Amsterdam Big Wheel Deluxe Amber - Amsterdam Brewing Company
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3.43/5 rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
473ml can poured into tulip 2/11/13
A hazy amber liquid, lots of tiny bubbles feeding a massive 3 finger foam that has great retention and leaves lots of spider web lace
S sweet grains, wet herbal tea bag, lots of butterscotch, some brown sugar, leafy hops, smells alright
T grainy, herbal notes are still strong, just a little fruit, lots of caramels, more of the same really
M medium bodied, slightly creamy, slippery after the fact, herbal finish
O OK brew, a little boring but nothings wrong with it, easy enough to drink but forgettable
I doubt I'd bother again, not a bad beer but nothing worth looking for, just another basic brew
Serving type: can
11-02-2013 22:54:07 | More by wordemupg
3.13/5 rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Appearance - Pours a coppery amber with two fingers of foamy white head.
Smell - Bready malts, grains, apple juice, light grassy hops.
Taste - Bready malts and grains. Very, very light presence of grassy hops. A bit one-note.
Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Clean finish.
Overall - A simple amber ale that plays to one malt note. Really wish I could experience more toasted malts and perhaps a tad more hops. Good base to work off of.
Serving type: can
09-22-2013 02:46:52 | More by leaddog
3.2/5 rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
473ml can, a rather inexpensive entry point into the Alberta market.
This beer pours a clear pale golden amber hue, with three hefty fingers of puffy, somewhat densely foamy ecru head, which leaves a bit of high-flying, sparsely-strewn cloudy lace around the glass as things gradually sink away.
It smells of sweet, mildly toasted caramel malt, a certain Halls-esque warmth, some middling cherry and lemon fruitiness, and subtle grassy, weedy hops. The taste is gritty, grainy, mildly biscuity caramel malt, some indistinct orchard fruitiness, and more relaxed earthy, leafy, and weedy hops.
The bubbles are present, and nothing more than a tad frothy, the body medium-light in weight, and maybe a bit thin in its overall smoothness. It finishes well off-dry, the malt picking things up a bit, while the fruitiness and latent hoppiness remain fairly weak in their offset.
Another aspirational, yet still lacking, entry to this broadly woebegone style - you could have a whole Canadian (and other countries, I'm sure) sub-category there. Better than average, sure, but at the same time rather underwhelming, and pithy. I dunno - maybe amber ales just beget this sort of thing, an experience which I'm finding harder and harder to enjoy.
Serving type: can
09-12-2013 05:16:49 | More by biboergosum
3.34/5 rDev +5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Tallboy can from the LCBO, courtesy of their Summer Entertainer sampler pack. I considered purchasing a six-pack of this a while ago, but the lukewarm BA reviews sort of turned me off of it. Thank god for sampler packs! Served slightly chilled.
Pours a lovely clear orange-amber colour, topped at first with about a half finger of creamy, dense, off-white head. It wilts away over the next few minutes, leaving behind a thin cap and narrow collar, with some sparse strands of lacing. The aroma mostly showcases the malts, with a mixture of toasted, biscuity sweetness and caramel making up the bulk of it. Some faint grassy notes are the only hop presence I can distinguish from the malt sweetness.
Tastes fine; nothing unusual or unappealing to note, but certainly nothing adventurous or intense about it, either. Once again the malts are the major player, with toasted bread and biscuits coming through first, followed by a mellow caramel/butterscotch sweetness. This is nicely balanced with a brief dose of grassy, vaguely citrusy hop dryness toward the finish; these linger into the aftertaste alongside the caramel sweetness. Light-bodied and somewhat thin, with fairly low carbonation for an amber; this gives it a creamy mouthfeel and the result is one smooth-drinking amber.
This is probably the best of the four offerings contained in Amsterdam's current Entertainer sampler pack, but that really isn't saying much because the other three are (IMHO) rather lame. This isn't exactly an inspiring, memorable sort of beer that I'd seek out or recommend, but I could see myself getting this again on-tap, or if I were just in the mood for a balanced, malty session ale.
Final Grade: 3.34, a decent B-. Amsterdam's Big Wheel Deluxe Amber is a serviceable, relatively unremarkable amber ale. I could take it or leave it - finding a better amber isn't that difficult, but on the flip side of that coin, this is easily superior to the macro equivalents (think Keith's/Rickard's Red). It's nicely balanced and quite sessionable, but I have a feeling the lack of American-style hop flavours has a lot to do with this one's mediocre overall BA score. Probably one of the better year-round offerings in the Amsterdam portfolio, but nothing to write home about at all.
Serving type: can
07-15-2013 03:03:28 | More by thehyperduck
3.9/5 rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
I really enjoyed this beer. I would agree it has a watery mouth feel, but it has a nice flavour punch. Easy to drink, great finish and I enjoyed the after taste. I had a tough time picking up on the hops, and felt it carried more light malty tones throughout.
Serving type: bottle
03-19-2013 14:36:00 | More by Maverick25
Amsterdam Big Wheel Deluxe Amber from Amsterdam Brewing Company
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