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Amber - Abita Brewing Co.

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506 Reviews
very good

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Reviews: 506
Hads: 1,525
Avg: 3.4
pDev: 29.41%
Wants: 47
Gots: 242 | FT: 2
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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Reviews: 506 | Hads: 1,525
Photo of WillWillows
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Drank this in NOLA draft and it was outstanding. Drank it again in Gulfport with a couple dozen crawdads. Beer is an excellent amber color, pours coppery has a good nose and mouth feel. No backbite, a very good Amber.

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Photo of FLima
3.66/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden copper color with a thin head with short retention.
Nice malty aroma with notes of caramels and a bit of toasted malts.
Balanced flavor with notes of mild coffee, chocolate, caramels, citrus, hints of pecans. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light body with mild carbonation.
Nice US take on the Style. It is a refreshing Vienna Lager, all the right flavors are there; it would be perfect if they were more intense, though.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.25/5  rDev +25%

Sampled this evening on 9/20/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a tulip glass.

Pours a pretty amber in color with close to a 1-finger foamy white head that settles down to a thin layer on top. Some spotty lacing is seen. The aroma is very nice and consists of caramel malts and yeast, like freshly baked french bread. The taste is pretty much the same with good malts and the bread flavor. Very smooth and tasty. Goes down very easy with no bitter or harsh aftertaste at all. Medium bodied with perfect carbonation. Really liked this one as well as other brews from them.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.25/5  rDev +25%

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a very pretty amber/mahogany color with a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed wispy clouds that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Nice and malty up front, giving off notes of freshly baked pretzels or French baguettes. I get some notes of brown sugar and black pepper, as well as some floral notes of clover and hops.

Taste: Very good! Tons of malt up front, with notes of freshly baked bread, followed by some caramel and brown sugar-like sweetness, black pepper, a touch of orange and finished by some beautifully balanced hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 4.5%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is an excellent amber/Munich/Vienna lager! Malty, sweet, slightly hoppy, beautifully balanced. Highly recommended!

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Photo of hophugger
3.11/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is the first beer I have tried from Abita other than the over popular Purple Haze. A valiant effort for this amber. Nice head, very creamy and retains satisfactorily. Flavor is of malt and goes away rather quickly. Overall, a nice amber and a job well done !!!

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.9/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

A: Pours a clear amber color. There is a finger's worth of barely off-white colored head with a pleasant creaminess to its texture. Retention is pretty good, too. A small amount of lacing is left on the glass.

S: Very mild. There are hints of nuts, toasted malt, caramel, and MAAAYBE some hopping, however. Nothing special here, moving along...

T: It really doesn't have a bad taste. It just doesn't have much of a taste to begin with. It starts with some nuts, toast, and caramel. The finish sees some more of the caramel malt come through, along side a touch of fruity hopping. If I didn't know better, I'd say it was a bit COMPLEX. Wha? Abita made a lager with some depth? Color me impressed! It's still too mild to score anything higher than a 3, but it's honestly competent for what it is.

M: Given the light flavor, it's a bit too heavy on the palate. This makes it less effortless than some lagers, but perhaps more savorable. Carbonation is on the lower side of the style.

O: It's only real flaw is that it's bland. While it's far from great, I genuinely believe it's the best Abita beer I've had to date. It's also the first Abita beer I truly 'get' - this would indeed pair well with Cajun food, and I wouldn't exactly be averse to drinking a few more again.

2.9/5: A bland lager, sure, but not an irredeemable one

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Photo of KYGunner
3.72/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Orange to light copper body that supported almost no head. The "Amber" color was weak as was the foam.

The nose is grainy, with a burst of barley, some nut, kiln and malt.

Very malty, which I was begging for, with a reasonably solid backbone. Barley grain, Graham cracker, nuts, pecans, a tinge of roast and some of that kilned grain this style is known for.

The feel is quite thin, very crisp and a little cheap.

Overall, this delivers a nice bang for the buck, as flavor goes but the periphery is a bit suspect.

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Photo of slym
3.06/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I kept hearing about Abita Beer, but the only one I have tried was the Purple Haze, which re-affirmed my dislike of fruit in beer. So I picked up some Abita Amber at my LBS, thinking this is a chance to rate the beer for what it is.

IMHO, this is what beers like Budweiser should taste like. It's overall average-ness makes me wonder, why am I paying premium-beer price for what average beer should taste like?

The Abita does look nice, I really like the colour. Everything else is just average, except the price.

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Photo of beergoot
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a sharply clear, dark gold color, plenty of lively carbonation producing a thick, chunky, white head. Honey and cereal aroma; toffee. Tastes of warm bread crust, slightly sweet, and finishes with a crisp hop bitterness. Medium-light body; crisp finish.

A very satisfying, malty lager with just the right touch of hop bitterness and mild sugary sweetness. Nicely balanced and very refreshing.

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Photo of stephens101
3.82/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The last of the camp out leftovers bought for a friend from Louisiana.

Pours with a rolling, tan head. Color is amber of course. Smells of caramel and tea. Tastes of more caramel with spicy notes in the middle and sublte apricot at the finish.

This is a well crafted, smooth and simple beer, and there's nothing wrong with that.

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Photo of generallee
3.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The label doesn’t list the abv on the label but there is a short description of the beer. It also appears to have a best before date system which marks the date with a small notch. (It was note notched however)

Appearance: The body has a nice orange amber color with a smooth creamy off white head. The head holds on well and makes some slick lacing on the glass.

Smell: It has a light overall aroma with mild toasty and nutty maltiness.

Taste / Palate: The flavor has an easy drinking malty character with mild sweetness through out. It matches the aroma with light nutty toasted and bready notes with a touch of light hops for balance.

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Photo of ADZA
3.1/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden amber hue with a wispy one finger head and sporadic lacing,the smell is butterscotch,toffee and hints of fruit,the mouthfeel is medium bodied with above moderate carbonation just a little too much for me with tastes of butterscotch and toffee malts and finished with a herbal hop earthiness and overall yeah its alright but pretty pedestrian cheers.

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Photo of Foyle
3.69/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: 1" off white sudsy head recedes at a moderate rate and leaves decent lacing. Amber color (of course). Moderate carbonation bubbles.
Aroma: very pleasant sweet bread and caramel malt aroma. Also pick up a hint of floral hops. Mouthfeel: light to medium body, slightly sticky, refreshing, dry finish.
Flavor: taste is in harmony with the aroma. A nice malty brew dominated by the caramel flavor with some cracker and a mild hop for some balance.
Overall: A very enjoyable brew from Abita.

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Photo of chickenflea
3.94/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a very nice example of the style. Aroma is lightly toasted malt. No hops or yeast. Color is a beautiful light amber. Sparkly. Medium light body wit moderate carbonation. Taste is grainy rich and malty while staying light and not overly sweet. Finish is a little sweet - should be a little dryer. Refreshing but not boring.

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Photo of Noxious26
3.24/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Had several of these while in New Orleans this week.

Pours a nice clear amber colour. 1/4 inch head on the pour recedes to a thin cap. Spots of lacing here and there.

Aroma is mostly malty. Hints of caramel and biscuit with the odd whiff of herbal hops.

Flavour is pretty much on cue with the aroma. Malty and a little nutty with caramel and just a touch of hops.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Pretty easy drinking.

This ale is decent. I got tired of it though as I had several of these at a variety of receptions this week. Worth a try

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.42/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber and slightly cloudy pour. Malty taste with a medium body. Also, has a really nice amount of caramel in the flavor. A bit of hop flavor and some spice on the finish.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.21/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Amber pours an Amber color with not much head. The aroma is rather weak, but some pale malts come through. The taste is much of the same, pale malt flavors, no hops, and very weak and light flavor. Carbonation is okay, but overall weak flavors. Overall it's pretty boring and average.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.64/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Copper brown with excellent clarity - racing bubbles. Two fingers of bright white head. Nice stick and retention.

S - malts, caramel, toasted bread, grains.

T - Mellow malts, semi sweet caramel, bread grains, dough, biscuity. Mellow and easy drinking.

O - solid Amber - drinks like a light beer, but has good flavor.

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Photo of Mike_Moe
1.5/5  rDev -55.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Light amber color with a light brown head.
Aroma: Non-distinct beer smell.
Flavor: Lightly toasted malt flavor, slightly hoppy finish. Full bodied lager, slightly acidic carbonation.
Overall: There is not much flavor to this beer. Even the hoppiness is hidden within the acidic carbonation.

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Photo of zac16125
3.84/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pilsner glass
no bottling dates

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber with 2 fingers width of light tan head. Head has good retention but leaves only a few small patches of lacing.

S: Nice malt profile. Pretty sweet with caramel malts and a toasted sweetness. Hops barely detectable. Simple, but very nice for the style.

T: Follows the nose. Lots of sweetness, some doughy/yeasty notes, caramel, predominately malty flavors. only subtle hop bite. Again, simple and straight forward but quite good.

M/D: Medium body, carbonation on the heavier side, drinkability is good.

O: Overall, a surprisingly good beer, and when compared to style its well above average. I've had this one before and I'd definitely drink it again.

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Photo of ColdOneKev
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Copper body, slight haze. Off-white head about 1 finger. Nice lacing.

S - Caramel, biscuit, toast.

T - Dough, bready sweetness cut off by the slight hop bitterness.

M - Light, high carbonation. Tickles the tongue. Leaves clean.

O - A very nice amber. I've been wanting to try something from Abita. I'm happy with this purchase, but wouldn't necessarily go out of my way to try it again.

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Photo of Omnium
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours gold with a half a finger of sudsy white head, little lacing.
S - Some bready malt, grain, some grassy tones, a tad skunky lager time aroma.
T - Lager-like, a little nutty, mostly grain and some lager yest.
M - Very light feel, a little velvety.
O - Unmemorable, not an amber ale at all, vienna lager as it is listed is a much more fitting description.

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Photo of Act25
3.39/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cries out for spicy mexican or cajun food. Otherwise, too malty, too sweet.

Appearance: Pours a very nice hazy copper color with fast disappearing head and a little lace into a .5 l glass. Good inviting color.

Smell: Very sweet and malty with a grainy barley nose - a bit of malt frat stink.

Taste: Starts like the smell, with sweet, toasted malt flavor; as it develops quite grainy like a corn beer, tastes like mexican food, a brown mexican beer.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation, not a great finish. Doesnt leave my mouth in a great place and I just want salsa or hot spice to counter balance it.

OK only. This is their flagship beer, suited to the cuisine, I think.

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Photo of dwren89
3.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: amber gold with small off white head and great clarity

Aroma: clean lager aroma with toast and prevalent nuttiness and breadiness

Taste: bready, nutty, clean, crisp, and balanced by slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: crisp, clean and medium body with medium carbonation

Overall: balanced, quenching, and easy drinking displaying bready and nutty notes with a slightly bitter finish. Worth a shout!

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Photo of asaharyev
4.02/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked this up because I was watching too much Treme and had a major craving.

Pour: Clear, light amber in color with a good two fingers worth of foamy white head.

Aroma: Caramel and light malt flavor with bready notes and a masked hop presence.

Taste: Wheat bread and toasted caramel. Very faint hop presence that comes unexpectedly int he aftertaste. Not a boring lager, but also not overly complex.

Overall: A crisp, clean, delicious lager. There’s something to be said for a straightforward lager. This would be a good go-to beer in bars, if it was widely available on draft in New England.

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Amber from Abita Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 506 ratings.