Rathskeller Amber Ale - Gray's Brewing Company
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3.4/5 rDev +6.9%
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.
04-21-2009 12:22:03 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.43/5 rDev +7.9%
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.
05-30-2011 19:23:49 | More by Knapp85
3.1/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
10-28-2008 13:59:33 | More by emerge077
4.03/5 rDev +26.7%
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.
04-01-2007 12:24:25 | More by NeroFiddled
2.5/5 rDev -21.4%
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.
04-17-2009 22:07:57 | More by KarlHungus
3.5/5 rDev +10.1%
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.
02-14-2007 23:35:50 | More by tgbljb
2.93/5 rDev -7.9%
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.
05-04-2011 02:46:53 | More by StoutHunter
2.68/5 rDev -15.7%
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.
02-10-2009 00:49:33 | More by bashiba
3.3/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
09-15-2012 04:36:32 | More by jsprain1
3.23/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
02-14-2009 18:16:17 | More by pmcadamis
2.65/5 rDev -16.7%
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.
06-22-2007 03:06:21 | More by Cresant
3/5 rDev -5.7%
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.
07-29-2010 22:45:50 | More by beerwolf77
3.08/5 rDev -3.1%
I thought this a relatively pleasant amber ale that tasted very much to me like a Marzen/Oktoberfest with its fairly rich malty taste.
Appearance is a somewhat sparkling copper red color with decent head formation which dissipating a bit too quickly for my liking. Aroma is malty and bready; like a sourdough. Taste is very malty and bread-y, and tastes a bit like a decent Oktoberfest. Mouthfeel is fairly sticky and not bad. About average drinkability.
All-in-all, not a bad beer.
01-21-2007 23:39:21 | More by BeerBelcher
2.63/5 rDev -17.3%
Pours clear bronze-amber with a modest white head.
Aroma is very powdery and musty, with a strong mineral aspect. Very odd.
Taste is caramel malt, and subdued nutty earthy hop. Finish is metallic and minerally.
Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied.
I couldn't get past the musty old basement odor. Taste is acceptable but uninspiring.
02-10-2009 00:51:25 | More by Blakaeris
3.2/5 rDev +0.6%
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.
02-19-2010 02:54:46 | More by kimcgolf
2.98/5 rDev -6.3%
12 oz bottle pours a clear amber with a small off white head that doesn't last long, not much lacing either. Fruity and flowery aromas, bready caramel flavors, medium bodied with a kind of watery mouthfeel, finishes with a mild sweetness, an average and boring American Amber Ale.
08-08-2005 20:54:17 | More by maxpower
3.68/5 rDev +15.7%
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!
11-09-2011 06:08:33 | More by Lemke10
2.55/5 rDev -19.8%
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.
02-05-2006 19:07:28 | More by beveragecaptain
2.53/5 rDev -20.4%
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.
was regesitered with Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board site Under Gray Brewing Co.
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.
08-05-2005 18:15:20 | More by karst
2.45/5 rDev -23%
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.
08-18-2009 22:05:31 | More by gmfessen
3.98/5 rDev +25.2%
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.
09-30-2005 01:46:34 | More by Skidz
Rathskeller Amber Ale from Gray's Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.