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Rathskeller Amber Ale - Gray's Brewing Company

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Rathskeller Amber AleRathskeller Amber Ale

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BA SCORE
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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leinie13

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

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

Missouri

2.5/5  rDev -21.9%

09-19-2013 03:10:46 | More by MathNut
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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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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

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

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

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

Arizona

3/5  rDev -6.3%

05-24-2013 20:49:44 | More by DRTBrewster
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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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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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twbeecher

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +17.2%

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

Illinois

3/5  rDev -6.3%

06-10-2012 05:04:45 | More by EvanWilliams
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Packman4IL

Illinois

4/5  rDev +25%

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

California

3/5  rDev -6.3%

02-11-2012 06:09:24 | More by Crstumpf
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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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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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StoutHunter

Michigan

2.93/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 02:46:53 | More by StoutHunter
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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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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2010 22:45:50 | More by beerwolf77
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drizzam

Wisconsin

3.1/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2010 00:33:39 | More by drizzam
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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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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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gmfessen

Michigan

2.45/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a deep copper-red color with a nice, two-finger, cream colored head. The nose is pretty average for an amber; slight caramel/toasty malt sweetness, no real hop presence. The taste follows suit with an initially sweet maltiness that transitions into an astringent, metallic taste that is not flattering. A bit grainy. The mouthfeel is like water but the carbonation is slightly creamy and does help the overall feel. Overall, another beer that is not very impressive by Gray's.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2009 22:05:31 | More by gmfessen
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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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Rathskeller Amber Ale from Gray's Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.