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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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sinstaineddemon

Connecticut

1.8/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

A - light brown, typical of an amber, a thin white head that fades quickly

S - a grassy aroma accompanied by an apple-y aroma

T - hmmm... really watery, moreso than i thought possible, tastes like dirty water, like dishwater

M - very thin, not very impressive

D - higher only due to its wateriness, easily chuggable, not a good thing

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2006 04:19:02 | More by sinstaineddemon
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Shultzerdugen

Missouri

3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with best before date of 04/25 notched.

Clear light copper in color with a stark white head that goes down quickly.

First whiff actually made me think of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but that didn't last. I still got a nutty yeasty vibe though.

Light in body with a brisk carbonation. Nice nut flavors at the top, flowing into a bready malt taste in the middle. Perle hops make a short appearance in the dry finish. Overall the flavor seemed tame and subdued.

At points while drinking this I was reminded of a light beer. Must have been the dry finish and light mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2006 16:38:50 | More by Shultzerdugen
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JackTheRipper

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale honey-brown in color. Scant little head, no lacing.

S: Light malty sweetness, just a bit fruity. Very light in the nose for my tastes

T: Lightly toasty malt flavor. Faintly there hops. Seems a bit watered down for a Marzen. Not bad tasting, just not very strong.

M: Light body. Moderate CO2. ETOH feel is barely there.

D&N: Not a bad beer, but I was expecting a little more from a marzen. Highly drinkable as a session beer, would be uber picnic fodder.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2006 01:36:41 | More by JackTheRipper
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acrawf6

Louisiana

3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out a orange amber, caramel like. Small white head foams up.

Smells. malty and a little bit nutty. very mellow and not abrasive at all.

Taste is a touch of roasted malts.tiny hop presence, but mostly mlats. Not very sweet, a little bit dry. does have just a little caramel taste to it. Aftertaste is dry and, again, malty.

Mouthfeel is good. good carbonation, decent balance. medium body.

Overall. This beer is my go to beer at local restaurants that dont have anything else. Nothing too special, just an easy drinkin beer that tastes pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2006 20:19:58 | More by acrawf6
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JohnnyM2002

Maryland

3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale copper color and had a quickly-disappearing head. The smell turned me off a little...the other Abitas gave off a pretty good aroma, so I was a little disappointed. I rated it a good taste, but here's the deal: at first, I didn't like it - there was a lingering old-hops aftertaste. But then I drank it with food, and it was instantly better. Felt ok in the mouth before, but with a burger in the other hand, this beer got much better.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2006 03:46:40 | More by JohnnyM2002
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear amber slash light copper color mix. The head is pretty sparse and leaves no film on the surface of glass. Very scattered hazing.Smells a little toasty with a few biscuit notes. The flavor was pretty good. Starts out with some subdued hop bitterness but then leads to some well defined toasted malts. Mouthfeel was pretty light but still had some toasty balls of flavor. Something that I could drink all night.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2006 18:27:37 | More by scruffwhor
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kbnooshay

New York

2.68/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured a very clean amber with a small airy fizz head that does not last long at all. lear, pale amber coloring. Kind of a veggie chem smell, kinda bad but all the abita beers smell like this. Kinda sweet and malty but not enough flavor to say so. Very crisp feel, kinda watery though. Not very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2006 05:40:12 | More by kbnooshay
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Vancer

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Label states this is a Munich style, not an Oktoberfest. That said, not a shabby lil’ brew. Clear amber pour, quickly dying tan head unfortunately. Solid aroma of malts, with strong hints of caramel and chocolate.

Sweet in the taste, but balanced out fairly well with a hoppy finish - which start to dominate by mid-bottle. This one would go well with the spicy Cajun chow.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2006 13:49:33 | More by Vancer
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shbobdb

Indiana

3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

Sugars, sugars, sugars. Sugars are a subtle thing in a brew, too many and you have a malty monster, too few and you have coloured water. Abita Amber falls into the latter catagory. That isn't to say that it is bad, but a proper Maerzen needs a strong malt back and this beer doesn't have it, not by a long-shot.
However, the beer is good for what it is. It is a smooth, refreshing drink and while the body is thin and the taste is light, what little taste there is, tastes great. Were it not for the colouration, I'd say this would be a fine pale lager. Well, even those need malt. Yeah, refreshing, but not amazing. Maybe if I tried it in the summer.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2005 18:49:57 | More by shbobdb
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jmz62565

Connecticut

3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This pours a honey color with a nice head that disappears quickly.The smell is very nutty with some roasted malt and spices.The taste has a nutty quality to it,and taste of carmel.It's pretty good,but hard to describe.There is a little roastyness and almost no carbonation.The m/f is not really well balanced and light and even a little watery.This is an OK beer,slightly better than average.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2005 23:39:20 | More by jmz62565
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, pale amber coloring, 1/4" creamy head, slims down quick.

Aroma: sweet, and slightly vegetal. Don't like it, nossir. Are Munich style lagers supposed to smell like this? Not sure, there...

Crisp, clean on the palate, with a linger of that off-flavor detected in the nose, hanging a bit in the front. Slips off innocently, and the rest is easy to drink, and forgettable.

Actually, as more passes my lips and I get acquainted with it, it's a pleasing passable lager, ...dry finish, slightly grainy texture, ...light body, briefly malty taste....I could drink this, if it were the alternatives were BMC croppola.

As I drain the glass, the lightly toasty malts become more appealing, and, darn it, I actually wish I had another.
Good, quality lager, this.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2005 06:28:15 | More by feloniousmonk
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BeerBeing

Pennsylvania

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

Presentation: 12oz brown glass stubby generic bottle, reddish/yellow/gold/black label

Appearance: clear amber color, small off-white head, minor lacing

Smell: roasted malt, some caramel, minor hops

Taste: light-to-medium body, smooth mouth feel, average maltiness, some caramel, minor hoppy bitterness

Notes: average (at the best) brew

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2005 22:44:58 | More by BeerBeing
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danielharper

Michigan

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

Purchased from Liquor Express, Huntsville, AL.

Pours a light reddish-yellow color with a very thin head. Most of the head leaves immediately, but a touch of soap stays at the top of the glass. Not bad -- could be much better.

Aroma is mostly just malt, with a touch of apples and other "red fruit" mixed in for good measure. No hops to speak of.

Taste is... fruity. Strong notes of apples here, with a yeasty aftertaste that reminds me more of a macro lager than a craft beer. Not terrible, but not all that pleasant, either.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel. No coating on the mouth.

Overall, this is pretty much dead average. I don't hate it, I don't like it. Probably won't buy again.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2005 00:01:25 | More by danielharper
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GuinnessHero

Mississippi

3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this New Orleans gem after being quite frustrated with the lack of local breweries down here in the south. Saw this stuff at the local Sam's Club for 9.99 a 12pk so I couldn't resist.

Appearance - Nice dark amber color, great one finger head that lingers for the course of the beer.

Smell - Very fruity, almost smoked.

Taste - Very good. Nothing special as it first hits the pallet, then as it goes down the throat, and intense sense of toffee and sweetness fill the sense. Excellent feeling.

Mouthfeel - I loved that toffee flavoring they include in this beer. Truely a New Orleans gem.

Drinkability - As it is not very heavy on your stomach, it can be an excellent investment to have around for parties also. I had two of these tonight, and plan on enjoying another tomorrow!

Overall - This is an exceptional beer. My first "local" (and probably only local beer sadly) beer from the southern region. Will buy again and try the other types they have. Great job Abita!

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2005 16:05:12 | More by GuinnessHero
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beveragecaptain

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Abita Amber pours out a clear, light copper color with a rapidly diminishing head. Carbonation appears to be very low. This is a strange beer in that it has almost no aroma. There is a perhaps a hint of sweetness, but almost without aroma. Clean, toasted maltt flavor. Not too sweet. Some mild hop spice in the finish. Creamy mouthfeel. No noticable alcohol. Good drinkability. The flavor of this beer is very simple, but it is still enjoyable. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2005 22:11:51 | More by beveragecaptain
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jimdkc

Missouri

3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with very little head. Aroma is mainly carmel malt with some breadiness. Flavor has very little bitterness, just a touch of spiciness from the hops. Subdued malt flavor. Thin but fizzy mouthfeel. Very smooth with a clean finish. Rates high on the drinkability scale. Not bad, but not nearly as good as Abita's Turbodog.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2005 00:53:26 | More by jimdkc
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francisweizen

Alaska

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-Tap in NYC and NOLA on several occasions. My preference being the big ole' 24oz plastic cups that you can snaggle away for $1 on rue bourbon. Damn you Katrina, damn you! Anyway, on to the brew. A dark amber colour with a small off-white head that dies pretty quickly and leaves not much lacing to behold. Aromas are sweet malts and light hops in a nice bready unison. Taste is similar and not too complex, but verycold, crips, refreshing, and thirst-quenching. A good macro-micro if ever there was one. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nice, drinkability is decent. I miss New Orleans! :-(

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2005 03:54:45 | More by francisweizen
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MuddyFeet

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A surprising beer. The pour was rather unimpressive. Very flat, no head and a tired looking amber hue. Nose is slightly biscuity. Flavor is a very nice toasted graham cracker flavor. Some fresh biscuits too. Hints of apples. Fairly light body and slightly crispish. Very easy drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2005 23:58:05 | More by MuddyFeet
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whynot44

Missouri

3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice amber color with a decent, slightly off-white head that leaves a ring and some decent lace behind as it disappears.

The aroma is bready with a touch of caramel.

Light/medium body, slightly sweet mild malt flavor with a touch of bread and caramel with mild hops bitterness and a fairly dry finish.

Very drinkable, went down well with pizza.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2005 05:04:00 | More by whynot44
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MUSHROOMCLOUD

Texas

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

I sampled a few of these after a hard days work.
The beer is a bright orange-amber. A soapy off-white head disappears to a ring instantly but leaves some lace.

The aroma is of lightly toasted malt. Biscuity. Chocolate. Faint hops.

Tastes great! Bready flavor, slight chocolate. Earthy. All about the malt, and in a good way.

Good carbonation, medium bodied. Very drinkable. I was impressed by this beer. My throat was parched after a long day and this did the trick. At 4.99 a six, I would put this up against many amber ales at 2 bucks higher any day.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2005 04:43:23 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
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murrayswine

Arizona

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

This one is courtesy of Biglove. Hope all is well with you buddy.

The beer pours a nice true amber color with a nice 3/4 inch head.
The smell is rich with butter, slight hops, bread hints, and toasted cashews.
The taste is nothing to jump about, it isnt bad, but it isnt spectacular. It's obvious that Turbodog is the Abita Flagship. It has a good hops sense, but the butter cream is watered out. As a session beer goes, this is as mild and tepid as it gets, a good landmark Louisiana Brew, but jump for Turbodog first.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2005 05:31:30 | More by murrayswine
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jakester

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this as a sampler case from Shangy's. I drank it in a pilsner glass. Date clearly notched on the label. No date on the case.

Pours a slightly hazy amber with a two finger head of off-white foam. The head drops to a coating and a ring, with nice lacing.

Aroma is fruity, with a soft caramel/toffee smell and faint spicy hops. Smells pretty clean, with just a hint of DMS (I am very sensitive to DMS).

Flavor is malty and caramel-y with just the right amount of bittering. Tastes a little thin, but not too bad. A spicy hop flavor is muted, but definitely there. Aftertaste is caramel-y, but a little thin.

Mouthfeel is medium sweetness, with a nice little carbonation zing to crisp it up a bit. Finish is smooth and crisp.

Not a bad example of the style, but I would like a little more. This is what Yuengling Lager would taste like if it was all malt.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2005 13:54:35 | More by jakester
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

2.9/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear amber-copper color that is topped by a frothy, almost creamy, light tan colored head. The aroma is fairly bland with hints of crystal malt, and perhaps just a wisp of spicy hoppiness. The taste is soft and smooth, quite light and it has an up front light caramelized sweetness. The finish is lightly spicy and a bit bitter with a balancing hoppiness. This is really a rather bland Amber Ale, not really much to say.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2005 03:53:42 | More by Gueuzedude
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Backer2004

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Compared to the previous beer I ordered, this one came back to the basics of a good Amber. Nice copper color with light hops, sweet and refreshing. Okay lacing, head, and carbonation. Better than the other Abita products that I've tried. Easy enough drink as a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2005 02:14:09 | More by Backer2004
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a clean deep amber color with slightll off-white puffy head. Smell is a pleasnt mix of malt, nuts, and caramel.First taste is very enjoyable with a mild dryness left in the mouth. Taste continues on wiht a slight sweetness. An easy drinking beer, but nothing spectactular.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2005 00:35:19 | More by tgbljb
Amber from Abita Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 1,237 ratings.