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Amber - Abita Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,369
Reviews: 486
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 16.81%
Wants: 34
Gots: 117 | 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 Cresant
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a DFH shaped pint glass. Dated best by: 04/11/09. The body was light amber and very clear. Manilla envelop colored head faded to a ring.

Smell was floral and fruit. Grains. Substantial.

Taste was fruity, cherry-like. Richer up front, flatter in the finish. Buttery.

Mouthfeel was medium to light in body. Low to moderate carbonation. Easy to drink, a nice lager.

Photo of Vengeance526
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From an Abita Party Pack

Pours to a copperish amber color with no more than a one finger tan head that quickly dissipates and leaves a little bit of lacing.

Not much going on in the aroma. A faint sweetness can be detected from the malts. A little bit of caramel.

Taste is mainly caramel and some light toffee notes. A little sweet at times but still fairly balanced.

Mostly medium-bodied although sometimes it seemed to be a little watery.

Easy to drink, a fine alternative to BMC products for drinkers new to the craft scene...This is basically the beer I rely on when I get dragged out to a bar in NO that doesn't have much in the way of beer but is bound to have something by Abita because its local. Other than that I don't feel the need to go out and pick this up, but not a bad beer otherwise.

Photo of bmwats
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint.

A: Light brown with an orange hue. Pretty heavy carbonation pours into a 2 finger foamy white head. Fairly slowly settles into just a layer of foam on the surface. Nice spider web lacing remains as you drink. Substantial carbonation continues to rise throughout.

S: Malt, hints of coffee and chocolate, and a overall nutty undertone.

T: A light malty flavor, and a hint of hops. Nutty (pecans maybe).

M: Light and carbonated. The malt is subdued, as are the hops, slightly sweet aftertaste follows. Feels a little diluted.

D: Very good. Light feel, solid flavor.

To me, this is a nice well-rounded quaff. Nice atmosphere, with a distinctive nose. Simple, but quality flavor. Does leave a little to be desired in the feel, but not a major drag. Light, and refreshing makes for good drinkability. Very nice quaff.

Photo of superdedooperboy
4.22/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle with twist-off cap into a mug.

Pours crystal clear orange-amber hue, giving rise to a slightly off-white cap of rocky foam that fades slowly and leaves nice thick rings of lace along the walls of the glass.

Smells of slightly sweet toffeeish malt and light herbaceous hops. Not much else is detected in the nose.

Medium-bodied and crisp on the palate, with a front of sweet caramel malts and slight notes of toasty biscuit, middling with a light hit of slightly bitter, herbal hops, and finishing a little sweet and dry, calling for another quaff.

Nicely drinkable, perfectly balanced and a fine representation of the style, which is quite a nice accomplishment for a year-round brew. Thanks to Abita, it's Oktoberfest all year long.

Photo of CampusCrew
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Whoa, blew my mimd, might be my favorite session beer so far. I have to check that.

appearance: copperish amber with great carbonation and a good lacing with the head for a lager

smell: mild hops

taste: very clean lager

mouthfeel: good carbonation and very tasty

drinkability: very very easy and smooth

Highly recommended beer, would love to have it again. Got to be up there as one of the best lagers.

Photo of mattcomstock213
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

You can find this an draft all over New Orleans. It is a richly amber colored beer without a a lot of hops, but a very nice malty smell and taste. It doesn't go down as easily as the American standard stuff, but requires a relaxed drinking pace of which I am a fan.

Photo of Tbn2
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a somewhat small head and not much by the way of lacing. The body of the beer a nice clear copper.

Smell consists mostly of sweet malts; caramel, toffee. Reminds me of a English brown. The hops are in the back-ground providing a little floral notes.

Taste matches the aroma. Big malt flavor with the hops providing a nice finish. The beer has a good feel on the palette.

Overall this beer isn't that bad. It doesn't knock my socks off either. I bought it in a sampler pack and in my humble opinion, this was the weakest of the six I got.


Photo of Spikester
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber with minimal head. Modest lacings.
Aroma is malty with some floral hop notes.
Nice balance of sweet malts and hops.
Did not know this was an Octo/Marzen. Thought it was just an amber.
Good mouthfeel.
Drinkability is good, would like to try it fresh on tap.

Photo of zeff80
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out an orange/amber color with a small, foamy, tan head that left minimal amounts of lace.

S - It smelled of malt, caramel and some grains.

T - It tasted fairly sweet. Nice caramel maltiness with a little hint of vanilla. Some mild spiciness.

M - It was smooth and a little soft. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is an okay brew. Nothing too fabulous but drinkable.

Photo of zdk9
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a light orangy brown with a full finger of lace that dissipates pretty quickly but does leave some nice strong lacing. I dig it.

S- Pretty nonexistant in the nose. A bit of corn and something a little off- like BO.

T- Fine, not amazing but fine. Assertive malt backbone with some earthy ash like bitterness in the back.

M- The sweetness lends to a bit of a syrupier mouthfeel, like OJ.

D- An ok beer, but not one I'm going to reach for to satisfy my Oktoberfest need. I originally bought it thinking it was an amber ale and I it was the best thing I could find to satisfy my brown ale need- but in the end I can deal with this.

Photo of cvfish
2.75/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - This beer poured a nice amber color that created a soapy white head that disappeared almost instantly and left no lacing when it left, plenty of small, quickly rising bubbles

S - A bit of caramelized malts on the nose, nothing that stands out

T - The tastes on this amber leave a little to be desired, some caramel malts, but nothing complex, a little one dimensional

M - The body on this one is very light and watery, but is accompanied with plenty of carbonation, kind of harsh on the tongue

D - I guess this one is a "sessionable" beer, but to me this one leaves a lot to be desired, a weak and watery beer in my opinion, but still better than a macro, given the option of quenching my thirst, I would choose this

Photo of tmoneyba
2.8/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle as part of party pack.

Poured dark amber with medium to large tan rocky head that mostly diminished with fair lacing. Aroma was sweet of malt and small of hops. Light to medium body. Flavor was malt and hops with sweet finish of short to moderate duration.

My expectations where not met.

Photo of nick76
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The aroma is toasted malt, hay, paper, and chocolate. The appearance is amber as advertised and the head is small but foamy. The flavor is toasted malt, nuts, a little salt, and a sour taste that is hard to define. The palate is watery. Overall it's drinkable but that's about it.

Photo of BierFan
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a short twist-off 12 ounce bottle into a cervoise.

Appearance: Dark honey/amber color with a light tan head that disappears to a thin coating over the beer.

Smell: Nothing but some caramel malts in the aroma.

Taste: The smell didn't wow me but it tastes really nice. Light sweet caramel maltiness. No hops in the taste.

Mouthfeel: Kinda thin, but it's appropriate for the light refreshing flavor.

Photo of hopdog
2.68/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle.

Poured a medium amber color with a smaller sized off white head.

Aromas of citrus, bread and caramel. Tastes of citrus with some caramel. Both the tastes and smells were on the softer side.

Thin body.

Notes from and tasted on 9/11/07

Photo of jujubeast6000
2.7/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 10/29/2008 (bottle):

Pours an amber brown color body, clear. Big foamy nearly white head, good lacing, but quickly diminishing. Strong malty sweet aroma, some birch or something. A little licorice on the back. Roasty malty flavor, sweet middle taste. Clean somewhat dry hoppy aftertaste. A hint of some licorice sweetness. Medium body, fizzy. A little bit on the malty side for me.

Photo of dmamiano
2.63/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

polished copper in appearance..small head thats hanging around.
carbonation almost jumping out of the glass.
smells of spice, mild caramel malts and seemingly bready.Mustiness comes to mind.
taste is a bit harsh to be exact.I think its too carbonated.it is, thats really is dominating this beer.

Photo of jsprain1
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A shade of brown slightly darker than caramel and a little lighter than a brown ale. A one finger white head that disappears quickly with little lacing.
S- Smells of medium bodied malts and a slight bit of earthiness.
T-A real tasty Vienna Lager. Malty and earthy.
M- Medium bodied. Finishes pretty dry.
O -Very smooth and easy drinking. Could be a pretty good session beer. Thoroughly enjoyable. One of my favorite Vienna Lager.
Edited: 3/24/11

Photo of babaracas
3.05/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber / orange with dense off-white head, clingy lacing. Smell: caramel, toasted malt, quite restrained. Taste: pale malt, a little caramel flavor, predominant toasted flavor, slight earthy hop in the background. A little thin in taste and mouthfeel, but drinkable and nonoffensive.

Photo of theboozecruise
4.13/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the most popular beers in South Louisiana, from the local Abita Brewery. A strong taste that's not overpowering and an outstanding drinkability. Available in bottles, but draft is the real way to go. A pitcher of Amber with some good caun food is hard to beat!

I'm not going to lie either... this one gets higher than usual ratings due to some sentimentality...

Photo of KarlHungus
1.1/5  rDev -68.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This beer pours a copper color. I guess the brewer thinks I am too stupid to know what amber looks like. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes within seconds into nothing. The aroma is of malty vomit. The taste is like the aroma. The mouthfeel is light bodied, and over carbonated. Overall, this is a horrible beer, that I will never drink again.

Photo of Pauly2X
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Solid amber with a one finger head.

S- Sweey caramel malts with just a hint of toasted malt.

T- Clean caramel and toasted malts with a smooth noble hop finish.

M- A little thin but smooth.

D- Goes down with little effort.

A fairly run of the mill oktoberfest. Not a bad choice to pick up of you see it.

Photo of philipquarles
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber color (shocking, isn't it?). Nice creamy head that disappears quickly to leave a coating of foam on top. Very nice lacing.

Smells of malt almost exclusively. Perhaps a hint of hops and some other earthy graininess. This carries on into the taste. Mostly earthy malt with some bitterness peaking through.

Mouthfeel is ok. Slightly watery but very smooth. Overall, not a terribly complex brew, but very solid and drinkable.

Photo of cactusjuggalo
4.22/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well abita has done it again with another solid session beer. Pours a nice looking amber color with a good ammount of pleasing carbonation, the small head disappears quite quickly. There is a pleasing aroma with it as well i just don't know how to describe it. Its a nice smooth malty brew you can enjoy all night. A very solid offering in my opinion.

Photo of albern
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a respectable amber beer, but I'm not sure I would label this as an Octoberfest/marzen, although there are plenty of creamy caramel malts throughout. I think the beer is a bit more spicey, a bit more bready, perhaps a bit more watery, less sweet, smoother, and lighter than a typical Octoberfest/marzen. The beer is just too subdued for that label.

The beer pours a clear, moderately carbonated, amber color with a whitish head that doesn't hang on that long. The aroma is caramel, floral, maybe a touch musty. The taste is pleasant, easily drinkable, and fairly simple and uncomplicated. There is a chewiness to the beer in the finish, and as the beer settles in, it becomes less sweetish malty. A nice beer, I just don't agree with how BA labels this beer.

Amber from Abita Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 1,369 ratings.