1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Fat Tire Amber Ale - New Belgium Brewing

Not Rated.
Fat Tire Amber AleFat Tire Amber Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

6,773 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 6,773
Reviews: 1,809
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 142
Gots: 764 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Fat Tire Amber Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 6,773 | Reviews: 1,809 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of LukeD23
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a light amber to off copper color with little to no head. brilliantly clear

I love the aroma on this beer and always have. Fresh biscuits and toasted cracker with minimal earthy back tones

Flavor is crisp and malty. Starts with a subtle fruity notes then rolls into an intensely buscuit flavor and finishes with a nice dry bitterness and easy and light apricot/pear.

Mouthfeel is medium to thin and light. Good for the style

I could drink this thing non stop, love this beer and its simplicity. Yum..

LukeD23, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of soju6
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Served a clear ambor color with a small head and some lacing.

S: Mild aroma of malty sweetness and a touch of spicy citrus mixed in.

T: Has a mild sweet malt flavor with some biscuit and bit of spice. Fairly dry finish.

F: Medium body, smooth with a nice balance.

D: Very drinkable. One of my go to beers when I find it available on tap.

soju6, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of davidvaz
1.15/5  rDev -68%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Drank it straight out of the bottle.

This beer smells like someone stale beer in a plastic cup from the party the night before.

Tastes like someone dropped a greasy wrench in the water then brewed the beer. I dread belching and having to taste it again.

Mouthfeel low carbonation, very little aftertaste; flat finish.

Drinkability: I can barely finish one. Even though it is 3 months before the exp. date, it seems flat and on the verge of getting skunky.

I bought the variety pack to try the various Fat Tire Ales and I am very disappointed with the amber ale.

davidvaz, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of mdunman
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear amber with a good head and some linger

S: Malt, some slight hops and spices

T: Starts with malt and spices then finishes with a slight hoppiness.

M: Medium body with good amount of carbonation

I think there was more hoppiness to this beer than the last one I had on tap. Overall still a good beer.

mdunman, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of dataskatt
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a mug. Pours a beautiful medium amber with an inch & a half head. Nice sticky white lacing. Smells biscuity and malty. The taste is medium bodied, with biscuit, malt, and a hint of nuttiness. Mouthfeel is very nice...medium bodied. Very drinkable...not too weak, not too strong. A nicely balanced, highly drinkable beer. Nothing overly special, but I would definitely buy if craving an amber.

dataskatt, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of rjochman
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber/copper color with an inch+ of white head. Leaves nice lacing on the glass throughout the drink. Sweet malty smell that is very clean and crisp. Taste is really clean and smooth. Mouthfeel is medmium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Very easy to drink. Really enjoyed this beer.

rjochman, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of hartsoet
4.4/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very nice medium brown with a 1 inch head. Smell: Very pleasing smell not to overwhelming. Taste: Excellent taste for a highly fast producing beer. Mouth-feel: Pleasing taste inside your mouth,on the first & last of the last taste of my glass. Drink ability : I believe this could find a whey to become a regular beer in my house.

hartsoet, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of aepb1
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A gift from vapodge! Great guy that one!

A- Translucent copper body with a generous sticky white head

S- Bready malts and a bit of fruit hiding in there too

T- Bready malts carry through to the end, I get a bit of hops in the middle/end for a decent balance

M- Medium body, clean and crisp with good carbonation

D- Nice malty beer and a good finish. Quite easy to drink this one.

aepb1, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of nezelrac
4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

so very happy to be able to taste this stuff again!

A - pale orange-amber with 1 finger of fluffy white head; good persistence and some nice lacing

S - nice malty nose; caramel and biscuit notes with a yeast element as well; very clean; hops are bright and crisp; lightly grassy

T - clean, layered malt; caramel, biscuit, and yeast again; tastes slightly German; a little toasty; biscuit malt through the middle

M - mid-weight and nearly creamy-textured from the CO2; good delineation

D - highly drinkable; very delicious; one of my favorite beers

nezelrac, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of thedoubler55
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- See through amber color, with very minimal head and slight lacing around the glass

S- Smell of fresh baked bread and some citrus notes

T- Taste like bread almost, nothing to spectacular, but not bad tasting at all

M- Watery with slight carbonation

D- Very drinkable, great beer for the beach or a hot summers day. Refreshing

thedoubler55, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of stakem
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle care of Pete, thanks man and thanks to Mike for bring it home from Texas. The presentation is a brown format bottle that is "westvleterenesque" in the way it has a small raised collar around the neck of the glass. Best before dating of February.

Poured into a pub glass, this brew appears a clear golden copper color that is quite clear except for the tiny particulate floating around in suspension. It displays just shy of 2 fingers worth of slightly yellowish stained head that is creamy. It recedes back to a thin layering across the top and leaves a webbing of patchy lace about the glass.

The aroma includes a scent of fresh grains upfront that has a lightly toasted quality. The hops come across with a light fruity scent that is almost like orange-rind. Further inspection reveals a light sulfur note towards the back end of the nose. Diacetyl comes forward and is evident as this brew warms up.

The taste further encompasses all the aspects included in the nose. A fresh grainy taste is upfront with a flavor of toasted malt that imparts a touch of sweetness which brings out a slight fruity character that is lightly orange-like. The aftertaste has a touch of sulfur and buttery notes of diacetyl that linger in the mouth with a light yeastiness and bready grain.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is well rounded and a fine example of the style. The alcohol is well hidden and it is quite drinkable. The good aspects of this brew far outweigh the negative, there is a reason these guys have been around for 20 years now.

stakem, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of secondtooth
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A classic, and an old favorite revisited here for review purposes.
Pours an attractive golden, with a big and frothy head.
This flagship New Belgium amber ale boasts of a fine nose that recalls biscuity yeast and a slight fruit undertone.
Taste is malty and bready, like toast with a hint of spice.
Enjoyable and an easy drinker.

secondtooth, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of jbartlett89
4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

pours a nice golden color with a thick creamy head the leave tons of nice lacing. smells sweet and malty.taste is really good semi sweet nice hoppy slight malt with lots of carbonation. nice huge bubbly mouthfeel and very very drinkable at anytime...

jbartlett89, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of treehugginslug
4.95/5  rDev +37.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Good, but really, who cares about color.

S - So good, this is the perfect mix of sweet caramel malt and hops.

T - Balanced and effervescent, the taste is almost like there are herbal elements to the beer.

M - Perfect amount of carbonation.

D - I could drink a six pack so easily.

Whould I buy it again: Absolutely
Would I recommend it to a friend: Absolutely
Would I drink it if I was offered at a party: Absolutely
Would my wife drink it: Yes
Overall: This is my favorite beer, hands down. It has the perfect balance of malt and hops. Very effervescent and so drinkable.

treehugginslug, Jan 20, 2011
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

boudreaux, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of morimech
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 emmasdad
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this one so many times, in many different formats, and it always struck me as a serviceable beer for many occasions, and one readily available in many bars locally. My favorite experience with this one took place on Halloween, '03 or '04, trick-or-treating with 4 kids on a cold, nasty, snowy night, shivering on a doorstep in Littleton. The door opened, the lady smiled and offered us a beer. Fat Tire in the snow, freezing cold (us and the beer), I can't recall many beers better than that one.

emmasdad, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of sommersb
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a New Belgium globe from a 12 oz bottle with best by date of 02-06-11.

A: Clear, bright orange color with a white head 1 finger high. Little lacing on the glass and a good amount of carbonation

S: Not a whole lot of aroma here -- I get some bready malts and pine hops smell.

T: Taste is not very complex, but is a nice balance of malts and hops. Overall character is slightly bitter.

M: Clean, with kind of a thin body. Moderately carbonated and a very slight bitter aftertaste.

D: Nothing too exciting here, but a good, easy to drink session beer.

sommersb, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of richkrull
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer for the first time last night at Crawfish Junction in Johnson Creek, WI. I really liked it. Nice amber color and good head in New Belgium's signature glass. Great tasting beer. I could definitely drink a few more of these in a night.

richkrull, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of steve8robin
2.8/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this to try something new. Have an uncle that likes this stuff, so, let's see. 12oz bottle. Best before 04/03/11...

A: BMC colored. A super clear golden honey with apparent carbonation bubbles and a small white head that fades quickly to a lace. Decent.

S: Smells of honey, spices, and faint nutmeg upfront. Not too much else on the nose.

T: Definitely better than a BMC, but in the same ballpark. I get some spices and metallic breadiness upfront with some nutmeg and cinnamon quickly following. Very watery on the backend.

M: Light body with a very well done carbonation feel. A clean and crisp finish.

D: Goes down very easy which is a testament to the 5.2% ABV and wateriness to the brew.

All in all, this is a great beer for a social gathering with BMC friends. They will definitely enjoy it. A good pounder at a party. For people, like the BA community, who look for more to their beer than a "pounder", then this is not for you. You might enjoy if you like session brews or if you're looking for a BMC conversion brew.

steve8robin, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a pint glass, this beer is a bright orange-amber color with a thick, foamy, dense white head. Coloring is a little pale in comparison to other Ambers. The beer has subtle hops aromas on the nose, blended with nut and earth. The taste is very rounded, with hints of chocolate, nut, and light hops on a roasted malt foundation. Very bold and smooth in mouth, with a pleasant aftertaste of light hops and a hint of sour. Smooth, clean finish. Very easy to drink.

GarthDanielson, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of wspscott
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle in pint glass
no date, but in fridge for a couple months

A: Medium gold color, crystal clear with a thin white head that leaves some lace.
S: A little bready sweetness along with a hint of yeast fruitiness. Relatively muted nose.
T: White bread and crackers, a little bit of graininess. No sign of hops other than a lack of sweetness/slight bitterness in the background.
M: Crisp, slightly dry, medium level of carbonation.
D: This is a perfectly good beer for what it is, i.e. a simple everyday drinker. I have never understood the "love" for this beer, it is good, but not great. Very easy to drink, a good father in law beer. It would probably taste great on a hot day. Thanks to whoever left one in my fridge.

wspscott, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of Guitarctica
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I first heard of this beer from a friend. Apparently it wasn't availabe in Georgia until recently (2009). It happened to be the "beer of the month" at the bar my wife works at so I got a pint on tap. I got a free Fat Tire glass too!

A - It arrived to me with one finger of white head that quickly dissipated. It was a translucent amber that wasn't completely clear. Had decent lacing on the glass.

S - Not much smell to it at all. I was struggling to pick out what I did which was some hops and citrus notes

T - I could taste malts though not the roasted kind, I did detect some "earthiness". There was some sweetness from the wheat and it finished with a hop bitterness.

M - Light body and very smooth. The finish was fairly dry from the hops.

D - Insane drinkability. The taste is pretty good and the smoothness will keep you coming back for more.

Guitarctica, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of Andreji
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Again I have to credit good friend, colleague and fellow beer enthusiast Rafael Bernal for this fantastic gift. I held back from trying it for a few days- my plan was new year's but then i fell asleep- so I popped it today as an ode to my (oh so happy) 1 week vacation.

I like this beer from all perspectives. The pour looks good, a cristal orange hue with a fantastic, tall white head and tonnes of lacing. some fizz within, not too much though.

While the smell doesn't fill the room or is abundant in any way, it is indeed its most complex and intriguing attribute. it morphs somewhat and makes you have to process it for a while. At first it was a dominant cumin like feel, very spicy. maybe even a pure cacao (the non-sweet, 100% pure type). Then again, you go smell it again and it feels like some caramel, some fruitier notes. indeed, complex.

The taste is also very good. It is soft, much unlike what i expected for the beer, but it holds all things good about american beer- a caramel-hop duo, very soft and refreshing, blending and complementing a complex smell. it is very light but by all means tasty. and in spite of a low abv, it has a perceibable boozy undertone that is only complimentary to the whole deal.

Indeed very drinkable, very enjoyable year round. can't wait to get my hands on more New Belgium.

Andreji, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of ADZA
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is my first sampling from this brewery and looking forward to it and on pouring im quite suprised at how light looking it is for an Amber/red ale its a very light golden bronze hue with average carbonation that leaves behind a one finger head that recedes to just a big rim of lacing,the aromas are maple syrup firstly followed by a background of honey coated caramel,the mouthfeel is only average and is definately light bodied with nice carbonation on mouthfeel and the first taste i get is toasty roasted malts nicely balanced by a dash of citrus and mango mid taste and rounded out with a tinge of sticky maple syrup and followed by a sour boiled candy bittersweetness,and overall for my first sample from this brewery i was definately hoping for more and there are alot better American AA/RA's here in Perth to try before this one,but as they say dont knock it till you try it.

ADZA, Jan 08, 2011
Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 6,773 ratings.