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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
69
poor

347 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 347
Reviews: 264
rAvg: 2.91
pDev: 23.02%
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 Gagnonsux
2.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The color is pale amber with an average-sized, soapy head. The aroma is full of adjuncts with a smell, that for the first time since being a BA, I can identify as cooked vegetables. The taste starts with a simple macro beer bite, but soon more malt flavor comes into play and turns this beer's flavor profile around. The amber malt flavors aren't spectacular, but are good enough to knock this up to "average". Drinkability is pretty good, but I probably won't buy this again since I can do better for less money.

Gagnonsux, Jul 27, 2005
Photo of tommyguz
1/5  rDev -65.6%

tommyguz, May 07, 2013
Photo of Brent
2.42/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The flavor profile on this beer was complex, and strange. Some roasted, alcoholic flavors, sort of like it had been aged in a charred whisky barrel, yet also some tart, white wine flavors. Rather grainy and not at all smooth. Drinkable, but not particularly enjoyable.

Brent, Oct 18, 2003
Photo of cdwil
3/5  rDev +3.1%

cdwil, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of gtermi
3.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Fischer beer pours a nice goldesh brown color with a very thin head.

The smell of the beer is very average. You get a lot of malt and some grain.

I am picking up a good amout of malty buscuit taste, with a little bit of corn.

The mouthfeel is very average, has a lot of carbonation and makes me burp a lot.

Overall this is a solid beer. Not anything special to ride home about, but not bad either.

gtermi, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of Vancer
3.43/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

How the hell is this a "Euro dark lager"?? From the neatly shaped flip-top bottle, she pours a golden amber, capped with plenty of egg shell marshmallow foam. Tons of ring lace sticking to the Bitburger pilsner glass and marking my progression.

Aroma of winter spiced malt, touch of the Euro yeast skunk in the background. Spiced fruits, with a touch of sour, dominate within this malty brew. Semi-plain taste, but balanced in the finish with a pop o' hops.

Light to medium bodied, this would be a great summer heat brew - still tasty in the cooler fall weather.

Vancer, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of Reidrover
3.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First I have to say I love the way this beer is packaged, looks the part.
22 oz swing top amber coloured glass.
Actually not a bad looking beer for the style light brown with a nice sized pure white head, attractive carbonation strings.
smell is well average inoffensive but nothing really stands out..least it smells fresh.
Taste while its thirst quenching is very one dimensional..sweet, very sugary..malts..not much hops to speak of...begins to get grainy after a while.
Its average on the tongue.
Its drinkable yet it would get boring very fast.

Reidrover, Jan 23, 2004
Photo of tgbljb
3.28/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured a slightly cloudy moderate amber color with a nice head that lasted throughout the glass. smell is nutty and dark fruity. My first taste noted a distinct sourness that either got less or else I started to get used to it but then it seemed to get stronger as the beer warmed, so my score went from a 3 to a 4 and back to a 3 (very strange) Left a slightly dry taste which was neither overly good or bad. A strange beer, from my point of view, because I was confused about what I was drinking.

tgbljb, Aug 02, 2005
Photo of jmdrpi
2.85/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle, no date.

appears slightly hazy amber copper in color. thin white head. sweet aroma, a little spicey earthy hop aroma.

mild in flavor, just a touch of caramel. no hops detected in the taste. thin, higher carbonation.

overall- eh, pretty boring. I'm confused - on the lable it says "Imported Ale", but it's listed as a lager here on BA. Is this just a Texas label issue?

jmdrpi, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of Metalmonk
3.65/5  rDev +25.4%
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.

Metalmonk, Apr 25, 2007
Photo of allengarvin
2.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Like the previous poster, I love the larger swingtop bottles for homebrew.

Appearance: Clear amber tint, a little on pale side.

Aroma: Dusty, bready aroma. Hint of hops.

Flavor/Body: Slightly sweet malt character, with a touch of hops in the finish. Medium-low body.

Not a very interesting beer; it's too bad none of Fischer's good beers are imported to the US.

allengarvin, Oct 20, 2004
Photo of Mitchster
1.95/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pours out to a sparkingly clear light amber, forming a small off-white head with average retention and lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is very similar to Heineken with my eyes closed...faint grassiness, floral hops, clean lager ferment, but with a touch of caramel and toffee. The mouthfeel is bright and crisp at first but finishes very ruddy with a twang of wet cardboard and some higher alcohols. Medium bodied. The taste begins with a nice blend of grassy hops and delicate pale malts, but is followed by greasy caramel, vegetable oil, and cardboard. The aftertaste is somewhat acrid and I feel a headache coming on from this one. Bitterness is mild.

I would pass on this one. It has promise but ends horriby. I don't think I'm going to be able to finish this bottle. Ugh.

Mitchster, Dec 09, 2005
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.13/5  rDev +7.6%
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!

BeerAdvocate, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of Todd
2.2/5  rDev -24.4%
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.

Todd, Jun 25, 2002
Photo of garymuchow
4.2/5  rDev +44.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Boy, compared to other reviews it seems like we are drinking different beers. I like this beer quite a bit. Aroma had a nice mix with a full malt aroma followed by a nice European hop aroma. Really a nice aroma. Poured with a big full head, nice amber color and clear. Nice lacing, even on repours. Taste is lighter overall, especially initially (gets heavier later) and compared to the aroma. Mostly malty and nice hops for balancing, yet becomes more complex as consummed. The taste moves to a little dryness, then even goes to some bitterness. Has a sense of richness without being heavy. Some hard water qualities too. Seems like a fairly complex beer for a lager. Thinner to medium mouthfeel, yet richness makes it seem fuller. Lighter carbonation overall. Even with the richness and complexity still a easy drinking beer if need be, or could be a slower drinker too. Refreshing qualities of a lager. And finally the bottle offers a good resource for home brewers. This beer was easily worth the money spent.

garymuchow, Jan 10, 2003
Photo of NJpadreFan
2.58/5  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.

NJpadreFan, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of david18
3.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had one of these last night at a restaurant and enjoyed it a little more than I thought I would. The Fischer beers have been on the shelves for years and have never been my favorites but it was the only interesting choice last night and it was surprisingly good. The flavor was refreshing, mouthfeel was good. Good enough that I ordered a second one. Not good enough that I'll buy it in the store.

david18, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of beerguy101
2.05/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dark gold color. Large head. Aroma is grainy and malty with a hint of corn sweetness, A medium bodied amber. Malts are sweet, touch of corn?, nutty and sweet. Hops are barley spicy. Overly sweet and not very hoppy, touch of alcohol, and kind of bland. Fizzy and over carbonated. Can’t decide if it’s a drain pour or not. It’s not that good, but it is worthy of early disposal. It a borderline call. Mouthfeel is thin. Finish is crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter, with a really bizarre and somewhat unpleasant lingering aftertaste.

beerguy101, Oct 09, 2003
Photo of Jeffo
3.53/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one in France while on vacation last summer.

From a 65cl swing-top bottle into a mug.

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking, fluffy white head with great retention. Fades slowly to a good cap leaving some sticky lacing to the sides of the mug. Clear amber yellow with medium carbonation evident. A splotchy wisp and ring remain leaving some lacing down the glass. Good looking for the style.

SMELL: Caramel notes, toasted grain, grainy bread aromas with some floral and grassy hops in there.

TASTE: Follows the nose nicely. Caramel and toasted malts up front with some nice floral hop bitterness at the swallow. A big finish or bready sweetness, honey and caramel flavors, bitter floral hops and some grassy notes. Decently flavorful and enjoyable.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, smooth going down and finishes dry. Good feel.

OVERALL: I guess it's the anti-lager syndrome on this site, but this is a solid pale lager. No question about that. The nose and flavor were plenty enjoyable and well balanced, and the look was rather appealing as well. A good lager worth checking out if you're in France.

Jeffo, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of ADR
1.95/5  rDev -33%
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.

ADR, Aug 23, 2002
Photo of nickd717
3.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16oz swingtop bottle at work (first work tick, hell yeah!).

Pours, well, amber, with decent clarity and a small white head.

The aroma is caramel malts and grain, maybe some appley yeastiness.

The flavor is rather simple. Caramel malt, slight nuttiness and earthiness, somewhat sweet.

Medium-light bodied with carbonation on the higher end.

Overall, pretty run-of-the-mill, but nothing offensive to it.

nickd717, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of beerpadawan
3/5  rDev +3.1%

beerpadawan, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of matjack85
3/5  rDev +3.1%

matjack85, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of Redrover
3.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

16.9 oz brown bottle with the cool ceramic swing top. Great looking package.

Beer pours a nice dark gold with a decent fluffy head. Decent lacing.

Beer has some malt in the nose, perhaps a bit of green grain as well. Very light smelling especially for an ale.

On the first taste, I get quite a bit of malt sweetness. A bit of alcohol, honey and fruit come in a bit latter. Not very complex, but maybe would be a god introductory beer for someone who is ready to take a small step towards better beers.

Mouthfeel is nice, soft & creamy. This may be the best aspect of the beer.

Drinkability falls squarely in the average range.

Redrover, Nov 22, 2003
Photo of bditty187
1.88/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

This beer pours a very nice amber with a chunky off-white head. The smell is sweet-apple… something. The taste kills this beer for me. I hate ciders and this tastes way too much like a cider. Way to freaking sweet! It is smooth but once the taste hits… yuck! I did not care for this at all and I will struggle to finish this beer.

If this beer is flawed (and maybe it is) I doubt if I will ever find out because this beer was crap. Way to go France!

This rating is inflated based on its look!

bditty187, Aug 09, 2002
Fischer Tradition Amber from Brasserie Fischer / Fischer Biere d' Alsace
69 out of 100 based on 347 ratings.