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Amber - Abita Brewing Co.

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1,275 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,275
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

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Photo of Frozensoul327


3.1/5  rDev -10.1%

A: Brownish golden color, crystal clear. Medium sized head of white foam. Lots of carbonation from in the glass (pokal).

S: Slight yeasty and bready aroma with overtones of buttery malts and grain. Some sweet veggie notes. Nice.

T: Strong notes of vegetables and grain, with a roasted caramel malt flavor. Some dry wood character is present, reminding me of bland beechwood. Not bad.

M: Crisp, rather clean. Slightly grainy on the palate, but still enjoyable.

D: Average. Not a bad amber, but this is more of a lager with a dark coloring to me than anything else. Worth a try.

02-17-2007 20:36:18 | More by Frozensoul327
Photo of beeroclock

United Arab Emirates

3.38/5  rDev -2%

Poured an amber color with a very small white head that disappeared quickly. Very little lacing. Smells slightly sweet with some roasted almonds maybe. Tasted a little sweet but nothing really stands out. Just above average as it's quite thin. It's not great, but it'll do.

02-04-2007 21:37:40 | More by beeroclock
Photo of sacfly


4.2/5  rDev +21.7%

12oz., “best if consumed before” notched 5 12.
Pours a clear, well what do you know, Amber color with a modest head of off white bubbles. Aroma is almost all sweet caramel candy with just a hint of hops. Taste is somewhat surprising. Nice and roasty. I expected this to be too sweet from the nose. The caramel is still there, but a healthy dose of toasty Victory or Biscuit malt offsets it. Very nice. Aftertaste is mildly bitter and does not linger. Medium body. Great beer.

02-02-2007 21:05:44 | More by sacfly
Photo of sauron681


3.13/5  rDev -9.3%

Nice deep gold color with super carbonation. Quickly disappearing head with no lacing. A nice thick honey/buttery taste that leaves quickly. Slight maltiness that is sweet, but also kind of flat. However, It is about right I suppose for a Vienna type lager. An acceptable beer, however still quite bland.

01-22-2007 02:22:33 | More by sauron681
Photo of abcsofbeer


2.42/5  rDev -29.9%

Poured from a bottle with a 11-22 drink by date. The color is a semi- cloudy, light amber color with a good amount of carbonation. It is topped by a one finger white head that falls to a thin top, leaving only small specks of lace.

The aroma is hard to detect, but, I sense some fruity notes and mostly grainy odors. Later in the glass, I noted some earthiness and grassiness.

The taste is mild sweet caramel with little maltiness and hop flavor. There may be some lemon in there. One thing that I can detect is the lager yeast.

Mouthfeel has a dry finish. Would not try this again.

01-21-2007 23:51:43 | More by abcsofbeer
Photo of Butch


3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Sampled 19 January 2007, purchased January 2007
12 oz bottle (45o), poured into a pint glass

True to its name this brew is a solid amber in color. Head is big and thick thanks to what may have been a slightly aggressive pour.

Aroma is malty yeasty. It’s that same old Abita smell you get from all their beers.

Mouthfeel is medium. Nothing big, not thin either.

It tastes good. How’s that for a detailed and fancy description? It’s kind of thin tasting across the board with nothing standing out, but nothing tasting off either.

I have a special affinity for this beer. For years it was my “local” beer as we had none in Mississippi. I’ve taken the brewery tour three times and I still drink it quite often. Worth a try.


01-19-2007 23:01:16 | More by Butch
Photo of russpowell


3.4/5  rDev -1.4%

BBD of March 23 (07??? I think)

Pours deep bronze/light amber with a 4 fingers deep white head with some effervescence. Above average lacing & average head retention

S: Bready with a slightlty vegtal/sour/corny scent up front which fades as it warms

T: Slight breadyness & caramel notes up front. Dryness follows along with a little grainyness. Finishes with caramel & toffee sweetness & some grainyness

MF: Medium (barely) bodied with a little pricklyness

Drinks alright, not a bad one to have with some pizza, but so-so as marzens go. Might taste better at 90 degrees with 90% humidity. If I had to guess at the abv, I'd say about 4.7%. That's probably the biggest knock on this beer, too thin/light for the style

12-29-2006 00:34:32 | More by russpowell
Photo of Dizzy


3.63/5  rDev +5.2%

Pours a darker amber color, white head dissipates quickly. It has a strange aroma, not sure how to describe it, but its malty. Flavor is bread like, almost toasty malts. No significant hop flavors. Medium mouthfeel. This would make a nice session beer, good flavor but nothing too exciting.

12-11-2006 01:46:03 | More by Dizzy
Photo of tbone53


3/5  rDev -13%

the fourth beer from the abita party pack. a good quarter inch head that quickly disapates.no lacing down the side of the glass.kind of a reddish color.not bad mouthfeel and doesnt taste to bad but for the price id stick with a good american macro brew.

12-10-2006 16:59:32 | More by tbone53
Photo of beeragent


3.35/5  rDev -2.9%

Poued into a pint glass, from a 12oz. bottle. The beer appeared a dark orange, with a slight head, and no lacing. The aroma, what little there was, wasnt exactly pleasant. Maybe I got a bad batch, but it smelled a little on the skunky side. The mouthfeel is a little thin, but the taste is great! Definitely the best point of this beer, is the flavor. Starts out slighty sweet fruit, and ends with a nice rounded nutty flavor. I suppose if you dont care about the aroma of your beer, this one might be a great session beer, but for me, one or two will do it.

Updated April 2007
Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer poured a deep caramel, forming a 1 inch head, that left medium rings of lace on the glass. The aroma has a nice sweet caramel smell. The taste is much the same. Light sweet malt thickness, caramel flavor, and a hint of hop presence at the finish. Medium smooth mouthfeel. Overall, a significant difference between the first time I reviewed, and the second. I'm hoping that this second time is how the beer is supposed to taste, but I wont know until I try it a third time;)

12-08-2006 07:18:26 | More by beeragent
Photo of beakerboy


3/5  rDev -13%

Pours an amber color with a minimal head. The aroma and flavor are mainly sweet malt. The flavor has a hint of hops, a little grassy, but nothing too strong. The body is good. It's pretty average for the style. No major flaws, but nothing astounding either.

12-06-2006 01:28:29 | More by beakerboy
Photo of treehugger02010


3.35/5  rDev -2.9%

I got this 12 ounze bottle from an Abita Party Pack, and poured into a giant 20/24 ounze glass. It didn't produce much head and what it did produce had fast retention. The lacing was there but very sporatic. The aroma was hoppy. The taste was fruity or sweet. The mouthfeel was kind of unrefined. Pretty drinkable, but not awsome. Don't drink and review.

11-15-2006 01:49:59 | More by treehugger02010
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev 0%

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a modest head that doesn't display great retention or lacing but does manage to cap the liquid for quite some time

Smell: Slightly sweet with a grainy barley aroma

Taste: Starts out somewhat sweet with a toasted malt flavor; after the swallow, an unfortunate grainy aspect takes over that detracts from the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkabiluty: Easy enough to drink but no particularly memorable

10-29-2006 17:15:10 | More by brentk56
Photo of boblog


3.6/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

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


2.03/5  rDev -41.2%

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.)

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


1.38/5  rDev -60%

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.

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


2.48/5  rDev -28.1%

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

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


3.55/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

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


3.65/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

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

New Jersey

2.1/5  rDev -39.1%

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!!

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


3.45/5  rDev 0%

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.

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


2.6/5  rDev -24.6%

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.

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


1.25/5  rDev -63.8%

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.

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


2.9/5  rDev -15.9%

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.

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


3/5  rDev -13%

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.

08-05-2006 00:34:41 | More by Dukeofearl
Amber from Abita Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 1,275 ratings.