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Amber - Abita Brewing Co.

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504 Reviews
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Reviews: 504
Hads: 1,507
Avg: 3.4
pDev: 29.41%
Wants: 45
Gots: 233 | 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 Mikecap
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a nice deep amber with two fingers of white head from a 12 oz. can into a pint glass.

Smell: Very malty with sweetness and a nice caramel tinge to it, also sense a bit of floral aroma in this.

Taste: Amber malt and some caramel notes with a bready grainy character as well. A solid tasting beer that goes down nicely.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with solid carbonation which combine to make a creamy, smooth drinking lager that I could drink for a while.

Overall: This is a very solid lager and perhaps Abita's top year-round offering. A good sessionable amber lager that I could drink a few of for sure.

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Photo of scomstock55
2.93/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A--yellowy amber color, weak thin head with small bubbles...lacing could have been affected by the small plastic glass I had the sample from

S--this beer actually smelled a bit skunky. Had a cabbagey type aroma lingering around...and just a bit of citrus hiding in there somewhere

T--tasted of tangy citrus..not skunky like I expected, sweet malty after the swallow

M--finished dry, and I would have preferred more carbonation..this beer had very little

O--I wasnt impressed with this beer...maybe the skunk smell turned me off early, but overall I wouldnt recommend it.

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Photo of mjurney
4.44/5  rDev +30.6%
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.

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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 GossageBrewery
4.26/5  rDev +25.3%
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.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%

Poured into a Florida Beer Co. tapered glass. Variety Pack box says Best By 12/10/14.

A- Pours a clean dark amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that doesn't retain long before becoming a paper thin ring around the edge of the glass and almost no surface foam. Minimal lacing.

S- Bready, slightly toasted malt aroma with a touch of sweetness.

T- Also somewhat toasty with a mild sweetness and very smooth. Minimal hop bitterness.

M- Quite thin with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- Though I normally don't enjoy this style, there's enough flavor to keep me interested and certainly doesn't turn me off. In a way, it's the perfect flagship beer for a Louisiana brewery since the craft movement still hasn't fully matured there in the way many other states have. It has a moderately body, a pleasant smell and a solid but unobtrusive taste resulting in high drinkability. Really not much to argue with here.

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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 Kromes
3.94/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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Photo of scratch69
3.69/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Clear amber color with a half a fingers worth of head. Tiny amount of lacing.

Smell- Aromas of bread and caramel malt with a hint of floral hops.

Taste- Caramel malt sweetness at the start with some flavors of bread and grain. Very faint hop presence.

Mouthfeel- On the light end of medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation.

Overall- An easy drinking beer, but it doesn't jump out at you. If the flavors were a little bolder this would be a great beer.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Mild, smooth, hint of biscuits and lightly toasted grains. Touch of Euro hops in the finish. A decent example of the style. Otherwise, though, there's not too much going on here. Kind of run of the mill with a very basic malt and hop profile, but drinks easy.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.61/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a "stubby" 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear amber/gold in color, with an impressive two-inch head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Faint toasted malt and caramel
Taste-Pale malt, caramel note, nice soft mouthfeel, clean finish. A nice, casual lager, sessionable, and a step up from your macro-lagers. a nice 'gateway' brew for those just entering the craft beer scene.

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Photo of nach0king
4.47/5  rDev +31.5%
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.

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Photo of kshizzle101
2.91/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A - Clear copper in color. 2 inch head which doesn't hang around long. Some lacing

S - Slight amount of hops, more malty. almost metallic smelling. Not a whole lot here.

T - watered down and malty. again, slightly metallic.

M - Watery, very light

Overall - Pretty mediocre. you get some maltiness but not a lot. It's a cheap beer for a reason and not worth drinking unless it's a very hot day.

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Photo of rangerred
3.59/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear medium copper with a one finger white head that quickly fades to a thin cap. Very little lacing.

Aroma of sweet caramel and toasted malt. Almost some cinnamon aroma in there. Light floral hops along with a little bit of yeast.

The flavor has the same caramel and toast as the aroma but more subdued. Light cinnamon once again with a touch of dark fruit. Biscuit is present as well along with light floral hops leading to a very light bitterness. Mouthfeel is very soft which stuck out to me. Finish is clean and slightly sticky.

Overall, I feel the flavors in this beer are too subdued compared to Boston Lager or Great Lakes Eliot Ness. All of the right components are here but need to be bolder. Nonetheless it is an easy drinking lager and very sessionable.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.8/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint glass.

The beer is a clear light copper/amber color. A foamy cream head recedes soon to a bubbly film, with minimal lacing on the glass.

The beer smells faintly malty, with caramel notes.

The beer tastes sweet up front with some caramel notes mostly dominating. Somewhat of a metallic follow through.

Mouthfeel is somewhat watery.

Overall, just an average amber for me, somewhat watery and metallic if anything.

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Photo of PorterLambic
2.88/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light copper color with a decent fingerwidth tan head. Retention is minimal.
Smell is bready, citrus, malt. That's it. Balance is acceptable.
Taste is malt, light citrus, grape, faint hops. Decent balance.
Medium bodied, light effervescence overall though a bit of sharpness up front. Finish is fairly clean though a bready/malt note lingers a bit. Nothing to really recommend this this. Sorry.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a dull lightly hazy amber color. Lighter head hangs around. Head leaves minute dots of lacing.

S-Another dull one. Essentially no hop presence. Toasty bread and sweetness. Light and clean. Lacks aromatic vigor.

T-Yeah, same here too. Didn't have nearly enough zest to pair with my delicious dinner. Just mild for days. Toasted bread and consistent sweetness. Light grains too.

M-Light and nearly watery. Zapping bubbles. Goes down quick of course, but boy does it leave something to be desired.

O/D-Another yawner. In terms of a Vienna Lager, Boston Lager blows this one's face off. One bottle is enough for me.

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Photo of justintcoons
2.96/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

Amber with 3 fingers of tan head. Excellent clarity although slightly chill hazed. Low carbonation and good retention.

Caramel, biscuit and some kind of sweet concord grape like aromas.

A lot of raw grains. Hints of caramel and biscuit and a lingering grape like quality. A touch of toasted crackers.

Light-medium bodied, crisp and clean.

A very boring offering from Abita. I thought I was buying an Amber Ale and got a Vienna Lager. Very sessionable and easy drinking. Not bad, just boring.

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Photo of superspak
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pilsener glass, best by 9/30/2012. Pours lightly hazy orange copper color with a small 1 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Small amounts of spotty lacing on the glass, with a bit of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of caramel, toffee, apple, pear, toast, nuttiness, herbal, and floral. Nice aromas with good balance and strength; pretty typical Vienna lager aromas. Taste of caramel, toast, nuttiness, biscuit, pear, pepper, and herbal spiciness. Lingering notes of caramel, toast, nuttiness, biscuit, pepper, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a short bit. Very clean tasting with a good balance of flavors; but it feels a bit watery. Medium carbonation and body; with a very crisp and smooth mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with pretty much no warming present on the finish as expected. Overall this is a good Vienna lager. Some good flavor balance and very smooth to drink. Quite enjoyable and very sessionable.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

About average in appearance for a vienna lager, kinda reddish with just a touch of chill haze and a short-lived head without a lot of lacing.

Smell is bready malts and some toffee with a touch of wet dog.

Taste ain't bad, slightly roasty with some caramel and bready malts, plenty of very sweet, malt flavors without much in the way of hops.

Body is medium and pretty easy drinking with a very sweet, lingering buttery toffee aftertaste.

Overall it's not bad but doesn't really stand out in my mind as a "must buy."

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light brown with a foamy tan head that fades to nothing. No lacing on this one. Smell is pretty mild with some malt/grain and slight caramel aromas. Taste is of toasted malt, caramel, and some mild herbal hops on the finish. There is a slight bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer flavor wise but the smell is lacking in my opinion.

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Photo of deebo
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
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!

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Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

only 3 weeks away from out of code date but still smells of fresh skunky hops. beautiful tarnished brass hue with a sticky 2 finger head. toasted raisin bread with caramel, roasted malts, and a touch pf caramel.

very smooth with low carbonation. semi-sweet dark fruits, butterscotch and caramel, with a clean English hop finish. lingering semi sweetness. highly drinkable and delectable. A bit too much dark fruit though (and by a bit i dont mean alot, simply overpowers some of the flavors only a tiny bit but that could be from the age of it) overall very good though.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a deeper golden color with a big white head. The head a moderate to low level of retention, but gives some nice lacing on the glass.

Smell – The aroma is of some roasted malt with a good deal of sweetness. The malt is of a roasted biscuit and bready smell while the sweet is largely of a toffee like smell in nature.

Taste – The beer begins with taste of roasted malt and some caramel. The roasted flavors are lighter at first and get stronger toward the middle of the taste. Toward the middle a toffee takes the place of the caramel as the sweetness becomes more buttery. With this transition the result is a slightly sweeter brew. At the end a pleasant sweeter roasted biscuit flavor is left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body is on the lower side in terms of thickness and creaminess and was a little watery. The body could have used a bit more thickness to accentuate the roasty flavors. The carbonation level of the brew however was quite average and fitting for the style.

Overall- It is very light and easy to drink with a nice not too sweet, but sweet roasted flavor. A brew that makes for a decent session beer.

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Photo of obrike
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A sixer at Specs for 6.99 in Round Rock over the weekend.

I just got back from New Orleans and wanted to relive the trip a bit.

Poured a rich amber in my pint glass. A decent head the disappears very quickly...not much lace to speak of but a small off white ring remains.

Just a hint of spice...some sweet malt...maybe a bit of grassy hops.

Taste follows...a very non-offensive, easy drinking, light abv brew with much more taste than your typical bmc. The slightly caramel flavor, mild spices, and medium carbonation make it quite easy to put several of these back in a hurry on a hot day in New Orleans...or where ever you may reside.

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Amber from Abita Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 504 ratings.