Chautauqua Brew - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 16.23%
Wants: 5
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: neenerzig on 03-21-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 45 | Reviews: 33
Reviews by DawnL:
Photo of DawnL
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale golden color with lacing.

Oaty, barley nose with a slight wheat germ aroma.

Light in flavor with a honeyed rolled oat quality. There's a little banana on the back end. It's not overwhelmingly banana.

Good, porridge-like mouthfeel.

This is a very drinkable session ale. It is clean tasting with very primal, comforting flavors. One of the surprises of the evening.

More User Reviews:
Photo of MadScientist
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Crystal clear pale golden with a creamy white head that quickly dissipates.

Aroma: a light aroma with faintly citrusy hop aroma with a nice balance of malt.

Flavor: A good balance of citrusy hop and malt flavors with a bit of caramel/biscuit in the background. A good flavorful beer for he style.

Mouthfeel: A nice bright, bubbly mouth feel with a pleasing weight on the palate

Overall Impression: This is an excellent light style beer from Southern Tier who is better know for high alcohol, aggressively hopped beers. It's a nice crowd pleaser that would be an excellent choice to into introduce ale to you macro-brew/lager friends.

Photo of generallee
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: From the pour I got a clear golden yellow beer with a bright white head. The head is light and fades quickly to just a light film covering.

Smell: The aroma is light and has notes of pale grain and fresh white bread with just a hint of grassy hops.

Taste/Palate: The flavor matches the aroma with a clean light grain and white bready maltiness balanced with light grassy hops. I also get just the slightest hint of citrus hop flavor in the quick, dry and slightly acidic finish.

Notes: This is a light and very basic ale, which is nice, but I will defiantly be sticking with there other more interesting and bigger beers!!!

Photo of dogfishandi
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

was surprised to find this at the store, thought it was for locals from chautauqua county only. poured from cellar temp bottle into my southern tier pint glass. pours similar in appearence to a big macro lager. clear pale golden straw color with some fizzy white head that dissappeared quickly to a thin ring. lots of rushing bubbles, some medium lacing.

the aroma is fairly light. some light grainy malts, a little buttery, slight grassy hop in there as well.

nice balanced flavor. nice light buttery malt flavor up front with a nice light bitter hoppy finish. a little yeastiness going on as well.

nice light mouthfeel, although slightly heavier than most macros, creamy mouthfeel, good carb. good drinkability as well, very sessionable beer, nice for the summer.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to THECPJ for providing this beer.

A: Extremely light yellow, reminds of a BMC beer. Small white head, very little lacing, small carbonation bubbles released from the bottom.

S: A little bit of hay, some grains, a little doughy malt, and a very weak floral aroma.

T: Similar to the nose, light grains, a little floral and grassy. Slight lemony flavor at the end.

M: Light bodied and crisp, would make for a good summer beer.

O: Very simple, not a ton going on, but nothing wrong with it either. Lawnmower beer for sure.

Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery's tasting room on 12/23/11.

Pours a pale gold with a 1/2" of soft white head. The nose is faint grass and mild caramel. The taste is similar; faint notes of caramel and hints of grassy, earthy hops. There is a faint bitterness in the finish. This one is very light and well carbonated.

This is a very easy to drink beer. In fact my brother-in-law and I took little time to finish our pints. Flavor-wise, however, it lacks anything special for the style. Honestly, for an amber ale, it didn't have many of the things I would expect like amber body, heavy caramel notes, and a heavier mouthfeel. Don't get me wrong, this is in no way a bad beer, just simple and light.

Photo of MMAJYK
3.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From my notebook.

A- Well, this beer is mislabeled in the BA database. I will review it on a 'stand alone' basis not pertaining to a particular style. It's a light, gold, and fluffy beer. Looks to me like a pilsner or a light pale ale.

S- I think the one I got is a tad skunky. I will be respectful and try to look beyond that. I get some grainy and wheaty aromas, but that's about it.

T- Light, like a pilsner or American lager. Husky and grainy; pleasany. NOT AN AMBER!!

M- Light in the mouth with medium to high carbonation.

D- Great drinkability, but not an Amber Ale!

Photo of drcarver
2.88/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

A - a light yellow body small white quickly fading head. No lacing

S - No real aroma. A little malt.

T - Similar to that you Molson Canadian. Strong mid-mouth malt flavor. Non-offensive. It's a great local.

M - Some bitterness and a light metallic feel

D - Beers don't go down much smoother than this one.

Photo of woodske1
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Well...I love the idea of a Beer only sold in one county...very cool. That's about it for this one though.

Outside of being very easy to drink there isn't too much of a reason to hammer down on these.

It also seems southern tier is fazing this one out. I've been to the Empty Pint a few times where it wasn't on tap.

It's also almost impossible to find bottled around the lake. You can get it on tap in many local bars though.

Photo of jmalex
3.86/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I didn't think this was available anywhere other than locally at the brewery so I made sure to pick some up when I visited last month.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a Southern Tier shaker pint a crystal clear pale golden yellow. The head is loose-bubbled and somewhat small, but what's there holds fairly well.

SMELL: The aroma is not terribly intense and quite simple. The most striking thing is how clean it is allowing crisp pale malt and a mild earthy, noble hop aroma to come through perfectly. The beer is so clean that it almost seems like a lager-like sulfur character is present.

TASTE: Crisp and balanced, but the finish features a slight bit of yeast esters unlike the aroma. Noble hops provide a balancing bitterness to negate any sweetness. It's clean, it's refreshing, and the simplicity speaks for itself.

MOUTHFEEL: Light bodied with an average carbonation level. There's not much to say except that it's pretty much exactly what it should be.

DRINKABILITY: Naturally, drinkability is quite high. Just a great everyday beer that you could have a few of.

It's no-frills but it works. Consider yourself lucky if you have access to this, but it's not exactly something to ever seek out.

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy amber with a decent head. Smell was a muted hops, with definate hints of grain and even a slight caramel. Taste was a bit thin, but had a definate sugary touch to it. Hoppy dry finish with a tiny pine bite. Very drinkable. Overall this was a decent beer, I could see this being served in large numbers as it is very smooth and very drinkable

Photo of rlee1390
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up at the brewery a few weeks ago and I finally got around to trying it.

A-Semi cloudy to clear yellow-orange. About a finger worth of head that doesn't stay along very long.

S-Wheat with some hops.

T-Lemon and some slight wheat tones to start, not much bitterness is present either.

M-Light and crisp

O-So far one of the worse ST brews out there, but it was worth the try. All fans of ST should try this one once, but don't expect much.

Photo of neenerzig
4.18/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a bomber of this at a gas station in Jamestown NY a few days ago on my way back to Cleveland from Olean, NY where my girlfriend goes to college. This beer pours a clear, medium golden color witha nice foamy white head that's about 3 finger thick before settling to film cover with good staying power. Decent lacing. Aromas of malt and hops are present and not much else. Flavors are also of sweet malt followed by somewhat bitter hops. Not a very complex taste, but a good one! Has a full medium to full bodied, crisp and frothy mouthfeel. Moderate to high carbonation here. Quite easy to drink. A good representation of this style. While I usually enjoy more complex beers, I certainly enjoyed this beer in spite of its simple characteristics. I believe this beer is only sold in the Chautauqua/Jamestown, NY area so it might be hard to find unless you are in that area, but definitely worth a try if you come across it!


Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
3.06/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Found this brew in Erie County in six pack form, and was seriously ecstatically thrilled to sample and notch this one under.

A: Good golden yellow in color, nice noticeable white head and killer lacing that stoled the show.

S: Mild malt, light grain, splash of slight citrus notes.

T: Nice balance of minimal hops and that there malt action, tastes pretty clean, dry in the back.

M: Watery in texture, tolerable carbonation, abv nonexistent.

D: Good crisp brew overall, has session written all over it. It gives the style some justice, but nothing to write home about.

Photo of al885
4.14/5  rDev +20%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I always get this on tap when i am at BJ's in Fredonia.

a: clear, with little head
s: floral smell
t: good.
m: thin but lingers on your palate for awhile
d: could drink a shitload of em.

it's a favorite of mine when i can get it. good while throwing darts.

Photo of kels
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks so much to bamadog for sharing this one with me. I'd like to get to ST myself one day and take a look around.

Pours a bright golden yellow with complete clarity, exposing tons of little bubbles rising quickly throughout. The 2 finger foamy, soft white head fades and retains well at a 1/2 finger solid skim. Lots of thick lace sticks to the sides of the glass.

Not much aroma to speak of at all. There's the slightest hint of the dry crispy grain, but that's a stretch to find.

Very tasty beer that's quite representative of its style. The grains are crisp, toasty and dry. They are complimented by a nice light lemony citrus hop presence. After the drink, the graininess comes through slightly nutty, but not heavy. Flavors are not too bold and are well-balanced, and when coupled with the bright, effervescent carbonation and fizzy, mouthfilling feel creates one heck of drinkable and refreshing tasty beer.

Photo of mtnbikerpa
2.84/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass at the brewery. This is a local beer only distributed in Chautauqua area. Bright golden color with about an inch of head. Strong scents of straw and freshly cut hay. Very earthy flavors stand out the most ahead of any real hops or malty flavors. Mouthfeel is smooth. Pretty easy to drink on a warm day, but I was not a huge fan.

Photo of goblue3509
3.81/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Recently changed the label on this one and I was excited to get it. It pous a very clear yellow-gold color. Starts out with a two finger head with gives way to some lacing on the glass. The smell is very faint. The smell of some malt is there. Taste is not complex taste of barely and malt but very faint. The mouthfeel is dry and slight carbonated. The drinkability is very high this is one of the smoothest beers I have ever had. Even though it lacks complexity of other beers it is very enjoyalbe an can be enjoyed over and over again.

Photo of Deuane
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the breweries tap room.

A-Deep golden yellow with a medium white head that left behind nice lacing.

S-Very light aroma of faint spicy hops and a bit of biscuity malt.

T-Plain and simple good, straight forward "beer". Nothing crazy here. This is a simple brew made the right way for the local populous, just like in old Europe.

M-Medium-light body with a nice sharp crispness.

D-Quaffable. This is a nice local beer that one should drink while in the area. A great summer beer for western NY to enjoy at a BBQ, playing golf, bowling, after mowing the grass or just haning out shooting shit with your neighbors. A quality BMC replacement.

Photo of bamadog
3.32/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review is from notes taken on 5/10/2010 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass. Glad I finally came across this beer on a recent trip back home. Not nearly as good as some other beers from Southern Tier, but definitely solid enough in the end. Worth trying, but not necessarily seeking out.

Appearance: Pour is a pale golden/yellow straw color; starts with a one finger white meringue-like head with solid retention; body is very clear and shows very strong and fast carbonation; fair and dry looking washes of lacing hold on to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Some dry, toasty grains. Nose is very faint and not much coming out of it.

Taste: Not too shabby -- a little plain overall, but crisp and light toasty grains; a bit of a thin and sweet malty backing; very faint hop bitterness that's a little lemony.

Mouthfeel: Very light and crisp body with strong and lively carbonation; a very clean finish.

Drinkability: This is the kind of beer that could be drank all day, but it's really kind of plain and lackluster overall; not bad and a solid beer, and it's not as if everything has to be he huge or exotic or barrel-aged, but I think there are ultimately better offerings from other breweries that meet this criteria much better.

Photo of Viggo
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Picked up a 6 pack of this at Consumers Beverage in Buffalo. Surprising because I thought they only sold it in Chautauqua County.

Pours a slightly hazed golden, some amber highlights, thin white head forms, quickly settles to a nice ring around the glass, few lace spots stick. Smell is nice, very sweet and malty, honey and caramel, grainy, toasted oats, very fruity, some floral, tea like hops, lightly grassy, pretty nice for an American blonde. Taste is similar, some apples, grain, caramel malt, biscuit and toast, some light floral and fruit, very light flavour but balanced a drinkable, a bit of lemony tartness in the finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium to high carbonation. A good session beer.

Photo of riversider76
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden with a thin white head.Very little retention and just a bit of lacing. Aroma is of bready malts with some hints of fruit. Body is light and carbonated. Taste is of grain,and grassy hops.Hints of fruit,and a nice finish.Great session beer. Always good from Southern Tier!

Photo of biegaman
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Chautauqua Brew looks nowhere near as unusual as its name sounds. It is a stock, uninspiring, lightly foggy shade of yellow that will look quite familiar to all beer drinkers everywhere in the world. Its surface has shed of all its head and, despite the constant updraft of bubbles, seems incapable of growing any more. Lacing will be impossible.

Fortunately, this beer fails to have the off-putting smell of corn syrup or adjuncts like most pale lagers in the U.S. do; unfortunately, it also fails to do anything to decorate the boring and lifeless bouquet that results from a simple pale malt grist. Knowing these brewers, I expected a spattering of zesty, colourful hops... but this is not Hop Sun.

While that particular beer, despite its lightness and mindless quaffability, is fit to impress even the more refined palates, it's evident that Southern Tier has aimed this offering to more mainstream, less choosy drinkers. And that's fine - hops aren't mandatory, provided of course that they keep the malt profile clean, relatively tasty and quenching.

Which they certainly have. The crisp, pure, lightly grainy, faintly bready flavour of pale malt comes across the palate without the tiniest hint of corn, rice or buttery diacetyl. A snippy, grassy, lemon zest-like bitterness cuts the flavour off before it begins to linger in the form of an aftertaste (assuming it would be strong enough even to do so).

Start the lawnmower, Southern Tier's covered the refreshments. There was a time (pre-Prohibition) when hundreds of American breweries were crafting agreeable, unadulterated beers like this. While the style leaves much to be desired, it's still good to know there are again breweries offering pale lagers in their pure, traditional form.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.3/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, served in a pint glass.

My son brought me home a six pack of this beer from his trip to Buffalo, NY to visit a friend.

A - clear, light amber color with a big fluffy white head that hung around for the entire glass, leaving good lacing.

S - sweet malty aroma, toffee, caramel.

T - taste is very good, sweet caramel malt with a hoppy bite at the finish.

M - light/medium bodied, good carbonation, crisp and refreshing.

D - I'm on #4 of 6 and I wish I had more.

I'll try to encourage my son to see his friend more often, heck, it's only a 5 hour trip!

Photo of Knapp85
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drove 6 hours to the brewery to take a tour last summer. I was one of the first people in line and they told me they were out of tickets already. I was pretty pissed, So I decided to drink my anger away and I started with this one.

This brew pours like most Red Ales do, this beer had a decent head on it and a fairly hoppy aroma. It was on the lighter side when it came to mouthfeel, and the taste was moderate. Hops came first and dry malt in the finish. This beer is just one for the people who don't have any clue about what Southern Tier does. I look at this the same way I looked at Dogfish Head's Lawnmower Ale.

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Chautauqua Brew from Southern Tier Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.