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Amber - Abita Brewing Co.

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1,391 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,391
Reviews: 496
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 16.81%
Wants: 39
Gots: 128 | 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 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.

Photo of Gyle41386
2.48/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

I had no idea this was an Oktoberfest until I looked here. I just assumed it was an amber. Oh well.

Pours a hazy copper color. Two fingers of plush foam don't stick around for too long.

Aroma is of sweet caramel malt...a light nutty character, too.

Hugely bland flavor. Tastes like toasted caramel malt and water. I'm struggling to remain interested.

Medium body. Dry finish. Slight creaminess.

This just isn't a very flavorful beer. Totally bland. It's really hard to even try to enjoy this. It seems that the best beverage Abita produces is their Root Beer.

Photo of gonzo46and2
2.36/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cedar mulch reddish brown with little head to speak of. Did not lace the glass at all.

Aroma is mild. Candy like fruitiness from the malt and tiny bit of herbal or flowery hops.

Taste is also very mild, easy drinking and not impressive. There was a metallic aftertaste that was a bit unpleasant.

Really this is a basic beer that's not done all that well. The flaws really come out and shine when the flavors are so muted. I could drink this beer again, but I'd never purchase it for myself.

Photo of jbertsch
1.48/5  rDev -57.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

The label on the bottle tells me they have a "reputation as one of the country's finest breweries."

The same label tells me it has a "rich amber color". The brewer must be color blind - it pours a copper color that cannot be mistaken for an amber, let alone a "rich" one. The white head fades quick to a film at best. No lacing.

An immediate aroma of corn hit me...in a bad way. Made me say , "ew, maze". Fairly unpleasant. There's a little malt that's on the sweeter side via a note of caramel.

Cheap. Grain and corn - almost like those cornuts snacks. Essentially, it tastes like a dorm-room party beer. After a couple sips of this, you can already sense what your vomit will taste like the next morning if you were to have more of these, or get caught in an unfortunate game of beer pong.

Thin and dead.

I couldn't finish one.

I'll never drink this again. What astounds me are the claims they make on the label saying "quality before quantity" and that they "don't use additives or preservatives. Each batch is handcrafted..." Maybe those hands weren't properly washed beforehand.

Photo of drink1121
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Boring. Nothing too special about this beer. I went on a friend's recommendation.

A- Burnt organge with little head. No rention

S - Slightly nutty. Not much here

T - Again nutty. Watery - maybe due to the 'special' water used. IDK

M - Higher carbonation than I like

D - Easy to drink, not always a good thing.

Little flavor, watered down.
I would play beer pong with this stuff.

Photo of Dodo2step
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

P- Market Cross Pub in carlisle

A- a nice foamy pour from the bottle. a light amber color pour with some gold highlites.

S- a breaded toast maltness smell.

T- a bitter caramel flavor with a malt vinegar like kick at the end.

M- cool, crisp and refreshing. a lil metallic at first but it goes away.

D- Easy to throw these back. However, the metallic taste can be bothersome and takes away from it.

Photo of skrib09
3.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured out a nice amber/copper. slightly hazy. off white head formed.

smells of malt and caramels... dessert bread maybe.

tastes malty. a rich sweetness hinting caramel comes out.

mouthfeel is good. slightly refreshing, a good full bodied feel, but well balanced

drinkability is up there. it's malty and amber yet clean and refined.

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

Abita Brewing Co. / Abita Brew Pub
Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest
ABV: unknown - www.abita.com lists it as 4.5%
cals = 128 p12os

reviewed 1/20/09, bottle>mug
A 4.0 - caramel toffee bronze in color, noticeable carbonation, good 3 finger head, creamy off white color, reduces to a nice lace collar
S 4.0 - malty toasty notes, semi sweet brew day aroma
T 3.0 - malty on palate, but strange after taste, I like Ofest beers but this is one of the strangest I have tasted - can't figure it out, almost sort of metallic?
MF 3.0 - crisp, chalky, med-high carbo, semi thin body
D 3.0 - I dig Abita, good memories and always have decent brews. They are not the best, but always usually good! However this beer is not one of my faves from their offerings.

Photo of tigg924
2.09/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: light clear amber with a big head

Smell: some wood and malt...The smell is faint

Taste: light and sweet hops, some small burnt caramel

Mouthfeel: light, sweet, a bit watery, with a slightly bitter finish

Drinkability: As an american amber, I believe I would score this a C+, as a marzen, there are so much better. The flavor is faint at best. I will not be looking for this again.

Photo of stockingcpl
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This brew pours with a marvelous eggshell colored head. Lacings are plentiful and head retention is long. Color is a medium amber. I would be proud to brew this myself. EXCELLENT first impression.

Smell: Aroma is fairly thin. Malty and nutty. Interesting but too thin or me to give a good impression.

Taste: Wonderful malt presence. During sustain there is a nut flavor...I want to say peanut or pecan, but I cannot quite put my finger on it. Kind of interesting. Alcohol is slightly detectable. The alcohol detracted from the crispness, however the malt presence did mix well with this undesirable element.

Mouthfeel: Again, the alcohol detracted a little from the flavor curve, however, this was during mid and just prior to the nutty sustain.

Drinkability: Nice. For sake of argument, my Significant Other stole my selection from me while I was writing this review! I rate this well.


Photo of Jablonski
2.43/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: a copper color with decent sized head; no lacing on the glass

S: nothing special here but nothing unpleasant; all my nose can pick up is a weak malty aroma

T: this is where the beer is at its worst; there is a weak malty flavor for a few seconds after each sip. However, at the end of each sip an unpleasant peppery bitterness comes through strong

M: it doesn't help that this beer (like many Abita's) is watery

D: if you can get past the peppery aftertaste, this beer is drinkable. When I drink this beer, I find it easiest to get used to the taste by only drinking this beer for the night. The second beer should be enough.

Photo of dborginis
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A tasty beer, but I wasn't thinking Octoberfest as I drank it, as it is sorted here. It's missing the heavier dark malts taste, as I see it. That said, this is a good lager. At a fraction of the price, I'd rather have a Yuengling lager, but this is still a good example.

Color is nice amber, not a pleasing smell compared to the Turbodog. The taste is very clean, possibly owing to the spring water mentioned on the cap. Could drink a few of these.

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
3.26/5  rDev -5.5%
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
3.67/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Amber from Abita Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 1,391 ratings.