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Amber - Abita Brewing Co.

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1,334 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,334
Reviews: 482
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 16.81%
Wants: 32
Gots: 105 | 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 avaulteriam
2.9/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

next to no head, crystal clear amber. I actually like how this smells, sweet malts, caramel, some metallic. reasonable color. Very watery and malty, nice malts, actually. Not as dusty tasting as some. decent hop character. Only problem I have is that it is very watery and uneventful.

avaulteriam, May 29, 2008
Photo of toolbrew
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown color with a small white head. Little head retention and not much lacing.

Malty smell that isn't too overpowering.

Taste is malty with some hop finish.

Has a dry aftertaste and I notice the carbonation, but it's not too much.

I enjoyed this bottle and would have another.

toolbrew, May 27, 2008
Photo of gfreed
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very straightforward-- not very challenging, requires little commitment and offers much in return. Nice medium-dark amber color with a light head that disappears quickly. Some fruitiness in the aroma, but mostly a nice light malty smell with a bit of bitterness. Same in the taste. Relatively low alcohol and light in the fizz. Great for a hot day.

gfreed, May 20, 2008
Photo of EStreet20
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Munich Style Lager" according to the bottle, O-Fest according to BA. Either way a change of pace for me.

12 ounce bottle, shaker pint.

A - Very clear amber color. One and a half fingers of nearly white head.

S - Clean smell. Some husky aroma.

T - Begins clean and kicks into some graininess. Finishes up nice and smooth.

M - Light bodied and medium carbonation.

D - A nice easy drinking lager. Simple and straightforward easy drinker.

EStreet20, May 17, 2008
Photo of williamherbert
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks more dark orange than amber. Not much head. Clear and light-looking. Average appearance.

Nice sweetened burnt malt. Brown sugary. Almost a mild Scotch ale smell. Toasted barley. Sweet and dry all at once.

Striking sharp malt with sweet brown sugar and molasses. Some mild caramel. Like a liquid "Sugar Daddy" candy bar. Sweet but not saccharine.

Thick and chunky, chewy feel. Milky and smooth. Really nice on the palate. Very sweet but not *too* sweet. Really well crafted and delicious.


williamherbert, May 10, 2008
Photo of theghost3
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Abita Amber has a dark amber (obviously) appearance with a light golden head. There is not much of a smell to it, mainly a hint of malts. It tastes a lot like wheat bread with a subtle honey flavor. The mouthfeel is clean with low acidity. This is a highly drinkable beer. I typically have it as my standby because its flavor is so subtle and most guests think it goes down easy. It goes very well with almost any meal from hamburgers to salad to fish.

theghost3, May 05, 2008
Photo of Portertime
2.68/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

So I was unaware this beer is considered a Marzen. If that is the case they better stick to American style because this taste no where close to a good German Oktoberfest. Served it chilled in a pub glass. Poured close to a Marzen color, red hued, clear, bubbley, nothing really special. Smell....well it just wasn't there. Still searching for the caramel slightly hopped aroma of a good Maren and alas, nothing. Taste faint, still struggling with the ingredients here. Thin, barely malty, minute hops. Alright, where is my Hacker Pschorr??

Portertime, May 03, 2008
Photo of sirgeoph
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my beer of choice. I grab it off the tap at Parlay's in Lakeview multiple times a week and I buy cases of it for the house.

It's not exactly the greatest beer ever brewed, but it has a nice simple aroma that is enjoyable.

It can get a nice 1-finger head on it. It goes down very easy. I don't ever feel like I'm forcing a pint down.

The flavor is full and still tastes great and slightly warmer temperatures.

sirgeoph, May 01, 2008
Photo of mooseisloose
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Smell is malty with caramel notes and a tart sweetness. Pours to a light amber with a foamy off-white head. Taste is very light with sweet caramel malt flavor and a very slight bitterness only in the background. Carbonation seems high, but is needed to give this brew some substance. This brew is so light it's almost watery. I expected more. However, this would have to be a great and most flavorful lawnmower beer. Highly drinkable.

mooseisloose, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of jayrod20
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a darker amber color, white head dissipates quickly. It has a strange aroma, not sure how to describe it, but its malty. Flavor is bread like, almost toasty malts. No significant hop flavors. Medium mouthfeel. This would make a nice session beer, good flavor but nothing too exciting.

jayrod20, Apr 07, 2008
Photo of sholland119
2.48/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a clear amber with a thin tan head. A little bit of lacing.

S-does not really have anything discernible on the nose. Maybe it's my allergies but...

T-it tasted, well, carbonated. But not much else going on.

M-Smooth with moderate carbonation. Does not linger.

D-Sure but why bother.

I have liked some Abita beers and since I was having jambalaya at the Napoleon House in New Orleans it seemed a good choice. Well, that and it was the only choice other than BMC.

The kind of bottle that should be served to the patron who goes to the bar and says "I'll have a beer."

sholland119, Mar 26, 2008
Photo of nocheinsbitte
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours orange-brown; decent head, slight adherence to the glass; head goes away fairly quickly; a nice looking beer.
S: non-threatening smell, no real odor, neither sweet nor tart.
T: A good drinking beer for hot summer days in New Orleans (or Abita Springs, the home of this beer). Not an especially heavy amber taste, in fact it is a bit mild, fruity, no after taste.
M: Again, and average feel; not as buttery as most ambers, but still decent.
D: I had the opportunity to live in New Orleans for over 5 years and had this beer weekly. It is a good beer for the hot summer days of the deep south, where anything heavier makes you feel a little uncomfortable. It is a casual beer that your wife or girlfriend will like, but if you are looking a true, solid, amber this is a little short of that mark.

Enjoy this beer with some raw oysters and peeled shrimp!!

nocheinsbitte, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of pmcadamis
2.1/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I had this while having lunch with friends at Cafe Brio in Springfield.

A - Purpley-red hue with a small tan head that goes away pretty quickly. Not much lace either. This is kinda flaccid looking in the pint glass.

S - Mild toffee malt notes with a hint of caramel too. Some gentle hops are barely there, and this seems to be sort of mild.

T - Easy going caramel malt and some gentle fruit flavors. Not much going on here...nothing offensive, but nothing interesting either.

M - Light bodied with quite a bit of carbonation and a neutral finish.

D - This is a below average amber ale that suffers from lack of character or real flavors. Not all bad...could be a good amber ale for a macro-lover.

pmcadamis, Mar 13, 2008
Photo of champ103
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: An amber color with a foamy white head that leaves a bit of lace.
S: Sweet caramel and bready malt. Some cereal and grain.
T: A substantial sweet caramel malt. Bread and biscuit. Light cereal. Very clean. Subtle and very enjoyable.
M/D: Medium body and carbonation. Easy and smooth to drink. A good session beer.

After having this several times, I have changed my tune on this. This is a very simple, but enjoyable session beer. I wish more lagers were like this.

champ103, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of crizmo2352
2.7/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew pours a burnt-orange amber, and clearer than other Abita labels, producing a rich slightly off-white head with decent retention. The foam leaves moderate rings as I sip this down. The aroma is moderate and of warm sweet malt - no noticeable hop aroma. This brew is medium bodied and enters the palate with roasted maltyness, progressing to a bit of sweetness and bread-like toast notes. There's something a bit off towards the end of the flavor profile, somewhat sharp and metallic in flavor. Bitterness is present and meets the residual malt sweetness, but seems to be more from the roasted malt than hops. Finishes clean and dry though. This brew is definately palatable but I don't think I'll go out of my way to get any more. Not bad...worth a try anyway. Strangely enough though, I think this beer shows more characteristics of a Marzen/Octoberfest brew than does the Abita Fallfest.

crizmo2352, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of Kingdom4aPint
2.88/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Amber color with one finger head which dissipates to thin film leaving decent amount of lacing. Not much of an aroma, seemed fresh enough. The taste reminded me of apple juice more than anything and I couldn't really pick up any malt flavor. I don't know if the marketing hooked me with the "distilled Artesian water" line on the bottle but the texture was very silky smooth, very refreshing. Due to this the drinkability was good but just a little fruit juicy for me. Just not my cup o' beer so I doubt I will purchase it again.

Kingdom4aPint, Mar 03, 2008
Photo of dnichols
3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I poured a capped stubby 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A: It poured a hazy brownish-orange body with a barely there quarter finger off-white head. The head receded to an inconsistent bit of cover that was fed by a moderate stream of bubbles. There was a veritable not there amount of lacing.

S: The aroma of toasted malts, caramel and a light biscuits dominate, however, there was also a hint of citrusy hop smells and alcohol.

T: There were diluted flavors of toasted malts and hints caramel, as well as slight tastes of biscuits and lemons. The alcohol is well hidden.

M: It was light to medium-bodied with a creamy presence in my mouth and a dry clean finish. There was little to no aftertaste.

D: It is a light, easy to drink brew that would last well for an all day session. However, it is really an unremarkable beer that I would need to be silly to take off the shelf again.

This was good on an unseasonably cold winter night in Seattle so I could only imagine what it's like on a hot Louisiana day.

dnichols, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of charlzm
2.53/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Consumed on 11/28/07.

Pours a nice coppery shade with the palest of yellow heads. Good retention, carbonation still going after 10 minutes in glass.

Uh-oh... butterscoch in the aroma, along with cane sugar. Maybe some vegatable notes?

Full-on corn and grain flavor with metallic undertones. Slightest hint of yeast spiciness. Luckily, diacetyl hinted at in nose was not present in mouth. Faint bitterness lingers on tongue.

This is not terrible, but is just kind of off somehow.

charlzm, Feb 29, 2008
Photo of JDV
3.05/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Honey colored pour. SLight haze with a creamy offwhite head. Some skunky malt smell. Taste was a bit lemony, light, sweet and creamy malt. Surely better when fresher than what my bottle was, but still not too bad. SStill, not a repeat buy for me, however.

JDV, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of WVbeergeek
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears a pale copper amber, with a large egg shell tinted white head forms fizzy thick head that rises above the glass and then quickly fades away to form bands of scattered lacing with each sip. Aroma slightly metallic with mild faint caramel and nut notes mild flowing sweetness and a kiss of herbal hops. Flavor is light with specialty grains just slipping through the fizzy beer flavor, but it works with a mild caramel, nut, and slightly creamy edge with faint hops arising with each sip. Mouthfeel is light bodied as it gets in the craft realm but a nutty dryness does stay on the palate with carbonation tickling the throat. Drinkability is sessionable but damn I want more flavor at this level in the game. I still give props to these Abita beers being early on influences in beers exploitation of myself.

WVbeergeek, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of callmemickey
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Translucent browned out orange with a tiny off white head

S: Faint malt aroma, not overly fragrent

T: Roasted malts... hints of caramel and toffee... slightly sweet finish which lacks the slight hop bitterness present in the beginning of the flavor profile

M: Smooth, medium bodied, medium carbonation

D: A decent session beer

callmemickey, Feb 20, 2008
Photo of avalon07
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a mug. Has a rich amber hue, with middle of the road texture. Has a small head that disappears quickly. A good amount of lacing.

Has an okay smell, with a fruity aroma coming out.

Actually has a pretty decent taste. Some hops, malt, fruit and caramel. Could've been a bit thicker, but still nice.

A fair amount of carbonation (could have some more) gives a decent mouthfeel.

Overall, a pretty drinkable beer. Not overly complex or the greatest thing ever, but certainly solid.

avalon07, Feb 14, 2008
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
Amber from Abita Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 1,334 ratings.