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Rathskeller Amber Ale - Gray's Brewing Company

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75
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46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 14.38%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | 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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ProfessorHops

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +38.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2006 05:07:14 | More by ProfessorHops
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +25.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2007 12:24:25 | More by NeroFiddled
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dhannes

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +25%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 00:36:39 | More by dhannes
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Packman4IL

Illinois

4/5  rDev +25%

04-08-2012 04:23:44 | More by Packman4IL
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Skidz

Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out bright amber and sits a gleaming rose-tinted amber brown in the glass with a decent sized light tan head, fading quickly to a thin skim on the surface.

Rich toasty aroma breaths from a crisp, crackery core. Lightly nutty with some floral hops. Twists of caramel and a slight twinge of alcohol (very low presence).

Tastes of light caramels with bold toasty overtones. Bitterness comes in quickly and provides nice complimenting flavors of green, grassy hops. Finish is clean with some residual bitterness, and basically dry for the most part.

Initially crisp, but mellows out nicely. Medium-light body with nicely paired and envigorating carbonation.

Come into this expecting average, and you'll be surprised. This is gleaming glass of an amber ale is finely tuned and doesn't dissapoint. It's beer in it's most traditional and calculated form.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2005 01:46:34 | More by Skidz
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lester619

Wisconsin

3.78/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2009 16:07:25 | More by lester619
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twbeecher

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +17.2%

06-25-2012 20:26:59 | More by twbeecher
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hainesly

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +17.2%

04-06-2012 03:19:57 | More by hainesly
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

3.68/5  rDev +15%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 06:08:33 | More by Lemke10
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium amber color with modest slightly off-white puffy head.
Smell is light and notable for a slight fruity maltiness.
Taste has some nice fruit malt characteristics,. but is very light.
Finishes with a nice rich mouthfeel taste that only slight taste retention.
Good drinkability, but nothing better than average.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2007 23:35:50 | More by tgbljb
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KellyScottMad

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

09-02-2013 02:08:48 | More by KellyScottMad
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The look of this beer pours out as a typical amber color. The head and lacing don't really stick around very long. The smell is a little grainy with a little hops aroma in the background. The taste is malty upfront fading into a dry hoppy taste. The mouthfeel is lightly carbonated. It's a decent brew nothing too crazy. 

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 19:23:49 | More by Knapp85
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.4/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

French burnt peanut orange that is darker than most amber ales; few of which are actually amber in color. There must be quite a bit of caramel malt present, or perhaps even a little chocolate malt. The smallish cap is equal parts beige, pale gold and pastel orange. A few feathery rings are seen, but glass coverage is less than impressive.

The aroma is nondescript, which is often the case with beer of this style (unless it's highly hopped). It's somewhat earthy, with what smells like a modest shot of German hoppiness. No real positives and no negatives equals... an average score.

The flavor profile pushes things back up to above average. That said, this is one of those decently well-brewed ales that is ultimately forgettable. Approachable and easy drinking? Sure. Balanced? You betcha. Exciting in any way? Nope. It's still early in the bottle, but Rathskeller Amber might be my least favorite Gray's beer to date.

Toasted cereal grain-like, slightly earthy, mildly nutty malt leads the way. There isn't much malt sweetness, but there doesn't need to be because hop bitterness is on the low side as well. Balance isn't hard when neither side is fighting for supremacy. With respect to hops, I'll guess Tettnanger or something similar.

The body/mouthfeel is full enough to be enjoyable, with carbonation that is more sharp and biting than smooth and caressing. It's a minor complaint, but it keeps the score from sneaking up a notch.

Gray's must have felt their lineup had a hole that needed plugging. Although there isn't anything horribly wrong with Rathskeller Amber Ale, there isn't anything in these twelve ounces that will bring me back for another go round.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2009 12:22:03 | More by BuckeyeNation
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wheatyweiss

Wisconsin

3.38/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint.

Crystal clear with a rusty copper hue. Small, thin head that was very bubbly and harsh and left no lacing.

Aroma is of caramel malts and honey, molasses and corn?

Flavor is malty, dark roasted malts with a nutty undertone. Adjunct like corn. Cloying sweetness abounds. Phenolic alcohol like flavors that just don't fit.

Mouthfeel is very thin and dry.

Drinkability is good, slightly above average.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2008 22:09:47 | More by wheatyweiss
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ChopperSmith

Minnesota

3.35/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 21:48:50 | More by ChopperSmith
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jsprain1

Minnesota

3.3/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 04:36:32 | More by jsprain1
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

06-29-2013 19:07:54 | More by bpfrush
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leinie13

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

12-13-2013 02:12:25 | More by leinie13
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

07-31-2013 00:10:10 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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martyl1000

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

06-01-2013 07:13:44 | More by martyl1000
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DrJoe82

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

01-29-2013 03:51:21 | More by DrJoe82
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pmcadamis

Illinois

3.23/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2009 18:16:17 | More by pmcadamis
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kimcgolf

Georgia

3.2/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2010 02:54:46 | More by kimcgolf
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murrayswine

Arizona

3.13/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a red amber color with a nice 1/2 inch head.
The smell is heaped with butter, dry hops, and roasted peanuts.
The taste isnt bad, but it isnt fanastic. It's obvious that Gray's pumps out their Honey and Oatmeal stout as their flagship. It has a good hops kick, but the softer cream notes are watered over. For a taste session beer , this is as mild and plain as it gets. Try it if you like Gray's brewing.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2005 05:37:09 | More by murrayswine
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emerge077

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2008 13:59:33 | More by emerge077
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Rathskeller Amber Ale from Gray's Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.