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Amber - Abita Brewing Co.

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504 Reviews
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Reviews: 504
Hads: 1,506
Avg: 3.4
pDev: 29.41%
Wants: 45
Gots: 233 | 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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Reviews: 504 | Hads: 1,506
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 Gavage
3.52/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dull amber color with a medium head. The head didn't last long after the first swallow. Very little lacing. The aroma was mellow with sweetness and bitterness detectable. The flavor is simple, malt sweetness and some bitterness, but a faint caramel tone is detectable as you swallow.

This is a light-medium bodied beer and carbonation levels were good. The aftertaste was fairly clean. There is nothing that really sticks out to make this anything other than an average beer.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
2.91/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear amber-copper color that is topped by a frothy, almost creamy, light tan colored head. The aroma is fairly bland with hints of crystal malt, and perhaps just a wisp of spicy hoppiness. The taste is soft and smooth, quite light and it has an up front light caramelized sweetness. The finish is lightly spicy and a bit bitter with a balancing hoppiness. This is really a rather bland Amber Ale, not really much to say.

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Photo of smakawhat
2.79/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A somewhat clumpy foamy off white head is formed off the pour left to sit on a copper to pale amber body. Some stickiness and haze but pretty good, even some solid retention.

Bouquet has a distinct vegetable sense and right away to me it is potatoes. Dry with a little wetness and faint malt.

Wet and sort of dull tasting. Wet bodied in the palate with a weak malt. Faint bread texture in the palate of some toasty brown bread, but then finishes with a starchy potato sensation. Starchy, CHALKY finish.

Overall, there are much better Vienna lagers out there to try than this one.

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Photo of Halcyondays
2.93/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, purchased at the Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, CA,

A: Pours a light amber colour, with a thin head, but left a nice rim around the glass, very nice clarity though, good lager character.

S: Light caramel malt, sugar, toffee, some smoke, but fairly weak overall.

T: Taste was a little bit of a letdown as I was expecting a fuller flaovured beer. Has a weak malt character, some good caramel notes, a bit of molasses, and some grassy and earthy character from the hops, but overall the flavour needed more oomph.

M: Light and watery, thin, but has a nice carbonation kick in the aftertaste which I liked.

D: A mediocre beer, IMO, but better than a macro, I'd take this over a Bud any day, but nothing really making want to buy this again, though it's light character makes it easy to drink as a refresher, might try this again in the summertime.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer is a slightly hazy, bright, orange-amber color with a light, foamy, fluffy white head that starts around three inches and quickly disappears into a managable half-inch head. Great lacing just from the head recession. Aroma is a tangy caramel with a slight hopped spice towards the end. Flavor is a little watered down, but a decent blend of caramel and hopped bitterness. The caramel is a little roasted, which balances nicely with green and pepper from the hops. Tasty. The body is light and crisp, and the aftertaste is roasted and slightly sour, with a dry finish. Pretty decent, and a very easy drinker.

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Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber colored beer.

Smell is toasted grain and a faint coffee scent.

Taste is a little sweet with lots of toasted grain flavor. There must be a fair amount roasted barley in this. There is a faint chocolate taste in there.

Mouthfeel is good.

A nice tasty beer has a nice full flavor.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of plaid75
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger white head that fades quickly leaving traces of lace. Clear amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Smells like hay. Flavor is malty, smooth but nothing special. Clean finish. Best by Oct 23. (gift) 12oz bottle from somewheres in New Orleans.

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Photo of Tone
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from a beer exchange with a friend at the holidays.

Poured into a pint glass, a 1/2 inch head formed, which retreated to a layer of foam over the slightly cloudy amber brew. Malty, yeasty nose, reminds me of bread. Good, full mouthful of malts, with hops that complement and do not detract from the grain flavor. This one sort of caught me by surprise, wasn't expecting to enjoy this one as much as I did.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden orange color with a sweet caramel nose and some citrus. The nose had a light citrus hopping to it with some light caramel. The initial flavor was malty and a tad thin, with a watery lemon/citrus juice flavor that was sharp and pronounced in the beginning. Has a lemony flavor that faded subtly in the finish and ended with a lemon tang. Overall a decent amber with a nice maltiness and drinkability.

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Photo of tone77
3.06/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a cloudy amber color with a small white head that quickly turns into a thin lace around the edges of the glass. The aroma is rather faint for the style but does posses some nice toasted malt and hop flavors. The taste much like the aroma is pretty subdued with some biscuity malt and a touch of hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is light and fizzy from the carbonation. Overall, this is a pretty average amber that does not really stand out in any way. It is pretty drinkable, but it lacks in the flavor department.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Re-review 03/13/05:

Abita Amber was the 2nd review of mine since joining BA, since my tastes have grown I decided it was time for a update. First off, this beer is way better than the original review indicates. The appearannce is a nice caramel amber color with an average head. Aroma is biscuity sweet with a hint of grain. Taste is malty, sweet, but not too sweet. A medium bodied grain taste is noted too. This is very tasty stuff, my tastes sure have grown since I first reviewed Abita Amber. This is something I would consider for sessions.

Original Review 5/08/04:

Maybe this isn't my style of beer or something, but I didn't like this beer as much as previous voting by other AB members would indicate. The malty, semi-sweet after taste slightly turns me off. I do love the healthy appearance of the beer and I am glad to support a semi-local brewery. I will definently be trying other Abita products in the near future.


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Photo of Haybeerman
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clear, fairly kight amber color. Poured a coarse one inch or better head that disipated fairly fast. Minimal lacing.

S: Roasted malt, slightly bitter hops. Pleasing "beer smell".

T: Again roasted malt, nuts and caramel; also slightly sweet/musty like brown sugar. Slightly bitter hops in the finish but didn't quite balance the sweetness.

M: Light body, but clean and crisp. Carbonation was very refreshing.

D: Very drinkable really. Light body doesn't slow you down. Decent beer just not real special.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.59/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazed amber. Moderate amounts of carbonation are noted. Thin ivory white head. Lace is minimal. Pretty nice aroma. Real nutty. Caramelly and malty as well. That taste has a real heavy nuttiness as well. Mixes with a bit of toasted malt and caramel malt. Decent enough taste. Medium-full body. Moderate amounts of carbonation.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear amber slash light copper color mix. The head is pretty sparse and leaves no film on the surface of glass. Very scattered hazing.Smells a little toasty with a few biscuit notes. The flavor was pretty good. Starts out with some subdued hop bitterness but then leads to some well defined toasted malts. Mouthfeel was pretty light but still had some toasty balls of flavor. Something that I could drink all night.

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Photo of Brad007
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +17.6%
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!

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Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On the pour dark amber color, the head indifferent in size, the texture frothy, the lace in lumpy sheets to coat the glass. Nose is sweet, malt dominates, clear and crisp. Front is cloyingly sweet, the top skinny with a middling carbonation and pleasant hop bite. Abita’s make’s some decent session beers, but they lack the fullness of mouth feel that I prefer.

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Photo of avalon07
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a mug. Has a rich amber hue, with middle of the road texture. Has a small head that disappears quickly. A good amount of lacing.

Has an okay smell, with a fruity aroma coming out.

Actually has a pretty decent taste. Some hops, malt, fruit and caramel. Could've been a bit thicker, but still nice.

A fair amount of carbonation (could have some more) gives a decent mouthfeel.

Overall, a pretty drinkable beer. Not overly complex or the greatest thing ever, but certainly solid.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a dull lightly hazy amber color. Lighter head hangs around. Head leaves minute dots of lacing.

S-Another dull one. Essentially no hop presence. Toasty bread and sweetness. Light and clean. Lacks aromatic vigor.

T-Yeah, same here too. Didn't have nearly enough zest to pair with my delicious dinner. Just mild for days. Toasted bread and consistent sweetness. Light grains too.

M-Light and nearly watery. Zapping bubbles. Goes down quick of course, but boy does it leave something to be desired.

O/D-Another yawner. In terms of a Vienna Lager, Boston Lager blows this one's face off. One bottle is enough for me.

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Amber from Abita Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 504 ratings.