Brick Waterloo Amber | Brick Brewing Co.

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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 GoHabsGo
3/5  rDev -1%

Photo of kjyost
2.25/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of Watershed
3.79/5  rDev +25.1%
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 WillAndSarah
3.5/5  rDev +15.5%

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3/5  rDev -1%

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3.75/5  rDev +23.8%

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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2.5/5  rDev -17.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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3/5  rDev -1%

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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4/5  rDev +32%

Photo of CurtisD
2.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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 Coastal_Brew
3.75/5  rDev +23.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -17.5%

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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2/5  rDev -34%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.33/5  rDev +9.9%
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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3.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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 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 JOaikido
3.71/5  rDev +22.4%
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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3.5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of korguy123
3.53/5  rDev +16.5%
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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Brick Waterloo Amber from Brick Brewing Co.
3.03 out of 5 based on 59 ratings.
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