1900 Amber Lager | The Fort Collins Brewery

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1900 Amber Lager1900 Amber Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Fort Collins Brewery
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Bitterbill on 06-28-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
49
Ratings:
140
Avg:
3.35
pDev:
21.19%
 
 
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6
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Reviews: 49 | Ratings: 140
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.23/5  rDev -3.6%
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 Knapp85
3.57/5  rDev +6.6%
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 BEERchitect
3/5  rDev -10.4%
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 mactrail
3.56/5  rDev +6.3%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.98/5  rDev +18.8%
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 WVbeergeek
3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
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 jwc215
3.15/5  rDev -6%
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 Stinkypuss
3.41/5  rDev +1.8%
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 Halcyondays
2.58/5  rDev -23%
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 Georgiabeer
3.77/5  rDev +12.5%
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 beerthulhu
2.82/5  rDev -15.8%
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 Bitterbill
3.71/5  rDev +10.7%
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 Haybeerman
3.12/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep, clear amber color. Poured a 2 finger tan head with fair retention; eventually a half inch bubbly cap. Laced in patchy rings. Lightly decanted.

S: Caramel malt a sweet (but not malty sweet) odor I coiuldn't identify. Some citrus an bitter in the background.

T: Slightly sweet biscuity blended big malts. Even bitter in the finish, but not sharply bitter.

M: Light to medium body. Medium carbonation. Dry, but not very clean in the finish.

D: Fairly drinkable, but not for the aroma. Not complex, b ut flavorful and fairly balanced.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.98/5  rDev +18.8%
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 KTCamm
3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
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 rawfish
3.01/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear amber nearing copper color. Attractive carbonation, poured a thin 1/2 finger head with short retention. Spotty to no lacing down the glass.

S: Very light aroma, need to get your nose wet for this one. Malty sweet with maybe a touch of molasses and pine resin from the hops.

T: Malty sweet and toasted bread through the body with a big hoppy finish and that bitterness lingers for quite some time.

M: A medium body and medium carbonation. Not the cleanest finishing lager, finishes dry but the flavor lingers and is not crisp as I would've liked.

D: A flavorful lager that's drinkable and simple. It would be more refreshing if the ending bitterness was toned down a touch
Serving type: bottle

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Photo of jsh420
2.26/5  rDev -32.5%
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 beergoot
3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
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 Mitchster
2.93/5  rDev -12.5%
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 flexabull
3.29/5  rDev -1.8%
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 DarthKostrizer
3/5  rDev -10.4%
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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Photo of emmasdad
3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

We tried this one with friends Saturday afternoon up at the brewery in Fort Collins. Pours a clean amber color with a smallish off-white head. Aromas of caramel, toasted grains and sweet malt. On the palate, light bodied and crisp, with flavors of biscuit, caramel and earthy hops.

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Photo of mcallister
3.22/5  rDev -3.9%
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 schoolboy
4/5  rDev +19.4%
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 spoony
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
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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