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Old Scratch Amber Lager - Flying Dog Brewery

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Old Scratch Amber LagerOld Scratch Amber Lager

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1,418 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,418
Reviews: 752
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.62%
Wants: 28
Gots: 62 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-12-2001)
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Photo of jjboesen


2.73/5  rDev -20.2%

Tasted at Dr. Dremo's Taphouse in Arlington (VA) on November 22, 2007. Flying Dog now readily available in the DC area since buying out Wild Goose (I think?). In any case, it settles immediately without head or lacing, the latter does make a brief appearance if the beer is swirled. As for the smell .... could not detect one.

Though mildly hopped and void if any carbonation, I thought it had the characteristics of a flat lager. It was, at least, easy on the palate; but given, other choices, I would not spend too much time with it. I was not impressed and neither was my palate. This said, I still respect the brewery and will also drink their beers should I find them. Nuff said.

11-23-2007 02:07:32 | More by jjboesen
Photo of DoubleJ


3.45/5  rDev +0.9%

After this, I will have tried all the large-scale distributed Steam Beers, which is to say just two; Anchor Steam and Old Scratch. On to the beer:

Good dark amber appearance with orange hues on the edges. Light toasty malts and a modest brush of alcohol in the nose, a little fruity too, and caramel. Similar to Anchor Steam, but overall the flavor is a bit toned down. It's nice to see a brewery with an extended distribution network to brew this style.

11-21-2007 05:41:04 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of mangledorf


3.63/5  rDev +6.1%

Immediately: not as strong in flavor or mouthfeel as the other Flying Dog beers I've had. Beautiful honey color and light head but rather boring taste that only gets more boring after a few sips.

Retrospect: certainly not a bad beer by any means, stronger taste for a lager than average but not up to par with other beers by this brewery.

11-16-2007 05:22:38 | More by mangledorf
Photo of auxiliary

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +17%

appearance - Amber color, but with a mix of brown. Nice fluffy head formed and then semmid down. Some nice lace on the glass.

smell - Sweet malt, and some hop smell here.

taste - Nice balance on the taste. Sweet malt, and grass hops here. Little bit bitter at the end of the taste.

mouthfeel - Light body.

drinkability - Easy drinking beer

11-16-2007 00:37:38 | More by auxiliary
Photo of nsmartell


2.98/5  rDev -12.9%

I enjoyed this beer in my own living room. Poured from bottle to pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice copper red. Not much head and disappears quickly.

Smell: A slight hint of malts.

Taste: Sweet and a little hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Nice and thick. Probably the best part of this beer.

Drinkability: A decent beer, but I wasn't that impressed. This is the "California Common" I can remember tasting besides Anchor Steam.

11-15-2007 03:53:58 | More by nsmartell
Photo of Gambrinus1184


4.2/5  rDev +22.8%

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into an over-sized Sacred Hear High School glass mug.

A: Pours a nice, copper orange with a thin, creamy white head of retention, turning to a thin lace within moments.

S: Smells sweet, slightly metallic, and a little bitter from the hop in the nose. It's inviting and refreshing.

T: The taste is a great balance between floral hop and sweet malt, with a bit of caramel candy sweetness and bubbly, copper ale bitterness. A great take on a unique style.

M: Mouthfeel is fairly thin, but refreshing and satisfying.

D: I could probably session this one forever. It;s got a great, smoky, coppery, metal hop taste, balanced out nicely with sweet, slightly burny hops. Great mixture.

Overall, I prefer Old Scratch to Anchor Steam in the steam beer/California Common market, but maybe that's just me. The Anchor Steam tends to be a tad too acrid, whereas the Flying Dog maintains a bittersweet integrity throughout the brew.

11-04-2007 05:16:20 | More by Gambrinus1184
Photo of armock

New York

3.73/5  rDev +9.1%

A - Pours a nice amber color with an off white head that goes down quickly

S - Some caramel and malt stand out

T - Caramel malt at first finishes with some bitter hops

M - Medium body coats the mouth

D - Over all a good beer could be a session beer worth a try

10-30-2007 23:11:10 | More by armock
Photo of domtronzero


3.63/5  rDev +6.1%

Pours a clear deep amber with a whitish one finger head. Short lived head leaves little-to-no lacing on the glass. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and smooth. Taste is also sweet, caramel, malty with a slight hop bitterness in the background. Mouthfeel is well carbonated and slick, with a little mouthcoating feeling and a medium viscocity. Overall this is a decent brew. I will probably be enjoying this in the near future, if I can keep my wife away from it.

10-24-2007 00:53:54 | More by domtronzero
Photo of claytri


3.43/5  rDev +0.3%

The beer poured a light amber with a sparse tan head. The aroma is of sweetish malt, not very strong. The taste is nice and biscuity, just good solid malt, with just enough hops to keep it from being too sweet. The feel is medium and wet. This is a nice pleasant beer and one I'm sure I will sample again.

10-20-2007 20:35:20 | More by claytri
Photo of brewshakes

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

This was my fourth sampling from my mix twelve pack of Flying Dog beer. The beer poured a pretty amber color with a fluffy head that soon went away to almost nothing. The nose smells like a hint of grains and some malt. The taste is sweet with some light hops, Mouthfeel was good and I could definitely drink a few of these.

10-16-2007 01:13:46 | More by brewshakes
Photo of nickfl


3.8/5  rDev +11.1%

A - True reddish amber color and excellent clarity with one finger of off white foam.

S - Nice amber, caramel malt aroma. A little bit of toffee and bread, no hops to speak of.

T - Big caramel flavor with bready notes and some low key roasty, tobacco or coffee like flavors. Hop flavor kicks in briefly towards the end followed closely by mild, but mouth coating, bitterness and then a long lingering malt finish.

M - Nice thick body and moderately high carbonation.

D - Nice, sessionable beer. The malt character is quite nice and the hops are subdued but they come out when they need to. Overall no complaints, but I have to wonder why Beer Advocate classifies this as a steam beer because it does not really strike me as one

10-08-2007 04:37:58 | More by nickfl
Photo of burnstar


3.1/5  rDev -9.4%

Pours clear copper with a big rocky head. Aroma is faint spicy hops. Taste is malty, hints of fruit, toasted malt. A few spicy hops. Light lingering bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and well carbonated. Somewhat drinkable but I wouldn't want to have a lot of it.

10-06-2007 01:53:53 | More by burnstar
Photo of tweeder263


2.93/5  rDev -14.3%

Pours out a clear amber brew with a one finger head,,nice medium carbonation. Smells of sweet maltiness,,very nice.Taste,is very light. Nowhere near as malty as it smells,,light hopping. Actuallt kinda disappointing, its not bad at all but reminds me of when AB makes specialty beers and they are a shadow of what they truly could be.

10-05-2007 01:16:22 | More by tweeder263
Photo of Redwood21


3.05/5  rDev -10.8%

A: it has a nice golden color with a thin white head that has no sticking or anything its decent but not inspiring

S: almost off putting but not that bad, it goes in and out. one whiff is of an enjoyable steam beer, anchor steam like, another will almost be too cloying and alcohol rich.

T: also not what i expected. im not really sure how to describe it there is a slight fruityness to it with some citrus like notes that seem more dominate.

M/D this was a decent beer, i could easily enjoy a 6 pack, but for the style it seems a tad lacking. still a good beer,


10-02-2007 05:26:38 | More by Redwood21
Photo of KevinB

New York

3.38/5  rDev -1.2%

Nice liking brew. Dark rich amber color capped with a spumy whey head.
Light lacing left behind.
Smell is a sweet, strong malt aroma, with notes of caramel, and earthy tones.
Taste is sweet roasted malts, light hops, with notes of caramel and brown sugar along with an assortment of very light floral flavors.
Mouthfeel is sticky, it's a semi-creamy, medium bodied brew with moderate carbonation.
Overall a pretty good beer, worth having at least once to compare to other steam style brews.

10-01-2007 04:15:31 | More by KevinB
Photo of TheDeuce

New York

3.93/5  rDev +14.9%

Flying Dog Old Scratch Amber Lager

Very red color with an active had, loads of carbonation. Hoppy taste off the bat, alcohol is present but very malty overtones. Flavorful and filling, I had two of these and was very satisfied. A fine example of a steam amber, similar to Anchor Steam. Another solid one from Flying Dog.

09-26-2007 18:58:28 | More by TheDeuce
Photo of soupyman10

District of Columbia

3.45/5  rDev +0.9%

Amber beer with small head and big bubbles, quickly dissolving to zip. Nose is grainy malt, light hops, and some spicy molasses. Not bad. Flavor is fairly similar. Tastes a lot like a slightly improved Killians. Body is too carbonated, but good in terms of thickness. I dunno, this one was alright. As another reviewer noted, Flying Dog stuff is generally okay, not great beer.

09-22-2007 15:31:31 | More by soupyman10
Photo of dickieb

Rhode Island

3.28/5  rDev -4.1%

Pours a deap amber with a 1/2" of white head, that dosent leave much lacing. The smell is faint, of grains and honey. The taste starts off sweet and goes into an almost paper like dryness, which finishes clean with an average mouthfeel. As with most the flying dog i have tastes, not particularyl impressive, but unoffensive, and drinkable.

09-12-2007 01:46:38 | More by dickieb
Photo of Floydster


3.25/5  rDev -5%

12 ounce bottle from Cost Plus

Poured into a pint glass with 1/4 inch white head

Golden amber color with a hint of honey aroma

Not a bad beer, but just not much to it, goes down real easy, but the taste does not really stick with you

Tastes a lot like Anchor Steam to me, but not as good

09-05-2007 17:25:12 | More by Floydster
Photo of Durge


3.65/5  rDev +6.7%

A rosey copper color brew with a modest off-white head and decent lace. The aroma includes good malt and a bit of brown sugar and wheat. The flavor is a nice mellow caramel malt with a smokey background. A little thin, watery, but not tragically. The malt builds up as you go. A little dry at the finish but drinkability is good. I'm satisfied and would have it again.

09-01-2007 03:48:44 | More by Durge
Photo of argock


3.28/5  rDev -4.1%

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass

A: Hazy orange-amber color with medium off-white head and scant lacing

S: Some grassy hops with syrupy alcohol smell.

T: Malts dominate with roasted flavor sbut with a dry hops finish which is lightly bitter.

M: Light-bodied with light carbonation. Aftertaste is short-lived.

D: Light in weight and light in influence overall.

08-29-2007 03:38:01 | More by argock
Photo of tempest


3.4/5  rDev -0.6%

Just an average, but tasty, amber lager here. The taste is a bit bland, compared to some craft brews, but I'd take this over Yuengling any day. There's a bit of roasted malt and caramel in the mostly sweet and light malt profile. No real hops to speak of, but I still enjoyed drinking it for what it was.

08-25-2007 19:29:27 | More by tempest
Photo of BlindPig


3.03/5  rDev -11.4%

A- Thick light tan head on a crystal clear caramel body. Thin lacing left on top with a little sticking to side of glass.
S- Caramel malts, on the sweeter side, light grass hops, and has that "steam" aroma.
T- Light caramel malts, light bitterness on tip and mid tongue from grass hops, and I don't know how to put it but that "steam" flavor to it. Dry, crisp, and kind of refreshing. Something else that I can't pick out too.
M- Thin body with medium carbonation.
D- It is alright. Easy to drink but nothing to good.

08-22-2007 20:14:49 | More by BlindPig
Photo of Minkybut


3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

I poured this beer from a bottle to a tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer had a nice amber color with a tan head that decayed rather fast. The beer had a bit of a caramel or sweet smell. Slightly sweet taste also but but not bad at all. The beer was rich tasteing yet still light enough to be refreshing as a summertime brew. I would drink again.

08-20-2007 14:47:36 | More by Minkybut
Photo of willjschmidt


3.4/5  rDev -0.6%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a medium/dark amber hue with a nice light tan head.

S: Light hops with some toasted malt.

T: A nice blend of toasted malts and some light hoppy flavors. A nice slightly bitter hop aftertaste. The malt has a little bit of caramel.

M: Nice mouthfeel; smooth and a little bit creamy.

D: A decent brew that's quite drinkable. I probably won't be seeking it out in the future.

08-14-2007 19:29:33 | More by willjschmidt
Old Scratch Amber Lager from Flying Dog Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 1,418 ratings.