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Rollick Amber Lager | Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Rollick Amber LagerRollick Amber Lager

Brewed by:
Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
Washington, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Spring

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Added by RedDiamond on 02-09-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 28 |  Reviews: 24
Reviews by jkdrummer:
Photo of jkdrummer
2.23/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Who's bright idea was this? Expecting something different just by its name, Amber Lager but ended up almost pouring this one down the sink. No aroma just blah. Some carb but blah. Not even amber. Almost like a poor Bud. This just about came close to ruining lagers in general for me. God awful. C'mon Pyramid, what are you guys thinking? How about a nice creamy Scotch ale next time? Give up on making any more lagers please.

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Photo of oberon
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a lighter amber shade with a thinner but pretty well sustained white head,aromas were of sweetish bread dough with some iron,toasted malt,and a hint of spicy hop.Mouthfeel is pretty light,a little to light for my taste.Flavors are not that bad there is a decent marzen-like feel to it,crisp and lightly sweet with some caramel showing thru,it has some doughiness to it thats traditional,the hops come late lending some spice to the finish.I liked it better than most,its a well made lager beer much like a fest or marzen,my only complaint is the thin feel.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
2.55/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #26:

Pale amber color, filtered clarity. Decent lacing all around, it does stick to the glass, which is nice to see. The aroma runs from wild herbs to mild sulphur, to biscuity grain and dried hay. Slick, medium-sized body lends some smoothness from the carbonation. Prickly, spicy hop bitterness shakes the palate and does not want to let go, to the point of being almost bothersome as it drops a mild soapy flavor on the taste buds. Malt comes in mostly dry with a quick kiss of light caramel, then it is all down to dry biscuity and grainy flavors. Husky, animal feed grain, which mixes with the semi-harsh hop bitterness and seems to feign an astringent quality middle to end. Quick breath of alcohol in the dry, puckering finish.

No real balance here, the Summit hops take over with the husky graininess, and it is endgame. We love hops, but it's so out of whack that it is a chore to drink. Being reckless with high alpha hops can work out great with some styles; unfortunately, it does not work at all here.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was pleasantly surprised to find that Rollick is more than just another average amber ale. It's actually much more. It's got a firm malt body, a good dose of hop flavor, and a solid bitterness.

It appears just like a standard amber ale, although the copper body is slightly darker than you might normally expect (at around 12-13 SRM), and its creamy "antique" white head holds well and leaves some nice lacing about the glass.

The aroma is also pretty much what you'd expect with notes of toasted malt and hints of caramel backed by some floral and grassy hops.

The flavor, however, is a different story. It really is a bigger beer than you'd normally encounter, and I guess the 6% abv indicates that as well (I didn't notice that on the label, but it's there). It starts malty with a healthy dollop of lightly sweetish dark-caramel and scorched sugar that's backed by spicy and grassy hops. Across the middle those hops rise to become the focus, and then shine brightly in the drying finish. Residual bitterness lingers, and it's dry and spicy with just a little bit of grassiness and a smear of the caramelish malt that came before.

Nicely done! As a spring beer, this kind of reminds me of a bock in a way, which would be traditional in Germany. So here is our Americanized version. :) Worth trying.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass, pours a clear deep golden with a soapy half inch of slightly off white head. Offers decent head retention and lacing but seems a bit light in color.

Bit of hops and some caramel malts on the nose, more so with some warming. Clean lager yeast nose otherwise.

A perky carbonation accompanies some simple sweet malts. Just a hint of what would direct me to the Oktoberfest style and rather light in body. Called an Amber Lager on the label and seems more accurately as such. Not much bitterness but a light bit of chalkiness on the swallow and a decent lingering finish.

Viewed as an Amber/Red Lager

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Photo of poisoneddwarf
3.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Spikester
3.9/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a one finger white head. No lacings detected. Aroma is pungent floral hops. Taste is very malty with a good bitter hop balance. I too agree with the Marzen taste profile. Mouthfeel is very good with a slightly bitter finish. A bit high abv for a session beer but I could drink a few at one sitting.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
3.56/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a pilsner glass, this one pours a fairly pleasant light amber/golden hue with a fairly nice two-finger off-white rocky head. Fair retention, fading to a creamy cap that leaves a decent bit of lacing down the glass. a touch richer/darker amber and the score would jump up a notch.

aroma is fairly familiar lager with some fairly pleasant malting and a nice but subtle floral hop kick. nothing to impressive.

While looking and smelling a bit insipid, this one actually yields a fairly nice taste profile. fairly mild but clean malting with hints of caramel and toast, and a decently hoppy finish. a touch of pine and a touch of floral hops make a nicely rounded, albeit fairly simple, brew.

mouthfeel is nothing to complain about. Fairly light body, although not thin. Ample carbonation creates a pleasant creaminess that makes it refreshing. A hint of lingering hop bitter gives it character.

All in all, better than I was anticipating for an amber lager from Pyramid. Nothing outstanding, and fairly run of the mill, but a decent amber lager (even if a bit hoppier/less malty and a bit lighter than anticipated).

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Photo of IgotsHops
2.08/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Proposed "Amber" "Lager." Appearance did not show any signs of "amber." Only showed a rich blonde at best. Although brilliantly clear and good head retention, this should never have claimed to be an amber.
Smelled of sulfur and vinegar at first, like dying easter eggs. Some malty sweetness up front, and a slight promise of crystal malt. The smell tips me off that this was poorly fermented, wrong pitching and fermenting temperature. (too warm.)
Tasted very sweet, but not cloyingly so. The taste was the best part about this beer, but I barely got to it since the smell was so off-putting. The "amber" part of the description is somewhat validated with some medium to dark kilned malt and nice malty sweetness. Too many esters and hot alcohols for a lager. At best I would imagine this would be a hybrid style.
Mouthfeel was overly thick and left an incredible slickness on the tongue. Immediately I thought of poor fermentation practices and an abundance of diacetyl. My teeth and tongue fought against each other to try and clean the slickness off. This beer should have finished clean.
Overall, it was barely drinkable. Taste was mediocre, but the smell and mouthfeel made it impossible for me to drink more. For someone with a few other beers in his/her gullet, this could pass as a palatable brew. Not for me, and I have lost some faith in the knowledge and promise of Pyramid Brewing.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of Reidrover
3.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. Light amber/gold coloured beer. Large thick,creamy off white head. Malty caramel aromas mainlly. Slight "whiff" of hop. Malty but not sweet at all,rather semi-bitter flavour dominates,toasty slightly salty, with fruity undertones and hops at the back. I liked the palate on this one,very enticing and easy, yet with enjoyable complexities. I found this a very acceptable "amber lager". Quite tasty. Almost like a marzen with a wee bit too much hop.

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Photo of Psilo707
2.75/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark, orange/brown color when poured into mug. Nice head, looking decent. Smells colorful as well, I usually like the way the Pyramid brew's hit the nose.

Taste is absolutely mediocre. Very sharp immediately, no real flavor to it. No uniqueness. A bit of a sting in the mouth after the initial downing. Not too impressed, seems like standard beer.

Mouthfeel is too active, too crisp. It doesn't leave you with much.

Probably the worst beer by Pyramid I've tried myself. I don't find any appeal.

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Photo of Mauerhan
4.28/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

so they pull thunderhead ipa off of my local dives tap list and replace it with this. after the idiot new girl at the bar told me that it was a heffewizen pale ale i was confused. so i ordered one just for shits and gigs. when it came it didnt look or smell like a pale ale...hrmmm this must not be a pale ale. gladly there is someone who knows beer that informs me it is the new marzen from pyramid. well lets try this beyutch.

a nice rich amber/brown with ruby highlights. one inch creamy head. nice lacing

smells malty. biscuts.

taste is like the nose. bready, sweet, roasty. nice flavor.

mouth is creamy and smooth. a bit over carbonated but good.

i am a fan of this. sad to see thunderhead ipa go but at least i have something to fall back on when fat tire is out.

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Photo of ROGUE16
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of froghop
2.88/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a clear pale light amber with an orange tint, a small egg-shell head, and good lacing.

smell is of grain, few malts, touch of citrus, some fruit, and ends with a little floralness.

taste is crisp, yet smooth, a little hop kick to it, some grain, some citrus, and light on the sweet malts, ends with a little bitterness.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.38/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber Lager for a Spring release huh? The beer fares pretty well with a bright hoppiness and a richer caramel flavor.

The beer opens with the look of an Amber beer or Oktoberfest. An average head forms on the beer and then reduces to a steady film and remains. Light lacing on the glass. A light haze (perhaps from dry-hopping?).

Aromas are caramelly with a hint of butterscotch. Very light hopping barely makes a presence. Lagering keeps the fruitiness and spiciness at bay.

Flavors begin as malty-caramelly as the nose promises, but then develops into a medium malty rich taste. Hopping begins to rise with a light piney, grassy taste that I can't tell if it is an attribute to the beer or a deterant.

Soft, malty textures are abruptly interrupted at mid-palate with an aggressive hop bitterness. The hop bite does clean the beer up a bit and gives it a crisp, snappy finish, but is probably overkill. Hop bitterness dominates well into the finish.

I appreciate a better hopped Amber. But the hops seem to be out of proportion on the bittering end, where I'd prefer to see a bit more hop flavor, aroma, and complexity. Also, the lagering keeps the complex esters and phenols from developing, thus leaving the beer yearning for depth. The beer is caught somewhere in no-man's land-- between an Amber Ale and a Marzen.

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Photo of skunkworker
3.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is presentable, with a nice red/orange hue in a glass from a bottle. Rising carbonation lasts for a good while.

No head to speak of with the typical foam ring around the glass.

Well blended smell consisting of hops and caramel with almost a touch of peat.

Sharp bitter taste initially however after some curry the beer actually improved in flavor. Strong enough to give a fair refreshing taste after a strong spicy dish, which improved my opinion of the beer.

Mouthful is nothing remarkable and overall average for a lager.

Probably a good beer after wings or bbq.

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Photo of mithrascruor
3.8/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a nice clear dark amber color. Slightly off-white head is good, leaving a bit of lacing and lasting a while.

Smell: Lots of nice spicy malts. Has a bit of caramel sweetness and some hops in there too.

Taste: Has a malty taste with sweet spices. But towards the finish there's some hops that come in; the finish and aftertaste are definitely a nice mix of spicy hops (mildly bitter) and the slightly sweet spicy malts. Could've done with a bit less hops in the aftertaste, but still nice.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied; smooth with light carbonation.

Drinkability: Nice to drink, would work well as a session beer.

A solid offering from Pyramid; goes to show that their seasonals are better than their regular offerings! I'll get this again, I'm sure.

My only confusion is that this is labeled as an Amber beer, when it is certainly something a bit different... and late winter/early spring doesn't seem like the best time to release this. Hey Pyramid, you should've done this as an autumn beer!

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Photo of aforbes10
2.32/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Single from the Davis Co-Op. Pours a yellow-orange with a trifling white bubble-covering that doesn't quite seem worthy of being called a head. Nose is mildly malty, hint of grass, very unassertive. Flavor is malt-forward for the style, dry and grainy, with a hint of caramel sweetness and a little touch of vegetal hop. Dry throughout, with a bit of an astringent, bitter bite on the finish that doesn't help matters. Thin to medium bodied. I would not seek this one out again, just too pedestrian with some characteristics that i can do without.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought a six-pack of Rollick Amber Lager in a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Clear amber color, about the same shade as weak tea. Creamy one-finger off-white head. Well carbonated with torrents of bubbles in the glass.

Smell is a sweet soft fruit aroma like a honey dew melon.

Taste is lager-like, a malt base followed by a bit of a medicinal perfume flavor, and a dry hop bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel is crisp ad dry but a little cloying. It seems to hang around quite a bit after the swallow.

Drinkable, and I'll probably re-visit this one when we get in to spring. It's not exceptional however.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.53/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Rollick poured a tad darker than a lager with a good sized head. It had some sudsy lacing and the head didn't stay around long.

The smell malty and came across semi bitter with a crisp finish. In the mouth it left a mark on the back of the throat with some hop bitterness. I agree with the first review that it was similar to a Marzen with that extra hop kick. Pretty decent brew from Pyramid which isn't one of my favorite breweries.

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Photo of twelveinches
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of bboven
3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Light, dull brown colored body. Clear with only thin patches of head and no lacing.

Big grainy, tannic aroma. Very sharp, a little stale/burnt.

Not a whole lot too the flavor, mostly a bitterness at the very end; if anything just a slight husky grain taste.

Clean, crisp, highly carbonated mouthfeel.

This beer is a bit off. For the price of craft beer, I won't buy it again, but I wouldn't tun one away, I suppose.

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Photo of RedDiamond
2.94/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pyramid's new winter lager is exceptionally clear, burnished copper with a light show of suds. It is ostensibly a marzen, but manages to taste more ale-like than anything with a defining and lingering yeast tang. The implied panoply of crispness, toast, and caramel are understated - nearly absent. The late blossoming of bread crust is enjoyable, but this beer never aspires to more than routine.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.13/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, bought at Hi-Times,

A: Pours a very light amber, almost pils colour. Full white head with excellent retention, lots of sticky lace.

S: Surprisingly hoppy. Dry and grassy hop nose, 1-dimensional.

T: Mild malt taste, very wheaty at times, unfiltered taste. Bit of sulfur in there too, not a very clean lager. Taste is not bad, not terribly consistent, some sips I liked more than others.

M: Light carbonation, dry, resiny. Light-bodied.

D: An OK lager from Pyramid, pretty much middle of the road. A drinkable session brew, inexpensive, but don't expect the next big thing.

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