Ybor Gold Amber Lager | Florida Beer Company

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Ybor Gold Amber LagerYbor Gold Amber Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Florida Beer Company
Florida, United States | website

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by grdahl on 06-22-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
67
Ratings:
129
Avg:
3.27
pDev:
19.88%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
12
For Trade:
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Reviews: 67 | Ratings: 129
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.03/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think this beer may have been defunct for a while; maybe not, but I haven't seen it around in a few years. The brew pours a rich brassy golden hue and is capped with an inch of moderate-lived white head that settles to a covering film. Spotty lace is deposited. The nose doesn't do much except avoid offense and comply with style norms; there is not a tremendous amount of character expressed int the aroma. The flavor, however, is explosive by comparison; it is also very tasty. This bottle must be fairly fresh because it has a good deal of sublime and dynamic hoppiness; herbal and grassy notes are initially observed on the palate but they turn to piney and cannabis-like on the finish. The malt is very pale and mineral-y at first (AKA @ ~55°F) despite the relatively rich hue; as it warms and airs out notes of caramel and ripe fruit come through. The feel is light and refreshing, offering soft carbonation and medium-light body. Overall, I am stunned by this brew, as I did not expect it to be anything better than mediocre at best based on my recollection. It is pretty close to everything I would want from a straightforward lager, excepting the vagueness of the aroma, and it is definitely a case of the whole being better than the sum of its parts.

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Photo of Sammy
2.93/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Passable beer for a long flight delay. Yellow colour, foamy head. Cheese aroma head. Smooth drinking, very light toasty malts, average mouthfeel. Subdued sweetness with mild bitterness in finish. Carbonation is above average buty not obtrusive.
Delta lounge, Tampa airport.

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Photo of Spica66
2.71/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clear amber color. Decent head formation and some lacing.

S: Not a lot going on here. Lightly malty/bready. No hops at all.

T: Mild flavor. Pretty bland on the tongue with a slightly tangy finish.

M: Slightly watery. Medium-dry finish. Medium carbonation.

D: Easy to drink, but the overall lack of flavor does not lead me to want another one.

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Photo of wallaceandvomit
3.6/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a- pours a nice soda-like clear amber brown with a finger of head that didnt stick around for long with a small ring of lacing
s- mild caramel malt scented
t- nice blend of caramel malt and slight nutty/chocolatey notes, a pretty balanced beer, nothing amazing but nothing to really complain about
m- medium mouthfeel, slightly creamy/oily
d- easy to put these down, good beer for kicking back and in the fall, gets the amber lager idea across without being too malty for certain people's tastes

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Photo of russpowell
3.29/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review based on notes. Picked this up in Orlando while on vacation:

Pours an effervescent amber with 1 finger of ivory colored head. Zero head retention & lacing

S: Cereal notes & that's it

T: A bit of caramel, wet cereal & herbal hop up front. Dryness with more cereal as this warms, plus some honey malt & grainyness. Finishes grainy & sweet with slight metallic hop notes

MF: Light/medium bodied with okay balance & fairly on style carbonation

Drinks okay, but nothing to write home about

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
2.77/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer review from BA Mag Nov 2007.

This brand is part of the 2005 acquisition of Ybor City Brewing, and they tout it as a classic example of a German lager. Pretty vague marketing babble. Let's see if this beer has any life to it.

Shiny clear light-brassy color, some good stickage to the lace that seems to stay around for a good while. Hint of feed grain, grassy, bit of caramel, apple skin and a faint taffy aroma. Good smoothness with a light crispness and light slickness in the mouth. Dried grass grain flavor throughout, a kiss of caramel sweetness middle to end. Hops are spicy and balancing with minimal flavor. Touch of cooked veggies and husk stick to the taste buds. Finishes on the dry side.

Not too clean for a lager, the DMS (cooked veggies) comes out a bit too long. Subpar compared to their counterparts whom they are trying to emulate. There are far better import and craft lagers out there to even think about bothering with this one.

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Photo of chickenflea
3.64/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Clear golden color, frothy white head.

S - Aroma is bread, dark berries, and sweet malts.

T - Taste is bready with some honey sweetness. Some grassy hops are also evident. Flat cardboard finish.

M - Soft carbonation. Light body and clean watery texture.

D - Very drinkable. Better than most.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.01/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Clear amber with a big frothy head.

S - Light malty nose.

T - Some caramel up front. Fairly malty and on the dry side with nots of apple. Mildly bitter finish.

M - A bit watery. Carbonation is modest.

D - OK, but not a great brew. Lacks staying power.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ncie golden color. Nice head that doesn't last too long with no real lacing.

Smells sweet with a little bit of bitterness. Not bad.

The taste is pretty good. Sweet and refreshing.

In the mouth is it fairly well-balanced with some nice carbonation.

Fairly drinkable. It's not fantastic, but it could find a place in my line up.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a golden-reddish tint, with medium thick white head that lasted thru mid glass, yet left little lacing. Aroma and taste were both very muted, yet what was there was a fruity hop. Smooth drinking and thirst quenching. I found this to not have too many characteristics, good or bad. An average beer all around.

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Photo of babaracas
3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with one finger white head. Smell: grassy hops, musty husky grain. Taste: wheat cracker, grassy, with a crisp mildly sour note, sweet toasted malt. Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied, active carbonation mixes well with a spicy bitterness. Works alright...

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep gold color. Poured a finger stark white head that dissipated. Minimal lacing. Decanted continually.

S: Cut hay and grass. Light green apple, crackers. A hint of bittering hops.

T: Bready malts came through bigger in the flavor. Noticeable hop bitter in the finish.

M: Light body. Medium carbonation that was a nice balance. Dry and tart.

D: Light, but fairly flavorful. Very easy going down.

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Photo of bheilman
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I can't really comment on the appearance as I drank it from the bottle. Although I did like the label, how it had this rating scale for hops, darkness and drinkability (I think). It hit middle of the range in all of those. I actually picked this up in Ybor City and after seeing what looked like could be a gang scuffle, I promptly headed pack to my hotel to enjoy the beer and avoid getting shot. Anyway, the beer was good, but I'm not going to go out of my way to get it. I would like to try some of their other beers on another trip to Tampa. I felt it was very drinkable and fits well into that Bavarian style.

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Photo of GreenCard
2.96/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: golden hue, great clarity, thinnish layer of off-white foam that compacts to a thin crown

Aroma: fruity, cidery lager; hints of honey, grain, and malt

Flavor: dryish malt backbone with grainy and tobacco notes; grassy hop flavor; finishes semisweet with a mild bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, terse carbonation, somewhat crisp

Other comments: An OK lager, but nothing to spend time seeking out.

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Photo of nsmartell
3.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the 12oz bottle to a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a straw yellow with a shade of amber. Small white head that disappears quickly.

Smell: Sweet malts and not much else going on here.

Taste: Malty with some hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with low carbonation.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable. Would not kick this beer out of bed for eating crackers.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've never had a beer from Florida, so I figured I'd give one a try. Poured from the 12oz bottle into a stange. Body is a pretty golden color, topped by a small, fizzy white head. Aroma of pilsner malt and lightly spicy hops (a hint of Saaz?).
Palate is sweet malt up front, with a touch of honey and the faintest hint of butter Ritz cracker(?). A flash of mild bitterness from the hops emerges mid-palate, disappearing into the background again amid the light malty sweetness, which actually dries out on the finish.
Body is light and airy, very refreshing and fitting for a warm-weather beer. I have to say, even in December, this is a nice, refreshing, thirst-quenching ale that's perfect for the Florida climate.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
2.58/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle:

A: Poured a clear light golden color with a slightly less than two finger white head that dissipated rapidly. The head was moderately thick and left some decent lacing. Slight carbonation could be seen rising to the top of the glass.

S: Not much of an aroma, a little hops, that is really it.

T: Taste is average at best, if that. It had a light hoppy flavor, but it was somewhat watered down.

M/D: The beer had a medium body with maybe a little too much carbonation. Overall, the beer is really not that good and I did not finish the second one that I ordered.

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Photo of brentk56
3.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear medium amber color with a rather modest head that neither retains nor laces very well

Smell: A hint of crackery malt

Taste: Cracker malt up front, that turns slightly grainy both mid-palate and after the swallow; lager twang on the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Easy to drink, I guess, if this is your thing, but very forgetable

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Photo of Portertime
3.92/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This os the Florida Beer Company's flagship brew. I used visit Ybor city for concerts and "guava-ween", their version of MArdi Gras. I had this one nicely chilled in a pub glass. Poured exactly what it says on the bottle: a gold amber color. Smell was malty and a little citrus hops. Tastes was farily well balanced with mild malt and hop character. Fizzy on the tongue but has a crisp, clean finish.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.43/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap poured into a pint glass.

A- It had a solid gold color. My first glass had virually no head, but the second one had a good 2 finger head to it. It sported medium carbonation.

S- The aroma was little muted. I could tell there were nice cracker-like and hoppy scents hidden in there, but they struggled to make it through. The strongest scents were fruity.

T- It had more flavor than the aroma would suggest. It had a nice bread-like taste paired with some decent hop bitterness.

M- Medium carbonation and a light hop bite. Dry/tart finish.

D- It was a good drinker. Light enough to enjoy in the muggy weather, but solid enough that you're not going to mistake it for a macro-lager.

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Photo of HardcoreKeith
4.08/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold color with small dissipating head. Smells faintly of hops and malt. The taste was quite excellent, reminding me highly of Sam Adams. Crisp and delicious with noticible hop bitterness. I'm very glad that at least one really good brew is coming out of Florida.

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Photo of franksnbeans
3.28/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden with minimal white head that dies immediatly. Smells grainy and, like water. Taste is mildly refreshing with grain and water and a hint of something that might be malt. Smooth and thin in the mouth. If you dont need taste and want something that can go down quick and easy, this could do it.

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Photo of GreenWBush
3.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not amber. Good lace retention, though. Pale gold.

Nose is toasted grains, butterscotch, uhh…I’m trying to think of something where there isn’t anything. Not too different from the nose of the pale ale.

Taste is actually pretty good, surprising me since I haven’t been too impressed by this brewery. No off-flavors, and nice grain outro. True-to-type, despite the appearance.

Good smooth nice MF. Prickly outro.

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Photo of BrewSomerville
3.32/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is a little faint (might just be me). But at first I detected a little bit of a malty-sweet smell followed by some floral hoppy aromas. I might have smelled something like apple in there too.

The colour is a golden copper with a little tinge of amber (not enough amber to justify the name in my opinion). It produced a small white head that did not last long. No lace to be found at all.

The flavour was not bold in any way. It is fairly balanced, but I'd have to say that the malt comes out on the top. The hops are hardly even noticeable which directly opposes what the label claims that it tastes like. There was a bit of a metallic taste. There is some caramel in there too.

Mouthfeel is good for a lager in my opinion. I'ts medium bodied. Avg carbonation...maybe even a little less aggressively carbonated than an average lager.

Overall, I think it would be a great gateway Beer for someone just getting into the world of craft Beers.

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Photo of smcolw
2.81/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Crystal clear; only a shade darker than straw. Okay head for a lager, with a good lace ring.

Neutral malt aroma that is inviting but uninvigorating. Very little hop.

Relatively light flavor. This is a dry beer with a touch of hop bitterness. Good body for a lager; high carbonation. A step up from the lawn-mower crowd; great for a hot day.

Overall, an easy beer to consume. Not really a top notch offering--something of a mix between the macrobrewed and the microbrewed. This is a great stepping stone for the Bud and Miller drinkers who think microbeers are too strong.

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Ybor Gold Amber Lager from Florida Beer Company
76 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.
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