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Ybor Gold Amber Lager - Florida Beer Company

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BA SCORE
76
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112 Ratings
THE BROS
74
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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 14.07%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: PhantomVodoo on 06-24-2004)
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Photo of GreenWBush
3.48/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

GreenWBush, Aug 21, 2007
Photo of BrewSomerville
3.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is a little faint (might just be me). But at first I detected a little bit of a malty-sweet smell followed by some floral hoppy aromas. I might have smelled something like apple in there too.

The colour is a golden copper with a little tinge of amber (not enough amber to justify the name in my opinion). It produced a small white head that did not last long. No lace to be found at all.

The flavour was not bold in any way. It is fairly balanced, but I'd have to say that the malt comes out on the top. The hops are hardly even noticeable which directly opposes what the label claims that it tastes like. There was a bit of a metallic taste. There is some caramel in there too.

Mouthfeel is good for a lager in my opinion. I'ts medium bodied. Avg carbonation...maybe even a little less aggressively carbonated than an average lager.

Overall, I think it would be a great gateway Beer for someone just getting into the world of craft Beers.

BrewSomerville, Jun 11, 2007
Photo of smcolw
2.8/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

smcolw, May 20, 2007
Photo of Drew966
2.7/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

Drew966, Apr 12, 2007
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.88/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

SkeeterHawk, Mar 07, 2007
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.

jettjon, Jan 21, 2007
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.

treehugger02010, Jan 07, 2007
Photo of jwc215
3.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has a freshness label, but nothing marked.

Poured light orangish gold with a very quickly disappearing white head that became a thin patchy foam.

Some grassiness was present - somewhat similar to a pilsener aroma.

The taste was of thin grassiness and a touch of mild hops. Some malt present, but more could be used to lend it more balance and body, imo. A slight metallic touch was noticeable.

It was pretty watery, fairly refreshing and smooth for the most part. The water did mask some of the mild flavors.

Not a great example of the style. But, not bad as a quick thirst-quencher on a hot day or to wash down some food with.

jwc215, Aug 11, 2006
Photo of cjgator3
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bought from a mix pack of Ybor Gold brews and this was one of the 5 beers featured. Pours a slightly hazy pale orange color with a quickly dissapearing white head. Aroma is malt, biscuits, grass and hops. Taste is light and crisp with malt dominating the taste followed by a quick hop bitterness towards the end. Just not too much going on here. Will not be purchasing this again unless I find it on tap somewhere.

cjgator3, Jul 17, 2006
Photo of Byeast
3.95/5  rDev +20.8%
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!

Byeast, Apr 19, 2006
Photo of garymuchow
2.93/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

garymuchow, Mar 29, 2006
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.

ommegangpbr, Feb 28, 2006
Photo of Backer2004
3.98/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

Backer2004, Jan 28, 2006
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.38/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a brilliantly clear copper color and is topped by a thin pale cream colored head. The aroma has a nice toasted biscuit malt note, a bit of sweetness that seems a bit fruity (which is atypical of a lager), in fact it smells a bit like grapes in the finish. The taste has a light malty sweetness to it up front, which continues through to the finish and is in fact the dominant note of this beer. There is a nice light bitterness in the finish as well that lingers for a bit. The beer also has a nice toasted malt taste to it and a bit of thin astringency to it. This is a really easy drinking, light and simplistic.

Gueuzedude, Sep 12, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
3.33/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A pretty good bee considering the style. Pours a nice clear golden-copper color with a little more carbonation than expected. Somewhat fizzy head that faded to a film. Holds nice aromas of barley malt, caramel, apples, bread, and a pleasant yeast souring. Tastes are similar, throw in sweet wort-like flavors with a nice dosage of bittering and flavoring hops (the American way). Feels light to medium on the palate, waters a bit in the finish leaving an abrupt hop residual flavor. A pretty good beer, although a but raw or green.

BEERchitect, Sep 01, 2005
Photo of Shaw
3.78/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

Shaw, Jun 09, 2005
Photo of frazbri
3.43/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper / gold body, with short head and decent lacing. Aroma of bread and honey with faint hop nose. Sweet and bready with a little honey sweetness and a small dose of bitterness. Medium - light body and carbonation, relatively dry finish.

After a couple days on the gulf coast, I needed to find a real beer. This was my choice. (frankly it was this or Yuengling) I wouldn't call this spectacular, but Ybor was damn refreshing. I'd take this over your everyday fizzy yellow lagers any day.

frazbri, Feb 05, 2005
Photo of RoyalT
3.48/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

RoyalT, Jan 06, 2005
Photo of Globetrotter
3.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I stumbled upon this in a St. Petersburg, FL, grocery store - one of only three microbrewed beers I could find in the area. Bud is the undisputed king in these parts. Sad. The bottle looked like the picture, and contained very little information about the beer or the brewery.

Pours a clear, slightly copper golden hue under a 3/4 finger off white head with decent retention and a touch of lace. The nose is mild and slightly grainy, with a sweet undertone and a hint of bread. The mouth is very prickly and quite light. The taste opens with lots of barley, slightly sweet. A touch of slightly metallic hops emerges in the finish, getting stronger as the liquid warms. The aftertaste is sweet grain with just a touch of hoppy bitterness. An unimaginative but drinkable brew.

Globetrotter, Oct 15, 2004
Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.38/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 ounce bottle: The body is a tawney golden color with a supple off-white head. There is a hint of grain and herbal hops in the aroma. The taste follows through with plenty of grain sense along with the herbal hop notes that were present in the scent. The feel is medium with decent crispness in the finish. Good drinkability.

AtLagerHeads, Sep 27, 2004
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.38/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. amber bottle courtesy of AKSmokedPorter.

Upon pouring, you wouldn't think it's an amber. Very light in color, bordering on being yellow. Thin layer of white head leaves little chunks of clumpy head atop the beer. Aromas are mostly maly sweetness with some grassy bitterness as well. Ditto for the flavor. Nicely balanced. Lingering hop bitterness. An OK amber.

OldFrothingSlosh, Jul 29, 2004
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.

Ellbert, Jun 11, 2004
Photo of Joey7F
3.88/5  rDev +18.7%
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 :)

--Joey

Joey7F, Apr 15, 2004
Photo of BeerResearcher
3.03/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

BeerResearcher, Mar 17, 2004
Photo of Brent
3.03/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Brent, Dec 30, 2003
Ybor Gold Amber Lager from Florida Beer Company
76 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.