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Ratings: 2,449
Reviews: 858
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 48
Gots: 259 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.75% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-17-2002

35 IBU
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Ratings: 2,449 | Reviews: 858
Photo of biboergosum
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Is 'Kronik' really that titillating of a word to warrant such redaction on the label?

This beer pours a clear, bronzed amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, foamy, and rather bubbly pale beige head, which leaves a solid veil of cobwebbed lace around the glass as it quickly recedes.

It smells of bready caramel and toffee malt, a bit of grapefruit and orange citrus pith, and some further earthy, floral hops. The taste is more innocuous caramel malt, some indistinct breadiness, a slight mineral character, and some fairly fragrant, herbal (heh) hoppiness - not very bitter, but rather earthy, woody, and musty.

The carbonation is moderate, and maybe a tad frothy at first, the body coming in at a decent medium weight, with an adequate attendant smoothness. It finishes off-dry, barely, the hops just as guilty as fading away as the malt.

Not a bad brew, a slightly different hop experience than usual, but that's just groovy enough to have me envision grabbing a sixer of these, if only they weren't so dear around these parts.

Photo of natelocc787
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great look to the beer with an orange copper body topped with a light tan creamy cap. Lots of sweet malt and citrusy hop character in the aroma. The taste is toasty sweetened caramel malt, a hit of ripe orange preserves, and a subtle bitterness form the hops. Not too complex and it doesn't need to be. It is fantastic the way it is, great mouthfeel, just fills every tastebuds with sweet, hoppy goodness, heavy for the style and while very crisp, it isn't dry or over carbonated. You know when you drink an ice cold Coca Cola in the burning hot sun after mowing your yard, that feeling you get like: WOW! That was wonderful! Same feeling you get when you put this back. i continue to be impressed with Lagunitas.

Photo of fropones
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A nice copper amber color with some sediment suspended in it. A high altitude pour gave this a nice 2 finger head with good retention and decent lacing.

S - A nice balance of sweet toffee smells from the caramel malt and a bit of citrus from the hops.

T - Well I see why they call this one the kronic. It tastes like chronic. Some hop bitterness up front with the malt balancing out the back.

M - Creamy and well carbonated.

D - All in all nothing terribly special. But a nice sessionable beer.

Photo of alkemy
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Copper color with some small floaties swimming around. Pretty faint smell. I'm used to being smacked with hops when I pour Lagunitas brews, so this was a change. Slight caramel malts followed by really subdued hops hinting of oranges. Does have a nice creamy feel. I'm torn here. This is a pretty good example, but I'm just not a fan of this style.

Photo of Rayek
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Perfect Pint glass.

A: Bright copper, with mild carbonation and a fair amount of particulates. A fizzy cream head starts small, but has OK retention. Leaves a little lace.

S: Caramel sweetness, plus a fair amount of lemon and grapefruit.

T: A sweetbread flavor starts things out. A little cracker flavor as there too. Bitterness is moderate and has a nice citrus and pepper complexity.

M: The medium body is oily, slightly dry and has a nice level of carbonation.

D: This is a nice easy drinking beer. I'm quite glad I finally picked it up.

Photo of Freethyhops
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a dark reddish amber that gets some nice orange tones when held to light. a finger of white head reduces to a thin film within a minute. a decent amount of lacing.

S- a load of caramal malts and toffee. a little bready and maybe some sweet brown sugar in there.

T- the taste is much better than the smell. very well balanced. a nice caramal/brown sugar sweetness mixes with bready malts and a finishes with a pleasant amount of bitterness for an Amber. nothing really mind blowing here but it's good stuff.

M/D- a crisp refreshing beer with a little more creaminess than I would expect, which is a plus. It's got ultimate drinkability, a solid session beer, even though it's probably not technically a session beer.

Photo of alpinebryant
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light copper, small white head around the edges.

Smells of sweet malt, and a little molasses not a whole lot of aroma on this one.

Tastes like light caramel malty very drinkable beer. Very light hop presence, low to medium mouthfeel and a good overall amber ale. Would be able to put a few of these down and I do not think they would be offensive to the uneducated beer drinker who tends to lear towards budweiser.

Photo of Soilworker
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Smell: Aroma is quite earthy with strong notes of sweet bread, ripe fruit, honey and caramel.

Taste: Compliments the nose quite well. Strong notes of freshly baked bread and sweet yeast. Syrupy sweet taste come through in the background.

Mouthfeel: Heavy amount of carbonation and slight dryness come through.

Drinkability: Overall this was a very malty beer with little presence of hops. I greatly enjoyed the balance of baked bread and caramel in the taste. Very good representation of an amber ale in my opinion.

Photo of wheatyweiss
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a perfect.

Pours a nice copper with a nice head that recedes to a cap and leaves sticky lace.

Arom is of tannic, light brown sugar. Sweet bread and honey.

Flavor is sweet caramel malt, honey and cream. Delicious!. There is a yeilding of hops, ever slight. The malt shines and keeps up this flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is medium, slick and perfect.

This is a very good ale. Sweet, but flavorful and very nice on the palate as well as refreshing.

Photo of Lothore
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep amber color with a small, eggshell head.

S- Faint malty caramel aroma.

T- Light fruits, peach and orange which are rounded out with a sweet toasted malt character.

M- Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

D- Easy beer to drink. Didn't necessarily stand out in any way but I enjoyed it.

Photo of Anthony1
3.44/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The ale has a copper color, relatively clear from afar. Up close, there is a significant amount sediment. A huge head has left its mark, leaving thick lace all around the glass. The nose is somwhat restrained, showing off a citrusy hop profile with caramel malts. Caramel malts set the stage, creating a sweet flavor that coats the tastebuds and acts as a nice foundation for the hops. As the first wave of maltiness fades, the hops with a citrusy burst of intensity that adds a nice twist to the malts. The hops linger before fading back into the malts at the end of the sip.

Photo of constahoogan
3.31/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just as the title claims it to be, a copper ale that pours a thin dirty ivory head that sinks to moderate lacing.

The smell doesn't really deliver as expected to be for this style. I don't know if there's something wrong with my nose or the smell is really absent. From what I can detect, it smells of SLIGHT caramel maple-ish malt.

The taste is toasty sweet caramel syrup malt that slowly diminishes at the hops proceed the slight bitterness.

I have to admit that i have a slight sore throat, and I don't know if that's hindering my perspective on the mouthfeel of this fine ale, but it seems like the carbonation kicks up as it trickles down (no homo).

Being that American Amber Ales are one of my favorite styles, I feel biased to say that this beer is highly drinkable.

Photo of rfgetz
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy copper color, one finger head, decent retention and lacing (honestly, Lagunitas brews always lace wonderfully). Smell is of sweet carmel, bready malts, a faint touch of spice and even a little apple. Taste follows scent with a quite sweet carmel taste followed by breadier malts. Very muted hop presence for a Lagunitas brew. Traces of apple again noted. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, ample carbonation, somewhat crisp. I expected a little more umph out of this brew, but very good and actually a nice easy drinker.

Photo of schoolcb
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a rich but somewhat hazy copper/dark amber, with little tan head. Rich malty aroma. I was shocked when I opened this beer, this team is legendary for their hopped up the wazoo beers. Flavor is rich malty sweetness, but the hop bitterness is high enough to keep it from being too sweet. Caramel/toasty malt flavors dominate the flavor profile. Carbonation is actually on the high end of medium. Finishes fairly even for such malty sweetness upfront. Medium mouthfeel. I will end up drinking a BUNCH of this beer...

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love Lagunitas... although haven't had much more than their IPA/DIPA offerings.

A- 12oz short bottle into wide snifter. An aggressive pour leaves a nice, billowy head sitting on top of a royal amber nectar. Looks like a winner.

S- Copper malts.... lol. A rich, robust sweetness that invites a second, third sniff. Very pleasing. Mild citrus hops permeate.

T- Follows the nose, not metallic though as I was thinking it would be. Really sweet, floral... very tasty. Not a hint of alcohol. The hops are subdued as well, providing a bit of a twang in the finish but not much more than that. Supremely tasty. Tastes like a light version of an old ale/... tasty, but without the 12% ABV behind it to knock you on your ass.

M- Pretty heavy. Not overpowering, though. The beer could use a tad bit more bittering hops to accentuate the crispness, but that's just nitpicking at this point. Very good.

D- Moderate to high. I could slam back a couple of these no problem. I will seek out the Kronic (whoops, I mean the censored) by Lagunitas again.

Photo of champ103
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy copper color. At first a one finger beige head forms, but recedes in an instant. Light lace is left behind.
S: Caramel and sugary malt. Some fruity esters. Light hops. It has the typical earthiness that I associate with Lagunitas.
T: Follows the nose. Some toasted, caramel, and sugary malt. Tastes a little like apple cider. A bit more hops than in the nose. Gritty and earthy.
M/D: A medium body that is over carbonated and a little watery. Not hard to drink. I can session a few of these.

It is not bad at all. If you are a fan of Lagunitas this will not disappoint. Something worth trying.

Photo of jdubjacket
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a bottle of this at a local restaurant in Duluth. Pours a copper color with moderate head and no lacing. Smell is relatively subdued - hard to pick much out of it except for some malt presence. Taste is a combination of the style and a hint of plastic. Average mouthfeel. Overall, decent but not my favorite.

Photo of thekanna
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark amber bordering on brown with a thin white head.

S: Caramel with some toffee, hops, and citrus. Hops slowly encroach into the smell until the nose becomes saturated with it.

T: Floral aromas infused with caramel malts and diacetyl come onto the palate. Hops seep in and become strong but not overwhelming, imparting bitter and slightly burnt tastes. Slightly phenolic at the end.

M: Nice and creamy; finishes clean and juicy.

D: Good beer to enjoy with typical American fare; cuts through most strong flavors and holds its own. Decent ale for sessioning with.

Photo of kegger22
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear, red/brown with a two modest head that dissipated to a collar. The aroma was malty sweet. The taste was also malty sweet, but I got the faint taste of strawberries at the back of the throat, don't ask me where that came from. The feel was medium bodied, oily, with light carbonation. Drinkability was very good. I bought a sixer and could drink it if I hadn't already sampled a couple other brews.

Photo of jt31914
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured form 12 oz. Bottle:

A: About a half finger's worth of head. Dark amber color - truly fits the rich copper label.

S: Caramel smell; very sweet and rich. Very good smell.

T: This fits the description perfectly - it is so rich and smooth. The caramel is noticeable and compliments the beer perfectly. Every part of this beer from when it hits the palate to the finish is phenomenal. Rich, smooth and sweet.

M: Creamy, malty, and amazingly smooth. The beer disguises any hint of bitterness yet still has a clear beer taste and feel.

D: Very drinkable and smooth.

Photo of bonsreeb85
3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - clear copper with a thin head(not much to speak of in the appearance category)

S - buttery caramel malts with slight apple and minimal hops

T - a lot like the nose, mostly malty w/ a kiss of hops and a super clean finish. very sessionable and balanced

MF - again, balance is the key word. moderate carbonation levels, medium body. goes down smooth

D - excellent session brew. great balance across the board and a decent amount of flavor for a beer under 6 percent.

Photo of Schwab
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought this beer the other day at a local liquor store and was eager to give it a shot since I have a thing for amber (copper) ales. Overall, I thought Lagunitas can do better!

A - Poured beer in glass and got a rich, amber/copper color with a small head that quickly disappeared. Appears to be very much in style with other copper ales.

S - Rich caramel and roast aroma but still somewhat of a typical Lagunitas smell.

T - This is similar to the smell. It has somewhat if a typical Lagunitas taste to it, but still goes into deep caramel malts. Great mals/hop flavor. I don't know where some people bring this IPA thing from, but this beer is definitely not an IPA, not even a darker IPA or whatever they may call it.

M - Smooth feel to it, not very dry and brings out different aromas while drinking it.

D - Well balanced, easy to drink beer. Many BMC drinkers prefer a smooth over a pale ale type beer to open them the world to craft brew. Well..for all these Amber Bock drinkers, this may be just what you are looking for

Photo of PatrickJR
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Textbook amber, clear, with 3+ fingers of light, rust colored head. Great retention with a half inch cap staying around for a while. Moderate lacing. There was some sediment floating around after the pour but it has since settled to the bottom.

S - Mild to moderate caramel aroma with some toasty aromas; something like bread that's been slightly overbaked. Some herbal and citric character from the hops (almost soapy) is present on the backend, albeit in small amounts.

T - I think the word "average" next to the 3.0 I gave this is the perfect word to describe this. It isn't bad, but certainly doesn't hold a candle to most other ambers out there. Censored starts off with caramel and toasted dark bread flavors and just a hint of bready sweetness. Mild grassy and citric notes from the hops kick in mid to late palate providing just enough bitterness to counteract the malt sweetness. Toastiness lingers in the finish.

M - Light bodied with a nod towards medium. Medium high carbonation.

D - Censored certainly isn't what I think of when I think of an amber. Nothing about it tastes terrible but it just isn't appealing. The toasty character is a bit strange in such large amounts and I would prefer a bit more sweetness. Hop flavor is restrained and what flavor is there doesn't meld beautifully with the malt. Kind of a strange combination of weakish flavors here.

Photo of bfields4
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light crystal clear amber with a constant effervescence and large frothy head.

Rich and roasted malt aroma toffee sweetness.

Crisp flavors toffee flavor is abruptly met with a nice citrus hop. Nothing too exciting, but good nonetheless.

A real refreshing high carbonated balanced beer. Very smooth likable beer. Would be nice for a light session beer.

Photo of brewdoc75
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: As the name implies, copper in color with an orangish hue. Everlasting half inch head present as well.

S: Sweet toffee and caramel accentuated by citrus and floral hops. Despite this not terribly aromatic.

T: More caramel and toffee with some breadiness as well. The hops provide the necessary bitterness with a touch of citrus. I do get some earthy tones as well. Unfortunately it finishes a bit metallic for me.

M: Smooth but crisp. Light to medium body.

D: A good beer, but it stops there. More like an ESB than an amber. At its price of 8 bucks for a sixer it is definitely worthy of a purchase.

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