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Amber - Abita Brewing Co.

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1,325 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,325
Reviews: 482
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 16.81%
Wants: 34
Gots: 100 | 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 Brad007
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another Abita beer to review and this one is a marzen/oktoberfest beer.

Pours a mild golden color with a one-finger head into my glass. It has a slight orange tint but not by much.

Aroma is sweet and slightly smoky with not much else to stand out on the nose.

The taste is much of the same. Sweet, smoky malt coats the mouth with just a hint of hops. Slightly crisp as well.

Mouthfeel has lingering sweet, smoky malt. Chewy texture as well.

A decent example for this style. Abita is usually hit or miss but this beer is just right.

Brad007, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of chinchill
3.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is based on two samples, rated nearly 2 years apart from a 2011 bottle and a very fresh keg.

12 oz. bottle served in pint glass.

A - creamy looking but somewhat thin and short-lived head on a clear light copper-colored brew. Lacy remnants of head are fairly long lasting. A good bit of visible carbonation with bubbles varying in size.

S&T - malty; toasted grains. Limited aroma but good malty flavor.

O: surprised to find I liked this Abita so much, mainly due to the very flavorful version of this oft boring style.

chinchill, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of crossovert
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, best before date unmarked.

It pours a clear orange with a foamy white head that sticks for a bit and then recedes to some nice lacing.

The smell is clean, but it isnt overly exiting. There is some caramel, some fruit, and a touch of hops.

The flavor is pretty much that of the style. It is a bit sweet. It has the typical toastiness, nuttiness, and hint of sweetness. It isn't amazing, but it isn't average.

This is a solid Maerzen style lager, it may not be called an oktoberfest but it does fall in line with the style

crossovert, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of Goliath
4.05/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber color with a two inch off white head. There is decent head retention, but no lacing.

The aroma is nice. Cereal and raw grain dominate the nose for me.

The taste is also nice. It's simple, lightly malty with cereal and raw grain. Just simple but good.

Mouthfeel is thin and a little on the watery side. The carbonation is fine bubbled but leaves a nice tingle.

Drinkability is relatively high. The beer is easily sessionable at 4.5% ABV, and the flavor profile is simple but pleasing. I enjoy simple and clean beers more and more each day.

Goliath, Sep 08, 2010
Photo of mjrod2142
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Samuel Adams Lager Perfect glass.

This beer has a very nice color with a small and creamy head. I find the aroma underwhelming and am surprised to pick up more of a bright and lively smell than I anticipated for an amber. I don't feel much carbonation and the beer goes down very easily. The taste is unoffensive and has little to no hoppy characteristics that I can pick up on. An easy-drinking amber that can be enjoyed year round.

mjrod2142, Sep 06, 2010
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into pint glass.
A: A off white head, hold very good and leaves lacing that is quality. The copper body has a slight haze to it.
S: Most of these Abita brew have a similar aroma. This one has notes of roasted nuts and a sort of burnt notes.
T/M: A roasted aspect of this brew is very up front. A bold yet, subtle note of coffee, that of a day old, cold coffee is found. The mouthfeel is a smooth and clean feeling. The lingering taste is as most Abita's are, non-existent.
D: I find this good, but for an amber or Oktoberfest, ehh not so much. wouldn't turn down, but again wouldn't seek out.

GDBEERMAN, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

I love cheap singles. We need more of them at more stores, I tells ya! This one pours a clear, well, amber (how very appropriate) topped by a finger or so of white micro-foam. The nose is heavy on the buttery biscuits, as though company was expected; some light caramel and nutmeg finish off a strange olfactory experience. The taste also has a good amount of biscuits, but they're not as buttery as before. Some mild wheat, light caramel, and, following the theme, very mild hoppy floral and citrus notes round out the kinda lackluster flavor. The body is pretty light, with a light carbonation and a semi-crisp finish. Overall, an okay brew, nothing special, nothing objectionable. Easy to down, though.

TMoney2591, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of claybeer
2.9/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Abita Amber Ale had a real classic beer look to it. It was a very clean, clear brown with just a hint of redness. The head is mostly white and leaves little to no lacing on the glass. I don't have much experience with amber style beers so the the nose is fairly new to me. The nose follows right on the palate. I definitely get a malty sweetness. Maybe that sweetness is a little bit of wheat. I barely get that bready grit feeling on the back of my tongue on the second sip. The finish is short, leaving just enough sweetness in my mouth to want to try another sip. Overall it's nothing to get too excited about but still a pleasant, easy drinking beer.

claybeer, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of MikeBrandman
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours into a hefewiezen glass with a deep amber body. Great effervesce. 3 fingers of head in a fairly narrow glass. Completely translucent.

S - Not a very strong smell. Rather bland smell. Slight bready and spiciness to it as well.

T - Light and bready flavor. Again, slight spiciness, but overall very bland. Reminds me of Kirkland German Lager. Bready sweetness. Like the smell, rather bland.

MF & D - Not much going on here. Light and rather crisp. Again, nothing special here.

MikeBrandman, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of Mosstrooper
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into 500ml Weihenstephaner World Cup glass.

Appearance: Pours orange in color with a slight golden hue with a smaller off-white head that dissipates slowly, leaving behind fairly thick lace.

Smell: Sweet caramel and fruits (grape, apple, some citrus).

Taste: Begins with a grainy, bready flavor and a mild bitterness, finishing with more grains and a sweet hint about it. Mild hops in the throat.

Mouthfeel: Lighter body with medium carbonation and a very sticky, refreshing finish.

Drinkability: A pretty average beer overall, and not something I would be getting too excited over. Not bad, but still far from great.

Mosstrooper, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of bigfnjoe
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glas.

A- pours a light shade of amber/orange with a 3 finger white head. No lacing. Disappointing

S- getting a lot of sweet malts. Can't really put my finger on what else...just the maltiness, really. Its alright

T- its got a watery taste to it...heavy maltiness. Theres a sweetness to it. Nothing special here...

M- decent feel. Good carb. Texture is a little thin, though.

D- pretty drinkable. Flavors aren't huge. Pretty mild and uneventful

bigfnjoe, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of jeffjeff1
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this in the party pack from World Market.

Appearance- golden amber color, thick foamy head

Smell- bready malt

Taste- bready malt, some nuttiness

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, dry

Drinkability- pretty good, I would drink it again. Abita made a pretty good solid one wiith their Amber.

jeffjeff1, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of SFLpunk
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown glass pry-top. No date.

Quick review: Crystal clear brown with thin tan head. Nose is of soft caramel and roast malts with some flashy hop citrus notes. Palate is crisp and clean with some light bitterness following the light roasted caramel notes.

A solid bottle-drinking beer. Great for hot weather despite being a little darker. A good gateway beer for people trying to "get into" craft beer. FFO Brooklyn Lager, Sam Adams Lager, Long Trail Ale, Otter Creek Copper Ale, etc.

SFLpunk, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of kwc017
4.22/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Abita makes some delicious brews and this is definitely one of them. Poured a nice dark amber color with a nice head that lasted a few minutes. Smell was nice and clean with some hints of hops and grains. First taste was crisp and clean, I really noticed the grain taste in this beer, normally I'm not a grain kind of guy, sometimes reminds me of crappy beers but I really enjoy it in this beer. Finish was also full of grain for me with a little hop and a hint of caramel type flavor. Really enjoyed this one. This is my first review! Hope I did this beer justice.

kwc017, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of drpimento
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

drpimento, May 26, 2010
Photo of plaid75
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Brazen Head, Brooklyn, NY.

Poured a medium copper hue with a one fingerfoamy white head. Therewas good retention and lacing.

Thesmellfeatured toasted doughy malts and a touch of cocoa.

The taste was doughy and nutty and very well balanced.

The mouthfeel was clean and toward the dry side.

Overall a nice light marzen with a supeusingly dry finish.

plaid75, May 17, 2010
Photo of CHickman
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear amber with a 1 finger off white head that faded quickly; decent lacing that stuck to the glass.

Smells of malt, grains and faint caramel - weak nose overall.

Tastes of grains, roasted malt, caramel, toast, grass, biscuit and some citrus hops. Very mild, but still a good flavor.

Overall it's light and crisp with a malty, grainy flavor that has a medium body with a creamy, crisp mouthfeel and very light carbonation.

A very good amber that's pretty much like a very tasty version of a Bud, but much better. A good beer session beer that I could drink all night.

CHickman, May 15, 2010
Photo of tchenery
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle to glass. Head quick to fall, slight lacing.

Looks orangey and light. Can see through very easily. Very clear and clean looking. Smells malty, but only slightly.

Tastes very smooth with a nice caramel malt background and a hop bite towards the end.

Very pleased with this beer and would probably go for it again. It's pretty light and I would personally like a bit more body, but it is very drinkable. A good year round Marzen (one of the few).

tchenery, May 13, 2010
Photo of kevinjosephlee
1.98/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle poured into a glass

A: An deep amber to light copper color.

S: A metallic component to the nose. I definitely consider this an off-scent. To mitigate this, I let the beer warm for 10 minutes (at room temperature) before more thorough consumption. A cleaner malt presence is now apparent. Nice and toasty malts. No hops.

T: Malts with very little hops presence. Steamed vegetable taste (DMS) is present and not welcome in this style.

M: Carbonation of the tingly, acidic nature.

Notes: Honestly, I was hoping for an amber ale as I popped this top. But then I saw that it is classified as a Marzen/Oktoberfest. Also, I had this beer a bit earlier in the week and noted some metallic off-flavors.

kevinjosephlee, May 05, 2010
Photo of armock
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a copper color with a big off white head that fades rather fast and leaves lacing behind

S - Is of grainy and caramel malt

T - The taste is pretty light but follows the nose with a grainy caramel flavor

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - While this isn't the best beer out there it's a good session beer I drank a number of these while grillin with some friends it won't blow you away but it's worth a try

armock, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of jovy1097
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint.
A: Perfect clarity in a copper color with a 1" rocky head that disappears after a couple of minutes leaving some bubbles on the edge. Nothing wrong with the looks.

S: Slightly caramel-ly and toasty with a hop background. Nothing stands out too much.

T: Noticeably toasty taste with slight caramel. Slightly sweet at first with a hint of bitterness at the end. Not real impressive, but nothing offensive.

M: Nothing much to report here. Medium body, medium carbonation. Goes down easy.

D: Very inoffensive middle-of-the-road brew. The flagship beer of Abita and one that will appeal to all, but be the favorite of none. Still a big step up from the BMC's. Can generally be purchased very fresh and cheap in Louisiana. It's okay, but I'm not going out of my way to purchase. I'd rather get something more interesting.

jovy1097, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of EPseja
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz bottle in my SABL glass at between fridge and cellar temperature.

A - Bright coppery amber. Go figure! Short but dense half-inch white head. Tons of carbonation activity in the glass, and not just from the nucleation ring at the bottom of the glass. Respectable lacing and decent head retention.

S - Toasted malts. Some nuances of grainy wet cardboard -- but not necessarily a bad thing. A little bit tame for the style.

T - Toast and light caramel-honey sweetness. Drying as it makes its trip to the back. Clean and crisp with a well-timed hop finish. Not a whole lot of depth, but then again, nothing's out of balance.

M - Big, prickly bubbles -- becoming lesser as the beer warms. Big foam in the mouth that quickly reduces to creamy suds. Swallow is pleasingly voluminous but a bit gassy.

D - Well, this beer is certainly easy to drink, mostly from it's quite subdued flavor. Still, it's certainly refreshing and pleasant to imbibe. It just doesn't pack the same "Oktoberfest" feeling as other more developed Märzens.

EPseja, Apr 13, 2010
Photo of david131
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- An ever so slightly hazy orange-amber liquid with a lot of streams of carbonation and a splotchy, thin off-white head.

S- Sweet malt, caramel, light fruitiness, and some honey.

T- Sweet malt and fruitiness. Pretty mild, but enjoyable.

M- A bit of a carbonation bite to it and clean on the finish.

D- A well made amber ale that drinks just fine. Boring though...

david131, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Most decent head I ever got from Abita and a nice amber color too.
S - Caramel Malt and toffee. sweet.
T - Smooth toffee flavor with a bite of hops and malt.
M - thin but creamy. amazing
D - More please! Really one of the best Märzen's I ever had and more affordable than the others as well!

DrDemento456, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of kneeland
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Abita Amber is by far my favorite beer. It's full of flavor, not too sweet, not lacking anything, just perfect. I first tried it on a trip to New Orleans a few years back. It's as popular as the 3 main light beers there, mostly because it's brewed in LA. I just wish it was easier to find here in North Carolina. If you even half way enjoy amber beers, this will top your list.

It pours a really light straw yellow color with some foam. The best part is that you can really taste the spring water in it.

kneeland, Mar 31, 2010
Amber from Abita Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 1,325 ratings.