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Amber - Abita Brewing Co.

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1,324 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,324
Reviews: 482
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 16.81%
Wants: 34
Gots: 99 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co. visit their website
Louisiana, United States

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-08-2001)
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Ratings: 1,324 | Reviews: 482 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Murphious:
Photo of Murphious
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Murphious, Mar 21, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

oberon, Jul 23, 2002
Photo of RoyalT
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

RoyalT, Jan 12, 2005
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.

brownbeer, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of Olebiker
2.78/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

Olebiker, Mar 21, 2007
Photo of tohe9384
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

tohe9384, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of tbryan5
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

tbryan5, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of theParish
4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

theParish, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of sabitu
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

sabitu, May 08, 2014
Photo of RoninBirdman
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

RoninBirdman, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of BeerDreadz
4/5  rDev +15.9%

BeerDreadz, May 19, 2013
Photo of shapudding
2.65/5  rDev -23.2%
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.

shapudding, Apr 10, 2004
Photo of generallee
3.76/5  rDev +9%
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.

generallee, Jun 03, 2014
Photo of TimoP
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

TimoP, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Jason, Apr 10, 2002
Photo of merlin48
2.93/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

merlin48, Apr 25, 2004
Photo of tigg924
2.08/5  rDev -39.7%
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.

tigg924, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of Andrew_Rios122
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Andrew_Rios122, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of esanchlsu
4/5  rDev +15.9%

esanchlsu, Jul 15, 2014
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.

Byeast, Aug 18, 2006
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.

jakester, Aug 24, 2005
Photo of NicholasCasber
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

NicholasCasber, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of dankjohn
2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

dankjohn, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of deebo
3.9/5  rDev +13%
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!

deebo, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of MisterWalk
4.75/5  rDev +37.7%

MisterWalk, Nov 11, 2012
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Amber from Abita Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 1,324 ratings.