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

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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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Photo of RiekerStarBrew
2.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The appearance of the beer in my pint glass is, as you would guess, amber in color. The head is white with pretty good lacing. The clarity of the beer suggests force-filtration. The aroma is decent. No hops are detectable but sweet barley is. Yeast esters are faintly apparent. The flavor of the beer is slightly bitter, but the malt is not sweet at all, like the aroma would suggest. The finish is dry with average mouthfeel. All in all, the beer is pretty bland and flat. If you are looking for something with more complexity, skip this brew all together.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed 8/14/2008 (bottle):

Pours a very clear light brown colored body, with a smallish white head, and quickly diminishing. Has a malty, nutty aroma. Reminiscent of English beers. Has that same mallty Englishness in the taste. Okay with a spicy shrimp boil.

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Photo of armock
1.68/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A - Poured a clear amber color with an off white head

S - Is of sweet malt apple scents and soggy bread

T - Things get real bad real quick here like drinking bad apple cider

M - This beer has a thin body with high carbonation to it

D - Save yourself some money and stay away from this beer its just not good unless your into rotten apple beer

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Photo of mobyfann
3.31/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Paid $3.49 at a Safeway in Central Phoenix...

The beer pours a clear amber colored base, small white head, limited retention and nice lacing on the glass. Slight hop caramel aroma and that's about it.

Light body, slight skunk, tasty caramel and hops. Very smooth in the mouth and at a strong 6.0abv, it's drinkable to be a night-long session beer and be moderately enjoyed...

Final Thought: Love the Pop-top... a decent brew from a country that specializes better with wine and creative food.

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Photo of stephens101
2.58/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I should know better than to check ratings before I review a beer, but sometimes I just can't help it, and I have to see about the proper glassware. Yeah, right. It's an amber, so you're not buying it huh? You know when ratings are consistently in the C's across the board for a brewery that you might not be in for a stellar beer. That being said, I go by the motto that man should pre-judge no beer, or else he might miss out on something he truly likes. But there's only one way to find out, so here we go. A bubbly almost pure white head grows to the rim after a hard pour. The brew color is a very light amber with some copper hues. A few skinny, vertical lines of lace are left after the head recedes. Aroma is sweet, grainy and vegetal. Taste involves some almost indiscernible fruits, some sweetness, a slight essence of bitterness and some malts, none of which mix very well. A lingering and unwelcomed booziness exists, and it doesn't set well on the stomach during the course of the session, and actually becomes bothersome. Mouth-feel is medium bodied and there's a decent amount of carbonation. This beer is a weird, as it has some underlying complexities that seem to want to shine, but they're all so subtle and unbalanced that any worth given is quickly taken away, in spades.

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Photo of droomyster
2.67/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a super bubbly clear gold with a tall tan head. Smell is not appealing: has the same, almost characterless, malt aroma that borders on skunkiness as many macrolagers, with a tad of zest. Taste is not too bad: shockingly sweet malts hit you fast upfront with sugary caramel notes. Citrusy hops on the finish, but not enough to balance the malts. Light body is fine. This beer is drinkable but not impressive - too bad because the bottle looked looked so appealing.

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Photo of mpyle
3.97/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App - Rich gold/pale amber color. Large, foamy white head with good retention.

Aroma - weak noble hop aroma, some spice (pepper). Generally quite clean.

Flavor - Biscuity, malt flavor initially, some slightly peppery, slightly cider sweet flavors. Lingering bitter, slightly spicy finish.

MF - Medium body and med-high carbonation. No astringency or warming

D'abilty - Clean drinking, slightly Belgian styled beer (though it was an ale while drinking).

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Photo of thekevlarkid
2.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Out of a flip-top bottle this beer was hazy honey gold color. The head was huge, a three-finger tower of cream colored bubbles that retained very well as a cap and left scattered lacing. The aroma was semi-sweet, a blend of slightly doughy malt, caramel malt, floral hops and herbal hops. The flavors started on a sweet note of caramel malt that then became more musty and earthy. The hops and malt did not seem to blend together well and produced a dull effect on the tongue. The body was medium, the mouthfeel average and the carbonation average. Not a bad beer, but not a good one either.

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Photo of colts9016
2.83/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: A golden amber color with a one finger head. There is carbonation coming from the bottom of the glass. There is a nice clear clarity in the beer. There was one or two lacing lines on the glass.

Nose: Roasted Malt, sweet bread yeast, phenols, and esters. There are hints of caramel, molasses, catty, and citrus.

Taste: Roasted malt, sweet bread, esters, a musty earthiness and citrus. There are hints of phenol, some odd perfume aroma, and some resin.

Overall: This is an okay beer. The nose is far different from the taste. There are funny perfumery in the lingering finish of the beer. To me it also comes off as kinda skunky. The mouth feel is kinda alkaline/detergent. The finish lingers for a bit, I find rather unpleasant.

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Photo of Tone
2.69/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear brown with a 1/3 to 1/4 inch head and slight retention. Good lacing. Smells of a euro light lager mixed with some odd malts. Since, there is yet a style description for this type I'm going to have to assume it fits the style. Tastes of sweet malts that are tempered down. There's some hop bitterness as well as some tart flavor. Low carbonation. Feels almost syrupy - not crisp, slightly smooth, but feels as if it coats your mouth. Reminds me of a cough medicine and I do not enjoy that. Overall, just an odd beer with to much of cough medicine resemblance.

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Photo of Irie
2.54/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Doesn't look so bad. Short lived head with no lacing, but a nice glow to it.

Smells... terrible actually. The term "Alcoholic feet" comes to mind. The smell alone is turning me off from it already.

Tastes like.. Spiked apple juice. Just sweetened apple water with alcohol. Sour aftertaste too.

I'll file this under the "Good thing I want this bottle for homebrewing" category.

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Photo of Magpie14
2.85/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: rather mild amber color, nice sudsy bleached-white head, globs of wonderful lace as thick as frosting on the glass paired with vibrant bubbles. High marks in this category

S: the smell on the other hand...not as nice as it looks. A whiff of malts and hops and prominent wet cardboard smell/skunk

T: tart apple fruit, malts a touch on the sweet side. Wry crispness and watery-hops that is somewhat refreshing. I would almost venture to say that it has a "cheap" bottle of champagne type feel and taste. It is not that I hate or dislike, I was expecting something different and found myself entertained and mildly surprised

M: light body that has carbonation that reminds me of a macro lager, very fizzy. Kind of reminiscent of a dry apple cider in the aftertaste

D: I would like this beer in the summer on a warm day with some grilled foods, dry breads, and cheese. I find it drinkable none-the-less
A Euro Dark Lager they claim this one to be, first time I have had it and its type. I say you might as well try it

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Photo of cadenwhitaker
3.2/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Fantastically average? Wonderfully mediocre? I'm not sure how else to describe it. It has a "champagne" taste, most noticeably on the exhale if it was more carbonated it would literally be the 'champagne of beers'.

I would drink this beer again but I wouldn't savor it. To me, this beer is about sitting down at a pub and knocking a few back.

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Photo of Vancer
3.41/5  rDev +17.6%
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 Rayek
2.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pale amber color with great clarity and mild carbonation. Slightly rocky head has OK retention and leaves bits of lace.

S: Rather clean. Some toffee sweetness and maybe a hint of apple.

T: A little too macro-like for my tastes. Mild toffee and caramel sweetness up front provides the majority of the beer's complexity. The remainder is bland, but balanced. Sweet/bitter balance is good. There just isn't much going on. Certainly not a bad beer, but not impressive.

M: Medium body is slick and has the right level of carbonation.

D: Certainly a drinkable brew that's much better than a lot of what's out there. It's just not all that special.

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Photo of wizzle
4.2/5  rDev +44.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I love Fischer Amber. Poured from a 22 oz into a pint glass. Rich golden/coppery color. Average head. Lots of spicy herbs on the nose. From Alsace so it actually reminds me a little bit of a big spicy Gewurztraminer. Solid depth of flavor and just totally drinkable. Sadly the price is just too high these days for what it is - a solid beer that is totally food friendly and a pleasure to quaff.

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Photo of mcsquint
4/5  rDev +37.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the beautiful 22oz flip-top bottle into mug.
A - Medium golden color with 2 finger white, foamy head which disspated,leaving a nice lacing.
S - Malt and fruit aroma
T - Malty taste with fruit. Just enough hops to balance out the finish.
M - Medium bodied with just the right amount of carbonation. If I didn't know better I would think it was poured from a tap.
D - This is a very drinkable beer. It goes well with food. If there is no food around, pour another bottle!

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Photo of Offa
3.68/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is light and simple but tasty and drinkable.

Light amber and bubbly, it has a big, off-white head that soon shrinks to thin foamy top and a little weak lace.

The aroma is dried grain, honey, herbs, grass, leaves, hints of minerals and grapefruit.

The taste is a good, basic lager with a decent, zesty-hoppy pine and herbal finish. The taste has breadcrust, hints of wine and pine, herb and citrus, but all light and with a definite, thin, mineral0-water quality and body. It is, however, very pleasant and fairly refreshing.

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Photo of BrewskiBanks
3.38/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Brewski has an exceptional texture.

The bottle has a flirtatious look with elegant curves.

The aroma is a fruity-like scent trickling into my nasal passage.

Pours a goldish brown amber color with full blossoming bubbles.

The foam is light, yet not a full bodied Brewski.

Not like most amber Brewski's - a malty flavor with very few bitter hops.

This Brewski is strongly recommended for a light brew drinker, not so much a thick stout flavored Brew.

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Photo of avalon07
2.58/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear consistency. There was about a quarter inch of head, but it dissipated quickly.

S: Malt dominated the smell, more than any other element. Traces of hops, though.

T: The maltiness of the taste is really the only thing that comes out with this. Other than that it's very thin and watery.

M: An average amount of carbonation and a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is nothing more than an average, mass-produced Euro beer. There's no real character or complexity to it. Not the worst I've ever had, but not good either. Pass.

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Photo of July2Nov
2.24/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Golden Amber with half an inch of head. Poured a bit carbonated.

Smell: Has that deep skunky smell

Taste & Mouthfeel: Talk about bitter beer face! Starts off smooth, but soon goes to a metalic flavor that leaves the mouth with an almost chalky aftertaste (probably due to the carbonation).

Drinkability: This was my first French beer and if this is any indication, probably my last one. For the price of this, I was expecting a bit more. Avoid if possible...if given to you for free, just smile and say thank you and do with it what you want.

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Photo of MisterClean
3.13/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From BevMo

Didn't know the French made a traditional amber. News to me.

A - Copper, golden in color, light in foam. A little too light if you ask me.

S - Grains, grass, and gasoline.

T - Quite a bit better. Amber, caramel, and honey.

M - Tangy and sweet.

D - Nice for summer, but the smell is rancid.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.61/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a clear light amber/orange with a large white head that leaves a nice lace down the glass. Nose is interesting to say the least. Although not unpleasant, it is quite unexpected! I'll try to explain the taste but I fear I cannot do it justice. Biscuity, malts and other funk. Blah.

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Photo of mmmbeer
2.02/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. custom swingtop, with a smudged best-by date on the plastic cap. The beer is a mildly-hazed amber/gold, with medium carbonation and four fingers of off-white head that I can tease above the rim. Within five minutes the head recedes, but it does manage to leave some nice lacing. Almost no aroma, but what is there consists of some husky grain and perhaps some adjuncts. Very similar flavor, with a light bitterness and a touch of apples in the finish. It is light, quite dry, with way-too-high carbonation and almost no aftertaste. Just about the only reason one would purchase this beer is to use the bottle for homebrewing (as I did), but the price and quality negate that reason for buying it. Avoid unless you really want to keep the bottle.

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Photo of SaltyLime
1.17/5  rDev -59.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

My girlfriend picked this up by accident based on the brown flip-top bottle, normally she boycotts France products.

Appearance - clear amber with a miniscule amount of head

Smell - I had to pass this around for validation, my first association was with a wet dog, after further discussion it might be a damp shirt from a non-deodorant wearing European on a hot day at the bahnhof

Taste - rough, cheap lager

Mouthfeel - not smooth whatsoever, fortunately, the excessive carbonation scraped the putrid taste off my palate like steel wool, "clean" finish

Drinkability - due to good genes, my body grew a quick resistance to this liquid after the first sip, after a few confirmation sips, the remainder was smartly poured down the sink with no guilt at all

Boycott of France continues...

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Fischer Tradition Amber from Brasserie Fischer / Fischer Biere d' Alsace
2.9 out of 5 based on 362 ratings.
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