American Amber
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Lager - American Amber / Red
Ranked #126
Ranked #49,371
3.34 | pDev: 15.57%
Straub Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States
American AmberAmerican Amber
Notes: Formerly Peter Straub's Special Dark
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
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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BeastOfTheNortheast from Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
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
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Wattie83 from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +17.7%
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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jadpsu from Georgia

3.74/5  rDev +12%
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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Caveworm from Ohio

3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
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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nicholas2121 from Ohio

4/5  rDev +19.8%
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
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.44/5  rDev +3%
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
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

2.67/5  rDev -20.1%
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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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.74/5  rDev +12%
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
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

2.94/5  rDev -12%
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
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.69/5  rDev +10.5%
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
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Tucquan from Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev +15.6%
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
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

3.3/5  rDev -1.2%
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!

May 09, 2016
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ClePaul from Ohio

3.77/5  rDev +12.9%
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
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Scrapss from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured semi-vigorously from the can into a standard Turbinator style glass.

A: Big bright white head and copper body. Nice looking brew and pretty on point for the style. minimal lacing and a finger of head that lasted a while.

S: Some graininess with a hint of mild esters. Also, some very mild grassy hop notes.

T: Some mild tea notes with very middle malts, some sweetness due to corn. Slightly bitter. Some light floral notes also peek about the edges.

M: Creamy without being overly full. The carbonation is perfect, and lends the brew to a slightly refreshing note. Very mild bitter finish with that floral ultimate finish. Pretty much infinitely poundable at such low ABV.

O: I really like this style and I really like this beer. I used to have Yuengling Lager as my go to canned format, but this has less of that bubblegummy estery thing going on and all the right malt, yeast and mild hops flavors. I do not see why this is not more popular out in Western PA, and certainly more popular than Yuengling it should be!

Apr 19, 2014
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.57/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has an amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is malty, some grains, a bit of sweetness. Taste is malty, some caramel, a bit of grains and breadiness, tasty and easy drinking. Feels light in the mouth and overall makes for a good session beer.

Feb 11, 2014
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Edited 1/6/2018:

Poured into a standard pint glass: color is amber, very transparent, moderate carbonation; head is off white, presenting 1/2 inch thick and dissipating to a ring, some lacing on the glass.

Smell is mild caramel malt, touch of toffee and biscuit, light earthy hops.

Taste is fairly bland, adjunct type flavors (light corn mainly) are present, some caramel and biscuit notes, but very subtle, hop bitterness is noted as light earthy bite.

Mouthfeel is a bit crisp and well carbonated, mild bite on the tongue, some lingering presence of light adjunct and caramel sweetness.

Overall, a fairly smooth amber lager, and holds its own against some of the other well knowns.

Jan 29, 2014
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Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

2.84/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a medium copper color with a white head. Retention is fair, receding to a light topping and a bit of lace . Aroma of spent grains and corn. In the taste, adjunct rice and grain mix with faint malt. Hops are somewhat sour but faint enough to hang in the background. Light bodied and crisp mouthfeel though watery. Overall, this is a very average offering.

Jan 11, 2014
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BeerBatteredPhish from Pennsylvania

3.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Strikes me as a pour man's Oktoberfest. The malts are nice and carry the flavor. Not overly carbonated which is really nice. The biggest issue, it should be enjoyed very cold, or it comes off as sour. I've had 4 during an afternoon of hockey viewing, so I'd say it was smooth (in 2 frosted pint glasses).

Oct 19, 2013
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Uniobrew31 from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great beer for the price. Looks good, a nice amber color with a good head retention. although its an adjunct the smell isnt corny. It smells like a beer should.
taste is very rich for a 20 dollar case of beer. mouthfeel is balanced maybe a bit on the sweet side but good. This is a really nice local beer with a great history behind it.

Aug 18, 2013
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Sipchue from Pennsylvania

4.32/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My need to be fiscally responsible has forced me to seek out a beer that I can call my everyday beer, and Straub American Amber fills the bill. I've always preferred to keep corn out of my beer (and my gasoline). While I understand that corn is involved in the brewing process, I've not found substantial evidence in the flavor profile. I might even say that it seems apparent that Straub Amber is brewed with pride as it's first ingredient.

It pours clear and clean with a pleasing and satisfying amber color. It has an understated hop flavor and maltiness that, along with about 4% abv, leaves me content, and able to have a few more without the guilt that I sometimes feel for downing a couple of micros in a row. My rating considers the style and I've rated it high, without apology.

Some may find this silly, but I've always been one to stay away from what's "popular". Yuengling's Traditional Lager falls into that category. If you also prefer to walk the path less trodden, I would really recommend trying this brew.

Dec 28, 2012
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nukem5 from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours I am amber color loads of Bubbles that make a nice soft layer of foam which quickly dissipates.

S: Sweet malt and Light hops, nice balance between both. cops have a white citrusy burst to them.

T: the first thing you taste as sweet mall then a slight corn taste. followed by a light citrusy hop flavor.

M: mouth feel is medium to light bodied, slightly carbed.

O: Overall a very drinkable and smooth character with a decent price tag attached.

Dec 17, 2012
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Mister_Falcon from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured an attractive caramely red-amber into a pint glass. Minimal, thin fizzy head. Smells slightly malty and mostly inconsequential. The beer tastes about like it smells, a hint of maltiness and nothing else. The beer feels fizzy and light and goes down easy.

This beer is about as boring as it gets but is a step above an Michelob amber boch or something like that, one of those "amber" versions of macrobrews that just smells like a sticky beer pong table and doesn't taste much better.

Dec 15, 2012
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jifigz from Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can poured into a pint glass.

When held up to the light the beer appears a very light copper color with minor hints of red. The head that was generated from my vigorous and aggressive pour is fluffy and white and lingering a lot longer than I anticipated that it would. This beer is very cold so the aroma is subdued a little bit, but I am picking up caramel notes with hints of a malty backbone that are almost Marzen-like in aroma. The flavor is a rather rich and malty concoction with a heavy flavor or caramel and toffee lingering on the end of the flavor. There is virtually no real hop flavor to this, but there is a presence to balance the sweetness. The MF is rather thin and light without much oomph.

Overall, I think that this is a solid beer considering I only payed 15 dollars for a case on sale. Straub, another old brewery from my home state of PA, made a pretty good beer here to compete with Yuengling it seems and I would much prefer this to a Yuengling any day. This beer is easy to drink, light on the palate, yet still retains a good amount of flavor.

Nov 13, 2012
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paulhargus from Pennsylvania

3.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been meaning to try this beer for the longest time, and now that the Oktoberfests are basically gone, I decided to buy a 6 pack last week. I enjoyed it enough that I ordered a 1/4 keg. This review is based on the draft.

A: brownish amber with about an inch of white head which dissipated rather quickly. lacing did stick around though

S: strong roasted malt aroma with faint toffee notes. the roasted malt smell is noticeable on every sip, and quite enjoyable

T: caramel malt at first, then i get a strong wafer-like/smokey roasted taste to finish. the aftertaste reminds me a lot of a kit-kat bar

M: i would like this beer to be a little less watery and thin. i was hoping for a fuller body, but the thinness allows it to be drank in higher quantities (as well as it's relatively low ABV). medium carbonation

O: overall, this is a pretty solid offering from a PA brewery. although i am on the other side of the state, i like to keep it local (or regional if you will). i really enjoyed the roasted malt/smokey character of this brew. as i said, it loses a bit on the watery mouthfeel, almost to the point where i feel as if i'm drinking a light beer. however, the roasted aftertaste and drinkability make up for it. we'll see how i feel about it once this keg is done

Nov 04, 2012
American Amber from Straub Brewery
Beer rating: 77 out of 100 with 181 ratings