Fat Tire Amber Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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Fat Tire Amber AleFat Tire Amber Ale

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Reviews: 1,855
Hads: 7,614
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 186
Gots: 1,504 | FT: 2
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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

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-07-2000

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Photo of Isoruku
2.81/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

God knows why Fat Tire is considered a worthy craft beer. New Belgium have cleverly marketed it as an icon of the micro-brewery phenomenon, but it has to be the one of the least memorable, blandest and unremarkable beers I ever experienced. I suspect that its unthreatening character is precisely why it is often the default "craft beer" in many taverns - the typical person ordering it is the State Farm agent who has an office in the strip mall and his date Tiffany, who drinks it from the bottle.

But give New Belgium credit - they've got a winning product here! One dimensional, boring, and not-too anything (e.g. not-too hoppy, not-too-bitter, not-too-malty).

Fat Tire may be a cash cow, but seekers after a rewarding drinking experience should look elsewhere. (769 characters)

Photo of valdesd1
2.81/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber red hue. Rocky off white 1 finger head. Lots of carbonation apparent.

S: Kind of dry in a way. Not really too much going on really besides the basic smell of toasted barley.

T: Really crisp and refreshing. Dry and biscuit-like. It comes off evenly balanced and has a sweet finish.

M: Well carbonated and light-bodied.

D: Really drinkable. It's a beer that is complex enough to keep you interested while not too excessive on the abv. (448 characters)

Photo of katybee
2.81/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

hmmm. The taste of this ale was puzzling to me. Completely missing the hopping my tastebuds have acclimatized to, and lacking the overt maltiness as well.

pouring a deep golden yellow, creamy foam poured from the unshaken bottle. most impressive head I've seen in a while.

the smell however, was very mildly sour, or dry, somewhat in the way of Guinness...no hops really to balance it. As the beer warmed, this became more present, and on the palate as well.

the taste was different. totally lacking excessive hopping. If present, the hops were mildly greenish and floral, definitely no citrus or pine. Perhaps lightly peppery. But mostly the taste emphasized a biscuity maltiness, not sweet at all, or burnt, chocolate or coffee...just grainy but wholesome and rounded....A bit like a pale light version of Guinness stout or budweiser without the hops.

Very lightly creamy, especially as it warmed up, but only light-medium bodied.

Overall this is a very nuetral beer, a nice change of pace from stouts, black ales, imperial ales, and hop czars. Much more substantial than a PBR, and none of the wheatiness of widbeers and hefweizen.... Don't know that I'd seek it out, though. (1,184 characters)

Photo of zimm421
2.82/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Appears a beautiful deep amber that is very clear. The head is off-white, fairly thin, but has some lacing left behind.

The nose is all sweetness, with loads of caramel. That's it. One-dimensional. The taste is bland. Again, no complexity here just caramel and breadiness. A slight touch of bitterness on the back-end which attempts to balance it out, but fails.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lot of stickiness on the back side. Carbonation levels are too low, and I think bumping them up a touch could improve this quite a bit. Overall, a good entry-level brew, and a great way to bring people into craft beer, but not something I ever reach for any more. Had to grab it now just to mark it off the list... (773 characters)

Photo of likestoswallow
2.82/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

From 22 oz bottle. Pours a rich copper-gold with an off white head that foamed up furiously then promptly disappeared. Aroma was very light malt. Flavor was mild with a distinct nuttiness--pistachio and peanuts in a semisweet backdrop. Hops and carbonation were undeveloped and weak. Mouthfeel was thin and less than fulfilling. Finish was short. Not likely to drink again, this beer tasted like it was specifically crafted for weak beer fans--and that is not me. (463 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
2.83/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to bm0095 for the bottle, had been wanting to try this for a while.

Pours a c;ear. clean amber with a sall white head that quickly faded leaving some soft white clingy lace. There was no real smell to this, maybe the slightest bready smell, but really nothing at all. The taste was about the same, bland. Again slight hints of bready, but no real strong flavor or body, almost thought it was a macro. I was really not impressed with this, as New Belgium has a pretty good rep, maybe I just need to try one of their bigger beers. (538 characters)

Photo of MowryJC
2.83/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

A - Crystal clear amber color, with a low to moderate head that settles fairly quickly. Leaves light lacing down the glass as it is drunk.

S - Biscuity, with a bit of caramel as it warms up. A touch of earthy hops on the back end.

T - Meh. A flat taste of maltiness that delivers on the biscuit aroma. Not much of a hop balance to it, and a bit cloying.

M - About what I'd expect from the style, the carbonation is pleasant, and the body is fairly balanced.

D - Pretty drinkable if it weren't for the lack of balance. I could throw a few of these back, but the slight cloying character of the beer would wear on me with each serving.

Overall, not too much to write home about. I'd take it over a Budweiser, but not something I'll be seeking out again. (804 characters)

Photo of Wetpaperbag
2.83/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Alright I don't like this beer in the bottle or on tap, but I'm going to give it a try in the can as everyone I've talked to said it is better in the can...we will see.

A- Amber in color with very little head. The head that is there is very white.

S- The smell is caramely with a large grain smell.

T- The beer is malty for sure, not hoppy in the least especially for a red ale. There is a slight bitter taste that leaves a weird taste in your mouth. This is not better in a can to say the least.

M- Feels like beer in the mouth, with a bitter taste.

D- Drinks like beer....a thicker Macro styled beer. (608 characters)

Photo of SickBrew
2.83/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I think this is the first "can" conditioned beer I've had, at least that I'm aware of. However, it's not much different than the bottled version.

Appearance is better than average and it does leave some lacing. It does look more like an IPA than an amber, however. Taste is a bit dry and there's a heavy earthy component that just doesn't sit well with me. I find it off putting. Body is medium light and than can conditioning resulted in good carbonation.

If you where golfing and your choice is a domestic can or Fat Tire in a can, I would go with Fat Tire. (562 characters)

Photo of Crossmd
2.83/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured 45 degrees into a tulip glass.

Pours a lucid red-amber with a 1.5 finger head that dissipates with some lacing.

Smells of a biscuit-pastry with a very odd wet-metallic, or urine smell. Maybe a slight herbal quality? Not really all that pleasing or complex. I'm trying to taste this more than smell it.

Taste is of a smooth, but one dimensional and unassertive. Some toasted malts with a slight coffee or carame only on the very beginning of the drydown. This beer is like that one friend that you have that comes to hang out with you but never says anything and just stares at women in the bar. Really sort of tepid, forgettable.

Overall, it calls itself an amber, but it drinks pretty thin. The ambers that i want to drink are robust, hearty often autumnal ales. This is feels like a "light amber" beer. Not well balanced in terms of smell and flavor, and for an additional two or three dollars you can probably get yourself something a lot more special. Not unplesant, but really nothing close to anything worth writing home about. Probably won't be picking this up again.

78.  (1,092 characters)

Photo of UncleFlip
2.84/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Honey coloured liquid- ever so slightly hazy. Modest off white head falls at a decent rate, leaving just a bit of lace behind.

Loses some major points on smell. There's not much there to go on, but what there is smells a bit ashy and old. Hopefully the flavour is better. :)

Flavour is kind of raw grainy, with not much else going on. There's just a hint of hop bitterness under.

Liquid is just the thin side of medium. Carbonation is prominent, but not annoying.

Drinkability is OK....but I give it marks off because it's a personal rating, and I'm just not that crazy about this one. If there were more going on with it, maybe it'd do better.

Be well
-UF (672 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
2.84/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- light copper, minimal head, almost no lacing

S- amber malts and nuts

T- similar to aroma, amber ale with a nutty finish.

M- light bodied. Very easy drinkin. Carbonation very low.

O- ok to drink when no other craft beer is available. I ca see why this is a gateway craft beer. (282 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
2.86/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From a 12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic glass. Pours a clear orange amber hue with a decent looking but short lived head. Lacing is well represented yet thin and fleeting.

Smell is overwhelmingly of hazelnut and burnt malts. Smells like Frangelico. This is a rather popular beer so I guess some people like that in a beer. I don't care for it.

Tastes of biscuity roasted malts. Medium bodied yet concludes with that roasted malt and nut flavor I so don't enjoy, and it is a bit thin. I call the drinkability average because I'm already numbing my taste buds. One thing this brew has going for it is the lack of over the top sweetness common in some ambers. Perhaps it could use a little more. (696 characters)

Photo of bashiba
2.86/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a nice amber color with a huge fluffy tan.

Has a big bready smell.

The flavor is light with a big buiscuity flavor. All toasted malt with no hops. Has an odd sourness to it.

The mouthfeel is thin and bubbly.

Very average overall, does not live up to the hype. (270 characters)

Photo of peabody
2.86/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours out very clear with the look of an Iced tea.
Smells like Tadpole water. Mabey a hint of orange yeast. No alcohol is present in the nose.
Damn, this one is hard to describe. Almost taste like 2 day old tea.
It is like you are drinking stinky air.
It is not a nasty aftertaste, in fact it is a nice aftertaste compared to the gross flavor.
I suppose you could session this beer, but with the lack of flavors in the thing it is best to try it and leave it. (464 characters)

Photo of sogrady
2.86/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When I moved out to Colorado a little less than ten years ago, Fat Tire was all the rage. I'm not sure if it was because New Belgium was early to market or because New Belgium, but either way it's not The Beer out west anymore, it's just one among many. Albeit a popular one.

The color is the most impressive thing about the beer, as it's a deep ruby color with admirable clarity. Unfortunately, the taste doesn't live up to the presentation, as the beer is to my taste overly malty with an aftertaste of slightly charred wood.

To be fair, ambers are not generally my favorite beer, but even making allowances for that fact, it's relatively pedestrian in my view.

Not awful, and certainly drinkable, but undistinguished in a landscape that is far more competitive than when the line launched . (799 characters)

Photo of Clydesdale
2.86/5  rDev -21%
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. (865 characters)

Photo of goodbyeohio
2.86/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a light orange, looks lagery. smell is mild roasted malts and taste is nothing impressive at all. almost like a sam adams clone. mild hop notes add something but a metallic aftertaste takes it right away. if 'refreshing' is the best thing i can say about a beer, you know that means trouble. not terrible, but a truly mediocre microbrew. if i had access to it, it might be a lawnmower beer.. but having to have it shipped puts it in the disappointment column. (465 characters)

Photo of jujubeast6000
2.86/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 8/19/2008 (bottle BB10Oct08):

Pours an orangish amber body. Big foamy orangish-white head. Head has good lacing & is lasting. Very malty hoppy aroma, some grapefruit. But lots of Engish-style malts. Some malts in the taste, nuttiness. Some spiciness, maybe a little hoppiness. Some breadiness. (303 characters)

Photo of rtepiak
2.86/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

solid clear amber. small head turned to ring on glass. heavy malt and bread. cheap yeasty bread smell, and taste. some hop lingers. malt is earthy wood. not too developed but exchanges with malt and yeastiness... wood pulk. malt. wonderbread yeast. sugar. not very interesting. tastes like a test tube... or carpeting. (318 characters)

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
2.88/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Amber with a decent head and fair lacing. Mostly clear.

Smells slightly grainy with some malt and sweet notes.

Tastes OK. More like an ESB to me... there's that something of a taste I can't quite put my finger on, but it's overly pungent. Caramel malts are very dominating. A little bit of sweet.

Feels pretty good, medium bodied and well carbonated.

There are far better and more drinkable beers from this brewer. I doubt I'll buy this one again. (452 characters)

Photo of noremorse1
2.88/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Now that I live out in Washington (having moved from Michigan) certain beers are now available to me. Beers like the infamous Fat Tire from New Belgium Brewing. Why not buy a 6 pack and give it a review.

Pour is a light amber with a medium amount of head that seems not to want to go anywhere. Mild lacing.

Smell is caramel, bready yeast, malt... grandmas musty attic.

Taste is nothing insane, but decent. Toasty with a strong taste of malt and bread.

I could drink a few of these. Nothing outstanding, but a decent beer none-the-less. However, I am told it tastes better on tap and in Colorado. (599 characters)

Photo of aaronh
2.88/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly dark amber, topped by a thin white head. Aroma consists of a hint of malt and not much else. Flavor has a hint of malt sweetness and finishes dry. Bitterness is subdued. Mouthfeel is a bit prickly and the beer seems very astringent. Almost leaves a woody aftertaste as well. I've tried this beer 3 times at 3 different locations in the last month, and every time, one is more than enough. Not a bad beer, just not anything memorable either. I'd recommend a Breckenridge Amber instead. (501 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.89/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of BeerandBlues2: Poured a medium amber color ale with a nice foamy head with some pretty good retention and lacing. Aroma of medium caramel malt with some light floral hops. Taste of light caramel malt with a light hoppy finish is missing in character and fall behind some of the other wonderful offering from this brewery. (340 characters)

Photo of WetCoaster
2.89/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Crystal clear honey amber. Thin white head with marginal retention. Fine, mildly active carbonation. Collar throughout.

Smell: Hmm. A bit of yeast, mildly citrusy/floral, a hint of malt--just a hint, period.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Basically, like drinking a slice of supermarket honey wheat bread. Bit of yeast, slightly nutty, slightly metallic. Finish is slightly... God, who cares, this is pointless. Mouthfeel is EXTREMELY thin and a bit fizzy. Yawn.

Drinkability: So light, you could probably drink one and never realize it. Whether that's good or bad is up to you, I suppose.

I don't know why this beer is so popular. So meek, so weak, and then to add insult to injury, so freakin' expensive--total waste of time, IMHO. Never again. (756 characters)

Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 1,855 ratings.