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Amber - Abita Brewing Co.


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1,131 Ratings

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Ratings: 1131
Reviews: 466
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 16.52%

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

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Photo of soju6


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

A: pours a copper color with a good head that fades to nice lacing.

S: Mild aroma of roasted malt with some caramel and fruit. Bit of spice and grain.

T: Flavor of caramel sweetness, bit of fruit and spice. Mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Fairly medium body, smooth and somewhat creamy.

O: Decent beer, goes down pretty easy. Good for a couple.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 00:45:15 | More by soju6
Photo of LXIXME

New Mexico

3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big white to off white head dies, leaving a pretty nice lacing above a clear copper colored amber.

A light caramel malt with some sourness, almost a light soapiness to the aroma.

Light roasted caramel malt seems to grow with each drink. A little bit of the grains come through the caramel malts.

A very light dry finish and aftertaste with some of the toasted malts hanging around on this mediumish bodied beer.

I had been led to believe that Abita beers were better than this.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 22:15:10 | More by LXIXME
Photo of hoosiersapper27


3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A great looking beer that when poured from the bottle gave me a 2 finger head and looked just overall appealing. The smell I got from this beer was malt, spices and a small amount of hops.

After I waited a few minutes for the head to subside( only going down to 1 finger head) I had the first drink. The usual blast of malt i expected from an Amber was not there but had a enough to earn its name. I noticed that as I drank the lacing would ring at the level of the meniscus. WHAT A BEER SHOULD DO!
The lacing was the best I had viewed in some time. I would like to do this beer again as I did have a small cold going, but was still very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 04:33:15 | More by hoosiersapper27
Photo of DrinkSlurm


3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap into pint glass. Pours no head or lacing. Nice slightly fruity malt aroma. Taste is similar with a slightly fruity malt flavor and ever so slight hop. Easy drinker, tastey and refreshing. Seems to be a nola staple and I can see why. Its nice after a hot humid day. Good brew but not amazing.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2012 23:43:25 | More by DrinkSlurm
Photo of elgiacomo


3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, served around 40F.

Pours clear amber/copper with a nice two finger white head that leaves nice walls of lacing behind.

Aroma is bready with caramel and fruits such as apple & pear. A touch of herbal/grassy hops as well. Good strength.

Flavor is sweet bread and caramel malts, grains, a bit of fruit, grassy hops. Overall fairly sweet.

Mouthfeel is light/medium bodied, oily, decent carbonation.

Not a bad Vienna, a bit sweeter than I would like but a solid example of the style

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 03:47:05 | More by elgiacomo
Photo of brewskifan55


3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap and in cans at French Quarter Fest. Abita was THE beer at FQF with 4 styles to choose from. Draft is smoother than can, but it was nice to see both being offered. Fresh is best.

A: amber with a tan one finger head that hangs out for the music. Good lacing.

S: malts come in with a flourish. Wood rounds it out with a slight hoppy presense.

T: Smooth and malty. Toffee, caramel, sweet. Medium bodied. I see why this is the preferred beer of many New Orleanians.

M: medium; creamy. Goes down easy.

O: very sessionable. Doesn't have the astringent aftertaste of many Abita styles. One could drink this all day...and they did at the festival; oh man, did they!

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2012 16:52:16 | More by brewskifan55
Photo of rlee1390


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

A-Translucent orange/amber not much carbonation, two finger head

S-Malt, some skunkiness even. I think there might be some citrus and dirt as well.

T-Bland, tastes like a higher end AAL (yuengling-esque). No bitterness to speak of. Some grass and pine notes but they do not taste that good.

M-Light, a little thin, not much carbonation either

O-A boring and slightly off-putting beer. I was hoping for more and this was a let down.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 01:31:01 | More by rlee1390
Photo of WMEugene


3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly orangish/reddish amber color with a thin off-white head and good lacing.

S - Caramel and other amber/brown malts. Faint hops. Not super strong.

T - Caramel and biscuity flavors. Nice, rich malty flavor. Standard flavors for this type of beer, but well done.

M - Extremely smooth and drinkable, nice aftertaste and finish. Leaves just a bit of biscuity flavor on the tongue.

O - Abita Amber is a very solid and enjoyable Vienna-style lager. An enjoyable offering!

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2012 23:53:56 | More by WMEugene
Photo of depechemode1983


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

A - Medium amber in color. Head is tan with 7 out of 10 retention. Lacing is 2 out of 10.

S - Metallic with a hint or grains and faint hop bitterness. Average.

T - A little better. Hops seem to shine through more with less metal and a drier grainy finish.

M - No complaints on the mouth feel other than that its a little rough around the edges. Not all that bad. Medium bodied with standard carbonation.

O - Just a little better than your mass produced Viennas. Not really worth another purchase at 9.99 a six pack.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2012 01:54:50 | More by depechemode1983
Photo of cadavid4j

4.18/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this beer for the first time today and I was pleasantly surprised.

I poured it into a pint glass and the appearance is a transparent amber color. There is a small head that leaves little lace.

The smell is breathtaking. It's really amazing and may be my favorite part of the beer. I just sat there and sniffed it for a few minutes before I even took a sip. There's a toasted bread scent and it's just wonderful.

The taste is very good and it goes down extremely smoothly. This is a wonderful Munich style lager and I would highly recommend it to anyone.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 06:15:25 | More by cadavid4j
Photo of HopHead84


3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3


Can poured into a snifter.

A: Transparent amber with a finger of creamy beige foam that settles to a small cap that lingers for a long time. No lacing.

S: Toasted, grainy malt with a firm grassy hop profile. Clean. Nothing else to report.

T: Toasted malts with a little bread. An unassuming low level of bitterness leads me to a clean, dry finish.

M: Upper light body with medium carbonation and a creamy, smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: A decent Vienna lager. Hops could stand to be more assertive.

Serving type: can

04-02-2012 00:16:13 | More by HopHead84
Photo of cambabeer


3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This stuff is good. I don't know why but it made me think of Negro Modelo and Sam Adams Boston lager, taking the good elements of both. Has a nice amber color (obviously) and a good looking off white head. The malty breadiness are prevalent and its got a clean grassy aftertaste. Worth getting for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 23:57:52 | More by cambabeer
Photo of badbilly30

3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Certainly looks the part. Amber color. Problem is the head dissipates to nothing quickly. Better than average taste. Good mouthfeel and carbonation. Overall, this is a very good representation of a macro-craft beer. I bought it because the on other thing on draft was the terrible OMB copper.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2012 21:23:39 | More by badbilly30
Photo of kylehay2004


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

A: single finger head with some lacing on a mixed amber golden clear body.

S: light on the nose with mostly caramel malt. Some nutty notes

T: a little bland with caramel malt up front and a sweet corn with nut note finish.

M: light to medium body and high carbonation.

Overall: very drinkable and refreshing but not overly flavorful. Simple and one dimensional but appeases the standard beer drinker.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2012 23:47:04 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of SickGnar


3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Bright, peachy, light golden. Clear with a few streams of big bubbles rising to join the small, light-ecru head that falls fast, but retains a bit of skim and an okay ring while leaving some lace.

S: Surprising amount of peachy esters – odd for a lager. Soft toasty grain & some light bread crust malt. Ghost hint of woody & herbal hops. Faint & yet odd in the fruitiness. Pleasant enough though.

T: Fruity aspect diminishes, but does not disappear. Malts are rather sweet – especially up front – almost candy-like. After this fades a bit, some toasty grain & biscuity / crackery malts & a hint of bread crust emerge. End & finish see a small bit of woody, herbal, & softly minty hops with restrained bitterness. Other than sweetness, flavor is rather thin & stretched – sort of watery.

M: Medium-light body with carbonation just a hair over-balanced with medium to fine texture. Perky & refreshing. Neutral & abrupt finish. Alright feel for a throw-em-back easy drinker.

D: Easy drinking & reasonably pleasant enough. No major flaws, but quite unimpressive. Not really good as a Munich or a Vienna lager. Alright for washing down some food or as a hot weather thirst solution.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 23:50:29 | More by SickGnar
Photo of tjsdomer2


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

Appearance: Pretty foamy. Nice red-amber color.

Smell: Mellow pine hops with slight caramel backing.

Taste/Mouthfeel: A very mellow lager, but pretty flavorful. Pine and caramel. Not too much fruitiness in this though. I only had a sample, so I need to try this again. Good body and carbonation.

Overall Drinkability: Like I said, I need to give this one another shot.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 23:45:37 | More by tjsdomer2
Photo of bogus564

New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 fl. oz., poured into a pint glass.

The BA website has made changes, and I find some of them confusing, so I haven’t been reviewing of late. I just found my old reviews, but can’t count countries, states, that kind of thing. Oh well. Now that I know where my reviews are, I’m off to the races, and here we go…

A: Good color – it’s golden amber, befitting its name. It produces a thick, foamy orange rind-colored head with an aggressive pour, so watch it. The good / bad news is that you don’t have to wait long for it to dissipate. It’s a nice looking beer. Let’s go in for a smell, shall we?

S: It smells rather malty right off the bat. I’m picking up dark fruit, like prunes, a little bit of nuttiness, then some orange, then some hops. I would have expected to pick up those scents in reverse order, which now has me almost afraid to taste this beer. Then again, I have been surprised before, so let us tarry not…

T: It’s watery. But then again, with an ABV of 4.5%, how can it not be? You can’t really pump up the volume on anything with that statistic in your face. But let’s talk about the taste. It’s malty rather than hoppy, and you catch dark fruit, molasses, orange, hops, pine… but you really have to be on the lookout for them, kind of like having to put out an APB on flavors.

M: Okay, almost good. Admittedly, my opinion is a little biased against watery beers, but in fairness, it’s light-bodied, a little extra on the carbonation (not the worst thing in the world), forgettable on the palate, and leaves a fruity finish.

O: It’s very ehh. It’s kind of like a C- student; it gets the job done, but you wouldn’t want to copy off him when it counts. I wouldn’t break out the first-class hors d’oeuvres to go with this beer, but a small bag of chips will do ya. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 00:51:57 | More by bogus564
Photo of acevenom


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

I had this on tap. It had the sort of amber color you'd expect from something called amber. It had a white head and lacing was left on the glass during consumption. There was a light aroma of malt, but not much else. The taste was fairly mellow. There was a malty taste that was dry and crisp. It has a light mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is still very popular in Louisiana.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2012 18:30:09 | More by acevenom
Photo of RollingFiveSixes


4.35/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Working at one of the countries largest liquor stores, Abita tends to be a brewery that a lot of folks look past, but that actually have some great brews that taste beyond better than some higher priced breweries.

~Appearance was as solid as any Amber lager can get, good hue and shade of amber and caramel. Nice egg white head to top it off.

~Aromas of pale and caramel malts followed by light fruit.

~Taste was smooth, silky, mild carbination, pleanest bitterness and very easy drinking. Right on par with the smell. The spring water they brew with really makes it.

~Overall, great Amber. Only runs you about 7 dollars for 6, or around 13 for 12. A great session bier that goes phenominaly with spicy gumbo and shrimp; really brings out the seafood and vegetable tastes.

Serving type: can

02-18-2012 08:24:24 | More by RollingFiveSixes
Photo of Finn


3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Abita amber pours an appropriate amber and very clear color with minimal head retention. It's pleasant aroma consists of mainly sweet caramel graininess. The flavor follows suit with a mellow, pleasing caramel malt backbone, which is well balanced and not cloying. The body is a touch on the thin side, and the beer finishes pretty clean and dry. Very drinkable, perhaps not as rich and lingering as some Viennas however. I liked it.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 00:59:32 | More by Finn
Photo of PacNWDad


3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a ale mug. Rich amber color. Quite clear. Head is decent on pour, but dissipates quickly. Not much left on the sides of glass. No bubbles from bottom after pour . Malty, buttery aroma, with some copper notes. Taste is quite sweet and a bit of bitterness from the hops at the end. Very light mouthfeel. Not very carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 05:23:28 | More by PacNWDad
Photo of Smurf2055


1.48/5  rDev -57.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a bottle at Wing Central in U-district. Aroma...well...I can’t really smell any unfortunately. It’s still better than smelling cheap hard alcohol, or skunky main stream lagers, but there’s nothing good about it for sure. Appearance is just as boring. Dark orange to amber with no head to speak of. Hazy. Taste was bland. It’s not a BMC but I don’t think it’s a craft beer either. The only flavor that I think I can pick out is the faintest hint of caramel. Palate might be the acceptable quality of this beer, mainly because it is carbonated and drinkable. Overall not something I would ever plan on picking up again. There’s no flavor to it, and no other redeeming qualities. It’s just a lost cause.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 10:07:19 | More by Smurf2055
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


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

A muddled light brown and auburn color, thin head, disappears into not much. Aroma lacking any hop character, slight toasted malt feel, doesn't have the light bodied sweetness that Vienna should.

Tastes light, thin bodied, again no hops, but yet still a pronounced bitterness, metallic, grainy, alcohol seemed pronounced for its actual level, could feel it (or some off flavor) as I exhaled. The sweetness that was lacking in the aroma shows up when drinking. Tastes like a sweeter brown ale. There's nothing terrible about this beer, but nothing to justify its almost $10 a 6er price. Crystal and Vienna malt all the way on this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 19:12:22 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of DavoleBomb


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

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Clear light amber color. Two fingers of frothy off-white head. Retention is good and a small ring of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Grassy hops with a hay component. Malts are sweet, lightly grainy, and with a subtle to moderate caramel component. Simple, clean, and pleasant.

3.5 T: Tastes like it smells. Grass and hay from the hops. Perhaps a touch of herbalness as well. Lightly grainy, lightly biscuity malts with a subtle sweetness and a light caramel component. Again, quite clean.

3.5 M: Light body. Good moderate carbonation. Good creaminess for how light the body is. Super smooth.

4.0 D: A well crafted, clean lager. Not a ton of flavor, but it's definitely an easy drinker.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 02:50:53 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of jmdrpi


3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz stubby bottle, best by date on neck.

bright clear copper in color, with thin bright white head. decent retention. great aroma of clean toasted malt, earthy hops.

taste is slightly sweet caramel, a little spicy herbal notes. thin and fizzy, easy to drink.

overall - a great flavorful lager.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 04:33:07 | More by jmdrpi
Amber from Abita Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 1,131 ratings.