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Wasatch 1st Amendment LagerWasatch 1st Amendment Lager

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Utah Brewers Cooperative


Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A turn of the century pure malt, crisp lager. 1st Amendment Lager is made with European style hops and Munich malts. This beer has a wonderful, clean, crisp flavor certain to please all.

Added by Morris729 on 07-06-2003

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Ratings: 49 |  Reviews: 28
Reviews by Zorro:
Photo of Zorro
2.66/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Clear yellow colored beer with a small white colored head.

Smells of toasted grain and lemony hops. Faint caramel scent.

Starts out toasted grain and wheat cracker with a lemon hop taste. Little bit sweet. Slight mineral flavor.

Mouthfeel is light.

Overall a light refreshing beer but not a great one.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.08/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz included as a very much appreciated extra in a recent trade with Wasatch... poured into my smaller hefe glass.

Short lasting 2" head atop a beautiful straw gold brew.. polished crystal clear with suprising amount of spotty lacing.

Aroma is all clean fresh pale malts.. slight hint of floral hops.. smell is actually very good.

Flavor is again very clean pale malts.. a little huskiness adds nicely to the palate... decent injection of noble hops helps.. bready.. very clean through and through.. sometimes less actually is more... drinkable and without a watered down character... really pretty good... If I had access to it, I would almost certainly pick it up in the summer quite a bit; I think it would be very nice after/during working in the yard.

I drink my fair share of PBR... and actually like it (booo hisss).. but this is like a PBR brewed by someone who actually cares about their beer and wants every bottle that leaves their care to have a good home... very drinkable and I love the nod to the founding fathers and their respect for beer and personal freedoms.. long live the 1st Amendment ... lager.

Thanks John... I've been wanting to try this one since I first heard about it 3-4 years ago.

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Photo of mikedashg
3.92/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Slightly Cloud Pale Yellow with a slight haze and white head that disapeates quick

S - A Little malt, citrus and hops

T - About what you'd expect for a 4% Lager. Very good representation of style. Corn and bread/cracker like. A little bit of hops and malts, and citrus grapefruit. Kind of a stretch a little.

M - Nice and thin, but moderate to high carbonation, just like a lager should be. Crisp with a Clean finish.

D - I personally wouldn't drink these, but it's got a ton of "drinkability" thanks to the style and Utah's ABV laws.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

3.0 A: Clear medium yellow color. Two fingers of short lived, white frothy head. A very short ring of lacing is left.

3.0 S: Clean and lightly grainy. Light neutral malt sweetness and grassy hops. Not bad, but needs more power.

3.5 T: Like the nose, this is tasty, but lacking strength. Still a good beer though. Grainy malts with a light neutral sweetness. Grassy hops. Easy drinking.

4.0 M: Light body. Clean, crisp, and refreshing. Light creaminess to boot. Good here.

3.5 D: I wouldn't mind having a few of these. Very clean with a good, although light, taste.

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Photo of rmtaggart
4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

Photo of Cirus
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Dwkasper
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from Wasatch, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color with a very thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is kind of faint but contains pale malt, barley and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is pretty refreshing as it starts out with a light malt character, which is quickly followed buy a mild hops presence. There is neither an overabundance of sweetness nor a nasty bite that you get from most beers of this style. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light body, medium carbonation, very clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, I could definitely drink quite a few of these, this beer is an example for the big boys and is proof that not all macros are below-average.

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Photo of jwc215
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Wasatch for this one...

Pours bright yellow with a thin foamy head that stays around a bit before becoming a patch.

The smell is of soft grain and light hay. Clean.

The taste is of sweet honeyish grain and a hint of nuttiness. A balancing hop presence is there in a lemony way. It has a crisp, clean finish.

Appropriately light-bodied, this is very smooth.

Well-done for the style, this is a nice, tasty, smooth lager that is certainly sessionable and refreshing.

Thanks again - John!

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Photo of Wrex68
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of Jason_cs
3.54/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of climax
4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I exercised my 1st amendment right to try this beer and I'm glad I did....

A - mostly cloudy, nice color for a lager (not too pale) almost a honey color. head was eggshell and bubbly, faded to a patch and hung to the edges, slight lace

S - aromatic, malty, slight dash of bitterness and honey...inviting if you will

T - bready, malty, and even honey, once again just a smidgin of hops. nice full flavor for a lager

M - almost watery at first but finishes crisp, ....a very nice balance of flavor and sharpness, coated the mouth beautifully

D - very easy to drink, a good session beer, won't leave you bloated like your grandmother's anles or drunk like the redneck yelling at his ex-wife nextdoor (4% ABV).

For those who refuse to attempt darker beers or can't handle them, this is a great one to start with if your looking for something subsantially better than budlight

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Photo of CHL
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

From the Squatter's summer sampler, with a fun label (different from the Benjamin Franklin image currently depicted). It shows Wasatch's founder in colonial garb, protesting beer taxes by throwing 1st Amendment Lager into the Great Salt Lake.

I would never do that myself; this beer certainly worth drinking. A bit more flavor than the macro adjunct lagers. I find it most similar-tasting to PBR (in a good way). Grain, light malt, and sweet corn. Thin mouthfeel, it goes down refreshingly clean with a slight sweetness. More carbonation than I would like, but that's in the beer's style. Highly drinkable for this reason.

Like BuckeyeNation says, "If lagers from the Big 3 tasted like 1st Amendment Lager, then none of us would ever have anything to bitch about." That said, it's still a very simple beer for me. For the money, I might just opt for some cheap macro while picking up a sixer of one of Wasatch's more complex brews.

Makes a good souvenir gift though.

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Photo of Gavage
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: pale yellow in color with a 1/4" head that falls to a spotty surface foam. Some spotty lace develops.

Smell: grass and light malt sweetness are detectable. More pleasant than others in the style.

Taste: light malt sweetness, grass, and a bit of earthy funk here. Some green grapes and light bitterness rounds it out.

Mouthfeel: crisp and slightly dry. Light in body. Relatively clean aftertaste.

Drinkability: a so-so lager here, but it does get a bit boring after a bottle or two. But it is better than a Bud or Coors.

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Photo of hockenbeer
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of DerwinWentworth
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of draheim
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle (bottled 7/29/2011 - thanks for bringing this one up Dad) poured into a weizen glass. Pours a pale, slightly greenish yellow with almost no head. Nice bright carbonation - which it turns out might be the only thing going for this one....

Aroma is grainy, ricey, a hint of corn. Something a bit sour or acidic in the nose.

Taste follows nose: grainy, watery, lemony, dry.

Crisp clean finish.

Reminds me a bit of a K├Âlsch. Definitely not one I'll be coming back to. And really not sure what to do with the other five from the six-pack. Might be a good one to reset my palate?

Edit: As I'm finishing the last of this six-pack (all of which I drank from the bottle except the one described in this review), I'd only add that the aroma was more fruity and less sour when consumed from the bottle. Overall this was still the epitome of the average beer - but it was better when I drank it from the bottle than from a glass.

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Photo of jharris0624
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of VaporDome
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Zbeetleman
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of hawkssb04
1.88/5  rDev -46%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Photo of Alkey
3.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

First I would like to thank the BA Wasatch for the opportunity to try this beer.
12oz. bottle poured a pale golden color with small white head. Smells of malt and a little whiff of hops. Taste of light malts and a bit of a hop bite. Has a light mouth feel kind of watery but thirst quenching and is easy to drink. A good beer for summer outdoors activities.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear yellow color with a small head, lots of carbonation. There's a little lacing after the head disipates. Scents of hops, malt, citrus, and something sweet. There's a nice light body with a sweet taste and a hint of citrus. For a lager this is a very good beer, would recommend this at least for a first try. At 4% ABV you sure could drink a few.

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Photo of mhaugo
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of brentk56
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, pale golden color with a robust head that leaves a few shards of lace

Smell: Grainy, with undertones of cracker malt

Taste: Bready, up front, with a growing lemony twang that is joined, mid-palate, by a slight honey sweetness; the finish is clean, with just a bit of sweetness on the tip of the tongue

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with crisp carbonation

Drinkability: Easy to drink and a bit more flavorful than the macros

Thanks, Douglas88, for the opportunity

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Wasatch 1st Amendment Lager from Utah Brewers Cooperative
Beer rating: 3.48 out of 5 with 49 ratings