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Brick Waterloo Amber - Brick Brewing Co.

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Brick Waterloo AmberBrick Waterloo Amber

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BA SCORE
72
okay

50 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.02
pDev: 19.54%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pootz on 09-12-2011)
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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.75/5  rDev -42.1%

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.

Phyl21ca, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of biboergosum
2.3/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

473ml can. The first, I believe, for this brewer in Alberta.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden amber hue (whiskey colour, eh? What the hell kind of whisk(e)y do you guys drink?), with three fat fingers of puffy, foamy off-white head, which leaves some high-flying striated lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells fairly sour at first, hard to discern the origin, as neither the hops nor malt proffer outright culpability. Soon enough, it's made clear that the hops are more or less inert, and the malt is of the corny, grainy macro bent, and the extra booze just fuels the fire. The taste is, well the taste is a big 'ol smack to one's better senses of glycerol evil. Gah. Metallic alcohol, corn mash, overripe apple, and spineless earthy hops. Urg.

The carbonation is average, a prick here, a prick there, you get the idea, the body a seriously clammy medium weight, and too pithy to reliably discuss smoothness. It finishes sweet, but not in any good way - boozy, edgy, and tongue scraping.

Wow - the lengthy description on the can led me to briefly believe a whole shitload of fairy tales - especially the one about this being aged in oak, though they don't actually mention barrels, so, who the fuck knows. This is really quite easy to pigeonhole (it's doubtful I got an off-can) - a gussied-up malt liquor, nothing more.

biboergosum, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of smakawhat
2.84/5  rDev -6%
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.

smakawhat, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of liamt07
2.75/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Can from the LCBO, 473ml into a tulip. Date code is H1911, presumably August 19, 2011.

Hazy and slightly brownish orange, billowing offwhite head and a ton of carbonation. Sticky webbed lacing and decent retention. Nose is off, bready and lightly toasty. A touch of caramel but there's some prevalent mustiness, straw, dirty socks and dirty stagnant water feel to it. Off-putting. Taste is a bit of a step up, but metal, oxidized apple, caramel breadiness and an out-of-place bitterness come together to make this not the most pleasant experience. Quite sweet finish. Medium carbonation and a medium-sized body as well. Wouldn't revisit this one, couldn't make it through the can. Pass.

liamt07, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of wordemupg
3.29/5  rDev +8.9%
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

wordemupg, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of spinrsx
3.45/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

473ml Can

Appearance – Clear copper colour with an average size fizzy off-white/light beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation visible and there is a fairly good amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 7 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, toffee, grains

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel+toffee, and some light hops. There is also a bit of an adjunct taste.. corn etc. It ends with a malty/toffee sweet aftertaste with a tiny bit of lingering hop bitterness.

Overall – An above average beer that wasn't a waste of money. There are some good flavours going on, but I was a little bit disappointed by some of it's adjunct qualities. The alcohol seemed well hidden and it has a decent appearance. Not something I'd buy again though.

spinrsx, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of tbeckett
3.55/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours an orange/golden colour, reminds me of Tim Hortons peach drank. Moderate carbonation coming up. One finger of soapy white head with small bubbles. Bright. No lace and a soapy cap of small retention.

S - Lot's of caramel, buttery notes, floral hops, vanilla.

T - Vanilla again, caramel, gentle oak, some grassy hops and that buttery essence again. Not bad.

M - Well carbonated, a medium body that inches close to full, and an oaky/vanilla lingering note.

O/D - Almost an Innis and Gunn clone IMO. It's an easy drinking, yet complex and enjoyable lager. Nothing special, but worth a shot.

tbeckett, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of oldp0rt
2/5  rDev -33.8%

oldp0rt, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of Molson2000
4/5  rDev +32.5%

Molson2000, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -0.7%

cfalovo97, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of pootz
3.73/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

473ml can: very fresh sample from the brewery store. Pours a shimmering reddish orange lager in the stein with an ample puffy meringue white cap. Cap lasts and laces the glass walls. Moderately carbonated. Aroma is bready-caramel with some spicy and earthy tones, some oak and a wisp of smoke….great nose to this when it’s fresh. Medium full bodied, fairly well balanced. Flavor profile has a big chew of bready caramel malt in the very front then a nice mix of noble hopping balances with an earthy-herbal-woody tone, mid palate a mild complexity forms with the spicy-smoky whiskey rye malts complimenting the spicy Hallertaus. As this light malty-spicy complexity fades you get a long drying finish with a dry herbal hoppy tang at the end. I feel it’s kind of a stretch listing this as a Marzen but it is a rich amber lager with many Marzen traits plus a few unique twists. I don’t know if this saw barreling or just had oak chips pitched in the conditioning tanks but you do get a subtle oak discernment in aroma and flavor. The Rye and Whiskey malts impart a modest spicy-smoky flavor, the cara- malts a light sweetness and the ample noble hops balance it well. This is a rich satisfying (6.8%) amber lager in a quasi marzen style with enough uniqueness to keep it interesting after quaffing a couple. Certainly the best thing this brewer has made in a long time. I’m willing to rank this Amber on par with their now defunct anniversary Bock.

pootz, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of hopsolutely
3.5/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very different kind of beer that I am only starting to appreciate as I near the bottom. Initial sips struck me as a simple "caramelized lager" and thin, but the earthiness is coming more to the forefront as it warms. Rye and whisky notes predominant in both the aroma as well as the taste, with the caramelized malt sweetness merging into a pleasantly dry finish with tannic undertones. Can't place all the flavours, but it's nowhere near as single dimensional as I'd first thought.

Have to give The Brick credit for this one! Although it's not a taste profile I'd personally choose, it does indeed have flavour and perhaps bodes well for future offerings...

hopsolutely, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of TerryW
3/5  rDev -0.7%

TerryW, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of kjyost
2.25/5  rDev -25.5%

kjyost, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.35/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

473mL can from a mixed sampler pack from the brewery's beer store. No longer called "Brick Amber", it's now labelled as "Waterloo Authentic Amber" due to the brewery's ongoing efforts to distance themselves from the "Brick" name (although the distinctive hogs head remains in the brewery's logo)

Poured into a nonic. Light caramel amber, pour yields a hefty bit of froth, which settles into a thick ring.

Nose is citrus, sweet caramel, a bit of bread perhaps. Very faint.

Very sweet, borderline cloying. This is a simple amber ale, with only the faintest hint of woodsy or pine flavor that the pack label refers to. A touch of vanilla. Malt isn't bad. Mercifully, the finish is somewhat tart, and there is a bit of booze punch there as well. Heavier than your standard amber ale, carbonation is vigorous. Slightly oily.

Not bad, certainly drinkable, but not one I'm likely to seek out again.

JohnnyBarman, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of thehyperduck
2.6/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

thehyperduck, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of carteravebrew
3/5  rDev -0.7%

carteravebrew, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of RedAleMan
3.25/5  rDev +7.6%

RedAleMan, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of beerhunter13
2.5/5  rDev -17.2%

beerhunter13, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of korguy123
3.53/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can into imperial wizen glass.

A-Crystal clear whisky pour with two fingers off white head. Lacing is remarkable.

S- Caramel and toffee notes, there is a slight grassy hop with a touch of cereal. Vanilla and wood earthiness.

T- Sweet malts with caramel. Not getting the spiciness the can says but I am getting vanilla and brown sugar with a grain smoothness. Alcohol is invisible. With a touch of hop finish.

M- Light to medium bodied, smooth carbonation and lingering finish.

O- There was a bit of hype following this one, it's very good I'm definitely impressed!

korguy123, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of leaddog
2.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours a hazy medium amber colour with a 1/2 finger width of bubbly white head that fades quickly.

Smell - Sweet apple, pear, faint grassy hops. Not much else happening.

Taste - Sweet apple and caramel malts. The hops are non-existent. Almost tastes like caramel syrup.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied with light carbonation. A little sticky.

Overall - An overly sweet red lager by Waterloo. Hard to get past all the sugary notes in this brew. Aromas and flavours need more development (both are a little one note). The base is there - just needs more rework.

leaddog, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of ThinkAgain
3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

ThinkAgain, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of DamageCase76
2.75/5  rDev -8.9%

DamageCase76, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of boszormeny
3/5  rDev -0.7%

boszormeny, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of DenisKolkin
2.63/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

DenisKolkin, Nov 14, 2013
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Brick Waterloo Amber from Brick Brewing Co.
72 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.