Auburn Lager
Mad Anthony Brewing Company

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Lager - American Amber / Red
Ranked #110
Ranked #45,593
3.41 | pDev: 16.72%
Mad Anthony Brewing Company
Indiana, United States
Reviews: 38 | Ratings: 69 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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rinhaak from Massachusetts

3.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mad Anthony's Auburn Lager is a tremendously drinkable session ale. If I was looking for a beer to accompany a suspenseful NBA Finals or World Series game, this might be it.

There's nothing extraordinary about this beer, but what it does, it does very well. It is clean, well balanced, nicely hopped, and has sufficient maltiness and a low enough ABV that I can enjoy several in a sitting. Certainly deserving of a pitcher with a group of friends!

Sep 03, 2012
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cagocubs from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was in Ft. Wayne and picked this one up along with other local beers from the Belmont. Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pale and hazy light brown. Actually Auburn is a suitable name. A
thin bone white head that minimizes and then lingers with stick up
but not lace.

S: Eventful nose. Hops, earthy pine, citrus/grapefruit. Some sweet malt.

T: The earthiness is abundant with the pine, hops, and floral. Some citrus
Comes through the nose.

M: Nice and juicy from the beginning. A pleasant aftertaste. Decent coating.

Apr 20, 2012
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tapman from Illinois

3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color is, well, auburn, that is to say a reddish-brown with a chestnut head that poured 1/2 a finger. Beer is unfiltered or bottle conditioned, a definite plus for me.

Malt is typical sweeter, lightly kilned aromas of toffee, yet there is a very light toastiness underneath. Hops are your traditional floral Lager hops, I'll guess Saaz since the odds are good that I am right.

Way more toastiness in the taste, along with bready hops, clean yeast, and a very slight roast character.

Very bright, yet not harsh. Refreshing.

A tasty beer that could session well at an outdoor BBQ or sporting event. Above Average.

Apr 22, 2011
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mpcrump from Indiana

3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Decent foamy off white head. Appropriately named with an auburn color.

S: Malts, hops, and something a bit sweet.

T: Toasted malts with some caramel. A little bit bitter.

M: Smooth. Decent carbonation.

D: Drinks easy. A bit more bitter than I'm used to in American Ambers. Not bad though.

Jan 29, 2011
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secondtooth from Indiana

3.12/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A thick lather on this well-chilled amber lager. Nose hints at a caramel character, and the taste brings up a nutty, roasty quality, with a little smidge of hoppiness in the finish. Nonetheless, this hop edge seems to be run over by the sweetness of the malts. Medium to full-bodied (for a lager), but this one seems a little off to my tastes.

Dec 19, 2010
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billab914 from Virginia

2.95/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Sam Adams pint glass. Poured a murky amber color with a big active foamy head. The head settled down where it left some very good lacing on the glass.

The aroma is grainy and crisp with some malt sweetness to it and a hint of hops. The taste is malty with some caramel flavor coming through, but finishes with a slight tartness to it. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side and carbonation is high.

Mar 19, 2010
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

2.76/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Auburn Lager isn't auburn at all, but is faintly fuzzy pumpkin with generous carbonation. The beige head shot to the top of the glass and is impressively persistent thanks to the bubble factories on the bottom of the glass. Several sudsy scraps of suds stick... and a whole lot more of them stick after the second and final pour.

The nose is too tart fruity. An American red lager can be several things, either alone or in combination (malty, hoppy, yeasty), but it shouldn't be tart and tangy. An average score is being kind.

It's no surprise that the flavor follows suit. Without any sort of bottle or label dating, it's impossible to determine if this is old beer. It doesn't taste old, just poorly brewed.

What malt is present tastes slightly toasted-earthy, so all is not lost. Hops are on the low end in terms of both flavor and bitterness. The dominant flavor is an upripe peach and lemon juiciness that, obviously, does not belong. The beer is almost lambic-like, though it's doubtful that it was intentional.

The mouthfeel is par for the style course. It's on the light end of light-medium and isn't as boisterously bubbled as first feared. Nothing to get excited about, however.

My first Mad Anthony brew is not a successful one. Here's hoping this bottle is either past its prime or part of a bad batch. It would be great if I could find another single someday, but if I've only run across Auburn Lager once on countless trips through Indiana, it isn't likely.

Feb 28, 2010
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from raznug, courtesy of the Under 100 III BIF so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

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

S: The aroma is kind of faint but contains caramelized malts, some fruit and a little hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of lager yeast and a hearty malt character. Then some mildly sweet flavors of caramel and fruit come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

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

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer that is worth sessioning with and drinking for a long time.

Feb 21, 2010
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Sweetmambyjamby from Indiana

3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This madbrew was quite decent. The lager wasn't too thick and had a nice color. I could drink a few of these paired with the right foods. This beer would probably be better off served on tap. It just has the mouthfeel of a beer that would give you a great refreshing taste on tap.

Feb 07, 2010
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tr4nc3d from Kansas

2.64/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12fl. oz bottle poured into my pilsener glass

Pours a vibrant dark copper color with orange hues with a three inch slightly tan frothy head. Great head retention that last throughout the beer and leaves very sticky soapy lacing clinging to the sides of my glass.

Smell is that of some grains, mild like hops, and some biscuit like malts.

Taste is very simple of sweet malts, slightly caramelized and toasted(biscuit like)?. Very little hop presence if any could I detect in this beer. Slightly sour-ish dry finish if you ask me.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation. Very crisp and dry. Leaves a funny taste lingering after you have taken your sip.

I have nothing against lagers but this one doesn't do it for me.

Jan 19, 2010
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TheViolator666 from Ohio

3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pilsener glass.

A: Pours with a HUGE foamy off white/light brown head. Auburn in color. Lacing is very faint.

S: Smells of sweet malt, not much else.

T: Waiting for the head to calm down... there we go. Very heavy on the malt. Toasted and a bit like caramel, definitely sweet. Just a bit of hop bitterness gives some decent balance. A bit sour?

M/D: Tons of carbonation. Thin body that is smooth and goes down with no alcohol burn. Sessionable.

Overall... not bad.

Sep 03, 2009
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cameraready from Indiana

3.27/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden amber in color small head that fades fast. Some particulate floating around in glass.

S: Some malt with hops coming through.

T: Fairly bitter with decent amount of hop flavor.

MF: Light body with mild carbonation.

D: A drinkable amber but the hops seemed to overpower the other flavors.

Poured from bottle to pint glass.

Apr 05, 2009
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RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to tburkhart, I'll be able to try this one in my Mad Anthony glass while wearing my Mad Anthony sweatshirt.

Pours a foggy dull amber. Nose is kind of nutty it seems. Flavor brings the same. Overall sweet tone that's not overbearing. But mostly that nutty character is all that shows. Feel has a carbonationcthat nibbles fairly aggressively at the tongue. Liquid is typical, this is a nice enough brew. Well put together and an easy session brew.

Dec 12, 2008
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Wasatch from Colorado

3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks goes out to tburkhart for this one.

Pours a cloudy amber color, nice carbonation, huge three-finger plus foamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing. The nose is malty, some sourness. The taste is malty, with some sourness. Medium body. Drinkable, not a real good example of the style.

Nov 21, 2008
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tmitch75 from Illinois

3.91/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber color, good clarity, 2-finger white head drops to thin layer before stabilizing.

Toasty caramelly sweet nose with light citrus undertones. It's a good smell, but seems a bit watered down.

Taste mirrors the smell with much better fullness. Good toasty caramel malt with good fruity hops.

Nice medium body, very crisp, nearly perfect mouthfeel for the flavor.

Interesting beer, quite tasty and very sessionable. I'm glad I came across it.

Tasted on 7/14/08.

Nov 14, 2008
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JamesS from Indiana

4.39/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice muted copper color, nice and amber, with a decent initial head and a bit of lacing. Nice scent, a nice malty and heady aroma with a hop undertone and a hint of caramel. Good taste, a very deep flavor, nice malt and a good caramel flavor. It goes down quite smoothly, a very nice lager.

Oct 11, 2008
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marcobrau from Illinois

3.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This Mad Anthony Auburn Lager was brought back from Indiana courtesy of fellow BA RedBaron.

This beer looks great; it pours a dark amber (auburn) with a generous amount of white, rocky foam that settles slowly to a fine layer of bubbles and a nice collar. It smells okay, the aroma is mostly neutral with a hint of spice and some caremel malt accent. Fairly sweet up front iwth a bit of spice in the middle, this Mad Anthony Auburn Ale finishes with a decent, lasting hop bitterness. The mouthfeel of this medium-bodied lager is smooth, which enhances drinkability. A very drinkable beer that reminds me a bit of an Octoberfest, but quite, which I guess makes it American Amber.

May 06, 2008
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brewdlyhooked13 from Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Caveat emptor - my first experience with this beer, I bought it unrefrigerated. This is one time you really need to keep it cold to keep it fresh. An overly sour beer = one that sat too long on the floor before being sold to you. Take it back for a replacement/refund if the store is local to you.

2/08/2008 update
Appearance - pours a nice iced-tea color, a half-finger of soft white foam. Laces a little before dropping to a thin cover. Expected it to break up but the cover holds well.

Aroma - toasty, malty with a touch of caramel.

Taste - mirrors the nose well. Plenty of toasted grain flavor. The hops have a citrus bite but also have a good balance. Tasty without pushing the malt aside. Finishes with more of a lean to the hop side. I would prefer more of a malty ending. There is a touch of roast at the very end.

Mouthfeel - medium body, smooth feel, carbonation is crisp.

Drinkability - a good session beer. Could just about qualify as a dark pale ale. Quantum leap improvement from my first bottle. Thanks to Todd for the sample.
Original Score 1.4 (3,1,1,1,1)
Appearance - uncaps with a big rush of air, and here comes the bubbles up the bottle neck. Uh oh, a Mishawaka flashback. I have to quickly pour half into a glass to prevent a mess. This a highly carbonated brew, four fingers of light fluffy foam, eggshell in color. I squeeze the beer into a pint glass, more than a finger's worth of head above the rim. Lots of effervescence. I'm cautious about what it all could mean...

Aroma - this has that odd sour odor. No malt, no hops...

Taste - yep. Disgustingly bitter, metallic, sour, no beer flavor. Obviously infected. A hint of bitterness that I believe to be hops, but in this brew they have no hope.

Mouthfeel - I'm not going to be sampling enough of this one to get a clear picture of the feel, but it certainly isn't receiving a better score.

Drinkability - I love the idea of an auburn lager, so if properly done, this is one I might actually hunt down again to try and find a good bottle, but this is the worst beer I've had yet.

Jan 29, 2008
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baos from Indiana

3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Von den Anmerkungen.

12 oz bottle into old school jiffy peanut butter jar.

A: Copper with tan head. Looks pretty good. Some lacing there.

S: Hops, and the usual grains. Surprisingly there is a auburn smell there as well.

T: Little hops there and a dash of malts. Good mild lager from Indiana.

M: Not bad.

D: Not too bad, sonny boy.

Nov 26, 2007
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MuenchenerKindl from Germany

3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle received in trade from shbobdb. The Liquid is a bright orange with too much carbonation. The head grows and fades quite fast, the color is light tan and leaves little lace.

The smell is a light crisp caramel roasted lager.

The taste is equally good. Light caramel flavor over an easy drinking hop flavor. The combo works up a good fruity flavor as well.

The mouthfeel is ok a little light with too much carbonation.

The drinkability is good, nice for a busy afternoon. Prosit MK

Oct 05, 2007
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beveritt from Ohio

2.97/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Upon uncapping the bottle, I noticed some pretty substantial sediment on the neck, like this thing was stored on its side for a while.

Appearance: Pours with 1/2 inch off white foam. This settles quickly to just a ring around the glass and some lacing. The beer itself is a slightly red amber and full of floaties. Not what I wousl expect from a lager.

Smell: Very sweet anf fruity, with an almost hard cider sourness to it.

Taste: Slightly spicy upfront with a mildy sweet malt backbone. Low level bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Slightly less than average carbonation level. Body is okay.

Drinkability: Nothing special, but not that bad. The floaties really put me off, not what I would expect in this style.

Mar 17, 2007
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blitheringidiot from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz, soldier via trade with masterbruewer. GABF 1999 Silver Medalist. Label depicting brew kettles.

Released into a DFH mini nonic with an enticing chill haze firery amber sunset containing a few scant bubbles rising to a thin tan collar.

Brisk grain leafy lager aroma. Clean and sharply metallic wit a pilsner-esque saaz hop.

First swigs: Light cedar wood opens up to a vegetal zucchini bread. Detecting the crystal malt (?) and grainy husky grain meal rye bread flavor. A touch of caraway and toasted malt backbone.

Feel is medium bodied with a firm crisp effervescence. Lingering aftertaste of honey and sesame.

Last swigs: Well made red lager. If this were available near me and fresh it would populate my fridge. Bring on baseball. This is flavorful lager.

Beer is good. Happy summer beering in winter.

Feb 08, 2006
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BitteBier from Indiana

3.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber bronze in color. Mostly clear and topped with a minimal amount of tight, light tan head that disappears almost immediately. The nose is dominated by a rich roasted, nutty smell that sits atop a caramely, lightly sweet grain base. The taste is less well integrated, with nondescript grains eventually giving way to the nice roasted flavors that are detectable in the nose. There's also a hint of tea-like bitterness that makes me think of a Scotch ale. Mouthfeel and drinkability are fine though unremarkable. One additional observation is that the taste of alcohol seemed more prominent as the beer warmed.

Dec 18, 2005
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shbobdb from Indiana

4.6/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

An honest-to-goodness beer! Wow! I bought one of these babies on a whim, deciding to return to 'simpler' beers for a time. I was not disappointed. The beer tastes clean and fresh, the way a good lager ought, but the darker malts shine through giving this beer a fair bit more flavour that one might expect in a simple afterwork beer. I am definately gonna check out all the other beers this brewery makes. This is one impressive lager.

It's all the things a lager should be, nothing more, nothing less.

An uncomplicated beer, and I mean that in the best way possible.

Nov 26, 2005
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karst from Missouri

3.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for a bottle of Auburn Lager fresh from the brewer from HopHeadKen ( Ft. Wayne, Indiana )

Pours clear Amber Red Bronze color with ivory head that heavily laces the inside of my Grindstone pint glass as the 2-3 finger size slowly settles to 1 finger then near the bottom just a dense ring and thin cap.

Aroma of malt suggests a sour flavor. Flavor does not follow! (thank goodness) Body nearly medium for style with nearly a round mouthfeel. Crisp, not sweet malts that are dry and nearly astringent/tart (aided by an above average carbonation level) finishes with lingering bitterness.

Flavors improve a little with warming.

Oct 08, 2005
Auburn Lager from Mad Anthony Brewing Company
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 69 ratings