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Amber - Abita Brewing Co.

Not Rated.

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507 Reviews
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Reviews: 507
Hads: 1,529
Avg: 3.4
pDev: 29.41%
Wants: 48
Gots: 243 | 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 KarlHungus
1.11/5  rDev -67.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This beer pours a copper color. I guess the brewer thinks I am too stupid to know what amber looks like. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes within seconds into nothing. The aroma is of malty vomit. The taste is like the aroma. The mouthfeel is light bodied, and over carbonated. Overall, this is a horrible beer, that I will never drink again.

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Photo of xav33
1.25/5  rDev -63.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Abita Amber Lager
12 oz bottle
Recent bottling, ingurgitated 08/06
Medium pour in a pint glass.

Poured clear copper with quickly diminishing white 1/8 inch head.

Smelt of maltiness and hint of caramel

Flavor started off malty and bland with a touch of sweet caramel on the body with barely any finish. Overall watery and simple. Mouthfeel was light and lively.

Overall, only the color hints that this is an attempt at an amber beer.

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Photo of DogFood11
1.38/5  rDev -59.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A bright copper body, very mild carbonation and highly filtered. White head falls to a thin cover very quickly and leaves behind falling, spotty lace.

First thought is "Thin". Second thought is toasted, bordering on woody and astringent. Faint hint of dark candy. Weak grain and some husk action. This beer never really finishes it just sits on your palate and sets up camp. Carbonation is not a factor. Clean is not a strong point. Taste is not a strong point. Hops are not a factor.

Notes: I've had many Marzen's this year and last year. This one does not even warrant attention. Pass.

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Photo of Smurf2055
1.46/5  rDev -57.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a bottle at Wing Central in U-district. Aroma...well...I can’t really smell any unfortunately. It’s still better than smelling cheap hard alcohol, or skunky main stream lagers, but there’s nothing good about it for sure. Appearance is just as boring. Dark orange to amber with no head to speak of. Hazy. Taste was bland. It’s not a BMC but I don’t think it’s a craft beer either. The only flavor that I think I can pick out is the faintest hint of caramel. Palate might be the acceptable quality of this beer, mainly because it is carbonated and drinkable. Overall not something I would ever plan on picking up again. There’s no flavor to it, and no other redeeming qualities. It’s just a lost cause.

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Photo of jbertsch
1.48/5  rDev -56.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

The label on the bottle tells me they have a "reputation as one of the country's finest breweries."

The same label tells me it has a "rich amber color". The brewer must be color blind - it pours a copper color that cannot be mistaken for an amber, let alone a "rich" one. The white head fades quick to a film at best. No lacing.

An immediate aroma of corn hit me...in a bad way. Made me say , "ew, maze". Fairly unpleasant. There's a little malt that's on the sweeter side via a note of caramel.

Cheap. Grain and corn - almost like those cornuts snacks. Essentially, it tastes like a dorm-room party beer. After a couple sips of this, you can already sense what your vomit will taste like the next morning if you were to have more of these, or get caught in an unfortunate game of beer pong.

Thin and dead.

I couldn't finish one.

I'll never drink this again. What astounds me are the claims they make on the label saying "quality before quantity" and that they "don't use additives or preservatives. Each batch is handcrafted..." Maybe those hands weren't properly washed beforehand.

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Photo of Mike_Moe
1.5/5  rDev -55.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Light amber color with a light brown head.
Aroma: Non-distinct beer smell.
Flavor: Lightly toasted malt flavor, slightly hoppy finish. Full bodied lager, slightly acidic carbonation.
Overall: There is not much flavor to this beer. Even the hoppiness is hidden within the acidic carbonation.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
1.87/5  rDev -45%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

A - light brown, typical of an amber, a thin white head that fades quickly

S - a grassy aroma accompanied by an apple-y aroma

T - hmmm... really watery, moreso than i thought possible, tastes like dirty water, like dishwater

M - very thin, not very impressive

D - higher only due to its wateriness, easily chuggable, not a good thing

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Photo of SlyFox21
1.91/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance: Pours a light amber brown.

Aroma:Not much here, its very subtle, but there is a little bit of hops and starchiness.

Taste: Very weak here, this is just a weak taste of starchiness, then a little bit of hops, but its gone very quickly. Letting it warm up for a while helps bring out an after taste. Which to me does not taste very good, just kind of starchy and sort of tastes like old beer.

Mouthfeel: Very light, kind of surprising considering how dark the beer is (not that its really a dark beer at all, but relatively speaking...) But it does have a nice level of carbonation, which is relatively low.

Overall:Not my kind of beer. I don't really like light beer, and this is definitely a light beer. I will give it credit, it is a little better than the mass produced lagers of America, but only a little bit. Considering its the standard 9.00 for a six pack, it really does not seem to be worth the money to me, unless you like weak beer. This my second time I've had an Abita beer, and it seems to be the same problem as the last time...
Disappointing, I was hoping for more from an Amber.

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Photo of kevinjosephlee
1.96/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle poured into a glass

A: An deep amber to light copper color.

S: A metallic component to the nose. I definitely consider this an off-scent. To mitigate this, I let the beer warm for 10 minutes (at room temperature) before more thorough consumption. A cleaner malt presence is now apparent. Nice and toasty malts. No hops.

T: Malts with very little hops presence. Steamed vegetable taste (DMS) is present and not welcome in this style.

M: Carbonation of the tingly, acidic nature.

Notes: Honestly, I was hoping for an amber ale as I popped this top. But then I saw that it is classified as a Marzen/Oktoberfest. Also, I had this beer a bit earlier in the week and noted some metallic off-flavors.

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Photo of rajendra82
2.06/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Another arrival in the Confederate BIF package courtesy of BigLove. The beer poured clear golden amber with a thin fleeting head. The aroma was slightly sweeter than water and the taste was grainy and a bit sour. No character whatsoever in the mouthfeel. No aftertaste.

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Photo of tigg924
2.09/5  rDev -38.5%
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.

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.1/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I had this while having lunch with friends at Cafe Brio in Springfield.

A - Purpley-red hue with a small tan head that goes away pretty quickly. Not much lace either. This is kinda flaccid looking in the pint glass.

S - Mild toffee malt notes with a hint of caramel too. Some gentle hops are barely there, and this seems to be sort of mild.

T - Easy going caramel malt and some gentle fruit flavors. Not much going on here...nothing offensive, but nothing interesting either.

M - Light bodied with quite a bit of carbonation and a neutral finish.

D - This is a below average amber ale that suffers from lack of character or real flavors. Not all bad...could be a good amber ale for a macro-lover.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.12/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Abita Amber

Appearance- Light copper brown with a weak fizzy head. No lacing and the beer has an overall flat appearance.
Smell- Faint sugary malt but a cheap grain/ corn aroma dominates.
Taste- Sweet up front with sugary malt. The body has a metallic corn/ macro flavor.
Mouthfeel- metallic and bitter.

Overall- This is bad! Has a cheap macro flavor with the corn/ grain taste and heaps of sugar. Avoid!!

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Photo of dhilltop2000
2.12/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy golden-copper hue. Head quickly settles into a thin semi-dense cap which stays the duration of the rest of the beer. Fairly nice lacing along the glass. Taste is very weak, watery and thin. Notes of honey, bread and watery grain. Not at all balenced. Very weak finish (if at all.)

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Photo of carwreCk
2.16/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Copper colored and clear as day.

Doesn't smell much of anything, a faint bread scent from the malt they cared to put in it.

It tastes of water lightly mixed with malted barley.

Mouthfeel is the same as water.

The drinkability of this beer is poor. I could drink plenty of water, but not water with bread in it.

This is the most watery beer I have ever had. I would rather drink Budweiser.

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Photo of jeonseh
2.18/5  rDev -35.9%
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

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
2.18/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A: A very, very light amber color. It’s not even amber, really. It has a spongy head that doesn’t linger long.

S: There’s a malty aroma that’s almost pungent with overripened dark fruits.

T/M: It has a medium amount of carbonation with a very slight bitterness, but almost nothing else. It’s very reminiscent of a typical American lager, which is sad.

Sorry, amber beer family, you’ve taken a step backwards with this one.

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Photo of seedyone
2.25/5  rDev -33.8%

02/14/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Abita is all over town this week for Fat Tues./Mardi Gras. I find this on the cloying side. Leaves both an aftertaste & 'residue' on the tongue that wears out it's welcome. I guess my expectations of a beer are based on the definition of a good guest; nothing should be left but pleasant memories. This one needs a chaser. No need to "release the hounds" but a cool glass of water would be in order.

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Photo of dcook11
2.32/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Light amber in color, a good looking beer with nice lacing and high carbonation. Smells of belgian yeast and some caramel sweetness. Taste is the same with a slight bite and the end. Mouthfeel is light and drikablity is moderate. Decent beer, not great but ok.

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Photo of gonzo46and2
2.36/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cedar mulch reddish brown with little head to speak of. Did not lace the glass at all.

Aroma is mild. Candy like fruitiness from the malt and tiny bit of herbal or flowery hops.

Taste is also very mild, easy drinking and not impressive. There was a metallic aftertaste that was a bit unpleasant.

Really this is a basic beer that's not done all that well. The flaws really come out and shine when the flavors are so muted. I could drink this beer again, but I'd never purchase it for myself.

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Photo of Badger72
2.38/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Any craft beer drinker in the New Orleans area knows that if you go to any run of the mill bar, Abita Amber is going to be the one craft beer on tap. It was hard rating this beer because I partly think the taps down on Bourbon street are disgustingly dirty so maybe that is why it doesn't taste that good, but then again I've had this beer from bottles and it still doesn't taste that good to me. I always get it because it is either this or drinking the watered down mainstreams. Each time, however, the story is the same. I take the first sip and I'm like "wow, this beer is pretty good". Tastes like any other generic craft beer lager, but as it gets warmer in your hand that's when it starts tasting like dirty feet.

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Photo of DevAJ
2.39/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Maybe this style just isn't for me. It's a little less offensive than Sam Adams Boston Lager, but not much. If I would have known this was a Vienna, I may not have even bought it.

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Photo of abcsofbeer
2.4/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle with a 11-22 drink by date. The color is a semi- cloudy, light amber color with a good amount of carbonation. It is topped by a one finger white head that falls to a thin top, leaving only small specks of lace.

The aroma is hard to detect, but, I sense some fruity notes and mostly grainy odors. Later in the glass, I noted some earthiness and grassiness.

The taste is mild sweet caramel with little maltiness and hop flavor. There may be some lemon in there. One thing that I can detect is the lager yeast.

Mouthfeel has a dry finish. Would not try this again.

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Photo of Jablonski
2.43/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: a copper color with decent sized head; no lacing on the glass

S: nothing special here but nothing unpleasant; all my nose can pick up is a weak malty aroma

T: this is where the beer is at its worst; there is a weak malty flavor for a few seconds after each sip. However, at the end of each sip an unpleasant peppery bitterness comes through strong

M: it doesn't help that this beer (like many Abita's) is watery

D: if you can get past the peppery aftertaste, this beer is drinkable. When I drink this beer, I find it easiest to get used to the taste by only drinking this beer for the night. The second beer should be enough.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
2.46/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle. Freshness date notched on the back label.
It pours an orange-hued amber with a fast dissipating white head.
It smells of hay and sweet malt.
The malt body is on the sweet side, but otherwise sort of bland and flavorless, with just a touch of grassy notes.
The hops are as one with the fizzy effervescence. Am I actually tasting seltzer? A hint of lemony bitterness is noticed with considerable concentration.
This is what I would call a "Why Bother?" beer. Why did they bother brewing something so bland? And why bother drinking it?

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Amber from Abita Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 507 ratings.