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 bogus564
3.16/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 fl. oz., poured into a pint glass.

The BA website has made changes, and I find some of them confusing, so I haven’t been reviewing of late. I just found my old reviews, but can’t count countries, states, that kind of thing. Oh well. Now that I know where my reviews are, I’m off to the races, and here we go…

A: Good color – it’s golden amber, befitting its name. It produces a thick, foamy orange rind-colored head with an aggressive pour, so watch it. The good / bad news is that you don’t have to wait long for it to dissipate. It’s a nice looking beer. Let’s go in for a smell, shall we?

S: It smells rather malty right off the bat. I’m picking up dark fruit, like prunes, a little bit of nuttiness, then some orange, then some hops. I would have expected to pick up those scents in reverse order, which now has me almost afraid to taste this beer. Then again, I have been surprised before, so let us tarry not…

T: It’s watery. But then again, with an ABV of 4.5%, how can it not be? You can’t really pump up the volume on anything with that statistic in your face. But let’s talk about the taste. It’s malty rather than hoppy, and you catch dark fruit, molasses, orange, hops, pine… but you really have to be on the lookout for them, kind of like having to put out an APB on flavors.

M: Okay, almost good. Admittedly, my opinion is a little biased against watery beers, but in fairness, it’s light-bodied, a little extra on the carbonation (not the worst thing in the world), forgettable on the palate, and leaves a fruity finish.

O: It’s very ehh. It’s kind of like a C- student; it gets the job done, but you wouldn’t want to copy off him when it counts. I wouldn’t break out the first-class hors d’oeuvres to go with this beer, but a small bag of chips will do ya. Cheers. (1,834 characters)

Photo of acevenom
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on tap. It had the sort of amber color you'd expect from something called amber. It had a white head and lacing was left on the glass during consumption. There was a light aroma of malt, but not much else. The taste was fairly mellow. There was a malty taste that was dry and crisp. It has a light mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is still very popular in Louisiana. (393 characters)

Photo of RollingFiveSixes
4.33/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Working at one of the countries largest liquor stores, Abita tends to be a brewery that a lot of folks look past, but that actually have some great brews that taste beyond better than some higher priced breweries.

~Appearance was as solid as any Amber lager can get, good hue and shade of amber and caramel. Nice egg white head to top it off.

~Aromas of pale and caramel malts followed by light fruit.

~Taste was smooth, silky, mild carbination, pleanest bitterness and very easy drinking. Right on par with the smell. The spring water they brew with really makes it.

~Overall, great Amber. Only runs you about 7 dollars for 6, or around 13 for 12. A great session bier that goes phenominaly with spicy gumbo and shrimp; really brings out the seafood and vegetable tastes. (776 characters)

Photo of Finn
3.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Abita amber pours an appropriate amber and very clear color with minimal head retention. It's pleasant aroma consists of mainly sweet caramel graininess. The flavor follows suit with a mellow, pleasing caramel malt backbone, which is well balanced and not cloying. The body is a touch on the thin side, and the beer finishes pretty clean and dry. Very drinkable, perhaps not as rich and lingering as some Viennas however. I liked it. (433 characters)

Photo of PacNWDad
3.27/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a ale mug. Rich amber color. Quite clear. Head is decent on pour, but dissipates quickly. Not much left on the sides of glass. No bubbles from bottom after pour . Malty, buttery aroma, with some copper notes. Taste is quite sweet and a bit of bitterness from the hops at the end. Very light mouthfeel. Not very carbonated. (353 characters)

Photo of Smurf2055
1.46/5  rDev -56.8%
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. (728 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A muddled light brown and auburn color, thin head, disappears into not much. Aroma lacking any hop character, slight toasted malt feel, doesn't have the light bodied sweetness that Vienna should.

Tastes light, thin bodied, again no hops, but yet still a pronounced bitterness, metallic, grainy, alcohol seemed pronounced for its actual level, could feel it (or some off flavor) as I exhaled. The sweetness that was lacking in the aroma shows up when drinking. Tastes like a sweeter brown ale. There's nothing terrible about this beer, but nothing to justify its almost $10 a 6er price. Crystal and Vienna malt all the way on this beer. (636 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (713 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
3.99/5  rDev +18%
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. (300 characters)

Photo of B967ierhunter177
3.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear, orange color with 1/2 inch head and no lace. It's aroma is of bread crust, honey, and grass. The flavor has notes of honey, dough, nuts, and sweet malt. The mouthfeel is light. Abita Amber is a good beer, smooth, refreshing, and very drinkable. A great session beer. Recommended. (304 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
3.32/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (595 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a draft into a plastic cup on a riverboat on the Mississippi River in New Orleans. Color was murky light brown. There was roughly an inch of head, maybe slightly more. Lots of lacing on the top that lasted throughout each pour. Some film on the sides, but not that much. The plastic probably contributed to that.

First smell that came to mind was roasty malts. Bready and grainy as well.

Tasted fairly similar to the nose. Roasty, nutty malts. Definitely an amber. Pleasantly bitter.

Full body. Thin texture (from memory). Lively (moderate) carbonation. Abrupt finish (from memory).

Not a bad beer overall. It was either this or Miller Lite on the riverboat and of course I stuck with the Abita Amber. It also felt right drinking this on the Mississippi. (770 characters)

Photo of horshack7
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Well it's a clear amber with about an inch worth of head on top.

Aroma: Biscuity notes, caramel malt, a little bit of citrus in the middle. At the end is a twinge of dryness and maltiness.

Taste: A solidly smooth mouthfeel with a buttery texture and a minor hop bite. Biscuity and caramel malts and touches of piney and citrus.

Notes: Nicely balanced and drinkable it's nice to find another Vienna Lager. Cheers. (427 characters)

Photo of UnderPressure
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale amber colored. Nice and clear. One-finger head melts to a ring.

Nice malty aroma. Kind of porter-like in the nose. The roasty grain smell is nice.

Smooth, caramel flavor up front. Very slight hop bitterness. Clean finish.

The mouthfeel is OK. Medium bodied, relatively smooth. The carbonation is a little harsh on the tongue.

A nice standard amber lager. A solid beer that some non craft beer drinkers may appreciate. (426 characters)

Photo of BeersCriteria
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Light copper color with a white head.

S- Nothing distinct, just a mix of simple malts and hops.

T- It's pretty good for a lager. It's definitely sweet but also a little creamy with a little hops.

Food Pairing- This is a Louisiana beer so I could see this being paired well with some Gumbo. (296 characters)

Photo of CowsCanBark
3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours an odd dark yellow/amber combination with a nice three-finger head that dissipates within about 7 minutes. Nice amount of lacing left on the glass, as well.

Smell: Smells a little hoppy and a little malty, maybe some corn mixed in. Tiny bit boozy.

Taste: It's pretty ok. It's sweet, oddly sweet, with a taste of light floral hops and a tiny bit of maltyness. Watery and thin tasting.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light mouthfeel with light carbonation, an easy drinker, average.

Overall: A decent beer, but maybe a bit too sweet. Simply average. (611 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 Arithmeticus
2.7/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured chilled in ale glass to watch a sucky Redskins game

A: clear copper; small head; loads of carb.; no lacing
S: pleasant, light, sweet aroma (lager); but nondescript
T: tinny malt; simple; few hops evident; not flavorful; watery

Not a good example of a Munich lager (as advertised). (289 characters)

Photo of 18alpha
2.65/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer has potential but it loses me with the finish. Clearly it is a lighter beer and it is good to have on hand if you have friends over who aren't big into craft beers. I'd much rather drink a few Abita Ambers left over from a party vs.something from the majors. I think of it as an entry level craft. OK but not great. (325 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
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. (330 characters)

Photo of MurphyMacManus
3.77/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. brown stubby bottle into 14oz. tumbler

A: Amber with a pretty nice head. Clear, as expected. Maybe a bit light as compared to other Vienna Lagers.

S: Lots of malt. Bread, caramel, a little sweetness, clean lager yeast aroma, maybe minerals? I definitely smell something that is neither malt, hop, nor yeast.

T/M: Bready malt and a crisp, clean finish. Minimal bitterness. Tingling carbonation and slight sweetness up front. Mineral water aftertaste.

Overall: I don't know if I'd call this a Vienna Lager, but it's quite pleasant and a decent session beer. (567 characters)

Photo of JayS2629
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful amber color with a great clarity and a fizzy white head that fades fast and leaves minimal lacing.

The aroma is nutty, toasted malts, and light earthy hops.

One dimensional, but toast and caramel, light fruity notes, and earthy tones. Simple, light and crisp.

Easy to drink, crisp, light, refreshing.

Nice balance, but nothing stands out. (360 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color. It’s light, fizzy, and lacking any heft in the least. It’s served ice cold but in this South Texas heat I don’t give it a chance to warm. A real easy drinker, almost without any thought to it. Unfortunately, this aspect makes it pretty much one-dimensional.

In keeping with the Louisiana theme (or, more accurately, drinking with friends who just returned from New Orleans) I can see this being a second or third-tier choice, depending on my options. (485 characters)

Photo of TigerFan
4.33/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I grew up in New Orleans and this became our "offical" beer before "micro-brews" became a word :)
It's a great "lighter" beer that you can drink all day in the smoldering LA heat. A nice caramel malt flavor. I've had it both in the bottle and on tap for many years, but this in one that I actually drink straight from the bottle (gasp). Flavorful AND refershing, a great combo! (378 characters)

Photo of Merkur
3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours amber with a fairly good amount of white head. Also, a fair amount of lacing as well.

Overall the smell is a bit bready and yeasty.

The taste has a slightly malty taste to it, while also being somewhat sweet and caramel like.

As far as mouthfeel, it felt a bit bready. (283 characters)

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