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Amber - Abita Brewing Co.

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1,236 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,236
Reviews: 472
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 16.86%
Wants: 26
Gots: 69 | 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 brownbeer


2.63/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear orange with a white head.

Grainy aroma, not unlike a macro lager with a fruity note and stale hops.

Cheap, sweet caramel malt taste and having little to try and pick out. The water is probably one of the more notable aspects.

It's thin but the carbonation is smooth. Drinkability depends on how bad you want to drink.

This might be o.k. on a scorching day where there is no other craft substitute.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2010 03:51:23 | More by brownbeer
Photo of drabmuh


3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet. Beer is amber to brown and completely hazy. Forms a thin broken head of tiny white bubbles. Carbonation is low and there is only a little lacing.

When I smelled the beer I thought, this smells like an Oktoberfest, up until that point I had assumed it was an amber. An marzen should be clear, but the aroma is spot on.

Thin bodied, an odd sweetness up front followed by a clean finish with no aftertaste. There really isn't much of a flavor overall. Overall, its kind of a boring marzen but a decent effort. A lot of marzens are unremarkable but this one is slightly above average. Drinkability is good.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2010 03:09:08 | More by drabmuh
Photo of HalfFull


3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This classic Abita offering claims to weigh in at only 128 cal./bottle. Almost in that 'Light Lager' category that doesn't really exist for craft brews, alongside Sam Adams Light perhaps. Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle, the Amber pours on the deeper side of golden/light amber in color and sports an inch of slightly off white foam of a medium consistency. Fair retention and light lacing follow.

Smells of light roasted malts, bit of caramel and some interesting hop notes, opening up with some warming to reveal more earthen hops. Flavor is again of roasted malts and a bit nutty in character. Bit of buttery caramel on the finish along with a frothy carbonation that keeps a light surface cap on the beer and improves the feel of the light malts, keeping it from feeling watery. Malt structure is pleasant and light, as the calorie count would suggest. Some bready spice and a slight hop bitterness on the close.

Similar in character to other Festbiers but lighter and easily quaffable compared to its richer cousins. Another 'Craft Lite' from Abita; nicely done and easy on the palate without being too challenging either.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2010 02:09:44 | More by HalfFull
Photo of drizzam


3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured with a reddish amber body with very slight particulate floating around in the beer. The eggshell white head dissipated to just a slight cap fairly quickly.

S - Not smelling much here. Maybe a slight caramel malt scent.

T & M - Big malt body followed with sort of a grainy or bready character. The tiniest bit bitter on the finish. Light to medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Finishes dry and clean.

D - A very drinkable offering from Abita.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2009 03:41:26 | More by drizzam
Photo of NicholasCasber


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

A: This beer pours a nice golden amber, with a strong white head, which tended to go away as the drink went on.

S: The smell of the beer, was bitter, and slightly off putting, however, not the worst beer I've ever smelled.

T: This beer was something that started off watery and finished with a strong beer taste, which I enjoyed, it left me wanting more.

M: Overall, this felt fairly watery, but not much more to expect from any other regular amber beer. I could almost physically feel the beer taste as described above.

D: I really enjoyed this beer, it could have been the food pairing, but it didn't really stand out.

Overall, I'd suggest this for you to try, but not to go crazy over. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2009 00:07:32 | More by NicholasCasber
Photo of Ek0nomik


3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured In: Pint Glass

Appearance: Pours a clear copper and amber color with a finger and a half of head. The amount of lacing is quite evident, there are sheets all over the pint glass.

Smell: The nose is heavy on the malt side. Sweet caramel malt and a lot of bready and biscuity malt as well.

Taste: Just like the nose comes a wave of maltiness. Bready, toasted malts are right up front. Some sweet malts show up on the finish with some hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: A nice level of carbonation on this. Ready to drink as soon as it was poured. A medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: Not a terrible beer, but it was rather forgettable.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2009 20:11:40 | More by Ek0nomik
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3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of those beers that (for me) tastes like college.

Um...amber colored. Large white head, great retention, and sticky lace aplenty.

Smells toasty, fruity and tastes pretty much the same. Smooth, and clean, lightly toasted biscuit malt. Not as crisp as I would like.

I think it's pretty nifty that Abita chose a Maerzen as a flagship. Hooray beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 17:58:22 | More by donkeyrunner
Photo of cdizinno

South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured into a tulip glass from a 12 oz brown short with no freshness date.

A: Clear amber orange with a thin off white head and minimal lacing.

S: Delicate sweet malt, both toasted and caramel in the smell.

T&M: Crisp, medium bodied. Light carbonation. Nice malty taste that is well balanced with a mild spicy hop bitterness.

Probably the best Abita brew I've tried.

Notes: This brew still holds its ground as a classic among the many "micro brews", a down right tasty lager.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 21:54:00 | More by cdizinno
Photo of RomaniIteDomum


3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color. The head is initially a bit closer to a soft drink, but it dies rather quickly and leaves a nice little ring around the glass.

Ok, the nose is a little confusing. First of all there isn't much going on smell wise. Secondly, it initially smelled like Purple Haze. Once my nose bounced back it smells more like a traditional marzen style. Nice malt character.

The taste is good, nice sweet malts and not too much bite. Not bad, but nothing too spectacular.

In the mouth it has a nice creamy feel typical of the style.

Pretty drinkable. With the ABV it could be sessionable. However, there are better examples of the style out there. Still a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2009 22:50:20 | More by RomaniIteDomum
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New York

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

had this beer countless times. time to review it.

a very nice burnt orange amber color. a foamy head that is an off white color. takes its time to fade off, but definitely didnt fizz away quickly. leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.
caramel and toasty aroma.
has a caramel taste, malty and lightly spiced.
above medium in carbonation, but not too bubbly.
great drinkability. this is usually my go to beer down here in new orleans, as i do prefer to drink local.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2009 04:25:30 | More by JordonHoltzman
Photo of portia99


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

12oz bottle poured into a Portsmouth goblet. There is a place for a freshness date on the label, but nothing markd on it.

A - Pours a deep amber color, very clear, thin off white head that dies quickly...only a thin ring around the edge left behind.

S - Malty, caramel aroma, not much hop character here.

T - Sweet, caramel flavors. Mild hop bitterness. A touch of molasses.

M - Medium body. Good carbonation. Goes down very smoothly.

D - Very easy drinking...flavors are subdued and blend together nicely. Good easy drinking beer for cool fall days...a fall lawnmower beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2009 17:36:42 | More by portia99
Photo of Offa


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

This is pretty good, but not great. Although enjoyable with some firm character, it's a bit bland.

Amber, it has a medium, off-white head fairly quickly shrinking to a foamy ring and wisps.

The aroma is clearly a vienna, but a bit subdued. It's malty, slightly toasty-earthy and bready with hints of toffee and dry leaves.

The taste is similar, and has very light sweetness with almost no bitterness. It's smooth, and the taste that it has persists evenly and is always clear. It's very drinkable.

Is this properly classed as a marzen? The strenght is a bit low so I wonder if this should really be classed simply as a vienna.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2009 16:57:49 | More by Offa
Photo of Tone


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

Pours a clear, red color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of pale malt, sweet malt, and yeast. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, slight sweet malt, and yeast. Overall, easy drinking, but not much else.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 18:31:27 | More by Tone
Photo of tone77


3.05/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has an amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some sweetness. Taste is a bit hoppy, more than usual for a marzen. Feels light in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a pretty ordinary brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2009 22:42:23 | More by tone77
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer


3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown/orange, extra-clear body with a weak head that is strangely typical to this style of beer.

S- Pale, musty malts along with some sweetness that reminds me of apple juice. A bit of rotten veggie as it warms

T- Taste is very clean in lager style. Decent bitter pinch from the hops and balanced with caramel sweetness.

M- Light with a fizzy carbonation

D- When I read that this was Abita's flagship brew, I expected something extremely common and boring. This beer somewhat exceeded my expectations

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2009 02:14:45 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
Photo of SpecialK088


3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam adams pint

Very crisp copper color, head was big and thick for a a very short time and went to pretty well nothing. No lace

Smells of sweet malt and grassy hops, small traceable notes of a sweet fruit as well

Flavor is ok no one outstanding charecter, hops are present as well as some bready flavor and sweetness from the malt. Finish is very dry and the body pretty thin. Overall a very straightforward amber but I dont get any spices that is notmal for a Marzan

Easy to drink but to be honest a little dry and bready, leaves with a near cottonmouth finish and a slight alcohol burn, very slight

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2009 21:04:29 | More by SpecialK088
Photo of u2carew


3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz stubby bottle
A) Pours with a quick rising, quick settling head. Settles out to thin wispy lacing that is partially sticky. Some haze. Amber in color.
S) Fruity like applesauce. Orange. Pear. Grainy.
T) Earthy sweetness up front - not a definitive caramel or toffee. A light hop appearance in the finish. The aftertaste is a bit grainy and sweet.
M) Crisp and fizzy. Light to medium bodied.
D) An alright beer. The aroma throws it off just a little bit - like smelling baby food applesauce and then drinking soda water - just weird.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2009 00:39:57 | More by u2carew
Photo of naterock


3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my Bro for picking this up while in New Orleans.

Poured into a pint glass. Deep copperish-amber color with a one finger head. head thins to a light film but never leaves. really a good looking amber.

Sweet malts and candied sugars in the nose. Some roasty malts are in the background along with a slight yeast character.

Smooth and sweet not as much flavor as I would expect. Goes down like silk but I wish it would stick around a bit so I could grasp the flavor a bit more. Really lacking in the flavors.

Mouth is nicely carbonated and incredibly smooth but I think it works against this beer. Sometimes smoothness isn't the best. Drinks easy and I could really slam a few down on a warm day. Not bad but I would be streaching to reach for it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2009 23:31:19 | More by naterock
Photo of NODAK


3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nose is pretty light...some sweet malt present but not much else.

Taste is pretty mellow and thin on the palate. Initially a tad sweet from the malt, I sense a little nuttiness here as well. Is there corn in this beer? There's a little bit of hop bitterness on the finish, but not much. This creates a beer that's pretty clean, leaving little aftertaste, and pretty drinkable since it isn't very "forward". In fact, it's just really quite watery...a summer refresher, if you will. Much like water.

Although for the style, I'm not exactly sure how it fits into that particular style. Seems a bit off for that.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2009 01:14:54 | More by NODAK
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper with faint head

S: Mild malts and bread. A little caramel sweetness.

T: Mild malts and sweet cereals, faint spicing and some bitterness to finish

M: Light bodied, slightly over carbonated

D: ehh, average. not horrible but nothing to seek out. Part of an Abita mix pack (Turbodog, Pecan, Purple Haze, Jockimo) definitely one of the weaker beers in the pack.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2009 14:24:49 | More by rfgetz
Photo of tronester


3.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange/tan with a medium tan head. Smells of ripe fruit, and a hint of sulfur. Taste is light, biscuity malt, a hint of earthy hops in the finish. Low bitterness levels. Leaves very little aftertaste. Mouthfeel is watery and thin, carbonation levels are average. Drinkability is pretty good, this is a very easy drinking beer that appeals to the masses. That said, it isn't particularly flavorful, but its an OK beer for after mowing the lawn or something.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2009 22:46:52 | More by tronester
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3.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Plenty of fond memories come with this, as it was one of the first 'craft' beers I recall trying well over a decade ago. Picked up a 6-pack in Louisian, when back for my 20 year high school reunion last week. Appropriate, I suppose. 12 oz. bottle, no notches to indicate a 'best by' date; poured to a pint glass.

A: Perfectly clear copper-amber, but with only the occasional rising bubble (seriously? NO carbonation?). Creamy head, lightest tan and cresting at a finger-high. Healthy lacing, bands of droopy foam.

S: Sugar-sweet toffee-ish aroma, maybe raisins? All grain, a breakfast pastry; little if any hops awakening.

T: Sweet grain, a syrupy/candied nuttiness. Light spices, hints of vanilla and buttered roll. Dries a bit in the finish with a more cracker-like maltiness (pilsner?). Balance is pretty good, flavors lack a certain liveliness.

M: Pretty thin body, modest crispness. Smooth drinking but forgettable, but for a slight lingering spice and sticky malt. Moderately 'refreshing' with its lightness.

D: Beer-y recollections aside, this didn't have anything close to the 'magic' I'd hoped for. In the relative wasteland that is 'craft beer' in the South, I suppose this still holds up, but it's nowhere near as good as several dozen others of the style I've had in recent years. Good to try again as a reminder of how far my palate has come, and still easy enough to drink. Session-worthy strength.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2009 01:02:55 | More by msubulldog25
Photo of NewGeneric


2.85/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drinking this one right now. Poured a deep copper with caramel head that faded quickly and left little lacing. Smelled of malts and a tiny bit of hops. Tastes malty, fruity and nutty. Pretty smooth. Could drink a few, but I used to really like this beer and now it's just kind of eh...

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2009 06:57:47 | More by NewGeneric
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2.15/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Copper colored and clear as day.

Doesn't smell much of anything, a faint bread scent from the malt they cared to put in it.

It tastes of water lightly mixed with malted barley.

Mouthfeel is the same as water.

The drinkability of this beer is poor. I could drink plenty of water, but not water with bread in it.

This is the most watery beer I have ever had. I would rather drink Budweiser.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2009 05:07:03 | More by carwreCk
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3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer was served chilled in an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a clear amber coloration. The head is biege approximately a finger and a half high. The head resolves to a ring of foam.

Smell: The aroma of the beer is pretty straight forward toasted and caramel malts.

Taste: The taste follows the aroma for the most part toasted malts flow into caramel maltyness. Floral notes rear there head and break up the malts briefly. The finish is of yet more toasted flavors.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The beer has a light body with light carbonation. This is a beer I could throw back several of in an evening.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2009 11:17:04 | More by nlmartin
Amber from Abita Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 1,236 ratings.