1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Tap Room No. 21 Amber Ale - World Brews

Not Rated.
Tap Room No. 21 Amber AleTap Room No. 21 Amber Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
65
poor

170 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 170
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 2.72
pDev: 26.84%
Wants: 2
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
World Brews visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 05-17-2007)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 170 | Reviews: 76 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of NittanyBeerFan
2.28/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pour is thin and produces coarse head that quickly dissipates to nothing. The color is a coppery amber, kinda standard for an amber ale.

Aroma is nothing impressive. It has a distinct adjunct character to it with lots of graininess to it. There is a weak caramel aroma as well.

Pretty similar to the taste. There is a big grainy malt profile, but there is also an artificial sweetness to it that really just doesn't hit the mark. It ends up tasting a bit tinny.

Smooth and easy to drink, the flavors are just off the mark and a little too macro-like for my taste at this point. I think I will probably use the rest of these for cooking bratwurst.

NittanyBeerFan, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of DoctorDog
3.05/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Served in a pilsner glass.

A- Amber color, and clear. ~3 finger of white head, which fades very slowly into a thin cap. Ample lacing.

S- Quite weak....light hints of bready maltiness.

T- Lightly sweet caramel. A touch of hoppy bitterness, but no defining flavor to be had. Nothing to get excited about.

M- Moderately high carbonation. Slightly fuller feel than expected, and goes down smoothly and easily.

D- Decent. Despite it's fairly mundane nature, this is a fairly easy drinker- not flavorful enough to really hold your attention or make you want to go back for more, but an acceptable thirst quenching ADS.

Future outlook: Not terrible or undrinkable, but no compelling reason to ever seek out.

DoctorDog, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of Mardukk
2/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours an amber color with little to no head or lacing.

Smells predominantly of adjuncts and oddly...apples, not good.

This has a thin mouthfeel with medium carbonation. The taste is malty with an offtasting adjunct flavor in the finish. Also mixed with the adjunct finish is a metallic bitterness. Little or no hops to speak of. This just has that macro sour coating it leaves in your mouth, throat and stomach.

Thin, sweet and offtasting would be the three words to describe this beer.
This is a very poor attempt at an amber ale, I wouldn't drink this again if it was free.

Mardukk, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of feelmefoam
2.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear apple juice color with a moderate amount of carbonation that helps up a small, thin head of off-white foam that quickly dissipates, leaving a minimal amount of lacing.

Nothing special going on in the smell department; the slightest amount of apples and caramel malt, but you have to search for it.

The taste follows the nose down the path of mediocrity. While the flavors are good, there just isnt' a lot of complexity or robustness to them. This beer actually tastes a little like apple juice; you can taste the apples, followed by a slight amount of bready and caramel malt and an even lighter amount of spicy hops (almost nonexistent). A bit of an adjunct flavor follows at the tail end of each swig. This is like a light Amber Ale.

Pretty thin mouthfeel with a moderate amount of carbonation. A bit watery.

All told, I'd like this beer to be a bit more flavorful and robust, and City Brewing might have a solid session beer. Right now, the beer is pretty drinkable, but only in a setting where you're not concentrating on the flavors of your beer and more of what goes on around you, i.e. out with friends at a bar. All told, this beer just needs more to it.

feelmefoam, Dec 09, 2009
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.1/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a rather typical, but still appealing, clear amber with a decent white head. Aroma is malty with hints of yeast and fruit. Flavor is malty and slightly fruity, with just a whisper of sweetness - nothing to write home about, but still enjoyable. Texture is pleasingly smooth and rather fizzy. Overall, not too shabby.

Cyberkedi, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of commanderc00l
1.58/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I should have listened to the reviews on this site. This beer is absolutely disgusting. No flavor, no personality. It's like drinking water. I wouldn't bother with this one, there are plenty of other pale ales out there that taste better.

Stay away from Tap Room 21.

commanderc00l, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of Spineypanda
2.85/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A bit weak for an amber.

It has a lighter than expected color to it, not quite as dark as i would like.
Smells of the alcohol and not much of the beer.
Tastes spicy, a bit smoky maybe but not strong.
Carbonation is average. I would rather have a shiner :).

I would probably not buy this again.

Spineypanda, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of wahhmaster
2.33/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Amber-colored and translucent. A thin fizzy head dissipates quickly and leaves absolutely no lacing.

Smell: Kind of malty with a hint of corn in the background. Honestly smells like a maltier macro lager. Weird...

Taste: Very little taste that doesn't linger at all. What taste there is is just a little sweetness with a hint of maltiness. Almost no hop tastes at all.

Mouthfeel: Thin and over-carbonated.

Drinkability: Go elsewhere! This beer is not worth it in any way, shape, or form. I was really disappointed in this one.

wahhmaster, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of Mosstrooper
1.88/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from 12oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Looks more like a pale ale- a darker straw color with only a hint of amber to it. Two finger white head, dissipates slowly with a nice lacing.

Smell: Mild aroma. Sweet malt with hints of grain and grassiness. Expected a lot more in this area.

Taste: Sweet through and through, but it's a weird corn-glucose sweetness. The taste of this is so odd, I can barely tolerate it.

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery with balanced carbonation.

Drinkability: Avoid this beer- it doesn't look like an American Amber, let alone taste like one.

Mosstrooper, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of ETF5000
2.38/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice amber color with a thin white lining as the head. Appears a bit lighter than many other ambers I had, perhaps a bit too watery?

S- Nothing too much to speak of. A whiff of malt with copious amount of cooked corn. A comparison to Killian's is mandatory here, to me they smell very similar for better or for worse.

T- Yikes. Not particulary offensive, but a blatant affront to many other amber ales that have much more to offer in the taste department. Very watery (as indicated by the Appearance), with a copious amount of "malt" sweetness. Hops are nonexistent. Simply, not good.

M- Nothing too special, a bit too carbonated for my taste, but not much to speak of.

D- Certainly quaff able, but there is nothing satisfying about drinking this beer.

ETF5000, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
1.75/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a thin-looking, pale amber-hued body with a thin, white head.

Smell: Good heavens! This is, regrettably, is my third beer and Tap Room certainly saved their worst for last. Bargain bit malts stirred up with adjuncts and plastic shavings. It's only the sick, depraved masochist in me that presses onward.

Taste: Minimal malt character with a noted dusting of aspartame for added, if unpleasant sweetness. Almost no hop character or bitterness, instead you're treated to some repulsive plastic overtones. This is inexcusable and one I can't throw down the drain fast enough.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Avoid. As was the case with the pale ale and the lager, this is unenjoyable and wholly unrewarding. It's pretty understandable this horrid thing rolled out of the doors of a major malt liquor producer.

ChainGangGuy, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of projectflam86
2.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Light golden amber color with very little foam. Not much lacing.

S- Faint wisps of grain and cooked corn. No detectable hops, and not much malt sweetness.

T- Dry grain flavor with little else. Some corn and adjunct taste with a seltzer water finish.

M- Thin and light bodied with low carbonation.

D- Pitting this up against other American Ambers and it fails miserably.

projectflam86, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of jadpsu
2.73/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very clear light orange/amber with a small head that is qucikly gone.Smell is grassy more than anything. Tangy mouth feelwith a note of orange. Has a scent of mostly grains but there is not a lot here to detect.
Taste is a little watery. Not much to note but nothing offensive.
Overall passable but unimpressive.

jadpsu, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of PintOHops
1.48/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a mug.

Appearance/Smell - Appears clear amber with 1/3 an inch of lite, fluffy head, and it had very good retention. Lite carbonation can be seen, and it left spotted & broken lacing. Smells of lite caramel & molasses, mild nuttiness, pretty grainy & bready. Has an almost dominate, if not bright tart fruitiness to it, grape & apple, kind of a stale aroma, and this one was still fresh.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes of mild graininess, molasses & caramel, semi tartness from fruity grape & pair notes, and finishes with lingering malts, molasses & caramel notes, and very very subtle hop bitterness. Needs complexity, All the flavors are pretty boring and flat, almost stale tasting. Mouthfeel is a little crisp, smooth, somewhat creamy, medium bodied, around average.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - Well this one is pretty boring and very mediocre, I really didn't like the overly grainy, molasses flavor profile, and the aroma wasn't great, it was kind stale. All in all this beer was seriously lacking and it really needed complexity, The thing that kind of turned me off was that it reminded me of Negro Modelo, which I could of got allot cheaper. Easy to drink a few, but why bother, this one is a pass, they do make a decent Pale Ale though, so don't back away from the entire brewery.

PintOHops, Jul 03, 2009
Photo of imaguitargod
1.02/5  rDev -62.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Poured to a medium head out of a bottle that was adorned with a nicely designed label. Yellow/copper in color but those things are the only good points about this beer. This thing tastes like artificial sweetener. Horrible! There's no hop presence and it's terribly flat. I don't know what else to say, this is a very one dimensional attempt at "beer". DRAIN POUR!

~Jonathan Passow

imaguitargod, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of Aldebaran
1.63/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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 !

Aldebaran, May 09, 2009
Photo of alkemy
2.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pretty clear palish amber color. Two finger off white head. I was probably thrown off with the "twist" of the cap. I try not to do the beer snobbery thing, but this reminds me of something a macro brewery toned down and turned out en masse. Light to medium bodied beer with a malty tone. Just not a lot going on here. If I had to pick a taste, I'd maybe say caramel. It's not terrible, but it's not anything to write home to mom about either.

alkemy, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of buschbeer
2.28/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have seen this beer at my grocery store for a while and have been avoiding it. I didn't expect it to be very good. But it was on sale so what the hell. I poured into a pint glass to what started out as nice head but quickly went away. It was golden, amber in color. It smelled kind of sweet and malty. The taste is not that impressive. I can see why I have been avoiding it. Oh well, I took a chance, but how could it really stand up to the HopBack that I have in the fridge. I should have just drank it. Overall, just a subpar offering.

buschbeer, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of LyonsHead
4.33/5  rDev +59.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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!

LyonsHead, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of soupermirl
3.78/5  rDev +39%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Crisp and refreshing. Color was a bit light for an amber but it had a great head. The smell was very nice, malty with a hint of hops. The beer was easy to drink, malty sweet with just a slight taste of hops. Malty finish. Good solid beer with malty goodness thoughout.

soupermirl, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of noknife83
2.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There is nothing special about this beer. It doesn't smell that great, it doesn't look that great, and it doesn't taste very good either. Even the label is pretty boring. I'm not that familiar with this brewery, but to me this taste like a big company trying do their version of micro brew...

About the only thing I can say positive about the beer is that the head has good lace...And I need a whole lot from a beer...

noknife83, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of Yaz8
2.15/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle poured clear orange/gold. One-finger head dissipated to a thin layer and some lacing.

Rather unpleasantly sweet grassy aroma reminiscent of cheap macros. Taste is less offensive, and includes sweet cheap malts and a slight corn taste. Little in terms of hops bitterness.

Mouthfeel is actually quite nice, light to medium body, pleasant carbonation, and an aftertaste that was too much sweet. Will not be back for more of this.

Yaz8, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
1.6/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

ThreeWiseMen, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of wingman14
2.65/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark orange (not really amber) with a frothy white head that fades fast. The smell is underwhelming, some malt, sweet notes, corny smell as well. The taste is just as lackluster as the smell, some malt flavor with a bland aftertaste. The mouthfeel is ok, decent carbonation, light body, but no real flavor here. This is an easy drinking beer but nothing worth checking out here. Just a flavorless beer, I would check out other amber/red ales if that is what you're looking for.

wingman14, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of SickBrew
2.68/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

First brews I've seen from this brewer out here on the West Coast. The brew pours a light amber color with a thin layer of off white head, leaving no lacing. Aroma is on the sweet caramel side with minimal hop aromas. Flavor follows nose. This is a to sweet, a bit tart and in fact, almost has a bit of a lambic flavor. Not quite right for the style but with some wild yeast, this could be something else altogether!. Mouthfeel is light and a bit watery with low carbonation, not exactly what it should be. Overall, the beer seems a bit mass-produced and off target for an amber.

SickBrew, Oct 07, 2008
Tap Room No. 21 Amber Ale from World Brews
65 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.