1900 Amber Lager - The Fort Collins Brewery

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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 12.54%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Fort Collins Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Bitterbill on 06-28-2009

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Ratings: 136 | Reviews: 50
Reviews by bashiba:
Photo of bashiba
3.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a clean amber with a light sticky off white head.

The smell is all biscuit malt.

The flavor follows the nose, tons of biscuit malt, lightly crackery, just a touch of earthy hops.

The mouthfeel is light and very dry.

A very one dimensional amber, drinkable with no big flaws, but not something I would seek out. Perfect for the biscuit lover.

More User Reviews:
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a pale copper amber hue with a bright white head, nice scattered bands of lacing form retention is really nice. Aroma is pretty tame here subtle toasted malts bring out mild caramel and biscuit tones. A light herbal hop background going on this is a pre pro amber lage. Flavor is light as well with nice cereal grains more biscuit, caramel malts flowing with a touch of herbal hops for balance tame and delicate well brewed amber lager. A nice nutty finish in there as well. Mouthfeel is light body carried well by natural carbonation, straight forward crisp amber lager. Drinkability is nice I could see this being a nice crossover brew has more flavor without overpowering any senses.

Photo of GilGarp
3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It looks like FCB is releaseing it's "flagship" after years of making a variety of unique beers. Interesting strategy as most companies start with something great and build from there. Not that there's anything wrong with doing things differently!

Served cold in a pint glass. It has a great redish amber color, as it should, with a thin layer of head that slowly fades to sticky lace.

Aroma is malty and biscuity with a little bit of eartiness and apples.

Flavor is very familiar. It's a dead ringer for Fat Tire. If someone handed this to me in a bar, I wouldn't hesitate for a second in thinking it's NB's old standby. The same in every respect.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are fine.

I don't know what to say. It's almost like beer plagerism. Did they actually think this was unique? I give this a straight "average" score because it's all been done before.

Photo of KTCamm
3.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours medium dark amber, mostly see through. Touches of foam remains after fast fizzy carbonation. Bready caramel nose jumps out of the glass. Taste is a sweet caramel. Sweetness hangs around. Pretty good amber.

Photo of EagleTalon
3.33/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours out to a limp head but with decent lacing weirdly enough. Color on the light side of style. Aroma is caramel malt, yeast and faint hops. Flavor is doughy, biscuity, buttery and malty with a hint of cheesy hops in the finish. Mouthfeel is crunchy and co2 is ok. Overall, kind of weird and not what I was expecting. Of course this sample may be past it's prime.

Photo of beerthulhu
2.82/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A: A strong glass filled effervesce shows a tawny orange coloring with a slight ghost hazing. A weak and washy head, butterscotch in color, is dismal and disappointing visually, short lived and provided no window dressing.

S: Autumn leaves for aroma, light orange, some moist grains really light in strength, really light in complexity.

T: Flavor was sweet at the start, buttery-orange, lightly toasted dry cereal grains, with some nobel flowery hops that was warming and fresh. A light yeatiness factor with a bit of a sour twang finish with some stale malt and wildflower hints.

M: starts crisp and has a pretty good malt depth per style, slippery texture with a bit of alkaline nature to it.Doesnt particularly hold well on the tongue or finish well.

O: Overall the flavor (malt and hop character) doesn't show me enough to make this a revist or worthy of a recommendation. Some sour flowery off taste and stale malt leaves much to be desired and not enought to keep you drinking after one.

Photo of jsh420
2.26/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

pours clear gold with a 1 finger white head that faded fast and left no lacing

smells of watery biscuit malts and some lemon

taste was not any better then the nose - not much flavor besides sour lemons and light grains in the after taste

mouthfeel - after the nose i thought this would be watery but it was surprisingly pretty full bodied for the style and decent carboantion

overall - if the flavor is not there why bother - i will never buy this beer again - yet another fort collins beer that fails

Photo of tugdriver7
3.8/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The first of my sample pack from the Gettysburg Beer Mart on York Rd. (Always fun to see what you can get in PA that you can't find locally.) Nice orange color in the glass with decent tan foam that laced a bit going down. Spritzy carbonation and a somewhat fresh (bright?) scent in the nose--almost a fruity hops. Taste was very slightly sweet malt with a decidedly "Colorado" style (thanks, N, for the use of that term--it fits) hops profile that is both recognizable and very pleasant. Refreshing, slight bitter aftertaste (a good thing) and downright good to drink. Can't wait to try the rest of the pack.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: Amber in color with a 1/8 inch head and no retention

Smell: Caramel and bready notes

Taste: Caramel and a bit of toffee not much else

Mouthfeel: Watery with medium carbonation

Overall: Your basic amber lager. Nothing at all special about this beer

Photo of DrDemento456
3.98/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was looking for a new amber lager to try.

A - Light amber with great carbonation and head with mild lacing.
S - Mostly biscuit and caramel malts, along with wheat grass and grain. A perfect smell of the amber lager.
T - Very light. In fact I expected more bitter from the hops but got more balanced malts, bready and wet with a touch of grain and grass. Finish is sweet caramel malt and a dry hop finish.
M - Very light but carbonated.
D - Well this would be my favorite amber lager second would be flying dogs, and third would be vinyl by magic hat. Very balanced and drinkable. My first beer wow of the pack.

Photo of JayS2629
4.08/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured an amber color with copper tones, nice clarity and a thick white head that fades slowly and leaves rings of lace.

The aroma has toated malt, caramel, a touch of chocolate and earthy elements.

The taste follows the nose with toasted, bready backbone, earthy hops balancing things out and a tiny bit of cocoa.

Overall a nicely balanced, sessionable and easy drinking amber ale.

Photo of jwc215
3.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear, light amber with a thin head that soon becomes a wispy, lasting patch.

The smell is of honey, some musty grain with some melon.

The taste is of honey sweetness that is almost too much. But it does have some balance with a slight melon fruitiness and a touch of toasted grain. Becomes more dry in the finish.

A bit weak, the initial fizz fades, it becomes watery, but the taste lingers through the finish.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.53/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Light amber color. Off white head recedes to a wisp, light watery lacing.

Aroma: Faint bready malts, some sweetness, more hops in the end.

Taste: Very faint caramel sweetness, some bready notes, then a more piny, hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Overall: Not much in the way of caramel sweetness but it is balanced.

Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter.

Pours with one finger of fizzy head that falls to a thin layer after a few minutes in the glass. The body is crystal clear and is nearly the exact color of a clean penny.

Smells of sweet lightly roasted malts (vienna, crystal, munich, maybe?) and some light floral notes from conservative hop additions. Has a light "lager yeast" touch.

On the palate this beer shows light bitterness and slightly higher than normal sweetness with a slightly oily (but light) bitter/astringency in the aftertaste. The malts make a good showing and are paired with some lightly grassy floral hops. Flavors of whole grain crackers and sweet grass come to mind.

The mouthfeel has a light hop-oil feel that sets this apart from the mass-produced variants of the style. The bubbles are large and this detracts, but overall the feel is pretty good.

Conclusion: This is an alright version of this style of beer. It tastes good and only has slightly detectable flaws. It reminds me of Boston Lager in style, but doesn't have the depth of malt flavors achieved in said beer. It does however have a better mouthfeel, with more texture.

Photo of flexabull
3.29/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber color, tons of bubbles, and a tiny white head.

Aromas are bready, sweet, and tea like.

Taste is dry, with light tea, bread dough, and some creamy sweetness. Finish is also dry, with slight mineral hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. Nice body and well carbonation.

Overall, this is a pretty average beer. But it's at least drinkable and thirst quenching,

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden orange color with a soapy white head. Retention is good, definitely has staying power. Smells like yeast and bread, with a mild tea like hop aroma. In the flavor, mild earthy hop, a bit of lemon, and crackery malt notes. Kind of like an English pale ale, but a lager, as there is a bit of toffee behind the stewed hop flavor. Just a hint of butterscotch. Bitterness is mild but with good balance. Medium bodied with a yeast slickness. Overall, decent brew, not really amber, but good.

Photo of jadpsu
3.53/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber orange with a bright white head that has excellent retention and excellent side lacing.
Smell is toasty malts and citrus hops with a touch of molasses.
Taste is on the sweet side along with the toasty malts, and some distinct earty and floral hops.
Finishes dry. Enjoyed this amber, definitely better than average.

Photo of BEERchitect
3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Likely the target of Vienna style lager, this American version does fairly well while using a lot of American brewing ingredients and techniques into the picture. The result misses the target on true Vienna Lagers, but achieves tasty status nevertheless.

Pouring as much of a deep golden as an Amber Ale, the beer shows bright clarity and a faltering head character. Through building a froathy white head to start, the foam disapates without lace as quickly as it forms.

Malty with notes of freshly baked breads and bread crust but with a grainy note here and there, the nose is mostly sweet and with a soft herbal and floral hop blend.

Flavor is equally as simple- leading with a mosty malt, but partly grain sweetness of light caramel, French breads, and the savory crust flavor of breads most of all. No esters, no phenols, the clean lager taste comes through in quite refreshing attitude. Tea-like herbal flavor turns to earthy bitterness as the beer approaches finish for a slightly bitter and fleeting malt taste late.

Medium bodied, the beer's mild maltiness and ample carbonation keeps the beer lightly creamy through mid palate before turning minty and slightly warm in finish. Lightly grainy with bite and bitterness, the finish doesn't provide the clean mouthfeel or flavor that's expected but passable.

It seems that more caramel malts and less Munich or Vienna malt flavor and feel leaves me wanting more elegance and firmness; and then with a clean malty-dry closure that would have helped this beer compete with Negra Modelo and Eliot Ness perhaps.

Photo of Kemmerlin
2.75/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: dark amber color with a thick foamy head and very strong sticky lacing.
S: has a smell of rotten fruit and a sharp perfume smell not pleasent together
T: the taste is definitely a strong lager style with a slight hoppy taste could use more though. The aftertaste is lacking of much characteristics
M/D: light bubbly feel with a slight dryness in the mouth. The drinkability is decent when you hold your breath

Photo of mactrail
3.56/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Attractive light golden amber with a quite decent head in the snifter. Sprightly in the mouth. Faint beery aroma. More than adequate carbonation.

Tastes like a Pilsener at first sip. Just a touch of malt, though there are some roasted grain notes in the background. Interesting gummy, resiny tang. Hints of butter. Herbs in the back of the mouth. A mineral tang. Bitter finish adds a substantial note.

A very light brew. For a beer so close to the four percent mark, it provides a pleasant quaff. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Wilbur's Total Beverage in Fort Collins.

Photo of emmasdad
3.33/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

We tried this one with friends Saturday afternoon up at the brewery in Fort Collins. Pours a clean amber color with a smallish off-white head. Aromas of caramel, toasted grains and sweet malt. On the palate, light bodied and crisp, with flavors of biscuit, caramel and earthy hops.

Photo of SamN
4.02/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Honey orange color, not much of a head on it. Thin and patchy. Good amount of carbonation happening in here. Very clear.

S- Honey roasted malts, slight tinge of faded hops. Simple smelling, good scent. Reminds me of a rich doppelbock.

T- A maltier red lager, lots of oat and grain sweetness in here. Nutty flavors, breads, cracked oats and a spicy hops character. This is surprisingly good, with a great malty, sweet nutty character, more depth here than I expected.. Too bad the taste fades so quickly into a kind of murkier hops, but it is great while it lasts.

M- Pretty thin, not a lot of body here. Carbonation is pretty lively, doesn't seem to fit it's malt forward nature.

D- Wonderfully sessionable, this is a treat of a beer. I didn't expect such great malt sweetness, I could drink a lot of these.

Photo of mcallister
3.22/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A little light in SRM for an Amber in my opinion, more like a Helles. Golden in color with a small white head that fades quickly into a foam top with no lace.

You can sure smell the effervescence of the carbonation in this beer. Light toffee aromas, with hints of caramel, bready malts, earthy, and floral hop notes.

Nice body with lively carbonation. Not overly complex but it shouldn't be. Very food friendly, light toffee, cereal, bread, with a good amount of noble hops in the middle and finish. Lively floral flavors on the end and a bit earthy throughout.

Photo of Dmart1223
3.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice, clean beer...

1900 Amber Lager is amber...no kidding... with a fair amount of head that keeps some lacing. Smell is faint, but interesting — some citrus, but something slightly toasty.

The taste was refreshing, I'll give it that, but it felt a little empty, almost watered down. It did have a slight hoppy character at the end.

Nice, drinkable beer.

Photo of litheum94
2.58/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bright, amber body. Small light brown head. Leaves a very faint cover.

Carmel Malta with a little corniness. Some metallic smelling hops. Earthy yeast.

Caramel and toasted malts with some cream soda sweetness. Light floral hopping with honey sweetness on the finish.

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1900 Amber Lager from The Fort Collins Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.