Gelande Amber Lager is a 4% ABV beer from Uinta Brewing Company in Utah. I figured I’d do a beer review on this lager a try because the picture on the label indicated a skiing scene which makes it a good reason to try during the winter, right? Plus, we just got through the Winter Olympics. What can I say, I’m a master at timing.
This beer pours a nice amber color, and I messed up a bit and poured it a little too recklessly which created this massive fizzy head in my glass! D’ oh! Its a nice looking beer, but nothing particularly remarkable about it either I guess.
The aroma is really hard to pinpoint because its simply nondescript. There is a slight sweet malty scent, and something of a very slight bread thing, but this beer is generally weak.
Getting on to the taste, I have to say that the Gelande Amber Lager is a bit of a disappointment compared to some of the beers I’ve had the pleasure to try recently. First, much like the scent, there are hardly any flavors that stand out to make the beer interesting.
Its got some weak maltiness, and some weak breadiness, but it just sort of blends into this bland and uninspired beer thing. I don’t know if the low ABV is an indication, but this beer is not trying to impress, and I wouldn’t accuse it of pushing any flavor boundaries.
On top of that, this amber lager has a really thin body of water-like viscosity. Digging down, I’m really finding it hard to say anything more about this beer – so I won’t. Except that I didn’t like it. Uninspired, bland, watery. It’s a mild-mannered beer, and I wonder how many calories are in it. You get the idea.
Granted, this is the first beer I’ve had from Uinta Brewing Company, but it was really a let down. Have you tried this beer? What did you think? What about other beers from this Utah based brewer? I wish I had another bottle to give it a second shot, but alas, I do not.