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Fischer Tradition Amber - Brasserie Fischer / Fischer Biere d' Alsace

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354 Ratings

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Ratings: 354
Reviews: 265
rAvg: 2.92
pDev: 22.6%
Wants: 1
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Fischer / Fischer Biere d' Alsace visit their website

Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-22-2001

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Ratings: 354 | Reviews: 265
Reviews by BedetheVenerable:
Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.26/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 24oz classy-looking brown flip-top bottle with classic label

Appearance: A hard pour produces a light amber beer with teeny tiny sediment (almost invisible) in suspension and a big pale ivory cap of large bubbles which recedes somewhat quickly but leaves a rocky island in the middle of the glass.

Smell: Uh oh. It smells like a Budweiser or any other macro lager; it's sweet, sugary, and nondescript, with a touch of grain

Taste: Odd. This is not what I was expecting. It's sweet for sure, but not really in that typical American macro-lager sense, as the aromas suggest. There's actually a decent bit of fruitiness to this, especially tart apple, backed with sweet caramel flavors and just a touch of hop bitterness/dryness at the end. Odd, but not bad.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied

Drinkability: Decent

Conclusion: Odd, but not bad; the aromas here had me running for the hills, but the flavors, while simple and a bit strange, are somewhat tasty actually, kind of like a mild caramel apple.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
2.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Saw it in the store a few times and thought I would give it a try (not big on buying anything French right now).Kind of a lighter shade of amber with good head that kept some lace,smell was very pungent and irony with some skunyness to it.Tast was mellow and some what fruity but still a little pungent.Didnt like this one to much let the French stick to wine,although there are a few good French beers out there.

Photo of RoyalT
1.88/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance – Light orange in color with some lively carbonation and a decent head.

Smell – The aroma here is very mild and musty. There’s a bit of cheap malts in there and maybe a hop or two, but otherwise not much else going on.

Taste – Ugh! The front is quite promising with a bit of hoppiness, but the Fischer ashtray is in full effect by the time this hits the back of your tongue. D-scusting.

Mouthfeel – Thin and watery.

Sinkability – A perfect “10” in the “sinkability” category.

Comments – This comes in a 22 oz swing top, which promptly fell off the bottle when I tried to open it. It was almost comical if it all hadn't cost me six bucks.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.13/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #32 (Sep 2009):

A tall, bubbly froth leads quickly to a thin lacing as the head dissipates; crystal-clear amber color. Grainy, sweet aroma with some cooked veggie and creamed corn in the back of the nose. Smooth with a creamy, moderately sized body. Bit of carbonic twang above the malt and hops; maltiness is grainy with a grassy and almost animal-feed-like character. This beer screams "EURO LAGER!" Hops just come across with some bitterness and a faded herbal flavor. Finishes with a faint caramel note before things go a tad dry.

In a pinch, this beer works for a quick lunch beer. While there is nothing too complex here, it does stay drinkable, even for a beer that is brewed with additions of glucose, corn, caramel and ascorbic acid. Come on, they are not German!

Photo of Dmann
2.49/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A pretty boring beer. The beer looked good with a nice amber color and a great fluffy head, but went downhill from there. The smell was non-existant with only a slight malt sweetness detectable. There was not much to the flavor other than an overly buttery sweetness and a mouthfeel that was way too thick for it's own good. There are better beers to spend your money on, thats for sure.

Photo of csmartin6
3.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of Todd
2.22/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Clear and bright amber beer with a massive froth of a creamy ass head that sticks and stays. Metallic in the nose with wet paper aromas -- why me?

Wet paper carries over to the flavour, which leads me to believe that my sample is tainted with some minor oxidation. Sucks, but we move on ... malt flavours are grainy, barely sweet, but there's some fruity flavours that attempt to meld with the citric hop flavours that seems a bit contrived. Again, I'm disappointed. Mouthfeel is smooth-ish, body is light. Finish is clean with some residual grain flavours and a coarse leftovers on the palate.

There's too many beers in the world to waste your time with this one. Cool flip-top ceramic bottle though, but unfortunately that does not make a beer.

Photo of iemailjack
3.5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of Jason
3.68/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz brown flip top with raised glass designs. No freshness date.

Appearance: Crystal clear tawny amber with a thick rocky head that holds up like a champ all the way down to the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Subtle hoppy twang and lots of sweet grain in the nose with hints of apple peel and caramel.

Taste: Moderately bodied with a crisp biting carbonation that helps emphasize the hop bitterness. Clean palate and on the dry side. Mild cidery apple twang and a mouthful of clean grain are the forefront of this brew. Hops linger with the amongst the apple like fruitiness far into the finish.

Notes: A good brew to wash down nearly any kind of cuisine or even to drink as a session brew. A flavourful lager to experience, glad I had a chance to. Flavours are level and well formed, give this one a try.

Photo of cockroach45
2.88/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My first French beer, a dark lager, received as a Christmas present, which I would not have sampled otherwise. Exceptional surprise. Interesting bottle with ceramic cork that pops when released like a bottle of Champagne. It has a slightly sweet taste and heavy body. It doesn't produce a great head. This is good beer to drink when doing something else. Pleasant but not distracting.

Photo of Mantooth
3/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.13/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a very thin and light brown, but impressive color. No head, lacing etc. . .

Aroma was of a rusted metallic shed. Taste was gritty for how thin the beer was. No hops. Malt aspect is just for color. Just not enjoyable really, and was a little too pricey for what it was. I'd probably rather drink BMC. I guess its a decent homebrew bottle.

Photo of ADR
2.01/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Medium brown/golden color with a good 1/2 inch head with character. Husky smell, a little nut and a little sulfur. Seedy flavor, seriously strays toward papery (some reminders of that paste some kids ate in First Grade). Some metallics as well. Light mouthfeel and a bit of a dry finish with some lime. This brew is pretty dang foul, I had to struggle to finish the second glass. At least it comes in singles, but a swing top only has limited amusement value when faced with this mixture of wheat paste and mostly dried rubber cement.

Photo of JIMTRK16
3.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of LXIXME
2.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bit above a glass gives this beer a big white head that dies into a thin off white lacing above a clear honey copper colored beer.

A lightly roasted grain malt aroma without much else if anything else coming through.

A light roasted caramel malt taste with almost a slightly burnt quality.

The light caramel taste follows through in a light dry aftertaste on this medium bodied beer.

For a light caramel malt taste I do believe there are about 5000 beers that would better qualify, yet I have only had maybe a hundred of them. I guess I better do some work.

Photo of Arherring
3.03/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a free McDonald's Coca-Cola glass. ;)

Has a really nice copper penny color. Not terribly vigorous pour yields a solid head with good retention that leaves pretty nice lacing. Aroma is all right, some malt, some light hops but nothing very special. At worst it could be called slightly chemical. Flavor is not overpowering in any way. Hops and malt have a pretty nice balance with a finish that isn't at all objectionable.

Overall a good beer that is very drinkable. It isn't going to wow anybody but I'd drink it if it was put in front of me again.

Photo of HollandTunnels
4/5  rDev +37%

Photo of NJpadreFan
2.59/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Fischer- Amber

A- Clear ruby red with a absolutely huge thick frothy head. Chunky foamy lacing. Good looking beer. Off to a good start here.
S- Very fruity sweet. Grapes, vinegar, corn husk, and creamed corn.
T- Very sweet fruitiness. Mild corn husk with vegetable funkiness. Mild grassy hops with a dry cereal grainy malt finish.
M- Sweet and fruity with a dry grassy ending.

Overall- This 1 looks good but falls flat. A typical Euro Lager. Cool bottle though.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.65/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this with a Vietnamese dish and it paired up perfectly. Poured an amber color with a head that was small but stuck around a good while.

Aroma is light sweet malts, somewhat grassy, mild spiciness.

Flavor is a sweet and soft maltiness, faint dessert spices in the back, but it's really the sweetness that impresses. Not too sweet, definitely not cloying, just a simple, well-rounded flavor. Mouthfeel achieves a softness despite having ample carbonation.

It won't blow your mind, but it's a very drinkable beer if you're looking for something simple and unchallenging and with plenty of integrity.

Photo of Magpie14
2.85/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: rather mild amber color, nice sudsy bleached-white head, globs of wonderful lace as thick as frosting on the glass paired with vibrant bubbles. High marks in this category

S: the smell on the other hand...not as nice as it looks. A whiff of malts and hops and prominent wet cardboard smell/skunk

T: tart apple fruit, malts a touch on the sweet side. Wry crispness and watery-hops that is somewhat refreshing. I would almost venture to say that it has a "cheap" bottle of champagne type feel and taste. It is not that I hate or dislike, I was expecting something different and found myself entertained and mildly surprised

M: light body that has carbonation that reminds me of a macro lager, very fizzy. Kind of reminiscent of a dry apple cider in the aftertaste

D: I would like this beer in the summer on a warm day with some grilled foods, dry breads, and cheese. I find it drinkable none-the-less
A Euro Dark Lager they claim this one to be, first time I have had it and its type. I say you might as well try it

Photo of cokes
2.06/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dull golden bodied. Eruptive pure white sticks around. If nothing else, Fischer has mastered head retention.
Hay, must and rubber on the nose.
Basically a lightly toasted version of the bitter. I had them back to back, and there is not a whole lot of difference. The amber displays the same lemon/lime sourness, but to a lesser degree. Filling the void is some slight toastedness. No real caramel or vienna maltiness. Rubber seems to be Fischer's trademark flavor, and it shows up here again. Alcohol brings some sticky sweetness. It is way too perceived for a brew of this size. Slightly grainy, rustic hops finish this one off....finally.
Medium bodied, but lightly sticky and not all that pleasant in the mouth.
A great big "boo" to Fischer. Unless I need a flip top 22oz bottle, I doubt I'll ever buy anything from them again.

Photo of mempath
3.52/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours an apple cider (vinegar) yellow amber...nice fluffy head dissipates fast with some lacing.

actually smells a bit like a sparkling apple cider. i like it, but can't seem to find other smells i expect or want to smell.

taste is about as crisp as a sparkling cider. flavor is a bit sweet/sour in an interesting way, but mouthfeel is quite thin and there's virtually no finish. i wouldn't say it's 'dry' either...actually very drinkable. great with a sandwich. good alternative to a soda.

Photo of gshoes3
2/5  rDev -31.5%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.07/5  rDev +39.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Its crystal clear amber body reveals golden highlights when held to the light; and it holds its creamy off-white head fairly well leaving thin splashes of lace as it goes. The nose is distinctly malty, caramelish and somewhat nutty. The body is medium and it's very fine carbonation leaves it lightly crisp and then somewhat creamy in the mouth. The maltiness returns to dominate the flavor although some fruitiness and a bit of ethyl acetate make their way through as well. It's balanced towards maltiness with a sublime bitterness yet it still finishes fairly dry. Quite enjoyable, and probably quite nice with some hard cheese and crusty bread.

Photo of Rootdog316
3.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Fisher's Traditional Amber Ale comes in a large bottle with a ceramic stopper, ala Grolsch. Except that it's a brown bottle. And it's French. For you Americans that will instantly hate it for that, don't jump to conclusions. Althought the brewery is technically in France, that part of the country is pretty much in Germany anyway. I mean, it's beer, for Pete's sake. The French don't brew beer, they make whine. Did I spell that right? Heh, I thought it was cute.

So, Fischer Tradtional...Popping the top on this beer, I was immediately struck by the powerful aroma, right out of the bottle. I swear I sat and sniffed this beer for two minutes prior to tasting it. For its immediate assault on the nose, it has a delicate, fruity sweetness that is a pleasure to inhale. This beer is a very pale amber in colour, with a medium, white, foamy head that lasts quite well, and provides a little lacing on the glass. In terms of flavour, the tastebuds are well informed by the nose. As expected, this beer has a pleasant fruity sweetness, that is well balanced by a flowery hop finish. I enjoyed drinking this beer.

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Fischer Tradition Amber from Brasserie Fischer / Fischer Biere d' Alsace
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