Amber - Abita Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,372
Reviews: 488
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 16.81%
Wants: 35
Gots: 117 | 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 barefootbrewer
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear amber color. It had a nice head that persisted for a few minutes. The smell is a bit malty. It has a very malty taste with a bit of a bite that stays with you after the beer is swallowed. It has a full mouthfeel, but not thick. As far as drinkability goes....there's nothing wrong with this one!

Photo of HoustonTX
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Amber indeed, with a tad deeper brown shade, anyways still lives up to the name. Was a decent pour, and the head was excellent, however, it dissapated rapidly and lacing was non existant, and hurts the appearance score for sure.

S - Sweet caramel malts, rich earthy tones, and deep wheat.

T - Upfront caramel apple sweetness, almost tart. Deep eathy tones balance out the flavor, as delicate wheat, and spicey hops come into play for even more perfection. Quite nice. This beer is highly drinkable, and the mouthfeel is intoxicating and slightly creamy.

This is a solid Oktober, and the only point deduction was from the ultra fast dissapating head. Regardless, this is tasy and one of the finest Oktobers I have tasted recently. I definitely reccomend this one.

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It took me a while, but I just realized that most of Abita's brews fall into that 3.5-4.0 range, i.e. there's nothing really wrong with/bad about any of their brews yet most fall into the good but not outstanding realm. This one is no exception.

It pours a fairly crisp amber colour with a pretty nice head that lingers for a while before dissolving into a somewhat sticky lace.

The aroma is of sweet caramel, hints of earthy, somewhat toasted malt and a touch of hops.

The flavour is more of the same with the caramel leading the way here. A grassy hop flavour mixes at the middle and finish with toasted, even a touch bready malt. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and crisp for the most part overall.

This is a decent session brew and somewhat of an easy find in the area, as most bars seem to have at least either the Abita Amber or Turbodog available. Certainly a nice alternative when your choices are Bud, Miller, Heinieken, etc.

Photo of ski271
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear , medium amber with a small, white, foamy head that slowly goes down to a film sticks around for a while. Smell: sweet, bready roasted malts, butterscotch, light floral hops. Taste: More sweet, moderate strength, balanced malts. Caramel, yeast, light hop bitterness late on the finish. It has a medium-light body, slightly oily texture and moderate-lively carbonation. Not bad. Nothing special, but a good session beer.

Photo of RedwoodGeorge
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a handsome pour! This beer comes out a crystal clear reddish gold with a thick, creamy off white head. The foam lasts for quite some time and leaves a good bit of sticky lacing on the inside of the glass.

The aroma is a bit of a disappointment - on first pass the beer smells like a pretty typical lager with a few light golden grain notes and a little noble hops. Only on the second smell can you find any fruity notes of peach and green tea but they're quite light.

The flavor is quite tasty with a solid malt backbone of lightly toasted grains and a few lightly caramelized sugars balanced with a touch of yeasty fruit notes. On the back end is a mild lager-esque hopping with some nice soft earthy notes and just a touch of bittering.

Mouthfeel is solid as well. The beer is a light to medium bodied brew with a good blend of sparkley carbonation and solid sugary notes on the tongue. The moderate hop bittering cleans the palate very nicely at the end of each sip.

This is a very pleasant Marzen with some fruity notes complimenting the lager flavors in the grain and hops. Very drinkable and it would make a good "go to" beer for an evening out...

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

Nice clear amber pour with a pillowy white head resolving quickly to a lid of foam. Smells sweet, toffee-ish, with a huge nutty aspect. Very, very slight floral hop aroma around the edges. The taste is sort of towards the caramel/toast end, with a slightly metallic bitter at the end of each sip. The body is perfectly light, almost to the point of being too thin... the degree of nutty breadiness just isn't quite right with the thin body.

Photo of Bighuge
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazed amber. Moderate amounts of carbonation are noted. Thin ivory white head. Lace is minimal. Pretty nice aroma. Real nutty. Caramelly and malty as well. That taste has a real heavy nuttiness as well. Mixes with a bit of toasted malt and caramel malt. Decent enough taste. Medium-full body. Moderate amounts of carbonation.

Photo of Yegg
4.22/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a nice clean golden amber color. Smells nice and malty, and of roasted almonds. Taste is terrific. Creamy,malty, nutty, maybe a little caramel. A really great taste. A light smooth and creamy mouthfeel.
I will buy this beer again, and again. This is a great American beer. This was a vey good surprise. I just picked this up one day, never having even heard of it. My brother and I both were in awe over this one and we usually have different taste in beers.

Photo of jwc215
3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I first had this on-tap in New Orleans on a very hot, humid day and remember being refreshed. So, when I recently saw it in bottles at a local store, I decided to try it. I took notes on it, but also remember it vividly because of its lack of anything but decent water. I must have been very thirsty in New Orleans. It poured a very light amber with a bubbly thin head that VERY quickly disappeared. It didn't smell like anything. Maybe some attempt at a floral aroma, but it took a deep smell to get even that much. The most obvious part of the taste was the water. It tasted like very good spring water, so the water they use is very good. I'm being too harsh - it has a thirst-quenching quality.

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

I was startlingly surprised when I bought a bottle of this at the French Quarter restaurant in Germantown Maryland with dinner. I just finished 3 months in Germany and Belgium, and this amber is "right up there" with my favorites.

The first surprise was the gorgeous deep yellow-amber color as it poured. The head didn't stay long enough for me to sample it. The smell was nice but not overwhelming with any particular scent that stood out-- simply a nice bouquet.

We were talking and hadn't been served anything to eat yet, and I just took a good gulp, expecting little, or rather not even thinking about it. But the beer sure caught my attention, quickly.

The taste is not overwhelming in particular features, nor all that noteable with one feature or another. But the overall impression was an immediate "wow!" from me. It had a rich taste, slightly sweet and full of subtle flavor which lingers for a while, but with no noteable bad aftertaste on a clean palate.

I probably could have downed a few more but we were having a quick on-the-run meal. Someone said that I could buy this at a beer-seller a few doors down, and I came home with a six-pack which I am now enjoying. My feelings haven't changed about this beer, since the first sip. Very drinkable, very enjoyable.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
1.8/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

A - light brown, typical of an amber, a thin white head that fades quickly

S - a grassy aroma accompanied by an apple-y aroma

T - hmmm... really watery, moreso than i thought possible, tastes like dirty water, like dishwater

M - very thin, not very impressive

D - higher only due to its wateriness, easily chuggable, not a good thing

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

12 oz. bottle with best before date of 04/25 notched.

Clear light copper in color with a stark white head that goes down quickly.

First whiff actually made me think of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but that didn't last. I still got a nutty yeasty vibe though.

Light in body with a brisk carbonation. Nice nut flavors at the top, flowing into a bready malt taste in the middle. Perle hops make a short appearance in the dry finish. Overall the flavor seemed tame and subdued.

At points while drinking this I was reminded of a light beer. Must have been the dry finish and light mouthfeel.

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

A: Pale honey-brown in color. Scant little head, no lacing.

S: Light malty sweetness, just a bit fruity. Very light in the nose for my tastes

T: Lightly toasty malt flavor. Faintly there hops. Seems a bit watered down for a Marzen. Not bad tasting, just not very strong.

M: Light body. Moderate CO2. ETOH feel is barely there.

D&N: Not a bad beer, but I was expecting a little more from a marzen. Highly drinkable as a session beer, would be uber picnic fodder.

Photo of acrawf6
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out a orange amber, caramel like. Small white head foams up.

Smells. malty and a little bit nutty. very mellow and not abrasive at all.

Taste is a touch of roasted malts.tiny hop presence, but mostly mlats. Not very sweet, a little bit dry. does have just a little caramel taste to it. Aftertaste is dry and, again, malty.

Mouthfeel is good. good carbonation, decent balance. medium body.

Overall. This beer is my go to beer at local restaurants that dont have anything else. Nothing too special, just an easy drinkin beer that tastes pretty good.

Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale copper color and had a quickly-disappearing head. The smell turned me off a little...the other Abitas gave off a pretty good aroma, so I was a little disappointed. I rated it a good taste, but here's the deal: at first, I didn't like it - there was a lingering old-hops aftertaste. But then I drank it with food, and it was instantly better. Felt ok in the mouth before, but with a burger in the other hand, this beer got much better.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear amber slash light copper color mix. The head is pretty sparse and leaves no film on the surface of glass. Very scattered hazing.Smells a little toasty with a few biscuit notes. The flavor was pretty good. Starts out with some subdued hop bitterness but then leads to some well defined toasted malts. Mouthfeel was pretty light but still had some toasty balls of flavor. Something that I could drink all night.

Photo of kbnooshay
2.68/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured a very clean amber with a small airy fizz head that does not last long at all. lear, pale amber coloring. Kind of a veggie chem smell, kinda bad but all the abita beers smell like this. Kinda sweet and malty but not enough flavor to say so. Very crisp feel, kinda watery though. Not very drinkable.

Photo of Vancer
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Label states this is a Munich style, not an Oktoberfest. That said, not a shabby lil’ brew. Clear amber pour, quickly dying tan head unfortunately. Solid aroma of malts, with strong hints of caramel and chocolate.

Sweet in the taste, but balanced out fairly well with a hoppy finish - which start to dominate by mid-bottle. This one would go well with the spicy Cajun chow.

Photo of shbobdb
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

Sugars, sugars, sugars. Sugars are a subtle thing in a brew, too many and you have a malty monster, too few and you have coloured water. Abita Amber falls into the latter catagory. That isn't to say that it is bad, but a proper Maerzen needs a strong malt back and this beer doesn't have it, not by a long-shot.
However, the beer is good for what it is. It is a smooth, refreshing drink and while the body is thin and the taste is light, what little taste there is, tastes great. Were it not for the colouration, I'd say this would be a fine pale lager. Well, even those need malt. Yeah, refreshing, but not amazing. Maybe if I tried it in the summer.

Photo of jmz62565
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This pours a honey color with a nice head that disappears quickly.The smell is very nutty with some roasted malt and spices.The taste has a nutty quality to it,and taste of carmel.It's pretty good,but hard to describe.There is a little roastyness and almost no carbonation.The m/f is not really well balanced and light and even a little watery.This is an OK beer,slightly better than average.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, pale amber coloring, 1/4" creamy head, slims down quick.

Aroma: sweet, and slightly vegetal. Don't like it, nossir. Are Munich style lagers supposed to smell like this? Not sure, there...

Crisp, clean on the palate, with a linger of that off-flavor detected in the nose, hanging a bit in the front. Slips off innocently, and the rest is easy to drink, and forgettable.

Actually, as more passes my lips and I get acquainted with it, it's a pleasing passable lager, ...dry finish, slightly grainy texture, ...light body, briefly malty taste....I could drink this, if it were the alternatives were BMC croppola.

As I drain the glass, the lightly toasty malts become more appealing, and, darn it, I actually wish I had another.
Good, quality lager, this.

Photo of BeerBeing
2.6/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz brown glass stubby generic bottle, reddish/yellow/gold/black label

Appearance: clear amber color, small off-white head, minor lacing

Smell: roasted malt, some caramel, minor hops

Taste: light-to-medium body, smooth mouth feel, average maltiness, some caramel, minor hoppy bitterness

Notes: average (at the best) brew

Photo of danielharper
2.9/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased from Liquor Express, Huntsville, AL.

Pours a light reddish-yellow color with a very thin head. Most of the head leaves immediately, but a touch of soap stays at the top of the glass. Not bad -- could be much better.

Aroma is mostly just malt, with a touch of apples and other "red fruit" mixed in for good measure. No hops to speak of.

Taste is... fruity. Strong notes of apples here, with a yeasty aftertaste that reminds me more of a macro lager than a craft beer. Not terrible, but not all that pleasant, either.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel. No coating on the mouth.

Overall, this is pretty much dead average. I don't hate it, I don't like it. Probably won't buy again.

Photo of GuinnessHero
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this New Orleans gem after being quite frustrated with the lack of local breweries down here in the south. Saw this stuff at the local Sam's Club for 9.99 a 12pk so I couldn't resist.

Appearance - Nice dark amber color, great one finger head that lingers for the course of the beer.

Smell - Very fruity, almost smoked.

Taste - Very good. Nothing special as it first hits the pallet, then as it goes down the throat, and intense sense of toffee and sweetness fill the sense. Excellent feeling.

Mouthfeel - I loved that toffee flavoring they include in this beer. Truely a New Orleans gem.

Drinkability - As it is not very heavy on your stomach, it can be an excellent investment to have around for parties also. I had two of these tonight, and plan on enjoying another tomorrow!

Overall - This is an exceptional beer. My first "local" (and probably only local beer sadly) beer from the southern region. Will buy again and try the other types they have. Great job Abita!

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

12 ounce bottle. Abita Amber pours out a clear, light copper color with a rapidly diminishing head. Carbonation appears to be very low. This is a strange beer in that it has almost no aroma. There is a perhaps a hint of sweetness, but almost without aroma. Clean, toasted maltt flavor. Not too sweet. Some mild hop spice in the finish. Creamy mouthfeel. No noticable alcohol. Good drinkability. The flavor of this beer is very simple, but it is still enjoyable. Worth a try.

Amber from Abita Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 1,372 ratings.