1900 Amber Lager | The Fort Collins Brewery

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1900 Amber Lager1900 Amber Lager

Brewed by:
The Fort Collins Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Bitterbill on 06-28-2009

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Ratings: 141 |  Reviews: 50
Photo of BDIMike
4.3/5  rDev +28%
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 woodychandler
4.21/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After a couple of days away, I am back to the eradication of the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody! It is actually kind of fun, reconnecting with some of these bottles after giving them short shrift in favor of The CANQuest (tm).

From the bottle: "Bright, refreshing and skillfully balanced - an all purpose apr├Ęs activity brew. Come out and play!"

I Pop!ped the cap, but I went with a very gentle pour. Even so, I got two fingers of dense, tawny head with good retention. Color was Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a pleasant malty sweetness, kind of cereal-like with a grassy hoppiness. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, big for the style. Taste was not only sweet, but it had a honey-like quality to accompany the cereal and grassy flavors noted on the nose. My late Pops was a big fan of Wheaties drizzled with honey for breakfast & this was very evocative of those flavors. Finish was more semi-sweet than outright sweet, but it was tasty, nonetheless. A nice, pleasant drink.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.08/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured an amber color with copper tones, nice clarity and a thick white head that fades slowly and leaves rings of lace.

The aroma has toated malt, caramel, a touch of chocolate and earthy elements.

The taste follows the nose with toasted, bready backbone, earthy hops balancing things out and a tiny bit of cocoa.

Overall a nicely balanced, sessionable and easy drinking amber ale.

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Photo of Yeastcakes
4.08/5  rDev +21.4%
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 SamN
4.02/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Honey orange color, not much of a head on it. Thin and patchy. Good amount of carbonation happening in here. Very clear.

S- Honey roasted malts, slight tinge of faded hops. Simple smelling, good scent. Reminds me of a rich doppelbock.

T- A maltier red lager, lots of oat and grain sweetness in here. Nutty flavors, breads, cracked oats and a spicy hops character. This is surprisingly good, with a great malty, sweet nutty character, more depth here than I expected.. Too bad the taste fades so quickly into a kind of murkier hops, but it is great while it lasts.

M- Pretty thin, not a lot of body here. Carbonation is pretty lively, doesn't seem to fit it's malt forward nature.

D- Wonderfully sessionable, this is a treat of a beer. I didn't expect such great malt sweetness, I could drink a lot of these.

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Photo of wilfonzo
4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Wmbolling
4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of jjholt
4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of schoolboy
4/5  rDev +19%
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 DrDemento456
3.98/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was looking for a new amber lager to try.

A - Light amber with great carbonation and head with mild lacing.
S - Mostly biscuit and caramel malts, along with wheat grass and grain. A perfect smell of the amber lager.
T - Very light. In fact I expected more bitter from the hops but got more balanced malts, bready and wet with a touch of grain and grass. Finish is sweet caramel malt and a dry hop finish.
M - Very light but carbonated.
D - Well this would be my favorite amber lager second would be flying dogs, and third would be vinyl by magic hat. Very balanced and drinkable. My first beer wow of the pack.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.98/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce pint - $5.25 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Served up a near clear, clean copper body with a thin, white head, albeit from a generous pour.

Smell: Understated scent of sparingly toasted barley with hints of bread and biscuits rounded out be even lighter notes of caramel, citrus, and spice.

Taste: A toasty mixture of grainy bread and biscuit tops with a lightly sweet touch of caramel (though a bit more as it warms). Six carefully administered drops of apple juice. A light dose of earthy, spicy hops providing a small hint of citrus and a restrained level of balancing bitterness. Drying finish that's quite crisp.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: A balanced, easily drinkable beer with an approachability beyond reproach.

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Photo of tugdriver7
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
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 foghornleghorn22
3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.77/5  rDev +12.2%
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 Jonbw
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of DerwinWentworth
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of pinkysup
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of habaceeba
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of domnalbrecc
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of BeerHistoryGuy
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WDJersey
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of Localdrinklax
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of Rayek
3.74/5  rDev +11.3%
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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Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.71/5  rDev +10.4%
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 Domingo
3.71/5  rDev +10.4%
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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1900 Amber Lager from The Fort Collins Brewery
3.36 out of 5 based on 141 ratings.
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