Auburn Lager | Mad Anthony Brewing Company

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Auburn LagerAuburn Lager

Brewed by:
Mad Anthony Brewing Company
Indiana, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Ratings: 68 |  Reviews: 38
Reviews by charlesw:
Photo of charlesw
2.91/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a stunningly beautiful deep amber - dark brown and red and clear. Unfortunately there was NO head at all. Sigh.
Smells clean. Sigh. I mean, hey, like, no hops, no malt. Heck, all I can smell is like rice lager...
Ok, oof, at least it doesn't taste like that! Nice rich, deep malty flavor. Hints of chocolate - biscuit-malt like. Maybe caramel. Touch of bitter/citrus just at the end - but not lingering.
Nice in the mouth - not overly carbonated (obviously). It lingers in mouthfeel almost as much as in taste - nice.
Sadly, I couldn't call this one drinkable - every time I bring the glass near my face I can smell it and the smell just throws me off entirely... I guess I'd do better drinking it straight from the bottle. But most of the stuff that I drink like that is on really hot days or at parties and you can't really taste it then anyway, so what's the point?

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More User Reviews:
Photo of rsquared59
4/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of secondtooth
3.12/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of Jon
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This lager pours light ruby with a small, compact tan head. Very little lacing is evident. Smell is a mixture of sweet malt, caramel, and earthy hops. Taste is quite balanced, featuring more of the caramel and sweet malt flavor than the hops, although they're definitely in place. Body is light to medium and subtle carbonation leads to a smooth mouthfeel. Easy to drink. For a style I'm not usually too fond of, I find this to be a quality, well-crafted lager that's worth a try.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kudos to the Carlos O’Kelly’s in Ft.Wayne for supporting a local beer! This has an interesting brown color, nearly ochre; or, auburn if you will. The glass had little head left by the time my server brought it. It had a spicy taste that goes beyond the usual “amber.” Extra malty, but not roasty (except in the smell), with kind of an orangey note. The hop profile comes in midway through, reminiscent of a pale ale with cinnamon and maybe some grapefruit.

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Photo of beveritt
2.97/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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Photo of shbobdb
4.6/5  rDev +36.5%
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.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.62/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
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

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Photo of hotstuff
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a medium sized head.It had a hoppy nose to it in my own opinion.As I sampled this beer, I found it to be a very mild tasting beer.I probably could drink this one for most of an evening.There was nothing really that outstanding about it, it was just a nice beer to sample.

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Photo of CRJMellor
2.7/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a nice reddosh/golden color. Formed a nice white head that stayed until the end of the glass. Aroma was lightly hopped with pleasant citrus notes. Taste was very light with lingering bitterness on the back note. Very little if any balance of malt and hops. Feel in the mouth was light but not quite crisp.
Very average lager that was a clean, well constructed beer but nothing really to savor.

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Photo of BogAl
2.25/5  rDev -33.2%

Photo of tommy5
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Inglewood
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Globetrotter
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hand delivered from Fort Wayne to Moscow by a colleague - thanks Linda. Brown 12 oz. bottle with a brown and gold label featuring a drawing of some brew kettles. No freshness or ingredient information.

Pours a hazy light reddish brown under a disappoint 1/2 finger off white head that dissipates quite quickly, leaving no trace of lace. The nose is a bit thin, with a touch of caramel but lacking any power. The mouth is quite prickly but somewhat syrupy heavy. The taste is nice, but anything but bold. Sweet caramel malt forms the opening, with perhaps a touch of honey. A mild (for U.S. craft brews anyway) hoppy finish kicks in, leaving a tweak moving in the direction of bitterness. The aftertaste clings to this flowery bite as long as it can, but the sensation fades quickly nonetheless. This is a perfectly drinkable but by no means exciting brew.

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Photo of ovaltine
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of tmitch75
3.91/5  rDev +16%
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.

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Photo of Sweetmambyjamby
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of C_Adams
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of karst
3.41/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of Jemenhiser
3/5  rDev -11%

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3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.93/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

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Photo of cameraready
3.27/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Auburn Lager from Mad Anthony Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.37 out of 5 with 68 ratings