Highland Lager | Rohrbach Brewing Company (Brewpub)

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Brewed by:
Rohrbach Brewing Company (Brewpub)
New York, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-25-2002

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Ratings: 69 |  Reviews: 23
Reviews by motleybrew:
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2.44/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

As a big beer drinker, and expecting that from a microbrew, I go almost none of it from Rohrbach in any beer. This one in particular was one off the weakest and most disappointing. It seems to me that if you are going to claim to be an all-grain brewery, the logical step is to release heaty all-grain beer. i tried 5 (small glasses over many hours) and was disappointed. This one looked good, a nice amber. The head was ok, but easily subsided. There didn't seem enough of a scent. the carbonation was nice, even, and fitting...yet i would not have another...in fact I kept looking for a better brew on their taps.

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Photo of oberon
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at the Growler station at Consumer Bev. in Orchard Park,poured into a .5 liter stein a deep bronze with thinner off white head there was good clarity to the pour.Lightly roasted malt with some caramel and chocolate tones in the nose with not much noticable hop presence to be had,a little watery mouthfeel it takes away from the caramel and chocolate flavors also a bit of a grainy feel.Lightly hopped caramel accented lager not bad but its basic and on the thinner side.

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Photo of Rpiano78
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of LXIXME
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ksilver2
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mbratt93
3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sammy
2.91/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Their most popular, according to brewmaster Jim McDermott. Malt,a bove average carbonation, thin mouthfeel. Lace in glass, light copper colour. No aroma to speak of. Quaffable at the end of a hot summer night. Clean, unoffensive - give it to the macro drinker.

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Photo of jlkuhns
5/5  rDev +37%

Photo of ChrisL24481
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of The_Doubtful_Guest
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of poohbearzeccola
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of tomdiamond
4.06/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MarkJBurch
3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of doctchad
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a good amber flavor and color. It was definely nothing to right home about, but the fact i was able to get it in a growler for 7 dollars, made it well worth it.

In the end the price was great for a pretty good ambler, could have paid more for a less tasting amber lager.

It was a great party hit as well was able to buy two growlers for the night and just hung out and watched football games

It was pretty smooth drinking so you can't go wrong with this choice. So i say if you see this amber lager in a growler pick it up and enjoy

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Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of MTNboy
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- It has a deep red color mildly orange hue depending on the light. I was drinking outside. It had a very nice thick white head and lace.

Smell- You can smell the sweetness of this beer. It has a full toffee and caramel aroma.

Taste- I thought it had a great roasted flavor and was somewhat beany.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied but has very smooth feeling.

Drinkability- Nice easy drinker.

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Photo of TonyY
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of Rudgers73
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at Mario's Via Abruzzi.

A- Clear amber color. A little bit of sediment at the bottom. Not much for head.

S- Malty, balanced with hops and a little sweetness.

T- A well balanced red. Nothing great, but definitely very smooth and tasty.

M- Smooth. Flows well, makes you want to keep sipping.

D- I don't think it's very strong so, yeah, drink it up.

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Photo of km000
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perhaps I got a different beer than the rest of the reviews, but the label on the keg clearly stated Highland Amber and the person who purchased it assured me that it was infact the Highland Amber. This had a darker appearence than I expected with a creamy off-white head. The smell was sweet and malty with a nice wheat like profile deep in the nose. The taste was refreshing, but had a good deal of malty summer wheat characteristics, sweet molasses and brown sugar and just a little alcohol bite. Not too heavy and almost like a lightish brown ale and not at all like any lager I have tasted. Perplexing....

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Photo of TheDeuce
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rohrbach Highland Lager...on tap at the Inn on the Lake Lounge in Canandaigua, NY

Appearance-a mild red glass out of the tap, medium sized head but it leaves quickly.

Smell-roasted malt with a sweet back end, mixes with light hops. Notably sweet.

Taste/Mouthfeel- Heavy malted taste, hint of nuts in the forefront, residual sweetness. Another layer of hops on the way down, very smooth, finishes bitter. Light mouthfeel.

Drinkability- Light but flavorful.

Overall- an enjoyable beer, a lot of flavor in a light mouthfeel. Would have it again.

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Photo of wiseguy142
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a 1/4 Keg and Beers of the World for about $65 for a little end of the college school year celebration...

Appearance is a deep blazing orange topped off with a frothy, light, slightly tan tinged head.

Smell is all amber malt all the time. Sort of gives you a heads up for what you're in for in the rest of the beer.

With that being said, it tastes like amber malt. Sorta seems logical for an amber lager. Pretty thin in flavor up front with a dry/stale/grainy touch on the tongue that really doesn't scream "amber" or "lager" but more like "water." Further into the taste you get hit with the same flavor as the aroma- nicely toasted amber malt well balanced with a little hop bite- I definitely enjoyed this combination. Finishes fairly clean- I can detect maybe a little diacetyl if any but I don't think it's very important considering the darker grains used. My only real criticism is that for the first 40% of the gulp you feel like you're drinking seltzer water.

Mouthfeel is very light, with a little bit of body towards the center of the mouth. Makes for a very drinkable beer considering the dominant "aftertaste" and generally light feel to the beer. I probably sat down and had 25 of these over the course of about 36 hours. Needless to say, I think I'll try something else now out of pure, amber exhaustion but I think it was a good purchase and something that will please a variety of guests at BBQ's or other springtime social events.

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Photo of BeerBucks
3.26/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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