American Amber
Straub Brewery

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Straub Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States
American Amber / Red Lager
Ranked #67
Ranked #29,171
3.35 | pDev: 15.52%
Aug 22, 2022
Oct 28, 2007
American AmberAmerican Amber
Notes: Formerly Peter Straub's Special Dark
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Reviewed by Aichelberger from Maryland

4.17/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
I wrote a very nice, lengthy review commenting on how I'd "found" this beer again after a number of years. But when I pressed "submit," the web page reloaded. Go figure. I'll try to summarize what I wrote: All malt (nose and taste), so fairly one-dimensional in that regard; but also very drinkable. No off- flavors and a great 4.1% ABV so you can put back a few. I'll definitely pick this up again. I bought the 24 pack "suitcase" of cans two days ago. I'm already six cans into it. ;)
Aug 22, 2022
Rated: 3.57 by Curt3 from New Jersey

Sep 16, 2021
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Reviewed by dacrza1 from New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
DATE: September 19, 2020... OCCASION: would have loved to take part in the online Oktoberfest tasting, but a good, busy day leads to me settling for a beer I have meant to rate for more than a decade... GLASSWARE: Man Skirt willibecker... pours a dark amber, chestnut body that demonstrates a steady stream of upward-moving bubbles.... its head is off-white, creamy, and staunchly quarter-fingered... toffee, sweet cracker malts, some caramel, a bit of metallic ping, and a basement nuttiness that seems to define the traditional Pennsylvania lager... in some ways, this smells like home, my early drinking days and candy all at once... its first sip is thin, slightly oily, smooth, and short on its finish... simple in its consistency, at 4.1% ABV, equally easy on the senses... nutty, with toffee, light caramel, some metallic elements, and a bready finish... in a way, this is a nice, slightly more flavorful version of the usual adjunct lager...
Sep 20, 2020
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Reviewed by BeastOfTheNortheast from Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
L - Caramel in color with a white head and little to no lacing

S - Grains

T - Grains

F - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O - Not a bad brew. Probably won’t buy again though.
Aug 10, 2020
Rated: 3.3 by XsoldoutX from Pennsylvania

Jul 04, 2020
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Reviewed by Wattie83 from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours clear amber with white head that falls off to a collar. Some lacing left on the side of the glass. Aroma is non descript malts and grain, but it's not overpowering. It's pretty easy and clean overall. Taste is rich, nutty, roasty malt. Some herbal, earrhy hops in there too. Sweet in the beginning, a nice bitterness in the end that balances everything out. Feel is smooth, light to medium body. Good carbonation to keep it lively in the mouth. Overall a nice, easy beer from Straub. I'm a fan!
Jun 27, 2020
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Reviewed by jadpsu from Georgia

3.74/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
In State College.
LOOK: Pours a very light and clear amber in color with a beige to tan robust head that has average to good retention and
does leave some decent side glass lace.
AROMA: Definitely pick up some caramel as well as roasted and bread malts.
TASTE: Caramel is sweet and the malts are quite roasty.
Some bitter hops in the drying after taste.
Feb 17, 2020
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Reviewed by Caveworm from Ohio

3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25
American Amber Ale by Straub Brewery, a gift from @nicholas2121. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this has a two finger thick off-white head, spotty lacing, and a profoundly amber body.

Smells like rich grains and hearty,caramelized malts.

I taste pretty much what's described in the aroma with a touch of that caramelized malt sweetness.

Medium mouthfeel with mild carbonation.

Amber Ale by Straub Brewery gets an overall 4.25 from yours truly.
Jan 16, 2020
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Reviewed by nicholas2121 from Ohio

4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
American Amber brewed by Straub Brewery with an ABV of 4.10% this American Amber/Red lager pours out of a 12oz glass bottle into a pint beer glass. The color is a nice deep amber color with a thick white head. There is also a nice amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell is Rich with sweetness, mixed with grains and malts. You also pick up a small amount of hops bitterness at the end. So far American Amber is a nice inviting brew. Now for the taste, it is Bold with mirror roasted goodness mixed with grains and malts. A well balance brew he , goes down nice an easy not high in ABV just a smooth easy drinking brew. The body of American Amber is a solid medium. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it has a super nice balance to it. This brew would go nice with any occasion, lunch or a light dinner. The mouth feel is Bold, Clean, Crisp, Smooth, and Refreshing. Overall I think I am going to give American Amber a solid 4 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again givin the opportunity too. Straub Brewery, did a real nice job with this amber ale.
Oct 02, 2019
Rated: 3.23 by caahare from West Virginia

May 05, 2019
Rated: 3.46 by ItsBeer4Me from Pennsylvania

Oct 24, 2018
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Rated by CaseyFellinger from Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Great for the price.
Oct 19, 2018
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Reviewed by smcolw from Massachusetts

3.44/5  rDev +2.7%
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.
Oct 06, 2018
Rated: 3.06 by JamesGrove from Pennsylvania

May 05, 2018
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Rated by DonBowman from Pennsylvania

3.24/5  rDev -3.3%
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.
Mar 28, 2018
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

2.67/5  rDev -20.3%
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 one 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.
Nov 12, 2017
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

3.74/5  rDev +11.6%
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.
Nov 06, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by cyber_phoenix from Pennsylvania

Jun 24, 2017
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Reviewed by ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

2.94/5  rDev -12.2%
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.
Apr 13, 2017
Rated: 3.94 by Chackman151 from Arizona

Mar 15, 2017
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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.69/5  rDev +10.1%
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.
Mar 07, 2017
Rated: 3.6 by flgimp from Pennsylvania

Dec 29, 2016
Rated: 3.28 by hozersr from Pennsylvania

Dec 20, 2016
Rated: 4.28 by Hutchmo from Pennsylvania

Dec 13, 2016
Rated: 3.66 by bjm2133 from Pennsylvania

Oct 27, 2016
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Reviewed by Tucquan from Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev +15.2%
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 $21 for 24 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.
Sep 21, 2016
Rated: 3.25 by mdt88 from Pennsylvania

Sep 01, 2016
Rated: 3.67 by Anacross from Oregon

Jun 27, 2016
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Reviewed by Lingenbrau from Oregon

3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
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!
May 09, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by whatname from Pennsylvania

May 05, 2016
Rated: 3.56 by Octoberist from Pennsylvania

Apr 13, 2016
Rated: 4.23 by Kercnat21 from Pennsylvania

Jan 16, 2016
Rated: 3.77 by kvnheet from Pennsylvania

Dec 12, 2015
Rated: 4.04 by brewmaster2 from Pennsylvania

Sep 05, 2015
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Reviewed by ClePaul from Ohio

3.77/5  rDev +12.5%
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.
Aug 03, 2015
Rated: 3.29 by jbaker67 from Pennsylvania

Jul 19, 2015
Rated: 2.84 by StonewallSipper from Pennsylvania

Jun 12, 2015
Rated: 3.6 by AC-Mivsek from Ohio

Apr 11, 2015
Rated: 3.77 by misternebbie from Pennsylvania

Jan 29, 2015
Rated: 3.36 by dsnyder61 from Pennsylvania

Jan 26, 2015
American Amber from Straub Brewery
Beer rating: 77 out of 100 with 182 ratings