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Amber - Abita Brewing Co.

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1,405 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,405
Reviews: 501
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 16.81%
Wants: 39
Gots: 148 | 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:
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 MurphyMacManus
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of JayS2629
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of elNopalero
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of TigerFan
4.33/5  rDev +25.5%
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!

Photo of Merkur
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of SlyFox21
1.91/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance: Pours a light amber brown.

Aroma:Not much here, its very subtle, but there is a little bit of hops and starchiness.

Taste: Very weak here, this is just a weak taste of starchiness, then a little bit of hops, but its gone very quickly. Letting it warm up for a while helps bring out an after taste. Which to me does not taste very good, just kind of starchy and sort of tastes like old beer.

Mouthfeel: Very light, kind of surprising considering how dark the beer is (not that its really a dark beer at all, but relatively speaking...) But it does have a nice level of carbonation, which is relatively low.

Overall:Not my kind of beer. I don't really like light beer, and this is definitely a light beer. I will give it credit, it is a little better than the mass produced lagers of America, but only a little bit. Considering its the standard 9.00 for a six pack, it really does not seem to be worth the money to me, unless you like weak beer. This my second time I've had an Abita beer, and it seems to be the same problem as the last time...
Disappointing, I was hoping for more from an Amber.

Photo of smakawhat
2.79/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A somewhat clumpy foamy off white head is formed off the pour left to sit on a copper to pale amber body. Some stickiness and haze but pretty good, even some solid retention.

Bouquet has a distinct vegetable sense and right away to me it is potatoes. Dry with a little wetness and faint malt.

Wet and sort of dull tasting. Wet bodied in the palate with a weak malt. Faint bread texture in the palate of some toasty brown bread, but then finishes with a starchy potato sensation. Starchy, CHALKY finish.

Overall, there are much better Vienna lagers out there to try than this one.

Photo of zimm421
2.53/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a SA Perfect Pint. Appears a slightly hazy amber to yellow color with one finger of off-white head. Hardly any lacing to speak of.

Nose has hints of caramel, some floral notes, but not much else. Very weak and hard to really pinpoint what's going on here. The taste is very malt-forward, with a very slight hop tinge towards the end. This is pretty simple and one-dimensional.

Mouthfeel is pretty light-bodied with average levels of carbonation. Finishes on the dry side and is fairly drinkable. Overall, nothing impressive here, just an average brew that would be good on a hot day, but not something to seek out.

Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Color is amber (duh) with a moderately-sized off-white head that fades fairly quickly, but there are several nice lacing rings down the glass that make for a very nice looking beer. The scent is a very pleasant combination of caramel/bready malt and fruity citrus. The taste follows the nose, with a nice balance of malt and hops - slightly sweet caramel and bread notes up front, with a nice touch of citrus bitterness in the background. This doesn't have the grassy flavor that may other lagers have, which is a positive in my book. Mouthfeel is okay, but not great. I'd be glad to have one of these again.

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

Served in a standard pint glass. I have had this beer both on tap (at the brewery) and from the bottle.

A: clear amber color, medium head that dissipates quickly.

S: slight smell, nothing overwhelming or stands out. Malty, yeasty but again, all smells were slight.

T: a good amber, easy to drink, not too sweet, refreshing and a perfect beer to pair with spicy foods. Slight malt, much better tasting straight from the tap at the brewery, refreshing.

M: clean, crisp taste, easy drinking perfect for a beer newbie or a beer to drink all day, on a hot day.

Overall: I like this beer as a go to beer, great for BBQs and crawfish boils. It is not a hoppy beer or super malty beer, but a good basic drinker that would appeal to a lot of folks.

Photo of JMad
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this at Pappadeaux, drank from a pint glass...

The liquid was a hazy amber/ copper color with a thin filmy white head. The aroma consists of sweet roasted nuts and caramel candy. I could taste mostly sweet malt with toffee and a slight earthy bitterness. It has a light medium body with sharp carbonation and a dry finish. I thought this was a good amber but it is a little on the sweet side.

Photo of Samp01
2.68/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice typical amber with a small white head. Aroma is sweet malts some yeastyness and frruity notes. Taste is same as aroma. Palate is a medium body with moderate carbonation. Finish is malts with a bit of roastiness, some yeast. Overall flavor and aroma were a bit bland and subdued. There are better lagers

Photo of mdcrouser
2.53/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a traditional amber, with a white head that's gone in seconds. If ever there was a boring looking beer ...

Malty, biscuity, bready - what other basic and ubiquitous terms can I come up with to describe a basic amber?

Same as the nose, but with an added layer of distinctive tartness - not sweet, but tart like what would be associated with a strawberry. Adds a strange dimension.

It's beers like this that give ambers a bad name - so basic and boring in look, smell and flavor that you might as well be drinking a macro.

Photo of mralphabet
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 bottle poured into pint glass

A: Pour a light brown, little note of ruby in the color.... about a fingers worth of head that settled to a ring with little lacing.

S: Sweet Caramel malt right up front

T: Just like the smell.... a really nice sweet caramel malt, with a very light touch of cinnamon. Finish is clean and smooth.

M: Kind of thin and watery at first but gets smoother are it warms.

D: Pretty straight forward Amber... Nothing to far off the path, just a good amber...

Good beer from Abita....

Photo of curasowa
3.06/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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.

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
2.18/5  rDev -36.8%
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.

Photo of Jimmys
2.86/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

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!

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.

Photo of StoneTSR
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of klkatz
3.06/5  rDev -11.3%
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..

Photo of GreenJetta912
3.38/5  rDev -2%
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.

Amber from Abita Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 1,405 ratings.