Cable Car Small Batch Amber Ale
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American Amber / Red Ale
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2.73 | pDev: 24.18%
World Brews
California, United States
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Reviews: 42 | Ratings: 63
Photo of rodbeermunch
2.72/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Amber ale is amber colored, they got that one right. Has a impressive amount of clarity and color pop/brightness going for it. Aroma was giving off sweet caramel vibes.

Taste revealed a thin malt bill, they got the SRM color in there, but not the 2 row heft. Hop flavors are mute. Balanced, tinny, thin.

I've had worse from this brewery, but other than looking pretty and not smelling bad, everything else was definitely below average.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.17/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle. Ono more in a relative cavalcade of style over substance brews brought to we unlucky souls in Alberta by the collectively, and respectively not so good folks at Liquor Depot, Prestige Importers, and eventually, Genesee Brewing.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden amber colour, with two fingers of foamy, mildly bubbly dirty white head, which leaves a few thin streaks of bridge-like lace around the glass as it quickly bleeds into the ether.

It smells of musty caramel malt, semi-sweet orchard fruit, a bit of overripe black berries, and some mildly funky earthy, leafy hops. The taste is grainy caramel malt, a touch of sour breadiness, bland earthy fruitiness - peaches and apples, mostly - and dead-eyed (anthropomorphized, apparently) leafy hops.

The carbonation is quite neutered, and barely noticeable, the body a so-so medium weight, and too pithy and cloying to be deemed all that smooth. It finishes on the sweet side, the grainy caramel malt still buoyed by a stale fruitiness, as the hops seem to be truly absent by this point, replaced by a small, finally evolved plastic twinge.

I'm not really getting that unpleasant from the get-go impression that its colleagues seem to engender, so colour me surprised, a little, I suppose, but its overall essence still gives me an increasingly case of the willies. 'Worthy', if truly only there's really nothing else on offer to make me change my mind.

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Photo of DM1293
1.56/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Bottle into a small glass.

Appearance - dark gold. Definitely nice to look at...

Smell - Smells light. Reminds me of cheaper beers I buy, like Corona or Bud Light.

Taste - ...A bit of malt. Thats about it. Dissipates FAST. Leaves a with a slightly bitter taste.

Mouthfeel - A little thick.

Overall - ...I have no idea how you screw up a beer, but if I was to direct anyone to a really flavorless brew, this would be the textbook example. If the only positive I can give is "It looks pretty", one really should reevaluate their drink.

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Photo of Brewin
1.66/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: This beer stands true to the amber color. It was a nice amber color. It had not head and was very flat.

Smell: Sweet caramel flavors, with a vanilla overtone.

Taste: Diet Soda. This has a strange taste to it. I would categorize this as a diet beer. It doesn't taste like a real beer. At first taste, it is very sweet, but not a natural sugar taste, more of a aspartame taste to it. Someone forgot to add hops to this beer. It is very light with no balance of hops.

Mouth feel: This beer has the consistency of water. There isn't any body to it.

Overall: If I was given the option of having this beer or a malta goya, I would prefer malt goya. At leasts drinking malta, I would expect a malt flavored soda.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
1.27/5  rDev -53.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Interesting colour, a burnished, coppery golden hue, almost like very pale yellowish brown. It's oddly difficult to describe. Head is almost non-existent—it dissipates soon after the pour, leaving nothing but the suggestion of bubbling around the edges. Carbonation is weak and large-bubbled. Looks extremely insipid. Even the colour, which is curious, looks unappetising, ultimately.

Nose is generically grainy with a touch of sweetish malt. Perhaps a touch of bitterness, but it could be just the action of the carbonation giving a seltzer hit. The sweetness is too much, and what other characters it has only manages to move it into the realm of sweet-savoury, like Pizza shapes. Eh.

Taste is sweet and cloying, with a falling back palate that suggests the wateriness of Bud. Almost an unfermented grape juice character on the front, before the carbonation bites in a feeble attempt to claw something back. But it's useless, this is appalling.

An absolute train-wreck of a beer. Cloying but flavourless, sweet where it shouldn't be and utterly undrinkable. This is a disaster in a glass. Stay well away.

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Photo of mocktm
2.9/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Never heard of this brewery before, but its what I found in my girlfriend's fridge, so I'm going to run with it.

Light golden in color, minimal white head that quickly dissipates. Nothing amber about this at all.

Smells of light spice, malt, some tea like aromas and honey.

Taste is honey all the way, almost cloying, with a faint hop presence in the back. Some spice is there as well, hints of cinnamon, but its pretty one dimensional.

Prickly carbonation, light bodied, sessionable if you like it, but one is enough for me.

Overall, a unconventional take on an amber, but nothing particularly memorable.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
2.93/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass. Slight head, maybe ¼ inches. Small amount of lacing with hardly any film on the sides. As the beer went on down, the lacing just about dissipated, but the film stayed on the sides. Was a light, honey color.

First smell was pure alcohol and it was a heavy odor. That went away quick to mainly honey and a slight hint of grains.

Initial taste was honey, followed by a small amount of malts. Simple taste.

Not a bad feel. Smooth, refreshing and an easy drink, unlike some ambers I’ve tried lately. Average carbonation.

It was my first beer of a 10-pack variety and it was so-so. Smooth and refreshing, but not much else.

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Photo of r3dsix
2/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a glass.

Smells sweet, faintly like honey.

Color is more light orange than amber.

Tastes is very sweet. It's almost like martinelies sparkling cider. This beer may be good on a real hot day but honestly there are so many better options. The beer doesn't have any hugely negative aspects to the taste but its very bland and its pretty overwhelmed by sweetness. After drinking I feel more like I drank juice than beer. "Rich and malty, balanced with mild hop and smooth flavor" the bottle describes, I'll give it smooth, but I wouldn't describe this beer as malty or hoppy at all.

I'm really glad I only bought a single.

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Photo of flexabull
3.17/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cheap sixer from Bevmo's own brand, have low expectations for this one.

Pours a light gold color with a decent head, looks ok, but it's certainly not much of an amber color.

Aromas are dusty, floral, spicy, and of tea leaves. Actually smells pretty good.

Taste is dry, lightly malty, sweet, kind of crisp, with hints of tea and spices. Finish is crisp, with faint earthy hops. You know, it's not a bad tasting beer at all, not great either.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, decent body, fairly smooth, with ok carbonation.

Overall, this is ok. Not super tasty, but not offensive. It just seems average, and thats what my score should suggest. Seems like I got my money's worth here...

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Photo of dcook11
2.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Pours an effervescent light orange amber hue with a two finger head that quickly fades into short lived lacing. Smell is of honey and little else, but on the taste a slight hop bite is apparent. Mouthfeel is verylight. Overall im diggin this beer for summer, great for bbq's. Very light and freshreshing. If your looking for complex, go elsewhere. If you want simple, tasty, and refreshing then this is the beer for you.

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Photo of Offa
2.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Deep gold/pale amber, it has a medium off-white head soon thinning to a ring and no lace.

Aroma is a somewhat caramelly version of a basic pale lager – mild, simple faintly caramelly toasty barley and apple.

Taste is pleasant, mildly caramelly toasty barley, faint hint of earthy grass. It’s lightly on the sweet side with almost no bitterness at all. In the long run, it gets something of an “old rusty pipe” taste. Decent, drinkable, and better than the Cable Car Lager, it is at best a simple, mediocre beer.

I also wonder about the label saying “with Natural Flavor,” which seems odd. I can see this on something that has chocolate or coffee, or fruit elements added, but this is just a basic beer. What “flavor” has been added? “Beer” flavour?

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Photo of KBomb
2.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Slightly dark golden color, but not really "amber". A small soapy head disappears very quickly. Not much going on in the smell department-- just a little "adjunct" sweetness and maybe a little cooked vegetable smell. Flavor is fairly bland, resembling an adjunct lager slightly sweeter than a typical macro. Not any hop flavor worth mentioning. Unexciting to say the least. Mouthfeel is a little syrupy, but with enough carbonation to at least make it somewhat refreshing. All in all, kind of a lousy beer.

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Photo of Jemonster
2.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Clear amber body with thin white head. Head disappears after about a minute. Seeing that tiny bubble carbonation is a plus for me.

S: I get a slight fresh bread and citrus acidity, not much else. Kind of hard to detect when cold.

T: Nothing special or exciting here. Simple light hops and grain, a little malt sweetness here and there, and what I pick up as barley or oats. Not bad, but just kind of generic and blah.

M: Nice and fizzy. I would really enjoy this outside at a cookout just for the mouthfeel.

O: I would like this beer given the right conditions. At a summer cookout, this beer would be something special. This is a crowd-pleaser beer, with nothing to offend the masses. I feel like this is a beer for people who don't drink beer, if that makes any sense.

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Photo of srandycarter
2.86/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pretty honey, nice near white head. Lots of cascading bubbles. Some pretty good lace.

S - Light, grainy, husky, light.

T - Malty, kind of off sweet, especially towards the end.

M - Way too much on the sweet side, not enough bitter and not much dimension.

D - If it was VERY cold, and it was a VERY hot day, might have seemed better.

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Photo of climax
2.95/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Upon popping the top, I realize there may not be much to expect from this one in the way of boldness and attitude. It pours a clear gold with lots of bubbles. The fizzy eggshell head formed and faded without much residual effect.

The nose is pretty much lager, with a bit of added honey, diacetyl, white bread, and caramel. All of which were blended well, but there wasn't much indicating this is going to have a whole lot of flavor.

The taste was as expected. It's full of cereal grains, honey, caramel, and a bit of a metallic twang. The finish is a bit grape like. It is strangely wine like in nose and mouth.

The carbonation is overly sharp. It was too fizzy to concentrate on anything else, somewhat helped disguise the slightly watery body though. It's not offensive, but nor is it a flavor packed beer. One is fine, any more should be ordered for the craft beer novice in the group.

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Photo of gregshead
2.91/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

reviewed on 1/31/11, from notes:

A: Medium golden color with a half finger of head.

S: Biscuity maltswith some boozy smell that lingers.

T: Biscuit/light caramel flavors but this strange booze/astringency is there in an unpleasant form.

M: Good carbonation. I don't enjoy this beers lasting feel.

D: For the style, I have had better, I've had worse. This falls right in the middle.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.75/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Amber colored beer, decent clarity and brightness, head fizzled leaving no remnants. Aroma was mildly sweet, husky feel to it.

Quite a tad bit thin on the taste buds, strange off metallic taste at times, no noticeable hop presence, barely even a malt presence, the appearance led me to believe this would be a little more substantial of a beer. I guess its balanced, low ingredients and character in every category.

Gave most of the six pack away afterwards, at least its only $5 a 6er.

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Photo of t420o
2.18/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Figured I'd try this a Bevmo since it was only $4.99 for a six pack. Wasnt really worth it.

A- Clear amber beer that has a white bubb;y head

S- Malt, malt, malt. and some bread

T- Bread and malts with a hint of hops

M- Light

D- Ok. I had the six pack but it wasnt that great.

Overall, I feel like they put as much effort into making this beer as I did this review, which wasnt much. A below average offering

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.18/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in an Anchor shaker pint glass at the Schaumburg Whole Foods.

According to the bottle, this thing was brewed in Rochester, New York... Oh well, it pours a clear pale golden straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose is quite faint, though some light caramel and what seems like wheat trickle up to the 'strils. The taste holds notes of light nutty toffee, light caramel, and light mixed greens. It's all pretty light, I tells ya. The body is a heavy light, with a moderate carbonation and a prickly feel. Overall, a kinda tepid amber, with nothing much going on, but at least it's not offensive in any way.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.58/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clear golden amber with a fairly thick, fluffy, rather persistent white head. Aroma is strong, malty, a little fruity - mainly apple with a hint of banana - and just a bit sweet. Flavor is malty, subtly fruity and sweet. Texture is fairly smooth and fizzy, leaving a nice tingle.

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Photo of niibuyaa
2.84/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Six pack was on sale so I figured I couldn't hurt myself picking one up. I'm a sucker for impulse buying. Should have listened to the girl working the counter as she was not impressed.

Poured it into a pint glass:
A> Nice head, about a fingers worth, that dissipates quickly. More or less what one would expect.

S> A bit grainy, with a hint of something perhaps Muscat grape.

T> Rather bland, nothing exciting here. That said still good enough to be average.

M> Light to medium bodied. Little carbonation.

D> I will finish the sixer but will pass it by the next time.

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Photo of ssalgado
1.91/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

My wife bought this because she liked the label and I had never had it so I said ok. Unfortunately, the beer is pretty lackluster. The appearance was the most successful part of this beer. It has a nice/clear amber color that is common for the type. The flavor is almost non-existent and doesn't take me anywhere hoppy or malty and leaves a lot to be desired. It was bland and I didn't feel there was any clear direction for the beer.

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Photo of ManuelHerrera
2.99/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is light, crisp but ultimately mediocre.

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden brown with with noticeable carbonation upon viewing.

Smell - The opening sniff has a banana and citrus fused scent typical of a German marzen; with a lingering malted barley aroma. Pleasant and promising.

Taste - Not much flavor at the outset, but further holding in the mouth leads to malted barley notes with a citrus finish. The flavor is light and refreshing, though ultimately simple to a fault. Not bad for a session beer after a long work day.

Mouthfeel - Tingling carbonation that smoothes out at the finish. The citrus notes pinch and linger somewhat pleasantly.

Drinkability - The beer is nicely drinkable because of it's simplicity. However it could certainly use stronger flavor notes, even if they remain delicate overall.

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Photo of popery
3.37/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Kinda bland for the style but not an awful beer. This beer pours a light golden amber color with a dissipating, fizzy white head. The aroma has some nice vinous and caramel malt notes. There's not a huge amount of depth, but it's better than some supposed Märzen. It's sort of a white grape juice meets malt aroma. On the other hand, the flavor just seems simple and sweet. Carbonation is relatively low. It's an ok beer but could use some more oomph.

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Photo of Kaiser81
2.26/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter glass

A - clear amber color with about a finger width of head. the head settles quickly, leaving minimal lacing on the glass

S - some grains mixed with some light grape notes...similar to a chardonnay, I guess...and not unlike the other cable car I recently reviewed.

T - chardonnay grape notes kind of dominate. I'm not really getting much else in there. It's not like a Marzen is supposed to taste like. Really...what the heck is this? It's like diluted dimetapp or something. It's actually got some flavor compared to bud/miller/coors...but it's not what it's supposed to be.

M - Medium body yet watered down with low carbonation

D - I'll pass

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Cable Car Small Batch Amber Ale from World Brews
Beer rating: 69 out of 100 with 63 ratings