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Amber - Abita Brewing Co.

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1,213 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,213
Reviews: 471
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 16.86%
Wants: 25
Gots: 57 | 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:
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 SFLpunk


3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown glass pry-top. No date.

Quick review: Crystal clear brown with thin tan head. Nose is of soft caramel and roast malts with some flashy hop citrus notes. Palate is crisp and clean with some light bitterness following the light roasted caramel notes.

A solid bottle-drinking beer. Great for hot weather despite being a little darker. A good gateway beer for people trying to "get into" craft beer. FFO Brooklyn Lager, Sam Adams Lager, Long Trail Ale, Otter Creek Copper Ale, etc.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2010 01:40:56 | More by SFLpunk
Photo of kwc017


4.22/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Abita makes some delicious brews and this is definitely one of them. Poured a nice dark amber color with a nice head that lasted a few minutes. Smell was nice and clean with some hints of hops and grains. First taste was crisp and clean, I really noticed the grain taste in this beer, normally I'm not a grain kind of guy, sometimes reminds me of crappy beers but I really enjoy it in this beer. Finish was also full of grain for me with a little hop and a hint of caramel type flavor. Really enjoyed this one. This is my first review! Hope I did this beer justice.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 05:45:58 | More by kwc017
Photo of drpimento


3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I like this beer. Poured with a nice off white head and a little lace. Color is a clear medium amber. Aroma is malty caramel toffee and a bit of fruit. Flavor is where this stands out- not outstanding but very serviceable. Lots of slightly roasty dryish malt with a bit of caramel and toffee. Not too sweet. Good body and carbonation. Finish is like flavor and tapers off in a short to medium lenght. Easy drinking session beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2010 21:49:36 | More by drpimento
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Brazen Head, Brooklyn, NY.

Poured a medium copper hue with a one fingerfoamy white head. Therewas good retention and lacing.

Thesmellfeatured toasted doughy malts and a touch of cocoa.

The taste was doughy and nutty and very well balanced.

The mouthfeel was clean and toward the dry side.

Overall a nice light marzen with a supeusingly dry finish.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2010 16:32:11 | More by plaid75
Photo of CHickman

New York

3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear amber with a 1 finger off white head that faded quickly; decent lacing that stuck to the glass.

Smells of malt, grains and faint caramel - weak nose overall.

Tastes of grains, roasted malt, caramel, toast, grass, biscuit and some citrus hops. Very mild, but still a good flavor.

Overall it's light and crisp with a malty, grainy flavor that has a medium body with a creamy, crisp mouthfeel and very light carbonation.

A very good amber that's pretty much like a very tasty version of a Bud, but much better. A good beer session beer that I could drink all night.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2010 02:51:55 | More by CHickman
Photo of tchenery


3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle to glass. Head quick to fall, slight lacing.

Looks orangey and light. Can see through very easily. Very clear and clean looking. Smells malty, but only slightly.

Tastes very smooth with a nice caramel malt background and a hop bite towards the end.

Very pleased with this beer and would probably go for it again. It's pretty light and I would personally like a bit more body, but it is very drinkable. A good year round Marzen (one of the few).

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2010 22:17:01 | More by tchenery
Photo of kevinjosephlee


1.98/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle poured into a glass

A: An deep amber to light copper color.

S: A metallic component to the nose. I definitely consider this an off-scent. To mitigate this, I let the beer warm for 10 minutes (at room temperature) before more thorough consumption. A cleaner malt presence is now apparent. Nice and toasty malts. No hops.

T: Malts with very little hops presence. Steamed vegetable taste (DMS) is present and not welcome in this style.

M: Carbonation of the tingly, acidic nature.

Notes: Honestly, I was hoping for an amber ale as I popped this top. But then I saw that it is classified as a Marzen/Oktoberfest. Also, I had this beer a bit earlier in the week and noted some metallic off-flavors.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2010 23:48:37 | More by kevinjosephlee
Photo of armock

New York

3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a copper color with a big off white head that fades rather fast and leaves lacing behind

S - Is of grainy and caramel malt

T - The taste is pretty light but follows the nose with a grainy caramel flavor

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - While this isn't the best beer out there it's a good session beer I drank a number of these while grillin with some friends it won't blow you away but it's worth a try

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2010 17:53:03 | More by armock
Photo of jovy1097


3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint.
A: Perfect clarity in a copper color with a 1" rocky head that disappears after a couple of minutes leaving some bubbles on the edge. Nothing wrong with the looks.

S: Slightly caramel-ly and toasty with a hop background. Nothing stands out too much.

T: Noticeably toasty taste with slight caramel. Slightly sweet at first with a hint of bitterness at the end. Not real impressive, but nothing offensive.

M: Nothing much to report here. Medium body, medium carbonation. Goes down easy.

D: Very inoffensive middle-of-the-road brew. The flagship beer of Abita and one that will appeal to all, but be the favorite of none. Still a big step up from the BMC's. Can generally be purchased very fresh and cheap in Louisiana. It's okay, but I'm not going out of my way to purchase. I'd rather get something more interesting.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2010 03:24:18 | More by jovy1097
Photo of EPseja

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz bottle in my SABL glass at between fridge and cellar temperature.

A - Bright coppery amber. Go figure! Short but dense half-inch white head. Tons of carbonation activity in the glass, and not just from the nucleation ring at the bottom of the glass. Respectable lacing and decent head retention.

S - Toasted malts. Some nuances of grainy wet cardboard -- but not necessarily a bad thing. A little bit tame for the style.

T - Toast and light caramel-honey sweetness. Drying as it makes its trip to the back. Clean and crisp with a well-timed hop finish. Not a whole lot of depth, but then again, nothing's out of balance.

M - Big, prickly bubbles -- becoming lesser as the beer warms. Big foam in the mouth that quickly reduces to creamy suds. Swallow is pleasingly voluminous but a bit gassy.

D - Well, this beer is certainly easy to drink, mostly from it's quite subdued flavor. Still, it's certainly refreshing and pleasant to imbibe. It just doesn't pack the same "Oktoberfest" feeling as other more developed Märzens.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2010 18:53:07 | More by EPseja
Photo of david131


3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- An ever so slightly hazy orange-amber liquid with a lot of streams of carbonation and a splotchy, thin off-white head.

S- Sweet malt, caramel, light fruitiness, and some honey.

T- Sweet malt and fruitiness. Pretty mild, but enjoyable.

M- A bit of a carbonation bite to it and clean on the finish.

D- A well made amber ale that drinks just fine. Boring though...

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2010 02:27:34 | More by david131
Photo of DrDemento456


4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Most decent head I ever got from Abita and a nice amber color too.
S - Caramel Malt and toffee. sweet.
T - Smooth toffee flavor with a bite of hops and malt.
M - thin but creamy. amazing
D - More please! Really one of the best Märzen's I ever had and more affordable than the others as well!

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 03:14:18 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of kneeland

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Abita Amber is by far my favorite beer. It's full of flavor, not too sweet, not lacking anything, just perfect. I first tried it on a trip to New Orleans a few years back. It's as popular as the 3 main light beers there, mostly because it's brewed in LA. I just wish it was easier to find here in North Carolina. If you even half way enjoy amber beers, this will top your list.

It pours a really light straw yellow color with some foam. The best part is that you can really taste the spring water in it.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2010 21:40:12 | More by kneeland
Photo of jneiswender


3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A-medium amber body, clear; off white head which is thick

S-bready, yeasty smell,

T-bready, yeasty, some raisin and mineral

M-medium mouthfeel

D-not a bad beer. Fairly straighforward. I would drink this beer again if had limited choices.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2010 17:06:08 | More by jneiswender
Photo of sunrisesolara


3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz emptied into a pint glass.

A: Pours amber (surprise!) with a 1-finger, off-white head which receeds to a ring. Very little lacing.

S: Sweet, roasted caramel malts dominate, with some hints of nuts.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation.

T: Smooth, sweet malted barley, with solid hop undertones. Caramel sweetness throughout. Slightly nutty finish.

D: A very drinkable beer. Nothing outstanding here, just a really solid brew from one of my favorite breweries.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2010 11:38:00 | More by sunrisesolara
Photo of kingcrowing


3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle at Mothers restaurant in New Orleans.

Nice light brown color with bascally no head. Nose is light and sweet, a bit of hoppiness.

Taste is really crisp and smooth with a nice malty backbone and some light noble hops. Really tasty beer, not like most Oktoberfest but very tasty!

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2010 21:29:41 | More by kingcrowing
Photo of KrisPaulk77


3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ahhh... Abita Amber. Nothing spectacular, just a good solid beer.
I poured it into a pint glass. The beer was a crystal clear amber, with an inch of sand colored foam. Fair retention, the head faded down to a nice ring of foam around the glass. Little bits of lacing.
The aroma was clean, lager-like, with sweet malts and caramels, and a mild bitter note.
The taste is good, clean and crisp. Good body, nice maltiness. Notes of caramel, biscuit, and slighly nutty toasted malts. There is a nice, mild bitterness present.
A good session brew, easy to drink. I could do several of these in a session, and have in the past. A good solid offering from Abita, and an excellent gateway beer for your average BMC drinker.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2010 02:37:48 | More by KrisPaulk77
Photo of MisterTiat


3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Nice amber color, clear. Head is off white, good retention, forms a sort of meniscus, with the bubbles climbing up the glass. Good lace.

S: Malty sweetness. Caramel flavor is strong.

T: Caramel, malty and sweet. The sweetness is not well balanced with hop flavor. There is not enough flavor from the grain, just the sweetness. Taste is good, just missing a little grain flavor.

M: Well carbonated, sweetness sticks to the tongue, beer feels thick in the mouth.

D: Could be a bit more balanced, but still easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2010 02:40:09 | More by MisterTiat
Photo of mynie


3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This ain't no marzen. It's about as much of a straight-up amber as you can get. Yes, I realize that Amber is a catch-all category--but catch-alls can be used to classify things that are exceptionally unexceptional as well as things that are unique or creative. The most exceptional characteristic of this beer is its color, which is why it is decidedly an amber.

Now, this isn't to say that this beer is bad. It's not. Abita is a damn solid brewer and wouldn't release crap. It's just, kinda there. There's some fruitiness in the aroma and flavor. A teeny weeny bit of bready beeriness. But that's it. It's not bland, it's not flavorful, it just is.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2010 04:32:47 | More by mynie
Photo of wilbrew


3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has clear reddish brown color with an off-white head which did not setup very thick. The beer lacks a very distinct aroma. I may have had a slightly under-carbonated bottle which could explain the weak head and lack of aroma. The flavor was also fairly bland with a forward malty sweetness and a mild hop finish. The beer is fairly smooth and easy to drink, but it lacks much of a distinct flavor.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2010 23:06:23 | More by wilbrew
Photo of Jesstyr


3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one like most folks for the first time while watching the Super Bowl, and I was honestly pleasantly surprised.

A: Light amber coloring, which limited head that lingers briefly.

S: Quite malty, with a decent caramel scent.

T: Nice flavor, hints of caramel, significantly malty. I enjoyed the sugary finish, but there was a little bit of grain in there that wasn't that great. Close to being a real good beer.

M/D: Medium body, nice and smooth, goes down easy. Really nice and easy to drink, enjoyable with the Super Bowl.

A good beer, worth a shot more often than just when New Orleans is doing something significant.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2010 03:32:38 | More by Jesstyr
Photo of Tinfoilrcr

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours a rich amber color, with about 1/2 inch of white head that dissipates quickly leaving a small ring around the outer edge .
with very little lacing.

S- Heavy malts and earth with some birght spots of hops in the background.

T- Very malty with only the slightest presence of any hops. Overall flavor seems muted for the style.

M- good mouthfeel - that is very filling without being too over the top.

D- goes down easy.

Overall, not a bad representation of the style, but also not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 20:48:10 | More by Tinfoilrcr
Photo of biggred1


3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange amber with blonde highlights and a pillowy eggshell head of foam that melts slowly forming soft peaks. Toasted caramel and chocolate with a touch of something off, like dishwater maybe? I can't put my finger on it. This beer tastes better than it smells for sure. Toasted pale malt and caramel with mild, minty hop notes. Medium light bodied with seltzery carbonation. An average to above average domestic Oktoberfest, not bad beer but fairly ordinary.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 02:44:46 | More by biggred1
Photo of cdkrenz


4.13/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Very nice amber/copper body with a quick-lived medium tan head. Low to moderate carbonation is evident.

S - Sweet molasses and an edge of cherry.

T - There's an English hop in this brew that I wasn't expecting. Interestingly enough this brew has a firm malt base below that hop accent. It's rather interesting. There are sweet malty flavors throughout as well as what I would normally note as a kind of deep bock flavor.

M - The interesting combination of malt and hops here create a thick feel to the brew. It does very well in that aspect.

~ This is a unique amber brew. That being said I have to admit it is also one of the better ambers I've had. I think Abita has a solid foundation down in Louisiana. Especially since this brew seems to be one of the brewery's staples. (My thanks go out to Drizzam for sharing.)

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 02:16:50 | More by cdkrenz
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours light orange tinged amber. Very little foam leaves a liquid-only beer the glass.

Caramel sweet malt smell. Light citrus.

Quite malty taste with mild hop close. Am I getting some root beer flavor in there? Strong carbonation in the mouth, curious combined with the absence of foam/bubbles.

Very drinkable, nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 13:43:56 | More by KTCamm
Amber from Abita Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 1,213 ratings.