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Amber - Abita Brewing Co.

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1,232 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,232
Reviews: 471
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 16.86%
Wants: 26
Gots: 66 | 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

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Photo of nick76


3.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The aroma is toasted malt, hay, paper, and chocolate. The appearance is amber as advertised and the head is small but foamy. The flavor is toasted malt, nuts, a little salt, and a sour taste that is hard to define. The palate is watery. Overall it's drinkable but that's about it.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2008 05:25:21 | More by nick76
Photo of BierFan


3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a short twist-off 12 ounce bottle into a cervoise.

Appearance: Dark honey/amber color with a light tan head that disappears to a thin coating over the beer.

Smell: Nothing but some caramel malts in the aroma.

Taste: The smell didn't wow me but it tastes really nice. Light sweet caramel maltiness. No hops in the taste.

Mouthfeel: Kinda thin, but it's appropriate for the light refreshing flavor.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2008 18:02:55 | More by BierFan
Photo of hopdog


2.68/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle.

Poured a medium amber color with a smaller sized off white head.

Aromas of citrus, bread and caramel. Tastes of citrus with some caramel. Both the tastes and smells were on the softer side.

Thin body.

Notes from and tasted on 9/11/07

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2008 17:58:49 | More by hopdog
Photo of jujubeast6000


2.7/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 10/29/2008 (bottle):

Pours an amber brown color body, clear. Big foamy nearly white head, good lacing, but quickly diminishing. Strong malty sweet aroma, some birch or something. A little licorice on the back. Roasty malty flavor, sweet middle taste. Clean somewhat dry hoppy aftertaste. A hint of some licorice sweetness. Medium body, fizzy. A little bit on the malty side for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2008 01:41:36 | More by jujubeast6000
Photo of dmamiano

West Virginia

2.63/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

polished copper in appearance..small head thats hanging around.
carbonation almost jumping out of the glass.
smells of spice, mild caramel malts and seemingly bready.Mustiness comes to mind.
taste is a bit harsh to be exact.I think its too carbonated.it is, thats really is dominating this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2008 22:26:59 | More by dmamiano
Photo of jsprain1


3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A shade of brown slightly darker than caramel and a little lighter than a brown ale. A one finger white head that disappears quickly with little lacing.
S- Smells of medium bodied malts and a slight bit of earthiness.
T-A real tasty Vienna Lager. Malty and earthy.
M- Medium bodied. Finishes pretty dry.
O -Very smooth and easy drinking. Could be a pretty good session beer. Thoroughly enjoyable. One of my favorite Vienna Lager.
Edited: 3/24/11

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2008 22:45:35 | More by jsprain1
Photo of babaracas


3.05/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber / orange with dense off-white head, clingy lacing. Smell: caramel, toasted malt, quite restrained. Taste: pale malt, a little caramel flavor, predominant toasted flavor, slight earthy hop in the background. A little thin in taste and mouthfeel, but drinkable and nonoffensive.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2008 00:15:41 | More by babaracas
Photo of theboozecruise


4.13/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the most popular beers in South Louisiana, from the local Abita Brewery. A strong taste that's not overpowering and an outstanding drinkability. Available in bottles, but draft is the real way to go. A pitcher of Amber with some good caun food is hard to beat!

I'm not going to lie either... this one gets higher than usual ratings due to some sentimentality...

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2008 18:21:48 | More by theboozecruise
Photo of KarlHungus


1.1/5  rDev -68%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 20:18:56 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of Pauly2X


3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Solid amber with a one finger head.

S- Sweey caramel malts with just a hint of toasted malt.

T- Clean caramel and toasted malts with a smooth noble hop finish.

M- A little thin but smooth.

D- Goes down with little effort.

A fairly run of the mill oktoberfest. Not a bad choice to pick up of you see it.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2008 22:21:34 | More by Pauly2X
Photo of philipquarles


3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber color (shocking, isn't it?). Nice creamy head that disappears quickly to leave a coating of foam on top. Very nice lacing.

Smells of malt almost exclusively. Perhaps a hint of hops and some other earthy graininess. This carries on into the taste. Mostly earthy malt with some bitterness peaking through.

Mouthfeel is ok. Slightly watery but very smooth. Overall, not a terribly complex brew, but very solid and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2008 01:08:14 | More by philipquarles
Photo of cactusjuggalo


4.22/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well abita has done it again with another solid session beer. Pours a nice looking amber color with a good ammount of pleasing carbonation, the small head disappears quite quickly. There is a pleasing aroma with it as well i just don't know how to describe it. Its a nice smooth malty brew you can enjoy all night. A very solid offering in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2008 11:36:12 | More by cactusjuggalo
Photo of albern


3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a respectable amber beer, but I'm not sure I would label this as an Octoberfest/marzen, although there are plenty of creamy caramel malts throughout. I think the beer is a bit more spicey, a bit more bready, perhaps a bit more watery, less sweet, smoother, and lighter than a typical Octoberfest/marzen. The beer is just too subdued for that label.

The beer pours a clear, moderately carbonated, amber color with a whitish head that doesn't hang on that long. The aroma is caramel, floral, maybe a touch musty. The taste is pleasant, easily drinkable, and fairly simple and uncomplicated. There is a chewiness to the beer in the finish, and as the beer settles in, it becomes less sweetish malty. A nice beer, I just don't agree with how BA labels this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2008 22:28:19 | More by albern
Photo of Haybeerman


3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clear, fairly kight amber color. Poured a coarse one inch or better head that disipated fairly fast. Minimal lacing.

S: Roasted malt, slightly bitter hops. Pleasing "beer smell".

T: Again roasted malt, nuts and caramel; also slightly sweet/musty like brown sugar. Slightly bitter hops in the finish but didn't quite balance the sweetness.

M: Light body, but clean and crisp. Carbonation was very refreshing.

D: Very drinkable really. Light body doesn't slow you down. Decent beer just not real special.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 16:56:47 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of MrHassellYaHurd


4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Pours into the pint glass a pretty, well, amber. Nice foamy white head lasts for just a bit, settling thin.

Nose carries notes of caramel, and a pleasant roasted malt that carries through to the taste.

You don't taste much hops in this brew which may be responsible for the "sweetness" most people associate with it. I taste the roasted malt first off, followed by just a bit of brown sugar

Amber feels light in the mouth, with plenty of carbonation, very crisp and enjoyable.

All in all, an extremely easy to drink, pretty decent session beer, which pairs well with most foods. (As a matter of fact, this has been my go-to session beer since i can remember)

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2008 03:39:17 | More by MrHassellYaHurd
Photo of elniko


3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass

A: Rich golden amber, half finger of head that quickly dissipated with some lacing traces. Solid looking brew.

S: Quite bready nose, decent smelling although rather faint nose.

T & M: High carbonation, very watery mouthfeel. Slight toasty tones but no bitterness to speak of.

D: I'm very indifferent about this beer. It just did not a have a whole lot of taste but there was nothing objectionable about it either.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2008 22:17:21 | More by elniko
Photo of thehand


3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into Sam Adams Boston Lager glass

A: light copper-amber color, half inch white head dissipates after a few minutes.

S: not getting much aroma here at first. A few swirls.. getting some light clean malt notes.. thats about it

T: Light toasted malt, slight hop finish, lingers gently for a while.

M: Relatively light, smooth, clean...

D: Easy to drink, could be an easy session beer

Almost like a Marzen Light... not in a bad way. Very drinkable, could satisfy a lot of different palates.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2008 05:02:12 | More by thehand
Photo of Rayek


3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly hazy pale amber color with somewhat active carbonation. Big, foamy off-white head has good retention and leaves a little lace.

S: Sweet caramel and toffee backed by a moderate amount of pepper and grass.

T: Sweet caramel up front with a bit of bittersweet toffee. Hops add a peppery balance, but the beer is still on the sweet side overall. Finishes quite clean.

M: Medium-light body is syrupy and slick. Carbonation level is spot on.

D: A nice session beer. Not particularly complex, but pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2008 16:08:53 | More by Rayek
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a great deep orange amber color, surprise, with a huge foamy white head. Not great lacing or webbing with this one.

Not much going on with the smell, other than it smells like a beer. I'm getting maybe a hint of maple syrup in the draw.

Great taste though! Not the most complex brew, but very well-balanced. A little citrus zest, some biscuity malt. Very low bitterness.

Very good brew. Easy crossover for the inquisitive palates. Very smooth and one of the better marzens I've had in awhile.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2008 18:21:26 | More by Onenote81
Photo of RobH


4.13/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle.

Marzen or Vienna? Well, whichever it is, I like this lager. And I'm more of an ale guy overall.

This copper/amber lager has a pleasant, malty aroma and is malt-forward on the palate, with just enough hops coming through to keep it from being sweet to taste.

It feels light in mouthfeel. A great hot weather beer without having to go to the usual pale lager, and not suprising coming from Louisiana.

I find it to be well balanced and quite enjoyable to quaff. This is an easy drinker and a very good one for introducing macro-swillers to the world of craft brews.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2008 23:37:22 | More by RobH
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Short, stout, single bottle copped from Total Wine and More in West Orange...
Pours a dense, ruby-red, dark-orange hue with an impressive foamy and frothy head that left a decent amount of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Mild, slightly-assertive aroma replete with slight nuances of pumpkin, amber grains, yeast, caramel, and a hint of vanilla...
The taste strongly complemented the aroma, bursting with caramel nuances, vanilla, bread and butter, sweet honey, and candied sugars...
Good mouthfeel with an even better level of drinkability... Not bad at all...

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2008 22:31:07 | More by dsa7783
Photo of BrewYa


3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Colour, well, amber of course. The smell was that of graham, iron and evenly-balanced malts. The taste was fine, definitely typical for what they refer to on the label as an amber lager, but lacked a mid-palate as well as a finish for my taste. Overall, the beer was extremely drinkable, especially to quench ones thirst, but with a few components lacking to name it an incredible brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2008 14:11:11 | More by BrewYa
Photo of everetends


3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint tumbler.

A: Clear amber body, a little light in color but still decent to look at. Poured a good deal of head but it didn't stick around too long. Almost no stick to the lacing.

S: Roasted malt, hops and maybe a nuttiness to it. Smells good.

T: Taste of roasted malt, brown sugar, nuts and caramel in there. The is slight hint of hops in the finish that attempts to balance this one out. Still a little sweet.

M: Clean and crisp with a decent amount of carbonation to let you know its there.

D: Pretty drinkable. Thin enough not to weigh on you too much and has a good taste and smell complexity for an everyday type of beer. This beer is what it is and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2008 22:25:30 | More by everetends
Photo of avaulteriam


2.9/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

next to no head, crystal clear amber. I actually like how this smells, sweet malts, caramel, some metallic. reasonable color. Very watery and malty, nice malts, actually. Not as dusty tasting as some. decent hop character. Only problem I have is that it is very watery and uneventful.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2008 22:12:43 | More by avaulteriam
Photo of toolbrew


3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown color with a small white head. Little head retention and not much lacing.

Malty smell that isn't too overpowering.

Taste is malty with some hop finish.

Has a dry aftertaste and I notice the carbonation, but it's not too much.

I enjoyed this bottle and would have another.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2008 00:08:22 | More by toolbrew
Amber from Abita Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 1,232 ratings.