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

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Fischer Tradition AmberFischer Tradition Amber

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BA SCORE
68
poor

346 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 346
Reviews: 264
rAvg: 2.92
pDev: 22.95%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Fischer / Fischer Biere d' Alsace visit their website
France

Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-22-2001)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.8/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear light orange-yellow color with a 1 inch off-white head that fades to a thin film on the top of the beer. Random thin rings and spots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smells of biscuits and skunk. Taste is actually pretty decent though with sweet malt/biscuit and a bit of a citrus zest hop presence on the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a prickly yet smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer with a slightly bad smell and a slightly good taste. I probably wouldn't get this one again.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.03/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear light copper in color, the beer has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that slowly died down and left some patches of bubbles on the surface along with a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and left some rings of bubbles running down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of malts and apple cider in the nose along with hints of earthy yeast.
T: The taste has flavors of grainy and caramel malts along with a bit of sweetness and hints of apple cider.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit smooth on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Although nothing really stands out about the taste, this beer is very easy to drink and goes down easily.

metter98, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of brentk56
2.55/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a beautiful hazy honey colored body with a bountiful head that leaves plenty of lace

Smell: What an atrocious odor - smells like a urinal

Taste: A little sweet and caramelly, with an aftertaste that is reminiscent of the aroma

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and fizzy

Drinkability: Piss poor...drain pour; nice bottle; lousy beer

brentk56, Mar 16, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly more tangerine than amber, a slightly darker color arrived at by the use of a little roasted malt. The chalk colored crown has terrific texture. It appears to be milkshake thick, features all manner of attractive topography, lasts for a while and is beginning to lay down some pretty good looking lace.

Tradition Amber is an amber ale. The nose is moderately toasted grain-like, with a nutty-earthy vibe that isn't bad at all. No great shakes, but better than expected after the less than stellar Fischer Bitter.

This is decent beer for what it is. It's nowhere near as good, of course, but it reminds me of a poor man's Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold (with the addition of ale yeast fruitiness). Both beers have a similar flavor profile with a good sweet-bitter balance. The ABVs are even close (5.8% vs. 6.0%).

Amber has nowhere near Gold's depth and it doesn't hold up all that well to close scrutiny. The sweetish malts deliver a hint of steely caramel and a baked nuttiness. The noble hops add an herbal-earthiness and a fair amount of tea leaf bitterness. This is good enough beer if we don't dive too deep or think about it too much.

The body/mouthfeel is a fraction light for the ABV, though it isn't too shabby. The score dips below average because it doesn't hold on long enough on the finish, which is partly due to a shortage of bubbles. A better mouthfeel might have been able to increase the scores on either side of it.

In the end, Fischer Tradition Amber is a capable enough amber ale. If you're a Francophile, dive right in. The rest of us will stick with the dozens upon dozens of American ambers that are just as good or better. Bottom line: unless you celebrate Bastille Day every July, give this one a pass.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of BEERchitect
3.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Fischer Amber seems to have all the halmarks of a standard German Lager- a soft and elegant malt flavor and feel with light herbal hops.

A beautiful beer that shows a bright amber color that seems to glow in the glass. Brilliantly clear and carries a stark white head that lingers through the session, leaving a lot of lacing behind.

Aromas are balanced between medium kilned malts (giving bread crusts and light caramel flavor) and water soaked grains. Yea, I prefer the balance here to tilt toward the malts but the light astringency that accompanies the grain flavor accentuates the alkaline and mineral content of the beer. This hurts the softness a bit but gives the beer a buffer against the straight-forward malt base.

Hop bitterness doesn't quite balance the beer but does keep the beer from becomming cloying while offering a nice herbal tone to taste. The beer ultimately dissapoints a bit because of it's one-dimentional malt/grain ratio and harsh (astringent) mouthfeel.

BEERchitect, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of Phyl21ca
1.95/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a bright golden color ale with a medium bubbly white head with good retention. Aroma of cereal and light sweet notes are quite simple. Taste is also dominated by lightly sweet cereals with not much other characteristics. Body is about average with good carbonation. Not bad as much as terribly boring.

Phyl21ca, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of mikesgroove
2.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

And the bottom of the barrel takes a beating again today, got off early and hit up greans and bilo and grabbed what I could, this should be a fun night. Served cold and poured into my pint glass, consumed on 08/23/2010

grabbed this bottle off the shelf as i really could not believe it ws in the bottom list, and i still dont think it was terrible. pours a light hazelnut brown with a thin whispy head that fades very quickly an leaves behind no lacing what so ever.

aroma is dull caramel, light grains, touches of bread but not much else. just seems rather thin to be honest an the feel was extremely thin. light malts, a touch of caramel but again all very, very thin.

overall i expected more based on the look of the bottle but i cannot say it was horrible, just suffered from too thin of a feel.

mikesgroove, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of jaydoc
2.75/5  rDev -5.8%

jaydoc, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
2.03/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer is one of those where I just needed one more to fill up a 6 pack on a beer run. I saw the Fischer and it caught my eye. The bottle reminded me of a Grolsch bottle just a different color. Anyway the I poured this beer out and it was a little darker in color that I thought it'd be. The aromas were of malts and other grains, kind of earthy. The taste was pretty boring, tasted kind of like a regular lager but on a weaker note. This beer just wasn't impressive at all to me. I've only had maybe 1 or 2 French beers that were good and this wasn't one of them.

Knapp85, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.63/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, light amber body with a near white head that peters out fairly quickly.

Smell: Meager breadiness and faint nutty, caramel notes and a wash of fruitiness like sniffing a pitcher of fresh sangria blanca.

Taste: Washed out, watery tastes of nutty, faintly sweet caramel and salted bread speckled with brown sugar. Fruitiness akin to a splash of Mott's apple juice and white wine. Mild herbaceous hop character with a light, balancing bitterness. Small touch of alcohol warmth. Finishes relatively crisp with lingering tastes of bread and apple.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation. Soft mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A tad simplistic and ordinary, but it's goodly quenching as I sit here in muggy GA with the AC on the fritz. For being light in flavor, I would prefer to see less alcohol, but it's no big deal, I suppose.

ChainGangGuy, May 25, 2010
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.

oberon, Mar 27, 2003
Photo of zeff80
3.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, amber color with a small head.

S - Smelled of malt and citrus.

T - Malt flavor is roasted and the citrus flavor comes out more (orange-like).

M - Full and crisp. It is medium bodied.

D - It is a pretty good beer. Maybe one of the best I've had from France (I think I've only had about 5 French beers!)

zeff80, Jul 20, 2006
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.08/5  rDev +39.7%
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.

NeroFiddled, Oct 24, 2003
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.51/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

probably not as bad as indicated here, but a rather plain take on the style. the pour from the brown flip top bottle is the best feature, developing almost a nitro looking cream head above a bronze tinted liquid. the nose is sweet, like fresh baked desserts all lined up. pie crust flavors also abound, with minimal hop presence and a bit of unfermented sugar left over in the finish. nothing off or offensive in my bottle. not sure why such low scores for this here. medium body, it drinks pretty well, but the finish is quite sweet. fine carbonation and the head has lasted roughly the whole glass. not everyday I get to drink beer from france, so this was a treat, despite being a relatively ordinary brew.

StonedTrippin, Jul 21, 2013
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.

Jason, Aug 22, 2001
Photo of russpowell
2.6/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nice strong swoosh as the flip bottle opens, promising
Pours a very light amber with a 3" massive fluffy eggshell head. Fantastic head rentention and lacing, too bad the rest of the beer doesn't match up

Smell: Hints of pepper and wet cardboard, weird. Some smokiness

Taste; Sweet, slight smokiness& not much else

MF: Slight prickliness & thinness. Good carbonation

Not a quaffer, but drinkable. Trust me, you can do much worse (& rarely much better) when in france or the alsace region. I'd reccomend it to people who like a hint of smoke or a very noncomplex beer with 6% abv

russpowell, Mar 17, 2006
Photo of Slatetank
3.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden amber with a quickly vanishing white head.

S - Yeast and subtle sulphur phenolic aroma.

T - Sweetness is paired with a light hop essence. Twiggy dry and brown sugar is expressed lightly.

M - Highly Carbonate, sweet texture with light lager like body.

D - Tasty for the style but average drinkability overall. The highly carbonated overly sweet character hamper the flavor. It isn't smooth enough for repeated tastings.

Slatetank, Apr 01, 2007
Photo of feloniousmonk
1.9/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: light bronze color, with a nicely speckled off-whitish head atop.
Aroma: not too nice! Sharp, pungent, not ale-like at all, stinks like an American macro, totally unpleasant, wickedly so.
Taste: the palate isn't happy, either..thin-bodied, with an atrociousness unmatched. A grimace overtakes the mouth each time I take a sip. There's hints of fruitiness underneath that awfulness, but there's no redemption following that abominal beginning.
Bad, bad, bad!
Stick to wine and capitulation, France!

feloniousmonk, Oct 31, 2003
Photo of jwc215
3.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Flip top bottle.

Pours light amber with a one-finger, lasting creamy head that leaves some trailing lace.

The smell is sweet with slight apple-ish fruitiness.

The taste is of sweet grainy malt with some bland bitterness. A touch of wet cardboard. Sweetish finish.

Not much to the feel, with only a hint of smooth creaminess.

Not "bad", but rather lackluster.

jwc215, May 17, 2007
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.25/5  rDev +11.3%

DrunkinYogi, Jun 12, 2012
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3/5  rDev +2.7%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of smcolw
3.08/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Barely amber, I'm surprised that it's described as a dark lager. Short lasting head with little lace. Pours a light amber with slight haze.

The smell fits the look...nothing special, nothing offensive. Little hop, light malt.

Two negatives on the taste. First, this is very fizzy. Lots of carbonation that, frankly, is distracting to the flavor. Second, I noticed a strong aluminum (read: metalic) flavor. Beyond this, there is a largely dry malt flavor with a very low hop bite.

For me, this misses the mark. It may be different from the mass produced European lagers, but I don't necessarily find it better.

smcolw, Nov 29, 2007
Photo of kojevergas
2.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with swingtop served into De Molen stemware in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a one and a half finger head of slight cream, light thickness, and bad retention. Colour is a semitransparent copper.

Sm: Cream, light toasted malt, and caramel. A mild strength aroma.

T: Cream, toasted malt, and light caramel. Pretty simple. Fairly balanced and decently built.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but a bit too thin. Partly complementary of the flavours.

Dr: Drinkable but very unremarkable. I wouldn't pursue it on draught or anything. I like that it's a swingtop.

kojevergas, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of tempest
3.05/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber body with a 1" head. Leaves impressive lacing. Smells downright corny, like Rolling Rock. Taste is better, corn is still there but there's an overriding malt sweetness.

Basically a simple macro lager taste but without any nasties that so many macros have. Wouldn't choose to drink it again because of the import price, but would consider a similar domestic brew.

tempest, Dec 31, 2005
Photo of barleywinefiend
2.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a clear light amber/orange with a large white head that leaves a nice lace down the glass. Nose is interesting to say the least. Although not unpleasant, it is quite unexpected! I'll try to explain the taste but I fear I cannot do it justice. Biscuity, malts and other funk. Blah.

barleywinefiend, Apr 28, 2008
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Fischer Tradition Amber from Brasserie Fischer / Fischer Biere d' Alsace
68 out of 100 based on 346 ratings.