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1900 Amber Lager - The Fort Collins Brewery

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1900 Amber Lager1900 Amber Lager

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Ratings: 118
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 12.73%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 06-28-2009)
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3.28/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of the Brewer's Lunchbox mixed pack.

Pours a clear light copper orange with a 1 inch off-white head that fades to an oily film. Random streaks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of light malt and citrus aromas. Taste is of biscuit-like malt, citrus zest, and a slight soapy flavor. Little hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. A pretty good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good amber lager but nothing exciting going on here.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 01:57:04 | More by UCLABrewN84
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3/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 05:54:50 | More by BEERchitect
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4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce pint - $5.25 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Served up a near clear, clean copper body with a thin, white head, albeit from a generous pour.

Smell: Understated scent of sparingly toasted barley with hints of bread and biscuits rounded out be even lighter notes of caramel, citrus, and spice.

Taste: A toasty mixture of grainy bread and biscuit tops with a lightly sweet touch of caramel (though a bit more as it warms). Six carefully administered drops of apple juice. A light dose of earthy, spicy hops providing a small hint of citrus and a restrained level of balancing bitterness. Drying finish that's quite crisp.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: A balanced, easily drinkable beer with an approachability beyond reproach.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2010 17:44:32 | More by ChainGangGuy
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

11-16-2013 16:08:41 | More by jaydoc
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3.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours out as a decent looking amber color with a nice creamy looking head. The smell was of biscuit malts and some hops in there. The taste has a light citrusy flavor mixed with a caramel aftertaste. The mouthfeel was decent found it to be very drinkable. Overall I'd say give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 17:39:40 | More by Knapp85
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West Virginia

3.68/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2010 14:40:52 | More by WVbeergeek
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3.56/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 05:08:57 | More by mactrail
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3.13/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 20:12:25 | More by jwc215
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2.58/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, glad to see Fort Collins in the Southland,

A: Pours an exceptionally clear light amber with a fizzy but long lasting white head, no lace.

S: Light biscuity malt, some sugar.

T: Some sweet crystal style malt, no real hop playing, light notes of carbonic acid. Mild flavour.

M: Light-bodied, flabby feel, the carbonation isn't crisp and refreshing as it should be.

O: OK, not the best first impression, but I was starting with the lightest in the pack. Hopefully things will go up from here. No off flavours, fairly clean, just nothing interesting.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 03:35:28 | More by Halcyondays
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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Better than I expected. I've been relatively underwhelmed by this brewery, and this isn't a style I often go for- a bit bland for me- but I picked this up on a singles rack in one of my local stores, and I have to say I was fairly pleasantly surprised. Pours a nice amber with a fairly thin head that leaves some sloppy lacing. Nice bready smell with a bit of earthy bitterness and some late tropical fruit notes. Crisp and somewhat substantial at the same time in the mouth, with more of that breadiness, light sweetness, anmd fairly firm earthy hops. There is a bit of thinnessin the finish and it could use some more length, but some spicy hops at the end redeem it. Very enjoyable on a hot day, but with enough body and character to keep me somewhat interested, and the nice spicy hop bite went well with some Dubliner cheese and some wheat crackers.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 20:32:38 | More by Georgiabeer
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3.41/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 19:18:47 | More by Stinkypuss
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

12-28-2013 20:09:48 | More by BillRoth
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New Jersey

2.81/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2014 00:09:57 | More by beerthulhu
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District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

07-23-2013 04:59:02 | More by Rhettroactive
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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

10oz sample at Colorado Brewfest in Ft Collins.

A slightly hazy pour, it was red in colour and had a good 1" head of foam that lasted through most of the session.

The smell was very light with just a note of some sweet and roasted malt.

The taste was more assertive than the smell with good caramel malt sweetness and some roasted notes. A light bitterness crept in towards the finish and was fairly long lasting.

The mouthfeel was close to medium, the carbonation was medium. Good smooth feel overall.

Drinkability? It was very easy drinking and quite tasty. I think it's a good addition to the lineup of Ft Collins Brewing.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2009 14:08:30 | More by Bitterbill
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3.98/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 07:26:33 | More by DrDemento456
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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

08-22-2013 11:41:19 | More by Cynic-ale
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3.18/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep, clear amber color. Poured a 2 finger tan head with fair retention; eventually a half inch bubbly cap. Laced in patchy rings. Lightly decanted.

S: Caramel malt a sweet (but not malty sweet) odor I coiuldn't identify. Some citrus an bitter in the background.

T: Slightly sweet biscuity blended big malts. Even bitter in the finish, but not sharply bitter.

M: Light to medium body. Medium carbonation. Dry, but not very clean in the finish.

D: Fairly drinkable, but not for the aroma. Not complex, b ut flavorful and fairly balanced.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2009 23:49:18 | More by Haybeerman
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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

03-05-2014 00:46:59 | More by enelson
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3.28/5  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,

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 19:36:18 | More by flexabull
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

07-07-2014 01:02:05 | More by tommy5
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2.88/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Part of a mixed 12 pack. No ingredients per the website. 31 IBU, 4.5% ABV.

Pours out to a very pale light amber, forming a nice off-white head with very good retention and solid lacing. Medium carbonation, ~2.5 carbs. The nose is immediately reticent of Fat Tire. Biscuit malt, but with an odd tartness like green kiwi to the nose. The mouthfeel is light bodied and slightly tart with a dry finish. Taste open with biscuit malt, followed by mild hop flavor (herbal), then a mild well-balanced hop bitterness. Grain husk in the aftertaste with strong tannins in the finish. Still getting that green kiwi.

Hrmm. Quite average. I think this is Fort Collins answer to it's neighbors best-seller, but there is a reason fat tire sells better than this and it's not just marketing or volume.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 01:53:01 | More by Mitchster
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3/5  rDev -9.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 00:32:32 | More by DarthKostrizer
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3.3/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2011 19:55:11 | More by emmasdad
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South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

04-16-2012 01:33:17 | More by buckyp
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1900 Amber Lager from The Fort Collins Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.