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Rathskeller Amber Ale - Gray's Brewing Company

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Rathskeller Amber AleRathskeller Amber Ale

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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 14.15%
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

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Beer added by: karst on 08-05-2005

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3.34/5  rDev +5%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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3/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev +25.8%

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Photo of ChopperSmith
3.33/5  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.

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3/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Lemke10
3.65/5  rDev +14.8%
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!

Photo of Knapp85
3.41/5  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. 

Photo of StoutHunter
2.92/5  rDev -8.2%
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 dhannes
4.05/5  rDev +27.4%
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 beerwolf77
3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap at the Gray's Tied House.

The beer is amber orange with about a half inch of off white head. A tiny amount of soapy lace remains.

The aroma is mostly caramel malt with a touch of hops. Mild citrus fruit and spice are present as well.

The flavor is pretty much a mirror of the nose. Mostly malt with a touch of spice. A solid amount of black earth in the finish.

Medium to light body modest carbonation.

Overall a simply average beer. Nothing special.

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

A - Poured from the brown bottle into a clear pint glass. The body of this brew is a cloudy dark amber/red topped with a very slight off white head. The head receded to a thin cap rather quickly and left little in the way of lacing.

S - Sweet caramelized malt. Not much else going on here.

T & M - The same sweet caramelized malt I smelled is dominant in the taste. A bit of a nutty taste as well. No hop presence to note. It seems to have a bit of a metallic twang toward the back end. Thin bodied but finishes crisp and fairly clean.

D - I didn't realize this was brewed by Gray's when I bought it...I was kinda hoping for a new brew from a new brewery. That being said, I've had better beer from Gray's. This is an easy beer to drink, and I would take it over a macro any day, but there are better examples of the style easily available.

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Rathskeller Amber Ale from Gray's Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.