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Amber - Abita Brewing Co.

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1,409 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,409
Reviews: 504
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 16.81%
Wants: 38
Gots: 147 | 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 TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep orange color with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, some spice and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is very malty and a little smoky with strong flavors of caramel and spices. There’s a good hops presence in the background that provides a nice balance. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, it’s a good beer to stick with for an evening even if it may not quite be a true O-fest, maybe more of a Munich Dunkel or Helles Lager maybe, but still a good beer.

Photo of goochpunch
3.51/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a nutty, orangey amber with a steady stream of bubbles, a constant head, and nice lacing on the glass. Smell is some caramel malt, faint faint hops, and a little too much grain. Again, with the flavor is caramel malts, some iced tea, toast, and grain. Mouthfeel is moderate with a pleasant carbonation. Drinkable enough for me to order more than one of these. This is way off from an Oktoberfest. I'd call this a straight-up amber lager with a little too much grain in the mix.

Photo of Drew966
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Abita Amber pours a light copper color with a thick white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is okay, kind of malty. Quite nice biscuity flavor. Doesn't really compare to a really good German Oktoberfest, kind of a dumbed down version imho. Worth a try, might make a good session beer.

Photo of Minkybut
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer from the bottle to a 50 degree tumbler. The beer had a orange golden color with a white creamy head. The smell of this beer was fresh biscuits. The taste of this beer was nice and refreshing, light with a slight toffee hit that gave it a nice bonus. I will buy again.

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

Sampled on tap at Taco Mac in Atlanta. Poured into a standard pint, the beer is in fact amber with a decent tan head and lacing.

The nose is better on tap than it is in the bottle. More caramel, malts and dough.

The beer is slightly sweet with hints of brown sugar, brown bread and slow poke sucker. Just a hint of bitterness for balance.

This is an easy drinker with a smooth slightly thick mouth. I was luke warm on the bottle version, but the draught is a fine session type red.

Photo of atsprings
3.01/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a slightly hazy amber with a frothy head that diminished. The aroma was of some malt but not much else, rather weak. The taste was also rather bland. Some malts and citrus hops, but not much. The beer was light and crisp, but I could not get over the bland taste. This beer was a major letdown.

Photo of Olebiker
2.82/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This bottle has a "best by" date of July 29.

I was a bit taken aback at the color of this beer. It is called Amber but the color is decidedly yellow with a little red hint and the head reminded me of the color of egg nog. The head started out nicely but disappear quickly leaving a bit of lacing.

I keep going back to the smell trying to decide what it is. It isn't at all unpleasant but it is neither malty nor hoppy. It smells like weak coffee.

If you are a hop lover this is not the beer for you. I think this is the only beer I have tasted that I felt needed more hops.

While I am partial to amber beers, this is one I will not search out again since it is not in the same class as even Amber Bock. I'll hang on to the rest of the six pack to serve to my sons-in-law while watching basketball this weekend.

Photo of TexIndy
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle with a best by date on the back label. Got as party of sampler. It had a amber color with a small head that quickly went away. The smell was kinda like a pile of wet grass clippings in the Texas sun. The taste was OK but didn't really make me want another anytime soon. This is the 1st time that I've bought it outside of Pappadeaux's restaurant where I usually get it. It taste a lot better there but they also keep it ice cold so maybe there is best at 30's instead of mid-40's where I had it. (3, NA, Tie, O)

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

Pours a true amber color but without much head or lace to back it up. Nose is a combination of malty caramel and some interesting roasted flavors. There is also an unpleasant, but faint "vegetable" smell to it that lurks a little further in.

The taste is similar to the aroma, with roasted malt providing the backbone but doesn't get too sweet which is a plus. Mouthfeel is watery but not terrible. This is a reasonable marzen, even if it is brewed year round. Better than average compared to the rest of Abita's brews, I would drink this in a pinch.

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.12/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Brownish golden color, crystal clear. Medium sized head of white foam. Lots of carbonation from in the glass (pokal).

S: Slight yeasty and bready aroma with overtones of buttery malts and grain. Some sweet veggie notes. Nice.

T: Strong notes of vegetables and grain, with a roasted caramel malt flavor. Some dry wood character is present, reminding me of bland beechwood. Not bad.

M: Crisp, rather clean. Slightly grainy on the palate, but still enjoyable.

D: Average. Not a bad amber, but this is more of a lager with a dark coloring to me than anything else. Worth a try.

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

Poured an amber color with a very small white head that disappeared quickly. Very little lacing. Smells slightly sweet with some roasted almonds maybe. Tasted a little sweet but nothing really stands out. Just above average as it's quite thin. It's not great, but it'll do.

Photo of sacfly
4.15/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz., “best if consumed before” notched 5 12.
Pours a clear, well what do you know, Amber color with a modest head of off white bubbles. Aroma is almost all sweet caramel candy with just a hint of hops. Taste is somewhat surprising. Nice and roasty. I expected this to be too sweet from the nose. The caramel is still there, but a healthy dose of toasty Victory or Biscuit malt offsets it. Very nice. Aftertaste is mildly bitter and does not linger. Medium body. Great beer.

Photo of sauron681
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice deep gold color with super carbonation. Quickly disappearing head with no lacing. A nice thick honey/buttery taste that leaves quickly. Slight maltiness that is sweet, but also kind of flat. However, It is about right I suppose for a Vienna type lager. An acceptable beer, however still quite bland.

Photo of abcsofbeer
2.4/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle with a 11-22 drink by date. The color is a semi- cloudy, light amber color with a good amount of carbonation. It is topped by a one finger white head that falls to a thin top, leaving only small specks of lace.

The aroma is hard to detect, but, I sense some fruity notes and mostly grainy odors. Later in the glass, I noted some earthiness and grassiness.

The taste is mild sweet caramel with little maltiness and hop flavor. There may be some lemon in there. One thing that I can detect is the lager yeast.

Mouthfeel has a dry finish. Would not try this again.

Photo of Butch
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled 19 January 2007, purchased January 2007
12 oz bottle (45o), poured into a pint glass

True to its name this brew is a solid amber in color. Head is big and thick thanks to what may have been a slightly aggressive pour.

Aroma is malty yeasty. It’s that same old Abita smell you get from all their beers.

Mouthfeel is medium. Nothing big, not thin either.

It tastes good. How’s that for a detailed and fancy description? It’s kind of thin tasting across the board with nothing standing out, but nothing tasting off either.

I have a special affinity for this beer. For years it was my “local” beer as we had none in Mississippi. I’ve taken the brewery tour three times and I still drink it quite often. Worth a try.


Photo of russpowell
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

BBD of March 23 (07??? I think)

Pours deep bronze/light amber with a 4 fingers deep white head with some effervescence. Above average lacing & average head retention

S: Bready with a slightlty vegtal/sour/corny scent up front which fades as it warms

T: Slight breadyness & caramel notes up front. Dryness follows along with a little grainyness. Finishes with caramel & toffee sweetness & some grainyness

MF: Medium (barely) bodied with a little pricklyness

Drinks alright, not a bad one to have with some pizza, but so-so as marzens go. Might taste better at 90 degrees with 90% humidity. If I had to guess at the abv, I'd say about 4.7%. That's probably the biggest knock on this beer, too thin/light for the style

Photo of Dizzy
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of tbone53
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

the fourth beer from the abita party pack. a good quarter inch head that quickly disapates.no lacing down the side of the glass.kind of a reddish color.not bad mouthfeel and doesnt taste to bad but for the price id stick with a good american macro brew.

Photo of beeragent
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poued into a pint glass, from a 12oz. bottle. The beer appeared a dark orange, with a slight head, and no lacing. The aroma, what little there was, wasnt exactly pleasant. Maybe I got a bad batch, but it smelled a little on the skunky side. The mouthfeel is a little thin, but the taste is great! Definitely the best point of this beer, is the flavor. Starts out slighty sweet fruit, and ends with a nice rounded nutty flavor. I suppose if you dont care about the aroma of your beer, this one might be a great session beer, but for me, one or two will do it.

Updated April 2007
Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer poured a deep caramel, forming a 1 inch head, that left medium rings of lace on the glass. The aroma has a nice sweet caramel smell. The taste is much the same. Light sweet malt thickness, caramel flavor, and a hint of hop presence at the finish. Medium smooth mouthfeel. Overall, a significant difference between the first time I reviewed, and the second. I'm hoping that this second time is how the beer is supposed to taste, but I wont know until I try it a third time;)

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

Pours an amber color with a minimal head. The aroma and flavor are mainly sweet malt. The flavor has a hint of hops, a little grassy, but nothing too strong. The body is good. It's pretty average for the style. No major flaws, but nothing astounding either.

Photo of treehugger02010
3.34/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this 12 ounze bottle from an Abita Party Pack, and poured into a giant 20/24 ounze glass. It didn't produce much head and what it did produce had fast retention. The lacing was there but very sporatic. The aroma was hoppy. The taste was fruity or sweet. The mouthfeel was kind of unrefined. Pretty drinkable, but not awsome. Don't drink and review.

Photo of brentk56
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a modest head that doesn't display great retention or lacing but does manage to cap the liquid for quite some time

Smell: Slightly sweet with a grainy barley aroma

Taste: Starts out somewhat sweet with a toasted malt flavor; after the swallow, an unfortunate grainy aspect takes over that detracts from the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkabiluty: Easy enough to drink but no particularly memorable

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

Appearance- Amber orange thin white head leaving a moderate amount of lace.

Smell- Fairly faint. What I could smell some nice caramel malt

Taste- Is nice and smooth. I wouldsay its medium bodied with nice toasted malt flavor and bitter aftertaste.

Good beer. I also liked how it had a best before date on it. I wish all brewers would do that.

Photo of dhilltop2000
2.12/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy golden-copper hue. Head quickly settles into a thin semi-dense cap which stays the duration of the rest of the beer. Fairly nice lacing along the glass. Taste is very weak, watery and thin. Notes of honey, bread and watery grain. Not at all balenced. Very weak finish (if at all.)

Photo of DogFood11
1.38/5  rDev -60%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A bright copper body, very mild carbonation and highly filtered. White head falls to a thin cover very quickly and leaves behind falling, spotty lace.

First thought is "Thin". Second thought is toasted, bordering on woody and astringent. Faint hint of dark candy. Weak grain and some husk action. This beer never really finishes it just sits on your palate and sets up camp. Carbonation is not a factor. Clean is not a strong point. Taste is not a strong point. Hops are not a factor.

Notes: I've had many Marzen's this year and last year. This one does not even warrant attention. Pass.

Amber from Abita Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 1,409 ratings.