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Fat Tire Amber Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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Fat Tire Amber AleFat Tire Amber Ale

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6,558 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,558
Reviews: 1,792
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 138
Gots: 668 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-07-2000)
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Photo of NotMyRealName
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%

A competent easy to drink beer. Even though it's a New Belgium offering, it's not as flavorful as, say, Abbey. I'd never buy Fat Tire to drink at home, but if I'm at a bar with a limited beer selection, I know that I can expect a decent beer from Fat Tire.

NotMyRealName, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark amber color with about an inch of white head that has little retention. Moderate carbonation.

s - Smells of fading hops and sweet malts. A little weak and a bit of an odd smell from the malts.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, as well as sweet malts again. Also tastes of bready malts. Not sure what it is, but the malt taste does not taste that great to me.

m - Light body with a good amount of carbonation.

d - Overall the smell and flavor of this beer did not appeal to me too much. It wasn't bad, but an odd bready/sweet malt combo that I wasn't the biggest fan of. At 5.2% if you liked the taste you could definitely drink a few of these given the light body, but I won't be looking to get more of this anytime soon.

mdfb79, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of grayburn
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%

This is an easy entry into craft beer, certainly nothing to write home about, but very well balanced.

A nice light copper color into the glass with a decent head and some lacing.

The smell is minimal, even as the beer warms, some sweetness and a little bit of hoppiness are barely detectable.

The taste is mostly caramel malt with some light hop bitterness and some mint and citrus notes, not strongly flavored at all.

The mouthfeel is crisp, the body is on the lighter side, this leads into a very easy drinking beer. Not my bag, but an excellent gateway.

grayburn, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of DIM
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%

a: This was very pale and almost golden. Not what I expected from an amber ale.

s: Some mild bread or crackers, not much else.

t: Fairly bland, but absolutely flawless. Mild sweet bread and a tiny hop tingle. Nothing off here, which is amazing for a beer that is so mildly flavored.

m: Gently foamy carbonation.

d: A west coast Yuengling. Not bad, but not a stand out. This is a rare beer that is exactly what it wants to be. I feel like maybe I underscored this one.

DIM, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of BeerLover99
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%

A: clear, reddish brown small head.

S: big biscuity, malt smell.

T: very bready, sweet malt, tad to much carbonation.

M: bubbly and crisp.

D: It's solid beer, many people new to craft beers seem to love this one. I'm not a huge fan of amble ales, so take my comments with a grain of salt.

BeerLover99, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of imagineiii
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%

Thanks to yamar for this brew. ive heard alot about it, and it cant quite possibly live up to its hype ("the best beer in the world" according to more than one person)

A: Poored into my imperial pint glass. 2 solid fingers of fluffy off white head. Beer doesnt show much carbonation tho.

S: biscuit malt, caramel. simple but balanced.

T: Tastes like bread. Wheres the carbonation? Boring, but session-able. Hops are very understated.

M: Without carbonation, its syrupy.

D: Without carbonation, hops, and alot of flavor, this beer is the epitomy of drinkable. I can understand where the hype comes from on that front...

This beer was exactly what I expected it to be: a drinkable session ale that appeals to the masses. gotta appreciate what this beer does for the craft world tho; otherwise, people would just drink bud light. Im glad this beer is as popular as it is, and ill session with it sometime, but it didnt change my life like i was told it would.

imagineiii, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of Bumpon10s
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%

Well, well, well. Although I've had Fat Tire before, in CO as a matter of fact, I wanted to wait until I had it in Chicago to review it.

A - A little light for an amber, and considerably carbonated. A little bit of a head, perhaps about half of what you'd see on a lager beer.

S - Bready. As it says, biscuity and malty. very simple, not much to search for here.

T - Seems much simpler that previous times I have had it. Again, a little bready, a fermented taste almost from a yeast strain. Tastes more like an MGD than an amber.

M - Very crisp and I guess, refreshing. Perhaps the better part of this beer.

D - At first, you are satisfied with a sip or two but quickly grows on you to want 2 or perhaps 3.

Not a bad beer, but nothing to write home about.

Bumpon10s, May 21, 2006
Photo of andjlepp
3.29/5  rDev -8.4%

Bottle served into english Pub style glass

appearearance- Light, golden caramel color, clear and easy see through, small head that shrinks to a thin head that remains during consumption, light lacing left on the glass

smell- smell of biscuity hops and slight citrus smell, vague and light hop smell to the beer

taste- very smooth flavor with a high biscuit style flavoring, slight caramel after taste with a bit of hop bitterness

mouthfeel- very light and smooth in the mouth, bite of carbonation when left in the mouth

overall- a satisfying beer with a belgian like flavoring, light and crisp with light citrus under tones, adding and orange will bring out more citrus flavor

andjlepp, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of Calypso
3.29/5  rDev -8.4%

A - Clear, dark amber. Persistent foamy white head leaves wonderful lacing.
S - Bready with a hint of hops.
T - Nuts and wheat, with some caramel malts.
M - Crisp, light body, high carbonation.
O - A little too yeasty for my tastes, but decently balanced. It has its place.

Calypso, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of pmcadamis
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%

I found this on-tap at a tiny little place called Van's Tavern that was attached to our hotel in St. Louis.

A - Clear amber brew with a massive three finger head of rocky white foam and lots of nice lace sticks to the glass. Quite the looker.

S - Musky and earthy malts with some vinegar notes. Sweet and dusky with some funky characteristics...it smells OK, but I had to really stick my nose in and basically snort beer up my schnoz to detect any aroma at all. More assertive on tap.

T - Sweet and malty right off the bat with some big fruity fruitcake flavors. Some nice citrus hop flavors are there too. The rich carrot cake or fruitcake malts remind me of a watered down oktoberfest brew. The label says that the brewer's focus here was balance, and I'd say that they achieved that pretty well. It is malt-forward, but there are enough citrusy pale ale like hops to keep it in check.

M - Medium bodied and slightly oily on the palate with low levels of carbonation. The finish is neutral, sweet, and pretty clean.

D - A great session brew, but you get the feel that it's really made for the masses. Its a tasty but uncomplicated brew that goes down easy enough and compliments food well, it just lacks any sort of "wow" factor. This one seems much fresher and quenching on tap than in the bottle. I had four of these that night at Van's, and for me that is a major session.

pmcadamis, Aug 10, 2007
Photo of haddon
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%

pours a translucent golden amber with a nice frothy white head. not much carbonation visible

not much on the nose. at first, heavy on the floral & citrus notes but then fades to a woodsy, earthy smell

toasted malts, coffee and perhaps light molasses. not much else. seems a little light on the hops and therefore imbalanced for me.

light to medium body. right amount of carbonation

this beer is not too bad and not to good... just average. it is a good bridge beer for those who first venture off the BMC reservation. lots of folks drink it around here and a good choice off the tap when you enjoying a pizza pie.

haddon, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of tdm168
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%

Pours a very pale amber with a lot of white frothy head. Good retention. The smell has nice malt and citrus hop notes. Up front this beer has a really nice malt profile, but there's a smoky or burnt flavor that I detect in the finish. There is also a decent hop character but it is at odds with the malts. The hops come across more citrusy which does not balance well with the smoky malt character. Mouthfeel is nice though; crisp, clean, and medium bodied.

Though this is NB's flagship, I think they have so many other great beers to offer that are far better than this.

tdm168, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of dahlen22
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%

Appearance: Light orange with a small amount of head.

Aroma: Nothing special here, but what you would expect from a light amber ale.

Taste: Smooth up front with caramel, grain flavors, toffee, strong biscuit notes, a little watery with a slight splash of hops and a dry, malty aftertaste.

Overall: Smooth, easy-drinking session beer that will be great come summer time. A nice change of pace as I usually drink bigger beers ABV-wise. Does not live up the hype, but it is nice either way. Cheers!!

dahlen22, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of morimech
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%

The first time I had this beer I was underwhelmed. It was one of my first reviews. Now after a few years and close to a 1000 reviews under my belt. I felt it was time to revisit this beer. This time I got the beer in cans. Amber color with just the slightest bit of haze. One inch of solid head forms and has good retention before settling to a thin cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. Still not a fan of the aroma or flavor. But it has nice qualities. Definately on the malty side of the beer spectrum. Has a bready and slightly musty quality. Not much for hop aroma or flavor. It is a lighter beer with low ABV, so the body has enough heft and has a nice texture. Not ever going to be in my regular rotation, but it does drink nice and there is no problem downing a few in a sitting.

morimech, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a...well...amber. Off-white head sticks around for a while.

S: Not too much here, some woodchips and caramel. No hops apparent in the nose.

T: Mild woody flavours. Some dark fruits and maybe a bit of mild apple tang? Overall everything is extremely muted and weak.

D: Good drinkability, but not complex enough to choose this over another beer.

Overall: Fat Tire is just...boring. It doesn't offend; it doesn't really do anything. It just delivers an unoffensive and weak-flavoured version of a style that isn't all that exciting (unless its all hopped to hell) to begin with.

JohnnyChicago, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of superdedooperboy
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pub glass. Freshness date of August 28, 2009 puts this one a little past its prime.

Pours a clear amber hue with a fat head of off-white foam that fades slowly to a thick cap, leaving behind a nice display of thick rings as it disappears.

Aroma consists of some bready, biscuity malt notes and some underlying earthy, herbaceous hop notes.

The palate mimics the aroma in most aspects: Up front is a very mildly sweet, bready malt character, moving into a bitty, grainy persona toward the middle as it melds with mildly bitter herbal/earthy hops reminiscent of fresh earth, carrying on into a finish that is a nice melding of the characteristics: a bit malty-sweet, a bit earthy, and quite dry.

Nothing spectacular here. An easy quaffer and perhaps a bit of a nice craft intro for the macro drinker; nothing complex, nothing inoffensive. A nice looker, and a bit of an easy session ale.

superdedooperboy, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of Thorpe429
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%

Served in a pint glass.

Pours a moderate copper color without haze. Average-sized white head that leaves behind a bit of lacing and has pretty good retention. The nose is a bit malty with some bread crust, slight caramel, and a touch of hops. The flavor is pretty basic and plain, though it is certainly inoffensive and I can see why so many flock to this beer. There is a bit of toast plus caramel and a very mild earthy presence. Light to medium body with a slight bitterness in the finish. Drinks well enough, though I'd prefer Bell's Amber and often suggest that as an alternative to others.

Thorpe429, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of karst
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%

Always heard that the glass determines a lot of the appearance. Poured 1/2 of 12 oz brown (non-twist off) bottle into a Pils glass and 1.2 into a goblet. The goblet had little head with no retention, only a ring of foam and almost no lace. The Pils glass really showed off the appearance! fine foam arose to more than 4 fingers and coalesced into a course head of large bubbles. The pils retained 1 cm. head after 5 minutes. Lace clinged to the entire glass to the origional pour line after the glass was empty. Got you thinking about appearance ratings? No Difference in the bright amber - copper/gold clear color.

Initially, I was not fond of this taste: bisquit malt and "undesirable tannin grain flavor -Todd" the hops seem a little week providing only a "quicky" aftertaste that fades too soon. Served beer at 50 F. and tasted slowly until 62 F. the light to almost medium mouth feel improved with temp the malt and bread came out - maybe I just got used to the husky tannin grain.

I would say this is a very drinkable "session beer". Been thinking of what snacks to have with the rest of the supply for the superbowl XXXIX.

karst, Jan 20, 2005
Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%

New Belgium Fat Tire is thick, creamy, and bready.

It poured amber (duh) with a significant head. It left a good amount of lace on the glass. The smell and flavor were muted and non-distinct. The feel is where this ale shined, with an incredibly pleasant thick creamy and bready feel. I try not to replicate phrases used on labels, but the feel of this ale truly was biscuity. The flavor won't bring me back, but the feel will.

Knowing how in demand Fat Tire is, my initial thought while having it for the first time, was "overrated" because there was very little flavor. I was pleasantly surprised to see it has an overall "B" on this site, because that's right where it belongs.

MetalHopHead6, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%

this is a great gateway beer, as i have known many macro drinkers who can enjoy this one. as for myself, before i got turned onto some other beers like alpha king, etc., i used to really dig this beer. it seems that amber/red ales are a great place to start turning away from macro swill.
this is a deep clear amber with an off white head and lacing. caramel malts, doughy notes in the nose along with earthy/musty, sour fruit, and vegetal aromas. taste doesn't quit live up to the complexity of the nose, it's a bit thin after having tried this several times. fairly light in malt sweetness, body, and hop bitterness. which is fine, just not spectacular. i'm not one to dog this beer as it serves as a valuable tool in opening the minds of the masses.

MrMcGibblets, Jul 15, 2007
Photo of homebrew311
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%

A: Pours a brilliant bright golden with a orange hue, pillowy white head forms and sticks around

S: Not a whole lot going on, faint notes of biscuit malts, breadiness, everything is very subtle

T: very mild flavor, after taste is biscuit malts, but like the nose, everything is very subtle and mellow. This makes for an easy drinker and certainly doesn't taste bad, but there just isn't a whole lot going on.

MF: light body, carbonation seems appropriate for style

D: This beer excels in the drinkability category. It is light and refreshing and a good option for a hot summer day. I wish the flavors were a little more pronounced, but of course that may take away from this beers appeal.

homebrew311, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of ericj551
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%

Fat tire ours a light orange with a dinky head that doesn't linger. The aroma is faint, bready malt, slightly grainy. The flavor is crisp with more toasted bread malt flavor. It's malt forward without being too sweet. The hops are light, almost no hop flavor, and just enough bitterness to be balanced. Overall this is a decent stepping stone beer, but it's not one I see myself going back to.

ericj551, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of John1985
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%

Ale poured a deep amber with a half inch head. Taste had a tangy malt flavor that just seemed a bit off, not really unpleasant but strange. Hops balanced with an adequate bitterness. Overall this is a decent beer but since I'm visiting the great Northwest, I didn't see any reason to dwell too long with this one.

John1985, Aug 18, 2007
Photo of benito
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%

The much lauded amber ale of the Front Range...after living several months in CO and giving Fat Tire try after try, I'm not sure what all the hype is about (IMHO it's not even the best amber ale brewed in Fort Collins!)

Pours a transparent amber, with carbonation clearly present. Head is unexceptional, but once poured the beer does have a certain regal air about it. Good lookin' for sure.

The smell and taste are fairly straightforward, with few flavors emerging in the bouquet and a ho-hum carmel-sweetness. To its credit, the beer is very well balanced and the flavors, consistent. No surprising bite, no swelling carbonation, etc. What that makes for is an emminently drinkable beer and an emminently forgettable one.

I'm sure I'll have my fair share more of Fat Tires in my day--it is on tap EVERYWHERE in CO--but given the choice I'll buy a six-pack of Odell's Levity any day of the year.

benito, Nov 25, 2004
Photo of ckeegan04
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%

A - Crystal clear brownish-orange in color. Thick bubbly head with good retention and lacing.

S - Biscuity aroma with a somewhat faint smell of earthy hops. Something in the nose is a little off as well, almost smells like burnt grain.

T - Toasted malt taste; biscuity. Very light hop presence; earthy and spicy hops. The balance just does not line up and has a somewhat off flavor.

M/D - Medium bodied and very smooth. An easy drinker but not the best taste.

ckeegan04, Aug 09, 2008
Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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