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Iron Range Amber Lager - James Page Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
77
okay

63 Ratings
THE BROS
81
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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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Coppery orange with bright tangerine edges and a creamy cap that is somewhere between pale orange, pale gold and beige in color. I'd like to see some semblance of red in a red lager, but there's none to be found here. Interestingly, the brewery says that this is a red lager, but has used Amber Lager in the name (Same style? Probably). The head is nicely persistent, so the lace assessment will have to wait. I don't see a whole lot wrong with the appearance; it's more than passable.

The nose is way too weak to be considered above average. I get a whiff of barely toasted caramel malt coupled with a little Munich malt earthy nuttiness, along with a hint of fruit that I would attribute to an ale yeast... except that this is a lager. Underwhelming.

Actually, this is pretty good beer for what it is. Munich malt makes much more of a statement on the palate and hogs the lion's share of the flavor profile (how's that for a mixed animal metaphor?). The beer is lightly malty sweet with just enough hop flavor and hop bitterness to make a stab at balance.

The more I drink Iron Range Amber Lager, the more I like it. It doesn't do anything exceptionally well, but it's definitely a good version of the style and suits the purpose for which it was brewed. It's a solid, flavorful lager that would match up well with a wide range of picnic-type foods. If there was any justice in the world, IRAL, rather than BMC, would be the easy drinking beer of choice up there in Badgerland.

I have no problem at all with the mouthfeel. It's lagery light with a wonderful smoothness and a laid back amount of carbonation that would make sessioning a pleasure. It even manages to hold together reasonably well as it sits.

The only other James Page Brewing Company beer that I've had was Voyageur Extra Pale Ale and I was pretty lukewarm about it. It may be nothing more than the circumstances surrounding the consumption of each, but Iron Range strikes me as a better beer. I'll be sure to keep an eye out for more from this brewery whenever I next take a trip up Madison way.

BuckeyeNation, Dec 06, 2006
Photo of zeff80
3.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, reddish amber color with a very bubbly appearance. It had a small, short-lived head of white foam that left no lace.

S - Aroma is malty sweet with some grassy hops. Not a lot going on here.

T - It tasted very good. Bready, biscuity malt with nice caramel undertones. There was just a touch of grassy bitter hops to mellow out the sweet.

M - It was crisp, sharp and snappy. A light bodied lager with a dry finish.

D - As far as Vienna Lagers go, this one is pretty tasty. Appearance and aroma were not impressive but this is a good sessionable lager at a good price.

zeff80, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of RblWthACoz
3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served out of a can on a Northwest Airlines flight. Pours a brownish/orange with a big head and good lacing. Muted nose with an almost metallic hint to it. Taste is sweet and smooth with just barely a slight bitter end. Flavor doesn’t stay too long, but it doesn’t drop off immediately either. Towards the end you seem to notice some flaws in it’s degree of smoothness which brings down the drinkability.

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.33/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

on tap at Acadia Cafe...

Clear coppery/amber color, with no head at all.

Aroma, sweet, amlty, light graininess, minimal hops.

Grainy on the palate, as well, but overall clean and smooth. Light bodied, but not thin, flavor, and it's not a bad one, remains sip after sip, gulp after gulp. Not bad at all.
A tasty little lager, when you're not in the mood for anything more challenging.
Good crossover brew, for the less adventurous.

feloniousmonk, Oct 06, 2005
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 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 Bighuge
3.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This clear amber beer throws out a hefty white head that is well retained. Nice malty aroma tainted with some slight spicy hop notes. Taste is a nice blend of hops and malt, but nothing above the norm. Some vienna malt notes are noticeable. Some munich malt notes as well if I'm not mistaken. Noble hops make their presence slightly throughout the beer. This medium bodied beer is drinkable, but not one of my favorites. Pretty average.

Bighuge, Sep 20, 2002
Photo of Tone
3.45/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, golden/amber color. 1/6 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and poor lacing. Smells of yeast, pale malt, and slight hops. Fits the style of a Vienna Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, pale hops, sweet malt, and slight citrus. Overall, nothing special, but a rather decent vienna.

Tone, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of Dogbrick
2/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle from Park Lane Liquor in Lancaster, CA, bottle states it is from Minneapolis, MN. The beer pours a glowing orange-amber color with a minimal off-white head that bubbles away to nothing immediately. Lacing is virtually non-existent. Tart fruit and light malt aroma. Medium-bodied with a tart fruit and pungent malt flavor that makes me wonder if this beer predates the Stevens Point ownership. Very little hops are present. The finish is fruity cough medicine. Pass.

Dogbrick, Mar 14, 2008
Photo of WOLFGANG
3/5  rDev -9.6%

WOLFGANG, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of ZAP
3.2/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an orangish-gold with no head....mouthfeel is low on carbonation and oversweet for this style...smell is good...big time bockish malt on the nostrils...taste is average at best...too sweet, and an odd sweet flavor..there are some spicy hops on the finish, but they don't work well with the malt....not a good complement(the hops to the malt)...overall I wouldn't buy this one again, but would drink it if someone offered to me out of their fridge.....

ZAP, Dec 06, 2002
Photo of RBorsato
3.48/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted on-tap 09/14/05 at Brit's Pub in Minneapolis, MN.

Striking amber color with a low off-white head that didn't last for long. Almost no aroma but had a slight malty character. Mellow caramel flavored malts with just a touch of Munich malt character. Fairly light bodied in my book but a very clean lager.

Nothing really stood out enough in this one to be memorable... surprised about the Gold medal...

Per JPBC website:
Gold - GABF
A smooth, malty Vienna Lager. This beer is a true European red with 100% two-row malted barley, Spalter hops and Munich malts, German lager yeast and a minimum six weeks of cool cellaring.

RBorsato, Sep 21, 2005
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 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 Suds
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this brew on an airplane, after being upgraded to first class. It was the only semi-interesting beer selection available.
Poured from a can, this beer is a clear amber-bronze color with an average-white head. The aroma is somewhat enticing…a little caramel malt, a little grain, some lightly toasted malts. There’s very little hops in the aroma. The taste is similar, this is a very malt-centric beer. The malt flavor, though, is very light. Slight, extremely slight, hop bitter in the finish. Moderate carbonation, and a moderate but solidly appropriate mouthfeel. The brew does produce a minor slickness on the tongue. It’s enjoyable and fairly flavorful. It’s definitely more than I expected.

Suds, May 13, 2006
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 garymuchow
3.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice amber color with a full frothy head. Mixed aroma that is pleasant with more malt than hops. Flavor starts quite mild which contrasts a strong middle and finish. Malt is strong in middle and end, but finish includes hop presence. Beer closes with a long dry finish that is present especially in front, but noticeable in the back as well. Fairly high in carbonation. Has a lager crispness.

garymuchow, Oct 20, 2001
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 matjack85
3.75/5  rDev +13%

matjack85, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of TastyTaste
4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Written From Notes Compiled 6/04-8/04:
Crystal clear light copper color, big white head dissipates to a solid layer of bubbles on top of the beer. Smell is carmel malt through and through. Maybe a little biscuit and alcohol scent also. Flavor is also carmel malt and a solid hops backing. Flavorful, and a thicker mouthfeel for a lager. Very good.

TastyTaste, Aug 26, 2004
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 budgood1
2.63/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours out a clear amberish/copper colour. medium foamy head dies down to very thin wispy lace. light toasted caramel malts on the nose...smells vienna in style. earth and grass hoppiness is detected also. tastes sort of bockish in nature...one dimensional without a real flavor that sticks out. i can detect the munich malts, but it's thin. in fact the whole mouthfeel seems thin...not watery thin, but flavorless thin. a bit of earthy hoppiness can be found too. i'm sorry to say that jp iron range amber lager is nothing but a crossover beer and nothing more. i'd drink it if it was offered, but i won't be spending my $$$ on this again....good thing it was on sale.

budgood1, May 11, 2003
Photo of joe1510
3.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle
Herman's Package Store

James Page Amber Lager pours a beautiful crystal clear amber leaning toward orange. A one finger eggshell off-white head formed on the pour a fell down to a skimming. Leaves drink lines that quickly slide back into the body. Good looking brew.

The aroma is of 100% malt. Big on the Munich nuttiness malt with a pleasant lightly toasted grain quality in there to mix things up slightly. There are some fruity tones as it warms I can't really put my finger on. Pretty straightforward but good.

This beer actually drinks good. The nutty chewy Munich malt comes through nicely on the palate. The fruitiness comes along just before the swallow. Surprisingly good.

Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. Does get a little thin on the backend but doesn't detract much from the overall mouthfeel. Slightly gritty finish.

This is a good sessionable brew I can see myself buying again. I really don't drink many Vienna lagers but this is a good one.

This is a surprisingly good Vienna Lager. Truthfully I didn't expect a whole lot from this brew but it's a pleasant surprise. I don't run into this style too often but this is a good example.

joe1510, Oct 12, 2007
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 UnionMade
3.55/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden amber, slight coppery hue, with a frothy white head. Not too big, but enough. The head dies away to a thick ring about 1/4 through the glass.
Aroma is rich and malty, with a light woody and egg bagel aroma. No hop presence. Possibly a touch of alcohol.
Flavor is full bodied and malty. Some caramel and woody flavors, mild hopping in the finish, giving it a crisp dryness. Medium carbonation. Very slight alcoholic sweetness in the finish, much like a single malt. A rather nice beer, and a good marzen with a lot of character.

UnionMade, Jul 31, 2003
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Iron Range Amber Lager from James Page Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.