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Mission Amber | Mission Brewery

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Mission AmberMission Amber

Brewed by:
Mission Brewery
California, United States

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by scottoale on 04-29-2009

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Reviews: 37 | Ratings: 135
Photo of GarthDanielson
2.81/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass, the beer is super-foamy. Pours a bright, crystal clear, pinkish-toned copper coloring with an off-white head that is big bubbled and lightly packed, and finally settles into about half an inch. Slightly sweet and sour caramel malt smells on the nose. The taste has the same caramel characteristics, but also a smokey tone that blends well with the sweet flavors. Very malty, but not overly sweet. The beer is dry and crisp, and the aftertaste again has that slight smoked quality to it. Very interesting. The finish lingers a bit with the caramel flavors. Nothing really outstanding about this one, but nothing overly disappointing, either.

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Photo of missingsense
3.32/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Very fizzy, clumpy head, that died pretty quickly. Odd color separation & tiny particles floating around. Amber color looks a little thin.

S: Cola, steel, some light berries, caramel, maple syrup. A little earthy. The sweetness of the aroma is a bit overpowering.

T: A nice, sweet maltiness, with a minor hop kick. The taste is considerably more balanced than the smell, but I would prefer a little less sweetness. Decent, but not a standout amber.

M: Sticky and a bit grainy

D: Overall, a good attempt, but it could use some improvement. I don't think I'll be rushing to try their other beers anytime soon.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle.

Pours clear amber with a quarter inch of bone foam. Dotted lacing and a few whisps on the surface remain for the rest of the glass.

Aromatics are a blend of sweet malt, proofing dough, and a hint of raisin. Zero hops but perhaps a hint of gypsum.

Medium bodied with a crispish mouthfeel. A bit tacky.

Plump malt with drizzeled caramel starts the palate. A hint of fig and toffee follow through. Bitterness to balance.

Finishes with a touch of lingering sweet malt and a minerally crispness.

A pretty tasty, albiet kind of boring, Altbier.

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Photo of oberon
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a imperial pint glass a clear deep amber/bronze with a thinner but well defined white head.Aromas os sweet dough with some light toastiness,a faint earthy hoppiness compliments the sweet element pretty well.The palate is pretty straight forward with lightly sweet doughiness standing out,not mush hop presence but there is a decent drying in the finish.A no frills malt tilted alt,pretty true to style just not anything spectacular.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber-brown colour from the pour with a slight haze, and off-white head is generous and retains nicely. Nose has some toasty/biscuity aromas. On the palate there's a pleasant one-two punch of caramelly malt sweetness followed by bitterness from the hops. More of the toasty/biscuity comes through on the palate as well. Medium bodied and rather sessionable.

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Photo of dfillius
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed while visiting family in San Diego. Poured into an imperial pint glass.

A: Moderate pour yields 2 fingers of ecru head with great retention. Hazy amber colored liquid. Good looking.

S: Clean breadiness. Bright, pleasantly perfumey herbal hops. Sweet caramel notes as well.

T: Very bitter, even soapy. Surprising, I expected and actually desired more malt - shocking for a hop head like me. Slightly disappointing but still okay. A departure from the style.

M: Fizzy, bitter, slightly metallic.

D: Okay, but not great. I would not order another or buy this again.

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Photo of WeisGuy
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber at Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa.

a - pours a deep copper color with a two-finger ivory head, low-to-moderate retention and lacing, fairly hazy

s - lots of malt with a very toasty aroma, moderate orange/tangerine citrus component, light caramel malt

t - toasted malt and bread up front, light caramel flavor, decent amount of hop bitterness on the mid-palate and finish, some orange and lemon notes mixed in with the toast, pretty dry and slightly bitter finish

m - light-bodied, medium-to-higher carbonation, fairly dry but not overly bitter finish, no alcohol warming

d - pretty drinkable stuff in that it's easy on the palate and balanced, unfortunately, the flavor, while solid, just isn't very interesting

Not bad stuff overall, but nothing memorable. I'd like to try some of the brewery's other offerings.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear coppery amber, with a finger of frothy white colored head that has a bit of an off-look to it. Pretty good retention here, staying rich and leaving a latticework of creamy lace behind that hangs in some thick swathes. The aroma is mostly floral and citric, with a touch of herbal quality about it up front. Underneath is some light notes of smoky roast, bread, and caramel sweetness.

The taste is overall fairly roasty in the mouth. Caramel malts come out to play, as does some fresh citrus character, giving this a tangy pop at times. Good bit of hops here as well, making sure that this finishes very dry, with just a little touch of leftover sweetness hanging on the palate. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied, with a smooth and creamy touch to it. Maybe a bit too smooth, as this does feel a tad light in spots.

This was decent. A bit more beef would have been welcome in the body but for the most part this was a flavorful and easy drinking Alt.

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Photo of Bricelyn
2.98/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Its coloring is very much like the lucite stem on a pipe Golds and oranges mixed randomly through this beer.

Its smell is wet steel and malt odd but pleasing

A slight bitterness that smooths out into smokey malt that bitters again at the end. sticky finish.

A very light bubble that is almost flat I don't like it mouthfeel to me is very blah and it also seems sticky... just not in the mood for it.

Good beer ok taste but mouthfeel ruined it for me.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.72/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright burnt orange with bumblebee yellow trim. A thick chunk of sandstone colored suds rests atop the beer. When the head evenutally melts, scattered sheets of sea foam lace can be seen on the sides of the glass. It isn't a great look, but it gets the job done.

The nose is classic for the style. It's big on toasted-earthy-nutty character, thanks to what Mission calls 'the generous use' of Munich, Vienna and Pilsner malts. For those who have never had an altbier, they smell like Oktoberfests. Hops aren't appreciated.

Beer that counts on pale and mid-range malts (see above) for the lion's share of the flavor(bocks, marzens, altbiers) will never be among my favorites. Having said that, I have given a few altbiers some pretty high scores. Therefore, Mission Amber is being given every chance to impress me with its magnificence.

Malt sweetness is easily matched by hop bitterness. While 43 IBUs seems a tad high for the style, more hops than expected is rarely a problem. Specifics include toasted whole grain bread, steely caramel, roasted peanuts and bitter black tea leaves. Next to no fruitiness gives the beer a cleanliness that lager lovers should enjoy.

Since the flavor score was rounded down, the drinkability score will be rounded up. Ideal sweet-bitter balance helps drinkability quite a bit. The mouthfeel is light-medium and has fairly bright carbonation. Softer and smoother would have been better... and things are edging that way now that the bottom half of the bomber has arrived.

In the end, Mission Amber is a respectable altbier that I probably won't think about again once this review is in the books. Kudos to the brewery for trying something different rather than rounding out their lineup with yet another American amber ale.

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Photo of Zorro
3.16/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clear caramel colored beer with a good light tan colored head.

This is sweet and malty with a faint metallic smell. Bread and toffee candy with a bit of soapy hop in the background. Not really one that is big on aroma.

Sweet and malty with a big toffee and caramel flavor, slightly bittersweet like burnt sugar. Solid bitterness in the aftertaste and some yeast fruitiness. Little bit earthy at the end.

Mouthfeel is good.

Not sure if this is really an Altbier or not. My reference beer for this beer type is Alaskan Amber and it is frankly better than this.

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Photo of scottoale
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber. Although label name is Amber Ale - they call it a "Dusseldorf-Style Altbier" and it weighs in at 5.0% ABV and 43 IBU's. It pours a red-copper with brilliant clarity and a two-finger white-cream head. The foam disipates down to a surface cover and leaves only flecks of lace hear and there. The carbonation looks pretty mild.

The nose is fairly sweet with notes of caramel, some toastiness and a metallic twang of sorts. Sweet yet earthy is how I'd describe it simply. Nice and lager like.

The taste starts sweet and malty and briskly fluffs in the mouth rendering some earthiness. The earthy turns toasty and winds to a pilsner crisp finish while coating the tongue with sweet caramel. An unusually nice balance with the carbonation being bigger than it looks. A very lively brew.

Medium full body with high drinkability due to the relatively low ABV. The alcohol is hidden in every aspect. Overall a solid brew in a unique style that I definetly recommend.

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Mission Amber from Mission Brewery
3.5 out of 5 based on 135 ratings.
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