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Amber - Abita Brewing Co.

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1,408 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,408
Reviews: 503
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 16.81%
Wants: 38
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 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).

Photo of kevinjosephlee
1.96/5  rDev -43.2%
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.

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

Photo of jovy1097
3.16/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of EPseja
3.51/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of david131
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
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...

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!

Photo of kneeland
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Photo of jneiswender
3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A-medium amber body, clear; off white head which is thick

S-bready, yeasty smell,

T-bready, yeasty, some raisin and mineral

M-medium mouthfeel

D-not a bad beer. Fairly straighforward. I would drink this beer again if had limited choices.

Photo of sunrisesolara
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz emptied into a pint glass.

A: Pours amber (surprise!) with a 1-finger, off-white head which receeds to a ring. Very little lacing.

S: Sweet, roasted caramel malts dominate, with some hints of nuts.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation.

T: Smooth, sweet malted barley, with solid hop undertones. Caramel sweetness throughout. Slightly nutty finish.

D: A very drinkable beer. Nothing outstanding here, just a really solid brew from one of my favorite breweries.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.94/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle at Mothers restaurant in New Orleans.

Nice light brown color with bascally no head. Nose is light and sweet, a bit of hoppiness.

Taste is really crisp and smooth with a nice malty backbone and some light noble hops. Really tasty beer, not like most Oktoberfest but very tasty!

Photo of KrisPaulk77
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ahhh... Abita Amber. Nothing spectacular, just a good solid beer.
I poured it into a pint glass. The beer was a crystal clear amber, with an inch of sand colored foam. Fair retention, the head faded down to a nice ring of foam around the glass. Little bits of lacing.
The aroma was clean, lager-like, with sweet malts and caramels, and a mild bitter note.
The taste is good, clean and crisp. Good body, nice maltiness. Notes of caramel, biscuit, and slighly nutty toasted malts. There is a nice, mild bitterness present.
A good session brew, easy to drink. I could do several of these in a session, and have in the past. A good solid offering from Abita, and an excellent gateway beer for your average BMC drinker.

Photo of MisterTiat
3.31/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Nice amber color, clear. Head is off white, good retention, forms a sort of meniscus, with the bubbles climbing up the glass. Good lace.

S: Malty sweetness. Caramel flavor is strong.

T: Caramel, malty and sweet. The sweetness is not well balanced with hop flavor. There is not enough flavor from the grain, just the sweetness. Taste is good, just missing a little grain flavor.

M: Well carbonated, sweetness sticks to the tongue, beer feels thick in the mouth.

D: Could be a bit more balanced, but still easy to drink.

Photo of mynie
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This ain't no marzen. It's about as much of a straight-up amber as you can get. Yes, I realize that Amber is a catch-all category--but catch-alls can be used to classify things that are exceptionally unexceptional as well as things that are unique or creative. The most exceptional characteristic of this beer is its color, which is why it is decidedly an amber.

Now, this isn't to say that this beer is bad. It's not. Abita is a damn solid brewer and wouldn't release crap. It's just, kinda there. There's some fruitiness in the aroma and flavor. A teeny weeny bit of bready beeriness. But that's it. It's not bland, it's not flavorful, it just is.

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

This beer has clear reddish brown color with an off-white head which did not setup very thick. The beer lacks a very distinct aroma. I may have had a slightly under-carbonated bottle which could explain the weak head and lack of aroma. The flavor was also fairly bland with a forward malty sweetness and a mild hop finish. The beer is fairly smooth and easy to drink, but it lacks much of a distinct flavor.

Photo of Jesstyr
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one like most folks for the first time while watching the Super Bowl, and I was honestly pleasantly surprised.

A: Light amber coloring, which limited head that lingers briefly.

S: Quite malty, with a decent caramel scent.

T: Nice flavor, hints of caramel, significantly malty. I enjoyed the sugary finish, but there was a little bit of grain in there that wasn't that great. Close to being a real good beer.

M/D: Medium body, nice and smooth, goes down easy. Really nice and easy to drink, enjoyable with the Super Bowl.

A good beer, worth a shot more often than just when New Orleans is doing something significant.

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

A- Pours a rich amber color, with about 1/2 inch of white head that dissipates quickly leaving a small ring around the outer edge .
with very little lacing.

S- Heavy malts and earth with some birght spots of hops in the background.

T- Very malty with only the slightest presence of any hops. Overall flavor seems muted for the style.

M- good mouthfeel - that is very filling without being too over the top.

D- goes down easy.

Overall, not a bad representation of the style, but also not my favorite.

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.

Amber from Abita Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 1,408 ratings.