Rathskeller Amber Ale | Gray's Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Gray's Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
graybrewing.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by karst on 08-05-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
55
Reviews:
33
Avg:
3.16
pDev:
13.92%
 
 
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Photo of ProfessorHops
4.37/5  rDev +38.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- medium red, with a very fast head. Laces well

Smell- fruity sweet very similar to a weak white wine. Toasted almond in the back.

Taste- excellent!!! Carmel beginning. Their are hint of chocolate malt, that are gorgeous. A great balance between a flavorful beer that is drinkable as well. Brew finishes with a long Carmel disintegration.

Mouthfeel- juicy and rich.

Drinkability- bright but not bighty very easy to drink. A refreshing drink as well.


I loved this beer. Almost every aspect of this brew was fascinating and very tasty. What's really weird is I was able to buy the bottle for 99 cents out of the broken box been at my local grocery store. Awesome beer!!!


Gulp Gulp,
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Photo of dhannes
4.05/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured chilled into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint and drank at 45ºF or so. I believe that Gray's created this recipe for the University of Wisconsin Memorial Union to serve on the Union Terrace and in the "Rathskeller" inside, hence the name.

A=Nice reddish amber; foam was light yellowish-white that reached 1" for over a minute.

S=Predominant nose--honey and fruit...faint smell of berries.

T=Very sweet, with hint of hops and even less malt. I drank the second half with grilled chicken, and taste seemed to improve as it warmed.

M=Very little carbonation made this pleasant.

D=The sweetness hampers this. I've consumed large quantities of this in the past at the aforementioned Union Terrace, but can't see me drinking a 6-pack in one sitting.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.02/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on tap at the Rathskellar, U of W, Madison.

Amber-copper in color with glowing orange highlights beneath a frothy off-white head. The head retention is fair and it leaves only minor lacing about the glass.

The nose is malty with notes of sweet caramel and toasted grain. Some floral hops flutter in the background.

In the mouth it's gently bristling and then smooth, with a medium-light body and a median, fine-bubbled carbonation.

The flavor is as the aroma suggests, with a decidedly malty (rather than hoppy) character that's nutty, toasty, softly caramelish, toffee-like, and even has occasional flashes of milk chocolate. It never becomes sweet, however. The moderate bitterness steps up just prior to the swallow, along with some mild grassy hops, and it simply fades away to nothing in the short, clean finish.

Great drinkability! I can see why the students go for this one! It's got much more character than the Spotted Cow (still the best seller) or Capital Amber. I was pleasantly surprised, and I'd certainly suggest trying this one on tap - the bottles don't seem to translate quite as well.

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Photo of Packman4IL
4/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of Skidz
3.97/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out bright amber and sits a gleaming rose-tinted amber brown in the glass with a decent sized light tan head, fading quickly to a thin skim on the surface.

Rich toasty aroma breaths from a crisp, crackery core. Lightly nutty with some floral hops. Twists of caramel and a slight twinge of alcohol (very low presence).

Tastes of light caramels with bold toasty overtones. Bitterness comes in quickly and provides nice complimenting flavors of green, grassy hops. Finish is clean with some residual bitterness, and basically dry for the most part.

Initially crisp, but mellows out nicely. Medium-light body with nicely paired and envigorating carbonation.

Come into this expecting average, and you'll be surprised. This is gleaming glass of an amber ale is finely tuned and doesn't dissapoint. It's beer in it's most traditional and calculated form.

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Photo of lester619
3.75/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

They make this five blocks from my house. Not really relevant, but they do. Looks nice, typical clear reddish, coppery amber, not much head or lacing. Bready, sweet caramel malt smell, a little floral, citrusy hop presence. This is your basic drinkable unoffensive amber. Not a damn thing wrong with it, but it's not going to excite anybody either.

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Photo of twbeecher
3.75/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of hainesly
3.75/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of Lemke10
3.65/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought a 8-pack Gray's Sampler from Woodman's in Janesville, WI in Spring 2011 for $10.39.

Pours a reddish brown color with a one finger head of fluffy foam that qucikly disappears. Scent is malty with a scent that reminds me of a weak grape juice for some reason. Taste is mildly malty but with decent flavor. Perhaps a little bit of burnt sugars or toasted malts as well. Decent volume and texture, could be a little thicker but it's fine the way it is. A better than average brew from my hometown!

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Photo of KellyScottMad
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of tgbljb
3.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium amber color with modest slightly off-white puffy head.
Smell is light and notable for a slight fruity maltiness.
Taste has some nice fruit malt characteristics,. but is very light.
Finishes with a nice rich mouthfeel taste that only slight taste retention.
Good drinkability, but nothing better than average.

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Photo of BYOFB
3.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Knapp85
3.41/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The look of this beer pours out as a typical amber color. The head and lacing don't really stick around very long. The smell is a little grainy with a little hops aroma in the background. The taste is malty upfront fading into a dry hoppy taste. The mouthfeel is lightly carbonated. It's a decent brew nothing too crazy. 

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.38/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

French burnt peanut orange that is darker than most amber ales; few of which are actually amber in color. There must be quite a bit of caramel malt present, or perhaps even a little chocolate malt. The smallish cap is equal parts beige, pale gold and pastel orange. A few feathery rings are seen, but glass coverage is less than impressive.

The aroma is nondescript, which is often the case with beer of this style (unless it's highly hopped). It's somewhat earthy, with what smells like a modest shot of German hoppiness. No real positives and no negatives equals... an average score.

The flavor profile pushes things back up to above average. That said, this is one of those decently well-brewed ales that is ultimately forgettable. Approachable and easy drinking? Sure. Balanced? You betcha. Exciting in any way? Nope. It's still early in the bottle, but Rathskeller Amber might be my least favorite Gray's beer to date.

Toasted cereal grain-like, slightly earthy, mildly nutty malt leads the way. There isn't much malt sweetness, but there doesn't need to be because hop bitterness is on the low side as well. Balance isn't hard when neither side is fighting for supremacy. With respect to hops, I'll guess Tettnanger or something similar.

The body/mouthfeel is full enough to be enjoyable, with carbonation that is more sharp and biting than smooth and caressing. It's a minor complaint, but it keeps the score from sneaking up a notch.

Gray's must have felt their lineup had a hole that needed plugging. Although there isn't anything horribly wrong with Rathskeller Amber Ale, there isn't anything in these twelve ounces that will bring me back for another go round.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
3.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint.

Crystal clear with a rusty copper hue. Small, thin head that was very bubbly and harsh and left no lacing.

Aroma is of caramel malts and honey, molasses and corn?

Flavor is malty, dark roasted malts with a nutty undertone. Adjunct like corn. Cloying sweetness abounds. Phenolic alcohol like flavors that just don't fit.

Mouthfeel is very thin and dry.

Drinkability is good, slightly above average.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.34/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Red-copper. Head is one finger off white and has poor retention.
S- The aroma is very pleasant. Toasty, earthy, caramel. Only negative is there is a distant, but lingering sourness to the beer.
T- Light caramel is the big flavor throughout. There is a bit of a floating toasty flavor and some butterscotch. As relatively big as the nose was though, this was light in flavor, with the finish dropping off quickly.
M- Light in carbonation, too thin. Leaves a sticky feeling at the end.
O- It's merely an ok beer. One that is forgettable, unforunately.

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Photo of ChopperSmith
3.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a long neck bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a light and clear amber color with a one finger tan foam head that faded quick and left a hint of lacing behind.

Smell: Citrus and pine hops with some caramel and toffee malts.

Taste: Bright citrus and pine hops up front that are balanced well by some good caramel or brown sugar malts.

Mouth Feel: Light-to-medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall: I like this one better than Gray's Busted Knuckle Irish Red. This one has a better hops flavor and good balancing malts. A bit bolder and with more flavor than the Busted Knuckle. This is my favorite of the Gray's beers so far, but it's still a fairly average beer and nothing too special or memorable.

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Photo of Turbo
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of bpfrush
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of leinie13
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of martyl1000
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of DrJoe82
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of kplooki
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of pmcadamis
3.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy amber brew with a one finger beige head that has some serious staying power. Some smatterings of lace coat the glass, and that head is really not going anywhere. This is a really nice looking amber. Looks good, like a (snap, snap)... amber ale should.

S - Lightly toasted and caramelized malt undertones with a gentle whiff of leafy hops on top.

T - Like the nose, this is pleasantly malty with some nice hoppage. The hops are very well balance.... unlike many west coast ambers that are really just malty pale ales, we midwesterners know how to keep the hop craziness in check. This one has a hint of toast and a hint of butter, but not in an English amount. Like the hops, the mild diacetyls are kept in check. This is a very well balanced, if a bit restrained brew.

M - Medium bodied, well carbonated and initially neutral on the finish, a growing dryness slowly builds, but its never really dry. Mild fruit on the finish.

D - This is a relatively average and unassuming beer that is immanently drinkable due to its perfect balance and mild manners.

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Rathskeller Amber Ale from Gray's Brewing Company
3.16 out of 5 based on 55 ratings.
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