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Amber - Abita Brewing Co.

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1,350 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,350
Reviews: 485
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 16.81%
Wants: 34
Gots: 109 | 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 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...

theboozecruise, Sep 16, 2008
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.

KarlHungus, Sep 12, 2008
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.

Pauly2X, Sep 08, 2008
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.

philipquarles, Sep 06, 2008
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.

cactusjuggalo, Aug 28, 2008
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.

albern, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of Haybeerman
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clear, fairly kight amber color. Poured a coarse one inch or better head that disipated fairly fast. Minimal lacing.

S: Roasted malt, slightly bitter hops. Pleasing "beer smell".

T: Again roasted malt, nuts and caramel; also slightly sweet/musty like brown sugar. Slightly bitter hops in the finish but didn't quite balance the sweetness.

M: Light body, but clean and crisp. Carbonation was very refreshing.

D: Very drinkable really. Light body doesn't slow you down. Decent beer just not real special.

Haybeerman, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Pours into the pint glass a pretty, well, amber. Nice foamy white head lasts for just a bit, settling thin.

Nose carries notes of caramel, and a pleasant roasted malt that carries through to the taste.

You don't taste much hops in this brew which may be responsible for the "sweetness" most people associate with it. I taste the roasted malt first off, followed by just a bit of brown sugar

Amber feels light in the mouth, with plenty of carbonation, very crisp and enjoyable.

All in all, an extremely easy to drink, pretty decent session beer, which pairs well with most foods. (As a matter of fact, this has been my go-to session beer since i can remember)

MrHassellYaHurd, Aug 17, 2008
Photo of elniko
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass

A: Rich golden amber, half finger of head that quickly dissipated with some lacing traces. Solid looking brew.

S: Quite bready nose, decent smelling although rather faint nose.

T & M: High carbonation, very watery mouthfeel. Slight toasty tones but no bitterness to speak of.

D: I'm very indifferent about this beer. It just did not a have a whole lot of taste but there was nothing objectionable about it either.

elniko, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of thehand
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into Sam Adams Boston Lager glass

A: light copper-amber color, half inch white head dissipates after a few minutes.

S: not getting much aroma here at first. A few swirls.. getting some light clean malt notes.. thats about it

T: Light toasted malt, slight hop finish, lingers gently for a while.

M: Relatively light, smooth, clean...

D: Easy to drink, could be an easy session beer

Almost like a Marzen Light... not in a bad way. Very drinkable, could satisfy a lot of different palates.

thehand, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of Rayek
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly hazy pale amber color with somewhat active carbonation. Big, foamy off-white head has good retention and leaves a little lace.

S: Sweet caramel and toffee backed by a moderate amount of pepper and grass.

T: Sweet caramel up front with a bit of bittersweet toffee. Hops add a peppery balance, but the beer is still on the sweet side overall. Finishes quite clean.

M: Medium-light body is syrupy and slick. Carbonation level is spot on.

D: A nice session beer. Not particularly complex, but pretty good.

Rayek, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of Onenote81
4.18/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a great deep orange amber color, surprise, with a huge foamy white head. Not great lacing or webbing with this one.

Not much going on with the smell, other than it smells like a beer. I'm getting maybe a hint of maple syrup in the draw.

Great taste though! Not the most complex brew, but very well-balanced. A little citrus zest, some biscuity malt. Very low bitterness.

Very good brew. Easy crossover for the inquisitive palates. Very smooth and one of the better marzens I've had in awhile.

Onenote81, Jul 31, 2008
Photo of RobH
4.13/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle.

Marzen or Vienna? Well, whichever it is, I like this lager. And I'm more of an ale guy overall.

This copper/amber lager has a pleasant, malty aroma and is malt-forward on the palate, with just enough hops coming through to keep it from being sweet to taste.

It feels light in mouthfeel. A great hot weather beer without having to go to the usual pale lager, and not suprising coming from Louisiana.

I find it to be well balanced and quite enjoyable to quaff. This is an easy drinker and a very good one for introducing macro-swillers to the world of craft brews.

RobH, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Short, stout, single bottle copped from Total Wine and More in West Orange...
Pours a dense, ruby-red, dark-orange hue with an impressive foamy and frothy head that left a decent amount of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Mild, slightly-assertive aroma replete with slight nuances of pumpkin, amber grains, yeast, caramel, and a hint of vanilla...
The taste strongly complemented the aroma, bursting with caramel nuances, vanilla, bread and butter, sweet honey, and candied sugars...
Good mouthfeel with an even better level of drinkability... Not bad at all...

dsa7783, Jul 08, 2008
Photo of BrewYa
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Colour, well, amber of course. The smell was that of graham, iron and evenly-balanced malts. The taste was fine, definitely typical for what they refer to on the label as an amber lager, but lacked a mid-palate as well as a finish for my taste. Overall, the beer was extremely drinkable, especially to quench ones thirst, but with a few components lacking to name it an incredible brew.

BrewYa, Jun 10, 2008
Photo of everetends
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint tumbler.

A: Clear amber body, a little light in color but still decent to look at. Poured a good deal of head but it didn't stick around too long. Almost no stick to the lacing.

S: Roasted malt, hops and maybe a nuttiness to it. Smells good.

T: Taste of roasted malt, brown sugar, nuts and caramel in there. The is slight hint of hops in the finish that attempts to balance this one out. Still a little sweet.

M: Clean and crisp with a decent amount of carbonation to let you know its there.

D: Pretty drinkable. Thin enough not to weigh on you too much and has a good taste and smell complexity for an everyday type of beer. This beer is what it is and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.

everetends, May 29, 2008
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
Amber from Abita Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 1,350 ratings.