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Amber - Abita Brewing Co.

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1,391 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,391
Reviews: 496
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 16.81%
Wants: 39
Gots: 128 | 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 biggred1
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange amber with blonde highlights and a pillowy eggshell head of foam that melts slowly forming soft peaks. Toasted caramel and chocolate with a touch of something off, like dishwater maybe? I can't put my finger on it. This beer tastes better than it smells for sure. Toasted pale malt and caramel with mild, minty hop notes. Medium light bodied with seltzery carbonation. An average to above average domestic Oktoberfest, not bad beer but fairly ordinary.

Photo of cdkrenz
4.14/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Very nice amber/copper body with a quick-lived medium tan head. Low to moderate carbonation is evident.

S - Sweet molasses and an edge of cherry.

T - There's an English hop in this brew that I wasn't expecting. Interestingly enough this brew has a firm malt base below that hop accent. It's rather interesting. There are sweet malty flavors throughout as well as what I would normally note as a kind of deep bock flavor.

M - The interesting combination of malt and hops here create a thick feel to the brew. It does very well in that aspect.

~ This is a unique amber brew. That being said I have to admit it is also one of the better ambers I've had. I think Abita has a solid foundation down in Louisiana. Especially since this brew seems to be one of the brewery's staples. (My thanks go out to Drizzam for sharing.)

Photo of KTCamm
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours light orange tinged amber. Very little foam leaves a liquid-only beer the glass.

Caramel sweet malt smell. Light citrus.

Quite malty taste with mild hop close. Am I getting some root beer flavor in there? Strong carbonation in the mouth, curious combined with the absence of foam/bubbles.

Very drinkable, nice brew.

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

picked up a 6 pack of abita amber ,I "pry off cap" like the cap says and pour the beer into a glass and give it a look..

it looks as you would expect for this style of beer.Amber, a tad bit orenge and clear with a white fading foam head that leaves some spots of lace.

a nice fresh smell ,caramel malt and grains are what i get up front then some spices and fruit like apple .

a lite caramel malt and toated grains taste, much like the scent. a mild sweet sugar and spices flavor that make it very pleasant to sip.

medium to light body with a slight grainy after taste .a lite and thin feel on the palette.

well done and easy to drink ,nothing crazy going on here just simple and refreshing beer..cheers...

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Abita Amber has a beige, slight head, a reddish-brown and very clear appearance, and low to moderate carbonation. Aroma is faint and almost undetectable. The taste is good but not extraordinary. It could even be described as bland. Mouth feel is light and watery. Overall, this is a fairly good beer, but I usually prefer something with more bite.


Photo of brownbeer
2.63/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear orange with a white head.

Grainy aroma, not unlike a macro lager with a fruity note and stale hops.

Cheap, sweet caramel malt taste and having little to try and pick out. The water is probably one of the more notable aspects.

It's thin but the carbonation is smooth. Drinkability depends on how bad you want to drink.

This might be o.k. on a scorching day where there is no other craft substitute.

Photo of drabmuh
3.69/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet. Beer is amber to brown and completely hazy. Forms a thin broken head of tiny white bubbles. Carbonation is low and there is only a little lacing.

When I smelled the beer I thought, this smells like an Oktoberfest, up until that point I had assumed it was an amber. An marzen should be clear, but the aroma is spot on.

Thin bodied, an odd sweetness up front followed by a clean finish with no aftertaste. There really isn't much of a flavor overall. Overall, its kind of a boring marzen but a decent effort. A lot of marzens are unremarkable but this one is slightly above average. Drinkability is good.

Photo of HalfFull
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This classic Abita offering claims to weigh in at only 128 cal./bottle. Almost in that 'Light Lager' category that doesn't really exist for craft brews, alongside Sam Adams Light perhaps. Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle, the Amber pours on the deeper side of golden/light amber in color and sports an inch of slightly off white foam of a medium consistency. Fair retention and light lacing follow.

Smells of light roasted malts, bit of caramel and some interesting hop notes, opening up with some warming to reveal more earthen hops. Flavor is again of roasted malts and a bit nutty in character. Bit of buttery caramel on the finish along with a frothy carbonation that keeps a light surface cap on the beer and improves the feel of the light malts, keeping it from feeling watery. Malt structure is pleasant and light, as the calorie count would suggest. Some bready spice and a slight hop bitterness on the close.

Similar in character to other Festbiers but lighter and easily quaffable compared to its richer cousins. Another 'Craft Lite' from Abita; nicely done and easy on the palate without being too challenging either.

Photo of drizzam
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured with a reddish amber body with very slight particulate floating around in the beer. The eggshell white head dissipated to just a slight cap fairly quickly.

S - Not smelling much here. Maybe a slight caramel malt scent.

T & M - Big malt body followed with sort of a grainy or bready character. The tiniest bit bitter on the finish. Light to medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Finishes dry and clean.

D - A very drinkable offering from Abita.

Photo of NicholasCasber
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer pours a nice golden amber, with a strong white head, which tended to go away as the drink went on.

S: The smell of the beer, was bitter, and slightly off putting, however, not the worst beer I've ever smelled.

T: This beer was something that started off watery and finished with a strong beer taste, which I enjoyed, it left me wanting more.

M: Overall, this felt fairly watery, but not much more to expect from any other regular amber beer. I could almost physically feel the beer taste as described above.

D: I really enjoyed this beer, it could have been the food pairing, but it didn't really stand out.

Overall, I'd suggest this for you to try, but not to go crazy over. Cheers.

Photo of Ek0nomik
3.19/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured In: Pint Glass

Appearance: Pours a clear copper and amber color with a finger and a half of head. The amount of lacing is quite evident, there are sheets all over the pint glass.

Smell: The nose is heavy on the malt side. Sweet caramel malt and a lot of bready and biscuity malt as well.

Taste: Just like the nose comes a wave of maltiness. Bready, toasted malts are right up front. Some sweet malts show up on the finish with some hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: A nice level of carbonation on this. Ready to drink as soon as it was poured. A medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: Not a terrible beer, but it was rather forgettable.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.19/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of those beers that (for me) tastes like college.

Um...amber colored. Large white head, great retention, and sticky lace aplenty.

Smells toasty, fruity and tastes pretty much the same. Smooth, and clean, lightly toasted biscuit malt. Not as crisp as I would like.

I think it's pretty nifty that Abita chose a Maerzen as a flagship. Hooray beer.

Photo of cdizinno
4.17/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured into a tulip glass from a 12 oz brown short with no freshness date.

A: Clear amber orange with a thin off white head and minimal lacing.

S: Delicate sweet malt, both toasted and caramel in the smell.

T&M: Crisp, medium bodied. Light carbonation. Nice malty taste that is well balanced with a mild spicy hop bitterness.

Probably the best Abita brew I've tried.

Notes: This brew still holds its ground as a classic among the many "micro brews", a down right tasty lager.

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color. The head is initially a bit closer to a soft drink, but it dies rather quickly and leaves a nice little ring around the glass.

Ok, the nose is a little confusing. First of all there isn't much going on smell wise. Secondly, it initially smelled like Purple Haze. Once my nose bounced back it smells more like a traditional marzen style. Nice malt character.

The taste is good, nice sweet malts and not too much bite. Not bad, but nothing too spectacular.

In the mouth it has a nice creamy feel typical of the style.

Pretty drinkable. With the ABV it could be sessionable. However, there are better examples of the style out there. Still a good beer.

Photo of JordonHoltzman
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

had this beer countless times. time to review it.

a very nice burnt orange amber color. a foamy head that is an off white color. takes its time to fade off, but definitely didnt fizz away quickly. leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.
caramel and toasty aroma.
has a caramel taste, malty and lightly spiced.
above medium in carbonation, but not too bubbly.
great drinkability. this is usually my go to beer down here in new orleans, as i do prefer to drink local.

Photo of portia99
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Portsmouth goblet. There is a place for a freshness date on the label, but nothing markd on it.

A - Pours a deep amber color, very clear, thin off white head that dies quickly...only a thin ring around the edge left behind.

S - Malty, caramel aroma, not much hop character here.

T - Sweet, caramel flavors. Mild hop bitterness. A touch of molasses.

M - Medium body. Good carbonation. Goes down very smoothly.

D - Very easy drinking...flavors are subdued and blend together nicely. Good easy drinking beer for cool fall days...a fall lawnmower beer.

Photo of Offa
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is pretty good, but not great. Although enjoyable with some firm character, it's a bit bland.

Amber, it has a medium, off-white head fairly quickly shrinking to a foamy ring and wisps.

The aroma is clearly a vienna, but a bit subdued. It's malty, slightly toasty-earthy and bready with hints of toffee and dry leaves.

The taste is similar, and has very light sweetness with almost no bitterness. It's smooth, and the taste that it has persists evenly and is always clear. It's very drinkable.

Is this properly classed as a marzen? The strenght is a bit low so I wonder if this should really be classed simply as a vienna.

Photo of Tone
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, red color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of pale malt, sweet malt, and yeast. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, slight sweet malt, and yeast. Overall, easy drinking, but not much else.

Photo of tone77
3.06/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has an amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some sweetness. Taste is a bit hoppy, more than usual for a marzen. Feels light in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a pretty ordinary brew.

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
3.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown/orange, extra-clear body with a weak head that is strangely typical to this style of beer.

S- Pale, musty malts along with some sweetness that reminds me of apple juice. A bit of rotten veggie as it warms

T- Taste is very clean in lager style. Decent bitter pinch from the hops and balanced with caramel sweetness.

M- Light with a fizzy carbonation

D- When I read that this was Abita's flagship brew, I expected something extremely common and boring. This beer somewhat exceeded my expectations

Photo of SpecialK088
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam adams pint

Very crisp copper color, head was big and thick for a a very short time and went to pretty well nothing. No lace

Smells of sweet malt and grassy hops, small traceable notes of a sweet fruit as well

Flavor is ok no one outstanding charecter, hops are present as well as some bready flavor and sweetness from the malt. Finish is very dry and the body pretty thin. Overall a very straightforward amber but I dont get any spices that is notmal for a Marzan

Easy to drink but to be honest a little dry and bready, leaves with a near cottonmouth finish and a slight alcohol burn, very slight

Photo of u2carew
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz stubby bottle
A) Pours with a quick rising, quick settling head. Settles out to thin wispy lacing that is partially sticky. Some haze. Amber in color.
S) Fruity like applesauce. Orange. Pear. Grainy.
T) Earthy sweetness up front - not a definitive caramel or toffee. A light hop appearance in the finish. The aftertaste is a bit grainy and sweet.
M) Crisp and fizzy. Light to medium bodied.
D) An alright beer. The aroma throws it off just a little bit - like smelling baby food applesauce and then drinking soda water - just weird.

Photo of naterock
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my Bro for picking this up while in New Orleans.

Poured into a pint glass. Deep copperish-amber color with a one finger head. head thins to a light film but never leaves. really a good looking amber.

Sweet malts and candied sugars in the nose. Some roasty malts are in the background along with a slight yeast character.

Smooth and sweet not as much flavor as I would expect. Goes down like silk but I wish it would stick around a bit so I could grasp the flavor a bit more. Really lacking in the flavors.

Mouth is nicely carbonated and incredibly smooth but I think it works against this beer. Sometimes smoothness isn't the best. Drinks easy and I could really slam a few down on a warm day. Not bad but I would be streaching to reach for it again.

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

Nose is pretty light...some sweet malt present but not much else.

Taste is pretty mellow and thin on the palate. Initially a tad sweet from the malt, I sense a little nuttiness here as well. Is there corn in this beer? There's a little bit of hop bitterness on the finish, but not much. This creates a beer that's pretty clean, leaving little aftertaste, and pretty drinkable since it isn't very "forward". In fact, it's just really quite watery...a summer refresher, if you will. Much like water.

Although for the style, I'm not exactly sure how it fits into that particular style. Seems a bit off for that.

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

A: Copper with faint head

S: Mild malts and bread. A little caramel sweetness.

T: Mild malts and sweet cereals, faint spicing and some bitterness to finish

M: Light bodied, slightly over carbonated

D: ehh, average. not horrible but nothing to seek out. Part of an Abita mix pack (Turbodog, Pecan, Purple Haze, Jockimo) definitely one of the weaker beers in the pack.

Amber from Abita Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 1,391 ratings.