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Antique Amber Lager | Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.

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Antique Amber LagerAntique Amber Lager

Brewed by:
Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.
Missouri, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The finest Noble hops & German malt is used to brew our medium-bodied American lager, Antique Amber.

Added by Vancer on 05-14-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 29 |  Reviews: 20
Reviews by leinie13:
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3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.15/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My neighbor was kind enough to set me up with my second beer of the evening. Not only that, I got a free dinner too! His better half made a taco like lasagna...IT WAS AWESOME!!!! Chello!! Anyway this beer was ok....nothing out of the ordinary. It was more yellow/copper than red/amber...so that thru me right away. The white head did not lace all that great. The taste was solid but nothing awesome. Could I session??? Certainly...rewal question is would I want to?!?!?!?

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Photo of russpowell
3.4/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

review based on notes

Pours an effervescent amber (go figure) with 2 fingers of sand colored head. Above average lacing & head retention

S: Some grassyness, breadyness & a touch of rough grainy smells as well

T: Follows the nose, a bit of toffee & leafy hops as well up front. Slight astringency as this warms (passes quickly, then cereal, plus leafy & citrus hoppyness. Finishes slightly grainy, with a bit of dryness & faint caramel sweetness

MF: Thinnish & over carbonated

Drinks okay, the best from this brewery that has failed to impress me at all...

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Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of matjack85
3.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I found this 12 oz brown bottle at the Binny's in Painfield, IL for $1.49. There was no freshness date to be found.

The beer poured a clear amber color that made a 1½ finger white head that lasted about 2 minutes before disappearing completely. It did leave some decent lacing as I drank it.

The smell was biscuity malt with some bubble gum sugary sweetness along with some mild noble hops.

The flavor was also biscuity malt along with caramel sweetness up front, but then a big dose of bitter hops kick in and the hop bite is especially noticeable in the finish and aftertaste.

This beer has medium body but higher than average carbonation.

It's a decent enough drinker but nothing I would seek out again.

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Photo of eclaycamp
2.95/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. The beer calls itself an amber lager, which may be a bit of a stretch as it pours more of a golden copper color, at least to me. There's zero head on this beer, as it dissolves almost immediately after being poured. There's no real aroma to the beer either, which is kind of disappointing. Then again, there's some wet dogs in the house which kind of overpowers everything else. The taste is kind of lacking too, as you get cereal and grain but not much else. Mouthfeel is less carbonated than one would expect from a lager but really watery. Some mild bitterness in the finish, but otherwise you wouldn't know that there were hops in the beer. This beer really isn't that great, I would call it average at best. Not my thing.

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Photo of smwesson500
3.68/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden brown, small amount of head when poured into a glass.

S: Lacking in smell. The hops are there but not too terribly much to be gained from the smell alone.

Taste: First taste you get the hops, lemon, and a smoky flavor

Mouthfeel: Bitter at first edging into tasteless

A good beer but not phenomenal, could improve the taste (make it more durable).

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.58/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Hopefully not too antique... It pours a clear bronze-copper topped by a finger of short-lived off-white foam. The nose comprises cracked wheat, light caramel, and honey-dripped biscuits. The taste holds notes of musty wheat, stale biscuits, caramel, and dust. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a pretty sad amber in pretty much every way. Not a fan of this be I (yargh).

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Photo of soju6
3.38/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a copper color with a decent head that fades to somme lacing.

S: Aroma of malt, caramel, some citrus and a hint of spice.

T: Taste of malt sweetness, caramel, some grain and a bit of spice. Mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Medium body, smooth with a nice texture.

O: Quite enjoyable. nice beer from a regional brewer.

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Photo of Tone
3.74/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, pale orange/copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Poor retention and poor lacing. Smells of sweet malt, strong yeast, and a hint of grass. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. There is also a slight dryness to the feel. Tastes of strong yeast, then sweet malt, and a hint of hops in the background. Overall, a good lager with some body. There's a decent blending of flavors and a good drinkability.

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3.75/5  rDev +13%

Photo of DCon
2.93/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bought a 6-pack of this @ Casey's General Store in St. Genevieve, MO for $7.99. Put 5 in a cooler for Memorial Day and kept one to review. Poured from the 12oz bottle into Tulip Glass. Has no B.O.D. but does say to "Serve Cold" on the side!

Aroma- High maltiness and a strong honey aroma. No real hop or red aromas like normal but I like the aroma.

Appearance- Pours a light copper body that is slightly hazy. A 1 finger head is present but doesn't stay long. Small, sudsy lacing.

Flavor- Light hops but still pass off an amber flavor. Malty, sweet, and has a caramel finish. Good overall! Not much bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium bodied, Medium Carbonation, and sweet malty finish on the palate. Nothing like it should be...

Overall Impression- I have been enjoying American Amber Ales lately and this definitely misses the mark in almost all categories... I realize this says Amber Lager on the front, but I rated it by the style of Amber/Red. All the brews from Crown Valley are above average, but didn't care for this one. Needed more body, hop, and overall mouthfeel.

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Photo of bort11
4.25/5  rDev +28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a large hefe glass. Tall white head, surpassing the two inch mark. The head has some pretty good legs, but when it did recede it did not leave much lacing. Even still, the lacing left trailing spider webs around the glass. Color is a clear, newly minted penny, copper. Medium amounts of carbonation activity rises to the surface.

Smell was very pronounced as soon as the crown was popped. Clean, husky barley aroma with just a hint of spicy hops. Noble hops give the flavor a little spicy tickle. The malt has a slight caramel sweetness, but over all the grain flavor shines through.

Mouthfeel is very clean even though the body has a noticable density. I had two of these tonight and was quite pleased. Solid crafting here.

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Photo of jharris0624
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of benteach
3.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a copper color with very little head, although a thin line remained for the entire glass.

Aromas of malt, slight wheat or grass, hops.

Crisp taste with a bitter, and enjoyable, bite. Hints of citrus. Dry finish which accents the rich hop flavor.

Slightly watery for an amber, but very drinkable. I look forward to more from this brewer.

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Photo of zeff80
3.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper/amber color with a one-finger, pillowy, egg shell white head of foam. It left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled of roasty malt with touch of grassy hops.

T - It had a sweet malty flavor with a grassy hop bitterness. There were mild hints of toffee.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied lager.

D - This is a nice amber lager. Another solid offering from Crown Valley.

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Photo of Boca-X
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of Steedee
2.7/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Drinking as I'm typing....
Color is in between light amber and golden.
Smells malty... head is less than one finger, but present and continuous. Carbonation.... medium to high.
Has some bitter hoppy flavor, but the malt is also present, and the after taste is bitter and lingers for sometime in my mouth.
Has Pilsner type qualities, but not my choice of hop flavor.
Nothing special here...
Good if it's the only beer in my fridge... and I bet it would taste way better on draft.
At $7.99 a sixer, probably will not pick this up again.

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Photo of rudy0908
2/5  rDev -39.8%

Photo of Bryan12345
3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Vancer
3.95/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Using my Crown Valley cervoice glass, of course!

Out pours a clear amber with copper tinge brew, ivory head rises and then settles. Clean filtered, no yeasties on the bottle bottom.

Malty (German per the brewery) aroma, with just a hint of the noble hops. Very nice quaff of toasted biscuit with a smear of citrus. Medium to full bodied brew, finishes with a lingering sweet malt characteristic.

No hint of the 5.5% - this beer will drink well for craft enthusiast, or cross-over newbie.

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Photo of trbergman
3.15/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Clear amber body with vigorous carbonation and an inch of creamy taupe head.

S - Bread, toffee, leafy/fruity hop aroma.

T - Unsatisfying. A bit of cereal flavor and a dash of hop bitterness and that's it.

M - Light, actually quite thin, and fizzy.

D - It's easy to drink, but doesn't give me much reason to. I wouldn't say it's bad, but there are much better American lagers out there.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.99/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A sixer grabbed by n8dietz the last time he was in St.Louis.

Medium amber but staright up copper color with very quick head and a few bubbles.

Nice toasty sweet malt aroma. Makes me think of sweet bread still baking in the oven. The hops add just a little nuance of mint jelly wafting in the background.

The taste starts malty and effervescant. Biscuits with a evenly toasted top make for a superb malt bill throughout. Maybe a little grass note from the hops, but this is minimal at best. This is just a simple malty amber lager with some nice carbonation on the tongue.

I wish Icould get a twelve packs of this by me. I would make this one of my regular at home session beers. But...alas.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.45/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to rlcnmeyer for tossing in this MO local as an extra. Served in a pilsner glass.

A - Pours with two-plus fingers of soapy off-white foam that dissipates to a thick cap and leaves tons of splotchy lacing. Nice transparent dark golden color with tons of bubbles streaming upward.

S - Pilsner malt, some light floral hoppiness - very sweet and fruity, notes of berries, and a backbone of buttered biscuit. Pretty nice smell!

T - Unfortunately the taste is a huge step backward, with mostly grain coming through, and some unexpected hop bitterness in the finish. Other than that, there's not much flavor at all - very weird that it doesn't taste at all like it smells. Clean and inoffensive, so I suppose that makes it better than some of the foul macros I've had.

M - Very light and smooth, with some zesty carbonation that is style-appropriate. Finishes fairly dry and clean. It's a bit more watery than I prefer, but otherwise it's pleasant.

D - This is a total lawnmower lager - somewhat bland and inoffensive, but with an above-average nose to it. The grainy taste and somewhat gritty carbonation keep it from being session-worthy but otherwise there's no reason you couldn't slam a sixer of this on a hot summer's day.

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