Amber Lager - Wisconsin Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 20.37%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Wisconsin Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: dhannes on 11-08-2013

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Ratings: 74 | Reviews: 12
Reviews by workingclassbrew:
Photo of workingclassbrew
3.43/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Wanted to see how this would compare to Capital's Amber, since this is from a former brewer from Capital. Lagers are my 1st choice in a beer style, American Macro, craft, or foreign.

Poured into a old tavern glass. Nice dark amber color, and off white head.

If you swish the bottle around it has a faint orange pop aroma, not bad, but a little odd. Bready, yeast.

Taste....did someone just pour me a Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale "light"? I may be exaggerating, but this lager taste heavily hopped, as a Celebration IPA is heavily malty. This beer lies very dry on the tongue. As it warms it takes on a Oktoberfest malt note. This beer has a lot going on if you sit back, and pick it apart. Yet it seems like a easy one to enjoy a few bottles, 5.5% perfect. Nice lacing on the glass, if that matters.

On my second, good stuff. Not what I'd expect from a brewer who doesnt care for IPAs. The hops dry out the malt taste on your tongue, thats how I'd describe it, but in a good way.

All in all, very good in my books. Way to go Wisconsin!

More User Reviews:
Photo of dhannes
3.95/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled a flight at the brewery in a small plastic cup.

A=Spot on darker red with foamy white head...nice.

S=Malt, cream, and some hops--a bit of a citrus.

T=Moderately strong malt, with honey roasted nut peanuts, honey, a maybe a hint of cherry? Much more flavorful than Kirby's first attempt at an amber, Wisconsin Amber, at Capital. Still, toned down a bit from what it could be to draw more mass appeal.

M=Creamy, sweet, moderate carbonation. Maybe a touch more body for my liking.

O=A strong offering and one that could draw followers. I'd definitely choose this one over Wisconsin Amber, but would still choose my favorite, Lakefront Riverwest Stein, over the WBC offering if sold at the same point-of-purchase.

Photo of jwc215
3.71/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear amber with a thin white lasting head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of caramelized bread and a hint of sour-ish citric fruits.

The taste is of sweet, fresh caramel - firm malt - with citric, bitter-ish balance in the finish.

It has a creamy, smooth medium body.

A very nice, well-balanced American Amber Lager. Nice hop touch in the finish.

Photo of martyl1000
4.01/5  rDev +23.8%

Not to be confused with Capital Brewery's much weaker "Wisconsin Amber."

Surprisingly flavorful. Had this on the Square, at Taste of Madison.

Photo of KFBR392
4/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Two fingers of bubbly light tan head. The color fits the name, amber. Active carbonation fits for the style, potent but not over the top. Light random lacing left behind.

Smell: Cloves, airy pepper, and sweet amber malt. Candied sugars open up on the body and really pull the drinker in. Toffee continues the sweetness into the finish. Slight vegetal touch pulls it all together in the finish.

Taste: Caramel and toffee greet the drinker. Butterscotch, bready yeast, and oak on the body. A touch of peppercorns is found on the body and lingers into the finish. Cloves and vegetal flavors are subtle on the body and add an extra level of complexity. A pleasant sugary sweetness inhabits the palate and is present throughout drinking.

Mouthfeel: The sugary, malty sweetness combined with the vegetal tones dries out the palate effectively. Carbonation is potent but doesn't really bring the clean mouthfeel one would expect from a lager. Sort of an interesting middle ground established.

Overall: Great offering here from Wisconsin Brewing Co. The mouthfeel isn't much like a lager but the taste comes through for the style. A touch sweet but I really enjoy it in this brew.

Photo of Gotti311
4/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really nice amber, super crisp from the lager yeast, some hop notes present. Had it at the brewery and I was impressed

Photo of steveh
4.02/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Finally saw some of Mr. Nelson's new beer in a store and grabbed up the lager; mostly because I like a good lager and I know Kirby makes great lagers.

A -- Clear, copper-gold with a dense, creamy, long-lasting off-white head that leaves good lacing.

S -- Mellow, spicy hops up front with light breadiness back.

T -- Spicy hops up front, some mellow, nutty, biscuit character in the middle; bitter, earthy hop characters in good balance with a distinct, but inviting bitterness. There's a mild citrus fruitiness throughout. The finish has a good yeast, breadiness and the aftertaste folds back to earthy hops.

M -- Mouthfeel is smooth to lightly mineral with a medium body.

O -- This is a great, clean Lager with certain characteristics that will win over Ale drinkers. It reminds me of the first micro-brewed beers that emerged in the beginning of the era.

The WI Brewing web site calls this a "Classic Bavarian Lager." Well... I never had anything like this on my visits to Bavaria, but marketing doesn't make it any less enjoyable.

Photo of majorbase2
3.69/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear orange color with a large foam head that dissipates quickly. No lacing. Aroma is lightly toasted grain malts, with a slight hint of floral and citrus. The lightly toasted grains come through really nicely along with some pleasant honey, and bready malts. Really easy to drink. Perfectly carbonated, and very refreshing. Honestly surprised to see as low of a rating on this one. It's not the best, but it's a super easy drinker, and tasted pretty good to boot. Easily sessionable.

Photo of twb0392
3.73/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

better than Capital Wisconsin amber

Photo of DbbC
4/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid Amber with good complexity

Photo of mjpolzin
3.42/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was fine but then again, aren't all lagers just fine-at best? I figured I would pick up a sixer of a Wisconsin Brewing Co. beer to support the new local brewery in their first week with beer on the shelves. I don't know if I really feel good about supporting this local brewery though because they already seem like they are well on their way (or trying) to being a macro-type brewery....but I digress.

The beer was pretty well hopped so it definitely had some bite to it but I thought it was at the expense of it being a little too bitter and harsh. Other than the hops, there was some biscuit, bread-like tastes.

Overall not bad. I think it's a good beer to have in the house in case I have people who aren't into the high end beers like I am and just need something easy drinking.

Photo of vespahulb
3.26/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

In short, this is what Leinie's Red is supposed to taste like....except get rid of the adjunct grain, use some quality hops and use lot's of them.

Beautiful grain aroma. A bit of floral hops, I detected a sweet honey, cherries and toasted bread.

Remarkably smooth and kind of slick in the mouth. The grain bill sings. More honey, cheerios, bread, cherry. A good bitterness keeps it in check.

It took me a while to get around to this, but if you're having a brat fry this is the beer you wanna have on hand. Great for everyone from Cicerones to Budmillercoors crowds.

Amber Lager from Wisconsin Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.