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Amsterdam Big Wheel Deluxe Amber - Amsterdam Brewing Company

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Amsterdam Big Wheel Deluxe AmberAmsterdam Big Wheel Deluxe Amber

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76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.16
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Amsterdam Brewing Company visit their website
Ontario, Canada

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
To master the Big Wheel takes patience and practice. So does making the perfect amber beer. Our award winning amber was created out of a desire for the perfectly balanced beer combining all the qualities of a rich traditional pale ale with the drinkability of a modern lager. Big Wheel Deluxe Amber is brewed with a blend of imported Pale and Crystal malts for a bright amber colour and sweet malt character then dry hopped with a blend of UK hops to achieve a perfect balance of rounded malt and hop taste. Take one for a ride and discover the pleasures of a perfectly balanced beer.

19 IBU

(Beer added by: Derek on 05-23-2009)
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Reviews by djcreepshow:
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +18.7%

11-10-2012 04:38:37 | More by djcreepshow
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Ontario (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -1.9%

On tap at the Kitchener Rib and Craft Beer fest. My last sampler on the day - their keg lines took a long time adjusting to the heat and humidity, so I had to keep coming back to see how things were going.

Poured into the 6oz sampler glass. A red-russet brew, with a thin foamy head to it. Nose was caramel and grassy hops.

Tastes like a typical mass-market red lager, pretty boring and with only a mild caramel-malty character to discern it from a standard pale lager. However, it was an easy drinker, smooth and refreshing, and entirely inoffensive. Nothing wrong with it, but not much going on either.

Forgettable, but drinkable.

07-18-2010 19:41:05 | More by JohnnyBarman
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2.5/5  rDev -20.9%

05-13-2014 19:03:29 | More by andrewdanks
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +18.7%

02-05-2014 23:19:04 | More by MJ63
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Alberta (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

09-12-2013 05:16:49 | More by biboergosum
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3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

01-07-2014 19:16:08 | More by Griffith
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.93/5  rDev -7.3%

On tap at C'est What Spring Festival of Craft brewers.A plain and boring beer, lagerish. Amber colour, with little head. Not something advancing the local beer scene. There is a tad of hops, some malt. Neutral aroma. At best average even for this brewery.

05-24-2009 06:29:42 | More by Sammy
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Ontario (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev +2.2%

pours a pale amber. no head and some lacing.

smells a bit skunky even though it was packaged in a cardboard box. The bottle is green and clear like other skunky beers i.e. heineken.

also picking up some grasiness. wet cardboard aromas as well. after it warms a little the off smells fade and i can pick up some spicy hop aroma and some faint malt.

sharp with good carbonation. some bitterness in aftertaste. some cracker malt. the spiciness and malts come through more as the beer warms.
not terrible but some of the taste reminds me of macro lagers. not a big fan.

02-02-2011 23:55:01 | More by paxkey
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Ontario (Canada)

2/5  rDev -36.7%

01-06-2012 16:07:09 | More by ThinkAgain
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +18.7%

07-23-2013 17:08:52 | More by WillAndSarah
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -5.1%

09-05-2013 03:11:34 | More by irishkyle21
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3.75/5  rDev +18.7%

12-25-2013 19:07:16 | More by Xzfgiimtsath
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -5.1%

11-04-2013 04:07:58 | More by DamageCase76
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Ontario (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev +3.8%

473ml Can

Appearance - Clear copper colour with an average size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is really isn't much lacing. The head lasted for around 2 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hay/straw, light hops, caramel

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts mixed with caramel and some very light hops. There is also a bit of a pear juice fruitiness. The beer finishes with a malty sweet aftertaste with a touch of bitterness.

Overall - The beer reminded me a bit of an English IPA. It's pretty drinkable, just nothing exciting. I wouldn't seek it out.. but there are far worse beers out there.

07-14-2011 18:38:33 | More by spinrsx
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Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

12-10-2011 21:42:20 | More by RedAleMan
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Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

03-17-2013 22:48:53 | More by MFAnderson
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -5.1%

05-07-2012 17:16:42 | More by batmanbach
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Alberta (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -13%

06-22-2014 16:40:15 | More by mattsander
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Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

01-17-2013 21:27:59 | More by SebD
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -5.1%

Can- A clear but fairly deep copper pour, with a half inch of eggshell head. Nose of grains and caramel, fresh hops, a bit fruity too. Sweet grainy flavour is met with a marked grassy hoppiness, then leads to caramel which seems a bit too sweet at times. Not groundbreaking but I'd happily drink it if I had to. Thanks Dave!

10-28-2009 11:36:59 | More by mrmanning
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Ontario (Canada)

3.34/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

07-15-2013 03:03:28 | More by thehyperduck
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3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

07-26-2014 14:47:03 | More by IPAchris
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -5.1%

11-06-2012 15:29:04 | More by cfalovo97
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -5.1%

06-16-2013 14:31:17 | More by TheBeeraholic
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New York

3.7/5  rDev +17.1%

ETA: changing the review scores, because I've had it on tap and from a can in the past month, and it's much, much nicer. That proteiny smell is gone, which is a big relief. Without that distraction, there's a nice wheaty taste and the aroma is much more complex. This is a refreshing not-too-fancy amber, and I'll drink it again -- at least on tap or in a glass from a can. Of course, my review of it bottled was from a year ago. Maybe they've just fixed something. Well, I like this now.

02-18-2011: Looks amber-coloured even through the green glass bottle. Very pretty and warm looking in a clear glass. Odd bit of meaty/proteiny/metallic smell from the foam? Not nice but not turning me away. Flavour is not too complex, pleasant and refreshing, a little bit sweet and then turns bitter/hoppy and estery. I might not buy it again but I won't turn it down either.

02-28-2012 00:32:57 | More by Antikythera
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Amsterdam Big Wheel Deluxe Amber from Amsterdam Brewing Company
74 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.