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Amber - Abita Brewing Co.

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1,312 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,312
Reviews: 481
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 16.81%
Wants: 34
Gots: 93 | 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 roblowther
2.88/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is pale goldish copper with no discernable head. It looks anemic somehow. No, I don't know what I mean by that.

The smell is hops but a very mild version. Honey in there as well. Not bad but not good, really. The taste is decent but somehow a bit too standard American beer-like. Sort of tastes like a macro that's had a makeover. The mouthfeel is spot-on, though. It has nice body, and a great carbonation balance. The drinkability is mixed. The mouthfeel says "yes" but the macro hop aftertaste says "no". Basically, this beer falls into my "good standby at a place with lousy selection" category. Like Shiner Bock, I'll drink it at a party but probably won't buy it for the house. I much prefer their turbo dog.

roblowther, Jan 23, 2008
Photo of nrpellegrini
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured to pint glass.

A: very small head, brownish / orange color, clear
S: hard to pick up, earthy, malty
T: light caramel, malty, sweet aftertaste
M: extremely smooth
D: very easy to drink

Nothing hard about this beer, no hoppy or malty bite.
No fizzy or carbonating action in the mouth.
Once it hits your lips its smooth sailing.

nrpellegrini, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of oscplayr25
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Great color. A very rich looking burnt yellow. Kinda almost red but still has nice tones of orange.

S- A nice rich smell. Nice and malty smell.

T- Good amber taste. Not the greatest taste for an amber but good. Not too heavy on the pallet, can deffinetly taste the hops in the beer but they are not too heavy.

M- Not too carbonated in the mouth pretty smooth.

D- This is a great beer that has a great taste. I definetly recomend a 6 pack of this. If you like amber beers this might be one to try.

oscplayr25, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden orange color with a sweet caramel nose and some citrus. The nose had a light citrus hopping to it with some light caramel. The initial flavor was malty and a tad thin, with a watery lemon/citrus juice flavor that was sharp and pronounced in the beginning. Has a lemony flavor that faded subtly in the finish and ended with a lemon tang. Overall a decent amber with a nice maltiness and drinkability.

beerthulhu, Jan 18, 2008
Photo of tayner
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This poured an amber color (go figure) into my pint glass. there was little to no head and no lacing. carbonation bubbles all over the glass.

Smelled like grassy hops and slight caramel malt.

Tastes like sweetend fresh cut grass. overall the flavor was not bold at all though, almost watered down tasting.

watery mouthfeel.

Although i wouldnt seek this one out again if it were in my fridge during the summer it would make an adequate lawnmower beer in the arizona heat as it is thin and light with very mild flavors. sort of refreshing in a sense.

tayner, Jan 11, 2008
Photo of Halcyondays
2.9/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, purchased at the Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, CA,

A: Pours a light amber colour, with a thin head, but left a nice rim around the glass, very nice clarity though, good lager character.

S: Light caramel malt, sugar, toffee, some smoke, but fairly weak overall.

T: Taste was a little bit of a letdown as I was expecting a fuller flaovured beer. Has a weak malt character, some good caramel notes, a bit of molasses, and some grassy and earthy character from the hops, but overall the flavour needed more oomph.

M: Light and watery, thin, but has a nice carbonation kick in the aftertaste which I liked.

D: A mediocre beer, IMO, but better than a macro, I'd take this over a Bud any day, but nothing really making want to buy this again, though it's light character makes it easy to drink as a refresher, might try this again in the summertime.

Halcyondays, Jan 11, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber with a crème head. Nose is like a pile of wet grass from yesterday that I let sit out on the front yard since then. Nasty. Over time calms down to a mere wet grass stink, but still... Flavor seems to be heavily influenced by a straw character. Feel is decent at best. Nice level of carbonation and a good liquid feel, but the flavor just kills any possibility of a positive experience here. Overall just a weak beer. Nothing at all good about it from my point of view. Avoid.

RblWthACoz, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of shadow1961
3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Abita Amber pours a clear orange brew under a finger of loose foam.
Carbonation is slow and steady, and the nose is light barley malt and
lager yeast. The flavor is mild toasty barley malt up front with a slight
herbal hop finish. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Though the front label
simply calls this an Amber, the rear label says this is a Munich style
lager, thus the lightness and clarity. Light and malty, it certainly matches
that style profile. A nice easy drinking brew.

shadow1961, Dec 13, 2007
Photo of MSchae1017
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was poured from the bottle into an ABC Pint glass.

This beer pours a clear dark gold - amber with a fizzy white head that holds decently reducing to a thin film leaving slight traces of lace. The smell is mild with touches of toasted and caramel malts. The taste is pleasant with much of the same characteristics as the smell. There is a malty sweetness, but not too sweet, as it is kept in check by mild bitterness. Munich, toasted and caramel malts dominate with a slight adjuct flavor that I can't quite pin down but seems a bit off. The moutfeel is light-medium and a bit slick, not too dry. Overall, a drinkable beer. Nothing mind blowing but it is thirst quenching and satisfying when you are looking for something malty.

MSchae1017, Nov 30, 2007
Photo of clemsonbrewer
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice pale copper color. Big head as a result of an aggresive pour. Thin random lacing... not much. Not a lot of retention either. Toasted malt smell. Not much else in the nose. Smooth biscuity malt taste. A good classic Munich lager. Go southern brews!

clemsonbrewer, Nov 29, 2007
Photo of objectivemonkey
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

objectivemonkey, Oct 31, 2007
Photo of GPHarris
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

GPHarris, Oct 22, 2007
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.45/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

ChainGangGuy, Oct 14, 2007
Photo of ZAP
2.53/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

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.

ZAP, Oct 13, 2007
Photo of usmittymc
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

usmittymc, Sep 11, 2007
Photo of cjgator3
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

cjgator3, Aug 19, 2007
Photo of dustylong
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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).

dustylong, Aug 01, 2007
Photo of theopholis
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

theopholis, Jul 21, 2007
Photo of biggmike
2.95/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

biggmike, Jul 19, 2007
Photo of BWMKappaSig
3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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."

BWMKappaSig, Jul 17, 2007
Photo of dkoehler42
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

dkoehler42, Jul 17, 2007
Photo of Beerbuddha
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!!

Beerbuddha, Jul 15, 2007
Photo of jdhilt
3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

jdhilt, Jul 09, 2007
Photo of maddogruss
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

maddogruss, Jun 30, 2007
Photo of sierra11b
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

sierra11b, Jun 20, 2007
Amber from Abita Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 1,312 ratings.