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Amber - Abita Brewing Co.

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1,393 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,393
Reviews: 497
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 16.81%
Wants: 39
Gots: 131 | 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 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.

Photo of jackorain
2.53/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-nice 3/4 inch head settled to a nice thin coat. Copper/amber and a little chill haze

S-Bready, crisp, yeast

T-acidic with a metalic off taste. Not much depth on the flavor side vwry mild hop presnece with a little bread like quality

M-light body with crisp carbonation

D-not very drinkable given the off flavor

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

Deep amber, with a slightly cloudy appearence and very little head with no lace, very tiny bubbles. Smell is malt with a deep flowery hop hidden in the malt. Above average. Mouth washed very clean, with slight bitter aftertaste and only a small bit of foaming. Taste was more on the malt side, a dark, rich and mildly toasted malt. This was a chewy beer without the kick of the alcohol getting in the way. Very good.

I could see having these as a change up or even drinking a few at a poker game. Nothing really special, but well rounded for flavor. A typical craft beer.

Photo of maundythirsty
3.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle marked June 18. Hope that's 2006.

Clear and amber, a little dark. Thin head with little lacing. Steadily rising bubbles keep a thin skin on the surface. Smells of smoky, toasty malt and a touch of cut grass.

Taste? That's malt -- from creamy caramel to mellow coffee -- and a nibble of bitterness. Medium and smooth mouthfeel. Not much to the carbonation.

I like the malt flavor, but it's there one minute and gone the next. Leaves you thinking it was underpowered. Worth a try, though.

Photo of NJpadreFan
2.12/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Abita Amber

Appearance- Light copper brown with a weak fizzy head. No lacing and the beer has an overall flat appearance.
Smell- Faint sugary malt but a cheap grain/ corn aroma dominates.
Taste- Sweet up front with sugary malt. The body has a metallic corn/ macro flavor.
Mouthfeel- metallic and bitter.

Overall- This is bad! Has a cheap macro flavor with the corn/ grain taste and heaps of sugar. Avoid!!

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

Poured a very slightly hazed brownish orange , with a fair amount of carbonation and a small of white head. The aroam is a bit roasty , malty , some caramel and a tad bit of raisin. The taste is also roasty , nice crystal maltiness , with just a small amount of balancing hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is clean and crisp. A very quaffable brew , well worth a try. Would make a good keg around October.

Photo of Westsidethreat
2.61/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a very clean, light pumpkin color. Head is of decent consistency, just a touch of beige mixed in with the white.

S: Red apples, grape juice and corn

T: Starts off a bit buttery with some applesauce sweetness. Moves towards yellow corn and finishes very grainy. God I hate that.

M: Thin but a decent carbonation

D: Banish all beers with a grainy aftertaste. It drives me crazy.

Photo of xav33
1.25/5  rDev -63.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Abita Amber Lager
12 oz bottle
Recent bottling, ingurgitated 08/06
Medium pour in a pint glass.

Poured clear copper with quickly diminishing white 1/8 inch head.

Smelt of maltiness and hint of caramel

Flavor started off malty and bland with a touch of sweet caramel on the body with barely any finish. Overall watery and simple. Mouthfeel was light and lively.

Overall, only the color hints that this is an attempt at an amber beer.

Photo of kimcgolf
2.86/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sorry, but this beer did not do anything for me. Appearance was flat, the olden orange pour had a head that immediately diappeared, and there was absolutely no lacing. Aroma was sour hops, at best, flavor was like drinking a macro lager, and the finish was nothing to write home about. I’ve had some good Vienna beer, but this ain’t one of ’em.

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

Single 12 oz bottle purchased with several other Abita beers in early July 2006 at Cuban Liquor in Shreveport, LA for approximately $1.50.

Pours a light-medium orange-brown, lighter than a typcial amber. Small head- kind of honey-looking to me, not like an amber.

Aroma is biscuity malts, slightly sweet. Flavor follows through with a slight hoppy bite at the end.

Overall, a decent, generally typical, unremarkable example of the style.

Photo of Validus
4.11/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The label says "amber", and the pour doesn't dissapoint. A bit more modest head than expected, but more than respectable color and life. Smell is a bit bland, but this beer makes up for it with flavor and drinkability. All Abita beers are made with pure spring water, and I truly feel that this makes a difference in this beer's crisp, refreshing finish. Although this beer isn't especially memorable for anything except its consistency, it has long proved itself to be a solid "every day" beer. Drinkability is a major plus, whether you're enjoying a single bottle or more.

As an aside, this beer is outstanding with spicy foods...which is very appropriate, given the location of its brewery.

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

Pours amber-brown clear with few bubbles. A vigorous pour yields a thick, pillowy 2-finger head that fades slowly leaving a good sheet of foam and moderate lacing. Hops evident on the nose along with some sweet malt. Taste is initially iron-like metallic (though this flavor seems to fade on subsequent tastings). Sweet malt up front, bittering to dry malt, to a bitter hops finish. Mouth feels crisp and watery. Drinkability is good… easy drinking beer, but why, when there is so much better out there?

Overall: This brew comes across like a sweet amber ale, pretty good overall but what’s up with that odd metallic taste at first? Average-plus.

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

Pours a crystal clear amber with a thin ivory head. Nutty malt. Biscuity and sweet.

Taste is malty and biscuity. Some faint hops. Lightly sticky mouth. Pretty basic, pretty standard amber lager (OK, maybe a bit maltier than your average amber) but very tasty and well crafted. Abita never knocks it out of the park but they are always solid. This one is no exception.

Photo of barefootbrewer
3.66/5  rDev +6.1%
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
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
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
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Amber from Abita Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 1,393 ratings.