Tap Room No. 21 Amber Ale - World Brews
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Reviews by ThreeWiseMen:
1.6/5 rDev -41.2%
Purchased by Wiseman Zach, but reviewed by Wiseman Nick.
Poured into a "Cheers" (same as the TV show) mug.
Appearance: Ew. Sounds like Rice Crispies. Looks... nasty. Fizzy white head disappears in a matter of seconds. Color is light copper, and body looks very watery. After about 45 seconds, there is no head left - absolutely none. I've only seen one amber this bad before (Wingwalker) and it was made by the same brewery. Go figure.
Smell: Smells like stale bread and sweat. I guess you could call that caramel. Really not looking forward to this.
Taste: Not nearly as bad as anticipated from appearance and smell. Caramel and bready yeast, but there's still that sweatiness to it. Definitely not enjoyable.
Mouthfeel: Watery, with medium carbonation and a ton of chewiness. Chewiness is so high I would classify it as fuzzy. Imagine licking a wet carpet.
Drinkability: Borderline drain pour. May still end up a drain pour. Wiseman Zach said it was average - I should've known [slow head shake]. Wiseman Zach is far from wise...
Looking back at my review of R.J. Wingwalker Amber Ale, I think I should review these two side-by-side. They come from the same brewery - they should both be equally as bad right? Two worst ambers I've ever had.
11-19-2008 03:11:07 | More by ThreeWiseMen
More User Reviews:
2.9/5 rDev +6.6%
A - standard amber coloring
S - a bit on the lighter side - nothing really popped out
T - your average ale taste, slightly sweeter than expected
M - refreshing and easy
D - yes and will do so again. I think it is the slight sweetness that got to me (that and it was 97 so this beer just got to me).
Another good refresher after coming in from the heat. Not overpowering or too strong in any one flavor so I would buy it again during the hotter months.
06-18-2010 10:38:15 | More by txbrewer
3.4/5 rDev +25%
A 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass, while tailgating for the Texans-Colts game (just to add to the ambience). It was a golden color with a small white head. Sweet malt/caramel aroma. Very malty taste, which kind of overwhelmed everything else. Still, a nice beer to drink.
09-30-2007 15:24:01 | More by lordofthewiens
2.38/5 rDev -12.5%
Thanks to Travita for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a clear yellow color with a white head. Not sure how an amber ale is yellow in color, but I guess I can overlook that. The aroma is corn and biscuit malt. The flavor is a mix of corn and some malt. No real hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. I can overlook the color, but not the terrible flavor or aroma. Avoid this one unless you just have to have the rating.
07-04-2010 23:27:51 | More by Mora2000
4.33/5 rDev +59.2%
A: This beer is a dark Amber with about a 1 1/2 finger head that was quickly gone.
S: Smells sweet, but this is not a very strong scent at all.
T: Not a lot of bitterness in this brew. Im guessing its rather low on the IBUs. It is well balanced though and it ends with a sweet caramel tang.
M: Medium to lighter body and feel
D: This is a very drinkable beer. Light and refreshing. Great spring beer in my opinion. I am gonna have to deviate from the norm on this beer and give it a higher rating. I really liked this one!
02-27-2009 15:01:38 | More by LyonsHead
1.63/5 rDev -40.1%
I have been curious enough to sample this. Curiosity can lead you to some excellent finds...or in this instance NOT. Flat tasting no distinguishable characteristics at all unfortunately. Was looking for something along the lines of some nice NY flavors like Saranac. No Body at all. Like a home Brew that hasn't been allowed the proper time to "get there" Sorry cannot make it out to be more than it is, serve it really cold after working up a sweat doing yard work and it might satiate your thirst but that's about all. Sneak it in an iced down cooler at you next Summer BYOB fling maybe someone else will drink it !
05-09-2009 22:27:15 | More by Aldebaran
2.08/5 rDev -23.5%
Light copper amber hue with a briht white head froming nice even lacing. Aroma has a very grainy earthy herbal hop character underneath caramelized malts. Super fruity apple juice and tart cherry notes way too sweet for me like unfermented malts here way to harsh on the palate. I can't believe this is at every Kroger in my area. Flavor is super sweet with a tart juicy flavor it's got apple juice lik notes tastes like a fourty intead of a macro ale or lager. Fizzy cabonation not the best stuff, very fogrettable light to medium carbonation with thick residual sugar notes throughout. You couldn't pay me to pick more of this stuff up.
07-19-2010 07:38:26 | More by WVbeergeek
2.5/5 rDev -8.1%
The color is a completely clear amber. A very slight white head sticks around for a minute or two before being reduced to a thinnish foam. Just a bit of thin, spotty lacing is left around.
The aroma is certainly thin and weak. Malts are in here but not the highest quality. Are there adjuncts in here? There's almost a corny sweetness before leaning more toward fruits. A bit of toast is here as well and a dusting of something herbal makes me believe that there's at least something by way opf hops contributed.
The flavor follows suit. Grains carry the day and a bit of something diacetylic lingers as well. It's not terrible, but it's below average.
Thin and dull, at least this light-bodied brew has enough crispness to not be flat.
If this is representative of these Tap Room 21 beers, I'm not sure I want to try the rest. Seeing them pop up at grocery stores everywhere, I hasd a feeling it might be a macro effort. Whatever else, it's certainly lackluster.
03-01-2012 16:25:15 | More by Brenden
2.65/5 rDev -2.6%
Definitely a true amber in color, a honeyed golden-brown under an inch-high head with good retention.
Weak aroma of mild honey and minimal caramel...but ambers don't usually wow the nose, do they? This one sure doesn't.
The first few sips hit the tongue with a sweet maltiness. Hops are very much reeled in. Then a sugary element takes over, ultimately distracting and detracting from the flavor. It screams "adjunct". I'm doubting all the fermentable sugars here were produced by grain. Corn...rice...Domino sugar? Whatever it is, it's not helped by the plastic-y finish.
Firm in the mouth, with a pleasing buttery glide and mild-to-moderate carbonation.
If you're not looking for the stuff of legend, but an affordable session brew, there are so many worse choices...and many better ones. Cleary middle of the road stuff. You do have to love the slogan on the neck-ring: "Celebrating the repeal of Prohibition - 1933".
10-29-2007 16:09:04 | More by Metalmonk
2.96/5 rDev +8.8%
A - light, see-through amber with a thin, soapy, loose head that fades quickly
S - caramel malt, sweet; very faint
T - caramel malt, light peat, apples, somewhat sugary, marshmallows
M - medium bodied, crisp, a tad overcarbonated
I'm not sure how I feel about this one. The flavor isn't bad, but it's certainly not as expressive as I'd like for the style. The marshmallow flavor through me, but I actually liked it because I thought it gave this beer some dimensions. Overall, this is an average at best amber, but inexpensive and very easy to drink.
07-28-2013 23:44:28 | More by tdm168
2.45/5 rDev -9.9%
Picked up a single from Chip's Wine and Beer in NC. This tastes like a beer from a macro brewer and reminds me a bit of Yuengling's Lord Chersterfield. There's a mild caramel note that's sweet before the beer finishes dry. But there's also an unpleasant vegetable note, that remind me of cheap beer. I'd avoid this one. It's not cheap or very good. At least it looks decent.
07-13-2010 02:32:01 | More by tempest
3.33/5 rDev +22.4%
Clear bright copper, like a new penny, with a bright white head that laces decently.
Light caramel malt smell, slightly sweet and roasty with some fruitiness and mild hops.
Sweet maltiness up front, slightly caramel/butterscotch like, some hops come on, but not enough to beat the sweet so it becomes a bit cloying as you drink more.
Slightly hard water-like mf, but still drinkable. This stuff isn't bad for an everyday "amber," definately drinkable- more hop balance than say, Fat Tire.
09-30-2007 04:08:26 | More by BeerZack
3.4/5 rDev +25%
A 12 oz bottle purchased at Chip's in Kill Devil Hills, NC.
A: The ale pours with a brilliant copper red color, looking pretty much just like a penny. The body is clear, showing off no imperfections beyond the steady stream of carbobation. The head atop the ale was one thick finger on pour and, sadly, is no more.
S: The aroma is grainy sweet, focusing its attention on the malty side of the ale.
T: The taste closely mirrors the nose, grain-dominant with little hop balance. The malts are bready with a green grape dry sweetness. They are reasonably thin, quickly evaporating into the mouth with little whimper. A few seconds after the sip is gone, the graininess returns to softly lull the tastebuds.
M: The mouthfeel lacks hops, other than that this is a surprisingly good drink. The flavor is inoffensive, possibly even good and it won't wear you out.
D: The low abv and nice session taste pleased me, I wouldn't hesitate to pound down a few of these.
10-05-2007 23:00:15 | More by akorsak
2.68/5 rDev -1.5%
On special at the supermarket; bottle poured into tall 14-oz juice beaker.
A: a fetching amber, with a reddish tint; diaphonous but doesn't look weak; the head is too sudsy; the repeal of prohibition, much celebrated by the beer's makers, was before my time, and the lawful right to drink isn't something that's ever been on my mind; 1933, a year lauded on the neck label, doesn't have such good connotations in my mind.
S: I had to look at the label again to know that I had bought an amber ale; this smells more like apple juice, and
T: tastes like it, too.
M: I don't see much really wrong with it; maybe the carbonation, which is a little too smooth. An old friend of mine would say this is the kind of beer that drunks like to drink for breakfast.
D: I would drink this again if I had to, but I wouldn't be expecting an amber ale, at all: amber ales have touches of earthiness and bitterness that keep notes of fruit juice at bay. This has notes of fruit juice and not much else. It is mildly likeable, as long as you disabuse yourself of any expectation that it will be...good. To be tolerated at best, not relished.
08-04-2011 04:02:43 | More by Veillantif
Tap Room No. 21 Amber Ale from World Brews
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