Lunch Pail Ale
Amber's Brewing Co.

Lunch Pail AleLunch Pail Ale
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American Pale Wheat Ale
Ranked #470
Ranked #42,795
3.36 | pDev: 13.99%
Amber's Brewing Co.
Alberta, Canada
Lunch Pail AleLunch Pail Ale
Notes: Four types of malt, wheat in the mash, four types of hops at three different points in the boil.
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Reviews by goalie35:
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3/5  rDev -10.7%

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Photo of Garin
3.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours slightly hazy and golden in colour, with a very thin white head. No lace, barely any head. Ah well.

Slightly sweet and bready malts mix with some floral but restrained hoppiness, in both aroma and flavour. It's a nice easy drinking beer. There is a slight twist of bitterness to finish, keeping it from becoming cloying.

I'm not sure that I'll be buying this all the time, but I'll happily finish the six bottles I do have.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I don't think there's a beer out there that represents Edmonton better than this stuff. The Bub from the name is Bub Slug, Edmonton's waterfall maintainence man, referring to the waterfall that exists on our high level bridge spanning the North Saskatchewan River. And those of us over 30 will remember the Bub Slug comic strips from the Saturday Edmonton Journal comics, now living on in the daily strip Betty in the Sun.

Slightly hazed amber in appearance, thin splash of white head that settles fairly quickly.

Layers of malt on the nose, toasted, biscuity, some crystal malt, accompanied by grassy, floral, herbal hops.

Flavour is a bit thin, the malt and hops work well, but don't come across as robust as they do in the aroma. This pale ale leans more to the maltier side, the hops simply a pleasant compliment upon the finish. Naw, I take that back, the hops do seem to represent quite well as this warms, certainly holding their own and balancing it all out nicely. Still, the flavour profile overall seems muted.

Mouthfeel is actually quite light, geared more towards a session/lawnmower beer.

Pretty quenching, and with more character than most easy-drinking pale ales, which I'm assuming this was geared towards. A more sophisticated offering for the blue collar Beer O'Clock crowd, of which I am now one of, and well, Edmonton is a blue collar city, and Bub Slug represents that well. Nothing like that first quenching beer after a hot day spent in coveralls under a bunch of oilpatch machinery or on top of the High Level Bridge making sure the waterfall still gushes at will.

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Photo of Viggo
3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, big thanks to Voonder for sending my way!

Pours a slightly hazed yellow amber, thin white head forms, drops a bit of lace spotting on the glass, settles to a thin ring rather quick. Smell is sweet, sugary and grainy, some light floral, not much going on in the aroma, bit of citrusy hops. Taste is similar, sweet up front, nice caramel maltiness, some yeastiness, weak like the aroma, light maltiness, not much going on. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, goes down easy. Thanks Alex!

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Photo of CrazyMike
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden brown appearance with bubbly head that disappears quickly. Smell is mostly caramel with grassy hops, slightly floral.

Taste is malty and sweet, picked up some caramel, toffee, grass and citrus as well. Medium-heavy bodied with moderate carbonation. Aftertaste is malty and bitter.

Overall, not a bad beer. A bit more malty and thicker then typical English Pale Ales. Worth a try but can't see myself drinking it all night.

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Photo of Shadman
2.8/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I too remember super Blue-collared hero Bub from my youth.

Tries to fit the appearance of a true EPA in that it's a nice toasty brown color, clear, with a decent head and attempts @ lacing.

Aroma is interesting. Can certainly detect the brew-pub malt and slightly floral hops that try to bring the malt into balance.

Taste-wise...hmmmm. Certainly better than their neighbors to the south in Calmar. Sweet roasted malt and an attempt @ hopping that doesn't intrude, but doesn't really balance properly either. Carbonation and feel seem to be in the ballpark, no home run here mouthfeel-wise, but certainly not a foul tip either.

@ the brewery or in a pub that has it on tap...I would certainly try it fresh, etc. Otherwise it is just a step up from Griz Pale Ale from Fernie or Roughneck from Calmar. @ $14 per sixer I will stick to Tree's Cut Throat or Full Moon's offerings before I try this one out of a bottle again.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The newspaper cartoon references on the label predate my time in this city, but I can still appreciate the tongue in cheek working-man qualities that Amber's is trying to get across here...

This beer pours a slightly hazy pale golden amber colour, with a single fat finger of broadly foamy white head. The smell is grainy, bready malt, a bit of vanilla, mild citrus, and soft leafy hops. The taste is sweet biscuity malt, a subtle tangy fruitiness, and mild earth, floral hops. The carbonation is on the average to low side, the body just shy of medium weight, and a bit too zingy to qualify as blue-ribbon smooth. It finishes slightly off dry - grain, fruit, and noble hops doing well to work together for our enjoyment.

A fairly competent and tasty (New World) session beer, well qualified to be heartily pounded back after a hard week in the mine, mill, factory, bridgework, or...cubicle. Also an enjoyable find, if you can, on tap around Bub's home town.

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Photo of Voonder
3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Found it in Willow Park in Calgary, glad we have this stuff here in Calgary,

Pours amber colour with wery thin head which dissapeared almost immediately. Smell - malts, toasted bread, sugar, floral hops on the back. Taste is rich, toasty, malty. It has some sweetness and nice kinda hoppy aftertaste. really interesting and complex. Mouthfeel -Smooth almost creamy, very balanced, slightly flat. Really good session beer, goes down pretty good. I'd like to taste more hops in there, but it still a good brew. I'll have more after I try every single beer from this brewery:)

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Photo of wordemupg
3.32/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle poured into pint glass feb8 2010

A clear golden body with zero head after an angry pour, looks fairly flat and just a slight haze

S caramel with a hint of floral hops

T tastes like I'm drinking caramel, I get nothing else yet somehow I kinda like it

M fairly thick for the color and plenty of carbonation much to my surprise

D basic but I do like caramel, it went down pretty quick but I`d get board trying to down a 6er

not very complex but a drinkable brew

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Photo of stagger
3.22/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A slight but enjoyable little ale from a newish local brewery.

Cute cartoon label. Smell is woody and slightly earthy. Tastes mostly malty, with a bread centre and a lightly hoppy finish. Smooth and easy to drink, with a curious off-centre flavour note (very difficult to pinpoint, and not 100% pleasant) that makes it an interesting brew and not just another simple stab at a middle-of-the-road pale ale. A nice light summery brew that hints at the potential for this brewer to do excellent things.

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Photo of scott451
3.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. One finger bubbly head which soon diminished to a ring. A clear, slightly dirty reddish gold.

Smells of sweet grassy malts. Some toffee. Malt tastes dominate at first. Overall taste is on the mild side. Citrus. Long lingering but mild hop finish. Pretty nice and balanced overall.

Light body and moderate carbonation. Very sessionable, given the mild and refreshing qualities. A pretty good pale ale.

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2/5  rDev -40.5%

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.76/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lunch Pail Ale pours a golden color, with a small lacing head. The smell is light and sweet. There is a nice hoppy flavor, that blends very nicely with a dry and sweet wheat flavor. Good lasting taste. Overall a nice pale wheat ale, very enjoyable, worth a try.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.71/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Seen this on a number of occasions, but typically overlooked. My fellow BA suggested it was worth a try...

A - Pours a clear golden colour with a copper hue, thumb of light bubbly head, which dissipates to small islands with a nice amount of lacing.

S - Scent is rather mild, but grassy malts, wheat with a bit of a sweet and spicy toffee finish.

T - The sweet toffee malts are quite tasty, bit of a bitter hop is also noticeable on the finish.

M - This one goes down smooth. Bubbles nicely on the tongue, but the carbonation is quite light going down, making for a nice balance. Not overly dry, which is nice, given the slightly bitter finish.

D - Rather surprised by this one. I've seen it several times, but it doesn't have the curb appeal that some of the competition has. Overall, quite pleased by it. Light and easily sessionable but the flavours pack a nice punch. Not the 'average' selection I would've otherwise expected, and would recommend it to anyone looking for a tasty ale which won't overwhelm the taste buds.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured a just slightly cloudy light bronze, one finger of white head that dissipated into patches with a nice lace ring
S - interesting .... i smell biscuity & caramel malts, along with a very nice floral hop aroma, and also a little banana melon hint
T - the overriding taste I get is sweet caramel or molasses and floral hop mix, the hops are more subtle than I thought but in a good way, there is a little spiciness to it, and the bread biscuit malt flavour lingers
M - a nice kick of carbonation and gentle hop bitterness and spiciness on the start, finishing with a smooth caramel & bread warmth that coats the back of the taste buds
D - i love the mix of flavours, and the hop and malt mix gives it a great feel that makes this very drinkable overall. With the moniker 'Lunch Pail' and the cartoon working man I was expecting either a very plain guzzler or a very strong harsh beer, but this is a very quality brew.

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Photo of maclean25
3.17/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bought a six pack of bottles in Grande Prairie.

What little head there is is white and creamy. The body is slightly cloudy with a shiny gold colour. The aroma has wheat, yeast, and dough. I also detect hints of apple (or baked apple?). The wheat and yeast follow through on the taste. There is also a delicious hops there. I find it has a medium body but kind of thin and watery. More carbonation would have been nice.

Overall, it is a nice beer but meh. I reviewed one other american pale wheat ale (by R & B Brewing) which I thought was presented well but didn't care for the taste. This one, by contrast, I didn't care for the presentation but the taste was alright.

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Photo of Maxrelax
2.38/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer seems to have a bad lingering aftertaste. I tried it with a meal, with bar food, with no food, but none seemed to make it taste better (unless you could "more"). I also tried it warm, cold, it didn't make a difference. It's just not for me.

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Photo of ScottWestmaas
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of zachloveshisbeer
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is pretty good. It's an easy drinker and I found it a little odd but good that they add wheat to the mash - I guess it's the reason it pours seemingly heavier than your average pale ale. It smells of floral hops and caramel, and I also pick up a touch of the grain there too. Nice head retention and lacing throughout, and overall I quite like it. With all these guys have been through: a greedy landlord tripling their rent, a move to an industrial park in St. Albert and a bit of a re-branding, it's nice to see they're still sticking to their roots and making a craft beer people can agree on. Pour this for anyone who is looking for something different but drinkable, and add a plate of 'chos with extra jalapenos and cheese.

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

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