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Rathskeller Amber Ale - Gray's Brewing Company

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50 Ratings
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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 14.47%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Gray's Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: karst on 08-05-2005)
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Reviews by Lemke10:
Photo of Lemke10
3.68/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought a 8-pack Gray's Sampler from Woodman's in Janesville, WI in Spring 2011 for $10.39.

Pours a reddish brown color with a one finger head of fluffy foam that qucikly disappears. Scent is malty with a scent that reminds me of a weak grape juice for some reason. Taste is mildly malty but with decent flavor. Perhaps a little bit of burnt sugars or toasted malts as well. Decent volume and texture, could be a little thicker but it's fine the way it is. A better than average brew from my hometown!

More User Reviews:
Photo of Turbo
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of bpfrush
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a long neck bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a light and clear amber color with a one finger tan foam head that faded quick and left a hint of lacing behind.

Smell: Citrus and pine hops with some caramel and toffee malts.

Taste: Bright citrus and pine hops up front that are balanced well by some good caramel or brown sugar malts.

Mouth Feel: Light-to-medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall: I like this one better than Gray's Busted Knuckle Irish Red. This one has a better hops flavor and good balancing malts. A bit bolder and with more flavor than the Busted Knuckle. This is my favorite of the Gray's beers so far, but it's still a fairly average beer and nothing too special or memorable.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.23/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy amber brew with a one finger beige head that has some serious staying power. Some smatterings of lace coat the glass, and that head is really not going anywhere. This is a really nice looking amber. Looks good, like a (snap, snap)... amber ale should.

S - Lightly toasted and caramelized malt undertones with a gentle whiff of leafy hops on top.

T - Like the nose, this is pleasantly malty with some nice hoppage. The hops are very well balance.... unlike many west coast ambers that are really just malty pale ales, we midwesterners know how to keep the hop craziness in check. This one has a hint of toast and a hint of butter, but not in an English amount. Like the hops, the mild diacetyls are kept in check. This is a very well balanced, if a bit restrained brew.

M - Medium bodied, well carbonated and initially neutral on the finish, a growing dryness slowly builds, but its never really dry. Mild fruit on the finish.

D - This is a relatively average and unassuming beer that is immanently drinkable due to its perfect balance and mild manners.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on tap at the Rathskellar, U of W, Madison.

Amber-copper in color with glowing orange highlights beneath a frothy off-white head. The head retention is fair and it leaves only minor lacing about the glass.

The nose is malty with notes of sweet caramel and toasted grain. Some floral hops flutter in the background.

In the mouth it's gently bristling and then smooth, with a medium-light body and a median, fine-bubbled carbonation.

The flavor is as the aroma suggests, with a decidedly malty (rather than hoppy) character that's nutty, toasty, softly caramelish, toffee-like, and even has occasional flashes of milk chocolate. It never becomes sweet, however. The moderate bitterness steps up just prior to the swallow, along with some mild grassy hops, and it simply fades away to nothing in the short, clean finish.

Great drinkability! I can see why the students go for this one! It's got much more character than the Spotted Cow (still the best seller) or Capital Amber. I was pleasantly surprised, and I'd certainly suggest trying this one on tap - the bottles don't seem to translate quite as well.

Photo of bashiba
2.68/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a nice clear amber with a light white head.

The smell had a musty basement quality with some mild toasted malts sneaking through.

The flavor was very grainy with toasted bread and light cedar malts and strangely a bit of salt.

The mouthfeel was thin and a bit dry.

Pretty uninspiring overall, nothing I couldn't swallow, but I sure wouldn't search out.

Photo of leinie13
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of dhannes
4/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured chilled into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint and drank at 45ºF or so. I believe that Gray's created this recipe for the University of Wisconsin Memorial Union to serve on the Union Terrace and in the "Rathskeller" inside, hence the name.

A=Nice reddish amber; foam was light yellowish-white that reached 1" for over a minute.

S=Predominant nose--honey and fruit...faint smell of berries.

T=Very sweet, with hint of hops and even less malt. I drank the second half with grilled chicken, and taste seemed to improve as it warmed.

M=Very little carbonation made this pleasant.

D=The sweetness hampers this. I've consumed large quantities of this in the past at the aforementioned Union Terrace, but can't see me drinking a 6-pack in one sitting.

Photo of emerge077
3.1/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Darker amber color, fizzy foam that fades quickly to a ring. Aroma is sweet, slightly cloying, butterscotch, caramel, fruitcake or stewed fruit. Flavor is similar, sweet and malty, brown sugar, butterscotch again, with a hint of fruitiness from the yeast. Low carbonation, a little viscous in mouthfeel. Engineered for multiple consumption.

Photo of StoutHunter
2.93/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I got a mixed eight pack from grays for $10.99 at The lager Mill. I was expecting to get all the beers I got in the last eight pack, but instead of getting Busted Knuckle I got two Rathskeller Amber Ales instead, so lets give it a try and see how it goes. All the other beers I have had from Grays had a bottling date but this one didn't. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- I like the label on this beer, its got a look to it like it is going to be an oak aged stout or something. It poured a nice clear amber red color with one fingers worth of white head that died down to a thin ring.

S- The first thing I pick up in this beer are lots of sweet caramel malts and some brown bread. There is also some subtle dark fruits and equally subtle amount of grassy hops at the end.

T- Just as in the nose the caramel malts are the main player here and are not as sweet as the nose led me to believe and they retain some of the brown bread aspects I picked up in the aroma. The hops are mild and earthy and make for some good balance in this beer. The finish is clean and slightly bitter.

M- Medium light bodied, crisp, and lacking in carbonation, I thought it could have used a little more, but it still retained a prickly mouthfeel.

Overall I thought this was an average Amber Ale. There were no off flavors in this beer but the flavors that were there were muted and didn't do much for me. It was smooth and easy drinking, but nothing about it made me want to come back for more. There's many other Ambers to be had that are tastier, this is the beer I liked the least out of the five I have tried from Grays. It's worth a try but this beer is nothing other then average, more then likely I won't be buying this again.

Photo of Cresant
2.65/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a DFH pint glass. The body was a hazy amber, honey color. The mild head faded to a ring rather quickly.

Smell was toffee and brown sugar. Alcohol.

Taste was sweet, with a tiny bit of sourness. Very light bitterness. Wholde grain brediness. Pepper. A bit too sweet for me.

Mouthfeel was medium to thin with a fine/light carbonation.

Photo of Packman4IL
4/5  rDev +25.8%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of lester619
3.78/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

They make this five blocks from my house. Not really relevant, but they do. Looks nice, typical clear reddish, coppery amber, not much head or lacing. Bready, sweet caramel malt smell, a little floral, citrusy hop presence. This is your basic drinkable unoffensive amber. Not a damn thing wrong with it, but it's not going to excite anybody either.

Photo of battlekow
3.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was comped a 12 oz bottle of this by Chris from Murray's Wine & Spirits, which was a very nice thing for him to do.

Rathskeller pours an attractive light maple color. There is no head or lacing. None.

Smells malty with a hint of honey.

Taste is also malty and just a little hoppy, with an odd, unpleasant, plastic/honey aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is blah. I don't understand why there's so little carbonation in this beer.

Give it a shot if you can get it for free.

(Side note: If you translate "rathskeller" using dictionary.com or babelfish, you get..."more rathskeller."

Photo of karst
2.53/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Purchased from Granite City Ill. Best by or bottled on date ? 16705 (yellow dot matrix print on neck)

No reference to this on Gray Brewing Co. website.
http://www.graybrewing.com/

was regesitered with Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board site Under Gray Brewing Co.
http://www.lcb.state.pa.us/webapp/registered_brands.asp

Screw top 12 bottle. Pours slightly redish amber. Head is gone before you can set the bottle down. Served @ 55° in pint glass. Slight malt aroma. Diacetyl-butterscotch flavors up front finishes with light bitterness from hops that clear away the diacetyls.

Not a beer I would recomend.

Photo of martyl1000
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of kimcgolf
3.2/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle to a cloudy amber-brown hue with thin off white head that disipated quickly and left no lacing. Nose was very faint, but what I could detect was a mix of hoppy fruit (apples) and malty chocolate. Mouthfeel was on the the thin side with little carbonation or tingle. Taste was more aaccentuated than the nose, as it picked up the fruit and chocolate, which then led to a somewhat watery, short finish. Not terrible, but won't go out of my way to drink again.

Photo of EvanWilliams
3/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of KarlHungus
2.5/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer pours a cloudy amber color. The head is a half inch in height, and recedes into a quarter inch of foam. The aroma is of caramel malt with only a hint of hops. The taste is light, watery, and dull. The mouthfeel is light bodied, and watery; not things I look for in a beer. Overall, this is a weak example of an amber ale, and I will not be drinking it again.

Photo of ProfessorHops
4.43/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- medium red, with a very fast head. Laces well

Smell- fruity sweet very similar to a weak white wine. Toasted almond in the back.

Taste- excellent!!! Carmel beginning. Their are hint of chocolate malt, that are gorgeous. A great balance between a flavorful beer that is drinkable as well. Brew finishes with a long Carmel disintegration.

Mouthfeel- juicy and rich.

Drinkability- bright but not bighty very easy to drink. A refreshing drink as well.


I loved this beer. Almost every aspect of this brew was fascinating and very tasty. What's really weird is I was able to buy the bottle for 99 cents out of the broken box been at my local grocery store. Awesome beer!!!


Gulp Gulp,
PH

Photo of kmeves
2.9/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a amber/copper color with a small off white head. Aroma is lightly sweet caramel malt, dough and light hops. Flavor is nicely sweet but balanced nicely. Finishes sweet and creamy with a slight bit of grit. A very light bodied Amber Ale but still very good tasting.

Photo of jsprain1
3.3/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Red-copper. Head is one finger off white and has poor retention.
S- The aroma is very pleasant. Toasty, earthy, caramel. Only negative is there is a distant, but lingering sourness to the beer.
T- Light caramel is the big flavor throughout. There is a bit of a floating toasty flavor and some butterscotch. As relatively big as the nose was though, this was light in flavor, with the finish dropping off quickly.
M- Light in carbonation, too thin. Leaves a sticky feeling at the end.
O- It's merely an ok beer. One that is forgettable, unforunately.

Photo of beveragecaptain
2.55/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle. Rathskeller Amber pours out a dark amber color topped with half an inch of off-white head. Lots of caramel in the aroma along with a strange, indescribable artificial flavor. Thinly malty flavor with caramel. No hop flavor. This beer is quite close to water. It tastes as if they mixed on part amber ale with two parts water and bottled it. Thin mouthfeel. I suppose this beer could be consumed in large quantities, but I don't know why you would want to. Weak attempt at an amber ale.

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Rathskeller Amber Ale from Gray's Brewing Company
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