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Amber - Abita Brewing Co.

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1,311 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,311
Reviews: 481
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 16.81%
Wants: 34
Gots: 93 | 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

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-08-2001)
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Photo of Shrews629
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Hazy, burnt orange/copper color with yellow highlights arond the edges. Mostly white head that was not real full or very prominent. A bit of lacing, but not much. Several bubbles rising to the top, however they did not help with the head retention.

Smell - Hints of caramel along with a prominent bready aroma. Nothing too complicated, which can be good. Solid in the nose.

Taste - The bread and biscuit malt is nice and out front in the flavor. Detecting a touch of grain, which seems to stand out more than a typical Amber. The sweetness of the caramel malt is blended in nicely.

Mouthfeel - Medium to light mouthfeel that is dry, crisp and smooth. Not a ton left on the palate, but enough for a good showing.

Drinkability - This is a solid brew. Nothing too complicated or exotic. This is a working mans beer in my opinion. Would be an excellent Fall session beer. Could easily set a few of these back without even thinking about it. Goes down easy and without fuss.

Shrews629, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of damndirtyape
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single bottle (best by 01/25/11) poured into a shaker pint glass

Appearance: Mostly clear orange-amber beer (slight haze) with a light tan film of foam across the top. A few strands of lacing here and there, but mostly they kept sliding down the glass.

Smell: Faint malt with some mustiness in there. Maybe just a hint of citrus at the end. Not very strong - not bad, just not very strong.

Taste: Good balance between malt and bitter hop finish. The finish is crisp - helped by the carbonation. Otherwise not a lot going on.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation with a nice body. Slick, but not watery.

Drinkabbility: Very drinkable and sessionable. While it's not an outstanding in flavor beer - it is very well balanced to the point that it goes fast and is just good enough that you don't mind having another. It's mild flavor profile makes it go very well with a lot of foods, I think. I think it would be outstanding with BBQ, burgers, and a variety of meaty dishes.

damndirtyape, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of Bizz88
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear amber with a nice two fingered off white head with some light lacing. Light malty aromas with a just hint of hops. Crisp and neat on the palate with just touch of hoppy bitterness. This was for the most part a desent enough of a brew from the folks at Abita.

Bizz88, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of climax
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First sampled in San Antonio on tap. It was good then, but this is out of the bottle from the liquor store...

Looked good, murky amber with s good fluffy eggshell head. The retention was decent, and the lacing was acceptable.

I'm getting a lot of fruity esters from the nose, primarily banana and berries. By a lot, I really mean for the most part, for the aroma wasn't too potent. Some diacetyl and phenols wrap up a modest package.

The flavor is smooth and buttery. The same banana flavors creep in there to mingle caramel and a bit of mild citrus. The flavor was definitely malt heavy, but the dryness from the hops contributed to a pretty enjoyable taste.

A nice chalky finish caps of a a smooth medium bodied beer. I'm drinking this one on a full stomach and it's still going down nicely.

climax, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of eclaycamp
2.53/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 ounce stubby bottle. Abita bills this as an amber but it pours a little more gold in color. Pretty decent head with a nice amount of foam. Smell is slightly skunky with an unmistakable lager smell. Beyond the skunk smell there's a decent amount of caramel and cereal in the nose with some mineral notes as well. Light mouthfeel, a little heavy handed in the carbonation. Wish there was more to the body of this beer. It just doesn't really stand up, and seems like it's missing ... something. The caramel taste comes rolling in but washes to the sides of the palate and is chased by water. I get that Abita is proud of their water, I'm just not sure if showcasing it in your beer is the way to go.

eclaycamp, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of vandemonian
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It has a light amber colour and a head that dies very quickly and no lacing. The smell is weak and all I got was some yeast and hops. This beer starts out malty with hints of apple and some hops. Quite nice. It has some carbonation and so is reasonably ok in the mouthfeel department.

vandemonian, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, this is definitely not an oktoberfest. It is an amber ale as the brewery claims. It is under the wrong classification. There is no spice presence here. So if you are looking for a oktoberfest look elsewhere. Could possibly pass as a marzen, but just barely.
Pours a nice amber color with a decent head that sticks around a while, some small lacing.
Smells sweet from good malts.
Tastes slightly hoppy, slightly malty, and pretty tasty.
Good drinkability in this one, easily a session beer.

TheKingofWichita, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of beerprovedwright
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This ale rates a 12 on the SRM beer color chart, with a less than one finger head after pour, which fizzled down to a thin ring of lace in less than thirty seconds. My nose detects an aroma of roasted corn, wheat, and sweet malt. Nothing extra about the taste, but not a bad blend of flavor. Taste of sour dough bread, yeast, corn and sweet malt. Little to no bite in the initial taste or finish. Feels sort of watery in my mouth, but I do detect a little fizz buzz. This is a beer that is hard to find unless your are in the brewing area (Louisiana), and it is a little pricey compared to similar ale. I am glad I had the chance to sample one, but I would not go out of my way to have another.

beerprovedwright, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of TylerBGoode
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hard to believe that this beer could be be classified as an Oktoberfest by drinking it; tastes more like a mild lager to me. For the most part Abita has been hit and miss with me. I love their Brown ale and enjoy their IPA, but I strongly dislike their Purple Haze brew and I find their Amber to be quite underwhelming.

I poured my most recent bottle of Abita Amber into a standard pint glass. The color was an inviting amber color (obviously), but the beer left little to no head in the glass. The aroma was slightly sweet and a little malty. Sadly the taste of the beer tastes very little like the Märzen this site claims it to be. The malts are much too subdued. For the most part this tastes like a standard, slightly malty lager. I've come across other beers that are similar to this one, label themselves as Oktoberfest brews and yet BA classifies them as Vienna Lagers. Maybe Abita's Amber should join that list. Because of the beer's lack of a strong flavor it does become a rather drinkable session brew though. Despite it's inoffensiveness and high drinkability, I doubt Abita Amber will make its way into my fridge again.

EDIT: Since this review was posted, BA has changed the style of this beer on their site to a Vienna Lager. My new score indicates this change.

TylerBGoode, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of sixerofelixir
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear light golden/orange color. Nice fluffy very slightly off-white head. Nice scattered carbonation. Smell is of mildly pungent malt and hops. First taste is light and airy, then a nice and big malt presence sits down on the bottom - it just kind of sneaks up on me, like a ninja. Very tasty and clean, definitely on the malty side. Nice, I like it - good session beer and would pair well with food.

sixerofelixir, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of bnes09
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Red, amber color ale with thick, white head. Excellent retention and lacing.

Clean smell. Not much there but some grains.

Flavor is crisp and clean. Some bready grains and corn husk as well as a caramel sweetness. Hops are barely detectable, true to style.

Light in body with good carbonation. Smooth, wet texture.

Its a decent brew. The flavors are pleasant and mellow. It's pretty standard and doesn't stand out but is still drinkable and refreshing.

bnes09, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of Brad007
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another Abita beer to review and this one is a marzen/oktoberfest beer.

Pours a mild golden color with a one-finger head into my glass. It has a slight orange tint but not by much.

Aroma is sweet and slightly smoky with not much else to stand out on the nose.

The taste is much of the same. Sweet, smoky malt coats the mouth with just a hint of hops. Slightly crisp as well.

Mouthfeel has lingering sweet, smoky malt. Chewy texture as well.

A decent example for this style. Abita is usually hit or miss but this beer is just right.

Brad007, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of chinchill
3.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is based on two samples, rated nearly 2 years apart from a 2011 bottle and a very fresh keg.

12 oz. bottle served in pint glass.

A - creamy looking but somewhat thin and short-lived head on a clear light copper-colored brew. Lacy remnants of head are fairly long lasting. A good bit of visible carbonation with bubbles varying in size.

S&T - malty; toasted grains. Limited aroma but good malty flavor.

O: surprised to find I liked this Abita so much, mainly due to the very flavorful version of this oft boring style.

chinchill, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of crossovert
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, best before date unmarked.

It pours a clear orange with a foamy white head that sticks for a bit and then recedes to some nice lacing.

The smell is clean, but it isnt overly exiting. There is some caramel, some fruit, and a touch of hops.

The flavor is pretty much that of the style. It is a bit sweet. It has the typical toastiness, nuttiness, and hint of sweetness. It isn't amazing, but it isn't average.

This is a solid Maerzen style lager, it may not be called an oktoberfest but it does fall in line with the style

crossovert, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of Goliath
4.05/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber color with a two inch off white head. There is decent head retention, but no lacing.

The aroma is nice. Cereal and raw grain dominate the nose for me.

The taste is also nice. It's simple, lightly malty with cereal and raw grain. Just simple but good.

Mouthfeel is thin and a little on the watery side. The carbonation is fine bubbled but leaves a nice tingle.

Drinkability is relatively high. The beer is easily sessionable at 4.5% ABV, and the flavor profile is simple but pleasing. I enjoy simple and clean beers more and more each day.

Goliath, Sep 08, 2010
Photo of mjrod2142
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Samuel Adams Lager Perfect glass.

This beer has a very nice color with a small and creamy head. I find the aroma underwhelming and am surprised to pick up more of a bright and lively smell than I anticipated for an amber. I don't feel much carbonation and the beer goes down very easily. The taste is unoffensive and has little to no hoppy characteristics that I can pick up on. An easy-drinking amber that can be enjoyed year round.

mjrod2142, Sep 06, 2010
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into pint glass.
A: A off white head, hold very good and leaves lacing that is quality. The copper body has a slight haze to it.
S: Most of these Abita brew have a similar aroma. This one has notes of roasted nuts and a sort of burnt notes.
T/M: A roasted aspect of this brew is very up front. A bold yet, subtle note of coffee, that of a day old, cold coffee is found. The mouthfeel is a smooth and clean feeling. The lingering taste is as most Abita's are, non-existent.
D: I find this good, but for an amber or Oktoberfest, ehh not so much. wouldn't turn down, but again wouldn't seek out.

GDBEERMAN, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

I love cheap singles. We need more of them at more stores, I tells ya! This one pours a clear, well, amber (how very appropriate) topped by a finger or so of white micro-foam. The nose is heavy on the buttery biscuits, as though company was expected; some light caramel and nutmeg finish off a strange olfactory experience. The taste also has a good amount of biscuits, but they're not as buttery as before. Some mild wheat, light caramel, and, following the theme, very mild hoppy floral and citrus notes round out the kinda lackluster flavor. The body is pretty light, with a light carbonation and a semi-crisp finish. Overall, an okay brew, nothing special, nothing objectionable. Easy to down, though.

TMoney2591, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of claybeer
2.9/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Abita Amber Ale had a real classic beer look to it. It was a very clean, clear brown with just a hint of redness. The head is mostly white and leaves little to no lacing on the glass. I don't have much experience with amber style beers so the the nose is fairly new to me. The nose follows right on the palate. I definitely get a malty sweetness. Maybe that sweetness is a little bit of wheat. I barely get that bready grit feeling on the back of my tongue on the second sip. The finish is short, leaving just enough sweetness in my mouth to want to try another sip. Overall it's nothing to get too excited about but still a pleasant, easy drinking beer.

claybeer, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of MikeBrandman
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours into a hefewiezen glass with a deep amber body. Great effervesce. 3 fingers of head in a fairly narrow glass. Completely translucent.

S - Not a very strong smell. Rather bland smell. Slight bready and spiciness to it as well.

T - Light and bready flavor. Again, slight spiciness, but overall very bland. Reminds me of Kirkland German Lager. Bready sweetness. Like the smell, rather bland.

MF & D - Not much going on here. Light and rather crisp. Again, nothing special here.

MikeBrandman, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of Mosstrooper
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into 500ml Weihenstephaner World Cup glass.

Appearance: Pours orange in color with a slight golden hue with a smaller off-white head that dissipates slowly, leaving behind fairly thick lace.

Smell: Sweet caramel and fruits (grape, apple, some citrus).

Taste: Begins with a grainy, bready flavor and a mild bitterness, finishing with more grains and a sweet hint about it. Mild hops in the throat.

Mouthfeel: Lighter body with medium carbonation and a very sticky, refreshing finish.

Drinkability: A pretty average beer overall, and not something I would be getting too excited over. Not bad, but still far from great.

Mosstrooper, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of bigfnjoe
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glas.

A- pours a light shade of amber/orange with a 3 finger white head. No lacing. Disappointing

S- getting a lot of sweet malts. Can't really put my finger on what else...just the maltiness, really. Its alright

T- its got a watery taste to it...heavy maltiness. Theres a sweetness to it. Nothing special here...

M- decent feel. Good carb. Texture is a little thin, though.

D- pretty drinkable. Flavors aren't huge. Pretty mild and uneventful

bigfnjoe, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of jeffjeff1
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this in the party pack from World Market.

Appearance- golden amber color, thick foamy head

Smell- bready malt

Taste- bready malt, some nuttiness

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, dry

Drinkability- pretty good, I would drink it again. Abita made a pretty good solid one wiith their Amber.

jeffjeff1, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of SFLpunk
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

SFLpunk, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of kwc017
4.22/5  rDev +22.3%
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.

kwc017, Jun 06, 2010
Amber from Abita Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 1,311 ratings.