Palmetto Amber - Palmetto Brewing Company

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Ratings: 216
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.53%
Wants: 1
Gots: 21 | FT: 1
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Palmetto Brewing Company visit their website
South Carolina, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-30-2002

A complex malt character is balanced with just the right amount of hops, resulting in a clean full flavored beer.
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Reviews by BottleOfPills:
Photo of BottleOfPills
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

My vacation beer purchased from Publix on Folly Beach...

How fitting..

A - 3.5 good, kind of a reddish caramel cover, I poured mine in a non traditional beer drinking glass - you know those only available glasses at the condo your staying in... It had a mild carbonation that left a small head that quickly dissapated. Didn't bother me as I still thought it appeared above average. Thus it's good.

S - the smell is sweet... it's good but not great, guess that makes it average.

T - taste is also good or I should say average, It's hoppiness isn't too strong for my taste buds, but yet it's stronger than what I normally go for. Plus there's a lack of "something" that normally would keep my interest in a hoppy beer. This something differs from beer to beer, and I'm going to write it off as it simply lacks originality of flavor. Good not great. Thus average.

M - mouthfeel is good. The appearent mild carbonation is just that, appearence, as this beer hides it's carbonation well but maintains it even better. The mouthfeel is crisp and tingly, very good..

D - drinkability is 3.5.. I say this because I like the way it feels but not so much the taste. Clear as mud?

Very good beer that's average to me but I think others may like it more... It wants to be a pounder I think but is a little harsh... yet it's not as original for a true beer drinkers beer.

Course I could just be intoxicated and rambling on my vacation....

Thank You Sir, I'll have another.

More User Reviews:
Photo of breakingbland
3.72/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark golden brown. It has a promising malty aroma (but with virtually no hops), but the taste is that of an undistinguished amber. Not bad but not notable. Wanted to try this local beer since we just arrived here in SC.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep cloudy amber/copper red with a small thin head that dissipated quickly. A nice deep caramel nose with an odd sour funk to it. A bit of ctirus and some grains as well.

Caramel maltiness along with some fruity, nutty tones as well. Good biterness on the back of the palate and a nice and chewy body.

Creamy, full body with ample carbonation goes down smooth. I could have a few of these in one sitting. I think this bottle may be a bit past its prime and hopefully I'll have a chance to try this one again sometime.

Photo of sponberg
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice medium deep amber with an offwhite head that reminds me of a yeast dough - plenty of bubbles. Aroma is slightly yeasty/biscuity with distant earthy hops.

So smooth - a cracker-topped-with-caramel, biscuity toasty-sweet maltiness with a bit of nuttiness, with an earthy hop flavor and a decent, balanced bitterness. Faint dry cocoa notes in the finish, but mostly more of the same. Mouthfeel is in proportion to the flavor - not huge, not thin, merely solid. Drinkability is very high as there are just no off flavors to tire of. Nothing about this beer is *wow* - just a very drinkable, tastebud pleasing amber.

And it goes INSANELY well with a pound of sweet, fresh, Edisto Beach shrimp.

Photo of nem2006
3.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had in a bottle at the Charleston Place Hotel in Charleston, SC. Poured an amber color with a slight head that faded shortly after pouring. There was carbonation visible on the side of the glass.

The smell was slightly sweet with a heavier hop note to it. But nothing really out of the ordinary for an amber.

Sat heavy on the tongue. Started sweet and then finished with a typical amber finish. The bitterness lingered.

Photo of glid02
3.72/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this on-tap at a random place on Folly Beach in Charleston.

Pours a solid clear amber color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. Head dissipates into a wispy layer of bubbles on top and a medium-sized ring around the glass. Lacing is decent.

Smells pretty good. A nice floral aroma with sweet and bready malts.

Tastes a little more malty than it smells. The sweet malt taste is the main contributor, but there is also a bit of a bready flavor. The hops don't really make an appearance until the bitter taste at the end.

Mouthfeel is good. It actually goes down very smoothly but it could have just a little more thickness.

Drinkability is good. This is a solid amber that goes down easily.

Overall I thought this was a solid beer. Nothing exceptional, but a good local offering.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.28/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Oldirtysurfer sent me a sample of each of the beers this brewer makes and I have not been disappointed. I think they produce great, classic brews. Thanks, man.
Poured a moderate golden dark amber with a full white head that melts slowly to top covering sticky white lacing which appears to last the entire drink.
Aroma is only lightly amber malt....very soft and subtle.
Taste is lightly sweet amber malt with a little toasted taste to it, followed with very nice citrus hop bittering. This one is really well balanced. Flavor evolves rather than gets taken over by the hops.
Mouthfeel is good for style and aftertaste is clean and drying.
Another great one from Palmetto

Photo of Jon
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ah, the lone Charleston brewery's flagship brew. This one pours a hazy amber color with a miniscule head that vanishes all too quickly. Aroma is rather grainy, with some pronounced caramel malt and a hint of bittering hops. First sip is rather sweet with big notes of the caramel malt. Taste shifts more to the bitter side toward mid-glass. Overall, a fairly well-balanced amber. Somewhat grainy mouthfeel with a dry finish make this one just better than average in the mouthfeel/drinkability departments. A fresh local brew that's a great find on tap, where it's a whole different beer. Seems to be the case with most Palmetto products.

Photo of ordybill
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Palmetto Amber poured in a pint glass, had great color and a very inviting aroma. the taste was stronger than anticipated for this amber. It had a very strong aftertaste that I would characterize this beer as a sipping beer vice the "cold one" after cutting the grass. Once you took the first sip you could tell this was a well crafted brew. After the third sip the initial strength of the brew became very palatable. This would be a great beer to have with a dinner.

Photo of bditty187
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy, dark unpolished bronze in hue with coppery-amber highlight; I like the color. The head, at the highest point, was only a half finger tall. Head retention was pour; it quickly faded to a skinny collar. There was some spotty subsequent lacing. On the whole, the appearance is respectable.

At first, the nose smelled like rotten watermelon rinds. Needless to say this was off-putting. After a few more whiffs I could smell some caramel malt with a kiss of toffee. After even more time passed the rotten aspect of the watermelon rinds dissipated and it just smelled like watermelon rinds. There were also hints of orange. Not much hop characteristics. The nose became decent after awhile. I hope that “rotten” smell is not found in the taste. I guess it is time I take a sip and find out.

The palate is very agreeable. Thank god I didn’t taste any watermelon. I really like the succulent caramel malt notes, pleasantly sweet with a smattering of biscuit. Lightly flowery and fruity notes too. Moderate bitterness with a faint earthiness; more hop bit would have been nice. While the palate is simple I like it. I can’t ask for much more in the style. It is a fairly solid Amber Ale, IMO… I like Fat Tire more though.

Medium in body, moderate carbonation but natural feeling; the mouthfeel is quite agreeable and it fits this beer well.

If the nose didn’t start off so poorly I’d have a more positive opinion; as is, it is decent. There are so many beers on the market like this one it is hard to get excited about. I am jaded. I bet this would be a good beer for a BBQ or to crossover a BMC drinker with. Thank you timtheenchanta for the enjoyable South Carolina brew! Worth a try.

Photo of UncleFlip
4.27/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mental note: do not review while watching the documentary "The Aristocrats". You WILL have to clean your monitor. :)

Moderate off white head tops a honey coloured liquid with peach overtones. Just a bit hazy. Head falls somewhat quickly.

Smell is malty and fruity, with just a slight hoppy hint.

Taste is sort of a pungent maltiness, with a slightly smoky undertone. Has a brown sugary sort of quality near the end. Not bad!

(At this point in the film, Sarah Silverman jokingly says she was raped by Joe Franklin.)

Medium liquid, with carbonation that's just SLIGHTLY higher than I'd like.

Very drinkable. The flavour is agreeable, and the carbonation is not so much that it puts me off. I rather like this one, and sometimes wish I could get it here in Bama.

Be well

Photo of tkelley
3.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a spiegelau glass.

A - copper clear body with foamy white head. Good retention and lacing. Lots of visible carbonation.

N - perhaps a bit stale. Good malt character, caramel and bread. A little kind of earthy hops.

T - pretty tasty. Light hop character, nothing too overpowering. Mostly it's a rich malty taste though.

M - smooth. Good aftertaste.

O - nicely drinkable beer. Good enough. Cheers.

Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a COAST Willi. Poured a copperish yellow-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacingthroughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, caramel, caramel hop, earth hop, and subtle powdered chocolate. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, earth hop, subtle chocolate, caramel, and caramel hop. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. For the style this really wasn't a bad brew. However, nothing really stood out too much on this one though which was rather unfortunate. The chocolate note going on in this one was interesting, but just not enough to take it to a new level. Worth trying at least once if you get the chance but that's about it.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is a semi cloudy amber with orange hues and good carbonation. The head is about 2 fingers, of white and gives way to very nice lace.

The smell is ok mild roasty malt just lightly hopped.

The taste is good, very nice roasted caramel with a milk chocolate not. I like the roasty quality very much.

The mouthfeel is good nice carbonation and a good medium body.

The drinkability is very good, I would love to got more. Very much worth seeking out.

Prosit, MK

Photo of djack8617
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lives up to the amber title. Poured into a flute. Head quickly dissipates leaving a ring of foam around the mouth of the glass.

Nothing overwhelming about the smell...perhaps a trace of ginger?

Taste the predominately hoppy with a bitter aftertaste, crisp yet not overly enjoyable.

Always good to try something new, but would not be a regular drink for me.

Photo of CRJMellor
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber and copper color with a small dull-white head that has some retention and minor lacing.
Aroma has a sweet caramel and slightkly roasted nut note with a bready and fruity underlying hint.
Flavor of caramel dominates but is cut nicely from getting too sweet by a bready, yeasty hit and some melow fruity hoppiness and just a hint of the roasted aroma.
Mouthfeel is at least medium-bodied. Sweet and mellowy bitter, solid transitions between flavors and overall profile.
Drinkability is very high, great session beer. I remembered this brew from a trip to Kiawah in 1996 and just recently revisited and surprised at amazingly good it was again, especially since my sampling beer has risen dramatically since that time. Very solid beer.

Photo of hustlemuscle
3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When I put this to my nose, the first thing I thought about was toffee. Bitter caramel and hints of nutty coffee. Not much in the line of flavoring hops, this is a malty beast. A bit thin and watery. Not a bad beer, but not enough of anything to make it really stand out. Amber, cloudy, not much carbonation. Slightly tart. Overall, unfortunatly just a little bland. Perhaps on tap would give it a little more life.

Photo of TPSReports
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this nice amber on tap at the Crab Shack at Folly Beach, SC.

It was served in an ice cold pint glass -- the beer had a nice ruby amber color with a thin light brown head.

The beer was light on tongue, lightly carbonated with a dry mild hoppy finish.

A very nice thrist quencher on a hot summer day -- highly drinkable.


Photo of GreenThumb
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Was served this in a rooftop bar near the Waterfront.
This beer has a good amber flavor with typical low-key malt flavors. Aftertaste is malty and light.

Mouth feel is average for amber/pilsners.

I had never heard of this beer until I honeymooned in Charleston, S.C. and would suggest it / try it again if I can find it in Houston.

This was a very drinkable beer (I had 3) and goes well on a hot afternoon with spicy food and sandwiches.

Photo of wcudwight
3.92/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had from a bottle at Hymans Seafood in Charleston.
Kind of a dark color for an amber. In fact it's only amber when held up to the light. Small 1/4" head from a slow pour but good retention.
Different aroma than what I'm used too with the latest ambers. More malty, sweet but not overdone. Kinda smells like sweet tea. I like it.
This is what I would consider a classic amber. Certainly in a different category than Big Hoppy Monster and Nugget Nectar. Very mild on the hops but a good beer neverless. Very balanced and easy to drink. Mouthfeel is medium to full. Good session beer to drink with a meal.

Photo of blackie
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: pours a low khaki head that shows average retention, beer is a medium amber in color

s: moderately sweet amber and caramel malts with a papery, nondescript hop aroma, a touch earthy, toasted malt stands out and brings a nice counter to the caramel

m: smooth, medium carbonation and body

t: moderately sweet caramel malts tempered with a lightly toasty flavor, lightly hopped with a light bitterness

d: my favorite of the line, pretty enjoyable

single bottle purchased at Whole Foods in Mt. Pleasant and brought back to NC

Photo of Ragingbull
3.64/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another Christmas gift of "dark, tasty beer" from my friend in South Carolina. Dark amber color with a loose frothy head. Active prickle bubbles. Nice nose that is well balanced between the hops and the malt. The flavor present with the hops forward, but a strong malt character comes charging behind, and pronto. Balanced flavor with a slight hoppy aftertaste. Nice thickness to the mouthfeel. The flavor is a little bit off from the characteristics that I am pulling from this beer. My friend claims it is because of the brackish water on the coast that they have to brew with. . . perhaps he is onto something as the characteristics and the flavor are a little disjointed. I didn't experience it with the Pale Ale so who knows. Caramel and spice notes are hidden in the flavor. Its a pretty drinkable beer, but I would go ahead and say that because of its lighter body and overall feel this is more of a warm weather beer, meant to be served cold. Perfect for South Carolina, but it was perhaps out of place up here in the Minnesota winter when I did this review.

Photo of JDW4195
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Another "Hop Head" brewery. When I drink an Amber, it's because I don't want an IPA. Would be better beer without the hops.

Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear amber in color and poured with a one and a half finger high off white head that slowly died down but lfet a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface for the entire duration. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of biscuity malts and citrusy hops in the nose.
T: The overall taste has a mild to moderate amount of bitterness from the hops and this is subdued from being overpowering from the underlying malts. There are some notes of caramel flavors and hints of sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and quite sessionable.

Photo of frank4sail
3.17/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep amber color with slight undercarbonation. Malty but not enough hops for my taste. An American amber needs more hops in my mouth. This is an average beer (per the style) with no real outstanding features.

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Palmetto Amber from Palmetto Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 216 ratings.