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Amsterdam Big Wheel Deluxe Amber - Amsterdam Brewing Company

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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 12.58%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | 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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Ratings: 84 | Reviews: 23 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by thehyperduck:
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3.34/5  rDev +5%
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.

thehyperduck, Jul 15, 2013
More User Reviews:
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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

R_Kole, Nov 01, 2014
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3.1/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

JohnnyBarman, Jul 18, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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MJ63, Feb 05, 2014
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3.2/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

biboergosum, Sep 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Griffith, Jan 07, 2014
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2.93/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Sammy, May 24, 2009
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3.23/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

paxkey, Feb 02, 2011
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2/5  rDev -37.1%

ThinkAgain, Jan 06, 2012
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

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3/5  rDev -5.7%

CurtisD, Sep 15, 2014
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

DamageCase76, Nov 04, 2013
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3.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

spinrsx, Jul 14, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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3/5  rDev -5.7%

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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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!

mrmanning, Oct 28, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

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Amsterdam Big Wheel Deluxe Amber from Amsterdam Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.