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

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Added by kbub6f on 08-22-2001

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

I had this beer before, and remember being very impressed. However, my impression of this one is... Something is horribly wrong with this beer.

A- Golden with white head that fades quickly to a lace.

S- Honestly it smells like wet dog or paper. I fear it is past its prime.

T- Not as bad as the smell, actually. Still somewhat thin, watery, skunked and oxidized.

M- Highly carbonated but watery.

D- As I said, something is wrong with this one.

Judging by all of the reviews, I think Fischer makes an excellent beer and then a huge mistake... a clear bottle. At a popular bar here, it's wonderful. When I buy a six pack, it sucks. They need to switch to a dark bottle so that they can have a more consistent flavor... I would wish the one I had at a bar on everyone, and this on no one. I'm going to pour it out.

EDIT: I've had this beer four times now, and finally, last night, had an example of what I think it's supposed to taste like. It's rather biscuity in the malt profile, well balanced, smooth, and easy-drinking. Certainly not a complex brew, but not a bad one either. My initial scores from the above review were 4,1,1,1,1. This is also pretty indicative of my other experiences with this beer. Take care that you get a fresh bottle, because this beer seems to skunk/spoil easily. I have inserted what I think to be fair scores for the beer as it is.

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Photo of karst
3.98/5  rDev +35.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Showy amber with light copper tinged deep gold with an outstanding dense persistant pillow of ivory head that produces showy lace and rings for each quaff from the Flying Monkey pint glass. Held to the clear mid morning Missouri Spring light it matches the beauty of the day.

Generic bready malts with background of Belgian biscuit malt and mild dose of Crystal - 60°L specialites. Much cleaner tasting than I expected (due to cold lagering?)

Flavor is well balanced and the moderate caramel is easily cleaned up with the bitterness. Slightly harsh (ethyl acetate) peaks out briefly. But mostly an clean well made amber that finishes slightly bitter. Medium light body with moderately higher carbonation for style.

As I finish the 22 oz swing top bottle of Biered'Alsace and wonder what cathedral adornes the neck label and is embossed on the bottle - I feel like I have found a new friend - a very drinkable amber

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Photo of mithrascruor
2.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a creamy white but shallow head which lingers for a bit. Leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Predominantly malts, but there's some spices and hops in there too. Nothing is really distinctive, however. A bit too sweet, maybe.

Taste: It's a bit skunked, but the rest of the flavor covers that up a bit. Basically just semi-spicy hops and some malts. Nothing too special, but (ignoring the skunk) it's better than average.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light- to medium-bodied. Has that Euro-Lager crispness.

Drinkability: Fairly easy to drink, but the skunk really gets on my nerves.

If this didn't have the skunk (which, strangely, is only in the taste and not the smell), I'd give it a slightly higher rating, but not too much. This stuff is relatively expensive; I'm definitely not getting it again.

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

Appearance- Pours a nice, clear, amber color with a thick loose head that is a white lace. Some lacing. The head has some decent staying power, but does dissipate.

Aroma-A very clean maltiness mostly. Practically no hop aroma. No sweetness. A touch of citrus.

Taste- A good clean lager taste, with a decent mix of malt and low bittering hops. A tad astringint.

Mouthfeel-Medium body (for a dark lager). A little overcarbonated IMO. Nice CO2 bite on the end of the toungue.

Drinkability- A pretty sessionable beer. Not as malty nor as hoppy has I expect a dark lager to be tho. A good beer for macro-brew drinkers to cut their teeth on tho.

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Photo of beeragent
3.8/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer poured a clear yellow, settling to a light amber. 1/2 inch head, that quickly faded, leaving decent lacing on the glass. The smell, what is present, is mostly sweet, with little else detectable. The taste is sweet, with the hops coming out towards the end. Light mouthfeel, just right for a lager. A tasty brew, but not the type that I could drink several of at one time. Worth a try though.

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Photo of jongillin
3.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I really enjoyed the region this beer is from the last time I was in France so I thought I would give this a try. It comes in a 22 oz. pop top style bottle with a picture of the Strasbourg cathedral on the front.

Out of the bottle it pours a gorgeous red amber color with a thin mild head that is a lacy white. The head dissipates quickly but some of it is retained throughout.

The smell is kind of average. It is mostly of hops and lager yeast. It smells like most lagers and there is nothing extraordinary about it.

The taste is pleasant but again there is little that really stands out. One can taste the caramel malt and a hoppy finish.

The mouthfeel is alright. It is light and a little bubbly. It has a good summer feel to it. If anything it lends it self to a summer meal where it is an accent and not the main attraction.

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Photo of cockroach45
2.88/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My first French beer, a dark lager, received as a Christmas present, which I would not have sampled otherwise. Exceptional surprise. Interesting bottle with ceramic cork that pops when released like a bottle of Champagne. It has a slightly sweet taste and heavy body. It doesn't produce a great head. This is good beer to drink when doing something else. Pleasant but not distracting.

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Photo of BeerSox
2.61/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

22oz pop-top bottle into mug.

The pop-top exploded off of this thing. I felt the pressure from the bottle breeze by my face. Amber colored with a pearl-white head that has good retention. Settles to a thin cap, and leaves sticky lacing.

Husky bread like malt, with a surprisingly lager-like character. Sweet sugary scents are present.

Sweet biscuit malt like flavors. That's where the good part ends. Along with an acidic mouthfeel, metallic flavors flow in. Not much of a lingering flavor, since the flavor is similar to metal.

Comes in a cool bottle, and looks nice when you pour it, but that's about it. The flavors were just a little off in this one. I won't be revisiting it.

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Photo of Padron4KM
1.99/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

22 oz brown swingtop bottle.

Clear dark honey with a thick, lasting tan head. Nice lacing.

Caramel malt aroma, with some wet grain. I think Pepe le Pew wet the grain.

Flavor is sweet caramel, light grain, slight hops.

Not something I would buy again, unless it was just for the bottle

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Photo of Dmann
2.49/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A pretty boring beer. The beer looked good with a nice amber color and a great fluffy head, but went downhill from there. The smell was non-existant with only a slight malt sweetness detectable. There was not much to the flavor other than an overly buttery sweetness and a mouthfeel that was way too thick for it's own good. There are better beers to spend your money on, thats for sure.

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Photo of Beerzebub
2.3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

If you're getting this for the flip-top bottle, like I was, BEWARE that it is not as dark as most brown bottles - and the beer was slightly skunked. It's probably no better than a Grolsch bottle, so keep your homebrew out of the light if you use this bottle.

Surprisingly, the beer is not amber. Golden, barely darker than some pilseners. Small white head, very good thick lacing. Smells of caramel malt and fruity esters, with a little skunk.

Taste has an unfortunate metallic tinge, and some skunk. A little hops. This is basically like skunked heineken, but with the extra addition of metal. Fizzy water mouthfeel.


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Photo of Toddv29424
3.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a translucent gold color with a nominal head. The smell is strikingly ordinary, and is like just about every other mass-produced lager on the planet. However there is a smell in the last part that taste as though the beer is sour, or the yeast has gone bad. The taste has the exact same two qualities--with mostly a lageresque taste and a rank yeast taste in the end. It is French, and this could just be a taste that I am not used to from there, but I'm not sure if people would actually pay to drink this.

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Photo of MusicmanSD
3.19/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Is this really an ale? Tastes like, smells like, and feels like a lager to me...Can't beat the originality in the swing top! Pours amber (duh), and has one of the best head retentions I've ever seen from something not from Belgium. The smell? Mostly malt, a little roasty, nothing extraordinary. Alcohol is very well hidden. The taste is slightly better, brings out the hops a bit. It really tastes like a Vienna lager. The mouthfeel is wayyyy to watery for an ale costing $3.86 a bottle. I'll say it again, lager like. The drinkability is really good however. Has a great aftertaste of slightly roasted malt, no real hop presence though. Probably won't buy this again, unless it was a six-pack. The fliptop is too expensive for what it is. I hope there is better French beer than this!

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.8/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

POP! goes the swing top!
Poured from big bottle to a Fischer Alsace steamed glass. The liquid is a cloudy amber almost brownish yellow. Good carbonation, and a 2 finger rocky head. Fades fast not much lace.

The smell is of alcohol smothered by malt.

The taste is vary malty a sweet malt, quite the malt bomb infact, drinks much like a triple. Not much bitter if any and no bite.

The mouthfeel is thin, light body, lots of carbonation.

The drinkability is good but not great. Even though it is evident that my French Alsacian brothers from the other side of our river know what they are doing, I will not be singing Mademoiselle from Armenteers.
No I will stick to Duetschland Duetschland Uber Alles. Prosit, MK

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Photo of escapements
2.33/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A -Clear, light amber, avg. head but short lived. Cool delayed "pop" of the cork upon opening.

S -Light malt but not much else

T - Not a bad flavor, but very watery. Light on both malty goodness and hoppy crispness.

M - Fairly clean and smooth.

D - One of these and I was done. This beer is just much too thin and no character. Less than impressive in it's overal impact . So much more to beer than this.

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Photo of zeff80
3.1/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, amber color with a small head.

S - Smelled of malt and citrus.

T - Malt flavor is roasted and the citrus flavor comes out more (orange-like).

M - Full and crisp. It is medium bodied.

D - It is a pretty good beer. Maybe one of the best I've had from France (I think I've only had about 5 French beers!)

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Photo of Drew966
2.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Fischer Tradition Amber pours a copper color with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle (crown, not a flip top). I catch some nice malt in the nose. Tastes okay, nothing spectacular. A bit of hop at the end, kind of grainy. Worth a try, I wouldn't turn it down, but I wont be buying it again.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
3.04/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a really light amber caramelish color with tons of head, excellent tracing and good sustain. Aromas are hop spiciness, sweet malt, good about of diacetyl, lagery funk (I've yet to get a hold of what this actually smells like aside from being a typical lager aroma). Flavor is rather weak, but crisp and refreshing. Malts and hops are in a good balance with a wateriness to follow. This is a fine beer for a hot summer afternoon when you want something with a bit of malt character. Light and clean, this beer presents no flaws, but lacks a lot of character.

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Photo of Blakaeris
2.21/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours clear light amber with a thick head that leaves generous lacing.

Smell is mild caramel malt anbd a hint of hops. Rather musty.

Taste is once again strangely musty. Sweetly malty with a hint of fruit and nut. A touch of grassy hop. Odd metalic finish that lingers.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and watery.

Not recommended. The flavors are disjointed and unappealing.

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Photo of soultrain
1.27/5  rDev -56.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Poured into a Stella Artois glass.

A-First of all I couldn't get the damn bottle open, which has NEVER happened to me before, especially with a flip-top. After using the vise-grips to pry the stuck top, I "managed" to pour the beer into it's awaiting glass. There was no head...None. Zip. A few slow bubbles in the amber liquid suggested this was beer. Bad start.
S-Some sweetish malts....
T-Tastes like a shot of rum in a glass of water. Actually I'd rather drink that than this beer. Vague brown sugar notes. No hops. Disappointing dishwater comes to mind. Damn, this drink is the devil....not in a "Duvel" way, either....
M-The three bubbles I noticed when pouring were the only ones in this non-carbonated, water-like "beer"....worst mouthfeel, ever. Seriously...wet paper redeeming qualities whatsoever...
D-Undrinkable. I dumped it. That (almost) never happens to me either....

CRUX: UNDRINKABLE LIQUID HERE. Lord knows how old this bottle is, but this is, hands down, the worst beer I've had in a long time, maybe ever....?? Jesus, what an ordeal!.... I got this cos it was only a buck, and it had the flip-top, which is usually a good sign, and not knowing anything, I took a chance....maybe now I'll learn that a flip-top doesn't =quality. Was the $1.00 worth the pleasure of writing this bad review? I'd say the point is moot.

After this beer, christ, I REALLY need a BEER...

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Photo of scottoale
2.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

From the flip-top 750ml. brown bottle pours a chesnut brown ale with a small, bubbly white head, that disappears quickly. Appears to have decent carbonation, and the lace is plentiful and sticky with this one.

Nutty, roasted malt nose that doesn't smell real sweet. In the backfield, green grassy hops finish the aroma.

Flavor is much the same, rather bland and non-descript. Kind of like an un-sweetend iced tea without the ice. Not much as far as flavor goes.

Medium body with an acidic, blunt mouthfeel, it doesn't taste bad, nor does it really taste good. Seems a bit weak for the ABV of 6% as stated.

Can't recommend this one...see for yourself.

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Photo of DaggerEyes
2.51/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

22 oz flip top bottle into a pint glass

I had remembered this beer as being much better than it was.

Poured a dull amber with a three finger thick bubble bath looking off white head that settled into a thin layer of foam with a decent amount of lacing sticking to the walls of the glass.

Smell of cheap apple juice, and wet paper with some slight sour notes in the back. The taste is sweet but pretty damn bland and watery and the mouthfeel is nothing to write home about. Very limp and uninspired. Some thing like Ballantine or PBR has more presence in the mouth than this does. A some what filmy feeling is left in the mouth with a bitter after taste

all in all not such a great beer and a real let down from what I had remembered it being

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Photo of russpowell
2.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nice strong swoosh as the flip bottle opens, promising
Pours a very light amber with a 3" massive fluffy eggshell head. Fantastic head rentention and lacing, too bad the rest of the beer doesn't match up

Smell: Hints of pepper and wet cardboard, weird. Some smokiness

Taste; Sweet, slight smokiness& not much else

MF: Slight prickliness & thinness. Good carbonation

Not a quaffer, but drinkable. Trust me, you can do much worse (& rarely much better) when in france or the alsace region. I'd reccomend it to people who like a hint of smoke or a very noncomplex beer with 6% abv

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Photo of brentk56
2.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a beautiful hazy honey colored body with a bountiful head that leaves plenty of lace

Smell: What an atrocious odor - smells like a urinal

Taste: A little sweet and caramelly, with an aftertaste that is reminiscent of the aroma

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and fizzy

Drinkability: Piss poor...drain pour; nice bottle; lousy beer

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.84/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a delicious beer! First, it has a light, golden color with a long-lasting head. The Fischer has a fruity (maybe apple) smell that only gets better as the beer goes down.

As far as taste goes, it's very light, smooth, and the fruity aftertaste lingers. Feels great in the mouth and it is a very drinkable beer. I would definitely pick this up again!

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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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