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Fat Tire Amber Ale - New Belgium Brewing

Fat Tire Amber AleFat Tire Amber Ale

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5,480 Ratings

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Ratings: 5480
Reviews: 1753
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15%

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:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-07-2000)
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Photo of AMJones


4.48/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful Amber Ale. This style is by far my favorite and New Belgium nails it with a biscuity smell that I crave.

Appears darker than your average ale, strong, sweet biscuity aroma. Taste is crisp, wonderful after taste. Overall, one of the best amber ales available.

Serving type: growler

01-31-2014 00:02:18 | More by AMJones
Photo of ScorpyX


3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring from the growler, it has a light amber color with a very small head. As this is the third or fourth pour, the head is gone in minutes.

S: Bready smell with a bit of malt.

T: Like the smell, a bread-like taste dominates. Some toasted malt accompanies, though nothing overwhelming.

M: Pretty crisp. Light bodied for an amber ale. Carbonation is high.

D: Very drinkable. Goes down easy.

I don't get this one in the growler that often at New Belgium, but when I'm in the mood for it, it works.

Serving type: growler

12-04-2010 03:50:41 | More by ScorpyX
Photo of sevineyes


3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler.

A: Orange cast with off-white head and lacing.

S: Rich and almost pungent. Very sweet and biscuit-like.

T: Nutty, bready sweetness. There's a nice hop presence in the mid-tones that gives a slight grassy taste to break up the big malt presence. Very subtle fruit presence near the end - some bananna, and even a yeastiness. Very distinct flavor that's hard to confuse, but easy to remember.

M: Moderate carbonation. Dry feel in the finish and satisfying until then.

D: Very drinkable.

Overall: Really a beer that has a taste to stay in your memory. A very nice amber that merits visiting time and again.

Serving type: growler

12-14-2005 02:01:55 | More by sevineyes
Photo of Beric


3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Serving: On tap, shaker pint
Served: 11 April 2014

Appearance: Brownish red with a cream colored white head. Head seemed pretty intense, but the bartender poured it off the beer when he was pouring it. Left some lacing.

Smell: Soft assertion of chewy caramel.

Taste: Some caramel maltiness with a slightly bitter finish. No hop presence other than the hint of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light with lively carbonation. A very refreshing brew.

Overall: An unimposing beer than is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Tastes like a toned-back Maerzen, which is itself not an imposing style. I would have liked to see a fuller assertion of the malts, with slightly more caramel/molasses notes. Not a bad beer, but probably not one I would buy for personal consumption at home.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2014 18:28:26 | More by Beric
Photo of Brewji

British Columbia (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beer hipsters in the US have claimed for some time now that the Fat Tire Amber Ale (ABV 5.2%) from New Belgium Brewing is the coolest, best beer in the USA, and that I have to try it. Well, now that I see it's available in BC, I went out and bought some. It's apparently one of the most well-travelled brews in the states, and it's been well-received.

Time for your average beer appreciator (AKA Brewji) to take a sip and tell you what it's really like.

On first sniff, the aroma reminded me of biscuits, sweet biscuits...not in a bad way. It had almost a bready-biscuit aroma, if I may. Biscuit and malt? I'm not quite sure, but definitely not a bad aroma.

So I went in for the first sip, and was surprised at how well the flavours work together to make this a solid amber ale. The aroma of the biscuit-bread translates into a rustic, amber ale taste with a hint of sweetness and malt to brush all of the necessary taste buds on my palate.

Why was I surprised? Beer hipsters (AKA snobs) generally annoy me, and the fact that a lot of them recommended this beer to me made me have slightly lower-than-average expectations. However, New Belgium has done well with this one. I've had a couple of other brews from them as well, and have never been disappointed (yet).

Either way, take a good look at the label, and see if you can find this at your local liquor or beer store. It's definitely worth the pick-up. It stands out against most ambers on the market, and at $14 for a 6-pack (in Canada, beer is expensive), it's quite the steal.

So there you have it, the Fat Tire from New Belgium Brewing. I recommend this to newbies who are trying to transition out of the econo-lager phase and into ales. This, and the Blue Buck from Phillips are great transition-ers.

New Belgium Brewing's Fat Tire gets a surprisingly-not-so-hipster 8.5 / 10 (or 4.25 / 5 on Beer Advocate).

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 22:16:40 | More by Brewji
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle

New Belgium Fat Tire poured a slightly hazy amber color producing a thin off-white head that fades quickly and left very thin lacing. The aroma is of light malt, bready and soft citrus, The taste is dominated by malt, is bready and has soft bitterness in the finish. Mouth feel is medium-light with an almost fizzy carbonation.

This is my second beer from New Belgium. I was impressed with their Trippel so I had high expectations for Fat Tire. Well, I am sorry to say I was a little disappointed with Fat Tire - still worth a try if you are a fan of the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 17:11:06 | More by bushbeer75
Photo of glass_house


3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic pint

Pours a crystal clear, light chestnut brown with three fingers of fluffy off-white head. Leaves a solid cap and plenty of soapy lacing. Aroma is somewhat muted but has traces of caramel, biscuit, and grassy hops.

Body is smooth with mild carbonation. Starts off light with a somewhat creamy feel, but finishes thin and a bit watery. The flavors are tame like the nose. Dark bread, caramel, raw sunflower seeds, and a slight earthy hop bite are most distinguishable. As it warms I get a slightly funky stale aftertaste.

Nothing exciting but it does make for a smooth, easy drinking option that goes well with a variety of meals. Not one of my favorites but I find myself buying a bottle here and there for times I'm in the mood for something light.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 16:53:21 | More by glass_house
Photo of JaxJayCat


4.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First time reviewer on BA. I have to lead off with my favorite adult-brewed beverage.

Introduced to Fat Tire while on business trips across the country. Savory, smooth ... became my ideal first choice whenever I left Florida. When job situation changed, I played the Smokey and the Bandit card with friends who were traveling from northern climes (mostly from GA). Even made a few road trips myself (1 hour) to grab some amber deliciousness. There had never before been a beer I was willing to drive some distance to obtain. On 29 June 2013 my quests for New Belgium's Flagship Brew became super easy as Florida welcomed Fat Tire and her band of brothers/sisters to the Sunshine State.

Fat Tire is a flavorful complement to most any meal or a refreshing excuse to break from yard work. Always maintain one six pack at the ready in the secondary fridge.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 16:29:36 | More by JaxJayCat
Photo of PanaDeutsch

New York

3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

So this is my first review on this website. I must admit, however, having been to many countries in Europe, having lived there (Germany), and beer around the states a lot, I hope I've developed an at least ok taste in beer haha. There is something different about Fat Tire. I feel like along with its increasing availability in average cities also comes its unique taste. I am not the biggest fan of amber ales, but this one is smoooth. The biscuit taste stays in my mouth, without any overwhelming bitter taste at all. And it's amazing when you're outside hanging out in the park or playing frisbee, having a bbq, whatever. I am not a sloppy drinker at all and I hate getting too too drunk, but with this beer I'm able to down a sixer in 2 hours n feel SO right!

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 22:06:34 | More by PanaDeutsch
Photo of Ohiolager


3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

fat tire amber ale 6pk bottles $8.99(OH)

12 oz weird looking brown bottle poured into a pint glass. enjoy by date is marked in a small corner, missing the 4 in 14. reading 01jun1.

pours a light amber/red color. almost a two finger head, slightly a peach color. it stays around for a while however falling to less than one finger. as the head recedes it leaves some silky lacing, however i wasn't that impressed. the carbonation looks good. not too many or too little bubbles rising from the glass.

it smells malty, coppery, i smell some breads and very little hops.

it tastes pretty much like the bottle says " balances biscuit like malt flavors with a hoppy re freshness." more bready and malty, with a slight hoppy aftertaste. it don't taste bad, it just feels like its missing something. nothing about the taste really stands out in a crowd of craft brews.

the mouth feel however is great. very nice, smooth, silky coppery feel consumes the mouth. more on the light side but not a watery feel. slight dry finish but dryness is very very low.

overall i don't know about this brew. i just feel the mouth feel was the best part. the appearance is good just too light. the smell is minimal. the taste is missing something to make it stand out. at $9 a sixer, im sure there are craft amber/red ales that can stand out in a crowd.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 05:19:56 | More by Ohiolager
Photo of Dsimenson


3.44/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a 10 oz glass. Forms a wafer thin white head that does not last, but very nice lacing. Crystal clear amber appearance. Aroma is faint--malt, hops, a little sweetness. Flavor is mild--balanced, nicely balanced malt and hops. Mouthfeel is on the thin side, with moderate carbonation. The is a good to very good amber ale, like able, but not outstanding. I read leaddog's review just below mine. He gives a very good and accurate description. I guess I'm just not quite as find of this ale as he is.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 04:19:36 | More by Dsimenson
Photo of leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a light copper red with a finger width of bubbly white head. Lots of bubbles clinging to the glass.

Smell - Bready and biscuity malts, leafy hops, caramel notes.

Taste - Strong flavour of bready, biscuity malts. A swirl of caramel sweetness and light leafy hops complement the malts.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - Happy to see New Belgium's line-up entering the Alberta market. A nice sessionable amber that lets the malts shine.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 02:48:06 | More by leaddog
Photo of dahlen22

New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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!!

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 19:53:25 | More by dahlen22
Photo of Paincane


4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear amber body with off-white head and great lacing.
S: Roasty malt & lightly floral aromas.
T: Caramel, toffee malt flavors with nice hoppy back end and dry finish.
M: Smooth body with dry crisp finish.
O: Well-balanced brew that is quite enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2014 23:02:43 | More by Paincane
Photo of mfnmbvp


3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with best before date of February 09, 2014 printed on the label. Props to the local Jewel for selling me outdated beer. Beer review #710 for me, and I am somehow just now getting around to reviewing this staple beer from New Belgium Brewing. It's been quite a while since I've last had this.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a nice coppery amber orange colored body with some okay clarity, and about a finger and a half of fluffy soapy off-white head. Decent head retention with some good thick scattered lacing. Looks pretty nice.

S - Smell is pleasant enough, and somewhat unique - bready biscuit malts, toasty nuttiness, a touch of honeyed sweetness, lightly grainy, some peach / strawberry / banana fruitiness, musty yeast presence, & some coiny metallics.

T - Taste follows the nose - brown bread, nuttiness, mild grain, lightly metallic. Hop / yeast derived fruitiness in the vein of strawberry, banana, & pear.

M - Feel is smooth, crisp, and clean. Light lingering breadiness / stickiness. Easy drinking, light bodied, & with nice carbonation.

Overall, a nice every day easy drinking amber ale from New Belgium; it's easy to see why this is their flagship beer. Not something I would pick up on a regular basis, but it is about as nice as an every day amber ale offering as they come, and it would go great with some BBQ on a hot summer day.

New Belgium Fat Tire ---4/5.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 00:01:26 | More by mfnmbvp
Photo of PaulAndrew


1.73/5  rDev -51.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had this on a freezing winter night this past year. I heard rave reviews of it and saw countless people buying pitchers at my local wing joint and decided to give it a try. It was slightly black in appearance and tasted like gasoline. I don't feel that I received a good batch or something else was wrong with it because it didn't look the same as when i had seen it in the past. I'd be willing to give it another go if it was offered to me.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2014 08:57:39 | More by PaulAndrew
Photo of Omnium


3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Clear light yellow (not amber...?) with a thin fizzy half a finger of white head, no lacing.
S - Big floury wheat and biscuit malt aroma, a little yeasty.
T - Unique in flavor, has a little of that belgian yeast trait, biscuit dough, has a little burnt caramel flavor too.
M - Just ok, a little watery.
O - This is not really an amber ale at all, I'm not sure where you'd place it, but its lame. Though, everyone's had it, and people act like its a big deal to drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 00:17:08 | More by Omnium
Photo of lochef81


3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This is quite the popular beer with non beer geeks so I knew not to expect too much. I was not let down. The pour is quite handsome with a nice reddish copper color and a foamy white head that lasts throughout the pour with a little spiderweb of white lacing. The aroma is nearly non existent but what there is is malty and sweet but definitely not deep and complex. The mouthfeel is quite light and easy to sip almost reminiscent of a light lager. The flavor is very unremarkable. A little hop bite and a significant amount of sweet malts. There is a bit if a bready Belgian yeast flavor as well. This is by no means a bad beer and I can understand why people not used to craft beer would enjoy this, but personally I won't be buying this one again.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 04:29:26 | More by lochef81
Photo of superspak


3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into signature globe glass, best before 4/27/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear pale orange copper color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, floral, grass, herbal, light citrus, light pepper, and floral/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of caramel/toasted malt and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, floral, grass, herbal, light citrus, light pepper, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Slight herbal/pepper bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, floral, grass, herbal, light citrus/pepper, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Well balanced flavors of caramel/toasted malts and moderate herbal/earthy hop flavors; with solid robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this a good amber ale style. Balanced caramel/toasted malt and earthy hop flavors with solid robustness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A pleasantly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 01:26:57 | More by superspak
Photo of NickT2121


3.89/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - poured into pint glass creamy one finger head, with a good lacing left behind. Color is a beautifull copper color that is very clear no cloudiness.

S - Sweet malty hope scent, with a fresh baked Bread Smell to it.

T - very very very smooth. A fruity pine taste with virtually no bitterness. Kind of a biscuity finish.

M - Smooth silky feel with good carbonation. No bitterness and a semi dry finish

O - This is the first beer I have tried or reviewed from New Belgium, and I am enjoying this a lot. I picked up there sampler pack and can't wait to try the other ones. I believe this is a good one to start with if you are new to ales. Pick it up and give it a try for yourself


Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 02:54:21 | More by NickT2121
Photo of whatthehull


3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

White wine glass (at work again)

A - Beautiful copper amber, one finger off white head and some sugar legs

S - Tons of sugar, roasted malts, green/brown earthy hops, musty bready yeast, a light dark chocolate note and more earthiness

T - woods/soil/leafy hops, wet oak, toasty malts, fresh baked bread, brown sugar, sap, fresh mountain spring water and that classic taste and smell that every NB product has

M - Medium minus body, decent balance, medium minus complexity, medium acidity and a very nice roasted malt/slight hop and sugar finish

D/O - Not gonna lie, this beer is darn refreshing. Easy to drink, has a decent balance of malt and hops, not over or underwhelming. Just a decently rounded beer that you can bring anywhere. I'd suspect that yellow fizzy water drinkers would enjoy this

Final Thoughts - I have had this beer a thousand time, how have I never reviewed this? Price is a bit high ($12 plus a 12'er) , but that is cool, it is employee owned and the low 5.2% makes this an almost session-able beer

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 19:11:46 | More by whatthehull
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New York

3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

New Belgium does not distribute to NYC but since I was in DC this weekend, I in ally got a chance to try this. Got a 12 ounce can from ChurchKey.

The appearance was light copper with a quickly disappearing head. The smell was light biscuit, very light hops, and some grain. The taste was barley malt, slight biscuit and for some reason, I tasted an apple flavor. Maybe my palate was destroyed at that point? The mouthfeel was thin, a light body and very easy drinking. The is a very good no frills light amber ale.

Serving type: can

02-24-2014 17:17:07 | More by WheelsPSU
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3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my .25 liter Heineken glass. A semi hard pour left about 1 finger or less of head which hung around for a little while. The beer is a true amber or copper color. It looks nice.
The smell of this beer is fairly complex, with some grassy straw characteristics, a little bit of malt backbone and a nice hop profile I'm guessing is a cascade variety. The nose is a hint at whats to come, but not overpowering at all.
Giving this beer a first taste and holding it in my mouth for a second the prickly carbonation gives way to a mild maltiness, some light citrus flavors and that delicious hop finish. Everything in the nose of this brew is detectable in flavor, and the flavor is really good. No single ingredient is overwhelming the other and I might even dare say this beer is a tad light, but it's balanced and very enjoyable!
The mouth feel of this beer is pretty watery. I would say it's the weakest point of this beer and may lead to it feeling lighter than it really is. It is however not enough to detract from the big picture.

Overall this is my new go to beer. It just started getting distributed to the Dayton Area in Ohio and I am now a big believer in it. I have constantly searched for another American Amber Ale style beer since Budweiser American Ale got discontinued, and this is my new replacement! No more money for A-B Inbev from me! Would recommend.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2014 20:01:28 | More by Lorenzai_Konstantinov
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3.39/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

After buying Fat Tire in Arizona for a few years in college, I moved to Ohio where I have not been able to get it for years, until this month when it showed up in many stores. It brings back memories as one of the first ales I ever drank therefore has a certain sentimental value personally. It will be a good introduction for many to craft beers and ales in general since it is being sold at many places in the area now that don't have much of a selection.

I'm reviewing a 22oz bottle poured into a pint mug, and it poured with a nice head. It has a wonderful amber color that is very inviting, as should an amber ale, and has very nice clarity as well. It is a good example of an amber ale, thought doesn't have a very strong taste, there is a good balance between flavors with a slight bitterness. It has the good characteristic of being easy to drink yet filling at the same time.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 01:48:32 | More by StrictlyB
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3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

First time to try
Mmmm 22 oz. bottle
I would likely have this beer again.
This has a strong flavor that really lets you taste the beer, lacing is very nice. The head is not extensive but at least it is there. The smell seemed pretty average, or maybe that is my cold.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 02:31:40 | More by BroBobby70
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Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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