American Amber | Straub Brewery

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Brewed by:
Straub Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States
straubbeer.com

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by DerekP on 05-06-2012

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Ranking:
#40,870
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
114
pDev:
14.37%
 
 
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5
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Photo of ItsBeer4Me
3.46/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CaseyFellinger
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Great for the price.

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Photo of smcolw
3.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dirty copper color.Like their other beers, it's crystal clear. Moderate lacing from the smaller head.

Cloyingly sweet with strong milk overtones. Light bittering hop.

Fairly pedestrian. Nothing is wrong but the flavor is bland. It's drier than the smell indicates. Good body with a neutral carbonation level. Short aftertaste from the bread-like finish.

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Photo of JamesGrove
3.06/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of DonBowman
3.24/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Looks a ruby red, almost no head or lace. Malty beer with corn and caramel tastes. Almost too sweet but likable.

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Photo of MikeWard
2.67/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle, part of a mix a six from giant eagle in altoona. bottled 9/19/17, so under 2 months old.

clear amber red body, decent off white head, okay lacing

aroma is simply of sweet caramel malt

ugh. the taste does not appeal to this palate on bit. the sweet sticky caramel malts are overpowering. could not finish this.

mouth is a bit above thin, finish is nauseating

tried to be objective, but this was one of the more unpleasant beers I've ever had.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.74/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Maggie's Farm in Pittsburgh, PA.

This one pours a clear dark-ish amber, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells pretty basic- some light caramel and toasted bread, and the slightest kiss of hops.

This is very simple, and there's not too much to it. There's a slight metallic aspect, and a hint of malt sweetness, with a slight hop bitterness. It's simple, but it's clean and very drinkable.

This is light bodied, crisp and pretty clean, with a good level of carbonation.

This is a good alternative to something like Yuengling.

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Photo of cyber_phoenix
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ajm5108
2.94/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Optics are what you would expect. Not much of an aroma to speak of outside some generic caramel malt. Flavor is in the same vein, though there is a bit of a fusel punch at the end. Pedestrian but fine if knocking back a few with some buddies.

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Photo of Chackman151
3.94/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.69/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Straub Brewery "American Amber"
on tap @ Luigi's Ristorante, DuBois, PA on 1/30/15

Notes: Clear medium amber in color beneath a one-finger thick head of white. Average plus head retention and lacing. Aromas of grainy, toasty and caramelish malt, bread, and subtle herbal hops. The flavor follows but adds a suggestion of some darker malt in the mix - underlying roastiness - and floral hops. Medium-light in body, and gently crisp. Moderately bitter with a dry finish. Interesting. Just slightly unique.

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Photo of flgimp
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hozersr
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Hutchmo
4.28/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bjm2133
3.66/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tucquan
3.86/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this on 2016-09-21and again on 2018-05-13 in Columbia, PA from a 12oz can.

A - Clear copper with a 1-finger off-white head that fades quickly leaving little lace.

S - Sweet caramel, light spice, light corn and barley malt. Pretty mild but pleasant

T - Lightly toasted raisin bread, caramel, cherry, mild hop bite. Not much of a corn flavor, although flaked corn is a major component used in the brewing process but 4,000 lbs of malted barley are also used in each batch.

M - Light-medium body and carbonation. Sweet at first but dries nicely.

O - Reminds me of a mild Vienna Lager. The best of the low-priced Straub beers. About $1.00 per can in Pennsylvania.

Note from 2018-05-03. Had PBR, Hamm's American Classic and Straubs American Lager side-by side today. The PBR is the lightest color (straw), Hamm's (straw-gold), Straub (amber). Both PBR and Hamm's have corn sweetness aroma and taste although the Hamm's has more of a roasted corn flavor + grape flavor. The PBR is less sweet and is a little spicier and more bitter than the Hamm's. I'd say the PBR is more balanced. I like both but give the nod to PBR over Hamm's. The Straubs has more aroma and flavor than the other two; reminding me of a light Vienna lager. While corn is used, it also has 20% barley, which improves the flavor. I like it the best of the three but it is more expensive. I paid $22 for 30 PBRs, $15 for 30 Hamm's and $13 for 12 Straubs.

Notes: On 2018-05-13 I had this side-by-side with Penn Pilsner (Vienna Lager!?!). The Straub had a maltier flavor with some cherry and caramel accents, and it tasted more like a Vienna Lager to me than this Penn Pilsner. If in the mood for a low ABV Vienna Lager, I'd pick the Straub Amber first.

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Photo of mdt88
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Anacross
3.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lingenbrau
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Beautiful amber beer, faint smells of biscuit and sweet caramel. Dry feel with a caramel forward flavor. Good amber, and easy to consume in mass quantities. Cheers!

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Photo of whatname
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Octoberist
3.56/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kercnat21
4.23/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kvnheet
3.77/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brewmaster2
4.04/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ClePaul
3.77/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look 8/10
Smell 15/20
Taste 34/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 83/100

Summery: For the price, its a winner! About a buck a beer and it drinks clean and smooth. Think Yuengling but without the bad aftertaste. Very solid value but of coarse it is still pretty much an adjunct for the most part so if you are a beer snob maybe you should avoid it.

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American Amber from Straub Brewery
Beer rating: 3.41 out of 5 with 114 ratings