Brick Waterloo Amber - Brick Brewing Co.

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Brick Waterloo AmberBrick Waterloo Amber

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53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.03
pDev: 20.79%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brick Brewing Co. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: pootz on 09-12-2011)
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Photo of Mlkluther
2/5  rDev -34%

Can. Pours amber with a thick head. Fruity nose with a metallic note. Lots of carbonation. Taste follows the nose. Not a pleasant beer.

Photo of R_Kole
4.5/5  rDev +48.5%

Photo of Phyl21ca
1.75/5  rDev -42.2%

Can: Poured a clear light brown color ale with medium size foamy head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of unrefined grainy malt notes is not very pleasant. Taste is also dominated by unrefined granny notes with light dry hops notes barely noticeable. Body is light with OK carbonation. Quite bad with low drinkability level.

Photo of TerryW
3/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Orionigel
2.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of MasterOfArgos39
4.5/5  rDev +48.5%

Photo of Bf_89
3/5  rDev -1%

Photo of BuckyBeerBeaver
3.95/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The Brick Brewing Company Limited ("Brick") was established in 1984, and produces, markets and distributes premium beer under the Waterloo brand name, and value beer under the Laker, Red Cap, Formosa and Red Baron brands. It also produces various beer products under the PC® trademark on behalf of Loblaws. The Brick's products are sold primarily in Ontario through The Beer Store, the LCBO and the Brick's own retail store. Its brewing facilities are located in Waterloo and Formosa, Ontario.

On this occasion we sampled Brick's new seasonal beer, Waterloo Premium Whiskey Amber ("WPMA"), in a 473 ml can purchased from the LCBO. The date code on the can read H19112 which I'm assuming translates into a production date of August 19, 2011. WPWA was 6.8% alcohol by volume.

WPMA poured a slightly hazy golden/amber colour, with about 1.5" of short lived head that dissipated into a foamy collar and film, leaving some minor spotting and lacing down the glass. Its aroma was primarily of caramel malts and whiskey, with a moderate hop presence...quite sweet on balance. The flavour began with toasted caramel malts and sweet whiskey, and just when the combination of the two threatened to become overly sweet, a mild hop bitterness kicks in to restore a good balance. WPMA finishes with a slightly bitter aftertaste, but nothing so strong or long lived as to be unpleasant. The beer is medium bodied and has just enough carbonation to give it a crisp mouthfeel. In summary, a good effort from Brick Brewing in our first sampling of one of its products. Looking forward to trying some of their other beers, though I suspect that this was the cream of the crop.

Photo of Pmicdee
3/5  rDev -1%

Photo of swillmeister
2.59/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tulip shaped pint glass. Gave it a heavy pour to produce a good head to impart more aromas. Head dissipated within about 10 seconds

Appearance: as the name implied, the beer is indeed a nice natural amber colour as opposed to the bright fake copper colour found in similar amber beers. A bit cloudy in the glass. No lacing to speak of.

Smell : predominant smell is a bit metallic with undertones of banana bread, toffee and molasses

Taste: a bit too sweet for my taste

Mouthfeel: like flat ginger ale.

Overall: nothing spectacular. Probably would not buy again

Photo of boszormeny
3/5  rDev -1%

Photo of DamageCase76
2.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of Hoppy_McGee
3.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of BigGruntyThirst
3.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of smakawhat
2.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the can into a tulip pint glass.

A nice copper dark orange body, slightly cloudy but mostly clear, with a thick faint tan head that makes about three fingers tall presence. Kind of soapy, with some ring like lacing on the glass. Pretty decent looking.

One whiff on the nose and there is a ton of white sugar sensations. Real candy like smelling as well and syrupy, and some alcohol heat. Not much else here going on but nothing too offensive either.

Palate is just too noticeably sweet. Mouthfeel is a bit wet, but there's mostly just a flavor of sugared water. More of the candy like character comes through, with a big simple syrup light coating. Boozy. Some slight fussel like characters as well. Lots of sweet apple and sugar pie character with no depth.

Overall where's the malt? This comes off more like an amber sugary malt liquor than anything else.

Photo of wordemupg
3.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

473ml can poured into tulip 21/11/13

A light amber with a tornado of bubbles popping off the bottom, some tiny suspended particles being moved around and a well sustained two fingers of foam slowly falls to a thin film leaving rings deep down the glass, looks sexy

S malt liquor like sweet corny malt, cardboard, a little booze, honey and hard toffee

T more of the same, tastes like malt liquor but not quite as nasty, some dry grass, brown sugar, and nuts are added to what I smell

M medium bodied and slightly creamy, a little heat and a sweet grassy finish

O meh, tastes a little cheap but I don't think that reflects in the price tag, drinkable but I'm not craving a second

looks great but that's as far as it goes, not quite offensive but nothing special

Photo of DenisKolkin
2.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

473 ml can from LCBO for $2.50 CDN poured cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - Dirty copper color with some red hues. transparent except some active bubble activity. Solid 1 finger of white head that lingers for a bit and leaves some decent lacing.

Smell - Took repeated whiffs for me to get much of anything and there was still nothing here really except for a faint grassiness and a touch of lemon zest. Really bland and basic smelling. Fortunately nothing offensive.

Taste - Like the nose, there's not much, a bit of the alcohol flavor comes through but otherwise a slight caramel sweetness. Not a refreshing taste either. Again inoffensive, just nothing really good either.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation, slightly dry aftertaste and finish. Devoid of any lingering tastes.

Overall - Pretty mediocre. Decent way to get a buzz on from the higher ABV, but with virtually no flavor or smell, this wasn't a positive experience either.

Photo of thehyperduck
2.6/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

473 mL can picked up at the LCBO. I reviewed this shortly after it came out, and gave it a grade of 3.78 at the time. I later learned that the original canned version was actually barrel-aged, which is apparently no longer the case. I've had this a few times since that original review, and was shocked at the drop in quality - so I'm just going to delete that one and re-review this.

One thing I will say - this still looks pretty damn good in the glass. It's a bright, clear orange-amber colour, with a big, creamy off-white head that wilts away over a period of minutes, coating the glass with plenty of lacing. The smell, on the other hand, is pretty terrible. Garbage water is the first thing that comes to mind - kind of rusty, with some sweet undertones of fermenting vegetable matter. I assure you I am not exaggerating for comedic effect, this is what the beer's aroma reminds me of. I can't even pick out any caramel, and from previous experience I already know that caramel makes up >75% of the flavour.

I can't even believe this is the same beer I tasted a few years ago. There's nothing offensive about the flavour, but it is utterly one-dimensional and completely uninteresting - caramel malt sweetness, toasted grains, earthy wood and more than enough booze to remind you of the relatively sturdy abv. The aftertaste isn't quite hot, but the ethanol doesn't exactly slink into the background, either - regardless, it's cloyingly sweet and a little syrupy. On the light side of medium-bodied, and slightly creamy. Not very drinkable - kind of a chore, really. If I weren't so cheap, I'd consider a drain pour.

Final Grade: 2.6, a dismal C-. Waterloo Amber is merely a shadow of its original incarnation. At the time I compared it to Innis & Gunn (which is nothing spectacular, but still a serviceable basic barrel-aged ale), but now it seems more like a shallow knock-off than a serious contender. If I get this again, it will only be because of the relatively good price-to-abv ratio - I mean, it beats the hell out of malt liquor.

Photo of GoHabsGo
3/5  rDev -1%

Photo of kjyost
2.25/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of Watershed
3.81/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is one misunderstood beer. Pours whisky-gold from a 473mL can, leaving a full cm of foamy off-white head. The aroma is caramel and liquor -- the latter of which might be off-putting to some, but I find it pretty appealing, especially knowing that this beer uses five malts and is aged in white oak, so the sweetness comes from carefully chosen ingredients rather than adjuncts. Still, caramel is dominant, and so the smell could be criticized as 'one-dimensional.'

The taste is where I disagree with many previous reviewers here. This tastes like a combination of a malty Märzen (which is what this beer was originally marketed as) with some of the whiskeyish aspect of the original Innis & Gunn, and it's pretty delicious: malty and creamy, with a hint of herbal hops and a not unsatisfying liquor burn. Those who enjoy a nice sipping rum or bourbon on occasion might find themselves more inclined to enjoy this.

Overall, this is an utterly unique beer in the Ontario market, and in my opinion not at all the alcoholic swill that it's often cast as. This is a good example of a beer (and, in Märzen, a style) that has really suffered from the three-track-mind, hop-or-weiss-or-stout-obsessed craft beer movement in Ontario. Try this with an open mind, thinking of it as a strong, five-malt Märzen, and you shouldn't be disappointed.

Photo of WillAndSarah
3.5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of carteravebrew
3/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Vyronian
3.75/5  rDev +23.8%

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Brick Waterloo Amber from Brick Brewing Co.
72 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.