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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:
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Added by Drew966 on 09-11-2007

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Ratings: 63 |  Reviews: 42
Reviews by ManuelHerrera:
Photo of ManuelHerrera
2.99/5  rDev +9.1%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of niibuyaa
2.84/5  rDev +3.6%
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 Beerandraiderfan
2.75/5  rDev +0.4%
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 mocktm
2.9/5  rDev +5.8%
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 dsauter
1.5/5  rDev -45.3%

Photo of bighandsjohn
2.5/5  rDev -8.8%

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 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 GRG1313
2.36/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light clear copper with a nice white head that quickly fades.

Light malt/fruit nose; simple with a little floral perfume character; light stone fruit.

Mouthfeel is thin, watery and without body or character.

Flavors very single dimensional-tastes of lighly sugared super watered down bourbon.

Very light yeast/malt finish with no character other than perhaps a synthetic light sweetness. No need to try again.

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Photo of ledomelor
2.14/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 12 oz glass from a six pack that was on sale

A: Clear golden amber color with a one and a half finger head that disappeared quickly. Very little lacing

S: Very sweet smelling, almost overpowering. A bit too malty and maybe a small amount of grape if I really dug my nose in

T: Not impressed with the taste, the malt was present, but it was very difficult to pick up any hops.

M: It had a good carbonation, however it didn't have a very satisfying finish.

D: I wasn't a very big fan, and I actually gave the rest of the 6 pack away to some frat boys at the next party. They liked it

Overall: The bottle made it seem like a craft brewed amber, but I learned an important lesson to never judge a beer by the bottle, and to never get a six pack on sale

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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 gregshead
2.91/5  rDev +6.2%
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 allstar255
2.75/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of ProfessorCJ
3.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Purchased a six pack at the Winn Dixie.
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a cool pint glass.

A-Clear golden amber ale with two fingers of white foam that was quickly reduced to a ring of white foam.

S-A lot of sweet malt and a little grapey smell. The sweet is over powering.

T-Not quite as sweet as it smells. Malt is in there but the taste isn't what you smell. Little or no hops. It tastes like a Marzen. Not unpleasant.

M-Under carbonated, has a nice finish but it isn't refreshing. Nothing to "chew" on.

D-I tried it and I liked it but I don't plan to buy another six pack soon.

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Photo of Kaiser81
2.26/5  rDev -17.5%
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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Photo of jwhawkins81
2.39/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bought this beer at the grocery store while in the beer wasteland that is Southern Florida.

Aroma - Definite noble hops aroma. Not exactly something I would expect from an amber ale but what do I know.

Appearance - Very clear golden red. Head quickly dissipated into large bulbs then collapsed, leaving a moderate amount of carbonation.

Taste - Along the lines of Yuengling, but missing something. Mostly smooth but the sweet maltiness is slightly annoying. Refreshing but nothing I would return to.

Mouthfeel - Very water thin. Carbonation is fallen off considerably.

Drinkability - This is a beer I could have three or four, but only if I was trying to pass the time. Doesn't do anything better than other beers.

One thing I found interesting was the bottle says it was brewed by the Cable Car Brewing Company of Rochester, NY but Google doesn't even find its website. Either way I bought this on sale and that's all you need to know.

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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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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 KingRascal
3/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of rarbring
2.9/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A clear light copper toned beer, a rather small off-white head that leaves little lacing.

Smelling mostly sweet, the malt is dominating, caramel sugar, toffee candy and some acidity.

The taste is very sweet with some sourness, nearly no bitterness. Raisins, syrup, shortbread and oranges.

Low carbonation, some fizziness, almost a soda feeling.

Too sweet for me, and really nothing stands out.

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Photo of t420o
2.18/5  rDev -20.4%
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 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 TMoney2591
3.18/5  rDev +16.1%
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 rodbeermunch
2.72/5  rDev -0.7%
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 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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Cable Car Small Batch Amber Ale from World Brews
Beer rating: 2.74 out of 5 with 63 ratings