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Amber - Abita Brewing Co.


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1,126 Ratings

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Ratings: 1126
Reviews: 465
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 16.57%

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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Photo of RLBarron

4.58/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was my first Abita product, and is one of my favorite beers. It was paired with a muffaletta sandwich at the world-famous Central Grocery in New Orleans. It has a good balance of malty flavor with just a hint of hoppy bitterness. The rich amber color looks great in a glass, and it pours an ideal (in my view) head. It is a full bodied beer that feels velvety-smooth in the mouth and has a clean finish.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 14:00:26 | More by RLBarron
Photo of nach0king


4.53/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the best lagers I've ever had. The only Abita beer I'd had before this was Purple Haze, which wasn't that great, so this was a brilliant surprise.

A: Looks average, very little lacing and not much head.

S: A little bit of biscuit, lots of toast, a little bit of yeast.

T: Wish I could do this justice but as Vienna lagers/American ambers go this is among the best you'll ever find. A brilliant tasty malt up front and just the slightest hint of bitter fruit to go with it.

M: Great level of carbonation, just right, although it's a little bit thin (thinner than Sam Adams, for example.)

I can't get over how brilliant this tasted. I had it on tap at a bar because it was cheap and ended up hooked after my first glass. I really hope I can find it back home away from Louisiana.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2012 02:45:41 | More by nach0king
Photo of Loki

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I recently purchased a six-pack of this and the golden at the Zachary, LA Winn-Dixie when I couldn't find any other micros. Sadly my family asked if it was an import and the brewery is literally 45 minutes from their house. But that has nothing to do with the beer.

The Abita pours a deep amber to a rich, dark copper color that is slightly cloudy with a fair to mid-sized head that faded with medium lacing.

The nose has aromas of sweet malt with hints of caramel.

This amber is very crisp and clean that is glides smoothly across the palette and down the throat with a very respectable medium body. It tastes of sweet toasty malt and hints of caramel and toasted rolls with just enough hops to give a bitter balance. The taste holds up well against a spicy cajun crawfish boil and helps put out the fires while still giving flavor.

I don't know if the use of the natural spring water or the quality ingredients, but this was a great beer.

This is a nearly text book example of an amber lager in my opinion with freshness dates on the package and a great ?conversion? beer at around $4.75-$5 a six pack.

I rated this amber so high based on the adherence to the style and the taste relative to what an amber should be. There are much better tasting beers IMHO per my tastes, but as for an amber I haven't found much better.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2003 10:11:29 | More by Loki
Photo of pweis909


4.5/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber with white head that recedes to thinner persitent foam.

Aroma hints at caramel and toast. At times, I find it earthy. At times I find it winey.

Taste is nicely balanced, paralleling the smell. Despite some caramel presence, with slight sweetness at the front, the beer finishes is dry, asking me to take another sip.

Smooth, slightly slick mouth feel, with slight carbonation prickle at the finish.

Lovely beer. If this is Vienna lager, then I am a fan of the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 23:00:33 | More by pweis909
Photo of mjurney


4.48/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber color, clear. Good amount of carbonation rising. Small frothy head.

Very mild, malty, some toasted and caramel.

Very rich, sweet, biscuity, toasted, caramel, buttery. Hop bitterness is very mild, earthy-spice. Finish is crisp, yet pretty dry. Body is light towards medium, crisp, clean, slight dryness, nice carbonation.

Outstanding beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 08:31:20 | More by mjurney
Photo of Murph


4.43/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice crystal copper color with a smallish tan head that runs away quickly and leaves no lace. Husky, toasty malt is big in the aroma of this one and dominates over all else. The huge toastiness of this brew carries over into the taste as the brew gets so much towards the toasty end of the malt spectrum that it almost turns smoky. The toasty aspects of the malt balancenicely because of the lack of a real sweet malt quality and a bit of hops that can be detected in the background that do just enough. The great toasty malt qualites of this brew leave it surprisingly crisp for this style and help to make it awesomely drinkable. This would certainly make on hell of a session beer if I could only get it in six packs in my area.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2002 23:43:59 | More by Murph
Photo of Mick

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was introduced to the Abita product on my first trip to NOLA. I was impressed. This is a very good product that accompanies the NOLA cuisine quite well. The pour, aroma, taste and after glow are excellent.

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2002 09:46:58 | More by Mick
Photo of JISurfer

South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was expecting this dark amber color, but got a light orangey color instead. Big frothy very light tan colored head. The head died out after a few short minutes to a laceing that stood the whole time. Smell was very strange to me. I got citrus, burned malts, and burned nuts. It was very weird how it went in stages. The taste was strange too. First, there was no taste at all, almost watery. Then it went to a short burst of light citrus mixed with wheat. Finally, it went to the strange taste of burned malts/nuts. The complexity of it was shear brilliance to me, thus the high score. The mouthfeel was creamy and bubbly all at once. This was another one of those great beers to sit and drink for a while. I wouldn;t want to spend my Fall nights any other way.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2003 04:05:28 | More by JISurfer
Photo of TigerFan


4.35/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I grew up in New Orleans and this became our "offical" beer before "micro-brews" became a word :)
It's a great "lighter" beer that you can drink all day in the smoldering LA heat. A nice caramel malt flavor. I've had it both in the bottle and on tap for many years, but this in one that I actually drink straight from the bottle (gasp). Flavorful AND refershing, a great combo!

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 16:51:43 | More by TigerFan
Photo of RollingFiveSixes


4.35/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Working at one of the countries largest liquor stores, Abita tends to be a brewery that a lot of folks look past, but that actually have some great brews that taste beyond better than some higher priced breweries.

~Appearance was as solid as any Amber lager can get, good hue and shade of amber and caramel. Nice egg white head to top it off.

~Aromas of pale and caramel malts followed by light fruit.

~Taste was smooth, silky, mild carbination, pleanest bitterness and very easy drinking. Right on par with the smell. The spring water they brew with really makes it.

~Overall, great Amber. Only runs you about 7 dollars for 6, or around 13 for 12. A great session bier that goes phenominaly with spicy gumbo and shrimp; really brings out the seafood and vegetable tastes.

Serving type: can

02-18-2012 08:24:24 | More by RollingFiveSixes
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My favorite style of brew.Really easy to drink,low alcohol for the style.Maybe a little sweet,but I like how easy to drink it is,goes well with spicy cajun food.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2002 07:57:58 | More by oberon
Photo of GossageBrewery


4.26/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured this Vienna Lager from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a clear amber color, produced a nice off white head, decent retention and left behind excellent lacing. The aroma consisted of toasted and caramel malt. Medium in body, a foundation of malted grain, hints of caramel and some spicy hops. Overall, very nice example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 19:32:53 | More by GossageBrewery
Photo of Yegg


4.22/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a nice clean golden amber color. Smells nice and malty, and of roasted almonds. Taste is terrific. Creamy,malty, nutty, maybe a little caramel. A really great taste. A light smooth and creamy mouthfeel.
I will buy this beer again, and again. This is a great American beer. This was a vey good surprise. I just picked this up one day, never having even heard of it. My brother and I both were in awe over this one and we usually have different taste in beers.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2006 02:11:23 | More by Yegg
Photo of cactusjuggalo


4.22/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well abita has done it again with another solid session beer. Pours a nice looking amber color with a good ammount of pleasing carbonation, the small head disappears quite quickly. There is a pleasing aroma with it as well i just don't know how to describe it. Its a nice smooth malty brew you can enjoy all night. A very solid offering in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2008 11:36:12 | More by cactusjuggalo
Photo of superdedooperboy


4.22/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle with twist-off cap into a mug.

Pours crystal clear orange-amber hue, giving rise to a slightly off-white cap of rocky foam that fades slowly and leaves nice thick rings of lace along the walls of the glass.

Smells of slightly sweet toffeeish malt and light herbaceous hops. Not much else is detected in the nose.

Medium-bodied and crisp on the palate, with a front of sweet caramel malts and slight notes of toasty biscuit, middling with a light hit of slightly bitter, herbal hops, and finishing a little sweet and dry, calling for another quaff.

Nicely drinkable, perfectly balanced and a fine representation of the style, which is quite a nice accomplishment for a year-round brew. Thanks to Abita, it's Oktoberfest all year long.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2009 03:38:09 | More by superdedooperboy
Photo of kwc017


4.22/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Abita makes some delicious brews and this is definitely one of them. Poured a nice dark amber color with a nice head that lasted a few minutes. Smell was nice and clean with some hints of hops and grains. First taste was crisp and clean, I really noticed the grain taste in this beer, normally I'm not a grain kind of guy, sometimes reminds me of crappy beers but I really enjoy it in this beer. Finish was also full of grain for me with a little hop and a hint of caramel type flavor. Really enjoyed this one. This is my first review! Hope I did this beer justice.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 05:45:58 | More by kwc017
Photo of sacfly


4.2/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz., “best if consumed before” notched 5 12.
Pours a clear, well what do you know, Amber color with a modest head of off white bubbles. Aroma is almost all sweet caramel candy with just a hint of hops. Taste is somewhat surprising. Nice and roasty. I expected this to be too sweet from the nose. The caramel is still there, but a healthy dose of toasty Victory or Biscuit malt offsets it. Very nice. Aftertaste is mildly bitter and does not linger. Medium body. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2007 21:05:44 | More by sacfly
Photo of Validus


4.18/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The label says "amber", and the pour doesn't dissapoint. A bit more modest head than expected, but more than respectable color and life. Smell is a bit bland, but this beer makes up for it with flavor and drinkability. All Abita beers are made with pure spring water, and I truly feel that this makes a difference in this beer's crisp, refreshing finish. Although this beer isn't especially memorable for anything except its consistency, it has long proved itself to be a solid "every day" beer. Drinkability is a major plus, whether you're enjoying a single bottle or more.

As an aside, this beer is outstanding with spicy foods...which is very appropriate, given the location of its brewery.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2006 04:18:05 | More by Validus
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a great deep orange amber color, surprise, with a huge foamy white head. Not great lacing or webbing with this one.

Not much going on with the smell, other than it smells like a beer. I'm getting maybe a hint of maple syrup in the draw.

Great taste though! Not the most complex brew, but very well-balanced. A little citrus zest, some biscuity malt. Very low bitterness.

Very good brew. Easy crossover for the inquisitive palates. Very smooth and one of the better marzens I've had in awhile.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2008 18:21:26 | More by Onenote81
Photo of cadavid4j

4.18/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this beer for the first time today and I was pleasantly surprised.

I poured it into a pint glass and the appearance is a transparent amber color. There is a small head that leaves little lace.

The smell is breathtaking. It's really amazing and may be my favorite part of the beer. I just sat there and sniffed it for a few minutes before I even took a sip. There's a toasted bread scent and it's just wonderful.

The taste is very good and it goes down extremely smoothly. This is a wonderful Munich style lager and I would highly recommend it to anyone.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 06:15:25 | More by cadavid4j
Photo of alittlehazy


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

Pours a clear carbonated amber, white head that dissapates pretty quickly to a thin top on the beer. Initiall taste is pretty malty, and the aftertaste is a refreshing bitter maltiness.

The mouthfeel is great! Incredibly smooth with carbonation thats smooth and not at all abrasive.

I got a six pack of this down in Baton Rouge, and I'm glad to be using it as the first part of a no-doubt long New Years Eve session of beer drinking!

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2002 14:51:22 | More by alittlehazy
Photo of cdizinno

South Carolina

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

Presentation: Poured into a tulip glass from a 12 oz brown short with no freshness date.

A: Clear amber orange with a thin off white head and minimal lacing.

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

T&M: Crisp, medium bodied. Light carbonation. Nice malty taste that is well balanced with a mild spicy hop bitterness.

Probably the best Abita brew I've tried.

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

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 21:54:00 | More by cdizinno
Photo of RobH


4.13/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle.

Marzen or Vienna? Well, whichever it is, I like this lager. And I'm more of an ale guy overall.

This copper/amber lager has a pleasant, malty aroma and is malt-forward on the palate, with just enough hops coming through to keep it from being sweet to taste.

It feels light in mouthfeel. A great hot weather beer without having to go to the usual pale lager, and not suprising coming from Louisiana.

I find it to be well balanced and quite enjoyable to quaff. This is an easy drinker and a very good one for introducing macro-swillers to the world of craft brews.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2008 23:37:22 | More by RobH
Photo of theboozecruise


4.13/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the most popular beers in South Louisiana, from the local Abita Brewery. A strong taste that's not overpowering and an outstanding drinkability. Available in bottles, but draft is the real way to go. A pitcher of Amber with some good caun food is hard to beat!

I'm not going to lie either... this one gets higher than usual ratings due to some sentimentality...

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2008 18:21:48 | More by theboozecruise
Photo of cdkrenz


4.13/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Very nice amber/copper body with a quick-lived medium tan head. Low to moderate carbonation is evident.

S - Sweet molasses and an edge of cherry.

T - There's an English hop in this brew that I wasn't expecting. Interestingly enough this brew has a firm malt base below that hop accent. It's rather interesting. There are sweet malty flavors throughout as well as what I would normally note as a kind of deep bock flavor.

M - The interesting combination of malt and hops here create a thick feel to the brew. It does very well in that aspect.

~ This is a unique amber brew. That being said I have to admit it is also one of the better ambers I've had. I think Abita has a solid foundation down in Louisiana. Especially since this brew seems to be one of the brewery's staples. (My thanks go out to Drizzam for sharing.)

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 02:16:50 | More by cdkrenz
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Amber from Abita Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 1,126 ratings.