Fat Tire Amber Ale | New Belgium Brewing

2,028 Reviews
Read the review
Fat Tire Amber AleFat Tire Amber Ale

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 10-07-2000

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 2,028 | Ratings: 8,580
Photo of Dr_Gonzo
5/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My Con. Law professor recommended me this. Exceptional beer for easy accessibility and price. Smells fantastically very hoppy and very rich in its aroma. Of course it tastes very good with a hearty myriad of different floral flavors and overall it's a fun beer to experience.

 275 characters

Photo of LivB
1.59/5  rDev -55.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2

Holy cow... easy drinking beer? In my opinion, no way.
Initial taste is similar to an extremely watered down steak sauce, AKA rusty water with hints of citrus-like old meat Chinese food that you leave in your car overnight.

I find it mind blowing that this is one of New Belgium's signature beers.

 299 characters

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle

Pours a pretty nice amber color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy/foamy white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, citrus. The taste is hoppy, malty, citrusy. Medium body. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.

 275 characters

Photo of bigbellysailor
4.21/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. longneck, poured into a frosty mug. A crystal clear, brassy-amber beer topped by a thick, two fingers tall cream colored head.

This is a very natural beer thats good for meals at restaurants or when you just want something with just enough substance while still being very easy to crush in large amounts. Very good beer. I drink it frequently now.

 356 characters

Photo of PlinyMeNow
2.68/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Weird, I used to really like this beer and drank it all the time. Now that I'm into big flavor profiles in craft beer, this was a little underwhelming.
Pour is clear clean amber without much head but with a lot of lacing. Aroma is faint caramel malts and a muted grassy earthy farm scent - I kept thinking about horse farms and cow dung! Not as bad as that makes it sound though. Taste is mostly malty with a burnt coffee overtone coming through, some herbal hops to balance the malt, and a strange sort of rubber taste (the fat tire?) but there was nothing really exciting. There is a bitter aftertaste. The feel was a bit watery with moderate carbonation. Overall I guess somewhat enjoyable and maybe I'm being unfair to it, but for me it fell short.

 754 characters

Photo of SmokySignals
3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1st review here, lots to catch up on...The New Belgium Fat Tire, 12 pack of bottles for the box collection! 40F poured into new Innovation Brewing (Sylva, NC) pint glass.
A little bit lighter than I expect for an amber, but nice and clear for an ale. Head dissipated quickly, leaving a perfect coating, but little lacing.

The bright, but warm aroma has a perfect mix of floral, citrus/lemon and mildly clover or honey? And faint malts come in nicely after...followed by a balanced mild hop perk....

Medium-light mouth feel, with medium carbonation... Yum! Fat tire cruises down the middle of the road nice and smooth, and puts a smile on your face. Taste follows the nose, with a little hop "donkey kick into a malt bag" ending, like popping a small wheelie on a fat tire. It finishes nicely balanced, and inviting you to take another ride. Seems to get maltier and more awesome as it warms, and finishes rich and smooth without ever becoming too sweet, though it temps you to think it will. Well done! I see why it is served everywhere.

Tried this at Brixx in Asheville a few years ago, and now that I've had a bunch of craft beers, it's even better than I thought back then.

Since I love some of their others, I will definitely be dropping by their Asheville brewpub for a tour and tasting soon!

 1,317 characters

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the can of indeterminate age (found it in the basement), it pours a hazy amber with a modest head. Some yeast in the nose, along with something else. Taste is somewhat mild, but enjoyable.

 195 characters

Photo of Brad007
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a light amber hue with a small head. Sweet and almost nutty in the nose. Light and crisp on the tongue with just the right touch of sweetness. Clean finish. It's not going to WOW you but I'll take this over the Magic Hat equivalent.

 238 characters

Photo of ScaryEd
4.06/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours a crystal clear copper color with a healthy finger of off-white head. The head has solid retention, leaving a fair amount of lacing before settling into a thin film that rests gently atop the beer. Looks absolutely gorgeous under the light.

The aroma is very doughy and yeasty, with subtle notes of caramel.

The taste has lots of sweet caramel up front, with some biscuits not far behind. The finish is very clean with the faintest hint of hops.

The feel is medium bodied with pretty good carbonation. Incredibly smooth and drinkable.

Overall, am I missing something here? This beer is really good. It's extremely drinkable and well-priced. It isn't the most complex beer by any stretch but it's tasty and well made. Glad to finally have this in NH.

 803 characters

Photo of mromagna
3.16/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I used to love this ale when I was out with friends. Decided to bring it home and really appreciate it. Great Look, copper color, nice smell. Some carmel taste. But pours flat to me, under carbonated to my taste. Left me feeling like it was underwhelming. Was hoping to make it a regular purchase, but can't do it.

 314 characters

Photo of Holderness
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L -- Clear amber with a nice two-finger white head produced by a moderate pour. Good retention and lacing.
S -- Muted caramelized malts and a lager-like hop sweetness.
T -- Caramel malts upfront, followed by cinnamon and squash
F -- Nice carbonation
O -- Reminds me a lot of Smuttynose pumpkin ale, but with a little less spiciness

 333 characters

Photo of Gatch
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The average score indicates that the beer snob is strong with this one...

I cannot believe I didn’t review this beer during my seven years in Arizona from 2005 to 2012, which involved a lot of Fat Tire consumption, especially in the early days when this specific beer was all the rage. So now that it’s being distributed in Massachusetts, I had to drink it again. Really happy to see it make it all the way to the East Coast, considering it was distributed in only a few states when I first drank it back in the mid-2000's. Update: had it on-tap during the 2017 Boston Marathon weekend and it was even better than I remember. Sweet, sugary, roasted malt without being too bready or cloying. Easy-drinking. Just delicious.

Isn’t the goal of craft breweries to distribute in nearly every state and be as ubiquitous as the major brands?! People are such haters and have such short memories. I guarantee most of these low scores are from people who, just a few years ago, wondered why Bud and Miller were the only beers at their local store. This is a legendary beer and brewer that put craft on the map! People realize that this is an Amber, right?! Hops aren’t supposed to be the main aspect of this beer. Malt is the key player here! Sweet, tasty malt. Remember malt, one of four key ingredients in beer?!

 1,314 characters

Photo of LarryV
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Fat Tire is new in these parts so I was anxious to give it a try; I found it a bit underwhelming. Nose is mostly malt as is the flavor profile. There's a touch of hoppiness to keep it honest, but it's not very prevalent, overtones of caramel - at least it's not overly sweet. It kind of reminded me of what a cross between Yuengling and SA Boston Lager might taste like. It's a well made beer, but I just find it kind of boring.

 429 characters

Photo of andrewh995
3.27/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not anything I would consider great but much better than I expected it to be. Biscuity, caramel, and some hops. I've heard mediocre things about this beer in the past but it proved them wrong.

 193 characters

Photo of Hackattack
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a very smooth, smooth laid back amber ale. Light copper color...mild carbonation.....not a whole lot of hops notes here, but I LIKE IT!! It's a nice break from the hop hop beers. So mellow and drinkable. It went down so fast I was ready for another one. If you don't like this you are a hop snob.

 311 characters

Photo of Makeitadouble
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer is what I would consider the true Average Beer . There are notes of citrus and it has a nice kick and is very unique among ales .

Check out my youtube review here https://youtu.be/GLFJTwK7GGg

 203 characters

Photo of Monkey-D-Luffy
1.98/5  rDev -45%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

L - Light copper color, good carbonation, no head to be found.

S - Biscuity malt, slight toast.

T - Bready malt, and not much else. Aftertaste is somewhat redeeming with a slight caramel.

F - Light and thin on the mouth feel

O - Going to preface this by saying Ales are my style of choice. This however is seriously underwhelming. I expect much more out of an ale than what this could provide. Entirely undeserving of a 80+ rating here on BA. Lager swillers looking to branch out might enjoy this.

 502 characters

Photo of q33jeff
2.62/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from SS, to Pint glass.

AROMA: malt, some hops.
LOOK: A nice coppery color.
TASTE: Good flavor, but a stale aftertaste. Flavor is there, but a bit askew for the style.
FEEL:Nice carbonation.


 220 characters

Photo of Hoosteez
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Has a nice head that dissipates quickly leaves a light froth rather than a lacing really smells alright the taste a little more hoppy than I expected but nice all together a good beer the mouth feel is great though perfect balance of body and carbonation .

 257 characters

Photo of Buck89
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter. A clear amber-orange color with a frothy off-white head that settled quickly, leaving a few tracks. Toast and biscuit on the nose, with a slight vegetal note and faint floral scents. As expected, the first sip brought a big biscuity and bready malty flavor. The bitterness appeared on the back end, accompanied by floral notes that played well with the malt. Easy-drinking and medium-bodied. A great drink if you're in the mood for biscuit, and interesting if you slow down and sip.

 505 characters

Photo of omahawk
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer is all about the malt profile. Very bready malt, slight funky / tart cracker flavor ( if that's a thing?) Hops are present, but take a back seat to the malt. Solid drinkable beer.

 189 characters

Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
2.56/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Okay,I already wrote a lengthy review for this,beer and for one reason or another it was taken down.So I'm going to keep it short and sweet.I DID NOT like this beer,I WOULD NOT recommend this beer,and I do not know who recommend it to me,or why they would recommend it to me.But it was terrible.THE END.

 303 characters

Photo of Vetbidder
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Lager like look, maybe a bit more amber. Beery malt scent, maybe some hops somewhere back there. Enjoying off of tap at the Sands Bethlehem before Clutch ! Taste follows with some caramel maltiness not much else going on. Solid "normal" beer.

 243 characters

Photo of Alan_Bats
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L- nice amber color and clarity, perhaps a bit darker would be ideal.
S- hoppy up front. Not overly citrusy. Some bready/biscuity notes nicely enter toward the end.
T- the beer does well to put forth hop and malt components. Hops are a little dull up front with fruity and floral notes. Next comes a mild sweetness from the bready malt. Not much of a roasty finish like the beer seems to suggest.
F- could have more body but nice carbonation to present itself.
O- a little hoppy for an amber but malt flavor clearly there. An overall good beer that I know is a good "transition" to craft brews.

 594 characters

Photo of Hyptochrons
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

drank from can on golf course in AZ ... perfect for outdoor activities on a warm day. super easy drinking sessionable ale that has some toasted and caramel malt flavors with a crisp hop bite on the finish. feel is appropriate for the style. great substitute for anyone considering a bud light or coors.

 302 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing
3.6 out of 5 based on 8,580 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.