1900 Amber Lager
The Fort Collins Brewery

1900 Amber Lager1900 Amber Lager
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American Amber / Red Lager
3.29 | pDev: 12.77%
The Fort Collins Brewery
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
1900 Amber Lager1900 Amber Lager
Reviews: 50 | Ratings: 141 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by Yeastcakes:
Photo of Yeastcakes
4.08/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving notes - imperial pint glass, room temp
A - smooth lightly sweet caramel beautifully balanced with floral hops
A - great three fingers of white, smalled bubbled head. Persistent quarter inch of head remains for the entire drink. Clear, yellow-straw
M - full body with light to medium carbonation.
T - Light sweet, full-bodied malt. Nice floral hops from the aroma sit far in the background.
D - This is a great sessionable beer. I will definitely get another pint of this one.

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Photo of GrandpaGeorge
3.8/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The first of my sample pack from the Gettysburg Beer Mart on York Rd. (Always fun to see what you can get in PA that you can't find locally.) Nice orange color in the glass with decent tan foam that laced a bit going down. Spritzy carbonation and a somewhat fresh (bright?) scent in the nose--almost a fruity hops. Taste was very slightly sweet malt with a decidedly "Colorado" style (thanks, N, for the use of that term--it fits) hops profile that is both recognizable and very pleasant. Refreshing, slight bitter aftertaste (a good thing) and downright good to drink. Can't wait to try the rest of the pack.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Likely the target of Vienna style lager, this American version does fairly well while using a lot of American brewing ingredients and techniques into the picture. The result misses the target on true Vienna Lagers, but achieves tasty status nevertheless.

Pouring as much of a deep golden as an Amber Ale, the beer shows bright clarity and a faltering head character. Through building a froathy white head to start, the foam disapates without lace as quickly as it forms.

Malty with notes of freshly baked breads and bread crust but with a grainy note here and there, the nose is mostly sweet and with a soft herbal and floral hop blend.

Flavor is equally as simple- leading with a mosty malt, but partly grain sweetness of light caramel, French breads, and the savory crust flavor of breads most of all. No esters, no phenols, the clean lager taste comes through in quite refreshing attitude. Tea-like herbal flavor turns to earthy bitterness as the beer approaches finish for a slightly bitter and fleeting malt taste late.

Medium bodied, the beer's mild maltiness and ample carbonation keeps the beer lightly creamy through mid palate before turning minty and slightly warm in finish. Lightly grainy with bite and bitterness, the finish doesn't provide the clean mouthfeel or flavor that's expected but passable.

It seems that more caramel malts and less Munich or Vienna malt flavor and feel leaves me wanting more elegance and firmness; and then with a clean malty-dry closure that would have helped this beer compete with Negra Modelo and Eliot Ness perhaps.

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Photo of Domingo
3.71/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is apparently only available in 12-packs. Luckily, my store does mixed 6'ers so I was able to try it without committing 1/3 of my fridge.
Pours a nice amber color with a fair amount of head.
The nose isn't too strong, but it's clean and toasty.
Toasted malt is the main flavor. Earthy hops give a nice balanced finish.
I'm pretty certain I'd go through a 12'er of these quickly. Nothing fancy, but tasty and as easy drinking as beer gets.
The score isn't huge as it's a simple beer, but I really like this.
Reminds me a little of a less complex Elliot Ness.

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Photo of DrFunkenstein
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of mcallister
3.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A little light in SRM for an Amber in my opinion, more like a Helles. Golden in color with a small white head that fades quickly into a foam top with no lace.

You can sure smell the effervescence of the carbonation in this beer. Light toffee aromas, with hints of caramel, bready malts, earthy, and floral hop notes.

Nice body with lively carbonation. Not overly complex but it shouldn't be. Very food friendly, light toffee, cereal, bread, with a good amount of noble hops in the middle and finish. Lively floral flavors on the end and a bit earthy throughout.

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Photo of brheuer
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of BillRoth
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of jwc215
3.15/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear, light amber with a thin head that soon becomes a wispy, lasting patch.

The smell is of honey, some musty grain with some melon.

The taste is of honey sweetness that is almost too much. But it does have some balance with a slight melon fruitiness and a touch of toasted grain. Becomes more dry in the finish.

A bit weak, the initial fizz fades, it becomes watery, but the taste lingers through the finish.

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Photo of schoolboy
4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We are out here in Colorado and I hope I have another of these to sample this week. the style seems to be a misnomer. It is much cleaner crisper and dryer than any kind of amber. It has none of the maltiness that I would expect.

This beer went down nicely and when it was done could have had another.maybe the beautiful snowy rocky mountains surroundings and high altitude make the beer better.

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Photo of flexabull
3.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber color, tons of bubbles, and a tiny white head.

Aromas are bready, sweet, and tea like.

Taste is dry, with light tea, bread dough, and some creamy sweetness. Finish is also dry, with slight mineral hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. Nice body and well carbonation.

Overall, this is a pretty average beer. But it's at least drinkable and thirst quenching,

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Photo of matty
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nothing spectacular but pretty decent.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.77/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Better than I expected. I've been relatively underwhelmed by this brewery, and this isn't a style I often go for- a bit bland for me- but I picked this up on a singles rack in one of my local stores, and I have to say I was fairly pleasantly surprised. Pours a nice amber with a fairly thin head that leaves some sloppy lacing. Nice bready smell with a bit of earthy bitterness and some late tropical fruit notes. Crisp and somewhat substantial at the same time in the mouth, with more of that breadiness, light sweetness, anmd fairly firm earthy hops. There is a bit of thinnessin the finish and it could use some more length, but some spicy hops at the end redeem it. Very enjoyable on a hot day, but with enough body and character to keep me somewhat interested, and the nice spicy hop bite went well with some Dubliner cheese and some wheat crackers.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.51/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours orange-amber with a half finger of sticky foam. Moderate lacing. Aroma is a cross of crystal malts, and a mild earthy hoppiness.

Dryer than I expected... I was expecting a rush of sweet maltiness, but I got drying mouthfeel and lingering bitterness instead. It is actually pretty refreshing. Not particularly exciting, but a decent offering from Ft. Collins.

Certainly drinkable, but I wish Ft. Collins would list the ABV and bottle date on their bottles.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.71/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Gordon for the sample.

1900 pours a clear caramel body with a muted caramel aroma. The flavor is caramel malt, then notes of vanilla with a nice spicy hop bite in the finish. 1900 is easy drinking and smooth with an enjoyable malt flavor and moderate hop bitterness. An enjoyable beer, if this can be purchased at an affordable price, it is a good buy. Solid addition to the FCB lineup.

Note: Gordon, from the brewery, said this was their take on a Munich Lager.

Note #2: Bitterbill, I swear I didn't read your review before I wrote mine, looks like we are on EXACTLY the same page on this beer.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of GilGarp
3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It looks like FCB is releaseing it's "flagship" after years of making a variety of unique beers. Interesting strategy as most companies start with something great and build from there. Not that there's anything wrong with doing things differently!

Served cold in a pint glass. It has a great redish amber color, as it should, with a thin layer of head that slowly fades to sticky lace.

Aroma is malty and biscuity with a little bit of eartiness and apples.

Flavor is very familiar. It's a dead ringer for Fat Tire. If someone handed this to me in a bar, I wouldn't hesitate for a second in thinking it's NB's old standby. The same in every respect.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are fine.

I don't know what to say. It's almost like beer plagerism. Did they actually think this was unique? I give this a straight "average" score because it's all been done before.

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Photo of Halcyondays
2.58/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, glad to see Fort Collins in the Southland,

A: Pours an exceptionally clear light amber with a fizzy but long lasting white head, no lace.

S: Light biscuity malt, some sugar.

T: Some sweet crystal style malt, no real hop playing, light notes of carbonic acid. Mild flavour.

M: Light-bodied, flabby feel, the carbonation isn't crisp and refreshing as it should be.

O: OK, not the best first impression, but I was starting with the lightest in the pack. Hopefully things will go up from here. No off flavours, fairly clean, just nothing interesting.

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Photo of BDIMike
4.3/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light amber color. Lighter than the retro red, another great offer from them, but the same thin white head with nice lacing.
Smell is nice of biscuit and caramel malts. There is also a bit of a grain taste with a slight hop smell and caramel. A very strong amber ale smell.
Taste is very light and easy down. Perfect balance of caramel malts, amber grains, and hoppy bitterness.
Mouthfeel is very smooth. A medium body with a velvety feel on the tongue.
Drinkability is awesome. This amber has such a nice balance and a really dtrong taste. There is so much going on in the taste, but everything balances well enough that I could drink this beer for a very long time.

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Photo of stampfler07
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Kemmerlin
2.75/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: dark amber color with a thick foamy head and very strong sticky lacing.
S: has a smell of rotten fruit and a sharp perfume smell not pleasent together
T: the taste is definitely a strong lager style with a slight hoppy taste could use more though. The aftertaste is lacking of much characteristics
M/D: light bubbly feel with a slight dryness in the mouth. The drinkability is decent when you hold your breath

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Photo of enelson
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of jsh420
2.26/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

pours clear gold with a 1 finger white head that faded fast and left no lacing

smells of watery biscuit malts and some lemon

taste was not any better then the nose - not much flavor besides sour lemons and light grains in the after taste

mouthfeel - after the nose i thought this would be watery but it was surprisingly pretty full bodied for the style and decent carboantion

overall - if the flavor is not there why bother - i will never buy this beer again - yet another fort collins beer that fails

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.82/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A: A strong glass filled effervesce shows a tawny orange coloring with a slight ghost hazing. A weak and washy head, butterscotch in color, is dismal and disappointing visually, short lived and provided no window dressing.

S: Autumn leaves for aroma, light orange, some moist grains really light in strength, really light in complexity.

T: Flavor was sweet at the start, buttery-orange, lightly toasted dry cereal grains, with some nobel flowery hops that was warming and fresh. A light yeatiness factor with a bit of a sour twang finish with some stale malt and wildflower hints.

M: starts crisp and has a pretty good malt depth per style, slippery texture with a bit of alkaline nature to it.Doesnt particularly hold well on the tongue or finish well.

O: Overall the flavor (malt and hop character) doesn't show me enough to make this a revist or worthy of a recommendation. Some sour flowery off taste and stale malt leaves much to be desired and not enought to keep you drinking after one.

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Photo of Rayek
3.74/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up as part of the brewery's sampler 12-pack. Poured into a Perfect Pint glass:

A: Brilliant amber, with light carbonation from small bubbles. A Small cream tinged cap retreats fairly quickly to a ring at the beer's edge. Leaves no lace. The beer's weakest area.

S: Toffee dominates. It's joined by a touch of caramel and a hint of lemongrass.

T: A bittersweet toffee flavor creates the bulk of the flavor. It's followed by a very mild lemon and pepper bitterness, and then some straw like malt flavors. Finishes relatively clean, with a bit of lingering toffee.

M: The medium light body is dry and has very soft carbonation.

D: This is a nice little beer. It has good subtlety and just enough flavor going on to keep me interested. The lightness makes it easy to drink multiples.

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