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Amber | Abita Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States | website

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

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

Added by kbub6f on 07-08-2001

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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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Photo of gerite
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bought a room temperature six pack and put one bottle in the freezer for a quick chill. Poured the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Clear light amber color with a good two fingers worth of head and lots of prolonged of lacing. This may be due to me extremely clean glass. Not much carbonation.

Smell- Not much Aroma, maybe some bread and caramel malt with a hint of hops.

Taste- Slight malt sweetness with a faint hop presence.

Mouthfeel- On the light end of medium bodied amber. Much fuller that a typical euro-lager.

Overall- A easy drinking beer. Great for summer time drinking. I expected a darker, fuller flavor. Not on the same level as their Tubordog.

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Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice amber color with moderate carbonation and great head. Malty aroma--but not much aroma to begin with. Very dry with that caramel malt flavor dominate. Almost a spice also. Nicely rounded flavor. Nuttiness too.

We look forward to trying this on draft.

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Photo of Mikecap
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a nice deep amber with two fingers of white head from a 12 oz. can into a pint glass.

Smell: Very malty with sweetness and a nice caramel tinge to it, also sense a bit of floral aroma in this.

Taste: Amber malt and some caramel notes with a bready grainy character as well. A solid tasting beer that goes down nicely.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with solid carbonation which combine to make a creamy, smooth drinking lager that I could drink for a while.

Overall: This is a very solid lager and perhaps Abita's top year-round offering. A good sessionable amber lager that I could drink a few of for sure.

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Photo of scomstock55
2.93/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A--yellowy amber color, weak thin head with small bubbles...lacing could have been affected by the small plastic glass I had the sample from

S--this beer actually smelled a bit skunky. Had a cabbagey type aroma lingering around...and just a bit of citrus hiding in there somewhere

T--tasted of tangy citrus..not skunky like I expected, sweet malty after the swallow

M--finished dry, and I would have preferred more carbonation..this beer had very little

O--I wasnt impressed with this beer...maybe the skunk smell turned me off early, but overall I wouldnt recommend it.

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Photo of mjurney
4.44/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber color, clear. Good amount of carbonation rising. Small frothy head.

Very mild, malty, some toasted and caramel.

Very rich, sweet, biscuity, toasted, caramel, buttery. Hop bitterness is very mild, earthy-spice. Finish is crisp, yet pretty dry. Body is light towards medium, crisp, clean, slight dryness, nice carbonation.

Outstanding beer.

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Photo of jeonseh
2.18/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

A - Light reddish brown with golden hues. Off white foam head that leaves decent lacing

S - Light caramel malt presence and straw. Not much of a nose

T - Caramel malt, light lemon, and slight straw presence. Some but not a lot of flavor

M - Light body with medium carbonation to it

O - Simple, not too flavorful but unoffensive amber

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Photo of GossageBrewery
4.26/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured this Vienna Lager from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a clear amber color, produced a nice off white head, decent retention and left behind excellent lacing. The aroma consisted of toasted and caramel malt. Medium in body, a foundation of malted grain, hints of caramel and some spicy hops. Overall, very nice example of the style.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%

Poured into a Florida Beer Co. tapered glass. Variety Pack box says Best By 12/10/14.

A- Pours a clean dark amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that doesn't retain long before becoming a paper thin ring around the edge of the glass and almost no surface foam. Minimal lacing.

S- Bready, slightly toasted malt aroma with a touch of sweetness.

T- Also somewhat toasty with a mild sweetness and very smooth. Minimal hop bitterness.

M- Quite thin with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- Though I normally don't enjoy this style, there's enough flavor to keep me interested and certainly doesn't turn me off. In a way, it's the perfect flagship beer for a Louisiana brewery since the craft movement still hasn't fully matured there in the way many other states have. It has a moderately body, a pleasant smell and a solid but unobtrusive taste resulting in high drinkability. Really not much to argue with here.

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Photo of Badger72
2.38/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Any craft beer drinker in the New Orleans area knows that if you go to any run of the mill bar, Abita Amber is going to be the one craft beer on tap. It was hard rating this beer because I partly think the taps down on Bourbon street are disgustingly dirty so maybe that is why it doesn't taste that good, but then again I've had this beer from bottles and it still doesn't taste that good to me. I always get it because it is either this or drinking the watered down mainstreams. Each time, however, the story is the same. I take the first sip and I'm like "wow, this beer is pretty good". Tastes like any other generic craft beer lager, but as it gets warmer in your hand that's when it starts tasting like dirty feet.

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Photo of Kromes
3.94/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A slightly hazy amber color with a thin line of bubbles on top.

Sweet toasted and toffee malt with a touch of floral hop.

Toasted honey malt and grain flavor with a nicely balanced dose of grassy hop. Finishes clean with a lingering toasted malt flavor.

Light bodied with a smooth, creamy feel to it.

Simple lager here, but the flavors are clean and balanced nicely.

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Photo of scratch69
3.69/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Clear amber color with a half a fingers worth of head. Tiny amount of lacing.

Smell- Aromas of bread and caramel malt with a hint of floral hops.

Taste- Caramel malt sweetness at the start with some flavors of bread and grain. Very faint hop presence.

Mouthfeel- On the light end of medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation.

Overall- An easy drinking beer, but it doesn't jump out at you. If the flavors were a little bolder this would be a great beer.

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Amber from Abita Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 520 ratings.