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Cable Car Small Batch Amber Ale | World Brews

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Cable Car Small Batch Amber AleCable Car Small Batch Amber Ale

Brewed by:
World Brews
California, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

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Ratings: 63 |  Reviews: 42
Reviews by BucannonXC5:
Photo of BucannonXC5
2.93/5  rDev +6.9%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of lacqueredmouse
1.27/5  rDev -53.6%
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 Domingo
2.98/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this when visiting Alabama as I'd never heard of it or seen it before. On paper it sounds okay, right?
I could go into great detail on the "nuances" of this brew, but it's really pretty simple.
It's a below average example of an amber lager...only it's brewed with an ale yeast.
I'm also picking up a weird metallic overtone in the finish that I don't really care for.
Not sure why they're sending this to the south...but it's not good.
I've certainly had worse and I'd take it over a Bud, but I don't even think this can touch psuedo macros like Killian's or especially Yuengling.
Skip it unless you're stuck with BMC's main line-up only.

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Photo of seanbhudson
3.78/5  rDev +38%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear gold color with a medium white head. Very little lacing.
Light to moderate aroma. I smell toasted malts and a hint of root beer.
Very smooth. I taste doughy malts and sweet caramel. Clean tasting.
Light to medium body with a slightly creamy/syrupy texture. Soft carbonation. A bit thin.
Really east to drink but sweetness wears on you a bit. You could drink a lot of this but for me, it is a bit boring.
NOTES: BBCSD-0906-Danielle

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Photo of Drew966
3.03/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cable Car Small Batch Amber Ale pours a light copper color with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle which says it is brewed in the style of a Marzen. There is a decent malty aroma (caramel being noticeable). Very light bodied, it does seem to be along the lines of a marzen in taste, caramel malt and a bit of hops to balance the taste. Overall, the taste is mediocre, not terrible, but certainly not outstanding either. I purchased this as a single for 65 cents, so for that price, I'd say it's worth a try. I don't think I would buy a twelver of it though.

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Photo of harpo111
2.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Inexpensive, on a whim picked up this one. Very drinkable (beat a bud any day). Hoppy bitterness stays with you a little. Has some maltyness. Pours a copper color with a nice head, but that goes away soon. Rather light, but not bad. Would buy again for burgers and dogs at the picnic. But for serious food, not full bodied enough..still for five bucks a six pack..I'll bite.

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Photo of flexabull
3.17/5  rDev +15.7%
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 Georgiabeer
2/5  rDev -27%

Photo of Jemonster
2.73/5  rDev -0.4%
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 +4.4%
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 +7.7%
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 IPAcraig
3.6/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hailing from cable car brewing company comes "Cable Car Small batch Amber Ale" ranking in at 5.7%. This ALE claims to be brewed in the marzen tradition. Probably best to be categorized as a Oktoberfest Ale/Amber Ale.

The appearance on this is a rich gold body with a white head that fizzles out.

Smells slightly sweet and a bit nutty. Pleasant.

Nice balanced taste on this beer that has a nice maltiness to it, that is balanced by a light dry biscuit flavor and a wee bit of hops.

"It drink pretty good dont it" This is a nice easy drinkin beer. Solid malty flavor. Thirst quencher.

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Photo of NickMunford
3/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.58/5  rDev +30.7%
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 t0rin0
2.5/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of AudioFileZ
3/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer mentions nothing regarding it being light so I was expecting a much more full-bodied beer. That said, as a light ale it's wholly respectable as long as the light part is emphasized. With it hawking it's "small-batch" approach I was expecting a much richer brew so just know that it is a light amber ale along the lines of, say, Michelob Ultra Amber.

Drinking notes:
Some glass clinging suds, yet not as much as usual for a hand crafted ale and due to lightness does not continue to cling to glass for long.
Alcohol content is strong enough to stand with most mainstream ales.
Hop, though on the light side, is nicely slanted to a toasted caramel flavor without a bitter edge.

Bottom Line: Basically a contender for a light ale lover only if the price is low enough and one doesn't expect a very full flavor profile. Yes, it's very drinkable if you're drinking more than two or three due to this lightness, however due to alcohol content it will be stonger in that department when drinking multiple servings. I honestly believe it should be marketed as a light ale as anyone expecting a more full-bodied type will be at first disappointed.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.17/5  rDev +15.7%
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 jadpsu
3.36/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Purchases this at a Wynn-Dixie in the Villages, Fla. Poured in a Pilsner glass, it has a light golden color with a one finger head that did not last 30 seconds.
Smell includes malts,minimum hops,some sweetness, grain and pine nuts. Mouthfeel is far more bodied than I would expect from a beer that loses its head so quickly.
The falvor/taste provides some of the nutty sweetness in the smell.
Outside of the disappointing head retention and appearance of a urine sample instead of beer everything else was quite positive.

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Photo of Offa
2.7/5  rDev -1.5%
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 popery
3.37/5  rDev +23%
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 changeup45
2.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a copper-amber color topped with a lot of lacing. A very good looking beer. Tastes malty with hints of caramel. Mild hop bite. Doesn't seem very well balanced but it's not bad. I'd have it again but not sure I'd go searching for it. I saw they have a Lager available so I will give that one a try as well.

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Photo of KBomb
2.3/5  rDev -16.1%
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 mwilson85
3.03/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 12 oz glass from a six pack that was on sale for $5.75 at BevMo (thats why i bought it haha)

A: Golden almost burnt orange in color. Nothing too special, about the color you expect from an Amber Ale.

S: Malty and a little sweet. Has a metallic tin smell, as if it were from a can even tho it was a bottle.

T: Has an aftertaste bite of alcohol which is not what you want. Not bad but not that great. You really don't taste the hops.

M: Wasn't horrible, but had a low carbonation feel and had a not so good aftertaste.

D: For 5.75 it was about what i expected. Wouldn't pay anything more for it. Just a decent, average at best, micro brew.

Overall: I wouldnt recommend this to anyone unless you find it on sale and are on a beer budget like i am haha.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of william5586
2.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

I bought a six pack of this beer while on vacation in Florida.

It poured a dark clear orange with a finger or so of white head. It had a sweet biscuit malt smell. The taste was all sweet malt, and was pretty much the only thing there. There was also a sweet grainy aftertaste that i did not like.

The mouth feel was horrible. There was a little bite from the carbonation at first but as I swallowed it felt like water, very very thin.

The bad aftertaste hurt the drinkability for me.

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Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
2.29/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a red-orange into a pint glass. Not much head or foaming at all.

Yeasty scents come through first, with a little malted barley as well. Something off about the nose; I can't put my finger on it, though.

Not a great taste. A little malt, a lot of water, no hops, and lots of aluminum. Very thin-bodied. Not a good beer at all IMO.

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Cable Car Small Batch Amber Ale from World Brews
Beer rating: 2.74 out of 5 with 63 ratings