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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Added by kbub6f on 08-22-2001

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Reviews: 265 | Ratings: 363
Photo of rootbeerman
2.51/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from swing top bottle into duvel tulip

A: pours amber, with a half finger off white bubbly head. laces on glass ok.
S: strange smell of the swing tops rubber seal. sort of sour malt
T: same rubber in the smell is in the taste. also sour malt, not much hops.
M: medium carbonation, kind of a bite
D: the rubber flavor is off putting enough to rate it low, im going to try to find the beer without a swing top to try again. first drain pour in a long time.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.59/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Fischer- Amber

A- Clear ruby red with a absolutely huge thick frothy head. Chunky foamy lacing. Good looking beer. Off to a good start here.
S- Very fruity sweet. Grapes, vinegar, corn husk, and creamed corn.
T- Very sweet fruitiness. Mild corn husk with vegetable funkiness. Mild grassy hops with a dry cereal grainy malt finish.
M- Sweet and fruity with a dry grassy ending.

Overall- This 1 looks good but falls flat. A typical Euro Lager. Cool bottle though.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
2.21/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I picked this up at work the other night. I wanted to try a french beer.

Appearance- amber color, decent head

Smell- little bit of malt, mostly rubber

Taste- It had a weird rubber flavor. Everybody else thought it was kind of mild.

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I don't really like it too much. It is drinkable and I am able to tolerate it but I don't want to.

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Photo of benclimbs
3.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours beautiful amber bubbly with a huge head and thick lacing

smell is typical euro lager, slight skunky bready yeasty

taste is buiscuits and a lot of bitter lemon - the sourness doesn't accompany it well

mouthfeel is Boring and the beer is just ok - would have been nice if the souress was diminished

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Photo of Hophead101
3.4/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

had at a company meeting in Chicago. Unfortunately this was the best beer available to me at the hotel bar.

appearance - not bad, clear gold yellow with slight orange tints - best part it the nice head which actually lasted quite a while with some lacing to boot.

smell - not much there - some malts and off smells - but that's it. taste wasn't that much better - but just enough. malty - slight hops - just not that great, not much else to say.

this was the best i could get - the best part about this beer was that they had great kolsch type bottles (but 22oz) and I got 5 to take home (from others in my party).

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Photo of gatornation
2.83/5  rDev -2.4%
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 microcraftmatt
1.16/5  rDev -60%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Wow I'm not one to post reviews but I just want to warn other people to not get this beer. The french should stick to wine.
Poured a yellowey light amber with very minimal head. Little to no lacing.
Smell reminded me of a bad cider.
The beer tasted like rotten apples mixed with a bad batch of wheat.
Just over all bad beer. If you've gotten this I'm sorry I hope you have a decent beer to wash it down.

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Photo of thekanna
2.11/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Clear amber bordering on a darker brown with miles and miles of tan, frothy head.

S: Some sweet malts with a generic hop smell floating in the background.

T: Sweet malts followed by a harsh phenolic bite that can described as nothing else than the taste of rubbing alcohol. I'm guessing this is supposed to be the hop bitterness, but strangely enough I don't detect any flavor characteristic of hops, only a metallic chemical backwash.

M: Medium carbonation with just enough body to be a step heavier than the usual lager.

D: There aren't many redeeming qualities to this beer, and especially not in the taste. I don't think I'll have another.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.94/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a bright golden color ale with a medium bubbly white head with good retention. Aroma of cereal and light sweet notes are quite simple. Taste is also dominated by lightly sweet cereals with not much other characteristics. Body is about average with good carbonation. Not bad as much as terribly boring.

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Photo of electricfields
1.41/5  rDev -51.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

A: Transparent amber with a thick, bubbly head and plenty of lacing.

S: Spicy malts come through most prominently. Hops are almost non-existent.

T: Strong malts. Mostly (rotten) fruit and clove. A little bit sour (as has been said here already). Almost no discernible hops. It's sort of like an Olde English 40 oz., but a little weaker and therefore, less disgusting. I honestly couldn't finish it. Awful.

M: Medium-thin body with a nice, dry finish. Lots of carbonation.

D: Ended up pouring this down the drain. The flavor is just awful.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.38/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz swing-top bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: golden cidery color with a very thick, foamy head. Nice attractive lacing.

Smell: nice grainy aroma but there's something almost plastic-y in there which I don't really like.

Taste: not bad malt flavor; a little tart and citrusy which I find pretty refreshing. Bitterness is laid-back and there are some spicy hops but those are mostly overpowered by the slight tartness.

Mouthfeel: medium body, relatively low carbonation despite what the head indicated. Nothing to write home about, but not bad.

Drinkability: it's got nice lager drinkability plus a nice, if unconventional, flavor. I would definitely quaff a few of these sitting at a sidewalk cafe on a warm day.

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Photo of Brad007
2.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a nice amber color with a two-finger head into my fluted glass. Looks about right.

Aroma is full of sweet malt with a hint of caramel and grainy sweetness.

Taste is buttery and cloying sweet/bitter. Seems unbalanced but there is a malt presence and very little hop presence.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering sweet malt. Just feels completely unbalanced and intolerable.

Nothing to see here. Avoid.

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Photo of tone77
2.75/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a light brown color with reddish hues. Smells a tad sour with some fruitiness. Taste is sour and finishes bitter, not all that impressive. Feels light in the mouth. Definatly not a beer I could drink all night. Overall nothing special about this one.

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Photo of crossovert
3.5/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Comes in an amazing looking bottle not that it matters. It's a 22oz pop top with a unique design. Pours with a nice large foamy head and leaves a little lacing. Color is dark amber, reminiscent of American Amber lager/ale brews.

Smell isn't too intense. Has some faint floral hops, nuttiness, and some toasty grain.

Tastes like a craft American Amber ale. Has a nice bit of hops, toasty malts, and some fruity sweetness, apple cider vinegar like, slightly sour. Has a decent carbonated mouthfeel with a slight bit of wateriness, but leads to a semi dry finish.

The alcohol is hidden well. It has an okay drinkability but the 22 ouncer is enough for me in one sitting.

Not my favorite style of beer but this one will wet your whistle if you are in tune with the American Craft Ambers. A great value at $2.10.

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Photo of david18
3.35/5  rDev +15.5%
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 KTCamm
2.95/5  rDev +1.7%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.11/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly more tangerine than amber, a slightly darker color arrived at by the use of a little roasted malt. The chalk colored crown has terrific texture. It appears to be milkshake thick, features all manner of attractive topography, lasts for a while and is beginning to lay down some pretty good looking lace.

Tradition Amber is an amber ale. The nose is moderately toasted grain-like, with a nutty-earthy vibe that isn't bad at all. No great shakes, but better than expected after the less than stellar Fischer Bitter.

This is decent beer for what it is. It's nowhere near as good, of course, but it reminds me of a poor man's Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold (with the addition of ale yeast fruitiness). Both beers have a similar flavor profile with a good sweet-bitter balance. The ABVs are even close (5.8% vs. 6.0%).

Amber has nowhere near Gold's depth and it doesn't hold up all that well to close scrutiny. The sweetish malts deliver a hint of steely caramel and a baked nuttiness. The noble hops add an herbal-earthiness and a fair amount of tea leaf bitterness. This is good enough beer if we don't dive too deep or think about it too much.

The body/mouthfeel is a fraction light for the ABV, though it isn't too shabby. The score dips below average because it doesn't hold on long enough on the finish, which is partly due to a shortage of bubbles. A better mouthfeel might have been able to increase the scores on either side of it.

In the end, Fischer Tradition Amber is a capable enough amber ale. If you're a Francophile, dive right in. The rest of us will stick with the dozens upon dozens of American ambers that are just as good or better. Bottom line: unless you celebrate Bastille Day every July, give this one a pass.

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Photo of kflorence
2.47/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: First off, love the bottle, it stood out on the shelf and is the reason I grabbed it in the first place. The pour isn't bad either; light, copper brown in color with a big thick head that lasts for awhile. Carbonation seems high, lots of bubbles rising.

S: Wasn't quite what I expected. Very fruity and light, not much going on there. Almost smells like cider. It is not displeasing, but not what I expected from an amber ale (dark lager?).

T: The taste is equally confusing. This beer doesn't have any of the characteristics I expect from an amber. It is very fruity, almost too fruity I would say. There is no chewiness, little complexity, and the malts are far too sweet. No hops present at all.

M: This beer is pretty light, carbonated and watery. There isn't much body, I expected it to be slightly syrupy. It is also fairly over-carbonated for my taste.

D: While the light, watery body would usually lend a beer high drinkability, the carbonation and fruitiness really put me off. It's too much like drinking wine to be able to session, and not filling enough to have just one. I guess the French were never known for their beer making abilities, I guess I'll stick to their wine.

EDIT: Make sure you drink this beer ice cold, if it warms it becomes very astringent -- yuck.

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Photo of Bartrob6
1.89/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

looks like a good beer. very clear. nice looking head.

smells like all malt. has a sweetness to it.

not much flavor at all in this brew. very disappointing. fruitiness is all thats there.

too much carbonation, so the mouthfeel is not good at all.

overall this beer is just plain not good. the bottle is the coolest part about it. i think i'd rather drink a bud light over this one.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.62/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. swing top bottle into a pint glass. Shows a clear and deep golden with a touch of orange, and with a rocky but short lived head. A surface film remains to offer some temporary lacing. Surely not dark for a 'dark' lager, more pale in nature.

Has a slightly sweet nose with balanced hop notes and a lager yeast sense. Malts notes are a bit roasted/charred at times. More hop presence than expected.

Taste is somewhat straightforward and finishes with a dilute simple syrup sweetness accompanied by a touch of canned pear flavor. Nicely carbonated for the beer structure, yielding a decent feel and drink.

Really bought this in part for its 22 oz. swing top container for growler pour offs. Yet the seal seems glued to the ceramic cap, not sure if I can maintain a sanitary situation or replace the seal. Hmmmm..

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Photo of tjkurz
3.63/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured aggressively into imperial pint glass - head exploded like a shaken soda, even on second less aggressive pour. Golden twinge to orange big head dissipates but still leaves nice lacing. Smells dry tastes fruity and dry like a white wine but it is carbed so sparkling white wine? Okay drinkability and mouthfeel big head belies actual smoother feel and light body of this beer. I could go either way on this one.

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Photo of lionking
3.33/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 22 oz bottle with flip top/ceramic stopper.

Poured a one finger head.Cloudy, light amber color. Sweet, hop nose. Mild sweet hop taste. I suppose this is kind of a euro macro beer. Better than a US macro I suppose. I had never heard of this beer but Alscace I believe is a german speaking region of France. An Ok beer but nothing I would seek out.

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Photo of showell
3.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was a unique one. Really different. If I'd known what it would be I probably wouldn't have bought it, but it really wasn't bad. It has a neat locking cork type thing that was sort of neat. It poured a nice three finger head. It has a sweet malty scent, not unlike several macro brews I've had, except it has a bit more hoppy scent than what I'd expect from a macro. The head dissipates after about 4 or 5 minutes, leaving a residual eighth of an inch or so that just stays around. The taste is better than I expected. I really expected a traditional american macro, but it's better than that. The smell of hops was right. There's definitely more hops than in any macro I've tried, and the sweet malty flavor is really quite good. It's really not what I'd want all the time, but give it to me on a hot day after work when I'm just tired and thirsty, and give me a hotdog or something to go with it, and it would really be quite refreshing. I might actually get it again just for a day like that.

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Photo of TommyW
2.8/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A- Clear amber/gold with a fluffy white head that has great retention.

S- Sweet and grainy with notes of apple and hops.

T- Grainy upfront with an almost cider-like apple flavor in the middle. Slight hop bitterness on the end.

M- Medium body with a nice carbonation upfront but near flat near the end.

D- Not a beer that I would buy again.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.26/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 24oz classy-looking brown flip-top bottle with classic label

Appearance: A hard pour produces a light amber beer with teeny tiny sediment (almost invisible) in suspension and a big pale ivory cap of large bubbles which recedes somewhat quickly but leaves a rocky island in the middle of the glass.

Smell: Uh oh. It smells like a Budweiser or any other macro lager; it's sweet, sugary, and nondescript, with a touch of grain

Taste: Odd. This is not what I was expecting. It's sweet for sure, but not really in that typical American macro-lager sense, as the aromas suggest. There's actually a decent bit of fruitiness to this, especially tart apple, backed with sweet caramel flavors and just a touch of hop bitterness/dryness at the end. Odd, but not bad.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied

Drinkability: Decent

Conclusion: Odd, but not bad; the aromas here had me running for the hills, but the flavors, while simple and a bit strange, are somewhat tasty actually, kind of like a mild caramel apple.

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Fischer Tradition Amber from Brasserie Fischer / Fischer Biere d' Alsace
2.9 out of 5 based on 363 ratings.
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