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Amber - Abita Brewing Co.

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1,267 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,267
Reviews: 476
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 16.81%
Wants: 30
Gots: 81 | 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 plaid75

New York

3.9/5  rDev +13%

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.

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

New Mexico

3.13/5  rDev -9.3%

Big white to off white head dies, leaving a pretty nice lacing above a clear copper colored amber.

A light caramel malt with some sourness, almost a light soapiness to the aroma.

Light roasted caramel malt seems to grow with each drink. A little bit of the grains come through the caramel malts.

A very light dry finish and aftertaste with some of the toasted malts hanging around on this mediumish bodied beer.

I had been led to believe that Abita beers were better than this.

05-07-2012 22:15:10 | More by LXIXME
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -2%

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.

01-18-2008 01:45:40 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +13.9%

A - dark amber with a thick layer of dense, white head that has great retention

S - grassy, earthy hops; caramel; sweet

T - caramel, nutty, grassy, earthy

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is an easy drinking Vienna Lager. It has decent flavor and good body. It's worth a try.

05-25-2012 01:08:42 | More by tdm168
Photo of Bighuge


3.58/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

05-30-2006 02:16:38 | More by Bighuge
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3/5  rDev -13%

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.

01-23-2012 19:12:22 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of Kelp

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

05-02-2013 06:32:36 | More by Kelp
Photo of sendbeer


2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

10-22-2012 16:54:07 | More by sendbeer
Photo of dmorgan310


3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

01-23-2013 15:24:01 | More by dmorgan310
Photo of DrJay


3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

05-10-2013 23:35:16 | More by DrJay
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.56/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

09-21-2010 00:57:03 | More by chinchill
Photo of wrightst


4/5  rDev +15.9%

05-05-2014 03:21:10 | More by wrightst
Photo of Tone


3.18/5  rDev -7.8%

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.

10-11-2009 18:31:27 | More by Tone
Photo of HopHead84


3.33/5  rDev -3.5%


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.

04-02-2012 00:16:13 | More by HopHead84
Photo of Gusler


3/5  rDev -13%

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.

12-02-2002 05:32:21 | More by Gusler
Photo of Brad007


3.88/5  rDev +12.5%

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.

09-22-2010 00:59:33 | More by Brad007
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

05-04-2011 00:41:43 | More by GarthDanielson
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

07-11-2012 00:16:15 | More by rolltide8425
Photo of THECPJ


3/5  rDev -13%

12-14-2011 17:12:18 | More by THECPJ
Photo of harpus


3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

08-03-2012 23:41:00 | More by harpus
Photo of scruffwhor


3.7/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

02-25-2006 18:27:37 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of GraduatedCashew


3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

08-28-2013 17:36:36 | More by GraduatedCashew
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District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -13%

05-03-2013 00:04:48 | More by Rhettroactive
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +11%

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.

02-14-2008 16:02:39 | More by avalon07
Photo of Dogbrick


2.6/5  rDev -24.6%

Copper colored with a rather thick head. Faint malt aroma. The flavor was unfortunately rather bland and there is no risk of it offending anyone. I like to be challenged a tad more by a beer that touts being a micro-brew on their label.

11-05-2002 10:26:02 | More by Dogbrick
Amber from Abita Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 1,267 ratings.