Amber - Abita Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 499
Hads: 1,483
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 15.68%
Wants: 44
Gots: 216 | 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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Photo of Jason
3.98/5  rDev +17.8%
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. (561 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
3.98/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from a beer exchange with a friend at the holidays.

Poured into a pint glass, a 1/2 inch head formed, which retreated to a layer of foam over the slightly cloudy amber brew. Malty, yeasty nose, reminds me of bread. Good, full mouthful of malts, with hops that complement and do not detract from the grain flavor. This one sort of caught me by surprise, wasn't expecting to enjoy this one as much as I did. (420 characters)

Photo of clemsonbrewer
3.98/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice pale copper color. Big head as a result of an aggresive pour. Thin random lacing... not much. Not a lot of retention either. Toasted malt smell. Not much else in the nose. Smooth biscuity malt taste. A good classic Munich lager. Go southern brews! (252 characters)

Photo of car2052
3.98/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 0z. bottle to pint glass.

A: Clear copper, 1 in. off-white head.
S: Lightly roasted malt, yeast, caramel.
T: Grainy taste with caramel malts, a bit yeasty, and a bit of apple. It is nice that it isn't too sweet.
M: Light feel. Watery.
O: Alright. You could buy Yuengling for much cheaper. (305 characters)

Photo of EStreet20
3.95/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Munich Style Lager" according to the bottle, O-Fest according to BA. Either way a change of pace for me.

12 ounce bottle, shaker pint.

A - Very clear amber color. One and a half fingers of nearly white head.

S - Clean smell. Some husky aroma.

T - Begins clean and kicks into some graininess. Finishes up nice and smooth.

M - Light bodied and medium carbonation.

D - A nice easy drinking lager. Simple and straightforward easy drinker. (441 characters)

Photo of Rio
3.95/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. short bottle, poured a clear amber color, with a nice two fingers of foam, off-white head of tiny bubbles. Head faded before too long, but remained a thin layer over the top. Toasted malts are heavy in the aroma, with a tiny hint of caramel hidden in there as well.

Toasted malt shows up again in the taste, strong and very prevalent. Clean and crisp to the mouth, seemed a bit thin towards the end, though.

A very drinkable beer. I didn't know it was a Marzen, but somewhat appropriate that I picked it up now. Tasty, and not too heavy. Easily a session beer. (573 characters)

Photo of GPHarris
3.95/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - poured a two-fingers thick creamy off-white head into a tulip. left nice lace and a light sheet that was gone about 2/3 of the way through. the body was a clear light amber color.
s - overwhelming aroma is caramel, i can smell it immediately as i'm pouring the beer.
t - spicey hops with an earthy, bready finish.
m - crisp but a little too thin.
d - easily drinkable and a nice session beer. (396 characters)

Photo of kingcrowing
3.94/5  rDev +16.6%
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! (290 characters)

Photo of Kromes
3.94/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A slightly hazy amber color with a thin line of bubbles on top.

Sweet toasted and toffee malt with a touch of floral hop.

Toasted honey malt and grain flavor with a nicely balanced dose of grassy hop. Finishes clean with a lingering toasted malt flavor.

Light bodied with a smooth, creamy feel to it.

Simple lager here, but the flavors are clean and balanced nicely. (370 characters)

Photo of chickenflea
3.94/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a very nice example of the style. Aroma is lightly toasted malt. No hops or yeast. Color is a beautiful light amber. Sparkly. Medium light body wit moderate carbonation. Taste is grainy rich and malty while staying light and not overly sweet. Finish is a little sweet - should be a little dryer. Refreshing but not boring. (330 characters)

Photo of Andrew041180
3.94/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

First off, I hope all the people who love Sierra Nevada Vienna Lager look favorably upon this one. It's much better in my opinion.

Pours a beautiful crystal clear amber. Nice head, fades to a ring. Spotty visible carbonation adds to the appeal. The smell could easily lead me to believe I was drinking a German Marzen. Bready with a touch of caramel sweetness. The flavor is much the same, although the sweetness ramps up a touch more than the aroma would indicate. Again, flavors are wonderful. Feel falls a little flat, but it's clean and refreshing. I may not even be rating this beer well enough. Quite a pleasant surprise. (638 characters)

Photo of kneeland
3.93/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Abita Amber is by far my favorite beer. It's full of flavor, not too sweet, not lacking anything, just perfect. I first tried it on a trip to New Orleans a few years back. It's as popular as the 3 main light beers there, mostly because it's brewed in LA. I just wish it was easier to find here in North Carolina. If you even half way enjoy amber beers, this will top your list.

It pours a really light straw yellow color with some foam. The best part is that you can really taste the spring water in it. (504 characters)

Photo of CIBoy10
3.93/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Is it exceptioanlly unique? Well, no. But Abita Amber is an outstanding, refreshing, easy-to-drink beer that you can swig back while enjoying. Those are becoming harder and harder to find. Tastes bready and lacks the awful chemical taste of many macro lagers and ambers. I'd drink it any day. If you are looking for hoppy or complex though - look somewhere else. Cheers! (370 characters)

Photo of PhageLab
3.92/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic pint.

A - Light orange colour with a coppery hue. Produced a thin bit of froth that stuck around for a while. Lacing was decent.

S - Fresh grains, and crystal malts. Sweet on the nose. A delicate aroma, but a pleasant one.

T - Clean semi-sweet flavor. Sweet malty body, a little watery, but still tasty.

M - Thin bodied with a mild carbonation level. Finish is ultra clean.

D - Inoffensive, and perhaps a little bland, but the base flavor is good enough to let most of it's simplicity slide. Overall very enjoyable. (540 characters)

Photo of arizcards
3.92/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle for $1.39 at AJ's back in January.

Poured a light orange-amber with a nice head that did not sustain. Smell is grainy sweet nut smell, very interesting. Taste is very malty to start with a sweet nutty finish. Mouthfeel is a bit thin but clean in the finish. Overall drinkability is good. Unfortunately I do not have any more to sample! (357 characters)

3.92/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I sampled a few of these after a hard days work.
The beer is a bright orange-amber. A soapy off-white head disappears to a ring instantly but leaves some lace.

The aroma is of lightly toasted malt. Biscuity. Chocolate. Faint hops.

Tastes great! Bready flavor, slight chocolate. Earthy. All about the malt, and in a good way.

Good carbonation, medium bodied. Very drinkable. I was impressed by this beer. My throat was parched after a long day and this did the trick. At 4.99 a six, I would put this up against many amber ales at 2 bucks higher any day. (562 characters)

Photo of Luigi
3.92/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear orange-amber color with a bubbley white head. Smells like roasted malts and caramel. Biscuity malts, caramel and some taosted grainy finish. Very clean finish and light to meduim body that makes for great drinkability. Very tasty lager I must say! (253 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.91/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark amber with a thick layer of dense, white head that has great retention

S - grassy, earthy hops; caramel; sweet

T - caramel, nutty, grassy, earthy

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is an easy drinking Vienna Lager. It has decent flavor and good body. It's worth a try. (294 characters)

Photo of RedwoodGeorge
3.91/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a handsome pour! This beer comes out a crystal clear reddish gold with a thick, creamy off white head. The foam lasts for quite some time and leaves a good bit of sticky lacing on the inside of the glass.

The aroma is a bit of a disappointment - on first pass the beer smells like a pretty typical lager with a few light golden grain notes and a little noble hops. Only on the second smell can you find any fruity notes of peach and green tea but they're quite light.

The flavor is quite tasty with a solid malt backbone of lightly toasted grains and a few lightly caramelized sugars balanced with a touch of yeasty fruit notes. On the back end is a mild lager-esque hopping with some nice soft earthy notes and just a touch of bittering.

Mouthfeel is solid as well. The beer is a light to medium bodied brew with a good blend of sparkley carbonation and solid sugary notes on the tongue. The moderate hop bittering cleans the palate very nicely at the end of each sip.

This is a very pleasant Marzen with some fruity notes complimenting the lager flavors in the grain and hops. Very drinkable and it would make a good "go to" beer for an evening out... (1,170 characters)

Photo of acrawf6
3.9/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out a orange amber, caramel like. Small white head foams up.

Smells. malty and a little bit nutty. very mellow and not abrasive at all.

Taste is a touch of roasted malts.tiny hop presence, but mostly mlats. Not very sweet, a little bit dry. does have just a little caramel taste to it. Aftertaste is dry and, again, malty.

Mouthfeel is good. good carbonation, decent balance. medium body.

Overall. This beer is my go to beer at local restaurants that dont have anything else. Nothing too special, just an easy drinkin beer that tastes pretty good. (565 characters)

Photo of drpimento
3.9/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I like this beer. Poured with a nice off white head and a little lace. Color is a clear medium amber. Aroma is malty caramel toffee and a bit of fruit. Flavor is where this stands out- not outstanding but very serviceable. Lots of slightly roasty dryish malt with a bit of caramel and toffee. Not too sweet. Good body and carbonation. Finish is like flavor and tapers off in a short to medium lenght. Easy drinking session beer. (428 characters)

Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
3.9/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Color is amber (duh) with a moderately-sized off-white head that fades fairly quickly, but there are several nice lacing rings down the glass that make for a very nice looking beer. The scent is a very pleasant combination of caramel/bready malt and fruity citrus. The taste follows the nose, with a nice balance of malt and hops - slightly sweet caramel and bread notes up front, with a nice touch of citrus bitterness in the background. This doesn't have the grassy flavor that may other lagers have, which is a positive in my book. Mouthfeel is okay, but not great. I'd be glad to have one of these again. (608 characters)

Photo of EagleTalon
3.89/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good easy drinking beer for all occasions. Not perfect but enjoyable. This beer must be great on draft. Out of the bottle it pours to a very thin white head and orange/amber color. Aroma is predominantly pale malt and a bit of carapils and/or Munich malt witha bit of crystal (caramel) malt thrown in. The taste confirms the aroma's suggestion: pale maltiness fortified with a little Munich and or some other darker carmelized malts. Mouthfeel is smooth and bubbly. Very quaffable stuff. I'll have another. (508 characters)

Photo of deebo
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
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! (407 characters)

Photo of LacquerHead
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a clear dark amber into my Sam Adams pint.

This had a malty aroma. Not very hop heavy.

This had a good malt flavor that was on the lighter side. It was not too caramelized. There was a slight spiciness to the hops along with a touch of bitterness. The overall flavor wasn't overly complex; in fact it was rather simple in nature.

The M/F was a little to carbonated for my taste, but it wasn't a big issue.

The first few were very easy to drink, probably due to its low ABV. However, after a while these started to get filling and had little effect.

Conclusion: for a beer that is readily available, this was fairly solid. I would put this into the same category as Sam Adams. I would even go as far as to say it was better than a Boston Lager. This would make a good, "go to" beer if I was faced with a limited selection at a store or bar. (858 characters)

Amber from Abita Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 499 ratings.