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Amber - Abita Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,405
Reviews: 501
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 16.81%
Wants: 39
Gots: 148 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-08-2001

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 donkeyrunner
3.19/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of those beers that (for me) tastes like college.

Um...amber colored. Large white head, great retention, and sticky lace aplenty.

Smells toasty, fruity and tastes pretty much the same. Smooth, and clean, lightly toasted biscuit malt. Not as crisp as I would like.

I think it's pretty nifty that Abita chose a Maerzen as a flagship. Hooray beer.

Photo of cdizinno
4.17/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured into a tulip glass from a 12 oz brown short with no freshness date.

A: Clear amber orange with a thin off white head and minimal lacing.

S: Delicate sweet malt, both toasted and caramel in the smell.

T&M: Crisp, medium bodied. Light carbonation. Nice malty taste that is well balanced with a mild spicy hop bitterness.

Probably the best Abita brew I've tried.

Notes: This brew still holds its ground as a classic among the many "micro brews", a down right tasty lager.

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color. The head is initially a bit closer to a soft drink, but it dies rather quickly and leaves a nice little ring around the glass.

Ok, the nose is a little confusing. First of all there isn't much going on smell wise. Secondly, it initially smelled like Purple Haze. Once my nose bounced back it smells more like a traditional marzen style. Nice malt character.

The taste is good, nice sweet malts and not too much bite. Not bad, but nothing too spectacular.

In the mouth it has a nice creamy feel typical of the style.

Pretty drinkable. With the ABV it could be sessionable. However, there are better examples of the style out there. Still a good beer.

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

had this beer countless times. time to review it.

a very nice burnt orange amber color. a foamy head that is an off white color. takes its time to fade off, but definitely didnt fizz away quickly. leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.
caramel and toasty aroma.
has a caramel taste, malty and lightly spiced.
above medium in carbonation, but not too bubbly.
great drinkability. this is usually my go to beer down here in new orleans, as i do prefer to drink local.

Photo of portia99
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Portsmouth goblet. There is a place for a freshness date on the label, but nothing markd on it.

A - Pours a deep amber color, very clear, thin off white head that dies quickly...only a thin ring around the edge left behind.

S - Malty, caramel aroma, not much hop character here.

T - Sweet, caramel flavors. Mild hop bitterness. A touch of molasses.

M - Medium body. Good carbonation. Goes down very smoothly.

D - Very easy drinking...flavors are subdued and blend together nicely. Good easy drinking beer for cool fall days...a fall lawnmower beer.

Photo of Offa
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is pretty good, but not great. Although enjoyable with some firm character, it's a bit bland.

Amber, it has a medium, off-white head fairly quickly shrinking to a foamy ring and wisps.

The aroma is clearly a vienna, but a bit subdued. It's malty, slightly toasty-earthy and bready with hints of toffee and dry leaves.

The taste is similar, and has very light sweetness with almost no bitterness. It's smooth, and the taste that it has persists evenly and is always clear. It's very drinkable.

Is this properly classed as a marzen? The strenght is a bit low so I wonder if this should really be classed simply as a vienna.

Photo of Tone
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, red color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of pale malt, sweet malt, and yeast. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, slight sweet malt, and yeast. Overall, easy drinking, but not much else.

Photo of tone77
3.06/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has an amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some sweetness. Taste is a bit hoppy, more than usual for a marzen. Feels light in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a pretty ordinary brew.

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
3.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown/orange, extra-clear body with a weak head that is strangely typical to this style of beer.

S- Pale, musty malts along with some sweetness that reminds me of apple juice. A bit of rotten veggie as it warms

T- Taste is very clean in lager style. Decent bitter pinch from the hops and balanced with caramel sweetness.

M- Light with a fizzy carbonation

D- When I read that this was Abita's flagship brew, I expected something extremely common and boring. This beer somewhat exceeded my expectations

Photo of SpecialK088
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam adams pint

Very crisp copper color, head was big and thick for a a very short time and went to pretty well nothing. No lace

Smells of sweet malt and grassy hops, small traceable notes of a sweet fruit as well

Flavor is ok no one outstanding charecter, hops are present as well as some bready flavor and sweetness from the malt. Finish is very dry and the body pretty thin. Overall a very straightforward amber but I dont get any spices that is notmal for a Marzan

Easy to drink but to be honest a little dry and bready, leaves with a near cottonmouth finish and a slight alcohol burn, very slight

Photo of u2carew
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz stubby bottle
A) Pours with a quick rising, quick settling head. Settles out to thin wispy lacing that is partially sticky. Some haze. Amber in color.
S) Fruity like applesauce. Orange. Pear. Grainy.
T) Earthy sweetness up front - not a definitive caramel or toffee. A light hop appearance in the finish. The aftertaste is a bit grainy and sweet.
M) Crisp and fizzy. Light to medium bodied.
D) An alright beer. The aroma throws it off just a little bit - like smelling baby food applesauce and then drinking soda water - just weird.

Photo of naterock
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my Bro for picking this up while in New Orleans.

Poured into a pint glass. Deep copperish-amber color with a one finger head. head thins to a light film but never leaves. really a good looking amber.

Sweet malts and candied sugars in the nose. Some roasty malts are in the background along with a slight yeast character.

Smooth and sweet not as much flavor as I would expect. Goes down like silk but I wish it would stick around a bit so I could grasp the flavor a bit more. Really lacking in the flavors.

Mouth is nicely carbonated and incredibly smooth but I think it works against this beer. Sometimes smoothness isn't the best. Drinks easy and I could really slam a few down on a warm day. Not bad but I would be streaching to reach for it again.

Photo of NODAK
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nose is pretty light...some sweet malt present but not much else.

Taste is pretty mellow and thin on the palate. Initially a tad sweet from the malt, I sense a little nuttiness here as well. Is there corn in this beer? There's a little bit of hop bitterness on the finish, but not much. This creates a beer that's pretty clean, leaving little aftertaste, and pretty drinkable since it isn't very "forward". In fact, it's just really quite watery...a summer refresher, if you will. Much like water.

Although for the style, I'm not exactly sure how it fits into that particular style. Seems a bit off for that.

Photo of rfgetz
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper with faint head

S: Mild malts and bread. A little caramel sweetness.

T: Mild malts and sweet cereals, faint spicing and some bitterness to finish

M: Light bodied, slightly over carbonated

D: ehh, average. not horrible but nothing to seek out. Part of an Abita mix pack (Turbodog, Pecan, Purple Haze, Jockimo) definitely one of the weaker beers in the pack.

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

Pours a clear orange/tan with a medium tan head. Smells of ripe fruit, and a hint of sulfur. Taste is light, biscuity malt, a hint of earthy hops in the finish. Low bitterness levels. Leaves very little aftertaste. Mouthfeel is watery and thin, carbonation levels are average. Drinkability is pretty good, this is a very easy drinking beer that appeals to the masses. That said, it isn't particularly flavorful, but its an OK beer for after mowing the lawn or something.

Photo of msubulldog25
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Plenty of fond memories come with this, as it was one of the first 'craft' beers I recall trying well over a decade ago. Picked up a 6-pack in Louisian, when back for my 20 year high school reunion last week. Appropriate, I suppose. 12 oz. bottle, no notches to indicate a 'best by' date; poured to a pint glass.

A: Perfectly clear copper-amber, but with only the occasional rising bubble (seriously? NO carbonation?). Creamy head, lightest tan and cresting at a finger-high. Healthy lacing, bands of droopy foam.

S: Sugar-sweet toffee-ish aroma, maybe raisins? All grain, a breakfast pastry; little if any hops awakening.

T: Sweet grain, a syrupy/candied nuttiness. Light spices, hints of vanilla and buttered roll. Dries a bit in the finish with a more cracker-like maltiness (pilsner?). Balance is pretty good, flavors lack a certain liveliness.

M: Pretty thin body, modest crispness. Smooth drinking but forgettable, but for a slight lingering spice and sticky malt. Moderately 'refreshing' with its lightness.

D: Beer-y recollections aside, this didn't have anything close to the 'magic' I'd hoped for. In the relative wasteland that is 'craft beer' in the South, I suppose this still holds up, but it's nowhere near as good as several dozen others of the style I've had in recent years. Good to try again as a reminder of how far my palate has come, and still easy enough to drink. Session-worthy strength.

Photo of NewGeneric
2.81/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drinking this one right now. Poured a deep copper with caramel head that faded quickly and left little lacing. Smelled of malts and a tiny bit of hops. Tastes malty, fruity and nutty. Pretty smooth. Could drink a few, but I used to really like this beer and now it's just kind of eh...

Photo of carwreCk
2.16/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Copper colored and clear as day.

Doesn't smell much of anything, a faint bread scent from the malt they cared to put in it.

It tastes of water lightly mixed with malted barley.

Mouthfeel is the same as water.

The drinkability of this beer is poor. I could drink plenty of water, but not water with bread in it.

This is the most watery beer I have ever had. I would rather drink Budweiser.

Photo of nlmartin
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer was served chilled in an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a clear amber coloration. The head is biege approximately a finger and a half high. The head resolves to a ring of foam.

Smell: The aroma of the beer is pretty straight forward toasted and caramel malts.

Taste: The taste follows the aroma for the most part toasted malts flow into caramel maltyness. Floral notes rear there head and break up the malts briefly. The finish is of yet more toasted flavors.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The beer has a light body with light carbonation. This is a beer I could throw back several of in an evening.

Photo of Anthony1
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type- bottle poured into pint glass

appearance- Dark amber with off white head. not much lacing or head retention

smell- malt with toasted caramel.

taste/mouthfeel- smiliar smells, not much to it. Toasted malts, medium body, not to refreshing

drinkability- not bad, but i won't be buying more. Didn't really taste like an amber, good to see its classified as an octoberfest, makes more sense now.

Photo of PeterLemonjello
2.72/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had on draft at Cosmo's Pizza

A - Pours a lovely amber/orange color with a generous head and nice lacing. Very nice looking beer.

S - Not a lot too this one. Very muted aroma of malt/bread but hop aroma is pretty much nonexistent.

T - Caramel malts and water dominate this tasting experience. Still not a lot of hops to be found. Slight bitterness but no real hop flavor.

M - thin and watery. Carbonation is prickly and help a little, but it just seems awfully thin.

D - This beer is more boring than it is bad. I could drink a couple but wouldn't really enjoy any of them.

Photo of Spidey13
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Abita Amber pours a very nice, clear, copper color with a nice white head. The nose shows some sweet caramel notes with hints of lemon and grass from the hops.

The flavor starts with toast and caramel followed by some spicy hop notes and a touch of bitterness. A bit of fruit in the back. The mouthfeel is medium/thin with medium/high carbonation, which fits nicely with the style.

Overall, this is a really nice, drinkable Marzen and the my favorite Abita so far. I could easily have a few of these.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The brew that started it all for Abita, eh? Pours a very clear light copper color with a light beige, fine-bubbled head. Retention is pretty good and it shows a decent amount of lace.

Pretty straightforward nose with nutty and sweet caramel malts the most prominent. A touch of hops and a bit of bready yeast combine with the malts to make this one smell like a King Hawaiian bread loaf.

Toasty, nutty malts are about all I can find here with a slight palate scrubbing of carbonation and mild hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is definitely on the thin side and the beer tastes a bit watery. I typically enjoy most of Abita's offerings, but this one does not do much for me.

Photo of drtth
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a standard shaker/pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: Bright clear deep amber/copper color with a ½" white creamy head that fades to a ring and light patch of foam on the liquid. The lacing is sparse but speckled.

Smell: The aroma is fresh sweet bready malt with no hops detetable.

Taste: The flavor is consistent with the aroma and contains sweet bready malt but here the hops eventually show through but not strongly. On the whole the flavor is clean, crisp and simple.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is light bodied with soft light carbonation. The finish is long and malty but comes to a dry end.

Drinkability: This is drinkable with lunch or to have a second one during a post-lunch chat, but I'll not be going out of my way to find this beer again.

Photo of stingrayvr6
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at Blarney's in Philly. Poured a dark amber brown with a light, off-white head. Smell was bready and malty. Taste was light for my liking, though some good malty notes, very earthy. Smooth mouthfeel with light carbonation. Not bad at all, just nothing too interesting about it, taste of a good session beer.

Amber from Abita Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 1,405 ratings.