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Founding Fathers Lager - Founding Fathers Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Founding Fathers LagerFounding Fathers Lager

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16 Reviews
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Reviews: 16
Hads: 53
Avg: 2.79
pDev: 43.37%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Founding Fathers Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: NuclearDolphin on 01-20-2012

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Reviews: 16 | Hads: 53
Photo of donmonkey1
3.4/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Nice amber with a little white head that laces nicely. The head appears to be chased by ninjas because it's gone.

Smell: Sweet malt.

Taste: Metal and sweet malt

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery but With awesome stinging carbonation.

At least its got some taste.

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Photo of jettjon
3.08/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a 12 oz. bottle with no visible freshness date, marked “Latrobe, PA,” and “50% of profits go to families of military.” Vigorous pour yields an attractive amber-coppery color with lots of precipitating carbonation. One finger head fades quickly but leaves a good bit of off white lacing and a nice ring and clumps. Nose of sweetish malt, a bit artificial and maybe just a touch of off-scent like light skunk. Taste is OK, malty with hints of honey, and a rather abrupt bitter dry hoppy end. Gets rough at the end with a very subtle metallic off flavor finish. Mouth is satisfactorily wet and quenching with moderate carbonation.

Overall: A passable amber ale. The real draw here is the profits going to military families; otherwise I wouldn’t give this one a second look.

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Photo of DarrellK
3.18/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought it because of half the profits going to Military Families.
Poured into a pint glas and it yielded a fair head initially but it dissapaited to a Sam Adams like head in a minute or two.
Reddish/Amber color (I'm color-blind)sort of a whiskey color to me. Some carbonation that lingers.
Nose is slight with a little malt in there.
Mouth is a bit weak for me but probably just fine for the average Bud drinker what should be buying this brew.
Finish is dryish and malty.
Not a bad attempt that is a little behind Amber Bock. Will try it at some different temps and try to find on tap to see if it improves.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.32/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice coppery amber with an average but decent white head. Aroma is typical of a lager, but has strength and depth that I don’t get from most pale lagers, having strong fruity notes as well as the expected lager aroma. Flavor is malty and somewhat fruity, more rounded than most lagers and quite pleasing. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth and firm with a good amount of fizz. Definitely worth seeking.

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Photo of budgood1
3.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours out a chill hazed dark amber colour with a respectable half inch thick head. ivory in colour, leaving some decent lace for a lager. a great looking beer in the glass. rich malty aroma...hints of caramel and toffee with a grassy, herbal hop undertone. upon tasting, a sweet caramel malty note hits the tongue and is quickly ushered away by a crisp and dry finish. bits and pieces of brown and burnt sugar can be detected as well. some delicate, yet perceptible grass and hay like hop notes provides more overall flavour than bitterness, and is not unwelcome in this brew. the overall body is fullish for a lager of this sort and the mouthfeel is on the crisp side with residual sweetness fighting too make itself known. therefore, finishes on the dry side. drinkability is ok...there is an empty, watery, "bottom dropping out" characteristic that really distracts in the overall profile.

overall this is reminiscent of a Killians or Mich Amber Bock sort of amber/red. a beer brewed with a cause in mind...50% of all profits are donated to families of the US military. a few tweaks to the recipe could go a long way to make this a more respectable tasting beer.

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Photo of NuclearDolphin
1.68/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a 16oz Pint Glass, never thought I'd be the first to review a new beer!

Appearance - Darker Orange in color with a very filtered look to it and decent amount of carbonation. Head pours at around a 2 finger width and has no retention or lacing to speak of.

Smell - Cooked Veggies and a slight bready smell along with a faint malty scent. The smell does get rather skunky and offensive after a while.

Taste - Much like the smell, it's primarily cooked veggies with a slight yeast taste. The malty scent that was in the smell isn't here at all. It also leaves a bad veggie aftertaste after drinking. Without sounding too objective, it tastes like a bad adjunct lager.

Mouthfeel - It's light and feels fresh when drinking and the carbonation is balanced out quite nicely, so it's okay in terms of ease on the palette.

Overall - Even though the cause is noble, with 50% of the profit going towards helping military veterans, it pains me to say that this beer is quite bad. However, since this brewery is relatively new (at least to my knowledge), I have hopes that it's flavor will improve along with the other beers it plans on releasing in the future.

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Founding Fathers Lager from Founding Fathers Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.