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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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BA SCORE
77
okay

63 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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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 terrabyte:
Photo of terrabyte
3.15/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear, light-amber brown color. Medium sized white head, with waves of lacing.

Aroma contains a bit of caramel and pine nut. Normally I'd say the aroma was way below average, but compared to the wheat beer I just had by this brewer, I'd say this is almost pleasant.

Flavor is similar to the aroma. There is a little more hops, and a little more bitterness, and just a hint of caramel and nut flavors to make this stand out a little bit more from the James Page Brewing Sample Box it came from.

Mouthful is light and lends towards a decent drinkability.

Drinkability is ok. I like the nuttiness, but as with most ambers, I'm not impressed enough to seek this out.

terrabyte, Apr 25, 2007
More User Reviews:
Photo of Todd
3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Todd, Oct 03, 1999
Photo of Doppelmax
3.45/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Doppelmax, Jan 29, 2007
Photo of Billolick
3.4/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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."

Billolick, Dec 17, 2006
Photo of bsp77
2.5/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

bsp77, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of ADR
2.95/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

ADR, Feb 28, 2002
Photo of LXIXME
3.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

LXIXME, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of cokes
2.7/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

cokes, Nov 08, 2005
Photo of jackndan
2.73/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

jackndan, Feb 07, 2003
Photo of CharlesDarwin
2.78/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

CharlesDarwin, May 04, 2005
Photo of PCaravan
3.73/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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).

PCaravan, Jun 24, 2004
Photo of morimech
3.68/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

morimech, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of aswaller
3/5  rDev -9.6%

aswaller, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of Beestin
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

Beestin, May 03, 2014
Photo of matjack85
3.75/5  rDev +13%

matjack85, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of scottyshades
3.98/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

scottyshades, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of NodakEric
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

NodakEric, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of supercolter
4.43/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

supercolter, Jun 02, 2007
Photo of Gump
3.15/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Gump, Dec 04, 2003
Photo of happygnome
3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

happygnome, Mar 24, 2008
Photo of gatornation
3.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

gatornation, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of neonbrown82
2.83/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

neonbrown82, Jun 21, 2007
Photo of Mark
3.05/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Mark, Jun 24, 2001
Photo of aracauna
3.6/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

aracauna, Aug 04, 2002
Photo of johanvond
3.45/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

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.

johanvond, Jan 05, 2008
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Iron Range Amber Lager from James Page Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.