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Amber - Abita Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
79
okay

1,305 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,305
Reviews: 479
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 16.81%
Wants: 34
Gots: 90 | 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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Photo of Badger72
2.36/5  rDev -31.6%
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.

Badger72, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of DenverHopHead
2.38/5  rDev -31%

DenverHopHead, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of JayNat
2.4/5  rDev -30.4%

JayNat, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of Jablonski
2.4/5  rDev -30.4%
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.

Jablonski, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of abcsofbeer
2.42/5  rDev -29.9%
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.

abcsofbeer, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of BeerResearcher
2.42/5  rDev -29.9%
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?

BeerResearcher, May 13, 2004
Photo of Gyle41386
2.42/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

I had no idea this was an Oktoberfest until I looked here. I just assumed it was an amber. Oh well.

Pours a hazy copper color. Two fingers of plush foam don't stick around for too long.

Aroma is of sweet caramel malt...a light nutty character, too.

Hugely bland flavor. Tastes like toasted caramel malt and water. I'm struggling to remain interested.

Medium body. Dry finish. Slight creaminess.

This just isn't a very flavorful beer. Totally bland. It's really hard to even try to enjoy this. It seems that the best beverage Abita produces is their Root Beer.

Gyle41386, May 07, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.45/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, light amber body with a huge, creamy-looking white head that fizzled out in half the time it took to type this sentence.

Smell: Impossibly faint aroma of grains and grapes.

Taste: Quick hint of caramel and grains before a sweet-sour grape flavor kicks in. Oh brother, what a way to kick-off the evening.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation. Downright watery.

Drinkability: Not very impressive. I didn't enjoy this one at all.

ChainGangGuy, Oct 14, 2007
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.

richkrull, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of jackorain
2.48/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-nice 3/4 inch head settled to a nice thin coat. Copper/amber and a little chill haze

S-Bready, crisp, yeast

T-acidic with a metalic off taste. Not much depth on the flavor side vwry mild hop presnece with a little bread like quality

M-light body with crisp carbonation

D-not very drinkable given the off flavor

jackorain, Oct 03, 2006
Photo of sholland119
2.48/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a clear amber with a thin tan head. A little bit of lacing.

S-does not really have anything discernible on the nose. Maybe it's my allergies but...

T-it tasted, well, carbonated. But not much else going on.

M-Smooth with moderate carbonation. Does not linger.

D-Sure but why bother.

I have liked some Abita beers and since I was having jambalaya at the Napoleon House in New Orleans it seemed a good choice. Well, that and it was the only choice other than BMC.

The kind of bottle that should be served to the patron who goes to the bar and says "I'll have a beer."

sholland119, Mar 26, 2008
Photo of acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

acurtis, Jan 21, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

lcdawg, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of hotstuff
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

When I poured this beer into my glass, it poured with a quick dissolving white head.There was fizzy carbonation observed with this beer. The hue of this beer is amber.There was no lacing on the sides of my glass with this beer. This beer in my opinion has a bit of a sour taste to it that I did not care for.

hotstuff, Jul 09, 2003
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Amber from Abita Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 1,305 ratings.