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Left Coast Una Mas Amber Lager | Left Coast Brewing Company

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Left Coast Una Mas Amber LagerLeft Coast Una Mas Amber Lager

Brewed by:
Left Coast Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Spring

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-01-2005

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Ratings: 93 |  Reviews: 18
Reviews by SkeeterHawk:
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3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The note on this site says that it is 5.3%ABV, but the bottle says that it is 6.4%, so that is notable. I don't recall where I picked this one up, but it doesn't really matter for me to review it. Let's give it a shot.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a large 2" head that was maintained by tons of bubbles rising. The head was a light tan with more density at the bottom due to the bubbles rising. There is quite a bit of lacing left on the glass after drinking and the head finally starts to fade a bit.

Aroma: The aroma initially was clean with a subtle American hop profile and some very noticeable crystal malt. Second sniff gives a little bit of graininess, but it doesn't seem "off" or anything.

Taste: The flavor is very malty for an Amber, and the graininess isn't really there in the flavor. With all of the carbonation, the beer comes across the palate pretty quickly and leaves a little bit of creaminess and some sweetness, but the hops are reserved in this beer the whole time. They are there in the finish to provide some balance, but overall this beer swings firmly toward the malt. The alcohol isn't noticeable.

Opinion: Overall this is a pretty decent beer. I personally like the malty balance, but they may have over-done it a bit for this style. I like the high carbonation, and it definitely keeps the beer from getting boring. If you are a big fan of the Amber style, I would definitely recommend that you pick this one up to recalibrate yourself toward the malty side of this style as it is still probably within the guidelines, but it is a bit of a loner for a brewery on the West coast.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of valkyre65
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of jeschaefer
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of grahuba
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ctxfenris
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.
Dark amber color, zero head to speak of.
Smells like.... not much. Some malt and caramel notes.
Tastes pretty bland. The higher than normal ABV is hidden well though.
Very malty, no hop bite. Could use more hops. Some caramel notes.
Eh. Mediocre.

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Photo of JamLand
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark bronze color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of light malts, grains. Taste is malts, caramel, some hops, very refreshing and easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is good summertime beer.

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Photo of tourdot
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

Photo of MJSJr
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of jaydoc
3.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hopmodium
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of NerveStorm
3.36/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beer, for a hot day, but not too complex. Lacking any strong hop flavor so the finish is a little flat, but a wholly drinkable beer that is a step up from the mass market stuff.That said it is priced with premium beers that are more interesting. I would use this as a good beer to introduce craft beer to someone, as a step up from factory beer.

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Photo of javiernano
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of ninaturner
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Beerbuddy21
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber pours a very clear copper color with a modest cap of tan head. Lacing is spotty at best and the retention is forgettable.

Nose is caramely and nutty with a twang of buttered popcorn and burnt toast. No hop aroma whatsoever.

Taste is definitely caramely on the malts, fairly sweet and has some butter-flavored diacetyl issues that actually work ok for this style of brew. Moderate toasty flavors but never nears harsh, and it probably helps that I cannot detect any hops at all. If I did not know better, I would have said no way this is a lager...tastes more like an ale with a nutty yeast presence. I like it well enough though and would reach for this before a Fat Tire anyday. After trying 5 different Left Coast beers, I feel like Im going back to the early 90's to a brewery at the forefront of the craft beer movement. I think these beers would have been looked at as fantastic back in 1992, but now they struggle to be even average compared to their modern counterparts. Id be more willing to drop 7 bucks on a sixer of this than ever pay 6 bucks for a bomber again.

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Photo of SkiBumbo
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zorro
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber from High times in Costa Mesa.

The bottle says this is 6.4% ABV.

Clear amber colored beer with a medium sized tan to yellowish colored head.

Smell is sweet and malty with a little scorched sugar aroma and a bigger caramel scent. Little bit of Nobel hop smell but this one is really all about the malt.

Starts out sweet and malty with a patent malt flavor I had not expected. Not much bitterness here it is decidedly malty heavy. Taste very similar to Fat Tire ale.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is OK. OK beer to sweet for my tastes.

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Photo of sansho
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, lager yeast, and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with some mild sweetness from flavors of caramel and fruit. Then some breadiness comes in from the lager yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. There’s also some mild smokiness in the background. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of Cramerican
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of JohnBender
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of GeePee
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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Left Coast Una Mas Amber Lager from Left Coast Brewing Company
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