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Mission Amber - Mission Brewery

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Ratings: 124
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 12.46%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: scottoale on 04-29-2009

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Ratings: 124 | Reviews: 34
Reviews by scottoale:
Photo of scottoale
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber. Although label name is Amber Ale - they call it a "Dusseldorf-Style Altbier" and it weighs in at 5.0% ABV and 43 IBU's. It pours a red-copper with brilliant clarity and a two-finger white-cream head. The foam disipates down to a surface cover and leaves only flecks of lace hear and there. The carbonation looks pretty mild.

The nose is fairly sweet with notes of caramel, some toastiness and a metallic twang of sorts. Sweet yet earthy is how I'd describe it simply. Nice and lager like.

The taste starts sweet and malty and briskly fluffs in the mouth rendering some earthiness. The earthy turns toasty and winds to a pilsner crisp finish while coating the tongue with sweet caramel. An unusually nice balance with the carbonation being bigger than it looks. A very lively brew.

Medium full body with high drinkability due to the relatively low ABV. The alcohol is hidden in every aspect. Overall a solid brew in a unique style that I definetly recommend.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a imperial pint glass a clear deep amber/bronze with a thinner but well defined white head.Aromas os sweet dough with some light toastiness,a faint earthy hoppiness compliments the sweet element pretty well.The palate is pretty straight forward with lightly sweet doughiness standing out,not mush hop presence but there is a decent drying in the finish.A no frills malt tilted alt,pretty true to style just not anything spectacular.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Glowing amber when held toward the light, a bit darker than the average amber, labeled as a Dusseldorf style altbier. Forms a light beige head, thicket with fine speckled lacing across the sides of my glass. Aroma has a pleasant fruitiness/grapes/roasted malts with spicy earthy/herbal hops going on as well. Toasted Vienna malts stand out and really bring to mind a good Vienna style lager. Tastes leaves a bit to be desired, a bit of harsh grain husks, dry finish, not enough malts shine through, with a bit of nutty earthiness making things pretty bitter and almost off putting. So far, I can deal with it but it's way to hopped up, earthy dirty hop profile muddles the whole malt experience in this beer. Mouthfeel is a bit harsh with hop oils/bitterness on the palate lingering, not as crisp as I would like. Carbonation is solid medium bodied alt style bier from SoCal. Good stuff, enjoyable brew I'm liking more as it warms up take your time with this one.

Photo of biboergosum
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle. Kind of weird to see a straight-up Yankee amber ale classified in such an old-world style. Time will tell, specifically in the next 30 minutes or so.

This beer pours a mostly clear, bright red brickish hue, with two fingers of loosely foamy, lazily puffy pale beige head, which leaves a nice array of Futurama alien language script lace around the glass as it lazily sinks away.

It smells of sweet bready, fairly pastry-like caramel malt, a subtle roasted biscuity addendum, a bit of apple and pear skin fruitiness, and earthy, leafy hops. The taste is more rather sweet caramel malt, tempered somewhat by further biscuit and dry cracker notes, ethereal savoury spice, very mild citrusy, leafy hops, a slight oily nuttiness, and a bland under-steeped black tea character.

The carbonation is present, but not to any real degree, the body an adequate medium weight, and equananimous in its smoothness. It finishes just on the sweet side, the biscuity malt wilting somewhat, while the inherent fruit, softly metallic stoniness, and leafy, earthy hops hold steady enough for a pretty snapshot of the basic requirements for the style.

An agreeable enough amber ale, of the decidedly American bent. The issue here, I propose, is the lack of actual German heritage, or at least a strict adherence to such. Altbiers have a sort of crisp, unassuming nature to them - this approaches that, but doesn't really follow through. Good, but not the 'goodest' - to mangle a now stale Colbert Nation trope.

Photo of Kegatron
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear coppery amber, with a finger of frothy white colored head that has a bit of an off-look to it. Pretty good retention here, staying rich and leaving a latticework of creamy lace behind that hangs in some thick swathes. The aroma is mostly floral and citric, with a touch of herbal quality about it up front. Underneath is some light notes of smoky roast, bread, and caramel sweetness.

The taste is overall fairly roasty in the mouth. Caramel malts come out to play, as does some fresh citrus character, giving this a tangy pop at times. Good bit of hops here as well, making sure that this finishes very dry, with just a little touch of leftover sweetness hanging on the palate. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied, with a smooth and creamy touch to it. Maybe a bit too smooth, as this does feel a tad light in spots.

This was decent. A bit more beef would have been welcome in the body but for the most part this was a flavorful and easy drinking Alt.

Photo of HalfFull
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Standard bomber poured into a narrow pils glass. This offering shows a copper amber with good clarity. A half inch of just off white foam offers decent though a bit substandard retention initially, yet keeping a thin film and showing fair lacing.

Aroma is clean and a bit light with some grain and an understated nuttiness. Subtle earthy hops and a touch of caramel present themselves. Nothing overwhelms nor detracts in classic alt style.

Flavor is again clean and smooth, albeit with a notable hop spice character which delivers some unexpected body. Some nutty caramel notes up front segue to a subtle orange citrus character on the finish and a touch of smoke. Offers a touch of spice and a moderately lingering finish as the pour warms. Nicely done and with a well placed level of carbonation.

Photo of Samp01
3.21/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark copper amber with a large lasting creamy beige head. Aroma and taste is of toasted caramel malt and grains, some grass notes, mildly fruity with a bitter finish on the end. Palate is a medium body with good carbonation. The finish is the same as taste with a good sweet toasted caramel malt and nutty flavor and a bitter ending for balance. Nothing really standout but overall a good drinking brew.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.82/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours copper with a very small off-white head.
Rich malty aroma, lots of toasty and nutty malt. Tempting.
Similar flavours, loads of nutty malt and caramel making for a very moreish drop.
Low carbonation. Could be a little higher.
Very easy-drinking stuff.

Photo of WeisGuy
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber at Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa.

a - pours a deep copper color with a two-finger ivory head, low-to-moderate retention and lacing, fairly hazy

s - lots of malt with a very toasty aroma, moderate orange/tangerine citrus component, light caramel malt

t - toasted malt and bread up front, light caramel flavor, decent amount of hop bitterness on the mid-palate and finish, some orange and lemon notes mixed in with the toast, pretty dry and slightly bitter finish

m - light-bodied, medium-to-higher carbonation, fairly dry but not overly bitter finish, no alcohol warming

d - pretty drinkable stuff in that it's easy on the palate and balanced, unfortunately, the flavor, while solid, just isn't very interesting

Not bad stuff overall, but nothing memorable. I'd like to try some of the brewery's other offerings.

Photo of Hoptron_3000
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours murky copper with a very small fluffy head.
S: Sweet bread, lots of toasty and nutty malt.
T: Similar to smell, lots of nutty malt, caramel and bread. Tiny bit of chocolate. Nice firm bitterness.
M: Good carbonation.
O: Nothing to crazy here. Very easy drinking, could easily drink a few of these.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - I give it a 3.5 since I drank it from the bottle. Carbonation seems good enough.

S - Fairly good alt bier it smells of caramel malts an a mild twang of hops.

T - Not bad has sort of a lingering bitterness but good caramel and biscuit background.

M - Light to medium body.

Overall sessionable but forgettable this beer was decent.

Photo of Zorro
3.16/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clear caramel colored beer with a good light tan colored head.

This is sweet and malty with a faint metallic smell. Bread and toffee candy with a bit of soapy hop in the background. Not really one that is big on aroma.

Sweet and malty with a big toffee and caramel flavor, slightly bittersweet like burnt sugar. Solid bitterness in the aftertaste and some yeast fruitiness. Little bit earthy at the end.

Mouthfeel is good.

Not sure if this is really an Altbier or not. My reference beer for this beer type is Alaskan Amber and it is frankly better than this.

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 5/21/12
*From notes

A: Rustic amber-orange in color. It looks just like a Marzen. A generous pour yields an off-white two finger head. Clean and filtered. Solid lacing and collar follow.

S: Lots of golden, maybe slightly toasted grains. Earthy. I get a really peanut-like quality to it.

T: Also very nutty. It's got an almond-peanut-cashew thing going on. It's also pretty plain jane and drinks (as it looks) a lot like an Marzen. A bit green on the finish. No real hops, which coming from a downtown San Diego brewery, is disappointing.

M: Feels like a decent session brew. The carbonation is a bit light, and the body a tad thin. It ain't bad, but it's not overly memorable either.

O: Not a whole lot going on with this Amber. Not nearly as expressive as I'd like, though if I was looking to crush a sixer, I guess this would do. Not bad, just not all that great.

Photo of jlindros
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice fluffy 1 finger head that fades at a med pace but is reinforced by many bubbles rising from the bottom, light lacing, mostly clear amber orange color with bits of sediment floating.

Nose is a basic amber, light toasty reddish malts, copper, crystal malts but very little caramel, aromatic malt with a light toasty straw pilsner like malt. Hints of grassy hops.

Taste brings more hops, which aren't the dominant flavor but notable enough to mention first. Grassy and earthy hops bring a bigger bitter bite, (love alliteration) with a light orange rind taste as well. The malts still take the show initially, plenty of toasty reddish malts, light copper malts, and plenty of caramel this time with even a hint of toffee. Smooth with a light floral aromatic feel that adds nicely to it and hint of acidic bite. Finish is fairly bitter as the hops really ramp with the drier finish, with a bitter orange rind hop finish and a bit of caramel malts.

Mouth is med to slightly lighter bodied, good carb.

Overall pretty good, much better than the blonde IMO, this brings a nice malt profile with a nice hop kick balanced well, a dry not sticky finish with a big bitter ramp up and light acidic bite that surprisingly makes my mouth water when the sip is gone.

Photo of GarthDanielson
2.81/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass, the beer is super-foamy. Pours a bright, crystal clear, pinkish-toned copper coloring with an off-white head that is big bubbled and lightly packed, and finally settles into about half an inch. Slightly sweet and sour caramel malt smells on the nose. The taste has the same caramel characteristics, but also a smokey tone that blends well with the sweet flavors. Very malty, but not overly sweet. The beer is dry and crisp, and the aftertaste again has that slight smoked quality to it. Very interesting. The finish lingers a bit with the caramel flavors. Nothing really outstanding about this one, but nothing overly disappointing, either.

Photo of dfillius
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed while visiting family in San Diego. Poured into an imperial pint glass.

A: Moderate pour yields 2 fingers of ecru head with great retention. Hazy amber colored liquid. Good looking.

S: Clean breadiness. Bright, pleasantly perfumey herbal hops. Sweet caramel notes as well.

T: Very bitter, even soapy. Surprising, I expected and actually desired more malt - shocking for a hop head like me. Slightly disappointing but still okay. A departure from the style.

M: Fizzy, bitter, slightly metallic.

D: Okay, but not great. I would not order another or buy this again.

Photo of tobelerone
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very clear amber colored beer with a fluffy head, good retention and lacing.

Aroma is mostly toasty malty, hops have a very European taste and aroma, very much in the German Ocktoberfest mold. They’re kind of way in the background beneath the big bready malt character of this beer.

Lightly bitter, not overly hoppy and certainly not an American style amber; fits the altbier category well. Mild sweetness.

Short, dry finish. Clean drinking. Slightly creamy, very smooth, low-medium carbonation. Nice but a little bland.

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into new belgium chalice, color is amber, translucent, nice lacing from head that is off white in color.

Smell is subdued, hints of toast and light caramel, but not emphatic, nothing out of place, clean hop notes of grass, some breadiness comes through as it warms.

Taste is pretty clean, again not emphatic but mild flavors, caramel, toast, bread, toffee, hints of hop grassiness and slight earthy profile.

Mouthfeel is somewhat strong on the tongue from carbonation i assume, the hoppiness is not there; sweetness lingers leaving some caramel and bready notes on the palate.

Overall, a mild, subdued amber ale, easy to drink, no off flavors.

Photo of mactrail
3.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The classic amber color. Quite hoppy at first sip, like a Pale Ale. More malty in the body, though, and plenty of carbonation. Lots of the browned biscuit taste. Bitter lemon flavor. Nose of roast malt is the best feature. Otherwise it's very plain. There is just a hint of cardboard taste. Kind of savory and salty in the aftertaste, along with the bitterness.

On tap at the brewery's Skid Row location in San Diego.

Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/12/2011

On tap at Mission brewery.

A: The color is, well, amber. The head is half an inch of white foam. Lacing is scattered.

S: Bread, caramel, and grainy malt with notes of apricot, orange, and grapefruit. This is quite hoppy for an Amber, but I can't complain.

T: Caramel malt is lightly sweet with balancing earth and citrus hop notes. I detect orange and grapefruit. The finish is smooth and balanced. Delicious.

M: Lower medium in body with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth and sticky.

Overall: A good hoppy amber. I'm told the beer isn't always this hoppy, but it's damn enjoyable.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich red colour, not as vibrant as an American red maybe. Head is beiege, OK when poured but dissipated to a thin ring of lace. Looks alright.

Smells sweet, malty. Touch of roast but lots of caramel, toffee, touch of pumpkin even. Notes of citric hop floating over the top gives it an American edge. Quite nice, not sure if it's true to the mission statement though (no pun intended).

Taste is more what I expect from an altbier. Roasty, but lightly. Malt-driven with some grain soup characters, a touch of earthiness, sour clove spice and some noble hop bitterness at the back. Earthy, kind of woody notes finish up. Nicely balance, pretty to-style and well-made alt.

Nice body, but there's a fair bit of fizz to it that shouldn't really be there.

Nice altbier. Drinks like a hearty mid-season brew.

Photo of DrJay
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear coppery amber with a beige cap that was a combination of fine and soapy bubbles. Good head retention with clumpy and streaky lacing. Malty aroma, not overly sweet though, with some toast and biscuit, grain, and faint herbal hops. Clean flavour with moderate bitterness (started out soft, but was sharper in the finish). More toast and biscuit with light caramel sweetness, slightly grassy with a hint of lemony citrus. Medium bodied with carbonation a bit higher than average, a bit dry with slight astringency. Very fresh tasting and quite drinkable. It's nice to see a someone take a (successful) stab at a less popular style.

Photo of missingsense
3.32/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Very fizzy, clumpy head, that died pretty quickly. Odd color separation & tiny particles floating around. Amber color looks a little thin.

S: Cola, steel, some light berries, caramel, maple syrup. A little earthy. The sweetness of the aroma is a bit overpowering.

T: A nice, sweet maltiness, with a minor hop kick. The taste is considerably more balanced than the smell, but I would prefer a little less sweetness. Decent, but not a standout amber.

M: Sticky and a bit grainy

D: Overall, a good attempt, but it could use some improvement. I don't think I'll be rushing to try their other beers anytime soon.

Photo of brewandbbq
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle.

Pours clear amber with a quarter inch of bone foam. Dotted lacing and a few whisps on the surface remain for the rest of the glass.

Aromatics are a blend of sweet malt, proofing dough, and a hint of raisin. Zero hops but perhaps a hint of gypsum.

Medium bodied with a crispish mouthfeel. A bit tacky.

Plump malt with drizzeled caramel starts the palate. A hint of fig and toffee follow through. Bitterness to balance.

Finishes with a touch of lingering sweet malt and a minerally crispness.

A pretty tasty, albiet kind of boring, Altbier.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up this beer in Totowa, not knowing if this would be more like an Amber or an Altbier. It certainly wasn't the former in any way and it went down just a bit too easily to be considered a good example of the latter. While this won't offend anyone, there's not a lot to take away from this afterwards.

The pour was a decent almond hue with some head and virtually no lacing. Not a lot of carbonation here either and this was one of the clearest beers that I've had in some time. The creaminess and malts reminded me of a Vienna Lager and there was quite a toasted aspect to the mouthfeel. Lots of bread in the aftertaste with a bit of caramel to the malt but that didn't last long either. I haven't had a lot of Altbiers but given how smooth they tend to be, this one could have broken a mold just a wee bit and stood out more.

Thankfully, this would make for a good session beer as there wasn't a lot of alcohol here and this went down easily. While not the best offering from Mission, this is worth a go once since more examples of this style need to be on store shelves. Just don't look for anything deep or fancy here.

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Mission Amber from Mission Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.