middle to end. Hops are spicy and balancing with minimal flavor. Touch of cooked veggies and husk stick to the taste buds. Finishes on the dry side.

Not too clean for a lager, the DMS (cooked veggies) comes out a bit too long. Subpar compared to their counterparts whom they are trying to emulate. There are far better import and craft lagers out there to even think about bothering with this one.

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Photo of Gusler
2.8/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On the pour a clear gold with the head modest in size and a frothy white color after its evaporation, the resultant lace a thin curtain to drape the glass. Nose is malt laden and sweet, fresh and crisp with the start sweet with a fair grain profile, the top light. Finish adequately hopped and minimally acidic with a dry aftertaste, just a tad to sweet overall for me.

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Photo of tavernjef
2.8/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Color is a lighter glowing gold of yellowness, silk thin white head, minimal drippy lace. Smell is clean with a musty malt overtone, lightly sweet and crisp of citrus. Taste is light and crisp of malts, quick sharp little bite then ends with a slight uneven hoppy light bitterness. Uneven lighter medium body with many spots of emptyness and a grainy textured middle, unpleasant and plain.

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Photo of smcolw
2.81/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Crystal clear; only a shade darker than straw. Okay head for a lager, with a good lace ring.

Neutral malt aroma that is inviting but uninvigorating. Very little hop.

Relatively light flavor. This is a dry beer with a touch of hop bitterness. Good body for a lager; high carbonation. A step up from the lawn-mower crowd; great for a hot day.

Overall, an easy beer to consume. Not really a top notch offering--something of a mix between the macrobrewed and the microbrewed. This is a great stepping stone for the Bud and Miller drinkers who think microbeers are too strong.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.85/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Golden color, not much head and some bitterness. After taste is slightly hoppy, the malt and hops are a much better mix as it warms up. Hops are stronger when temperature is 40 or so.

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Photo of garymuchow
2.9/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The aroma really doesn't have much of a presence. Hints of malt with a touch of graininess and sweetness and no definitive hop quality. As warms the malt dominates.
Dark gold pushing amber with a very short lived shallow head that eventually just leaves a ring.
Malt really doesn't make much of a presence at first, but in time it shows a slight sweetness. Then as it warms it takes on a heaviness of a not so pleasing flavor. Other flavor comes from the bitterness that appears in middle with a strengthening through the finish. Dryness matches the bitterness, except at th end in which it is much longer and really rather dry.
Fullness from carbonation makes it a bit filling. Somewhat soft, otherwise on the light side.
This beer leaves me wanting. I'm just not a fan of the balancing. My first bottle the bitterness was excessive. The second time that wasn't so, but the malt had a grainy flavor that I didn't like.

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Photo of Sammy
2.93/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Passable beer for a long flight delay. Yellow colour, foamy head. Cheese aroma head. Smooth drinking, very light toasty malts, average mouthfeel. Subdued sweetness with mild bitterness in finish. Carbonation is above average buty not obtrusive.
Delta lounge, Tampa airport.

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Photo of jhartley
2.93/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks like an amber lager; orange and amber colored, thin white head that hangs around for a sort period of time.
Smells like an older IPA, degraded hop presence and a syrupy sweet aroma, slight wet cardboard. Might be an old bottle?
Tastes just like the smell; sweet, with bready malts and a little lemony aftertaste.
Feel is dry, not much carbonation; needs more in my opinion. It is thirst quenching though.
Overall, to my this is just another run of the mill lager; sweet and dry. Happy I only bought one in a mix-a-six.

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Photo of GreenCard
2.96/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: golden hue, great clarity, thinnish layer of off-white foam that compacts to a thin crown

Aroma: fruity, cidery lager; hints of honey, grain, and malt

Flavor: dryish malt backbone with grainy and tobacco notes; grassy hop flavor; finishes semisweet with a mild bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, terse carbonation, somewhat crisp

Other comments: An OK lager, but nothing to spend time seeking out.

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Photo of CoalPorter
3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a conical pint.

A - 2 fingers frothy white head collapsing quickly and leaving some minor lacing. Color is light amber gold as advertized.

S - Light malt and cereal grains with just a hint of spicy hops behind, not too "lagery"

T - Pretty smooth, with a gentle lead in bitterness and a gentle undertone of caramel maltiness

M - Light and briskly carbonated

O - Pretty drinkable, if very average lager. Goes well with sushi, but unremarkable otherwise. I like my second pint better than my first, which couldn't stand up to the spicy food I paired it with.

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Photo of a0lbudman
3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-crystal clear dark gold color with a small white head that faded quickly, but leaves a lace
S-corn, and a mix of malt
T-toasted grain taste with a bit of metal or lead taste in the aftertaste that stayed with me
M-medium body and medium carbonation
O-not sure about this one. It was not good, but not bad just okay

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Photo of beerguy101
3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium gold color, small head that fades very quickly. A middle of the road lager. Lighter tasting. Mild malts and hops, but well balanced. Has some flavor to it, but nothing special with this beer. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of Brent
3.01/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bright gold (well, that is quite a surprise). Aroma was slightly phenolic with a touch of metal, not off to a great start. Started off with some grainy sweetness that I thought was going to devolve into a corn-adjunct flavor, but the beer managed to keep it together and sailed through to a moderately bittersweet finish. The middle was noteworthy for some rather tart dryness, and the finish was fairly clean. Pleasant, and easy drinking.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.01/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle. Taken from last year's notes (found in suitcase).
It pours an actual gold color with a snow-white head and some trailing and sticky lace.
The main aroma is grainy cut hay-like malt with a faint hop nose.
A sweet grassy malt taste makes me think of a "mowing the lawn on a hot summer day" beer.
The hops are lightly citrusy and a bit metallic. The finish is lightly sweet and fairly dry and clean.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.01/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Clear amber with a big frothy head.

S - Light malty nose.

T - Some caramel up front. Fairly malty and on the dry side with nots of apple. Mildly bitter finish.

M - A bit watery. Carbonation is modest.

D - OK, but not a great brew. Lacks staying power.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.03/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1146th Review on BA
Bottle to Chalice
12 oz

Work event for Master Pools in Tampa

App- Rich amber with some browns and golds. Bubbles float up and have a small called white head. Some decent cling.

Smell- Very malty and earthy and a bit of granular notes. Wasn't much here.

Taste- Stricky a average beer. Along the lines of SA lager or a Bud American Ale. Malty and lacking a punch.

Mouth- Medium body and medium carbonation. Little bitter, little earthy.

Drink- Just an average beer, nice to try a local but wouldn't seek this out.

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Photo of Labeorphile
3.03/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Amber gold color with some head that hangs out for a little bit, then gets bored and takes off.

I kind of understand why. Nose is pretty down the middle with a lot of grain and malt. Flavor is much the same. Not much going on here, but some ho him malt and grain, no real complexity and a carbonation that suits it.

Picked this up at a resort. Better than the ghastly Bud Light Lime offering, and fun to drink a local, but pretty uneventful. Much like that movie Trouble with the Curve.

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Photo of Tschnab
3.03/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- pours a copper orange with a tiny foam cap, no lace.

S- toasted grains, malts, slight hop aroma.

T- like the smell. Unpleasantly carbonated, and watery too. It is very easy to drink though.

O- a very meh beer. Easy drinking and forgettable, but I drank it pretty fast, so at least it is smooth.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I got this brew at a wedding in Tampa, Fl. It poured a nice amber color, that was rather translucent. There was not much head to speak of, and what was, retented fast. The lacing that sould have been left was absence. On top of this, there was no aroma, reminisecent of a macro lager. The taste had hints of hops and a tinge of malt undertones. The mouthfeel was the best, being sort of smooth. A fair beer. Don't drink and review.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.06/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear light marigold color with a one inch white head that left some lacing.

Aroma of breadcrumbs, light lager yeast and fresh drying hay.

Taste is on par with the aroma. There is plenty of grass and a very light malty vienna grain flavor. Slightly overboiled maybe causing the grains to become a little tannic. There is a dry finish and a lingering bitterness that drops this beer from being relatively smooth to having a cauliflower aftertaste. Definitely not the best Vienna lager I have had but easy to drink and nice light beer for Hurricane Irene cleanup.

Overall ok, glad I do no have a 6 pack of it, but nice to have tried.

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