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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
67
poor

347 Ratings
THE BROS
68
poor

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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 ybnorml
2.58/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A clean orange/amber beer. Not much of a head and quickly disappers. Aroma wavered between malt sweet and fruity sour. There was a hint of sweetness at begining of the swallow. Followed quickly by a light bitterness and finished with that sour fruit note. The fruit aspect could be described as winey. But not the strong alcohol wine like characteristic of a barleywine. It comes in a 22 oz bottle which was all I could take.

ybnorml, Feb 25, 2004
Photo of Zorro
1.6/5  rDev -45%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Pours a dark Gold color.

Smells malty and metallic, and a bit of alcohol.

Taste? This has a taste? Mild metal and malt possibly? Damn close to flavorless. Ok maybe it has a rusty nails flavor, but it sure isn't good.

Mouthfeel is water.

Drinkability? Well I didn't puke! Leaves a nasty lingering something on your tongue!

Zorro, Feb 05, 2004
Photo of marburg
2.83/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Flip tops are like the beer bottle equivalent of chrome rims or hydrolics or something -- very cool. Sadly, that's the most exciting part of this beer.

Brown beer. White head. End of story. Fits the bill nicely, so no complaints. But this isn't going to win "Photogenic Beer of the Year" either. Caramel and wet, sweet grainy soup in the nose. Only mildly more interesting on the palate -- feels lively but tastes flat. Slightly vinegary grain and a tap water sensation fill the insides of the mouth. Mild hop presence that borders on more astringent than bitter.

marburg, Jan 30, 2004
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 Dantes
2.98/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Package: 22oz. broad-shouldered, bas-reliefed, pinch-waisted, swingtop brown bottle. 6.0% ABV.

Cost: $1.99/bottle at Valley Liquors

Presentation: Imperial pint glass at ~45 º

Appearance: Swingtop opened with a sharp “pop.” Pour generated a moist, pillowy, fine-grained, barely off-white head. Lacing was an almost un-interrupted column down the glass. Body was remarkably clear, amber in color with russet undertones. Makes one think the beer will be very “watery.” Carbonation was finely beaded.

Smell: Sweetly grainy with very faint hoppy notes. Almost cream ale like in its aroma.

Taste: Sweetly malty upfront, with a faint bitterness cutting through the malt and alcohol. The flavor is dominated by the grains and bready character, without enough spiciness to provide character. There is a touch of ale, fruitiness, despite being a lager.

Mouthfeel: Actually has a pleasant mouthfeel, with a warming alcohol base and fine carbonation. Relatively heavy in body (especially for a lager!).

Drinkability: One bottle of this at a sitting is more than enough! The alcohol is none too subtle, and the sweetness becomes a bit overwhelming, especially at it warms. However, I’ve tasted much worse in my time.

Backwash: To be honest, I bought 2 of these primarily because I needed the swingtop bottles, and frankly it was a cheaper option than ordering empties for much more! It’s been some time since I actually had Fischer, and I suppose my tastes have changed somewhat, but I do remember drinking Fischer fondly in France, as well as at home. I guess time has passed this beer by. While not a great beer, it is far superior to many macros, and something that the average person is probably going to like as long it is served on the cold side. Nothing objectionable, but nothing remarkable either.

Dantes, Jan 20, 2004
Photo of Nytemare
2.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Interesting bottle is the first thing I can say for this. Kinda fun. Anyways, for the rest of the beer, here we go
Poured a brownish red with a pourous slightly off white head. The head didn't last long. Left decent lacing around the glass. Smelled like bready malts and whisps of maybe corn or something along those veins. Not real impressed. Tasted malty. Maybe a slight hint of hops in the aftertaste, but not much there. Thin and crisp mouthfeel. On and hot summer day I'm sure this would be a great thirst quincher, however, I wasn't that impressed and will probably never drink this again. Not bad, but there are much better options out there for half the price.

Nytemare, Jan 05, 2004
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 feloniousmonk
1.9/5  rDev -34.7%
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 NeroFiddled
4.08/5  rDev +40.2%
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 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 Shiloh
2.98/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

For a French brew this is quite nice.... For those of quality enjoying a nice brew this is acceptable.
Pours a dark clear amber with slight head and tall glass cling.
Body is medium and carbonation is very limited,
Aroma is a light skunk. Taste is to the malts with a lingering hop back. Nothing special here...

Shiloh, Oct 13, 2003
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 mickeymac
2.7/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from the traditional Fischer swingtop bottle, it's a pretty nice looking amber with a fairly thick head the leaves a bit on top. The experience goes downhill from there. The smell is on the light side. The taste is almost non-existent. An off-putting metallic flavor was the most pronounced flavor in the beer. The mouthfeel is on the light side. This beer did nothing for me.

mickeymac, Oct 02, 2003
Photo of BeerResearcher
4/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I guess I'm in the minority here for liking this beer, but I can't help it...it's good...not great - good. It pours a tannish amber and holds a firm and rocky head with some trails and sticky lace. The malt aroma works itself through a mildly sulfuric hop smell. The full malt body is lightly caramel sweet. The hops provide and lime-like, lightly metallic and a faint tea-like qualities. A light mineral taste is noticed throughout. This is a balanced brew that finishes clean. Nice recapable bottle!

BeerResearcher, Sep 20, 2003
Photo of hotstuff
1.6/5  rDev -45%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer poured a medium head with small sized bubbles. The hue of this beer was pale orange and there was no lacing on the sides of my glass with this beer. This beer had a sour taste to me and I was unimpressed by it overall. About the only thing I did like about this beer was the bottle.

hotstuff, Jul 19, 2003
Photo of Rumrunner
2.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz. bottle
Pours a red clear amber. Clear with an exceptionoal head. A very skunky sour smell. Sour lemon and rind that is decomposing.

The flavor is a crisp lemon flavor. Too much grain as well. Not like any amber I have ever had in my life. Just too weak with a sweetness that I do not particularily enjoy in any beer. Very lemony and unsatifying.

It drinks okay but nothing special. I will not be searching this beer out as a regular.

Rumrunner, Jul 19, 2003
Photo of Indybeer
3.28/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle. Poured a dark amber, with a small head that didn't last, and some lacing on the glass. Aroma is lacking. Slight malt, hop and grass?? Taste is malt sweetness, with a little of the hop showing through. Fair carbonation gives is a weak and watery thin mouthfeel. Not impressed.

Indybeer, Jul 11, 2003
Photo of Mustard
1.85/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Presentation: 22oz. brown bottle with no "bottled on" or "best by" date, a flip top and raised glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber gold with a craggy, long-lasting head; nice lacing.

Aroma: Slight notes of hay, malt and wood.

Taste: Weak malt front accompanied by a sizeable oak/phenol aftertaste.

Notes: Friend's synopsis says it all -- "tastes like dishwater". Can't recommend.

Mustard, Jul 11, 2003
Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.05/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is hard to see as an Amber/Red as the body is a clear gold, good looking with its firm and lasting white head. The beer laced with great gusto pushing up the appearance number. The nose is all grain and malt. The taste is basically weak and the feel is quite watery. Overall I would view this beer as bland and needing a firmer body.

AtLagerHeads, May 23, 2003
Photo of brakspear
3.63/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. brown flip-top bottle with Fischer Biere d' Alsace and brewery crest embossed in the glass. Very attractive presentation.

My experience with Fischer beers is that the quality depends on the retailer's handling. These beers tend not to sell quickly so it is very easy to get a dated bottle exposed too long to warm temperatures. That may explain the widely varied reviews this beer gets. My beer was properly stored in the retailer's darkened walk-in beer cooler.

This Alsatian amber looks phenomenal in the glass. The body is a brilliant deep copper/amber with generous carbonation that gives rise to an rocky creamy white head. My sample laced like a dollop of thick whipped cream on the inside of my glass. Wow, looks more like some Belgian ales I have sampled rather than a lager. A very beautiful beer.

The aroma is disappointing, A grassy aroma dominates...I assume Fischer uses Strisselspalt hops, so perhaps that is the aroma. A crystal malt sweetness also lingers in the background.

The taste is more complex than most lagers. Crystal malt sweetness is evident along with the floral hop flavor, but an iron metallic-like taste also sits on the tongue. It is a bit too distracting. The beer is moderate in body and this supports the flavor. A bit heavier than most euro-ambers.

This is a beer that is trapped somewhere between the clean and crisp lagers of Germany and the muddy and exotic ales of Flanders...go figure, since this beer is Alsatian....

brakspear, May 21, 2003
Photo of 86MonteSS
3.88/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer does the fruity flavor very well. A glassy taste was the first thing I noticed, but it quickly went away.

The appearance is ultimately golden but it wants to be amber.

The head didn't last long but it covered the sides of my glass.

I'd say the first thing that comes to mind in describing the taste is apples. I don't know how or why, but... apples.

Altogether a delicately flavorful beer. And of course, a nod to the stylish bottle, which blasted me in the face when I loosened the top. It's lucky I didn't smash it, the piece o' crap....

86MonteSS, May 20, 2003
Photo of tavernjef
2.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is an amber? Well its color said otherwise, it was a gold yellow and quite clear with a thinned out head of foam and bubbles that faded leaving hardly any lace. Smells of fresh grain and malt sort of flat and very faint with a bit of hop and grass note. Taste is empty, there's not much there, watered down, some detection of sweetish malts and grain. Feel is thin and watery. Passable, barley drinkable, disappointing to say the least.

tavernjef, May 11, 2003
Photo of elmocoso
2.73/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This looked quite good - a deep gold color with quite an attractive head that stayed around awhile.

The smell was not so impressive. There was a arid blandness that was overcomming all the other smells, the malt and the hops. It was strange. I question the freshness of the beer.

The taste was also not impressive. I could tell there were qualities in there that were respectible, but there, again, was an overpowering flavor, kind of a dustyness? i dont know.

The mouthfeel was quite good, though. It was nice and rich in the mouth. Well carbonated and it felt good going down.

I would like to try this one again, in France maybe, and free, after a tour or something. If i saw it on the shelf in america again, i would pass.

elmocoso, May 03, 2003
Photo of yen157
3.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was as gold as it gets. I’m not talking about yellow gold, but a brilliant gold flecked with orange. The beer had a bright white head marred by some very large bubbles. Noticeable grassy hops, some butterscotch, and something sweet and sour. I’ll call it green apple or cherry candy for the lack of something better. Nice lager malt flavor and a dry finish made even dryer from acidity, astringency, and alcohol. Hops are sure and steady and counter the potential awkwardness (not imbalance, awkwardness) that would exist without them. As the beer warms a very tiny amount of toasted malt comes out. Carbonation and body were very fitting for this beer.

I’ve had other Fischer beers, but none that I remember that well. This is exactly what I would expect from Alsace. I am a huge fan of the wines, but this beer would pair very well with the regional cuisine.

yen157, Apr 11, 2003
Photo of Gusler
2.25/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

As it sets in the glass a crystal clear amber color, the head quite large and frothy, bright white in color and as it desiccates; a fine covering lace is formed. Nose is mostly malt, crisp and clean, the start is somewhat sweet and malt laden, top is skeletal in it feel to the palate. Finish has a mild carbonation, the hops apropos to the style, droughty aftertaste, can’t say this beer does much for me.

Gusler, Mar 28, 2003
Fischer Tradition Amber from Brasserie Fischer / Fischer Biere d' Alsace
67 out of 100 based on 347 ratings.