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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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6,150 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,150
Reviews: 1,781
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 122
Gots: 491 | 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 FrozenJoe


3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This is a beautiful looking beer. Unique bottle. It pours a copper / amber color. Tall thick head. Nice lacing. This is what beer should look like.

Smell: Light malty aroma, described on the label and by many reviewers as biscuit-like. I see where they're coming from, but don't totally agree. What I smell is a watery maltiness. It does not smell like the rich buttery aroma I would expect from biscuits. There is a slight graininess to the aroma. Is this an all-malted barley brew? Very light hops fruitiness.

Taste: Malts dominate. Slight graininess. Very light hops. Some bitterness but no fruity hops complexity. Where is the hops character to this beer? Expected more. Watery. The brewers seem to be aiming for balance. In a way they achieve it, but this is by no means an awe-inspiring beer. Better than a macro, but not a great tasting beer.

Mouthfeel: Nice. Thick. Well carbonated. Good mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Good. Easy to drink. Goes down smooth. Easy to throw back several of these. A nice alternative to a macro for a bbq setting.

Overall: I have to admit, I'm disappointed with this beer. I expected more. After the beautiful pour and look to this beer it was downhill from there. Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad beer. Clearly it's made with a higher standard of quality than a macro. But for the price you can do better. A comparable but higher quality beer, in my opinion, would be Long Hammer.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 03:41:41 | More by FrozenJoe
Photo of SportsandJorts


3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Type: 12 oz bottle
Glass: Pint
From: Meijer
Price: I think $9 a 6 pack

Appearance: clear orange color with a finger of foam that fades at a average pace

Smell: Malts, breadiness, maybe a touch of hops. not the most balanced smell and it can come off a bit musty at times

Taste: carmel malts, breadiness, and a touch of bitterness in the end. Again not the best balancing but still pretty good

Overall: not my favorite and not a go to session beer but definitely a decent to good beer. because of how easy to find and cheap it is, its a beer i will revisit on occasion.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 19:39:50 | More by SportsandJorts
Photo of gr0g

New Jersey

3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Coppery-amber in color, about one finger of foam in the mug. Crown of lace all around the glass. Floral, aromatic hops. Citrusy, but not as much as the hoppy ambers I'm used to (such as Troegs Hopback). Underlying Caramel malt note.

Moderate hop bitterness in the flavor, but little grapefruit or other citrus. Toffee malt backbone with solid bitterness. Not really a lot going on, but nothing offensive either. Crisp hop bite keeps it from being too boring. Mouthfeel is slick with some prickly carbonation.

Kind of bland overall, but I could see how this would make a good gateway craft beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2014 17:51:02 | More by gr0g
Photo of electricfields


3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Thick, frothy head. Red golden color. Good lacing on glass.

S: Sort of bready. Mostly malt sweetness. A faint hoppiness. That I'm having a sort of hard time pinning down.

T: Tastes like roasty biscuits. The malt is all bread. Not a lot of sweetness, thankfully. Earthy hops in the back of the mouth. Pleasant, but nothing too exciting.

M: Most of the bite feels like it comes from the carbonation. But it's still nice and smooth.

D: A good session beer. There's not a lot of reason to take your time with this one, however.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 07:49:10 | More by electricfields
Photo of Spikester


3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear amber with two fingers of white head. Some lacings. Aroma is like bread dough. Taste is yeasty sweet malts with enough earthy hops to balance the flavors. Mouthfeel is fine though a bit over carbonated. It has a slight bitter dry finish. I made the effort to find a fairly fresh example and was rewarded for my effort. I have had less stellar examples of this beer and can usually trace it to poorly stored or just plain old product. Not the best American Amber I've had but one of the most unique. Very sessionable if you enjoy the taste.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 08:18:52 | More by Spikester
Photo of amicar


3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from grocery store.

Pours a nice clear brown with a white head which sticks around for awhile, but leaves no lace on the glass. Not too complex of an aroma with faint hoppiness. The taste is a bready/ biscuity with a little well- balanced sweetness. Not too heavily hopped. Mouthfeel is pretty good and has some substance to it. Goes down easily, but after the swallow- the taste disappears quickly.

Overall, a very nice beer. Definitely not one of the beers I'd bring for tasting night, but a good utility 6-er for day to day consumption. I'd get it again as a beer to bring to a party, to not scare off the MBC crowd, but still introduce them to something decent.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2004 02:47:00 | More by amicar
Photo of u2carew


3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A) Transparent. Bronze in color. Pours with a nice head then settles quickly. The lacing is thin and uneven.
S) Noticeable hop aroma. Earthy. Light malty sweetness.
T) Nutty notes. Residual hop bit lingers in the finish and aftertaste.
M) Smooth with some very mellow crispness. Feels fairly light bodied with a medium body taste.
D) I'd expect a little more weight in the body and taste under the label "amber ale".

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2009 00:59:40 | More by u2carew
Photo of jcalabre


3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this on draught at New Belgium's brewery in Fort Collins, CO.
Appearance: The pour is a clear golden color with a white head
Flavor: It has a slightly sweet flavor with a very nice, malty backend. It's very easy to drink and would make a nice session beer

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2003 01:45:15 | More by jcalabre
Photo of TheFightfan1


3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally get to try some of this. Picked a six pack up on my way to PA from FL in South Carolina.

Clear and amber in color. Good two finger off white heading. Leaves some nice legs after every sip.

Toasted malts and Caramel bring out most of the nose... Well I'll say all of the nose. I didn't get too much else out of this besides being very malty.

Taste is a touch different. Very nice malty beverage but there is a bit of a light, crisp hop kick to it. Though not overpowering just a nice touch.

Mouth was light bodied, good carbonation and a tad bit on the watery side.

I think in all fairness this falls into the category with Yuengling. A solid made beer but really no depth to it.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 18:02:03 | More by TheFightfan1
Photo of cbutova


3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden amber with a big creamy white cap. Good head retention and a nice cloud stays behind. Tons of creamy thick lace on the whole glass.

S- Not much going on here. Some toasty biscuit bready malt. Slight dark fruit. Some adjunct sweetness.

T- Toasty biscuit malt with some dark fruit. Some corn-like adjunct malt. A bit bready. Some earthy hop flavor.

MF- Light end body with moderate carbonation. Somewhat watery. Tiny bitterness.

DB- A decent, middle-of-the-line beer. Nothing amazing going on but still laid back and smooth, refreshing. Worth trying a beer that so many have raved about.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 04:31:06 | More by cbutova
Photo of feelmefoam

South Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12-oz poured into a shaped pint glass.

Pours a nice light brown color with a finger of white head that dissipated fairly quickly. Nice sticky lacing down the glass.

The aroma is really nice. First a bit of caramel malt followed closely by some rich, nutty smell as well.

The flavor is very nutty up front with some caramel malts trailing. Following this is a slight citrus hoppiness, but nothing out of the ordinary, just allows the beer to be a bit more balanced. As the beer warms, the nuttiness mellows out, which is good for me.

The beer is smooth with a medium body that is pretty smooth going down. Not too much in the way of carbonation, either.

This is a good beer, I couldn't drink too many of them just because it would be too much nuttiness in one sitting. It's a solid brew though.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2009 02:24:51 | More by feelmefoam
Photo of moulefrite


3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The infamous fat tire has now crosed my lips, and I'm still the same guy I was before I tried it?! This was a good beer, no doubt, and it gets me excited to know that folk are warming up to better beer. But I don't think it is a great brew. The pour here was a very light amber and the head and stick were generous, while not more than good. Aromas were redolent of horse dung and the straw that the horse eats-I'm guessing this is the malt-peuuu! Anyway, the mouthfeel was generous and clean. Flavors favored malt and toast, while the hop profile was somewhat weak. The beer was beefy, and whole grainy, and caramely, and at the same time downright barnyardy. Not sure this is a barnyardy that I want to re-visit? Thanks to Ron at Gluntz for the sample! The guy dragged this baby back on a plane for yours truly, and I thank him!!

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2004 01:36:45 | More by moulefrite
Photo of culver501


3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I don't think I like this beer much but it should be interesting to actually evaluate it systematically like this. My perception is that this thing is overrated

A-really nice light copper color, off white head, not much carbonation, head dissipates pretty quick

S-sweet, malty, a little apple fruitiness

T-really sweet, malty, definitely a rich sweetness like a caramel or toffee, but just overpowering for my taste, it's not just the overbalance of maltiness but I feel like the flavor is kind of one dimensional, this is one beer that I actually feel like is on draft in an overabundance and right now I'm thinking I do prefer the bottle variety,

M-good mouthfeel and the overall lingering effect on the palate are good, it feels more balanced until i take another sip

D-this is a tough one because I regularly encounter this on tap everywhere and I have to lean towards the negative, there are many circumstances where I give this another try and then have to settle on something else

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2010 01:10:26 | More by culver501
Photo of JohnfromDublin


3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

355 ml bottle best by 02 Dec 05, hey that's today! Poured a fairly typical amber ale with a thinnish off-white head. Nice lacing. Slight chill haze.

Smelled something unexpected here; a hint of cheese! Never got that from a beer before. A good smell, however.

Tasted fairly mild, more flavour becoming evident as it warmed up. Slight cidery taste.
Mouthfeel a little thin, reasonable carbonation.

A nice unspectacular brew; quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2005 16:45:27 | More by JohnfromDublin
Photo of KAP1356


3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New Belgium is new here on the east coast. Visitng my girlfriend in D.C., we picked up a bottle at a Harris Teeter. They must have been all new since there were about 20 cases sitting out on a display. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass...

A - Pours a very clear orange-amber color. A nice, very white head forms about 1.5 fingers thick and slowly recedes.

S - Nothing special here. Standard bready malts, grain, and earthy hops I would expect from an amber ale.

T - Toasted, bready malt flavors with some caramel coming through. Hops are more faint on the taste than in the nose. They're there, just not as prominant as I thought they would be.

M - Medium bodied. Crisp with a big level of carbonation. More than I thought for the style.

O - Overall, not bad. But I think this beer has a bit of hype that I don't really understand. I could drink several more of these, but I think there are better interpretations of the style out there.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2011 17:27:04 | More by KAP1356
Photo of AndrewOToole


3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a dull brown with a finger-width head that lasts about a minute. A little bit of lacing.

Smells very malty with something slightly metallic that is a bit off-putting.

Just like the smell, the flavor is very malt-driven, slightly earthy like a lot of other beers from New Belgium. Pretty standard for an amber ale, though I wish it had more discernible hops.

Fairly light bodied for the style, but I think that makes it go better with a lot of foods (especially pizza!). Right amount of carbonation at first, but it tends to dissipate quickly leaving you wanting more. Leaves something of an oily feeling on the palate, not really good or bad, but noteworthy.

Very good beer to drink with dinner but I can't picture myself ordering it by itself all that often. Growing up in Colorado, this beer was always in the fridge. Is it possible that nostalgia increases its drinkability?

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 21:00:47 | More by AndrewOToole
Photo of Anthony1


3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

on tap everywhere now

it poured a clear, amber color with a nice think off white head. the head disappated pretty quick, little lacing. The smell was kindda like dough. The taste was similar with a bit of hops and perhaps a slight caramel or toffee taste. Both the smell and the taste seemed simple, with no individual notes, but both were good. It was a medium/light body that flowed very well

just not the same pazaz from a tap. Georgia has immediately become saturated in fat tire, with every bar and resturant advertising the same signs. Not worth the hype, but worth a taste

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2009 18:49:38 | More by Anthony1
Photo of Eldalonde


3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a wonderful amber color and a good head forms and remains for some time. There is some attractive lacing on the glass as well.

S - Some hints of caramel and hops seems to come through in this one.

T - Tastes of toasted biscuits and small notes of dried fruit. Has a bit of a medium body to it and this beer is great for breaking newbie's into the world of craft beer.

M - Decent mouthfeel, not too thin and yet providing enough body to add to the experience.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2009 15:23:20 | More by Eldalonde
Photo of russwbeck


3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 Virginia Commemorative

A: Golden brown pour with hints of red throughout. Nicely sized white head. The beer laces nicely down the side of the glass.

S: Predominantly malty, the hops are definitely noticeable. Floral, but faint.

T: The taste comes and goes without you really realizing it. Some light hops and malts combine and are followed by a caramel malt finish. Really doesn't abide by typical Amber Ale taste guidelines, but I can see why this is considered a gateway beer. Very drinkable, yet has some characteristics of the better, bigger beers on the other side.

MF: Light, carbonated well, crisp finish.

O: While this beer isn't anything to write home about, I'm glad it's in the area. Extremely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 12:02:55 | More by russwbeck
Photo of sillyswa


3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a really nice vivid red amber with a finger cloud/head with lacing. smell of toasted biscuits, malts, earthy hops with hints of fruits. light to medium mouthfeel with heavy carbonation.

taste of rich malts, toasted bread or biscuits and hints of fruits. i like the dry feeling after each sip. very fun to drink, not because of it's cool label however because it keeps my palate busy. a lot going on maybe it's the carbonation?

fun and easy to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2009 01:24:06 | More by sillyswa
Photo of mtlasley


3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fat Tire is a super accessible beer and my introduction into the world of craft beers a few years ago. It's got a special place in my heart. I picked up a six pack and I figured I'd give one a review.

Appearance: A deep but clear amber coloring with a distinct redness towards the top. The head is one finger and just tan enough to say otherwise. Mild carbonation. Attractive and simple

Smell: Malt stands first with a roasty character in the rear. There's a tart hop somewhere but it comes and goes.

Taste: Malty, a lightness makes it super drinkable. Hopiness is almost completely covered.

Mouthfeel: Light and refreshing. The carbonation cuts all weight the beer has.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 23:56:10 | More by mtlasley
Photo of beerinator


3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle with the special "Chicago Inaugural" label.

Appearance: Very clear golden copper colored beer. Whisps of off-white head with quickly dissipating retention.

Aroma: Smells heavily of copper flavored caramel. There may be a faint lingering of fruit mixed in. Virtually no notes of hops here.

Taste: Fat Tire seems fairly easy to drink, but it doesn't offer much challenge to the palate. The finish leaves the tongue with a slight sweetness. The hopping level here is just enough to leave a faint memory of bitterness.

Notes: This is obviously a gateway beer, and hopefully it brings the masses one step closer to becoming full fledged supporters of microbreweries. Drink it if you haven't had it, but unless it's really hot out, you might not find yourself looking for another try. There are a lot of more exciting and flavorful entries in the Amber category.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2006 23:29:24 | More by beerinator
Photo of droomyster


3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy copper with a big tan frumpy head that lasts. Gives off a pear aroma, yeasty, kinda skunky and reminiscent of the dump or the recycling center (though I suppose "biscuity" is the more generous term). The strongest points of this beer are its appearance and enchanting tingly feel. Tastes of apples and earthy, doughy malts. In many bars this one is as good as it gets and I know that I'll have many Fat Tires to come, though I probably never buy it in a store.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2005 05:36:11 | More by droomyster
Photo of boudreaux


3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a lovely deep golden color with a monstrous off-white head that's built to last; coated my mug with a nice lacing that stuck around for a while

S - nose detects a hint of biscuity malts, but that's about it

T - immensely refreshing with just the right amount of sweetness; malts are more prominent than the hops, but the hops do kick in at the finish; a remarkably well-balanced brew that goes down nice and easy

M - on the thin side, but not to worry; the light to medium carbonation smoothed out eventually which allowed a pleasant creaminess to dominate at the finish

D - very good and extremely well-balanced beer that I definitely recommend

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 07:27:41 | More by boudreaux
Photo of KingPuuChuu


3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

It's amber, not too red, but not too brown.

Head appears creamy, has a hoppiness scent. First sip is biting, very thirst quenching. Hops and roasted barley hit the palate. Let your pint warm up though. When it's fresh out of the fridge, there's a little bit of a bitterness that gets softer after a few minutes.

As for mouthfeel, it's a crisp feeling, with a creamyness that washes over the palate & tongue. The carbonation is perfect, it's not too little nor too much.

This is a pretty great beer in small quantities. I prefer tap(and can) over bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2011 00:42:57 | More by KingPuuChuu
Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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