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Iron Range Amber Lager - James Page Brewing Company

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Iron Range Amber LagerIron Range Amber Lager

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63 Ratings

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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
James Page Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  4.48% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-03-1999)
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Reviews by Strand:
Photo of Strand

North Dakota

3.73/5  rDev +12.3%

I had James Page on tap at a hotel in St. Paul, MN. That's the only place I've ever seen it (I'm in ND) or even heard about it. But I tell you what, it's an excellent beer. It's a darker lager, with a bit of a sweet taste. I like dark beers, and I really like James Page Amber Lager. If you get a chance to try it out, do it.

03-11-2009 18:18:52 | More by Strand
More User Reviews:
Photo of Todd


3.53/5  rDev +6.3%

Presentation: 12oz can

Appearance: Medium amber in colour with a thin semi-clingy white head.

Smell: Smells of sweet grain.

Taste: Smooth with a nice rich malty mouthfeel. Semi-rind hop twang flavour with a well balanced leafy bitterness. The carbonation amplifies the hop and adds a dryness to this brew. Finishes with a slight husk/malt character.

Notes: Purchased and consumed on Northwest Airlines (Detroit to Boston). Not so bad for a canned beer on a plane.

10-03-1999 00:00:01 | More by Todd
Photo of Doppelmax

New Hampshire

3.45/5  rDev +3.9%

In a can, on a plane, served in a plastic "glass" but wait, with the second can I had a real glass...we up graded to first class with ff miles.
By far the best canned lager I've had.
Clear medium amber with a good head with moderate retention and a nice veil. Decent malt nose, little if and hops detected. The initial taste was a sweetish malt flavor, to my liking then it developed into a balance, quite pleasing in my opinion. Medium body with the right amount of carbonation. I wish I could get this beer in NH. I've been looking for a canned beer I enjoy for carrying during various outdoor type activities, Iron Range would fit the bill.
As a side bar, the flight attendant gave me 3 cans as I got off the plane for our sampling group to savor.

01-29-2007 14:49:45 | More by Doppelmax
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.4/5  rDev +2.4%

In a can. On a plane, in a plastic cup is how I enjoyed this little brew. no freshness dating to be seen. Poured clear light amber, sporting a decent looking off white head. Even left some respectable looking lacing. Just a hit of malt in the nasel aroma department. Middle of theorad amber, minor maple/malt notes. Can declares "Hand crafted, quality brewed" Best I can say is "Decent drinking, better then M.B & C."

12-17-2006 18:28:12 | More by Billolick
Photo of bsp77


2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into a tall glass.

Appearance: Clear amber with thin off-white head; no lacing.

Smell: Sweet caramel and bready malts. That's it.

Taste: Where is the taste? Light bready malts with the slightest touch of noble hops.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, very thin, watery body.

Drinkability: I have a hard time believing this is a Vienna. Nothing offensive here, but certainly nothing worth returning to either.

02-19-2010 22:30:12 | More by bsp77
Photo of ADR


2.95/5  rDev -11.1%

The most available Page product, usually available on Northwest Airlines. Very malt dominated to my tastes but lacking in aroma. Nice color and decent head. Nice sweetness in mid sip but needs more hoppiness for me. Decent, but the Burly Brown is better.

02-28-2002 11:10:32 | More by ADR
Photo of LXIXME

New Mexico

3.58/5  rDev +7.8%

A small off white to light tan head settles into a nice lacing above a clear amber copper colored beer.

A lightly roasted caramel malt aroma with hints of toffee.

Sweet lightly roasted caramel malt taste with a tad bit of hops coming through.

A light slight dry aftertaste with hints of sweet caramel malts hanging around on this light to medium light bodied beer.

A decent light tasting amber.

11-13-2012 22:02:02 | More by LXIXME
Photo of cokes


2.7/5  rDev -18.7%

Another perfectly amber brew, matching the EPA nearly exactly in color. The head is a fleeting yellowed snow.
The nose is odd more than any thing. It has that rubbery, corn-fed sweetness of a macro, along with a wisp of grain and caramel. Hopping is not noted, scentwise.
From the offset, this is maple-syrup waffles, caramel malt, and prune juice. It dries quite a bit in the middle, with a salted nacho impression (one that leads yet again to macro comparisions). It ends with a few, stray residual sugar that hint at sweet berries, and no associated hop traits.
The structure in generally medium, but the carbonation is uppity and in your grill. It is drinkable, especially as the glass goes along, but this seems much more like an "MGD Dark" than a Vienna Lager.

For a second, after just retrying Page's Voyaguer EPA, I thought the move brought some recipe tweaking. Nope. This is as pesdestrian as ever, and maybe even worse than I remember.

11-08-2005 08:51:00 | More by cokes
Photo of jackndan


2.73/5  rDev -17.8%

James page iron range: twelve ounce bottle. Amber color (duh). Very little head, no lace whatsoever. Sweet, unpleasant cidery taste, way too much cloying malts. Some hops help to clean up the finish. Carmel aftertaste, long after the last swallow. Not worth one’s while.

02-07-2003 20:55:44 | More by jackndan
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Rhode Island

2.78/5  rDev -16.3%

A little hoppy, but not much depth, seems thin. Aroma lacks, but has smooth and malty tones throughout. Excellent complex finish with a sweet aftertaste. Warm. These guys are out of business now, but the Stevens Point Brewery seems to be picking them up, although I haven't seen anything new on the shelves in this label.

05-04-2005 21:06:36 | More by CharlesDarwin
Photo of PCaravan


3.73/5  rDev +12.3%

Like a previous post, I too was introduced to this brew courtesy of Northwest Airlines. I was told by the flight attendant that the beers available were Bud, Bud Light, and James Page. I said "What's that?" and I was told it was a Minnisota Ale. Well when I got the can I saw that it said amber lager so I knew she lied to me but to me it resembled a cleaner version of an American Brown Ale. There's way more hop character than in an Oktoberfest/Marzen as this website has it classified.

Overall, it's good boot not great, worth a try... particularly if you like the clean taste of lagers and the hopy yet sweet balance of an American Brown Ale (Pete's Wicked Ale for example).

06-24-2004 00:19:21 | More by PCaravan
Photo of morimech


3.68/5  rDev +10.8%

Pours a clear amber color with a large white head that had decent retention. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass. Mild hop aroma but it is evident with earthy and spice hints. I detect a hint of diactyl. Nice malt base is the strong point in the flavor. The hops I was expecting from the aroma kind of fall away in the taste. Just hints of noble hops in the finish. Again I detect a little diactyl. Light body and moderately carbonated. Nice texture to this lighter bodied beer. Probably the best James Page beer and is very sessionable. One of the better Vienna Lagers I have sampled.

12-27-2008 19:59:41 | More by morimech
Photo of aswaller


3/5  rDev -9.6%

09-27-2013 12:22:17 | More by aswaller
Photo of Beestin


2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

05-03-2014 20:51:04 | More by Beestin
Photo of matjack85


3.75/5  rDev +13%

01-27-2013 04:47:20 | More by matjack85
Photo of scottyshades


3.98/5  rDev +19.9%

Thanks to stonequarrywest for the bottle.

A: Pours a nice rich mahogany/amber color that produces a tiny 1/2 finger head that dissipates quickly.

S: The nose is a light bready malt-backbone flavor that has hints of artificial cherry and a few other fruits.

T: The flavor profile is malty, sweet, and slightly dark-fruity. Very refreshing (especially in 94 degree, 100% humidity days in FL). A metallic note lingers thru the finish.

MF/D: Nice carbonation, med-light in body for a Vienna, and exceptionally drinkable for its style.

06-28-2009 00:47:17 | More by scottyshades
Photo of NodakEric


2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

06-15-2012 02:36:52 | More by NodakEric
Photo of supercolter


4.43/5  rDev +33.4%

I don't know if you all have noticed but the midwest makes the best American Ambers out there. Appearance was pretty good but the head faded quite quickly.
Smell and taste are the closest to perfect I have had for this style to date, a decent amount of malt, but also some unknown sweetness- maybe grape.
Mouthfeel is a bit light but good.
Drinkability is well- ask my 12 pack.

06-02-2007 15:36:24 | More by supercolter
Photo of Gump


3.15/5  rDev -5.1%

James Page
Iron Range Amber - bottle

A simple lager. Pours simple, looks simple, tastes simple.
Clear, light amber color with good carbonation and adequate head.
Nothing in this beer stood out to catch my senses. It was neither spectacular, nor offensive.
In Minnesota, you might find this beer offered at weddings, or other open bars, and it's a fine choice for the masses. But I need something more.

12-04-2003 02:33:22 | More by Gump
Photo of happygnome


3/5  rDev -9.6%

a: pours a nice copper orage color with about a qaurter inch of head that dissapears fast leaving a slight hint of lacing around the edge of the glass
s: caramely malts, biscuity with nice piny floral hops
t: biscuity caramely flavor nice piny hop bitterness
m: medium to light bodied beer with a little carbonation

overall, i dont know if ill buy this again but its not too bad

03-24-2008 20:43:29 | More by happygnome
Photo of gatornation


3.28/5  rDev -1.2%

pours a clear amber color with some lacing..it has a bready malty smell with some spice..the taste is thin with some hop/spice and malt a little grassy taste but not memorable. the mouth feel is thin and light .this is not one ill buy but one to try i guess

11-14-2009 20:36:43 | More by gatornation
Photo of neonbrown82


2.83/5  rDev -14.8%

Looks good, but it's all downhill from there. Pours to a nice coppery, golden amber color. Plenty clear with a good carbonation supporting a thick white head. Decent retention, and lacing could stand to be a little better.

The smell is alright, if not a bit plain. Mostly pale malt with only a slight hint of specialty malt providing a light caramel sweetness and some biscuity aroma. Quite lightly hopped. Just a bit of green apple and some vegetal aromas.

The taste is the weakest link. Sweet up front with a fairly strong green apple off-flavor. Slight burnt biscuit and caramel flavor, even nutty. Vegetal aftertaste with a tiny bit of herbal hops. Maybe DMS is the culprit here.

The mouthfeel is fairly dry and crisp. The body is light. None too drinkable, though. I'm glad I only got a single.

06-21-2007 07:06:59 | More by neonbrown82
Photo of Mark


3.05/5  rDev -8.1%

Not a bad beer at all really just nothing special. A decent Vienna style lager that I had with some Mexican food at a family gathering. I would buy it again though probably not regularly

06-24-2001 00:06:15 | More by Mark
Photo of aracauna


3.6/5  rDev +8.4%

Clear brown with odd grayish head. Light hops on the nose on thick malt backbone. Taste is good malt with hint of caramel. Floral hops play in the background. Good match with pretzels; brings out the malt.

08-04-2002 21:28:10 | More by aracauna
Photo of johanvond


3.45/5  rDev +3.9%

Presentation was in a 12oz bottle and produced a large head with an amber almost ruby in color. There was a huge sweet malty aroma that staied there through the inital taste with a strong yeasty bready flavor. there wasnt too much hop flavor. For my oppinion there was way too much carbonation for the style. it has the amout of carbonation you would see in a secondary fermention, the was no indication of that, or in a beer like a belgan blonde. The over high carbnation distracted from the over all flavor.

01-05-2008 22:12:02 | More by johanvond
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Iron Range Amber Lager from James Page Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.