Amber Rye Lager
Oconomowoc Brewing Company

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3.09 | pDev: 1.62%
Oconomowoc Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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TheLongBeachBum from California

3.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 ounce slightly stubby brown glass bottle sealed with a twist-off brass crown cap. A very simplistic looking white label has green and gold text that pronounces the contents as “Oconomowoc Brewing Company Amber Rye Lager”…..and erm…well that’s it. No strength, freshness or even description. Plain presentation.

Appearance: I used my McEwan’s Scotch Ale Thistle Goblet for this one. Light haze permeates the Orange Marmalade body which benefits from a Barley Sugar amber glow when backlit. Thin but rich looking off-white cream colored head has good stability despite ifs low profile. Light lacing close to the meniscus. Average levels of finely dissolved conditioning.

Nose: Husky nose is heavily dusted with crushed grain and a wholegrain flour aroma. A Rye sweetness fills the nose of the Goblet but it is one-dimensional.

Taste: Starts with some bitter malts and a dry Rye centre-piece. Flashes of bitter-sweet orange are detected but it does add a little spice to the proceedings in the middle. A mixture of dry cereal and a powdered malt finish sucks any moisture from the palate in the finish, a tad harsh after the swallow.

Mouthfeel: Soft conditioning seems to quickly fade once in the mouth, but in a nice soothing way. Bitter start feels very dry and anhydric.

Drinkability: Bit of a struggle to be honest, the grainy and Rye powdery character is just too much for me in the long run, it’s too “dry” in that respect and this makes a difficult drink beyond the 12 ounces.

Overall: A strange one this. Very powdery, it reminded me of eating the crushed malt grains from Brewery Tours. Nice enough, but not quite my cup of Tea.

An Eastward bound Cheers Mate! to my good friend BigHuge for the opportunity to try this (very rare it seems) brew.

Nov 07, 2005
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ZAP from Minnesota

3.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy orange...some sediment floating...sweet caramel apple aroma...taste is grainy...lighter caramel apple flavor....low carbonation....dry finish..feels like a decent homebrew in character...nothing too offensive but purely average..there are some nice grainy components and it slid down easily enough but I wouldn't seek this one out.

Nov 28, 2005
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Bighuge from Minnesota

3.15/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours with some viscosity. It has a somewhat murky orange/amber appearance. Slight tan head leaves spotty lace. Aroma is sweet, dusty, grainy and malty. This is a full bodied lager. But it's lacking a little bit in the carbonation area for a lager. The taste is quite grainy. Malts are cereal like. Rye adds a touch of spiciness. All in all, pretty average.

Oct 29, 2005
Amber Rye Lager from Oconomowoc Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.09 out of 5 with 3 ratings