Buckshot Amber Ale
Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co.

Buckshot Amber AleBuckshot Amber Ale
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Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #1,062
Ranked #47,411
3.43 | pDev: 14.29%
Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co.
North Carolina, United States
Buckshot Amber AleBuckshot Amber Ale
Notes: Malts: Maris Otter, Cara Vienna, Munich Malt, Cara Munich, Cara Pils, Special B

Hops: Magnum, Willamette (whole leaf), Santian

Yeast: Chico No. 2, 1272
Reviews: 82 | Ratings: 394 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Buckeye55 from North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The Natty's product I have had mist recently, and the one I like the least. I have it at a tick above average at 3.25, but not much to say. It is a good beer, just not special.

Jan 26, 2019
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ordybill from Georgia

3.52/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is an Amber brown color with a small off white head. The aroma is mild malt. The taste follows the nose.

Apr 22, 2018
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TheKingofWichita from North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an acorn brown with a thick off white head. Good body. Smells of malts and minimal hops. Tastes of strong malt backbone with some nutty hint and slight mild hop backup. Mellow smooth beer. Decent local beer.

Feb 09, 2017
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BeerborneVet101 from Georgia

4.08/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Rather smooth flavor, light, with a slight nutty aftertaste.
Overall a "good" craft and local Greensboro NC brewery
Would order again when I'm back to a location with a limited beer menu

Oct 11, 2016
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lwcreasy from Virginia

3.1/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Light copper/deep amber in color with a decent-sized, off-white head with o.k retention. Carbonation settles quickly and doesn't stick to sides of glass.

Toasty and malty sweet on the nose with a slight earthiness (?) from the hops. A slight nutty aroma creeps in to add a little depth, but isn't present enough to override the slightly bland overall smell of this one.

Flavor is toasty-malty. Maybe I taste some spiciness from the hops if I try hard enough. Sweetness increases as beer warms, but seems to me not too characterful overall, or slightly muddled. There is some nuttiness in the aftertaste, and it is enjoyable. (Probably my favorite part. Wish it was featured more!) Mid-level bitterness on the palate, a little bit less in the aftertaste.

Medium body. A sticky dullness in the finish, with slight hop bitterness and fleeting nut character.

An o.k drinker. Decent, but not terribly complex maltiness for a slightly malt-balanced beer.

Aug 21, 2016
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OldSwampy from Virginia

2.81/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bottle poured into a glass. Reddish copper color with an off-white head that leaves a little lacing on glass. Nose fairly monotone malty, not much happening. Perhaps some wet paper there as well. Taste, straightforward, not too involved malts with a mild tingle, rather mild hops. There's something slightly woodsy in the latter part of the taste. Not particularly complex or blended. The label says "filtered" but I'm afraid that they filtered a lot of the taste out. Mouthfeel clean and dry, not noteworthy.

Apr 28, 2016
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Brian_L-2056 from West Virginia

3.59/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 6 pack of this at a food lion in Roanoke, VA while in town for the weekend and thought I'd give it a try. Pour a very nice light brown/amber color into a typical pint glass. The head is kind of thin with an off white color. Smells kind of malty and nutty, like a Marzen/Oktoberfest kind of brew. Initial taste is pleasant with again, that Marzen flavor, finishesd a little bitter and dry. The lacing and carbonation were minimal. Overall this is a decent easy drinking beer with a little bit of work could make a great Oktoberfest.

Mar 14, 2016
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Jaygrant1387 from South Carolina

3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Copper Amber color
Toasty biscuit flavor
Sweet toasted malt flavor to begin with a hint of hops on finish
Medium body
Good tasting beer, would recommend (tasted on draft)

Feb 26, 2016
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Chill12892 from North Carolina

3.02/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Got this from a local grocery store in bottles, and was not very impressed. first impression when I poured it was that it had a nice color, but a very small head with not much retention. I did enjoy the smell, it was very rich, and had the hints of toffee. The taste was okay, I did like the notes of toffee and caramel, but the after taste left my mouth feeling like I just bit into a rotten lime. It was very sour. Overall, it was not impressive, but had some subtle notes of taste that were okay.

Dec 03, 2015
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vabeerguy from Virginia

3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Dark amber color. Slight caramel sweet taste. Leaves a slightly hoppy but mostly caramel aftertaste. I have had it on draft also and thought it was much better but that is usually the case for most beer.

Nov 28, 2015
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avalon07 from South Carolina

2.78/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear texture. There was a half inch of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Average lacing.

S: An OK aroma of malt, light hops, and grain.

T: Tasted of a fair amount of malt and a little hoppiness up front with a massive blast of grain and a bready quality in the finish. The grain is very overpowering and doesn't allow the other ingredients to shine.

F: A fair amount of carbonation with a slightly harsh finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is definitely not my favorite amber. The flavor is just far too uneven for it to be successful.

Jul 07, 2015
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DarkerTheBetter from Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Beth and Alex for this one!

This one is a crystal-clear pale amber with a thin ring of head. Seems a little washed out in color.

This one has a bundle of marshmallow and red licorice on top of a sweet malt base, with just a hint of dryness. I'm not sure how "to style" this is, but I like it as I find the sweetness enticing and complex.

The same sweetness is there in the flavor, but it's more situated in the middle. This one starts extremely clean--almost flavorless--like seltzer water, but a lush, grainy sweetness blossoms out of it, soon fading to a rasp of carbonation. A bit of burnt sweetness lingers on in the finish with a touch of woody hops. The dynamism here is really neat, as each sip is a little trip from clean, to sweet, to burnt.

Feels dense and clean at first, but finishes just a bit on the sticky side.

I think this one is better than others suggest. I'm not sure how many of these I could have as the sticky finish gets old after a while, but I appreciate the novelty of the dynamism.

Apr 03, 2015
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Mrbseward from Virginia

3.02/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a red amber color with little head. Smells of malts and like twizzlers..Taste some hops and malts with a bit of caramel..don't get any hint of toffee though. Drinks pretty smooth and lives a bit of a hoppy taste. Overall just ok, nothing special.

Mar 14, 2015
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TheGent from New Jersey

3.02/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a translucent amber color with a sturdy off white head that sticks around. Great lacing. No visible carbonation.

S: Bread, hint of caramel and dried apricot. That off putting smell you get when driving by or walking through a Budweiser factory.

T: Hint of malt sweetness like caramel
and apricot. Orange pith bitterness.

D: There's nothing undrinkable about this beer, but there's nothing particularly memorable.

Mar 04, 2015
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RKB2 from North Carolina

3.39/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Buckshot has good aroma, color and feel, but the follow through taste is lacking the positives given by the other first impressions. Overall, a drinkable slightly above average beer. In my opinion it could use a little more of an edge or aftertaste. A good beer to start with in a progression.

Jul 08, 2014
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delta490 from Virginia

3.22/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured a deep clear amber. The head is white, fizzy, and short-lived. Almost no head and lacing. Aroma has a slight grain and caramel flavor to it. The taste is pretty bland and there isn't much distinct or notable about it. The body is thin and slightly watery with a little bit of a hops bite on the finish. Okay.

Jul 04, 2014
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jsausley from North Carolina

3.71/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a Boulevard Brewing Co., Kansas City traditional pint glass.

Natty Greene's is a local brewery from Greensboro, NC. Being someone more native of the Raleigh area, I was never as familiar with the Greensboro and Winston beers as the ones from Raleigh. However, that's not to say that Natty Greene's isn't a great brewery. I've had many of their beers but this is the first of their selection that I have reviewed.

A: A soft hazy amber with hints of brown. Some light carbonation. No residual rings from the head. A nice head on the pour with a correct hand. The head dissipates quickly however and leaves a small amount of bubbly residue on the top of the beer and around its edge. Decent but nothing outstanding, visually.

S: Smells of malt with a hint of garlic and lime. Roasted malts with some caramel and hoppy twang.

T: A good, cheerful amber ale. Smooth and full of qualities that you'd expect in an amber ale. Very exemplary of the style. The few notes that stand out are quite flavorful and nice. There is a strong toffee note to this beer. Some hoppiness, but a very low IBU beer. I'd guess about 18-21 IBU. Malty goodness full of toffee with a hint of perhaps caramel, aftertaste is earthy and not overpowering, some hops as well on the back of the tongue. Pleasant, expected, not outstanding. A good beer to drink with a meal when you're in North Carolina and Red Oak is not available.

M: Light, crisp with some carbonation. Fairly smooth, nothing unpleasant here. Very little tinge of alcohol (as expected with a very low 4.8% ABV. This beer could use a bump to about 5.5% in my opinion.)

O: Yummy, scrumptious and predictable. Toffee notes are a nice twist but otherwise this is a textbook amber ale.

Jul 02, 2014
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Mojo from Alabama

3.41/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle -> New Belgium globe glass

A - deep amber with a thin white head and little in the way of retention and lacing

S - weak nose, mostly bready smells

T - caramel malt flavor with a dry finish that has a bit of a bitter edge to it.

M - medium thick, average carbonation

O - I don't know. Nothing about this beer just grabs me as outstanding, but yet I thoroughly enjoyed it. Was refreshing, easy to drink, and just seemed to hit the spot.

Jun 08, 2014
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours red orange with very little head, just a little lacing. Smells of caramelized malt and slightly fruity. Tastes of fruit, berries and slight maltiness. Beer is light bodied a tad heavily carbonated, good finish. Overall, a slightly above average beer.

Jun 03, 2014
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

3.66/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a dark amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that retains decently before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small center patch of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves clots behind.

S- Sweet cereal grain malt and some caramel is actually quite pleasant.

T- Toasty malt brings more caramel notes. Very mild hop bitterness. Quite innocuous but it doesn't taste bad at all. A metallic aftertaste surfaces after a while.

M- Standard, actually a bit thin. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- Was expecting much worse from this considering the score but its sweetness, quaffability and considerable amount of flavor sort of won me over. The only downfall was the thin mouthfeel but this really isn't a bad beer overall.

Apr 28, 2014
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Foyle from North Carolina

3.37/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Amber to light brown and mostly clear. Pours a ½” inch head that fades quickly. Decent amount of lacing and moderately carbonated.
Aroma: toasted bread, caramel malts, earthy hops.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a slightly sticky mouthfeel and a fairly dry finish.
Flavor: Flavors the aroma – a significant malt presence dominates this brew. Nice mix of toffee, whole wheat bread, and earthy hop spice.
Overall: A very good session beer.

Apr 27, 2014
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

3.59/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, amber-toffee coloring with a ton of carbonation and a clingy, low profile, off-white head that leaves a filmy lacing along the glass. Aromas of sugary sweetness, with tangy caramel, roasted nut, and hints of chocolate. Flavors are roasted and sweet forward, with more of the toffee and chocolate combination coming to the foreground. Roasted notes turn to a slight char character at the tail-end of the palate, with a subtle bitter hops character shining through there, as well. Smooth and light in mouth. Drinkable throughout, with a roasted and sweet aftertaste. The finish is light, slightly effervesced, with a slightly sweet linger. This is a very drinkable brew, but it doesn't do anything to separate itself from the middle ground of this style.

Mar 05, 2014
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JayQue from Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice little session Red Ale. At 4.9% you could drink a few of these. Pours a clear amber color into my pint glass. Decent size white head and good lacing. Head retention is above average. Smell is mild. Some caramel and bready malts.

Nice mild taste, a little grassy hops balances the malty flavor. Caramel and bready malts make up most of the taste.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the light side but still acceptable. Nicely balanced, crisp and refreshing.

Worthwhile as a session beer. Nothing outstanding about it.

Jan 06, 2014
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KYGunner from Kentucky

3.69/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This poured a deep amber hue that had a robust character and was topped by a decently thick off white head.

The scent is a touch weak but very nice. A scorched barley aroma is mixed with a roasted grain and malt that is very appropriate.

The flavor is more impressive as the roast and toasted grain is more evident. There is some caramel malt sweetness and a hint of burnt toast.

The feel is dry with moderate carbonation and an easy drinkability.

Dec 01, 2013
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Omnium from Pennsylvania

3.41/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a nice clear amber, barely any head, thin and fizzy, little lacing
S - Caramel and bready malts, and thats really it.
T - Sweet malts, some toasted grains and nuts, which come out more as it warms up, and eventually you pick up some of the hops, but they're kinda faint.
M - Thin, kinda watery and metallic.
O - This is just a kind of average beer, drinkable on a hot day, not something I'd seek out though.

Sep 12, 2013
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