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Highland Lager - Rohrbach Brewing Company (Brewpub)

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45 Ratings
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rohrbach Brewing Company (Brewpub) visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-25-2002)
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Reviews by curasowa:
Photo of curasowa

New York

3.7/5  rDev +3.9%

Appearance: Clear, copper color with one finger of off-white head that fades slowly to a thin cap.

Aroma: Fairly muted aroma; sweet malt, bread dough, some slight graininess and hints of lemon.

Taste: Fairly sweet and creamy up-front, becoming more grainy towards the middle. Mild hop bitterness and some breadiness builds towards the finish which is lingering and metallic.

The Rest: A nice, easy drinking, full flavored lager. A great hanging-out beer.

08-24-2013 18:19:18 | More by curasowa
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -0.3%

On tap at the Growler station at Consumer Bev. in Orchard Park,poured into a .5 liter stein a deep bronze with thinner off white head there was good clarity to the pour.Lightly roasted malt with some caramel and chocolate tones in the nose with not much noticable hop presence to be had,a little watery mouthfeel it takes away from the caramel and chocolate flavors also a bit of a grainy feel.Lightly hopped caramel accented lager not bad but its basic and on the thinner side.

11-15-2007 12:41:55 | More by oberon
Photo of Rpiano78

4/5  rDev +12.4%

04-14-2014 01:36:48 | More by Rpiano78
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.93/5  rDev -17.7%

Their most popular, according to brewmaster Jim McDermott. Malt,a bove average carbonation, thin mouthfeel. Lace in glass, light copper colour. No aroma to speak of. Quaffable at the end of a hot summer night. Clean, unoffensive - give it to the macro drinker.

08-31-2005 02:33:17 | More by Sammy
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5/5  rDev +40.4%

03-16-2013 18:06:47 | More by jlkuhns
Photo of ChrisL24481

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

08-13-2014 16:30:19 | More by ChrisL24481
Photo of The_Doubtful_Guest

New York

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

07-15-2013 19:55:07 | More by The_Doubtful_Guest
Photo of poohbearzeccola

New York

3.56/5  rDev 0%

07-22-2014 20:09:48 | More by poohbearzeccola
Photo of MarkJBurch

New York

3/5  rDev -15.7%

11-20-2013 01:03:12 | More by MarkJBurch
Photo of GreesyFizeek

New York

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

09-15-2013 21:42:21 | More by GreesyFizeek
Photo of doctchad


3.83/5  rDev +7.6%

Had a good amber flavor and color. It was definely nothing to right home about, but the fact i was able to get it in a growler for 7 dollars, made it well worth it.

In the end the price was great for a pretty good ambler, could have paid more for a less tasting amber lager.

It was a great party hit as well was able to buy two growlers for the night and just hung out and watched football games

It was pretty smooth drinking so you can't go wrong with this choice. So i say if you see this amber lager in a growler pick it up and enjoy

12-18-2008 16:57:21 | More by doctchad
Photo of tclapper

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +12.4%

11-17-2011 20:48:44 | More by tclapper
Photo of MTNboy


3.28/5  rDev -7.9%

Appearance- It has a deep red color mildly orange hue depending on the light. I was drinking outside. It had a very nice thick white head and lace.

Smell- You can smell the sweetness of this beer. It has a full toffee and caramel aroma.

Taste- I thought it had a great roasted flavor and was somewhat beany.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied but has very smooth feeling.

Drinkability- Nice easy drinker.

08-16-2008 12:30:18 | More by MTNboy
Photo of TonyY

New York

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

07-05-2013 23:41:27 | More by TonyY
Photo of motleybrew

New York

2.4/5  rDev -32.6%

As a big beer drinker, and expecting that from a microbrew, I go almost none of it from Rohrbach in any beer. This one in particular was one off the weakest and most disappointing. It seems to me that if you are going to claim to be an all-grain brewery, the logical step is to release heaty all-grain beer. i tried 5 (small glasses over many hours) and was disappointed. This one looked good, a nice amber. The head was ok, but easily subsided. There didn't seem enough of a scent. the carbonation was nice, even, and fitting...yet i would not have another...in fact I kept looking for a better brew on their taps.

06-22-2004 04:45:36 | More by motleybrew
Photo of Rudgers73

New York

3.73/5  rDev +4.8%

Served in a pint glass at Mario's Via Abruzzi.

A- Clear amber color. A little bit of sediment at the bottom. Not much for head.

S- Malty, balanced with hops and a little sweetness.

T- A well balanced red. Nothing great, but definitely very smooth and tasty.

M- Smooth. Flows well, makes you want to keep sipping.

D- I don't think it's very strong so, yeah, drink it up.

10-22-2006 16:03:05 | More by Rudgers73
Photo of km000

New York

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

06-29-2014 15:28:30 | More by km000
Photo of GreatPondBrewer


3.88/5  rDev +9%

Perhaps I got a different beer than the rest of the reviews, but the label on the keg clearly stated Highland Amber and the person who purchased it assured me that it was infact the Highland Amber. This had a darker appearence than I expected with a creamy off-white head. The smell was sweet and malty with a nice wheat like profile deep in the nose. The taste was refreshing, but had a good deal of malty summer wheat characteristics, sweet molasses and brown sugar and just a little alcohol bite. Not too heavy and almost like a lightish brown ale and not at all like any lager I have tasted. Perplexing....

08-18-2003 18:43:31 | More by GreatPondBrewer
Photo of TheDeuce

New York

3.9/5  rDev +9.6%

Rohrbach Highland Lager...on tap at the Inn on the Lake Lounge in Canandaigua, NY

Appearance-a mild red glass out of the tap, medium sized head but it leaves quickly.

Smell-roasted malt with a sweet back end, mixes with light hops. Notably sweet.

Taste/Mouthfeel- Heavy malted taste, hint of nuts in the forefront, residual sweetness. Another layer of hops on the way down, very smooth, finishes bitter. Light mouthfeel.

Drinkability- Light but flavorful.

Overall- an enjoyable beer, a lot of flavor in a light mouthfeel. Would have it again.

10-24-2010 15:56:11 | More by TheDeuce
Photo of wiseguy142

New York

3.23/5  rDev -9.3%

Picked up a 1/4 Keg and Beers of the World for about $65 for a little end of the college school year celebration...

Appearance is a deep blazing orange topped off with a frothy, light, slightly tan tinged head.

Smell is all amber malt all the time. Sort of gives you a heads up for what you're in for in the rest of the beer.

With that being said, it tastes like amber malt. Sorta seems logical for an amber lager. Pretty thin in flavor up front with a dry/stale/grainy touch on the tongue that really doesn't scream "amber" or "lager" but more like "water." Further into the taste you get hit with the same flavor as the aroma- nicely toasted amber malt well balanced with a little hop bite- I definitely enjoyed this combination. Finishes fairly clean- I can detect maybe a little diacetyl if any but I don't think it's very important considering the darker grains used. My only real criticism is that for the first 40% of the gulp you feel like you're drinking seltzer water.

Mouthfeel is very light, with a little bit of body towards the center of the mouth. Makes for a very drinkable beer considering the dominant "aftertaste" and generally light feel to the beer. I probably sat down and had 25 of these over the course of about 36 hours. Needless to say, I think I'll try something else now out of pure, amber exhaustion but I think it was a good purchase and something that will please a variety of guests at BBQ's or other springtime social events.

04-28-2008 11:24:37 | More by wiseguy142
Photo of paulytasker

New York

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

07-13-2014 20:56:38 | More by paulytasker
Photo of 1BadblueSS

New York

4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

09-30-2012 13:30:42 | More by 1BadblueSS
Photo of wisegreensoul

New York

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

07-10-2014 02:51:18 | More by wisegreensoul
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2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

01-05-2013 21:17:42 | More by chefduff2
Photo of BrunoH

New York

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

01-17-2014 21:15:26 | More by BrunoH
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Highland Lager from Rohrbach Brewing Company (Brewpub)
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