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Amber | Abita Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States | website

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

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

Added by kbub6f on 07-08-2001

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Photo of rfgetz
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper with faint head

S: Mild malts and bread. A little caramel sweetness.

T: Mild malts and sweet cereals, faint spicing and some bitterness to finish

M: Light bodied, slightly over carbonated

D: ehh, average. not horrible but nothing to seek out. Part of an Abita mix pack (Turbodog, Pecan, Purple Haze, Jockimo) definitely one of the weaker beers in the pack.

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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 drpimento
3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On the pour dark amber color, the head indifferent in size, the texture frothy, the lace in lumpy sheets to coat the glass. Nose is sweet, malt dominates, clear and crisp. Front is cloyingly sweet, the top skinny with a middling carbonation and pleasant hop bite. Abita’s make’s some decent session beers, but they lack the fullness of mouth feel that I prefer.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.99/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz stubby bottle, best by date on neck.

bright clear copper in color, with thin bright white head. decent retention. great aroma of clean toasted malt, earthy hops.

taste is slightly sweet caramel, a little spicy herbal notes. thin and fizzy, easy to drink.

overall - a great flavorful lager.

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Photo of champ103
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: An amber color with a foamy white head that leaves a bit of lace.
S: Sweet caramel and bready malt. Some cereal and grain.
T: A substantial sweet caramel malt. Bread and biscuit. Light cereal. Very clean. Subtle and very enjoyable.
M/D: Medium body and carbonation. Easy and smooth to drink. A good session beer.

After having this several times, I have changed my tune on this. This is a very simple, but enjoyable session beer. I wish more lagers were like this.

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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 ZAP
2.57/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A-Relatively clear orange color...little head...

S-Nice toasted malt....a hint of caramel as well....also some toffee...interesting and inviting.

T-Not a lot of flavor...a letdown after the aroma....some mild toasted malt...maybe a little caramel style malt....subtle...

M-Feels thin and watery....lacks substance...I'd call it light bodied...doesn't feel right...

D-Biggest complaint is the mouthfeel....just not enough substance...aroma is decent enough...but overall this doesn't impress.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The brew that started it all for Abita, eh? Pours a very clear light copper color with a light beige, fine-bubbled head. Retention is pretty good and it shows a decent amount of lace.

Pretty straightforward nose with nutty and sweet caramel malts the most prominent. A touch of hops and a bit of bready yeast combine with the malts to make this one smell like a King Hawaiian bread loaf.

Toasty, nutty malts are about all I can find here with a slight palate scrubbing of carbonation and mild hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is definitely on the thin side and the beer tastes a bit watery. I typically enjoy most of Abita's offerings, but this one does not do much for me.

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Photo of mynie
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This ain't no marzen. It's about as much of a straight-up amber as you can get. Yes, I realize that Amber is a catch-all category--but catch-alls can be used to classify things that are exceptionally unexceptional as well as things that are unique or creative. The most exceptional characteristic of this beer is its color, which is why it is decidedly an amber.

Now, this isn't to say that this beer is bad. It's not. Abita is a damn solid brewer and wouldn't release crap. It's just, kinda there. There's some fruitiness in the aroma and flavor. A teeny weeny bit of bready beeriness. But that's it. It's not bland, it's not flavorful, it just is.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.32/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear amber with a thin, fizzy off-white mousse.

S: Aromas of caramel, cream, roasted nuts, and dark bread are present on the nose.

T: Notes of brown butter, heavy cream, caramel, roasted nuts, minerals, dark bread, and earthy, grassy hops gently wash across the palate. The finish is quick with pronounced caramel, brown butter, and grassy hop notes.

M: Light to medium in body and dry with crisp carbonation. Very drinkable.

O: This is a decent Vienna lager, but is not all that impressive. Compared to some other takes on this style, Abita Amber offers nothing new or exciting.

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Photo of FLima
3.66/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden copper color with a thin head with short retention.
Nice malty aroma with notes of caramels and a bit of toasted malts.
Balanced flavor with notes of mild coffee, chocolate, caramels, citrus, hints of pecans. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light body with mild carbonation.
Nice US take on the Style. It is a refreshing Vienna Lager, all the right flavors are there; it would be perfect if they were more intense, though.

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Photo of Dogbrick
2.56/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Copper colored with a rather thick head. Faint malt aroma. The flavor was unfortunately rather bland and there is no risk of it offending anyone. I like to be challenged a tad more by a beer that touts being a micro-brew on their label.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Translucent orange/amber not much carbonation, two finger head

S-Malt, some skunkiness even. I think there might be some citrus and dirt as well.

T-Bland, tastes like a higher end AAL (yuengling-esque). No bitterness to speak of. Some grass and pine notes but they do not taste that good.

M-Light, a little thin, not much carbonation either

O-A boring and slightly off-putting beer. I was hoping for more and this was a let down.

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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 ThisWangsChung
2.9/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

A: Pours a clear amber color. There is a finger's worth of barely off-white colored head with a pleasant creaminess to its texture. Retention is pretty good, too. A small amount of lacing is left on the glass.

S: Very mild. There are hints of nuts, toasted malt, caramel, and MAAAYBE some hopping, however. Nothing special here, moving along...

T: It really doesn't have a bad taste. It just doesn't have much of a taste to begin with. It starts with some nuts, toast, and caramel. The finish sees some more of the caramel malt come through, along side a touch of fruity hopping. If I didn't know better, I'd say it was a bit COMPLEX. Wha? Abita made a lager with some depth? Color me impressed! It's still too mild to score anything higher than a 3, but it's honestly competent for what it is.

M: Given the light flavor, it's a bit too heavy on the palate. This makes it less effortless than some lagers, but perhaps more savorable. Carbonation is on the lower side of the style.

O: It's only real flaw is that it's bland. While it's far from great, I genuinely believe it's the best Abita beer I've had to date. It's also the first Abita beer I truly 'get' - this would indeed pair well with Cajun food, and I wouldn't exactly be averse to drinking a few more again.

2.9/5: A bland lager, sure, but not an irredeemable one

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Copper, transparent with half a finger of white head.
Smells like honey and lemon zest.
A bit of bitterness, though just enough to notice. A touch of sweetness.
Crisp and bubbly at first, a little creamy in the latter half, with a lighter body.
A well balanced beer that is appealing and easy to drink.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.66/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one is a brownish-orange in color with a wonderful head that frothed up nicely. It showed good retention and left some nice lacing on the inside of my Great Lakes Brewing glass.

Smell – The toasted malts and ample caramel were evenly balanced. There was a light biscuit in there along with a touch of citrus hops.

Taste – It tastes a lot like it smells. The toasty malts and caramel make this one. The hops that I thought I smelled are basically gone, which is all right considering the style. I enjoyed the very light biscuit flavor that I got out of this one.

Mouthfeel – This Märzen is light to medium-bodied with a nice balance.

Drinkability – This was good on an unseasonably cold winter night in Seattle so I could only imagine what it’s like on a hot Louisiana day.

Comments – Thanks to BigLove for sending me this above-par offering of a nice German Märzen.

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

On-Tap in NYC and NOLA on several occasions. My preference being the big ole' 24oz plastic cups that you can snaggle away for $1 on rue bourbon. Damn you Katrina, damn you! Anyway, on to the brew. A dark amber colour with a small off-white head that dies pretty quickly and leaves not much lacing to behold. Aromas are sweet malts and light hops in a nice bready unison. Taste is similar and not too complex, but verycold, crips, refreshing, and thirst-quenching. A good macro-micro if ever there was one. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nice, drinkability is decent. I miss New Orleans! :-(

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Clear light amber color. Two fingers of frothy off-white head. Retention is good and a small ring of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Grassy hops with a hay component. Malts are sweet, lightly grainy, and with a subtle to moderate caramel component. Simple, clean, and pleasant.

3.5 T: Tastes like it smells. Grass and hay from the hops. Perhaps a touch of herbalness as well. Lightly grainy, lightly biscuity malts with a subtle sweetness and a light caramel component. Again, quite clean.

3.5 M: Light body. Good moderate carbonation. Good creaminess for how light the body is. Super smooth.

4.0 D: A well crafted, clean lager. Not a ton of flavor, but it's definitely an easy drinker.

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Photo of cokes
2.93/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Shadowed golden, hinting at amber. The head is offwhite, and whittles quickly to a skim, then endures.
Weakened toasted caramel on the nose. Coupled with a universal sense of dilutedness.
Similiar in the mouth. Brown sugar and caramel up front, all heavily sweet and almost gooey. It flips and goes toasted and dries considerably. Then it just vanishes. Clean and vacant remainder with just splashes of nondescript hop bitterness.
Light bodied. Fizzy and hyperactive up front, before losing momentum and going lifeless in the later part.
This has "conversion" brew written all over it. Either that or "Yawwwnnn".

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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 rodbeermunch
2.98/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Mixture of brown and dark red, amberish. Aroma was pretty much nothing.

Thin taste and body, somehow there is bitterness but little to no hopping. Alcohol comes through too much, so does the metallic bitterness. A little bit of sweetness doesn't cut the bitterness down. Not a fan.

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

Poured from tap into pint glass. Pours no head or lacing. Nice slightly fruity malt aroma. Taste is similar with a slightly fruity malt flavor and ever so slight hop. Easy drinker, tastey and refreshing. Seems to be a nola staple and I can see why. Its nice after a hot humid day. Good brew but not amazing.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

310th review on BA
bottle to pilsner

App- Very classic golden yellow. One finger pancake like head on it. No real stick.

Smell- Sweat malts and lager yeast. Very clean.

Taste- The malts are sugary sweet with an under current of a traditional lager taste. Was good but not a WOW for me.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a high carb. Seemed a bit watery.

Drink- It's okay as I mentioned, a little watery and sweet. Probably won't have this again.

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Amber from Abita Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 520 ratings.