Brick Waterloo Amber | Brick Brewing Co.

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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:
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Added by pootz on 09-12-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
59
Reviews:
24
Avg:
3.03
pDev:
19.8%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
8
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 59 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of Phyl21ca
1.75/5  rDev -42.2%

Can: Poured a clear light brown color ale with medium size foamy head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of unrefined grainy malt notes is not very pleasant. Taste is also dominated by unrefined granny notes with light dry hops notes barely noticeable. Body is light with OK carbonation. Quite bad with low drinkability level.

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Photo of TheHammer
1.98/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: It started with a thumb of head, but it vanished in incredibly short order so no lace either. The body is a fairly hazy orange with decent carbonation.

Smell: Some light malt with a touch of acid and that's about it. Just not enough there to write home about.

Taste: Starts with a mild does of malt that the carbonation really tries to help, but just can't seem to do it. It builds up but a plastic chemical taste begins to accent. A touch of woodsy hops make far too weak a play, far too late to do anything about it, and the solvent alcohol twang and the end can't seem to fight it back either.

Mouthfeel: Far too cloying, I mean the carbonation does try to help the beer out but it leaves a filmy sensation and the carbonation falls flat halfway through the beer. Lack of head also doesn't help it's case. Transitions very abruptly as well.

Drinability: Well it didn't get the drain but the cloying aspect really stops this beer at one and really, that's been generous. It's not what I would call smooth, or refreshing.

Final Thoughts: This was a darn shame, I saw this beer's decent score and thought maybe Brick's series of "Waterloo" beers had finally produced a pearl. Sadly much like most of Brick's offerings, better examples are readily available for nearly the same cost. A darn shame.

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Photo of Mlkluther
2/5  rDev -34%

Can. Pours amber with a thick head. Fruity nose with a metallic note. Lots of carbonation. Taste follows the nose. Not a pleasant beer.

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Photo of 500MLperWeek
2/5  rDev -34%

Photo of oldp0rt
2/5  rDev -34%

Photo of bryehn
2.03/5  rDev -33%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy, golden-amber colour with a large, soapy white head that burns off quickly without leaving much lace and settles as a thin collar and film.

Wet grains/grasses, booze, fruit juice, sweet malts, corn syrup. Reminds me of smelling an empty day old can.

Earthy, boozy taste. Burnt grains. Overly sweet with no real body to back it up. Finish is syrupy and dirty.

Mouthfeel is way too thin, just nothing here to contrast the cloying taste. Carbonation is moderate to high. Aftertaste is again syrupy, with an astringent, plastic-like tone.

Found it hard to even get through one, I have no reason to ever try this again.

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Photo of kjyost
2.25/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of biboergosum
2.35/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

473ml can. The first, I believe, for this brewer in Alberta.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden amber hue (whiskey colour, eh? What the hell kind of whisk(e)y do you guys drink?), with three fat fingers of puffy and foamy off-white head, which leaves some high-flying striated lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells fairly sour at first, hard to discern the origin, as neither the hops nor malt proffer outright culpability. Soon enough, it's made clear that the hops are more or less inert, and the malt is of the corny, grainy macro bent, and the extra booze just fuels the fire. The taste is, well the taste is a big 'ol smack to one's better senses of glycerol evil. Gah. Metallic alcohol, corn mash, overripe apple, and spineless earthy hops. Urg.

The carbonation is average, a prick here, a prick there, you get the idea, the body a seriously clammy medium weight, and too pithy to reliably discuss smoothness. It finishes sweet, but not in any good way - boozy, edgy, and tongue scraping.

Wow - the lengthy description on the can led me to briefly believe a whole shitload of fairy tales - especially the one about this being aged in oak, though they don't actually mention barrels, so, who the fuck knows. This is really quite easy to pigeonhole (it's doubtful I got an off-can) - a gussied-up malt liquor, nothing more.

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Photo of beerhunter13
2.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of lgmol
2.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of Orionigel
2.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of Olek4374
2.54/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Last can from a sample pack. The first two were not overly exciting, so can I say maybe there is a reason why these beers don't venture far from Ontario?

Well it pours an orange-brown colour - not too exciting, but my expectation of this beer is a bit low after sampling it's two bretheren a few days beforehand. There wasn't much of a head going on, and what was there (maybe 3 centimetres worth) dissipated very quickly.

It smells of sweet malt and little else. I was thinking there would be more depth to the smell, but unfortunately there isn't. After the first sip, my worst fears were confirmed: this beer just isn't that good. The taste is sour and very boozy. There are some boozy beers that i've reviewed (for example, the Big Rock Scottish Ale) which are very boozy, but also have some good flavour to go along with it, so the booziness is less of an issue. The aftertaste was a mild lingering bitterness, and the mouthfeel, surprisingly, was very nice - not too thick and not too carbonated. That's probably the one redeeming quality of this beer.

If you're looking to just get hammered, I suppose you could give this beer a shot, but there are an infinite number of Euro beers with higher ABVs that honestly taste better. Not very impressive, Waterloo.

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Photo of leaddog
2.58/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours a hazy medium amber colour with a 1/2 finger width of bubbly white head that fades quickly.

Smell - Sweet apple, pear, faint grassy hops. Not much else happening.

Taste - Sweet apple and caramel malts. The hops are non-existent. Almost tastes like caramel syrup.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied with light carbonation. A little sticky.

Overall - An overly sweet red lager by Waterloo. Hard to get past all the sugary notes in this brew. Aromas and flavours need more development (both are a little one note). The base is there - just needs more rework.

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Photo of thehyperduck
2.59/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

473 mL can picked up at the LCBO. I reviewed this shortly after it came out, and gave it a grade of 3.78 at the time. I later learned that the original canned version was actually barrel-aged, which is apparently no longer the case. I've had this a few times since that original review, and was shocked at the drop in quality - so I'm just going to delete that one and re-review this.

One thing I will say - this still looks pretty damn good in the glass. It's a bright, clear orange-amber colour, with a big, creamy off-white head that wilts away over a period of minutes, coating the glass with plenty of lacing. The smell, on the other hand, is pretty terrible. Garbage water is the first thing that comes to mind - kind of rusty, with some sweet undertones of fermenting vegetable matter. I assure you I am not exaggerating for comedic effect, this is what the beer's aroma reminds me of. I can't even pick out any caramel, and from previous experience I already know that caramel makes up >75% of the flavour.

I can't even believe this is the same beer I tasted a few years ago. There's nothing offensive about the flavour, but it is utterly one-dimensional and completely uninteresting - caramel malt sweetness, toasted grains, earthy wood and more than enough booze to remind you of the relatively sturdy abv. The aftertaste isn't quite hot, but the ethanol doesn't exactly slink into the background, either - regardless, it's cloyingly sweet and a little syrupy. On the light side of medium-bodied, and slightly creamy. Not very drinkable - kind of a chore, really. If I weren't so cheap, I'd consider a drain pour.

Final Grade: 2.59, a dismal C-. Waterloo Amber is merely a shadow of its original incarnation. At the time I compared it to Innis & Gunn (which is nothing spectacular, but still a serviceable basic barrel-aged ale), but now it seems more like a shallow knock-off than a serious contender. If I get this again, it will only be because of the relatively good price-to-abv ratio - I mean, it beats the hell out of malt liquor.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
2.64/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

473 ml can from LCBO for $2.50 CDN poured cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - Dirty copper color with some red hues. transparent except some active bubble activity. Solid 1 finger of white head that lingers for a bit and leaves some decent lacing.

Smell - Took repeated whiffs for me to get much of anything and there was still nothing here really except for a faint grassiness and a touch of lemon zest. Really bland and basic smelling. Fortunately nothing offensive.

Taste - Like the nose, there's not much, a bit of the alcohol flavor comes through but otherwise a slight caramel sweetness. Not a refreshing taste either. Again inoffensive, just nothing really good either.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation, slightly dry aftertaste and finish. Devoid of any lingering tastes.

Overall - Pretty mediocre. Decent way to get a buzz on from the higher ABV, but with virtually no flavor or smell, this wasn't a positive experience either.

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Photo of swillmeister
2.66/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tulip shaped pint glass. Gave it a heavy pour to produce a good head to impart more aromas. Head dissipated within about 10 seconds

Appearance: as the name implied, the beer is indeed a nice natural amber colour as opposed to the bright fake copper colour found in similar amber beers. A bit cloudy in the glass. No lacing to speak of.

Smell : predominant smell is a bit metallic with undertones of banana bread, toffee and molasses

Taste: a bit too sweet for my taste

Mouthfeel: like flat ginger ale.

Overall: nothing spectacular. Probably would not buy again

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Photo of liamt07
2.72/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Can from the LCBO, 473ml into a tulip. Date code is H1911, presumably August 19, 2011.

Hazy and slightly brownish orange, billowing offwhite head and a ton of carbonation. Sticky webbed lacing and decent retention. Nose is off, bready and lightly toasty. A touch of caramel but there's some prevalent mustiness, straw, dirty socks and dirty stagnant water feel to it. Off-putting. Taste is a bit of a step up, but metal, oxidized apple, caramel breadiness and an out-of-place bitterness come together to make this not the most pleasant experience. Quite sweet finish. Medium carbonation and a medium-sized body as well. Wouldn't revisit this one, couldn't make it through the can. Pass.

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Photo of CurtisD
2.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of DamageCase76
2.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of mjacquard
2.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of smakawhat
2.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the can into a tulip pint glass.

A nice copper dark orange body, slightly cloudy but mostly clear, with a thick faint tan head that makes about three fingers tall presence. Kind of soapy, with some ring like lacing on the glass. Pretty decent looking.

One whiff on the nose and there is a ton of white sugar sensations. Real candy like smelling as well and syrupy, and some alcohol heat. Not much else here going on but nothing too offensive either.

Palate is just too noticeably sweet. Mouthfeel is a bit wet, but there's mostly just a flavor of sugared water. More of the candy like character comes through, with a big simple syrup light coating. Boozy. Some slight fussel like characters as well. Lots of sweet apple and sugar pie character with no depth.

Overall where's the malt? This comes off more like an amber sugary malt liquor than anything else.

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Photo of carteravebrew
3/5  rDev -1%

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3/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Bf_89
3/5  rDev -1%

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Brick Waterloo Amber from Brick Brewing Co.
3.03 out of 5 based on 59 ratings.
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