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 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 beergoot
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle label data: none noted

The body presents a hazy, orange body with a thick, rocky, long-lasting white head; rings of white foam cling to the glass. Fresh-from-the-oven warm bread aroma. The flavor somewhat mirrors the aroma with the addition of a mild astringency and somewhat metallic bitterness. Medium body yet still feel watery despite the carbonation; generally dry finish.

An okay amber lager that lacks any distinctive qualities. The flavor is a let down, lacking some of the malt depth suggested by the aroma. Worth exploring but I'm moving on...

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.82/5  rDev -16.1%
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 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 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 BrewAskew
3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours out to a limp head but with decent lacing weirdly enough. Color on the light side of style. Aroma is caramel malt, yeast and faint hops. Flavor is doughy, biscuity, buttery and malty with a hint of cheesy hops in the finish. Mouthfeel is crunchy and co2 is ok. Overall, kind of weird and not what I was expecting. Of course this sample may be past it's prime.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.41/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden orange color with a soapy white head. Retention is good, definitely has staying power. Smells like yeast and bread, with a mild tea like hop aroma. In the flavor, mild earthy hop, a bit of lemon, and crackery malt notes. Kind of like an English pale ale, but a lager, as there is a bit of toffee behind the stewed hop flavor. Just a hint of butterscotch. Bitterness is mild but with good balance. Medium bodied with a yeast slickness. Overall, decent brew, not really amber, but good.

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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 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 bashiba
3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a clean amber with a light sticky off white head.

The smell is all biscuit malt.

The flavor follows the nose, tons of biscuit malt, lightly crackery, just a touch of earthy hops.

The mouthfeel is light and very dry.

A very one dimensional amber, drinkable with no big flaws, but not something I would seek out. Perfect for the biscuit lover.

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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 jwc215
3.15/5  rDev -6.3%
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 Mitchster
2.93/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Part of a mixed 12 pack. No ingredients per the website. 31 IBU, 4.5% ABV.

Pours out to a very pale light amber, forming a nice off-white head with very good retention and solid lacing. Medium carbonation, ~2.5 carbs. The nose is immediately reticent of Fat Tire. Biscuit malt, but with an odd tartness like green kiwi to the nose. The mouthfeel is light bodied and slightly tart with a dry finish. Taste open with biscuit malt, followed by mild hop flavor (herbal), then a mild well-balanced hop bitterness. Grain husk in the aftertaste with strong tannins in the finish. Still getting that green kiwi.

Hrmm. Quite average. I think this is Fort Collins answer to it's neighbors best-seller, but there is a reason fat tire sells better than this and it's not just marketing or volume.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter.

Pours with one finger of fizzy head that falls to a thin layer after a few minutes in the glass. The body is crystal clear and is nearly the exact color of a clean penny.

Smells of sweet lightly roasted malts (vienna, crystal, munich, maybe?) and some light floral notes from conservative hop additions. Has a light "lager yeast" touch.

On the palate this beer shows light bitterness and slightly higher than normal sweetness with a slightly oily (but light) bitter/astringency in the aftertaste. The malts make a good showing and are paired with some lightly grassy floral hops. Flavors of whole grain crackers and sweet grass come to mind.

The mouthfeel has a light hop-oil feel that sets this apart from the mass-produced variants of the style. The bubbles are large and this detracts, but overall the feel is pretty good.

Conclusion: This is an alright version of this style of beer. It tastes good and only has slightly detectable flaws. It reminds me of Boston Lager in style, but doesn't have the depth of malt flavors achieved in said beer. It does however have a better mouthfeel, with more texture.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
3.22/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from brown 12oz bottle to pint glass.

A - The beer pours a clear amber with a half finger creamy white head with extremely little retention and lacing.

S - An average blend of sweet biscuit caramel and crystal flavored malts. A slight bread character.

T - The beer is a nice clean glavor with a decent mix of mild earthy hops and malt character.

M - Smooth with mmoderate carbonation and light body.

D - Pretty average.

Overall 1900 was a fair beer. Better than average and a decent beer though I think the style is represented better.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 02-13-2011 04:27:14

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Photo of litheum94
2.58/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bright, amber body. Small light brown head. Leaves a very faint cover.

Carmel Malta with a little corniness. Some metallic smelling hops. Earthy yeast.

Caramel and toasted malts with some cream soda sweetness. Light floral hopping with honey sweetness on the finish.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3/5  rDev -10.7%
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 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 kaseydad
3.06/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear amber color with a nice white head that films rather quickly. The smell reminds me of Dial soap. Uh-oh. Maybe some fruits in the back though malt does shine through. Malty taste with more malt on the swallow. Slight caramel on the swallow with some peppery aspects. Overall this beer did not impress too much. Low alcohol is nice for a change but a little more character and heartiness would have been nice.

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Photo of flexabull
3.29/5  rDev -2.1%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of the Brewer's Lunchbox mixed pack.

Pours a clear light copper orange with a 1 inch off-white head that fades to an oily film. Random streaks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of light malt and citrus aromas. Taste is of biscuit-like malt, citrus zest, and a slight soapy flavor. Little hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. A pretty good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good amber lager but nothing exciting going on here.

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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 whatthehull
3.32/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


A - Light amber/brown, 1/4 finger white frothy head and no lacing

S - tons of malts, earth, sugar, slight floral hops, caramel, wheat, toffee and some slight yeast

T - Lots of sweet malts, wood, soil, a very slight hops, some flowers, wheat and a bit of yeast

M - No body, well balanced, low complexity, low acidity and medium minus finish

D - If you like easy drinking beers, pick this one up. Very easy to drink and decent taste

Final thought - Not bad.

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Photo of MrDonQuixote
2.42/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on tap at Fort Collins Brewery:

A- amber color, quite light, light head

S- Intense malty smell; slight smell of grain

T- extremely grainy taste, definitely a bit bland

M- A bit watery, but nice carbonation

O- Nothing special, quite bland when there are so many good amber ales out there

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: Amber in color with a 1/8 inch head and no retention

Smell: Caramel and bready notes

Taste: Caramel and a bit of toffee not much else

Mouthfeel: Watery with medium carbonation

Overall: Your basic amber lager. Nothing at all special about this beer

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