Fischer Tradition Amber | Brasserie Fischer / Fischer Biere d' Alsace

Fischer Tradition AmberFischer Tradition Amber
364 Ratings
Fischer Tradition AmberFischer Tradition Amber

Brewed by:
Brasserie Fischer / Fischer Biere d' Alsace

Style: Euro Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 08-22-2001

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Photo of cdwil
3/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Gusler
2.26/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

As it sets in the glass a crystal clear amber color, the head quite large and frothy, bright white in color and as it desiccates; a fine covering lace is formed. Nose is mostly malt, crisp and clean, the start is somewhat sweet and malt laden, top is skeletal in it feel to the palate. Finish has a mild carbonation, the hops apropos to the style, droughty aftertaste, can’t say this beer does much for me.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.29/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Attractive 22 oz flip top bottle with no discernable freshness date. Pours a very clear, light amber color with a thick fluffy white foam. Nice retention and excellent lacing.

Nose is marginally toasty and honey drizzled malts. Not much in the way of hops and has a bit of metallic/sourish smell to it. Does not smell overly fresh and there is some hints of cardboard and stale pizza crust.

Taste is worse than it smells. Very toasty malts up front with a sugary and metallic finish. Harsh alcoholic notes even though it is only 6%. Perhaps this is why the French like wine better? I am not sure if I will be able to finish this thing. Mouthfeel is fairly thin, even with the nearly cloying malts. To sum it bottle, shitty beer.

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Photo of gtermi
3.2/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Fischer beer pours a nice goldesh brown color with a very thin head.

The smell of the beer is very average. You get a lot of malt and some grain.

I am picking up a good amout of malty buscuit taste, with a little bit of corn.

The mouthfeel is very average, has a lot of carbonation and makes me burp a lot.

Overall this is a solid beer. Not anything special to ride home about, but not bad either.

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Photo of KTCamm
2.95/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle with the stopper mechanism into a pint glass. Pours an orange copper color with 1 finger of active white foam. The beer laces down the sides of the glass.

Smell is sweet malt. Modestly fruity.

Taste is of a watered down amber ale. There's buried caramel sweetness, but its not at the forefront. Finish is of grain/corn, and is slightly metallic. Not a strong prescence in the mouthfeel.

Overall this is a better bottle than a beer. Its a decent brew, but certainly not the best I've ever had. Its pretty smooth and drinks easily though.

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Photo of tavernjef
2.62/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is an amber? Well its color said otherwise, it was a gold yellow and quite clear with a thinned out head of foam and bubbles that faded leaving hardly any lace. Smells of fresh grain and malt sort of flat and very faint with a bit of hop and grass note. Taste is empty, there's not much there, watered down, some detection of sweetish malts and grain. Feel is thin and watery. Passable, barley drinkable, disappointing to say the least.

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Photo of RoyalT
1.88/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance – Light orange in color with some lively carbonation and a decent head.

Smell – The aroma here is very mild and musty. There’s a bit of cheap malts in there and maybe a hop or two, but otherwise not much else going on.

Taste – Ugh! The front is quite promising with a bit of hoppiness, but the Fischer ashtray is in full effect by the time this hits the back of your tongue. D-scusting.

Mouthfeel – Thin and watery.

Sinkability – A perfect “10” in the “sinkability” category.

Comments – This comes in a 22 oz swing top, which promptly fell off the bottle when I tried to open it. It was almost comical if it all hadn't cost me six bucks.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.53/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one in France while on vacation last summer.

From a 65cl swing-top bottle into a mug.

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking, fluffy white head with great retention. Fades slowly to a good cap leaving some sticky lacing to the sides of the mug. Clear amber yellow with medium carbonation evident. A splotchy wisp and ring remain leaving some lacing down the glass. Good looking for the style.

SMELL: Caramel notes, toasted grain, grainy bread aromas with some floral and grassy hops in there.

TASTE: Follows the nose nicely. Caramel and toasted malts up front with some nice floral hop bitterness at the swallow. A big finish or bready sweetness, honey and caramel flavors, bitter floral hops and some grassy notes. Decently flavorful and enjoyable.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, smooth going down and finishes dry. Good feel.

OVERALL: I guess it's the anti-lager syndrome on this site, but this is a solid pale lager. No question about that. The nose and flavor were plenty enjoyable and well balanced, and the look was rather appealing as well. A good lager worth checking out if you're in France.

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Photo of Mantooth
3/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.11/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Presentation: A very distinctive 1 Pint 6 fl.oz. (22 ounce) brown glass bottle which has the words ‘FISCHER Bière d’Alsace’ embossed on the neck, with four large oval motifs embossed on the concave body. The unique look is completed with the used of a ceramic swing top. No freshness date, but like the Fischer Bitter that I just had, there is a half-smudged black ink mark on the ceramic cap that may well have been a legible date at some point. Only a thin orange paper label covering the swing top decorates the bottle. Listed as ‘Fischer Alsace Amber Tradition’, and 6.0% alc./vol.

Appearance: Perfectly clear medium brown body that has some dark amber qualities. Exceptional clarity reveals no activity, not even a lone streamer. A massive frothy and crusty dirty white head quickly fills my handled Mug. The rocky, uneven, crusty head floats easily but it soon collapses as you drink. Only a frequent top up helps to reinstate the head.

Nose: Rather off putting, whilst it looks good in the glass, the aromas soon have me reeling. Sticky lumpy malts, sweet caramel and brown sugar. Clumpy.

Taste: A very sickly Amber this one, like a below average homebrewed Brown Ale swamped with brown sugars. It has some redemption from a nutty after taste, and a mildly intriguing malt-bitterness, but it has a hospital cleanliness that does not sit well with the sugary feel that it exhibits. Very strange, hope it doesn’t stain my white sink when I pour it away.

Mouthfeel: I’m hard pressed to concentrate this far into my Review. The mouthfeel is sticky brown sugar, Gobstopper like cloying on the cheeks. I’ve had enough of this one.

Drinkability: It’s hard to work your way through this one, the sickly brown sugary feel purveys throughout and is quite the distraction. I tried eating some sharp cheddar with this and not even that could entice me to keep at it. I have to be honest and say the last 25% of the bottle got dumped. Crap!? Oui!!!

Overall: Not very good, the Fischer Bitter was uniquely French so I cut that some slack, but the Fischer Amber Tradition is just awful. Cost $2.89 which wasn’t too bad…but I would have rather spent it on something else.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.22/5  rDev +44%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Boy, compared to other reviews it seems like we are drinking different beers. I like this beer quite a bit. Aroma had a nice mix with a full malt aroma followed by a nice European hop aroma. Really a nice aroma. Poured with a big full head, nice amber color and clear. Nice lacing, even on repours. Taste is lighter overall, especially initially (gets heavier later) and compared to the aroma. Mostly malty and nice hops for balancing, yet becomes more complex as consummed. The taste moves to a little dryness, then even goes to some bitterness. Has a sense of richness without being heavy. Some hard water qualities too. Seems like a fairly complex beer for a lager. Thinner to medium mouthfeel, yet richness makes it seem fuller. Lighter carbonation overall. Even with the richness and complexity still a easy drinking beer if need be, or could be a slower drinker too. Refreshing qualities of a lager. And finally the bottle offers a good resource for home brewers. This beer was easily worth the money spent.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.13/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #32 (Sep 2009):

A tall, bubbly froth leads quickly to a thin lacing as the head dissipates; crystal-clear amber color. Grainy, sweet aroma with some cooked veggie and creamed corn in the back of the nose. Smooth with a creamy, moderately sized body. Bit of carbonic twang above the malt and hops; maltiness is grainy with a grassy and almost animal-feed-like character. This beer screams "EURO LAGER!" Hops just come across with some bitterness and a faded herbal flavor. Finishes with a faint caramel note before things go a tad dry.

In a pinch, this beer works for a quick lunch beer. While there is nothing too complex here, it does stay drinkable, even for a beer that is brewed with additions of glucose, corn, caramel and ascorbic acid. Come on, they are not German!

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Photo of Reidrover
3.13/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First I have to say I love the way this beer is packaged, looks the part.
22 oz swing top amber coloured glass.
Actually not a bad looking beer for the style light brown with a nice sized pure white head, attractive carbonation strings.
smell is well average inoffensive but nothing really stands out..least it smells fresh.
Taste while its thirst quenching is very one dimensional..sweet, very sugary..malts..not much hops to speak of...begins to get grainy after a while.
Its average on the tongue.
Its drinkable yet it would get boring very fast.

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Photo of cokes
2.06/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dull golden bodied. Eruptive pure white sticks around. If nothing else, Fischer has mastered head retention.
Hay, must and rubber on the nose.
Basically a lightly toasted version of the bitter. I had them back to back, and there is not a whole lot of difference. The amber displays the same lemon/lime sourness, but to a lesser degree. Filling the void is some slight toastedness. No real caramel or vienna maltiness. Rubber seems to be Fischer's trademark flavor, and it shows up here again. Alcohol brings some sticky sweetness. It is way too perceived for a brew of this size. Slightly grainy, rustic hops finish this one off....finally.
Medium bodied, but lightly sticky and not all that pleasant in the mouth.
A great big "boo" to Fischer. Unless I need a flip top 22oz bottle, I doubt I'll ever buy anything from them again.

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Photo of tommyguz
1/5  rDev -65.9%

Photo of Beginner2
2.95/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Brent
2.43/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The flavor profile on this beer was complex, and strange. Some roasted, alcoholic flavors, sort of like it had been aged in a charred whisky barrel, yet also some tart, white wine flavors. Rather grainy and not at all smooth. Drinkable, but not particularly enjoyable.

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Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.5/5  rDev +19.5%

Photo of gatornation
2.83/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from a swingtop bomber into pint glass it was a rusty/golden color with a minimal head and a little lacing..the smell was bitter with some malts some bread some spice.the taste was ok it was cereal/grain with some malts some rice and a metallic bitter taste..i finished the bomber but was glad it was gone the best thing about this brew was the bottle

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Photo of Todd
2.22/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Clear and bright amber beer with a massive froth of a creamy ass head that sticks and stays. Metallic in the nose with wet paper aromas -- why me?

Wet paper carries over to the flavour, which leads me to believe that my sample is tainted with some minor oxidation. Sucks, but we move on ... malt flavours are grainy, barely sweet, but there's some fruity flavours that attempt to meld with the citric hop flavours that seems a bit contrived. Again, I'm disappointed. Mouthfeel is smooth-ish, body is light. Finish is clean with some residual grain flavours and a coarse leftovers on the palate.

There's too many beers in the world to waste your time with this one. Cool flip-top ceramic bottle though, but unfortunately that does not make a beer.

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Photo of david18
3.35/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had one of these last night at a restaurant and enjoyed it a little more than I thought I would. The Fischer beers have been on the shelves for years and have never been my favorites but it was the only interesting choice last night and it was surprisingly good. The flavor was refreshing, mouthfeel was good. Good enough that I ordered a second one. Not good enough that I'll buy it in the store.

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Photo of szmnnl99
3/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Vancer
3.41/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

How the hell is this a "Euro dark lager"?? From the neatly shaped flip-top bottle, she pours a golden amber, capped with plenty of egg shell marshmallow foam. Tons of ring lace sticking to the Bitburger pilsner glass and marking my progression.

Aroma of winter spiced malt, touch of the Euro yeast skunk in the background. Spiced fruits, with a touch of sour, dominate within this malty brew. Semi-plain taste, but balanced in the finish with a pop o' hops.

Light to medium bodied, this would be a great summer heat brew - still tasty in the cooler fall weather.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured a slightly cloudy moderate amber color with a nice head that lasted throughout the glass. smell is nutty and dark fruity. My first taste noted a distinct sourness that either got less or else I started to get used to it but then it seemed to get stronger as the beer warmed, so my score went from a 3 to a 4 and back to a 3 (very strange) Left a slightly dry taste which was neither overly good or bad. A strange beer, from my point of view, because I was confused about what I was drinking.

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Photo of Mitchster
2.05/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pours out to a sparkingly clear light amber, forming a small off-white head with average retention and lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is very similar to Heineken with my eyes closed...faint grassiness, floral hops, clean lager ferment, but with a touch of caramel and toffee. The mouthfeel is bright and crisp at first but finishes very ruddy with a twang of wet cardboard and some higher alcohols. Medium bodied. The taste begins with a nice blend of grassy hops and delicate pale malts, but is followed by greasy caramel, vegetable oil, and cardboard. The aftertaste is somewhat acrid and I feel a headache coming on from this one. Bitterness is mild.

I would pass on this one. It has promise but ends horriby. I don't think I'm going to be able to finish this bottle. Ugh.

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Fischer Tradition Amber from Brasserie Fischer / Fischer Biere d' Alsace
Beer rating: 2.93 out of 5 with 364 ratings
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