Zea Amber Lager | Zea Rotisserie & Brewery

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Brewed by:
Zea Rotisserie & Brewery
Louisiana, United States

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Gagnonsux on 04-18-2005

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Ratings: 17 |  Reviews: 11
Photo of tbryan5
3.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jeremy3311
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Zea Amber Lager has a thin, off-white head, a hazy, amber appearance, noticeable bubble streams, and minimal lacing left behind. The aroma is of rich, sweet, even syrupy, roasted malt, and the flavor is of those things, with light-to-moderate hop bitterness and an alcohol pickup. Mouthfeel is medium and a bit syrupy, and Zea Amber Lager finishes semi dry, somewhat alcohilic, and decently refreshing. This had double bock characteristics, and I am not sure that is what it is supposed to be.


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Photo of ahommell
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of WDJersey
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of Cjalbers
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of PopGun
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Francepants06
2.78/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I poured in a tall pilsner glass. It was a dark orange color with a small white foaming head. The head dissipated fast and it had lots of carbonation, too much in my opinion.
It tasted of malt with slight caramel notes.
It was an average beer, the porter from zea is their best beer they carry but that one is still not an above average porter.

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass... this one is a hazy amber-orange color with an inch or so of frothy white head. It dissipated pretty quick but left some small lacing and pooling on the beer.

The aroma is caramel and biscuity malts, a similar malt flavor to the Clearview Gold, but seems a little more burned and backed up by more caramel malt behind. Not any hops to speak of.

The taste is more of the same... a bready malt on top of a caramel base... the slightly burned flavors really dominate the palate.

It's a little thin for my liking, but still not a bad beer... I think it's a step up from the Gold, hopefully the Pale Ale is just another step up, because it's on deck.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Label is titled "Z" Amber Lager. Pours a mostly clear light copper hue with a frothy, fine-bubbled cream colored head. Above average retention and some decent lacing.

For some reason the smell reminds me of a sliced prickly pear cactus or maybe agave plant. Sharp, pithy nose with plenty of caramel maltiness and German hop grassiness. I like the way this beer smells.

Taste is just ok, as I get alot of graininess that I have noticed from all the Hiener Brau beers. It's a bit watery tasting and does not deliver on much of the sweet caramel maltiness the nose indicated. However, the hop presence is there, as well as a complimentary malt toastiness. Both help to make this beer better than expected. I like what Henryk is doing in Covington, and hope he continues to brew quality beer.

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Photo of jwc215
2.17/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing a bottle of this one back from Lousiana for me!

Pours amber with no head. A slight bit seems to try to form, but fails, giving it a flat look. Color is fine - typical, but poor head.

The smell is of caramel and some yeast.

The taste is of caramel with a slight floral touch. Some mustiness mixes in.

The feel is watery, though a body gives a shimmer of hope to reach a decent level. But, like the head - disappears quickly. No carbonation. The lack of carbonation makes me wonder if there was some sort of production issue. It makes the whole thing seem flat and lifeless.

No freshness date, but was purchased about a month ago, and kept in good conditions (cooler to fridge).

It's just "off". Yeasty, a bit too caramelly with just a hint of balance and lacking carbonation. Drainpour just before the entire bottle was gone. Just couldn't/didn't want to quite finish it.

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Photo of cvfish
3.46/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - dark amber, with darker red center, white head that disappears pretty quickly, but with few slowly rising bubbles

S - the smell is not complex, only picking up scents of malts from the brew

T - the taste is sweet and malty, with hints of light fruit, finishing with a floral wash on the rear buds

M - light bodied with light carbonation that I like

D - very drinkable beer, I paired with a garlic herb chicken dish that complemeted the beer

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Photo of theghost3
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got one of these at the new Zea in Covington. Pours a dark amber with reddish tones. No head to speak of, just a beige ring. The smell is malty caramel, yeast, and oddly--sort of a red wine scent. Taste is sweet--brown sugar, toasty malts, cinnamon with some bitter hops. Has a kind of a brie cheese aftertaste. Mouthfeel is sticky, little carbonation but smooth. This is a drinkable beer, but kind of strange with the mix of sweet caramel beginning and bitter cheese at the end.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It should be rightfully called "Zea Amber Lager" and I have submitted an update request.

It poured without any head to speak of, but it had a great bubbly effervescence throughout. The nose had a sweet scent, but not really malty, more yeast-driven, or so I imagined. The color was a beautiful deep-amber with NE-quality clarity. The mouthfeel was light with a very clean, lager-like finish. The taste in the mouth was malty, but not in an overpowering way. I seem to be developing a taste for lagers. Thanks, Jason and Todd.

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Photo of mattviator
3.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a sample pack of Zea beers at my local liqour store having tried all the beers at the restaurant before.
Orange/red color with a weak head that doesn't last. Nice caramel malt smell. Taste of strong caramel malt at first. Sweetness then comes citrus and a slightly spicy hop background. Good beer for its style.

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Photo of acrawf6
4.07/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Interestingly, i found this at a store. Turns out heiner brau is bottling some of their beers.

Pours out a nice rich orange amber with a dense slightly tan head.

Smell. quite interesting. I am getting a good amount of candy banana aromas with a bit of spices like cloves. Strange for the style, and i dont remember smelling this on tap, but quite nice. Has a nice hoppiness to it as well.

Taste. Initially i get more of the candy bananas, but then they change to a pineapple taste. Very strange. Has more characteristics of a german wheat with interested spices- cloves and cinnamon. Hops give it a nice bittereness. I wonder what hops these are.

Mouthfeel is good. Nice amount of carbonation. Balance is good. Body is medium

Overall. Very interesting. Like no other vienna lager i've had, but still very nice. I hope to see more of their beers bottled.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.15/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Zea Lager is golden amber in color with a below average head size. The aroma is fairly light and clean. Just a whiff of toasted malts are noted. The taste is excellent. Very fresh and full-flavored. Toasted malts are enhanced by floral hop taste. The finish is sweet and grainy. This is very much like Samuel Adams Boston Lager, except fresher and more complex. This is easily my favorite Vienna lager and the beer I'd suggest starting with at Zea.

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Zea Amber Lager from Zea Rotisserie & Brewery
3.44 out of 5 based on 17 ratings.
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