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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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 après 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 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 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 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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Photo of Bitterbill
3.71/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

10oz sample at Colorado Brewfest in Ft Collins.

A slightly hazy pour, it was red in colour and had a good 1" head of foam that lasted through most of the session.

The smell was very light with just a note of some sweet and roasted malt.

The taste was more assertive than the smell with good caramel malt sweetness and some roasted notes. A light bitterness crept in towards the finish and was fairly long lasting.

The mouthfeel was close to medium, the carbonation was medium. Good smooth feel overall.

Drinkability? It was very easy drinking and quite tasty. I think it's a good addition to the lineup of Ft Collins Brewing.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a pale copper amber hue with a bright white head, nice scattered bands of lacing form retention is really nice. Aroma is pretty tame here subtle toasted malts bring out mild caramel and biscuit tones. A light herbal hop background going on this is a pre pro amber lage. Flavor is light as well with nice cereal grains more biscuit, caramel malts flowing with a touch of herbal hops for balance tame and delicate well brewed amber lager. A nice nutty finish in there as well. Mouthfeel is light body carried well by natural carbonation, straight forward crisp amber lager. Drinkability is nice I could see this being a nice crossover brew has more flavor without overpowering any senses.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours medium dark amber, mostly see through. Touches of foam remains after fast fizzy carbonation. Bready caramel nose jumps out of the glass. Taste is a sweet caramel. Sweetness hangs around. Pretty good amber.

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Photo of spoony
3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 355 ml bottle into a nonic. Reviewed from notes dated November 7, 2013.

A-A short eggshell-colored head drops quickly to a patchy cap. The beer is golden in color with a light haze that clouds it somewhat. I see a few streams of carbonation in there.

S-The scent is pretty clean with lager-like milled grains and light to medium malt flavors. I also get some straw and a bit of toasted bread. Not bad, but a bit simple and not as inviting as some.

T-The taste tracks the smell closely with grains, toasted bread, some straw, and a pretty simple profile. I get a bit of soapy spice on the finish. Lighter in flavor.

M-The feel is on the crisp side with active carbonation and a medium to light body.

O-This is a pretty middle of the road beer. The smell and flavor are on the lighter side of things, which isn't surprising given the low ABV and the style in general. There are more intriguing session beers out there, but this one drinks pretty easy and doesn't offend.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours out as a decent looking amber color with a nice creamy looking head. The smell was of biscuit malts and some hops in there. The taste has a light citrusy flavor mixed with a caramel aftertaste. The mouthfeel was decent found it to be very drinkable. Overall I'd say give it a try.

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice orange, amber colour with a snow white, single finger head that quickly fades away to a patchy frost over the beer's surface.
Sweet malts on the nose with a little bit of biscuity malt a little deeper down; a bit bready, too.
Good, clean, flavourful drink with modest amber malts and gentle, earthy hops on the finish. Very easy to drink and very subtle beer. Mouthfeel is smooth will moderate carbonation. Well crafted lager that seems it would pair well with a multitude of cuisine and highly drinkable, too. Well done.

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Photo of mactrail
3.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Attractive light golden amber with a quite decent head in the snifter. Sprightly in the mouth. Faint beery aroma. More than adequate carbonation.

Tastes like a Pilsener at first sip. Just a touch of malt, though there are some roasted grain notes in the background. Interesting gummy, resiny tang. Hints of butter. Herbs in the back of the mouth. A mineral tang. Bitter finish adds a substantial note.

A very light brew. For a beer so close to the four percent mark, it provides a pleasant quaff. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Wilbur's Total Beverage in Fort Collins.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Light amber color. Off white head recedes to a wisp, light watery lacing.

Aroma: Faint bready malts, some sweetness, more hops in the end.

Taste: Very faint caramel sweetness, some bready notes, then a more piny, hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Overall: Not much in the way of caramel sweetness but it is balanced.

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Photo of jadpsu
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber orange with a bright white head that has excellent retention and excellent side lacing.
Smell is toasty malts and citrus hops with a touch of molasses.
Taste is on the sweet side along with the toasty malts, and some distinct earty and floral hops.
Finishes dry. Enjoyed this amber, definitely better than average.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.51/5  rDev +4.5%
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 Dmart1223
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice, clean beer...

1900 Amber Lager is amber...no kidding... with a fair amount of head that keeps some lacing. Smell is faint, but interesting — some citrus, but something slightly toasty.

The taste was refreshing, I'll give it that, but it felt a little empty, almost watered down. It did have a slight hoppy character at the end.

Nice, drinkable beer.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In the build a sixer section at Cork and Bottle in Monument

I grabbed this one randomly because Ft Collins has a decent lineup. It's a nice copper color with low carbonation making for head that disappeared in seconds to make a horseshoe-shaped cap. The aroma was light with a pleasing amount of hops. The taste is VERY good for a lager. It has a good crispness and I actually enjoy the taste, unlike many lagers I've tried. This is one I could have several of. It's great for the style and, well, just nice.

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