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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: 14.47%
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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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 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 gmfessen
2.45/5  rDev -23%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.4/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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 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 Blakaeris
2.63/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

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 orangemoustache
2.68/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a transparent amber/red with a fluffy yellow tinged cap that leaves huge lace and retains like a champ,well done. The nose is caramel and malt, with not a whole lot going on besides the thin malt profile. On the pallet the caramel falls flat and the malt needs the volume turned up a notch or three. A bit of alkaline/mineral breaks in and is less than appealing. A subtle touch of fruit,apple and pear isn't enough to help this be anything more than mediocre at best. A bit thin and highly carbonated,slightly sweet aftertaste is all I can really appreciate at this point. Nothing offensive and average drinkability, if I lived in Wisconsin I would purchase over a BMC,maybe.

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 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 ibashmuck
2.93/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Small head on top of a dark amber/copper body. Very faint, almost non-existent smells. Caramel, little sweetness. Coffee dominates the taste, with a slight bitterness. Relatively smooth to the mouth, as the bitterness is mild. Okay, but not too much there to talk about.

Photo of wheatyweiss
3.38/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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 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 tgbljb
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of terrabyte
2.78/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A tan and amber color with a medium head.

The smell has a hint of fruit and nuts.

The flavor isn't bad, but seems a little watery. Quite carbonated, which can cause a foamy body during the aftertaste (which seems to have more flavor then).

A disappointing beer of this size.

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,

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.

Photo of Skidz
3.98/5  rDev +25.2%
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.

Photo of murrayswine
3.13/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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 maxpower
2.98/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

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.

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.

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