Fat Tire Amber Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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Fat Tire Amber AleFat Tire Amber Ale

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7,120 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,120
Reviews: 1,829
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 153
Gots: 953 | FT: 1
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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 thegingninj
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

bear with me, I've been on this site for a couple of years but have yet to review a beer.

Saw a super cheap 12pack of fat tire cans at the local grocery store in portland (where I've just moved, from NC and we don't get FT cans there)-- decided to give it a go.

despite its (due) rep. as being one of the most "macro" microbrews, this beer deserves the praise and popularity that has received. It's got a unique characteristic (that I don't know how to put into words) that separates it from any standard amber, and in due time with reviewing beers I hope to be able tell you exactly what that characteristic is!

Overall- a very good, sessionable brew.

Photo of LuthersMug
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer just got distributed in Roanoke, Va. I had some friends that recommended it, so I gave it a try.

A - By far the best part of the beer. A nice vibrant copper color, clear. Nice 1 inch head that retained well. Sticky lacing throughout.

S - Not that strong, earth and biscuits.

T - Biscuits and strong malts. A tiny bit of hops at the end, muted.

M - Good.

O - A good beer, glad I tried it.

Photo of SkitzIrish3
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale amber with plenty of bubbles floating up to a finger of sticky foam.

Floral hops aid the toasty and biscuity malt aroma. Taste follows the nose; creamy mouthfeel.

Not much for me to say about Fat Tire other than it is sessionable, tasty, and a go to brew when craving the style.

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 22oz bomber to nonic pint glass on 8/24/11
*From notes

A: Clean, rich autumn amber. A standard pour yields a 2.5 finger head and some surprising, quality lacing.

S: Grainy, nutty. To be honest, it smells just like a box of freshly opened Cheerios.

T: Smooth and crisp. Again, the most up front quality here is the earthy grain. There's a lot of it, from start to finish. There's a touch of hop oil on the back end and finish that helps to liven things up.

M: Wonderful. It's got a layered texture to it that really adds something to the overall presentation, making come across a bit more complex then it actually is.

O: New Belgium's Fat Tire is pretty much what I expected: flavorful, quaffable and easy on the wallet. Add it all up and you've got a quality session-ish beer that won't challenge your tastebuds too much, and should pair inoffensively with a multitude of dishes.

Welcome to Northern Virginia, New Belgium!

Photo of sonnybrew
4.55/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright, crystal clear amber, minimal to moderate head with no lacing in glass.

S: Very slight hop smell, with a malty sweetness dominating aroma.

T: Exceptionally clean, malty with a hint of chocolate towards the end. No distracting aftertaste, and hop assertiveness is minimal.

M: Moderate mouthfeel without being too thin.

O: Excellent beer for style and well suitable for those who do not prefer an assertive hop presence. Very clean and can be an everyday goto beer.

Photo of gtermi
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A nice "regular" looking beer. Nothing too special about it, just looks like a nice tasty beer.

S: I am picking up a mild hoppy smell, with a bit of sweetness.

T: Very settle at first, kind of water, but very smooth. A lingering hop taste at the very end.

M: A slight carbonation, but doesn't make you burp a lot. A slight crisp feel

Overall this is one of my favorite session beers. It's a good price, great taste and very tasty. Not the greatest beer I have ever had, but a very solid beer.

Photo of tlazaroff
4.47/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Perfectly clear, amber color with a bright, printer-paper white head that sticks to the glass in nice lacing patterns.

S: Toasted bread and a touch of sweet caramel. Earth-like and Floral hops in the background, and an overall impression of freshly milled caramel malt.

T: Not complex, but delivers on all fronts. It starts with a nice caramel flavor that carries the beer through tasting. The mid-palate has a touch of floral hops, and it finishes with burt caramel.

M: Moderately carbonated and medium bodied, the beer foams somewhat on the palate while consuming.

D: Great drinkability, this is an excellent go-to beer.

Photo of theRooster90
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Through the beginning of college I always hated the Coors light and Bud light everyone had at parties. So one day I decided to pick this up as it looked a bit more appetizing.

From bottle poured into glass.

Amber color, not horrible looking. Very small head that disappeared very quickly.

Smell was actually pretty good in my opinion. Hints of malt and very small overtones of fruit.

Taste was good as well sort of chocolaty at the front with a small carbonation bite at the back of the mouth.

Mouthfeel was fine until I sessioned this beer to which it eventually gave me a film around my mouth. Not too pleasant.

Overall a good choice of beer if you absolutely can't find any micro-brews and you have to go to Wal-mart.

Photo of afdempse
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bomber poured into a chalice

Pours an amber color reminiscent of apple juice. Light beige head dwindles to a thin veil rather quickly.

Very faint aroma of sweet malt with some fruity notes.

Flavor is extremely subdued. Malty sweetness with biscuity tones. Bitterness is low for the style, and hops are a fleeting afterthought, going virtually undetected in the flavor.

Rather thin feel, almost macro-ish. Nothing offensive here, but nothing special, either. Semi-dry in the finish, with a lingering dextrin-laced bitterness.

I could see drinking a couple of these if it was the only "better" beer on draft at a restaurant, but I certainly wouldn't go out of my way to buy it again. New Belgium's weakest offering, IMHO.

Photo of cbarrett4
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As usual for New Belgium, pours with that signature persistent head that fades to that sticky lace. Good amber hue with some dull highlights. Very clear, bubbly, commercialized appearance.

Not complex on the nose. Mostly bready yeast and caramel malt. A bit herbaceous. On the palate is more bread, biscuit, toast, (can I come up with any more bready descriptors?), some caramel, herbs, and lightly roasted malt. Body is actually light but doesn't seem thin which is an amazing feat. Crisp and clean on the finish, no overly bitter notes.

Overall this is the definition of drinkable. Nothing really screams "awesome". They play it safe in a good way. Consistency.

Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of vandemonian
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Belgium Fat Tire is a pleasant, mildly flavoured and very drinkable amber ale.

A: Yellow orange colour and a 5 mm head that fades to some lacing. 4

S: Quite malty with some woodiness. Not strongly hoppy. 3.5

T: Malty with some woody/earthy flavour. It almost tastes like a rye beer. I likey. 4

M: Foamy. 4

O: Lacks the delicious hoppiness and strong maltiness of the great Amber ales. 4

Photo of goldbot
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Been looking to try this one for a while. This is the "2011 Washington D.C. Commemorative Beer-elation With Representation" 22 oz. bottle. I'm glad to try all of New Belgium's offerings finally after only hearing about them for so long.

Pours a nice amber color with a slight haze and plenty of foamy, white head that sticks around. Good carbonation. The aroma is very malty and bready. Earthy, a bit floral with hints of hops. Flavor as well - mostly malt and bread or grain; a bit of caramel sweetness as well. Slightly bitter and floral hoppiness. Well balanced with a crisp finish. A perfectly adequate beer for any occasion. I will definitely purchase again.

Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Woodychandler comed through again with yet another canned beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden/brownish color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, a touch of hops. Taste is caramel malts up front, hops kicking in towards the finish. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

Photo of AnonWut
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a mug, just for the fun of it.

Appearance: Nice light amber color. As crystal clear as amber gets. Little to no head after it settles.

Smell: Reminiscent of cheese. I'm not kidding. It's no wonder that cheddar cheese is a good mix with this style of beer. It absolutely fits so well. But the smell is actually quite tame... too much. You can hardly smell much at all.

Mouthfeel: Lightly fizzy and super smooth. Nothing to complain about. It's definitely a drinker. It's even smoother on tap.

Taste: Simple, yet, good. Very much the same aftertaste as cheddar cheese, which is why that pairing is an excellent choice. Underwhelming immediate taste but just a lovely aftertaste. Not much complexity, but who cares, right?

Overall: A good beer and one of my favorites to pick up when you're at a bar that doesn't necessarily serve good beer or at a supermarket and just want a beer on a whim. It's a craft beer that really shines and I'm glad it's more popular now more than ever. Definitely would recommend when there's nothing else on tap.

Photo of chodinheaven
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear amber colored beer with nice sized white head that dissapates down to a patchy film. Decent amount of visible carbonation. Sharp grapefruit hops are picked up on the nose as well as a bittersweet smelling maltiness that makes me wonder.

Acidic but malty, with a piney kind of hop that is overpowered by complex buscuity malts. The hops are there to help out the balance, but in my opinion, the balance is a little off. A tad too much of the toastiness boasted on the bottle and not enough of the hop freshness, even in a fresh bottle. The hops that are there contribute a bite in the back that tries to balance but doesn't quite get there. This could be a personal preference thing, so I am giving the benefit of the doubt a little, but something is not quite meshing for me. Crisp, clean and dry finish that is spot on for the style though.

All things considered, not a bad beer and definitely worth the try, but I don't know if I get all the hype for it. Pick it up if you see it though and give it a shot for yourself.

Photo of Siriusfisherman
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type: Bottle poured into 12oz challis

Appearance: A dark clear body, dark amber or brownish-red. About one and a half fingers of frothy, fine foam on top.

Smell: Subtle, but malty and hoppy.

Taste: Very crisp and malty once it enters your mouth, somewhat of a burnt taste. It goes with the burnt flavor dying away and a hoppy finish coming into play. Easy to drink, very full flavor.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is mild and tingles a little while after a little while. This does not compliment the taste very well, but does not infringe upon it very much either.

Overall: A very drinkable, dark amber ale. It has great flavor and great head making it quite an appealing bear to sip and look at. It is however, missing something. I cannot put my finger on it but I must say it fell short of my expectations I had for it. With that said though, I would not turn my shoulder to it if my friend brought it to the lake to have a drink, it is easy to drink and has a very nice flavor.

Photo of Clydesdale
2.85/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a bright, clear orange-gold color. The off-white head is fairly tall, with a densely frothy texture. A nice splattering of lacing sticks to the glass as the head recedes.

S: Mostly pale malt aroma here. Some light, sweetish caramel and toasty/bready notes are also available. Lightly earthy and spicy hop aromas contribute to a degree. A soft, faint tartness lurks in the background.

T: A bit toasty and bready up front. Mild caramel sweetness is present. A faint hop bitterness adds some balance, with a minor earthy flavor. A bit of yeasty tartness in the finish.

M: Rather light-bodied. Carbonation is average. A modestly dry finish doesn't prevent the mouthfeel from being fairly watery overall.

D: Quite inoffensive, in both good and bad ways. It drinks relatively easily, but there's just not much flavor or body to make this very interesting.

Photo of larryi86
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- A clear amber color with a one finger white head.

S- Sweet biscuity malts, touch of citrus hopes.

T- Toasted, beardy malts, some hops in the finish. Not bad, but nothing special.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- This isn't a bad beer, just very average. I would not seek this out again, but maybe pick it up to share with someone who looking to start trying craft beer. I was expecting a lot more from this, really feel short compared to the other two beers, La Folie and Clutch, that I had from New Belgium

Photo of Chaney
2.58/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Well to DC New Belgium!

Best by 11 Dec 2011.

Poured into a Cigar City snifter.

A: Poured a melted Jolly Rancher orange-red.... more on the orange side come to think of it. Nice fluff to the cottony head, with retention to boot.

S: Malty, biscuit-like, with a slight bit of crisp hoppiness. It delivers a fair amount of aroma, but not too much.

T: Not diggin it... I got sort of a stomach acid-like taste to it, with a somewhat chalky palate profile in place of the usual hop fruitiness found in a lot of ambers. Have you ever tried stale brown sugar before? This is honestly the best descriptor.

M: The carbonation was fine, but after a couple of sips, I honestly didn't care any more. The lacing was cobweb-lke.

O: When the world ends, this beer will survive, along with Yuengling Lager... and Sam Adams Boston Lager.... and AB products... and countless other brews that non-craft beer people constantly bring up when the subject of craft beer is mentioned.

Photo of rootbeerman
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"2011 Virginia Commemorative" label

A: pours clear amber, head is about a finger and a half thick and settles to a chunky layer, leaves some lacing.
S: slightly spicy fruity aroma, biscuity malt.
T: like the bottle says, toasty, and biscuity malt. Hop is lightly grassy and floral.
M: clean, smooth carbonation
O: its easy drinking, nothing strange or wild and crazy. Can it and I'd buy it like a macro lager

Photo of Marty30
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at fridge temp.

A. A ruby red body with a golden hue. Nice 2 finger offwhite head. Good lacing.

S. Smell of biscuity malts and a little bit of hops.Maybe a bit of caramel.

T. Taste follows the smell. At first I get some earthy notes like bread crust,then in the middle I get nice toffee and a bit of caramel followed by a small hop bite.

M. Mouth is a medium feel with good carbonation present. A nice smooth finish.

Overall This is my first time drinking this,not a bad beer at all. nothing special but solid.

Photo of GeoJ
2.58/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Big foo-fraw about Fat Tire going on sale in the Richmond VA area - Decent sale price at Martin's Supermarket as a promotion. Two 22oz. for $6.00

Poured into a pint glass. Appearance does not strike me as an "Amber Ale" - More of a golden wheat color.

1-finger head that disappears quickly - minimal lacing.

The only way I can honestly describe everything else about this beer is that I'm not the slightest bit impressed, considering the amount of hype it has gotten. Fairly boring brew that for the life of me tastes like nothing more than *slightly* better version of a run-of-the mill adjunct lager. Smooth drinkability, but it also has a lingering, metallic aftertaste that I personally can't abide.

Not that it's truly offensive or "bad" ... it's just ... meh.

Photo of smakawhat
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Nice label, 2011 Washington DC Commemorative Beer-Elation With Representation. Neat!

Out of the bottle, fat tire pours a gold color hitting the glass and presenting a more orange copper amber. Some rising carbonation but with a two finger small head that is sort of weak and foamy without much retention. Leaves a simple puck while drinking.

Bouquet is a toasty malt but also kind of grassy reminding me more of an Irish Red Ale. Good grain behind this with lots of toast, but this grass smell throws me off.

Taste is mostly missing a lot of what is on the nose. Gas carbonation on the palate mixed with grass mild hop. Weak texture and a little wet, with a mild toast finish.

Overall this is kind of boring, it really lacks a strong malt presence, has a weak texture and taste, and the nose while good, does not remind me of a nice amber. I have no desire to have this again. I would describe partaking of this drink as one big fat giant non event.

Photo of bugaboo416
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: golden amber in color, weak legs and moderate head that dissipated after a few minutes

S: biscuit malt, barely discernable hop aroma

T: malty and slightly earthy with weak lingering spicyness and a light sweetness throughout

M: light and airy though as it warms, it leans towards medium bodied.

O: First impressions is it is a malty ale , very sessionable with a light hoppines. Not something I would go out of my way to get but a drinkable pint with low complexity.

Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 7,120 ratings.