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Amber - Abita Brewing Co.

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505 Reviews
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Reviews: 505
Hads: 1,514
Avg: 3.4
pDev: 29.41%
Wants: 47
Gots: 236 | 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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Photo of obrike
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A sixer at Specs for 6.99 in Round Rock over the weekend.

I just got back from New Orleans and wanted to relive the trip a bit.

Poured a rich amber in my pint glass. A decent head the disappears very quickly...not much lace to speak of but a small off white ring remains.

Just a hint of spice...some sweet malt...maybe a bit of grassy hops.

Taste follows...a very non-offensive, easy drinking, light abv brew with much more taste than your typical bmc. The slightly caramel flavor, mild spices, and medium carbonation make it quite easy to put several of these back in a hurry on a hot day in New Orleans...or where ever you may reside.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours an orange amber with a white finger width head, poor retention, resulting in a sparse lace.

Smell - Slightly grainy with notes of sweet, caramelized sugar and toffee.

Taste - Faint notes of caramel and toffee. A touch of spice and a mellow hint of fruit near the end; almost like peach. Very light flavor throughout.

Mouthfeel - Light; almost watery. Carbonation feels a little flat.

Overall - A decent lager. Disappointing body. What's there is good, but it's not very flavorful. In the very least, it's easy to drink.

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Photo of RLBarron
4.53/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was my first Abita product, and is one of my favorite beers. It was paired with a muffaletta sandwich at the world-famous Central Grocery in New Orleans. It has a good balance of malty flavor with just a hint of hoppy bitterness. The rich amber color looks great in a glass, and it pours an ideal (in my view) head. It is a full bodied beer that feels velvety-smooth in the mouth and has a clean finish.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
2.88/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ba Review #180
Served On: 06/28/2012
Glassware: Sam Adams Perfect Pint
Labeled ABV: 4.5%
Date/ Code: -

This was in the 2012 spring mixed 12 pack.

Look: Color was a washed out copper color - not too far off from a Sam Adams Boston Lager. Head was a short-lived 1/2 finger of white bubbles. Carbonation was rather agitated from the laser ring on the bottom of the Perfect Pint. Head lacing was affirmative.

Smell: Grainy malts and a sweet spicy note. Maybe a slight sourness. Very light aroma.

Taste: Smooth and lighter mouth feel. The grainy malts hit first with a gentle spice that slowly set in. The middle was a dark fruit note and then back to the grains. The finish was typical of most Vienna lagers: that brief sour note that always seems offset by a sweet graininess.

This was an ok beer. I’m afraid that Boston Lager may hold a slightly higher rating than this one in my opinion. Regardless, very high quality and true to the style.

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Photo of pweis909
4.5/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber with white head that recedes to thinner persitent foam.

Aroma hints at caramel and toast. At times, I find it earthy. At times I find it winey.

Taste is nicely balanced, paralleling the smell. Despite some caramel presence, with slight sweetness at the front, the beer finishes is dry, asking me to take another sip.

Smooth, slightly slick mouth feel, with slight carbonation prickle at the finish.

Lovely beer. If this is Vienna lager, then I am a fan of the style.

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Photo of KajII
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Lager glass]

The pour was a clear honey brown with an average sized (1-2 finger) light brown rocky head that had decent retention and a nice amount of spotty lacing.

The aroma was of a toasted light bread malt and a sweet yeast with notes of caramel, honey and a mild fruity ester.

The taste was malty sweet with a pronounced caramel presence throughout with the finish having a good crisp hoppiness and a smooth lager feel. The flavor was short lived, evaporating a short time after the swallow.

Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with a mild carbonation.

Overall a pretty straight forward Amber Lager with a great drinkability and a pleasant taste...

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Photo of cousineddy
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance-pours a dark orange with two fingers of fluffy off white/tan head that has good retention

Smell-Malty notes, slight hop notes, i get a lot of dried fruit and spices, possibly apricot.

Taste-not over powering, good spiciness, slight toffee, malt and hop notes.

Mouth feel-Not overly carbonated, a little watery, but a nice smooth finish.

Overall-Not a bad amber, good summer time beer.

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

A: Pours to a very deep amber with a fingers worth of head that dissipates down to a veil that covers in patches across the top and clings on the way down.

S: Pretty aromatic. Some nice toasted malts with some caramel scents coming thru too.

T: Some nice toasted biscuit malts coming thru. Picking up some very mild spice notes and a hint of hop bitterness at towards the end. Nice balance of flavors.

M: Medium carbonation and crisp flavors on the after taste.

O: Very nice brew. Good balance of crisp flavors with the malts and very light bittering at the end. Would def like to try it on tap.

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Photo of stoutman
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper color with a good head that fades to nice lacing. Mild aroma of roasted malt with some caramel and fruit. Bit of spice and grain. Flavor of caramel sweetness, bit of fruit and spice. Mild bitterness and a clean finish. Fairly medium body, smooth and somewhat creamy. Decent beer, goes down pretty easy and has you asking for another after a bucket of spicey crawdaddies!

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Photo of jar2574
3.32/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Average head over amber colored beer. Sweet, malt dominated smell. I can't smell any hops. Smooth, sweet caramel taste. Typical for the style. Average mouthfeel, pretty standard carbonation and density. An average beer, nothing special. Probably my favorite offering from Abita though.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.13/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I feel as though The CANQuest (TM) is once more gaining traction! A recent visit to Pinocchio's netted some Abita CANs and I am anxious to give them a try.

I CAN remember one industry professional telling me that "Ambers are dead." By Gar, I hope not! Ambers take many forms and knowing how difficult it CAN be to work with a lager yeast, I am duly impressed that this is not a red ale. I got a rocky finger of tawny head off of my pour and it hung around as long as it could in the humidity of the evening. Color was a beautiful orangish-amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose was very malty, but also very clean. Mouthfeel was full, nearly thick and the malty sweetness reminded me of hot cereal, oatmeal or cream of wheat. Finish was semi-sweet, sweet, but not cloying by any means. It was very pleasant and would be a nice beer to have in the cooler on a hot day or during a visit to the beach.

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Photo of Jerone
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear caramel colored with an off white pillowy head, some lacing and touch of bubbles coming up.

S - Sweet and pale malts, with a touch of hops in there.

T - Sweet caramel flavor with some pale malt flavor too, touch of hops to balance things out. No breadiness or toasted qualities that I love in ambers.

M - Light body with medium carbonation, leaves nice flavor on the mouth.

O - Not impressive, but not bad either, a nice easy drinker with a burger or some barbeque.

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Photo of tdm168
3.91/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark amber with a thick layer of dense, white head that has great retention

S - grassy, earthy hops; caramel; sweet

T - caramel, nutty, grassy, earthy

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is an easy drinking Vienna Lager. It has decent flavor and good body. It's worth a try.

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Photo of socon67
3.52/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Copper pour with a high white foamy head that settles fast.

S - Smells of sweet malt, some spices, and grain.

T - Light taste, with a sugary fruit and malt flavor. Mild bitter finish.

M - Easy drinker, perfect paired with spicy food (no coincidence), and quite refreshing.

O - For what it is, this is a solid choice. I've enjoyed a few of these in the Crescent City, and some local cajun restaurants.

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Photo of Siriusfisherman
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A thin white soapy head that dissipates quickly and a slightly hazy amber body. The smell is of moderate sweet malt and herbal hops, but has an unpleasant skunk character to it. Luckily, the skunk is not present in the taste, but there is a nice roastiness as well as plenty of sweetness to the malt. The hops are very low profile, not jumping out much, but they are noticeably herbal in character. A slight apple taste is evident as well, seeming to come from a blend of malt and hop character. The crisp carbonation combines with this to give a somewhat cider-like essence to the beer. As the beer warms more off flavors become evident, including a sourness, that while moderate, is unpleasant nevertheless.

Overall this is a easy drinking vienna style lager, not hoppy but full of malt flavor and more complex than you would expect. With so many better options that are just as easy to get and in my opinion much better, I doubt that I would ever return to this one.

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Photo of soju6
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.14/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of hoosiersapper27
3.36/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
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

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
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!

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Photo of rlee1390
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of WMEugene
3.81/5  rDev +12.1%
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!

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of cadavid4j
4.21/5  rDev +23.8%
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.

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Amber from Abita Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 505 ratings.