Brick Waterloo Amber | Brick Brewing Co.

Brick Waterloo AmberBrick Waterloo Amber
BA SCORE
3.06/5
59 Ratings
Brick Waterloo AmberBrick Waterloo Amber
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brick Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada
brickbeer.com

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by pootz on 09-12-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#42,795
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
59
pDev:
19.61%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
8
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Photo of R_Kole
4.5/5  rDev +47.1%

Photo of MasterOfArgos39
4.5/5  rDev +47.1%

Photo of Molson2000
4/5  rDev +30.7%

Photo of BuckyBeerBeaver
3.95/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The Brick Brewing Company Limited ("Brick") was established in 1984, and produces, markets and distributes premium beer under the Waterloo brand name, and value beer under the Laker, Red Cap, Formosa and Red Baron brands. It also produces various beer products under the PC® trademark on behalf of Loblaws. The Brick's products are sold primarily in Ontario through The Beer Store, the LCBO and the Brick's own retail store. Its brewing facilities are located in Waterloo and Formosa, Ontario.

On this occasion we sampled Brick's new seasonal beer, Waterloo Premium Whiskey Amber ("WPMA"), in a 473 ml can purchased from the LCBO. The date code on the can read H19112 which I'm assuming translates into a production date of August 19, 2011. WPWA was 6.8% alcohol by volume.

WPMA poured a slightly hazy golden/amber colour, with about 1.5" of short lived head that dissipated into a foamy collar and film, leaving some minor spotting and lacing down the glass. Its aroma was primarily of caramel malts and whiskey, with a moderate hop presence...quite sweet on balance. The flavour began with toasted caramel malts and sweet whiskey, and just when the combination of the two threatened to become overly sweet, a mild hop bitterness kicks in to restore a good balance. WPMA finishes with a slightly bitter aftertaste, but nothing so strong or long lived as to be unpleasant. The beer is medium bodied and has just enough carbonation to give it a crisp mouthfeel. In summary, a good effort from Brick Brewing in our first sampling of one of its products. Looking forward to trying some of their other beers, though I suspect that this was the cream of the crop.

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Photo of Watershed
3.79/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is one misunderstood beer. Pours whisky-gold from a 473mL can, leaving a full cm of foamy off-white head. The aroma is caramel and liquor -- the latter of which might be off-putting to some, but I find it pretty appealing, especially knowing that this beer uses five malts and is aged in white oak, so the sweetness comes from carefully chosen ingredients rather than adjuncts. Still, caramel is dominant, and so the smell could be criticized as 'one-dimensional.'

The taste is where I disagree with many previous reviewers here. This tastes like a combination of a malty Märzen (which is what this beer was originally marketed as) with some of the whiskeyish aspect of the original Innis & Gunn, and it's pretty delicious: malty and creamy, with a hint of herbal hops and a not unsatisfying liquor burn. Those who enjoy a nice sipping rum or bourbon on occasion might find themselves more inclined to enjoy this.

Overall, this is an utterly unique beer in the Ontario market, and in my opinion not at all the alcoholic swill that it's often cast as. This is a good example of a beer (and, in Märzen, a style) that has really suffered from the three-track-mind, hop-or-weiss-or-stout-obsessed craft beer movement in Ontario. Try this with an open mind, thinking of it as a strong, five-malt Märzen, and you shouldn't be disappointed.

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Photo of Coastal_Brew
3.75/5  rDev +22.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of JOaikido
3.71/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

473 ml can.

A- Nice light amber colour with just a touch of a brassy/coppery orange/red. Nice foamy head that leaves lacing.

S- Sour note plus malt. Touch of smokiness. Faint lemony citrus.

T- Surprisingly mild middle. Pleasant grassy-citrussy hops with a fairly strong bitter hops finish. Smoky notes present but not strong. I found the malt flavours did not come through enough to properly balance the beer.

MF- Crisp with medium-light body.

O- Lighter flavoured and bodied than expected from the description on the can. Fairly good overall.

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Photo of pootz
3.7/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

473ml can: very fresh sample from the brewery store. Pours a shimmering reddish orange lager in the stein with an ample puffy meringue white cap. Cap lasts and laces the glass walls. Moderately carbonated. Aroma is bready-caramel with some spicy and earthy tones, some oak and a wisp of smoke….great nose to this when it’s fresh. Medium full bodied, fairly well balanced. Flavor profile has a big chew of bready caramel malt in the very front then a nice mix of noble hopping balances with an earthy-herbal-woody tone, mid palate a mild complexity forms with the spicy-smoky whiskey rye malts complimenting the spicy Hallertaus. As this light malty-spicy complexity fades you get a long drying finish with a dry herbal hoppy tang at the end. I feel it’s kind of a stretch listing this as a Marzen but it is a rich amber lager with many Marzen traits plus a few unique twists. I don’t know if this saw barreling or just had oak chips pitched in the conditioning tanks but you do get a subtle oak discernment in aroma and flavor. The Rye and Whiskey malts impart a modest spicy-smoky flavor, the cara- malts a light sweetness and the ample noble hops balance it well. This is a rich satisfying (6.8%) amber lager in a quasi marzen style with enough uniqueness to keep it interesting after quaffing a couple. Certainly the best thing this brewer has made in a long time. I’m willing to rank this Amber on par with their now defunct anniversary Bock.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.55/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours an orange/golden colour, reminds me of Tim Hortons peach drank. Moderate carbonation coming up. One finger of soapy white head with small bubbles. Bright. No lace and a soapy cap of small retention.

S - Lot's of caramel, buttery notes, floral hops, vanilla.

T - Vanilla again, caramel, gentle oak, some grassy hops and that buttery essence again. Not bad.

M - Well carbonated, a medium body that inches close to full, and an oaky/vanilla lingering note.

O/D - Almost an Innis and Gunn clone IMO. It's an easy drinking, yet complex and enjoyable lager. Nothing special, but worth a shot.

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Photo of korguy123
3.53/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can into imperial wizen glass.

A-Crystal clear whisky pour with two fingers off white head. Lacing is remarkable.

S- Caramel and toffee notes, there is a slight grassy hop with a touch of cereal. Vanilla and wood earthiness.

T- Sweet malts with caramel. Not getting the spiciness the can says but I am getting vanilla and brown sugar with a grain smoothness. Alcohol is invisible. With a touch of hop finish.

M- Light to medium bodied, smooth carbonation and lingering finish.

O- There was a bit of hype following this one, it's very good I'm definitely impressed!

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Photo of ThinkAgain
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of hopsolutely
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very different kind of beer that I am only starting to appreciate as I near the bottom. Initial sips struck me as a simple "caramelized lager" and thin, but the earthiness is coming more to the forefront as it warms. Rye and whisky notes predominant in both the aroma as well as the taste, with the caramelized malt sweetness merging into a pleasantly dry finish with tannic undertones. Can't place all the flavours, but it's nowhere near as single dimensional as I'd first thought.

Have to give The Brick credit for this one! Although it's not a taste profile I'd personally choose, it does indeed have flavour and perhaps bodes well for future offerings...

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Photo of Pmicdee
3.46/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look - As the name suggests, pours a nice amber colour with a full head.
Smell - Slightly metallic.
Taste - Sweet and malty. Aftertaste lingers.
Feel - Nice for a cool autumn evening.
Overall - Typical for Brick (Waterloo), Quite good, but not excellent.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

473ml Can

Appearance – Clear copper colour with an average size fizzy off-white/light beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation visible and there is a fairly good amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 7 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, toffee, grains

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel+toffee, and some light hops. There is also a bit of an adjunct taste.. corn etc. It ends with a malty/toffee sweet aftertaste with a tiny bit of lingering hop bitterness.

Overall – An above average beer that wasn't a waste of money. There are some good flavours going on, but I was a little bit disappointed by some of it's adjunct qualities. The alcohol seemed well hidden and it has a decent appearance. Not something I'd buy again though.

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Photo of Bigmrred
3.38/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of heebes
3.35/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light golden with ample foamy light tan head. Nose is earthy, oak, candied fruit, spices, plenty of malt and whiskey auromas with a decent crystal malt amber base. Taste follows suit with lots of amber malt, spices and oak. Mouthfeel is medium bodied.
Overall, achieves what is sets out to do. High abv content limits consumption. Not overly impressed by this one, picked it up because of it's spiffy new design and can, listed as part of a seasonal collection.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

473mL can from a mixed sampler pack from the brewery's beer store. No longer called "Brick Amber", it's now labelled as "Waterloo Authentic Amber" due to the brewery's ongoing efforts to distance themselves from the "Brick" name (although the distinctive hogs head remains in the brewery's logo)

Poured into a nonic. Light caramel amber, pour yields a hefty bit of froth, which settles into a thick ring.

Nose is citrus, sweet caramel, a bit of bread perhaps. Very faint.

Very sweet, borderline cloying. This is a simple amber ale, with only the faintest hint of woodsy or pine flavor that the pack label refers to. A touch of vanilla. Malt isn't bad. Mercifully, the finish is somewhat tart, and there is a bit of booze punch there as well. Heavier than your standard amber ale, carbonation is vigorous. Slightly oily.

Not bad, certainly drinkable, but not one I'm likely to seek out again.

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Photo of DougT
3.31/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of wordemupg
3.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

473ml can poured into tulip 21/11/13

A light amber with a tornado of bubbles popping off the bottom, some tiny suspended particles being moved around and a well sustained two fingers of foam slowly falls to a thin film leaving rings deep down the glass, looks sexy

S malt liquor like sweet corny malt, cardboard, a little booze, honey and hard toffee

T more of the same, tastes like malt liquor but not quite as nasty, some dry grass, brown sugar, and nuts are added to what I smell

M medium bodied and slightly creamy, a little heat and a sweet grassy finish

O meh, tastes a little cheap but I don't think that reflects in the price tag, drinkable but I'm not craving a second

looks great but that's as far as it goes, not quite offensive but nothing special

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3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

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3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

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3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

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3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

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Brick Waterloo Amber from Brick Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.06 out of 5 with 59 ratings
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