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Amber - Abita Brewing Co.


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1,131 Ratings

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Ratings: 1131
Reviews: 466
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 16.52%

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

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Photo of curasowa

New York

3.05/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Copper color with one finger of head that fades to a thin cap with a curtain of lace.

Aroma: Very bready with some raisin notes hiding in the back.

Taste: Bready malt upfront fading to some earthy bitterness on the back end and finishing pretty fast with a nutty and dishrag taste.

The Rest: Body is medium; this one is just Ok. The dishrag taste on the finish reminds me of a lot of not very good brewpub beer. This one is just meh.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 01:37:03 | More by curasowa
Photo of 1after909


4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Of the 3 Abitas I tried this weekend (IPA, Turbodog and Amber) I enjoyed this one the best.

I poured before reading the label but was pleasantly surprised. Definitely wouldn't consider this an amber & probably wouldn't have bought it had I read the label and saw it was more of a pilsner style.

Had a good head on pouring and some head remained on the side of the glass until the last drop. Very refreshing, went down smooth.

As I said if you're looking for a dark, heavy amber this isn't for you. I'd almost classiy this as a summer ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 03:16:44 | More by 1after909
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac


2.15/5  rDev -37.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 01:04:43 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
Photo of Jimmys


2.83/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: pretty rich copper colored brew. starts with a big billowy head. head retention isn't great, but some lacing is left behind.

S: sweet malt aroma. a bit too sweet. essences of caramel and perhaps a little vanilla. nothing of the noble variety sensed.

T: a bit of roast with the toast. no detectable hop flavor or bitterness. maybe a little metallic?

M: a vibrant carbonation on a sweet body.

D: in my opinion just a bit too much sweet/darker malt that takes it to a sweet lager versus a malty/balanced vienna.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 23:26:00 | More by Jimmys
Photo of BretSikkink


3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap and in bottles throughout the area. My review is from a bottle served by the hotel bar.

Pours a slightly hazy amber color with orange highlighting. Lace is lightly tanned, wispy, and slightly sticky.

Aroma is very clean and light, with a mild floral note alongside the pale grain component. Slight hint of caramel.

Toasted grain is the flavor leader, hops are a slight spicy bite in the back. Slightly herbal, like black tea, and very crisp. Body is medium, finishes very clean with high carbonation.

Not much here, but it's strong an original microbrew, and it gets a lot of love. When in NOLA, have yourself a damn Abita!

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 17:19:46 | More by BretSikkink
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2011 20:44:23 | More by richkrull
Photo of StoneTSR


3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE: The amber poured a little more light orange than I expected and it came along with a touch of haziness. The head was full of big, lively bubbles about an inch thick, but it quickly dissipated.

SMELL: Mild hops and strong honey come through the most in the nose. Some pine is present as well, it smells quite a bit like an IPA.

TASTE: Wow. This is not the typical amber. It has a lot of citrus flavors, most notably grapefruit, upfront. There is also a distinct pine character. Oddly, as this beer fades away onto the palate, it also becomes a little smoky and then finally finishes with a note of licorice. Odd, but tasty beer.

MOUTHFEEL: Abita Amber is pretty solidly carbonated beer. The bubbles are tiny, light and very excited as they hit the palate. A bit of sweetness is left on the tongue after each sip, but overall, this is a dryer beer.

OVERALL: The Abita Amber is on the lighter side, but still an interesting beer. If you're in the mood for something light and refreshing, this would be a good call. If you prefer a little more body, however, it might not be the right brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 08:35:20 | More by StoneTSR
Photo of Knapp85


2.68/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured out with a pretty nice looking amber color, the head was cream colored and fizzy. The smell had a slight hoppiness with some caramel malts in there. The taste was too mild in my opinion, I couldn't really pin point any real specifics here other than some malts and a minimal hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is on the light side too. Overall not the most impressive Amber Ale really.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 04:01:02 | More by Knapp85
Photo of titosupertramp


3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden amber in color with almost a finger white head. Not much film, but thick ring around the glass. Decent amount of lacing on the side that I'm drinking from.

S: Notice mostly caramel fresh out of the bottle. Notice mostly caramel after it's out of the bottle for while. Some toasted smells are present, but are hard to pick up. I'm not getting anything else to be honest.

T: Again, mostly caramel, but the toasted flavors are much more present in the taste. There's a fruity quality to taste, but I can't seem to place it. Want to say it's citrus, but not sure.

M: A little on the thin side, but does have decent carbonation.

O: I'd be happy drinking an Abita Amber on a hot day, cook out, canoeing or most anything out doors. It's refreshing without being totally void of taste and smell.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 23:29:18 | More by titosupertramp
Photo of klkatz


3.05/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This rating might be a product of my disdain for anything without "bite" of "kick"... but I wasn't impressed with the Abita Amber...

My father-in-law had it at my niece's 2nd Birthday party... and it was either Amber or Yeungling Lager... so I went with the unknown.

I know Ambers are supposed to have a reddish look and a malty flavor... this was more nutty... and kind of bland, but once again, I like things to bite me..

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 00:31:53 | More by klkatz
Photo of GreenJetta912


3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber color with no cloudiness. Quickly dissipation head but still some lacing.

Smell of caramel, subtle lemons. Smell reminds me of a less pungent Yuengling Lager (minus the lemons).

Refreshing and Drinkable. not a lot here. some caramel and honey flavors. good crisp carbonation.

Finishes a tad dry and ever so slightly roasty.

Good flavor for a weak beer. Good porch-sitting or grill-out beer. I would think this beer would do great with BBQ.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2011 14:31:56 | More by GreenJetta912
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer is a slightly hazy, bright, orange-amber color with a light, foamy, fluffy white head that starts around three inches and quickly disappears into a managable half-inch head. Great lacing just from the head recession. Aroma is a tangy caramel with a slight hopped spice towards the end. Flavor is a little watered down, but a decent blend of caramel and hopped bitterness. The caramel is a little roasted, which balances nicely with green and pepper from the hops. Tasty. The body is light and crisp, and the aftertaste is roasted and slightly sour, with a dry finish. Pretty decent, and a very easy drinker.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 00:41:43 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of Duhast500

Rhode Island

3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Blue Hills Brewery pint glass.

The color is a clear orange/gold with a finger foamy white head and some slight lacing left on the glass.

The smell has a light fruity aroma that is a little apple and some pear. There is a slight hint of a boozy aroma in the nose as well.

The taste has more of a pear flavor with some juicy apple core flavor as well. There is a slightly bland flavor like the skin of the apple here as well with a sweetness that is pleasant.

This beer has a nice drinkable feel and goes down easy. There is a nice juicy feel that goes down easy.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 04:40:30 | More by Duhast500
Photo of Thanby


3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear honey gold with a finger of fine white head that doesn't budge.

On the nose I'm getting a lot of the crystal malt, light but potent, and European hops of some variety (apparently Perle, not a category I'm completely familiar with but basically it reminds me of Newcastle).

The first taste, now that I'm thinking about it, is also very similar to Newcastle. Light body, plenty of crystal malt giving it some light sweetness, and the hops are very well-blended into everything.

Crisp and clean, simple but well-made. Nothing too exciting, but certainly good.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2011 02:47:56 | More by Thanby
Photo of MinnesotaRIS


3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This doesn't seem lagered though in appearance or aroma. Thick, slight off-white, one and a half fingered head. Very small cell head that retains for a long while as top foam.

A Deep amber appearance that is well formed being it is a Vienna. Moderate carbonation. Clear with very slight haze.

S German malts- seems more Vienna than Munich. Slight noble hop aroma - earthy, pleasant. Some caramel is present but not overly.

T malty. Lots of German malt flavor. Bittering is a bit low allowing sweetness to be off balance. No hop flavor but expected. Caramel malts work well.

M very pleasant. Finishes clean enough but not "lagery".
Nothing overwhelming. Substantial body.

Great to have another Vienna out there. This one is worth your while.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2011 23:47:41 | More by MinnesotaRIS
Photo of jbphoto88


3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A clear roasted golden color that has a small amount of bubbles columning up. The head is a whiteish yellow that rises an inch above the beer and crashes back to thin film of suds.

The nose is up there with some of the best. You can smell the sweet caramelized grains right up front. Very nice.

Whoa! What happened to this beer? It's tastes ok but so far off from the fantastic nose. The sweet grains you smell taste like wet toast wrapped in paper towel. The flavor has a slight mustiness to it that I find to be very boring.

Mouthfeel gains some ground but can't possibly overcome the shortage of flavor. Medium bodied with a sizzle of carbonation gives this beer an almost chewy feel. Not bad and very drinkable but shocking that the nose is so different from the taste

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 00:08:47 | More by jbphoto88
Photo of Hoptometrist


4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle into a becker glass.

A- Clear light amber color with high carbonation

S- Roasted and toasted caramel malt

T- Nice roasted caramel malt taste with some spiciness and nice highly carbonated finish.

M- Very smooth, lighter body, but not watery

D- Very refreshing beer with great flavor and great balance between the sweet caramel malt, spicy notes, and mild hop bitterness. Could be a go-to session beer of mine, but I have never seen it in six packs around here.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 20:37:08 | More by Hoptometrist
Photo of cyrock1


3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep gold to pale amber with hints of orange in it. A fluffy 1/2 inch white head.

Smell: A splash of lightly roasted malt backed by a mild hop aroma.

Taste: Crisp light malt with a slightly tart, dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation with an average bite at the end.

Drinkability: An easy drinking lawnmower beer.

I didn't realize this was a lager until now when I tasted it and saw it's classification, you learn something new everyday.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 05:29:59 | More by cyrock1
Photo of FosterJM


3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 04:42:28 | More by FosterJM
Photo of mdunman


3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear amber pours a decent head but not much linger.

S: Slight hoppiness with a light malt and some lemon.

T: Starts off kind of bland malt and lemon then finishes with some decent hoppiness.

M: Light-medium body with a good amount of carbonation

Overall this was a good local beer in Louisiana. I wouldn't mind having another one, but I wouldn't rush back for another.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 02:32:43 | More by mdunman
Photo of TheWhiskerReview


3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a very easy-drinking, minimal but delicious brew which could pair wonderfully with warm days and so many different styles of food. It pours a brilliant orange with a quickly disappearing white head and smells of orange blossom honey, caramel and walnuts. The palate is clean, crisp and minimal- light bodied with light caramel notes and a general freshness from the hops, which lead to a shorter but still tasty finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 05:25:01 | More by TheWhiskerReview
Photo of WJVII


3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Visited NOLA for a wedding last week and had a LOT of these. Was a solid brew for the "free" beer at a wedding. Review from notes:
Poured into a pint glass this brew has a standard amber color for the style, semi translucent in the light with a 1 finger white head. The aroma was strong of bread and malts. The flavor was mild and had a nice balance of hop spice and malt. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Nothing special but certainly better than the normal big box brews you get to chose from at a wedding.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 20:35:05 | More by WJVII
Photo of bound4er


3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A. Straight amber appearance with a two finger, fast-breaking white head. Minimal lacing.

S. Aroma of sweet malt - very biscuit like - with a hint of cherry liqeur.

T. Pretty average tasting - there's a bit of cherry and some malt with a hint of prickly hops.

M. Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

D. No mistake about it - this is a sessionable beer that would be best drunk in the summer given its lightness and low alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 23:21:05 | More by bound4er
Photo of dcook11


2.3/5  rDev -33.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 07:09:57 | More by dcook11
Photo of metter98

New York

3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slight hazy light copper in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that quickly dissipated into a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and some lacing in the center.
S: There are light aromas of toasted caramel malts in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has some flavors of toasted and caramel malts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a somewhat thin on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is drinkable, but nothing really sets it apart to make me want to have another of these.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 02:50:23 | More by metter98
Amber from Abita Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 1,131 ratings.