Amber - Abita Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,470
Reviews: 524
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 16.81%
Wants: 43
Gots: 205 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co. visit their website
Louisiana, United States

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-08-2001

Amber is a Munich style lager brewed with crystal malt and Perle hops. It has a smooth, malty, slightly caramel flavor and a rich amber color. Abita Amber was the first beer offered by the brewery and continues to be our leading seller.

17 IBU
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Ratings: 1,470 | Reviews: 524
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Photo of BeersCriteria
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Light copper color with a white head.

S- Nothing distinct, just a mix of simple malts and hops.

T- It's pretty good for a lager. It's definitely sweet but also a little creamy with a little hops.

Food Pairing- This is a Louisiana beer so I could see this being paired well with some Gumbo.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear medium amber with a slight off white half finger head,some caramel and toast in the nose with a light smattering of leafy hops.Slightly sweet flavors with some caramel and breadiness,some drying in the finish.Easy drinking and food friendly,nothing to complain about.

Photo of RoyalT
3.66/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one is a brownish-orange in color with a wonderful head that frothed up nicely. It showed good retention and left some nice lacing on the inside of my Great Lakes Brewing glass.

Smell – The toasted malts and ample caramel were evenly balanced. There was a light biscuit in there along with a touch of citrus hops.

Taste – It tastes a lot like it smells. The toasty malts and caramel make this one. The hops that I thought I smelled are basically gone, which is all right considering the style. I enjoyed the very light biscuit flavor that I got out of this one.

Mouthfeel – This Märzen is light to medium-bodied with a nice balance.

Drinkability – This was good on an unseasonably cold winter night in Seattle so I could only imagine what it’s like on a hot Louisiana day.

Comments – Thanks to BigLove for sending me this above-par offering of a nice German Märzen.

Photo of brownbeer
2.63/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear orange with a white head.

Grainy aroma, not unlike a macro lager with a fruity note and stale hops.

Cheap, sweet caramel malt taste and having little to try and pick out. The water is probably one of the more notable aspects.

It's thin but the carbonation is smooth. Drinkability depends on how bad you want to drink.

This might be o.k. on a scorching day where there is no other craft substitute.

Photo of Olebiker
2.82/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This bottle has a "best by" date of July 29.

I was a bit taken aback at the color of this beer. It is called Amber but the color is decidedly yellow with a little red hint and the head reminded me of the color of egg nog. The head started out nicely but disappear quickly leaving a bit of lacing.

I keep going back to the smell trying to decide what it is. It isn't at all unpleasant but it is neither malty nor hoppy. It smells like weak coffee.

If you are a hop lover this is not the beer for you. I think this is the only beer I have tasted that I felt needed more hops.

While I am partial to amber beers, this is one I will not search out again since it is not in the same class as even Amber Bock. I'll hang on to the rest of the six pack to serve to my sons-in-law while watching basketball this weekend.

Photo of shapudding
2.69/5  rDev -22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Nice amber color, head was gone as soon as it poured and stayed as a light film. Slight scent of oranges, lemon rind. Very light tasting, slight bite in the aftertaste. Bit of citrus in there somewhere, grapefruit. Very light feeling and smooth, leaves that grapefruit rind taste. Good session beer.

Photo of generallee
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The label doesn’t list the abv on the label but there is a short description of the beer. It also appears to have a best before date system which marks the date with a small notch. (It was note notched however)

Appearance: The body has a nice orange amber color with a smooth creamy off white head. The head holds on well and makes some slick lacing on the glass.

Smell: It has a light overall aroma with mild toasty and nutty maltiness.

Taste / Palate: The flavor has an easy drinking malty character with mild sweetness through out. It matches the aroma with light nutty toasted and bready notes with a touch of light hops for balance.

Photo of Jason
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown short with a freshness date marked on back.

Appearance: Clear amberish orange with a bubbly off white lace.

Smell: Delicate malt, both toasted and caramel in the smell.

Taste: Crisp, clean and some what smooth yet medium bodied and malty with a toasted biscuity malt flavour and hints of caramel. Some hop presence of spicy bitterness and a touch of herbal flavour. Some more, yet fading, toasted grain in the end.

Notes: This brew still holds its ground as a classic among the many "micro brews", a down right tasty lager.

Photo of merlin48
2.91/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This Louisiana brew pours a clear, honey gold body, with a two finger, ivory head that falls into a collar of lace almost immediately. Minimal patch lace is left on the glass.

Aroma doesn't impress, and consists of mild, caramel malt and a hint of Euroskunk hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and has moderate carbonation.

Caramel malt and grassy hops provide the taste in this balanced ale. Not very complex, and a watered down character emerges halfway through. It's a smooth drinking ale, and finishes clean.

This is pretty much an average, American amber ale, as opposed to a Marzen. Stick to Abita's Turbodog. It's far better.

Photo of tigg924
2.09/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: light clear amber with a big head

Smell: some wood and malt...The smell is faint

Taste: light and sweet hops, some small burnt caramel

Mouthfeel: light, sweet, a bit watery, with a slightly bitter finish

Drinkability: As an american amber, I believe I would score this a C+, as a marzen, there are so much better. The flavor is faint at best. I will not be looking for this again.

Photo of Byeast
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very slightly hazed brownish orange , with a fair amount of carbonation and a small of white head. The aroam is a bit roasty , malty , some caramel and a tad bit of raisin. The taste is also roasty , nice crystal maltiness , with just a small amount of balancing hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is clean and crisp. A very quaffable brew , well worth a try. Would make a good keg around October.

Photo of jakester
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this as a sampler case from Shangy's. I drank it in a pilsner glass. Date clearly notched on the label. No date on the case.

Pours a slightly hazy amber with a two finger head of off-white foam. The head drops to a coating and a ring, with nice lacing.

Aroma is fruity, with a soft caramel/toffee smell and faint spicy hops. Smells pretty clean, with just a hint of DMS (I am very sensitive to DMS).

Flavor is malty and caramel-y with just the right amount of bittering. Tastes a little thin, but not too bad. A spicy hop flavor is muted, but definitely there. Aftertaste is caramel-y, but a little thin.

Mouthfeel is medium sweetness, with a nice little carbonation zing to crisp it up a bit. Finish is smooth and crisp.

Not a bad example of the style, but I would like a little more. This is what Yuengling Lager would taste like if it was all malt.

Photo of NicholasCasber
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer pours a nice golden amber, with a strong white head, which tended to go away as the drink went on.

S: The smell of the beer, was bitter, and slightly off putting, however, not the worst beer I've ever smelled.

T: This beer was something that started off watery and finished with a strong beer taste, which I enjoyed, it left me wanting more.

M: Overall, this felt fairly watery, but not much more to expect from any other regular amber beer. I could almost physically feel the beer taste as described above.

D: I really enjoyed this beer, it could have been the food pairing, but it didn't really stand out.

Overall, I'd suggest this for you to try, but not to go crazy over. Cheers.

Photo of deebo
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at carousel bar in hotel Monteleone
A-clear, light amber served without a head, light carbonation
S-caramel malt, not grainy. Clean
T-like the aroma a fairly simple but smooth and easy drinking brew
M-mod carbonation to carry the malt, med bodied, finishes easy and quick.
O-a perfect beer for LA. Easy to drink with a nice malty sweetness. A very approachable beer. A must when I visit new Orleans!

Photo of kingcrowing
3.94/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle at Mothers restaurant in New Orleans.

Nice light brown color with bascally no head. Nose is light and sweet, a bit of hoppiness.

Taste is really crisp and smooth with a nice malty backbone and some light noble hops. Really tasty beer, not like most Oktoberfest but very tasty!

Photo of far333
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This stuff is omnipresent in New Orleans. It's a great old standby in this town. I wish the establishments near me would carry the local stuff as reliably. Pours a dark amber color with a beige head that lingers and leaves a fine cap and thick lace around the glass. Aroma is a chewy, biscuity, malt smell, and the flavor matches it fairly well. A smooth and creamy mouthfeel makes this one easy to sip for hours. Very tasty, well-balanced, and easy to drink.

Photo of Dizzy
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a darker amber color, white head dissipates quickly. It has a strange aroma, not sure how to describe it, but its malty. Flavor is bread like, almost toasty malts. No significant hop flavors. Medium mouthfeel. This would make a nice session beer, good flavor but nothing too exciting.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A muddled light brown and auburn color, thin head, disappears into not much. Aroma lacking any hop character, slight toasted malt feel, doesn't have the light bodied sweetness that Vienna should.

Tastes light, thin bodied, again no hops, but yet still a pronounced bitterness, metallic, grainy, alcohol seemed pronounced for its actual level, could feel it (or some off flavor) as I exhaled. The sweetness that was lacking in the aroma shows up when drinking. Tastes like a sweeter brown ale. There's nothing terrible about this beer, but nothing to justify its almost $10 a 6er price. Crystal and Vienna malt all the way on this beer.

Photo of dwren89
3.74/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: amber gold with small off white head and great clarity

Aroma: clean lager aroma with toast and prevalent nuttiness and breadiness

Taste: bready, nutty, clean, crisp, and balanced by slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: crisp, clean and medium body with medium carbonation

Overall: balanced, quenching, and easy drinking displaying bready and nutty notes with a slightly bitter finish. Worth a shout!

Photo of WVbeergeek
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears a pale copper amber, with a large egg shell tinted white head forms fizzy thick head that rises above the glass and then quickly fades away to form bands of scattered lacing with each sip. Aroma slightly metallic with mild faint caramel and nut notes mild flowing sweetness and a kiss of herbal hops. Flavor is light with specialty grains just slipping through the fizzy beer flavor, but it works with a mild caramel, nut, and slightly creamy edge with faint hops arising with each sip. Mouthfeel is light bodied as it gets in the craft realm but a nutty dryness does stay on the palate with carbonation tickling the throat. Drinkability is sessionable but damn I want more flavor at this level in the game. I still give props to these Abita beers being early on influences in beers exploitation of myself.

Photo of chinchill
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is based on two samples, rated nearly 2 years apart from a 2011 bottle and a very fresh keg.

12 oz. bottle served in pint glass.

A - creamy looking but somewhat thin and short-lived head on a clear light copper-colored brew. Lacy remnants of head are fairly long lasting. A good bit of visible carbonation with bubbles varying in size.

S&T - malty; toasted grains. Limited aroma but good malty flavor.

O: surprised to find I liked this Abita so much, mainly due to the very flavorful version of this oft boring style.

Photo of jeonseh
2.18/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

A - Light reddish brown with golden hues. Off white foam head that leaves decent lacing

S - Light caramel malt presence and straw. Not much of a nose

T - Caramel malt, light lemon, and slight straw presence. Some but not a lot of flavor

M - Light body with medium carbonation to it

O - Simple, not too flavorful but unoffensive amber

Photo of Kingdom4aPint
2.9/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Amber color with one finger head which dissipates to thin film leaving decent amount of lacing. Not much of an aroma, seemed fresh enough. The taste reminded me of apple juice more than anything and I couldn't really pick up any malt flavor. I don't know if the marketing hooked me with the "distilled Artesian water" line on the bottle but the texture was very silky smooth, very refreshing. Due to this the drinkability was good but just a little fruit juicy for me. Just not my cup o' beer so I doubt I will purchase it again.

Photo of richkrull
2.48/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I had this one on tap at Players Sports Bar in Madison.

Poured a golden yellow color with quite a bit of carbonation but not a lot of head. Very transparent as well.

Smell was pretty faint malt. Nothing spectacular.

Taste was faint malt with some fruitiness coming through. I wasn't a fan of the taste

Mouthfeel was light and carbonated. Very bubbly beer.

Overall not one of the better beers I've had. Just left a lot to be desired. Not a bad beer, but just not enough flavor for me and maybe too much carbonation as well. Just tasted too fizzy.

Photo of LXIXME
3.14/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big white to off white head dies, leaving a pretty nice lacing above a clear copper colored amber.

A light caramel malt with some sourness, almost a light soapiness to the aroma.

Light roasted caramel malt seems to grow with each drink. A little bit of the grains come through the caramel malts.

A very light dry finish and aftertaste with some of the toasted malts hanging around on this mediumish bodied beer.

I had been led to believe that Abita beers were better than this.

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