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Amber - Abita Brewing Co.

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1,237 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,237
Reviews: 472
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 16.86%
Wants: 26
Gots: 69 | 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 boblog


3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Amber orange thin white head leaving a moderate amount of lace.

Smell- Fairly faint. What I could smell some nice caramel malt

Taste- Is nice and smooth. I wouldsay its medium bodied with nice toasted malt flavor and bitter aftertaste.

Good beer. I also liked how it had a best before date on it. I wish all brewers would do that.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2006 01:35:54 | More by boblog
Photo of dhilltop2000


2.03/5  rDev -41%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy golden-copper hue. Head quickly settles into a thin semi-dense cap which stays the duration of the rest of the beer. Fairly nice lacing along the glass. Taste is very weak, watery and thin. Notes of honey, bread and watery grain. Not at all balenced. Very weak finish (if at all.)

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2006 20:29:34 | More by dhilltop2000
Photo of DogFood11


1.38/5  rDev -59.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A bright copper body, very mild carbonation and highly filtered. White head falls to a thin cover very quickly and leaves behind falling, spotty lace.

First thought is "Thin". Second thought is toasted, bordering on woody and astringent. Faint hint of dark candy. Weak grain and some husk action. This beer never really finishes it just sits on your palate and sets up camp. Carbonation is not a factor. Clean is not a strong point. Taste is not a strong point. Hops are not a factor.

Notes: I've had many Marzen's this year and last year. This one does not even warrant attention. Pass.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2006 02:23:47 | More by DogFood11
Photo of jackorain


2.48/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-nice 3/4 inch head settled to a nice thin coat. Copper/amber and a little chill haze

S-Bready, crisp, yeast

T-acidic with a metalic off taste. Not much depth on the flavor side vwry mild hop presnece with a little bread like quality

M-light body with crisp carbonation

D-not very drinkable given the off flavor

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2006 17:35:40 | More by jackorain
Photo of Ricochet


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

Deep amber, with a slightly cloudy appearence and very little head with no lace, very tiny bubbles. Smell is malt with a deep flowery hop hidden in the malt. Above average. Mouth washed very clean, with slight bitter aftertaste and only a small bit of foaming. Taste was more on the malt side, a dark, rich and mildly toasted malt. This was a chewy beer without the kick of the alcohol getting in the way. Very good.

I could see having these as a change up or even drinking a few at a poker game. Nothing really special, but well rounded for flavor. A typical craft beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2006 22:12:38 | More by Ricochet
Photo of maundythirsty


3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle marked June 18. Hope that's 2006.

Clear and amber, a little dark. Thin head with little lacing. Steadily rising bubbles keep a thin skin on the surface. Smells of smoky, toasty malt and a touch of cut grass.

Taste? That's malt -- from creamy caramel to mellow coffee -- and a nibble of bitterness. Medium and smooth mouthfeel. Not much to the carbonation.

I like the malt flavor, but it's there one minute and gone the next. Leaves you thinking it was underpowered. Worth a try, though.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2006 01:56:42 | More by maundythirsty
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

2.1/5  rDev -39%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Abita Amber

Appearance- Light copper brown with a weak fizzy head. No lacing and the beer has an overall flat appearance.
Smell- Faint sugary malt but a cheap grain/ corn aroma dominates.
Taste- Sweet up front with sugary malt. The body has a metallic corn/ macro flavor.
Mouthfeel- metallic and bitter.

Overall- This is bad! Has a cheap macro flavor with the corn/ grain taste and heaps of sugar. Avoid!!

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2006 20:57:42 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of Byeast


3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very slightly hazed brownish orange , with a fair amount of carbonation and a small of white head. The aroam is a bit roasty , malty , some caramel and a tad bit of raisin. The taste is also roasty , nice crystal maltiness , with just a small amount of balancing hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is clean and crisp. A very quaffable brew , well worth a try. Would make a good keg around October.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2006 04:07:02 | More by Byeast
Photo of Westsidethreat


2.6/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a very clean, light pumpkin color. Head is of decent consistency, just a touch of beige mixed in with the white.

S: Red apples, grape juice and corn

T: Starts off a bit buttery with some applesauce sweetness. Moves towards yellow corn and finishes very grainy. God I hate that.

M: Thin but a decent carbonation

D: Banish all beers with a grainy aftertaste. It drives me crazy.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2006 04:58:57 | More by Westsidethreat
Photo of xav33


1.25/5  rDev -63.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Abita Amber Lager
12 oz bottle
Recent bottling, ingurgitated 08/06
Medium pour in a pint glass.

Poured clear copper with quickly diminishing white 1/8 inch head.

Smelt of maltiness and hint of caramel

Flavor started off malty and bland with a touch of sweet caramel on the body with barely any finish. Overall watery and simple. Mouthfeel was light and lively.

Overall, only the color hints that this is an attempt at an amber beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2006 07:33:51 | More by xav33
Photo of kimcgolf


2.9/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sorry, but this beer did not do anything for me. Appearance was flat, the olden orange pour had a head that immediately diappeared, and there was absolutely no lacing. Aroma was sour hops, at best, flavor was like drinking a macro lager, and the finish was nothing to write home about. I’ve had some good Vienna beer, but this ain’t one of ’em.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2006 21:48:14 | More by kimcgolf
Photo of Dukeofearl


3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Single 12 oz bottle purchased with several other Abita beers in early July 2006 at Cuban Liquor in Shreveport, LA for approximately $1.50.

Pours a light-medium orange-brown, lighter than a typcial amber. Small head- kind of honey-looking to me, not like an amber.

Aroma is biscuity malts, slightly sweet. Flavor follows through with a slight hoppy bite at the end.

Overall, a decent, generally typical, unremarkable example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2006 00:34:41 | More by Dukeofearl
Photo of Validus


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

The label says "amber", and the pour doesn't dissapoint. A bit more modest head than expected, but more than respectable color and life. Smell is a bit bland, but this beer makes up for it with flavor and drinkability. All Abita beers are made with pure spring water, and I truly feel that this makes a difference in this beer's crisp, refreshing finish. Although this beer isn't especially memorable for anything except its consistency, it has long proved itself to be a solid "every day" beer. Drinkability is a major plus, whether you're enjoying a single bottle or more.

As an aside, this beer is outstanding with spicy foods...which is very appropriate, given the location of its brewery.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2006 04:18:05 | More by Validus
Photo of jettjon


3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber-brown clear with few bubbles. A vigorous pour yields a thick, pillowy 2-finger head that fades slowly leaving a good sheet of foam and moderate lacing. Hops evident on the nose along with some sweet malt. Taste is initially iron-like metallic (though this flavor seems to fade on subsequent tastings). Sweet malt up front, bittering to dry malt, to a bitter hops finish. Mouth feels crisp and watery. Drinkability is good… easy drinking beer, but why, when there is so much better out there?

Overall: This brew comes across like a sweet amber ale, pretty good overall but what’s up with that odd metallic taste at first? Average-plus.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2006 00:55:11 | More by jettjon
Photo of ViveLaChouffe


3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear amber with a thin ivory head. Nutty malt. Biscuity and sweet.

Taste is malty and biscuity. Some faint hops. Lightly sticky mouth. Pretty basic, pretty standard amber lager (OK, maybe a bit maltier than your average amber) but very tasty and well crafted. Abita never knocks it out of the park but they are always solid. This one is no exception.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2006 01:51:45 | More by ViveLaChouffe
Photo of barefootbrewer


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

This beer poured a clear amber color. It had a nice head that persisted for a few minutes. The smell is a bit malty. It has a very malty taste with a bit of a bite that stays with you after the beer is swallowed. It has a full mouthfeel, but not thick. As far as drinkability goes....there's nothing wrong with this one!

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2006 23:38:11 | More by barefootbrewer
Photo of HoustonTX


3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Amber indeed, with a tad deeper brown shade, anyways still lives up to the name. Was a decent pour, and the head was excellent, however, it dissapated rapidly and lacing was non existant, and hurts the appearance score for sure.

S - Sweet caramel malts, rich earthy tones, and deep wheat.

T - Upfront caramel apple sweetness, almost tart. Deep eathy tones balance out the flavor, as delicate wheat, and spicey hops come into play for even more perfection. Quite nice. This beer is highly drinkable, and the mouthfeel is intoxicating and slightly creamy.

This is a solid Oktober, and the only point deduction was from the ultra fast dissapating head. Regardless, this is tasy and one of the finest Oktobers I have tasted recently. I definitely reccomend this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2006 00:05:34 | More by HoustonTX
Photo of guinness33

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It took me a while, but I just realized that most of Abita's brews fall into that 3.5-4.0 range, i.e. there's nothing really wrong with/bad about any of their brews yet most fall into the good but not outstanding realm. This one is no exception.

It pours a fairly crisp amber colour with a pretty nice head that lingers for a while before dissolving into a somewhat sticky lace.

The aroma is of sweet caramel, hints of earthy, somewhat toasted malt and a touch of hops.

The flavour is more of the same with the caramel leading the way here. A grassy hop flavour mixes at the middle and finish with toasted, even a touch bready malt. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and crisp for the most part overall.

This is a decent session brew and somewhat of an easy find in the area, as most bars seem to have at least either the Abita Amber or Turbodog available. Certainly a nice alternative when your choices are Bud, Miller, Heinieken, etc.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2006 02:45:46 | More by guinness33
Photo of ski271


3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear , medium amber with a small, white, foamy head that slowly goes down to a film sticks around for a while. Smell: sweet, bready roasted malts, butterscotch, light floral hops. Taste: More sweet, moderate strength, balanced malts. Caramel, yeast, light hop bitterness late on the finish. It has a medium-light body, slightly oily texture and moderate-lively carbonation. Not bad. Nothing special, but a good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2006 16:18:52 | More by ski271
Photo of RedwoodGeorge


3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a handsome pour! This beer comes out a crystal clear reddish gold with a thick, creamy off white head. The foam lasts for quite some time and leaves a good bit of sticky lacing on the inside of the glass.

The aroma is a bit of a disappointment - on first pass the beer smells like a pretty typical lager with a few light golden grain notes and a little noble hops. Only on the second smell can you find any fruity notes of peach and green tea but they're quite light.

The flavor is quite tasty with a solid malt backbone of lightly toasted grains and a few lightly caramelized sugars balanced with a touch of yeasty fruit notes. On the back end is a mild lager-esque hopping with some nice soft earthy notes and just a touch of bittering.

Mouthfeel is solid as well. The beer is a light to medium bodied brew with a good blend of sparkley carbonation and solid sugary notes on the tongue. The moderate hop bittering cleans the palate very nicely at the end of each sip.

This is a very pleasant Marzen with some fruity notes complimenting the lager flavors in the grain and hops. Very drinkable and it would make a good "go to" beer for an evening out...

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2006 04:14:27 | More by RedwoodGeorge
Photo of PeatReek


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

Nice clear amber pour with a pillowy white head resolving quickly to a lid of foam. Smells sweet, toffee-ish, with a huge nutty aspect. Very, very slight floral hop aroma around the edges. The taste is sort of towards the caramel/toast end, with a slightly metallic bitter at the end of each sip. The body is perfectly light, almost to the point of being too thin... the degree of nutty breadiness just isn't quite right with the thin body.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2006 04:34:49 | More by PeatReek
Photo of Bighuge


3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazed amber. Moderate amounts of carbonation are noted. Thin ivory white head. Lace is minimal. Pretty nice aroma. Real nutty. Caramelly and malty as well. That taste has a real heavy nuttiness as well. Mixes with a bit of toasted malt and caramel malt. Decent enough taste. Medium-full body. Moderate amounts of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2006 02:16:38 | More by Bighuge
Photo of Yegg


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

Has a nice clean golden amber color. Smells nice and malty, and of roasted almonds. Taste is terrific. Creamy,malty, nutty, maybe a little caramel. A really great taste. A light smooth and creamy mouthfeel.
I will buy this beer again, and again. This is a great American beer. This was a vey good surprise. I just picked this up one day, never having even heard of it. My brother and I both were in awe over this one and we usually have different taste in beers.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2006 02:11:23 | More by Yegg
Photo of jwc215


3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I first had this on-tap in New Orleans on a very hot, humid day and remember being refreshed. So, when I recently saw it in bottles at a local store, I decided to try it. I took notes on it, but also remember it vividly because of its lack of anything but decent water. I must have been very thirsty in New Orleans. It poured a very light amber with a bubbly thin head that VERY quickly disappeared. It didn't smell like anything. Maybe some attempt at a floral aroma, but it took a deep smell to get even that much. The most obvious part of the taste was the water. It tasted like very good spring water, so the water they use is very good. I'm being too harsh - it has a thirst-quenching quality.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2006 14:24:39 | More by jwc215
Photo of therica


4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was startlingly surprised when I bought a bottle of this at the French Quarter restaurant in Germantown Maryland with dinner. I just finished 3 months in Germany and Belgium, and this amber is "right up there" with my favorites.

The first surprise was the gorgeous deep yellow-amber color as it poured. The head didn't stay long enough for me to sample it. The smell was nice but not overwhelming with any particular scent that stood out-- simply a nice bouquet.

We were talking and hadn't been served anything to eat yet, and I just took a good gulp, expecting little, or rather not even thinking about it. But the beer sure caught my attention, quickly.

The taste is not overwhelming in particular features, nor all that noteable with one feature or another. But the overall impression was an immediate "wow!" from me. It had a rich taste, slightly sweet and full of subtle flavor which lingers for a while, but with no noteable bad aftertaste on a clean palate.

I probably could have downed a few more but we were having a quick on-the-run meal. Someone said that I could buy this at a beer-seller a few doors down, and I came home with a six-pack which I am now enjoying. My feelings haven't changed about this beer, since the first sip. Very drinkable, very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2006 00:49:47 | More by therica
Amber from Abita Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 1,237 ratings.