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Amber - Abita Brewing Co.

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1,277 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,277
Reviews: 476
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 16.81%
Wants: 31
Gots: 82 | 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

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-08-2001)
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Photo of objectivemonkey


3.43/5  rDev -0.6%

Pours a nice amber orange color with a generous head of white with nice lacing, pretty long lasting too. The aroma lacks in volume or character, a bland toasty malt, lackluster. The taste is slightly better, more character out of the malts, more flavor, the caramels and toastiness more developed and appealing. The mouth is about right, body is medium, carbonation medium, the ending is short and sweet, literally, a bit of a bite toward the back of the tongue. In all, not a bad beer, and as it warmed finally took the shape of the marzen its labeled to be (I'd still call it an amber, whatever it may actually be), and is an easily drank beer.

10-31-2007 23:23:40 | More by objectivemonkey
Photo of GPHarris


3.95/5  rDev +14.5%

a - poured a two-fingers thick creamy off-white head into a tulip. left nice lace and a light sheet that was gone about 2/3 of the way through. the body was a clear light amber color.
s - overwhelming aroma is caramel, i can smell it immediately as i'm pouring the beer.
t - spicey hops with an earthy, bready finish.
m - crisp but a little too thin.
d - easily drinkable and a nice session beer.

10-22-2007 19:44:55 | More by GPHarris
Photo of ChainGangGuy


2.45/5  rDev -29%

Appearance: Pours a clear, light amber body with a huge, creamy-looking white head that fizzled out in half the time it took to type this sentence.

Smell: Impossibly faint aroma of grains and grapes.

Taste: Quick hint of caramel and grains before a sweet-sour grape flavor kicks in. Oh brother, what a way to kick-off the evening.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation. Downright watery.

Drinkability: Not very impressive. I didn't enjoy this one at all.

10-14-2007 01:43:02 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of ZAP


2.53/5  rDev -26.7%

A-Relatively clear orange color...little head...

S-Nice toasted malt....a hint of caramel as well....also some toffee...interesting and inviting.

T-Not a lot of flavor...a letdown after the aroma....some mild toasted malt...maybe a little caramel style malt....subtle...

M-Feels thin and watery....lacks substance...I'd call it light bodied...doesn't feel right...

D-Biggest complaint is the mouthfeel....just not enough substance...aroma is decent enough...but overall this doesn't impress.

10-13-2007 04:52:24 | More by ZAP
Photo of usmittymc


3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Poured from a bottle into a frosted pub glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice medium amber color. Light head that quickly dissipates to minimal lacing. This is the case for most of Abita's offerings.

Smell: Bready, malty. Subtle toffee or caramel aroma. Signature "Abita Spring Water" aroma is alway present.

Taste: Nice maltiness, with a fiant toffee or caramel presence in the middle with a hoppy bite in the finish. The flavor stays with you.

Mouthfeel: Light (as most Abita offerings are), and in comparison to others of the same style.

Drinkability: Abita Amber is one of my favorites and is easy to drink, a perfect welcome to micro beer for any macro drinker out there. Goes well with most spicy dishes.

09-11-2007 20:24:44 | More by usmittymc
Photo of cjgator3


3.23/5  rDev -6.4%

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a cloudy amber color with a small white head that quickly turns into a thin lace around the edges of the glass. The aroma is rather faint for the style but does posses some nice toasted malt and hop flavors. The taste much like the aroma is pretty subdued with some biscuity malt and a touch of hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is light and fizzy from the carbonation. Overall, this is a pretty average amber that does not really stand out in any way. It is pretty drinkable, but it lacks in the flavor department.

08-19-2007 03:15:09 | More by cjgator3
Photo of dustylong


3.48/5  rDev +0.9%

Pours a golden amber color with a smaller, quickly dissipating head with no lacing (poured from a pint glass into a mug). Has a sweet, fruity malt aroma to it, with a sniff of hops towards the end. A very malty taste to it. Fruity, Caramel tones, too. Slight hop taste. Has a light-moderate mouthfeel to it, with a good amount of carbonation. Overall, a decent beer worth trying out, but not something I would want to drink all the time (like most Abita beers).

08-01-2007 02:33:04 | More by dustylong
Photo of theopholis


3.53/5  rDev +2.3%

Appearance- Body is a nice clear amber (duh). Decent off-white head that has some good retention and decent lacing.

Aroma- Malt sweetness and caramel. Some aroma hops.

Taste- Nice malt sweetness with some caramel, bittering hops and a roasted grain taste that really grows on you.

Mouthfeel-: Medium body, good carbonation..

Drinkability- I likd it.

07-21-2007 06:28:20 | More by theopholis
Photo of biggmike


2.95/5  rDev -14.5%

Kind of a disappointment, as Abita has some beers that I really like. Clear amber pour with white head that doesn't last for long. Slightly sweet beer that tastes of caramel. Thin mouthfeel that is a bit watery. Malty aroma that isn't very strong. Drinkable, but not great by any means.

07-19-2007 09:44:01 | More by biggmike
Photo of BWMKappaSig


3.13/5  rDev -9.3%

Appearance - As amber as it gets. Clear with a thin off-white head that lasts a while.

Smell - Sweet and malty with perhaps a hint of caramel, but it also has a weakness that reminds me of what I'd find in a cheap canned beer.

Taste - Once again, sweet and malty, though I'm finding little hops presence. It leaves somewhat of a sweet mediocre aftertaste. As it warms, the taste becomes lightly more unpleasant.

Mouthfeel - For a light-to-medium bodied beer, the crisp feel I was expecting wasn't quite there. It starts crisp, but leaves somewhat of a coating in my mouth that I'm not overly fond of.

Drinkability - While disappointing in its overall taste, it is certainly light enough that I would drink, if given to me. For the price, though, this ends up feeling like a far-too-expensive macro. And if I'm going that route, I'll swig down an Amstel Light first.

Note: If I were to describe this beer in one word it would be "underpowered."

07-17-2007 14:05:44 | More by BWMKappaSig
Photo of dkoehler42

New York

3.15/5  rDev -8.7%

This beer can be described as a better version of those cheap lagers. It's got a goldenish color to it, fairly clean, and an okay taste. But what sets it apart is that it's a better quality beer, it has a better mouthfeel and is simply better than the lighter/weaker beers. If you need a standard beer for a party, and you don't want something stronger, this is your beer.

07-17-2007 01:10:51 | More by dkoehler42
Photo of Beerbuddha


4/5  rDev +15.9%

Appearance- Pours a nice amber color with a nice off white head.

Smell- Nice hint of caramels and malt. Just slight hops.

Taste-This is a nice well balanced beer. Has a nice malt flavor to it with hint of caramel.

Mouthfeel-Smooth with nice carbonation.

Drinkability-This is a great beer. This beer goes well when you're having a crawfish boil!!

07-15-2007 15:26:13 | More by Beerbuddha
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.1/5  rDev -10.1%

Pours a two finger white head that fades quickly leaving traces of lace. Clear amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Smells like hay. Flavor is malty, smooth but nothing special. Clean finish. Best by Oct 23. (gift) 12oz bottle from somewheres in New Orleans.

07-09-2007 22:35:38 | More by jdhilt
Photo of maddogruss

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev +5.2%

Poured a bottle of this into a glass mug. The body had a nice, dark amber color with an ok head. Not much to the retention, but slowed to a nice lacing that held. The smell was pretty malty. The taste was malty and coppery. It kind of reminded me of a cider beer. The mouthfeel was pretty full-bodied and smooth. Overall, I'd say that this beer was drinkable. Nice malts and smooth character made it pretty good.

06-30-2007 00:33:16 | More by maddogruss
Photo of sierra11b


3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Bottle into pint glass

A: A nice amber just as the name suggests. When you pour the beer the head looks like it’s going to disappear quick but it doesn’t. It tricks you. Instead, the head disintegrates slowly into a lace around the glass and a very thin foam layer on the beer’s surface.

S: Caramel and malt. Slight hops.VERY subtle notes of cider.

T: Well balanced for my tastes. Nice malty caramelization that goes well with the amount of hops present. Pretty tasty.

M: Good carbonation, crisp.

D: Average. Goes down pretty smooth.

06-20-2007 06:36:27 | More by sierra11b
Photo of scurvy311


3.73/5  rDev +8.1%

It has a very creamy mouthfeel with an interesting malt/hop combo. The brew is tongue-coating with a very nice toasted malty sweetness. This is a good lager with a heavier meal, but gets more watery towards the end. I have had this all over south Louisiana and is very predictable. Abita beers can fluctuate from batch to batch and year to year.

06-12-2007 13:40:46 | More by scurvy311
Photo of MrHungryMonkey


3.08/5  rDev -10.7%

Light orange/amber, clear. Decent carbonation. Mild head.

Lightly sweet. Very light tartness.

Medium bodied. Toasty biscuit, touch of caramel.

Not impressive. I had a few with some gumbo, they seems to pair well. This is better to drink with a meal, rather than solo as a wonderful bottle of enjoyment.

06-04-2007 20:42:59 | More by MrHungryMonkey
Photo of Big78CJ


3.1/5  rDev -10.1%

I really like the smooth amber color, very befitting of the name. Kinda mild and malty smell but there is some funk in it on first sniff. I got over the smell by sipping it. The taste is as smooth as the color but still not my favorite oktoberfest. Where is the sweeter malt I am use to in marzens? It is a very good beer and i still recommend it but not as a marzen, perhaps a dunkel lager that only made it halfway. This beer is a bit carbonated but it would be a good session beer on a summer day, just no complexity.

05-30-2007 01:56:28 | More by Big78CJ
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev +12.5%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep orange color with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, some spice and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is very malty and a little smoky with strong flavors of caramel and spices. There’s a good hops presence in the background that provides a nice balance. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, it’s a good beer to stick with for an evening even if it may not quite be a true O-fest, maybe more of a Munich Dunkel or Helles Lager maybe, but still a good beer.

05-27-2007 04:19:47 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of goochpunch


3.53/5  rDev +2.3%

Pours out a nutty, orangey amber with a steady stream of bubbles, a constant head, and nice lacing on the glass. Smell is some caramel malt, faint faint hops, and a little too much grain. Again, with the flavor is caramel malts, some iced tea, toast, and grain. Mouthfeel is moderate with a pleasant carbonation. Drinkable enough for me to order more than one of these. This is way off from an Oktoberfest. I'd call this a straight-up amber lager with a little too much grain in the mix.

05-21-2007 06:13:04 | More by goochpunch
Photo of Drew966


3.48/5  rDev +0.9%

Abita Amber pours a light copper color with a thick white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is okay, kind of malty. Quite nice biscuity flavor. Doesn't really compare to a really good German Oktoberfest, kind of a dumbed down version imho. Worth a try, might make a good session beer.

05-15-2007 00:42:15 | More by Drew966
Photo of Minkybut


3.78/5  rDev +9.6%

I poured this beer from the bottle to a 50 degree tumbler. The beer had a orange golden color with a white creamy head. The smell of this beer was fresh biscuits. The taste of this beer was nice and refreshing, light with a slight toffee hit that gave it a nice bonus. I will buy again.

05-07-2007 16:42:41 | More by Minkybut
Photo of Redrover


3.63/5  rDev +5.2%

Sampled on tap at Taco Mac in Atlanta. Poured into a standard pint, the beer is in fact amber with a decent tan head and lacing.

The nose is better on tap than it is in the bottle. More caramel, malts and dough.

The beer is slightly sweet with hints of brown sugar, brown bread and slow poke sucker. Just a hint of bitterness for balance.

This is an easy drinker with a smooth slightly thick mouth. I was luke warm on the bottle version, but the draught is a fine session type red.

05-02-2007 20:21:03 | More by Redrover
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -13%

Poured a slightly hazy amber with a frothy head that diminished. The aroma was of some malt but not much else, rather weak. The taste was also rather bland. Some malts and citrus hops, but not much. The beer was light and crisp, but I could not get over the bland taste. This beer was a major letdown.

04-28-2007 06:02:38 | More by atsprings
Photo of Olebiker


2.78/5  rDev -19.4%

This bottle has a "best by" date of July 29.

I was a bit taken aback at the color of this beer. It is called Amber but the color is decidedly yellow with a little red hint and the head reminded me of the color of egg nog. The head started out nicely but disappear quickly leaving a bit of lacing.

I keep going back to the smell trying to decide what it is. It isn't at all unpleasant but it is neither malty nor hoppy. It smells like weak coffee.

If you are a hop lover this is not the beer for you. I think this is the only beer I have tasted that I felt needed more hops.

While I am partial to amber beers, this is one I will not search out again since it is not in the same class as even Amber Bock. I'll hang on to the rest of the six pack to serve to my sons-in-law while watching basketball this weekend.

03-21-2007 01:12:51 | More by Olebiker
Amber from Abita Brewing Co.
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