Hudepohl Amber Lager | Hudepohl-Schoenling Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Hudepohl-Schoenling Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Fall

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Reviews: 52 | Ratings: 154
Photo of Maltoftheearth
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pleasant surprise here!

Pours W/ a nice amber color (as the name would suggest). Not much head on this guy, but it was a finger thick. It leaves quite quickly.

Nose smacks you w/ carmel butterscotch notes, with a hops at the end. Not too strong here, but more malty than what you would think.

Tastes sweet Carmel malt followed by a nice hop cut. Big mouthfeel that could border on syrupy when it's warm. This is not bad bad beer. Think Pabst on steroids. Great session beer, that can satisfy your snob tooth. Really good for what it is I say. nothing to complex, but a good effort. Would love to find this on draft!

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Photo of buschbeer
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle
Served in a pilsner glass

A - It pours a nice clear amber color. It is topped with two inches of white head.

S - The aroma is caramel with some adjunct smells in there as well.

T - It is a simple tasting beer with some sweetness from the caramel malt. Clean, crisp finish.

M - Pretty thin

O - It's a moderate to decent beer. I was craving something light and easy drinking and it hit the spot. It would be a good tailgating beer.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, light amber in color, with a thick tan head and no lace.

Grainy aroma -- malty and toasty.

Taste is also toasty, slightly sweet. Certainly richer and more full-bodied than most traditional American lagers. Not a bad beer at all, and a wonderful middle ground between lagers and ales. A solid go-to session drink!

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Photo of chilidog
3.13/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought thisone in Cinci for $6 bucks a six.

Aroma is malty sweet.

It pours a nice looking amber, off white head, fair carbonation with spotty lace.

Aroma of sweet malts, caramel, cane sugar and hay grain.

Taste of sweet malts, syrup sweetness, caramel with a earthy backdrop.

Mouth is syrup coated with a slight sticky dryness.

Overall, I expected more, alot of hype with this brew but the overwellming sweetness kinda did me in.

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Photo of NODAK
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pretty sweet nose here, with the presence of cereal grains and a fruitiness that reminds me of apples.

Taste is rather sweet in the body....I definitely detect a fruitiness in there, kind of like an apple taste. This is paired with some cereal grain sweetness as well. A small breadiness shows up at the finish. Very minor bitterness is at the finish.

Pretty good for the price point. Very drinkable. At 6.49 for a sixer, it would be a good fallback beer.

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Photo of sommersb
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 07-01-2011
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Pilsener glass
Purchased: 6-pack at Frugal McDougals, Nashville

Color is a bright copper - clear, with lots of bubbles seen in the glass. Head is 2 fingers high and off-white. Lacing is good. The aromas are mostly of sweet malts and caramel. Also some grassy smells.

Taste is very much as you'd expect from the nose - malty and lightly sweet with caramel flavors. Bitterness is low; nicely balanced taste. The carbonation is medium-high and body is medium. Aftertaste is pleasant and malty.

This beer surprised me - I had low expectations, but was pleased to find it a very good beer. Nothing overly fancy, but a nice everyday brew.

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Photo of sauron681
3.12/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a off gold color that is very very fizzy and overly carbonated. Minimal head and hardly lacing to it.
Smells of crystal malt, and not much else.
Slightly thick and syrupy in the mouth, yet crisp and tart. Chunky tasting and overall fairly bland. It finishes with a touch of sourness

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.85/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

24oz can poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass on 6/19/11

Light caramel/orange color. Pretty east to see through save the massive numbers of clinging bubbles. Two fingers of poofy, porous foam sets right to eating away at itself. Thin retention. Hardly any lace. Nothing by the half way mark.

The aroma is rather boring and not particularly pleasant. Cereal grains and watery caramel undertones. A brief foray into vegetal territory but that notion subsides. Something akin to a metallic hop twinge.

Doesn't taste quite as bad as it smells, but it isn't great. Caramel has a better showing and mixes with the grains. It's a smooth, almost buttery caramel. Backing of breads and hints of dough. Not much for hops save for a slight nip on the finish.

Medium feel is underscored by the thickness imparted by the caramel and breadiness. Moderate carbonation; moving but hardly over done. The finish is clustered and boasts a not-so-enjoyable coating feel.

I had the good fortune, if you will, to sip on this right from the bottle the last time my band played the Southgate House. I've wanted to give it a fair shake since. Sure, it's nothing great but I don't find too much going on that's terrible.

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Photo of canoehornpoint
2.91/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Deep gold to medium amber. Surprisingly corn gristy smell but there is a bit of hidden malty sweetness in the background. There are hints of mild scottish ale in this. It starts out with a bit of that scottish ale taste. It is rich and malty with noble hops dancing in the background. It finishes with that corn grist aftertaste. Typical adjunct amber.

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Photo of Natural510
3.08/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, no dating.

Pours a light amber/copper color with good initial head which dissipates into a bubbly layer with scant lacing. Look similar to a marzen.

Scent is mostly a cereal malt with tart apple and a hint of toffee; mostly cereal, which gives it the character of a cheaper grain.

Flavor similar to the nose; a bit more fruity in flavor with a subdued sweetness, while the cereal malt still dominates. Residual hop creeps in toward the end to give it a decent finish.

Body somewhat lacking in character; it is on the thin side and needs a bit more carbonation.

Traditional Cincinnati lager, nice to see this along with the Moerlin line making a comeback. Not the greatest lager out there, but for a $5.99 supermarket six-pack, you can't go wrong.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
2.51/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

24oz can into a pint.

A nice, big head is formed quite easily. It holds for a brief moment before fading into a scattered film that floats atop a clear, rusty amber liquid.

Lots of malts. Some malt aromas approach caramel but stay toasty and doughy.

Very sweet and lacing hop flavor. Lots of toffee and light caramel. Butterscotch adds to the under attenuated sweetness. This butterscotch flavor worsens with warmth.

Nicely toned back carbonation, paired with a body that's not water-thin, makes for a decent feel. Its slick though, some dryness would really help this one move.

Not too bad, but not great. Its another really sweet, under attenuated lager by a non-craft brewery.

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Photo of UKBeerman
3.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had tasted a few of these on tap at a local tavern. Sometimes a smoky bar with a large crowd and loud band are not the best place to review. I got some in bottles and decided to try it out again.

A. Nice Amber golden color. Carbonation runs continually up the glass. Clear with about 1/8th inch foamy head that retained well but did not lace.

S. In my opinion it could use some more aroma hops. Aroma was a little weak and light...many in the style are like this though. On tap in the taverns it was almost undetectable. Much better out of the bottle at home. As it warmed up a bit it became lightly floral and malty.

T. Smooth and well balanced. Not bitter..perhaps not bitter enough. This is one that is 'refreshing and easy drinking'.

M. Average but pretty nice. Not watery but not heavy either.

Overall I think I have found a real gem in that it is a beer that is more than average but has a real low price. It is an easy drinker that will be nice to have a fridge full of for the guys in the neighborhood. In the Cincinnati area I would predict this to be a hit. Not sure how much it will spread.

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Photo of cincybeernut
4.3/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer! It has been my house beer since the first time I tried it. Drink it regularly poured from a bottle or on tap at my local watering hole.

Appearance is a nice copper/amber color with an average head that doesn't stick around for long.

Taste and smell are great. Well rounded and smooth. If your a local too you'll hopefully understand what I mean by saying this beer still delivers that distinct Hudepohl taste.

Overall this beer is a good beer, I'm a fan (obviously). This tasty reasonably priced beer should put Hudepohl back on the map.

Side note: Hudepohl Amber is the only local beer currently offered at US Bank arena in Cincinnati. Also I saw Hudy Amber at the store packaged in cans this past week. Haven't tried it canned yet.

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Photo of arawrebirth27
4.5/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am not a beer expert so I cant write a detailed review,but I really dig this one!Found it on tap at a local bar in the N. KY area and had to try it!
The aroma is bready and slightly sweet.Has just the right amount of bite and is quite easy to drink.Isnt overly filling and I could easily drink this with dinner.

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Photo of Shrews629
3.13/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - A very clear, light amber color with some burnt orange highlights around the bottom. A decent size, off white, soapy head from a fairly aggressive pour. Not bad retention and not too bad lacing left behind.

Smell - A grainy aroma jumps out above a somewhat toasty bread and mild caramel. A touch of butter also. A little bit of corn. Smells of some adjunct qualities.

Taste - The taste brought out the grain with some type of cooked rice. The caramel came through with a slight sweetness, but it didn't seem to be balanced all that well. A slight bit of hop bite at the back end.

Mouthfeel - Medium/thin mouthfeel. Quite snappy and crisp. Mostly refreshing. Mostly dry. Rather smooth. Coats the palate in an average way.

Drinkability - This is quite easy and refreshing to drink. It's mostly average to me, but it's easily tolerable. I've had better, but I've also had way worse. I probably won't pick it up again, but I would drink it socially for sure.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.19/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Single bottle poured into a Shaker pint glass. No date anywhere on bottle or label.

Appearance: Poured a 1/4" white head that died down to a very thin skin across the top and a ring around the edge. Some small amounts of lacing noted. Beer color was a clear orange-copper color with more in the orange range of color.

Smell: Metallic and grainy with some corn noted after swirling. Sadly not great.

Taste: Nice toasted malt with a mild bitter hop finish. Just enough flavor to be notable, but not a lot going on otherwise.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated, almost scouring of the tongue. Thicker than water but otherwise not much to remark on here.

Drinkability: Despite my comments about the smell and this beer being just about average, this is actually a quite drinkable beer. It goes very well with food (LaRosa's pizza in this case) and quenches nicely and doesn't get in the way of the food. It's like this beer was designed to be had with food - complimenting what is there but not getting in the way or clashing. So I could easily have another...but with food. By itself I can think of other amber/red lagers I would prefer to have instead.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a clear amber color with an inch off-white head. Lacing and head retention are both good. Aroma is bready and sweet malt, along with a little bit of caramel. Taste is similar to the aroma, the brew tastes like bready and caramel malt, and a bit of hops are noticable, too. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's crisp and refreshing. Drinkability is pretty good, it's smooth and goes down very easy. It wouldn't be hard to drink quite a few of these at a time. For the style of beer this is, it's good.

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Photo of chuckm
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ran across this at Kroger and bought a 12 pack, price was very reasonable(9.99).
Appearance was an amber color but easily seen thru, no depth to the color.head was average and lasted a short time.My nose was unable to detect much other than a malty scent which became apparent on first sip. Overall the taste was above average especially for a beer at this price point. Mouthfeel was light and drinkability is high.Worth the money

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Photo of colemanmatt
4.16/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I honestly think Yuengling might have met its match...The Hudepohl Amber Lager impressed me from the moment I saw it.

Packaging is awesome! Great looking label!

Price is great! 6.99 for a 6 pack!

Tasted as good if not better than Yuengling!

I am stockpiling this stuff in my home in Franklin, TN (am originally from Northern Kentucky).

Proud to see Hudepohl coming back with great products!

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Photo of rodney4130
4.43/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a bright amber, with a good head. Smell is almost completely of malt, very little hops present.

Mouthfeel is good for the style and the ABV, goes down very easy.

In short, this is a super drinkable beer that is probably the best beer in it's price point. Crisp, clean, refreshing and a great segue from macros to craft beers.

A really, really good product.

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Photo of projectflam86
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a golden (not amber?) color with a decent sized head that fades away to a thin ring.

S- A bit of corn and sweetness coming through but not much else.

T- Actually I'm pleasantly surprised by the flavor. A nice malt sweetness with some bready notes and caramel. A touch of hops in the finish.

M- Light bodied with a crisp clean taste.

D- Not bad and definitely sessionable.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Standard, average, and wonderfully so, this beer is a richly malty, low-stress, and easy drinking Amber-ish English-like Pale Ale.

Pouring an amber/copper color, the beer exhibits good clarity and a froathy/creamy head that retains well and laces eqully. Off white foam creates a structured and inviting appearance. A nice look throughout.

Aroams of caramel dominate with a rounded maltiness, rich toffee taste and clean taste. Mild herbal notes give a glimpse into hop taste and aroma, with a soft and even fade into mild earthy hop bitterness as the beer finishes.

Starting early with creaminess and a sweeter weight, the beer finishes minty/dry with a linger of malty sweetness.

Non-offensive and malty focused, the beer paris well with a lot of foods but as a stand-alone, it's way too one-dimensional for any high ratings.

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Photo of johncampbell
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank one straight from a bottle at Arnold's Bar and Grill in Downtown Cincinatti, Ohio. Appearance couldn't be evaluated for this review and smell is hard to capture through a longneck, so I chose to mark both as average (3.0).

The flavor was exactly what I expected from an Amber Lager. It had more body, more malt character, and slightly more hops than an average gold lager. It had a light, bready sweetness with a hint of caramel and toast and just enough hops to balance without adding bitterness.

This was a medium-bodied lager with a full, creamy mouthfeel. Vibrant carbonation helped it finish crisp and refreshing.

This is a solid session beer at an affordable price and a great local alternative to the macrobrands.

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Photo of cincibrew
4.4/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had a few times straight out of the bottle, this time poured into a pint. Clear amber beer with tan head. Has that classic hudy lager smell, only without adjuncts. Taste is very malty, good body, extremely drinkable. One of those beers that is good from the bottle during a tailgate, but great from a glass at home. My new go-to beer, priced perfectly between cheap and craft.

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Photo of danielplainview
5/5  rDev +43.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best quality low cost beer I've had. Yuengling immediately comes to mind but I was on the beach when I had that. This beer has a superior drinkability

Appearance - Rich amber color with moderate lacing.

Smell - yeasty with s bit of carmel overtone thing going on.

Taste - I would agree that the subtle hops really do a great job of balancing the sweetness that can often be present in this style beer. Seems like a great ballpark beer.

Mouthfeel - crisp enough for summer but it has a richness that portends to year round drinking.

Drinkability - Both in smell and taste totally had the reinheitsgrebot feel that I love. I know all the super hop, super alcohol fans won't feel the same way but oh well. Moderation is the key to life. I love balance in my brews.
Was at a friends house and they told me I HAD to try this beer, and of course as any red blooded american man I drank up.
I just found out this is available in KY and at $5.99 a 6pk this will be my new session beer if it really is available in Lexington. Seriously good stuff.

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Hudepohl Amber Lager from Hudepohl-Schoenling Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.48 out of 5 with 154 ratings