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Henry Weinhard's Redwood Flats Amber Ale - Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Co.

Henry Weinhard's Redwood Flats Amber AleHenry Weinhard's Redwood Flats Amber Ale

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Ratings: 159
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.09
pDev: 17.48%


Brewed by:
Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Co. visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: sinistersteve on 08-16-2002)
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metter98

New York

3.13/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high beige colored head that died down a bit but consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: Very light aromas of caramel malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but has much more stronger initial flavors of caramel and toasted malts along with notes of earthy hops towards the finish. There are some hints of sweetness from the malts but the hops provide a slight amount of counteracting bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a great mouthfeel, but seems like it could use more hop bitterness to help balance out all of the malts.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 21:44:33 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.13/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

"DEC1012" marked on the bottle neck.

Appearance: Pours a clear, light amber body with a medium-small, off-white head. A little spackling of lace on the glass walls on the way down.

Smell: Falls short on giving decent notes of caramel, toasted barley grains, hops, or anything, really. Bummer.

Taste: Washed down, watered up flavors of caramel over toasted grain. Very, very low fruitiness. The faintest touch of earthy, woodsy hops with barely any bitterness. Slight doughy accent prior to the hohum finish, but, then, metallic hints are waiting for you in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-light carbonation. It's heavily flirting with wateriness, this one (christ, it's got Watery's number and is ready for drunk dialing).

Overall: Private Reserve, a dreadful brew, should've remained a bit more private and kept from a general release. Redwood Flats Amber is no better by any means. This one drinks with all the excitement of a Killian's Irish Red. The sad is is that I would rather have had a Killian's.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 22:42:28 | More by ChainGangGuy
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Something about the words "redwood" and "flats" just leads me to think they wouldn't describe the same place, even if they cooperate... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear light copper topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises mild toffee, slightly sweet grain, and light grass. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a light twinge of orange peel in the background. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a generally fluid feel. Overall, a nice, if kinda boring, little amber. It's not something I would readily reach for, but also something I wouldn't actively repel.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 06:12:09 | More by TMoney2591
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zeff80

Missouri

3.48/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, reddish color with a one-finger white head of foam. The short-lived head left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled malty with some sweetness.

T - It tasted of caramel and toffee with some maltiness. Some earthy and grassy bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is an okay red ale. An inexpensive option for the camping trip I was taking.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 02:21:40 | More by zeff80
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.13/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ug, another screw cap.
Pours a fluffy like almost 1 finger head on a very aggressive pour with some lighter lacing, over ridiculously clear obviously over filtered amber reddish color.

Nose starts with light reddish malts, little toasty and sweet, hint fruity, hint of grassy hops, little caramel like malts, fluffy malty ale.

Taste starts with light malts, reddish semi sweet malts, a little caramel, but then into not so great flavors, an unhappy yeast or off yeast like bready chewy syrupy weird flavor, light caramel and toasty malt, some light herbal grassy hops, light bitterness, little icky oily flavor, almost rancid oil flavor, bleh. Finish is drier, more icky malts and oily herbal bitter hops, tingly.

Mouth is lighter bodied, fairly good carb.

Overall meh, quite icky and off flavors but not as bad as I expected from the last beer I had from them.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 03:09:54 | More by jlindros
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by Dec. 31, 2012:

Pours amber with a thin off-white head that leaves trailing lace.

The smell is of caramel and some lightly toasted dough. A hint of hop spicing is there.

The taste is of caramel with slight toast. There is a mild hop touch in the finish that balances it well enough.

It has a smooth medium body with medium to heavy carbonation. It's slightly buttery.

Not bad for a standard American Amber Ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 17:01:12 | More by jwc215
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Billolick

New York

3.1/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle. With DEC3112 on the neck. Best before dating?

Pours near clear reddish amber, quick to depart khaki head, leaves a trace of a film, and moderate fine lace.

Just a hint of sweet caramel tinged malts and dusty hops on the nose.

Middle of the road amber, "craft beer" for newbies, more caramel, very light hop presence in the finish. Ehh, nothing special, toss some chicken in it for a spell, give it to your BMC drinking friends or family members, create a little more interest for real beer. But dont expect a transcendant experience drinking this one

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 03:33:01 | More by Billolick
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Zorro

California

3.93/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber colored ale with a decent tan colored head.

Smell is malty with a good caramel scent. Grassy and woody hop aroma. Smells nutty and has a toasted grain aroma.

Starts out slightly sweet and malty with a good flavor of caramel and nuts. Some toasted grain flavor and grassy hop.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this is a pretty good ale. VERY surprised by this one. I wasn't expecting much but this is far better than any $5.99 a six pack beer you could hope for. I absolutely will buy again.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2013 02:29:41 | More by Zorro
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

2.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pretty standard looking red pour, average head, not much if any lacing. Aroma was somewhat woody, irish malt feel.

Taste, hops kept down, a little more robust irish moss feel to it than Killians. Not the greatest off flavor bitterness, can't figure where it came from, unless they use a small amount of high alpha acid hops. Either way, not my favorite Weinhards beer by any stretch of the imagination. A little caramel thrown in there.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 17:41:07 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

2.8/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Tarnished ruby-orange with a neat clarity. Frothy dirty white head sits a finger high with several minutes of stay. Thin film ring encompasses the vessel for lacing of average regards.

S: Light dried apple skin fruitiness, and i do mean light. Light wiff of crystal malt is brief with a soft flowery hop touch. Really isnt alot to go on here.

t: Flavor is a munich-caramel freshness, toasty sweet of light to moderate intentions. A bit of flowery cascade hops provide just the faintest bit of hop awareness. There is a bit of a metallic nature as well that is present.

M: some malt substance, a bit syrupy and slick in texture with a toasted warmth, but overall just an average experience.

O: Overall a moderate flavor, some toasted grain mention, hops are a bit restrained, but after recently sampling thier ipa and classic pale lager this is somewhat of a relief showing some flavor and backbone support in their beers. A no thrill downer for the non-discrimintory red beer drinker.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2012 02:23:40 | More by beerthulhu
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Brad007

Vermont

3.68/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber with a huge head that fades to leave a lot of lacing on the edges of my glass.

Aroma is average with some residual malt sweetness and almost no hop bite. The only reason I mention the latter is due to the trend of over-hopping red ales (of which this does not follow).

Very nice, mellow and creamy. Sweet and chewy as well. Drinks a lot like a cream ale or adjunct lager in terms of mouthfeel. Caramel on the tongue as well.

A decent palate of flavors stick around in the back. Clean finish.

I didn't care for the aroma but I really like the way this tastes. It's a good beer for those who may not be big on craft beer but are looking for a little more flavor than usual.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2012 22:43:33 | More by Brad007
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Tone

Missouri

3.45/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. One inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, caramel malt, hint of roasted malt, hint of nut, slight hop, hint of metallic, and a hint of pale malt. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, pale malt, caramel malt, hint of roasted malt, slight hops, and a hint of metallic flavors. Overall, good appearance and aroma, the metallic notes notwithstanding a good amber.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 10:20:21 | More by Tone
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

1.63/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clean orange-ish to amber color with an off white head. In the aroma, a sweet, small caramel roast that is quite faint. In the taste, mostly dry, sticky sweet to a dry caramel like malt. A small bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry, sticky skunky hop. EH! Skunky hops, quite lagery for an ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 14:53:17 | More by OWSLEY069
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle with a best by date of 123112 pours a clear copper color with a small off-white head. Not much for lacing or retention.

Nose is light and nutty with a touch of caramel. Pretty bland actually with just a smidge of fruitiness.

Taste is watered toasty toffee with a light hop bittering. Very light flavor overall and Id classify this as a JAB: Just Another Beer. This is just something to wet the whistle, so to speak. Mouthfeel is very light and there is carbonation aplenty. It inoffensive, does that make it bad? I’d probably buy it occasionally if it was priced on par with Coors or the like and available in 12packs.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 21:54:28 | More by twiggamortis420
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz twist-off bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
5.2% ABV, DEC0312 printed on neck.

A - This gorgeous rich amber-colored beer is loaded with carbonation bubbles streaming through the clear beer to it's sudsy off-white foam head. Sticky lace clutches the glass as the foam falls to a thin but stable skim.

S - Redwood Flats Amber doesn't do itself any favors by opening with a rather bland, grainy pale malt aroma. Back-up notes of toasted and amber malts are present but certainly not showcased, and any level of hopping is minimal for balance. Earthy traces come through, but they're minimal, offered haphazardly.

T - Assertively malt forward, Redwood Flats Amber piles on the pale malt but elevates the flavor quite a bit from the lackluster aroma. Toasted Munich malt adds the bread crunch while a touch of caramel aids in the sweetness. Again, hops seem strangely absent from this beer, barely imparting an earthy finish that seems like an afterthought.

M - Luckily enough, the hops, which remain absent in aroma and flavor, help to hold this beer together where it counts; the feel. With how malt-forward it is, it's a wonder that the beer's sweetness isn't cloying. A light touch of citrus crispness flashes across the finish lingering with a touch of dryness to cap off this medium-light bodied amber.

O - The beer's malt dominance seems odd since the label mentions, two separate times, that it's brewed with cascade hops. The hops keep it balanced though, so I suppose that's something. Ultimately, Henry Weinhard's amber remains an easily drinkable beer, inviting from first glance to a rather clean finish, nothing about it is offensive. Nothing about it is outstanding either.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 22:08:56 | More by BeerFMAndy
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Can't really bash the appearance it looks like your standard red ale with a ruby like body and a 1/2 inch of frothy head.

S - Well I have a bit of a cold so I wasn't expected to be blown away by the smell but it does have mild hops and mostly caramel malts.

T - Simple yet delicious. Its better than your standard amber with simple caramel malt, a mild hop presence, and no off flavors.

M - Light to medium as expected.

Overall these guys make a pretty good beer. I can't wait to try their other two offerings I picked up at the House of 1,000 beers.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 18:09:09 | More by DrDemento456
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has an amber color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of malts, biscuity, some hops. Taste is well balanced hops and malts, some caramel notes, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a refreshing and enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 01:29:50 | More by tone77
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.08/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, slightly past the 2013 best by date, served in a lager glass.

Pours clear, deep amber colored, with a moderate size but exceptionally creamy head. The head has good retention and leaves a full coat of lacing on the glass with each tip. Lots of carbonation is visible.

S: caramel with some piney and earthy hops, but with a metallic and faintly musky tone.

T: Better than the aroma, but too mild. Caramel malt up front fades as the earthy hops build towards the mildly hoppy and slightly bitter finish.

M: crisp; light-medium body.

O: Decent, at least after it warms up a bit.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 23:19:42 | More by chinchill
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.44/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked APR0113-C012009I Sampled on August 3, 2013 so I do not know if the April 2013 date is the expiration date. If so I am a few months late.

Still, it looks like it should with a medium amber sort of brass-copper appearance with a lingering off-white head.

The aroma is full of sweet caramel and toffee malts with a very distant, nearly indistinguishable hop note.

The body is a little better than medium and pretty smooth in texture.

The taste is about as sweet as the aroma suggests with a lot of caramel malts, butterscotch, and sugar and a subtle hop finale that does not linger. It does what it is supposed to do as far as this style goes.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 18:29:45 | More by puboflyons
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a glass beer mug.

L - clear amber color with a off-white head that thinned to a ring.

S - malty but not totally sweet.

T - malt flavor throughout with very light bittering near the finish.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.

O - average beer for the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 21:31:37 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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Reidrover

Oregon

3.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Surprisingly i actually like this beer..its the best beer that Weinhards have to offer and its pretty cheap too ,BONUS!
This is a good beer to have around if your having a BBQ and inviting the neighbours..its certainlly better than the macro swill ( its regional) and it was opne of the beers that turned me towards trying micros...so if you see it outside Oregon ..giove it a go..not a bad amber.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2003 23:33:38 | More by Reidrover
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Overlord

California

3.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Henry Weinhardt's ... used to be, and perhaps still, is the best brew for the price around. It's been a while since I've seen more than a bottle here and there.

Pours a reddish amber. Smells like ... malt. Not much aroma to it, truthfully. Tastes like ... basically, malt. Maybe a bit of earthy/hoppiness to it. But, it's a fairly straight forward malty amber. Quenching, and a decently palatable mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2008 04:01:43 | More by Overlord
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

2.75/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best by December 31, 2012:

In a pint glass:

A: clear amber colored head that leaves a small half finger level foamy white head. Lots of carbonation is seen rising, some light speckled spider web lacing is seen around the pint glass.

S: caramel up front with some pines and hops in the background, but coming through in a metallic way

T: caramel up front with the pine and hops coming in a bit stronger and a slight added toasty graininess to it, but there is a very large blandness that comes out of all of this.

M: crisp, about a light to medium and has a fair amount of sharpness on the tongue. This is an extremely drinkable beer.

O: I'm glad I tried it, but also glad I only bought a single. I really don't see myself coming back to this.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 14:41:29 | More by BeerKangaroo
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budgood1

Minnesota

2.93/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

this one pours out a semi-clear rust brown color. a lively fizzy head dies away in about thirty seconds. no real lace to speak of. carbonation dies off with the head. sweet caramel malted tastes are almost candy like. a snap of some cascade hops add some more bold taste. a seemingly thick and oily sweet mouthfeel makes it all slide down too well. this beer seems flat in body and mind. not a beer i would recommend or have again.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2003 16:06:12 | More by budgood1
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

3.9/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Henry Weinhard's Redwook Flats Amber has a very thick, creamy, cream-colored head and a clear, bubbly, reddish appearance, with relatively thick lacing rings left behind on the glass. The aroma is faint, but one can pick up sweetness, malts and a little bread. Taste is a nice balance of medium-roasted malt, brown bread, and slightly floral hop bitterness, with an overall sweet presentation. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Henry Weinhard's Redwood Flats Amber finishes soft, semi-dry, refreshing, and highly drinkable. This is a very mild and pleasant beer.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 15:01:49 | More by RonaldTheriot
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Henry Weinhard's Redwood Flats Amber Ale from Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Co.
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