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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

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-08-2001)
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Photo of mralphabet


3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 bottle poured into pint glass

A: Pour a light brown, little note of ruby in the color.... about a fingers worth of head that settled to a ring with little lacing.

S: Sweet Caramel malt right up front

T: Just like the smell.... a really nice sweet caramel malt, with a very light touch of cinnamon. Finish is clean and smooth.

M: Kind of thin and watery at first but gets smoother are it warms.

D: Pretty straight forward Amber... Nothing to far off the path, just a good amber...

Good beer from Abita....

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 03:45:10 | More by mralphabet
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

07-05-2014 18:08:07 | More by bleedsblu
Photo of philipquarles


3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber color (shocking, isn't it?). Nice creamy head that disappears quickly to leave a coating of foam on top. Very nice lacing.

Smells of malt almost exclusively. Perhaps a hint of hops and some other earthy graininess. This carries on into the taste. Mostly earthy malt with some bitterness peaking through.

Mouthfeel is ok. Slightly watery but very smooth. Overall, not a terribly complex brew, but very solid and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2008 01:08:14 | More by philipquarles
Photo of acevenom


3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on tap. It had the sort of amber color you'd expect from something called amber. It had a white head and lacing was left on the glass during consumption. There was a light aroma of malt, but not much else. The taste was fairly mellow. There was a malty taste that was dry and crisp. It has a light mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is still very popular in Louisiana.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2012 18:30:09 | More by acevenom
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

04-09-2012 04:04:21 | More by martyl1000
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

07-19-2014 17:52:49 | More by Sellen
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

01-29-2014 18:54:52 | More by benloho
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

12-29-2013 22:03:31 | More by Zraly
Photo of stoutman


3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 01:31:16 | More by stoutman
Photo of biggmike


2.95/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Kind of a disappointment, as Abita has some beers that I really like. Clear amber pour with white head that doesn't last for long. Slightly sweet beer that tastes of caramel. Thin mouthfeel that is a bit watery. Malty aroma that isn't very strong. Drinkable, but not great by any means.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2007 09:44:01 | More by biggmike
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4.26/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured this Vienna Lager from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a clear amber color, produced a nice off white head, decent retention and left behind excellent lacing. The aroma consisted of toasted and caramel malt. Medium in body, a foundation of malted grain, hints of caramel and some spicy hops. Overall, very nice example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 19:32:53 | More by GossageBrewery
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

06-04-2012 19:44:44 | More by bluerabbit
Photo of mooseisloose


3.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Smell is malty with caramel notes and a tart sweetness. Pours to a light amber with a foamy off-white head. Taste is very light with sweet caramel malt flavor and a very slight bitterness only in the background. Carbonation seems high, but is needed to give this brew some substance. This brew is so light it's almost watery. I expected more. However, this would have to be a great and most flavorful lawnmower beer. Highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2008 02:14:41 | More by mooseisloose
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3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poued into a pint glass, from a 12oz. bottle. The beer appeared a dark orange, with a slight head, and no lacing. The aroma, what little there was, wasnt exactly pleasant. Maybe I got a bad batch, but it smelled a little on the skunky side. The mouthfeel is a little thin, but the taste is great! Definitely the best point of this beer, is the flavor. Starts out slighty sweet fruit, and ends with a nice rounded nutty flavor. I suppose if you dont care about the aroma of your beer, this one might be a great session beer, but for me, one or two will do it.

Updated April 2007
Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer poured a deep caramel, forming a 1 inch head, that left medium rings of lace on the glass. The aroma has a nice sweet caramel smell. The taste is much the same. Light sweet malt thickness, caramel flavor, and a hint of hop presence at the finish. Medium smooth mouthfeel. Overall, a significant difference between the first time I reviewed, and the second. I'm hoping that this second time is how the beer is supposed to taste, but I wont know until I try it a third time;)

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2006 07:18:26 | More by beeragent
Photo of climax


3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 23:10:16 | More by climax
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4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

02-15-2013 14:43:28 | More by Dapperticus
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4.13/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the most popular beers in South Louisiana, from the local Abita Brewery. A strong taste that's not overpowering and an outstanding drinkability. Available in bottles, but draft is the real way to go. A pitcher of Amber with some good caun food is hard to beat!

I'm not going to lie either... this one gets higher than usual ratings due to some sentimentality...

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2008 18:21:48 | More by theboozecruise
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4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Well it's a clear amber with about an inch worth of head on top.

Aroma: Biscuity notes, caramel malt, a little bit of citrus in the middle. At the end is a twinge of dryness and maltiness.

Taste: A solidly smooth mouthfeel with a buttery texture and a minor hop bite. Biscuity and caramel malts and touches of piney and citrus.

Notes: Nicely balanced and drinkable it's nice to find another Vienna Lager. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 01:59:36 | More by horshack7
Photo of mjurney


4.48/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber color, clear. Good amount of carbonation rising. Small frothy head.

Very mild, malty, some toasted and caramel.

Very rich, sweet, biscuity, toasted, caramel, buttery. Hop bitterness is very mild, earthy-spice. Finish is crisp, yet pretty dry. Body is light towards medium, crisp, clean, slight dryness, nice carbonation.

Outstanding beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 08:31:20 | More by mjurney
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4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

02-06-2013 09:25:07 | More by Michaeldmanley
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3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber, with a slightly cloudy appearence and very little head with no lace, very tiny bubbles. Smell is malt with a deep flowery hop hidden in the malt. Above average. Mouth washed very clean, with slight bitter aftertaste and only a small bit of foaming. Taste was more on the malt side, a dark, rich and mildly toasted malt. This was a chewy beer without the kick of the alcohol getting in the way. Very good.

I could see having these as a change up or even drinking a few at a poker game. Nothing really special, but well rounded for flavor. A typical craft beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2006 22:12:38 | More by Ricochet


3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 13:14:24 | More by GDBEERMAN
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4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

08-31-2013 08:42:52 | More by ChicagoShakeAndBake26
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

01-10-2013 05:29:18 | More by TheMarkE
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +9%

01-26-2013 21:09:22 | More by JeffreyJDavis
Amber from Abita Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 1,236 ratings.