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Alaskan Amber - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan AmberAlaskan Amber

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1,360 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,360
Reviews: 551
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 44
Gots: 105 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Richly malty and long on the palate, with just enough hop backing to make this beautiful amber colored "alt" style beer notably well balanced.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-20-2001)
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Reviews by CorvetteMike:
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Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

While on a cruise in Alaska, visited the brewery, and sampled all of the beers on the tour. The Amber was my second favorite. Brewed with no preservatives, so can not get in New England.

A: Pours an amber color, 1 finger head that does not last long.

S: Malty smell, very pleasant.

T: Malty taste with a slight bitterness, and aftertaste to it.

M: Some carbonation, and aftertaste that lingers on.

O: Above average beer, but I like the Alaskan IPA better.

06-21-2013 17:32:18 | More by CorvetteMike
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Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +4.1%

Poured into a standard pint glass well you guessed it amber a full amber at that a thinner off white head atop,very nice clarity to the pour.Lighter malt aromas like that of cookie dough with notes of caramel as well almost no hop really to speak of except for a drifting leaf presence but you have to try to find it.Mild malt flavors as well sweetish cookie dough with some caramel sweetness a touch of crispness in the finish keeps it from being to sweet.A no frills old school beer lightly sweet low in alc% to make it very drinkable.

11-03-2007 21:29:20 | More by oberon
Photo of RoyalT


3.15/5  rDev -13.2%

Appearance – Orangish-brown in color with a smallish head that went down quickly.

Smell – Light, sweet, molasses-infused malt. Very faint.

Taste – The lightly-toasted malt flavors come out at the tongue. This one is very subtle, with a slight maple finish and a touch of bitterness throughout.

Mouthfeel – Very little carbonation and light-bodied. This bier is smooth though and flowed down quite nicely.

Drinkability – This went down alright, although I don’t think I’ll buy again. The Widmer Winternacht is a much better brew if you’re in the market for a NW Altbier.

10-29-2003 02:01:25 | More by RoyalT
Photo of TCHopCraver


3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

I am not all that familiar with Alt Bier, but this is basically the flagship Alaskan Brewing beer from what I'm told, so here goes!

A pretty copper-amber-orange flows out of the bottle with a slight light khaki head that burns off immediately. A fair amount of carbonation shows through the see-through body. There is no lacing left behind on my pint glass.

The aroma presents sweet cereal grains, sweet fruits (plum and peach), caramel syrup, and a bit of shortcake. It's definitely sweet and fairly straight forward, but pretty good nonetheless.

The flavor is a little fuller than the smell suggested and has a very slight astrigent tang that is present throughout the sip. Some sweet fruits come through in the taste, along with a very cereal-like graininess. The overall taste is similar to a fruity syrup. There is a very small amount of hop bitterness on the finish. I think I could use a little more of the bitter at the end, to be honest.

A2 has a medium-bodied feel that does a pretty nice job of coating my palate. That tangy taste provides a little bit of a pucker on my tongue and the finish cleans most of the creaminess off of my tongue.

Overall, this is a pretty good brew. I wish I had a traditional alt in my repertoire to compare it to, but I do not. I think the one way to improve it just a bit would be to add just a little more bittering hops to balance out the syrupy sweetness from the malt. A very easy drinking beer that I would recommend to newer craft drinkers to ease them along their path.

11-09-2011 04:20:32 | More by TCHopCraver
Photo of SteadySippin


3.35/5  rDev -7.7%

This beer was poured from a bottle to a chilled glass.

A - I really like the appearance of this amber. Its color is exactly that, amber. The color really intrigues me to take a drink. No real lacing on the glass. Soon after pouring there is a head about a finger thick, minutes later the head dissipates to a thin ring around the glass.

S - This amber ale has a slightly floral scent, with hints of caramel.

T - The taste of this one gives off a slightly fruit flavor, like an orange. Noticeable bitterness but not overpowering. The after taste lingers with caramel. Slightly watery but still flavorful. This beer tastes very similarly to its smell. I really enjoy the first few seconds after swallowing a sip of this beer.

M - In the mouth it feels slightly thick, but watery if that makes sense. Plenty of carbonation, goes down pretty easily. You definitely feel the carbonation in the back of the throat.

O - This beer isn't anything to write home about, but it definitely isn't bad. I really enjoy the caramel flavors that you get in the after taste. The color of the beer is also quite nice. I wouldn't have a problem drinking this again but I'm in no rush to go out and buy more. I'd say give it a try if you're into ambers.

11-05-2013 03:40:22 | More by SteadySippin
Photo of Dmann


3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

An average beer to this palate. The pour was unimpressive and yielded a small fizzy head that faded as quickly as it came. The smell was very faint and was pretty sweet with a slight citrus hint. The flavor was good in the beginning with some good malty sweetness and a light spiciness but this was overshadowed by a odd astringent flavor that lingered till the end. I don't know if I got a bad batch or something but this ruined the flavor for me.
I have heard many good things about this beer so maybe I will re-review at a later time. But for now I am not impressed at all.

09-14-2005 09:38:11 | More by Dmann
Photo of danthehopslamman


3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

07-13-2014 00:52:22 | More by danthehopslamman
Photo of SD-Alefan

South Dakota

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

05-26-2014 23:40:11 | More by SD-Alefan
Photo of Kappakoosh


3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

12-26-2013 02:31:01 | More by Kappakoosh
Photo of Lazaro


3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

02-02-2013 02:16:52 | More by Lazaro
Photo of Todd


3.8/5  rDev +4.7%

Presentation: 12oz snubby brown twist-off top bottle.

Appearance: Rich and deep copper in colour with an off-white creamy foam head. Loads of carbonation activity and great head retention.

Smell: Very light aroma of grain and light esters.

Taste: A full-bodied brew with a smooth mouthfeel and creamy palate. Malt sweetness is sugary/dextriny with notes of raw grain. Nutty, biscuit and touch of chocolate are all part of the malty flavours that pull-thru when warmed up a bit. Bitterness is low, like weak floral tea. There's a touch of rind, but it gently creeps away into the malt sweetness. Finish is clean with hardly any residuals.

Notes: Despite it's name, this is an Alt beer and a very nice Alt at that. Outright tasty as hell if you ask me. All the right flavours are present and balance each other very well.

09-12-2001 00:00:01 | More by Todd
Photo of Beaver13


3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

22 oz bottle. Pours a clear reddish amber with a fine off white head that goes to a thin film that laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet caramel malts, toffee and some fruit.

The flavor is slightly sweet caramel, toffee and biscuits with a little fruitiness and enough bitterness at the finish to balance it well. The mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall, nothing too exciting but this is a well made, well balanced and enjoyable brew. This reminded me a bit of Fat Tire, but better.

03-24-2008 05:43:54 | More by Beaver13
Photo of EROCK83

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

04-21-2012 20:20:22 | More by EROCK83
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

05-20-2013 02:47:38 | More by SmellsofMahagony
Photo of TimoP


3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

10-25-2013 03:06:52 | More by TimoP
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

05-19-2014 06:35:31 | More by 77apm
Photo of Jason


3.05/5  rDev -16%

12 oz short brown twist-off, no freshness date.

Appearance: Thin lacing with a lacking retention gives the head a shorter than normal life. The tawny hue has some depth and shows off the clarity.

Smell: Toasted grain and biscuity malt aroma.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Faint crispness in a moderate body, simple malt flavours of toasted grain and sweetness. The hop bitterness is slightly spicy in the palate and balances the modest malt flavour. Hops have a light astringent note to them middle to end. More sweetness comes through at the end.

Notes: An average altbier, minus the light astringent character and I would come back to this one.

06-04-2003 18:14:58 | More by Jason
Photo of warriorsoul


4.1/5  rDev +12.9%

Thanks to fellow Weymouthian beernut7 for this rare one...
Pours a dark rust color w/ less than a half finger of bright white head which disappears almost instantly with very little lacing.
An attractive aroma of spiced hops and sweet malt balancing out the nose...juicy fruit goodness lingers w/ some caramel undertones.
The taste is very nice...the perfect blend of hops, malt and spice making this one very drinkable. Mildly bitter and the sweetness is nowhere near what I was expecting from its smell...very subdued.
Carbonation is a touch high, but the finish is very clean. Mouthfeel is medium bodied.
Another winner from Alaskan Brewing Company...

10-30-2005 17:48:18 | More by warriorsoul
Photo of tigg924


3.63/5  rDev 0%

Appearance: light amber in color, clear, huge head

Smell: toasted malt and a bit of cider

Taste: toasted malt, toffee, touch of hops, and apple

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, very smooth, light bodied, a nice dry and sweet finish

Drinkability: A tasty, malty, and very sessionable altbier. I like the hint of fruit in the taste. Another great camping beer.

10-29-2009 16:35:11 | More by tigg924
Photo of Mora2000


4/5  rDev +10.2%

Glad to finally have Alaskan Brewing in Texas.

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of toffee and a little bit of biscuit malt, as well as a hint of grass and some earth. The flavor has quite a bit of malt, plus some orange citrus and a little bit of grass. Very easy to drink. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

06-09-2012 01:56:16 | More by Mora2000
Photo of menkros


3.08/5  rDev -15.2%

Pours amber with a 1 finger head that quickly dissipates. Little carbonation. Smells of light peach. Taste is smooth and easy going down. This is their flagship beer and to be honest, I’ve never been much of a fan. I’m going to skip the formalities since just about everyone has had it. I can never get much head on it like they have in the picture, but I’m guessing that was poured on tap. It’s too sweet for my liking, so in that way I think it’s more of an Amber than and Alt, but it definitely has some Alt characteristics. Alaskan brews a few great beers, but this isn’t one of them.

09-28-2012 14:55:37 | More by menkros
Photo of Cavanaghty


4/5  rDev +10.2%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Thank you shan8454 for this one in trade.

Appearance: Darker amber with a thin white head that lingered for a while, no lacing on the glass.

Smell: Pleasant smell of banana, cloves, citrus, hops, and mild malts.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste is a sweet fruity flavor with some bitter hops and a slight citrus bite.

Overall: Very good brew! I think I may have a new top favorite to add to the list with this one.

01-26-2014 22:02:14 | More by Cavanaghty
Photo of bsp77


3.58/5  rDev -1.4%

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pint. Best before July 29, 2011.

Appearance: Clear, rich amber with nice off-white head.

Smell: Spicy noble hops (slightly metallic), cherry and other dark fruits. Slight biscuit notes.

Taste: Very fruity and caramel-like. Some breadiness, with a finish that is slightly spicy, but the fruitiness carries through nicely.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, light to medium body that is somewhat reminiscent of a lager. Somewhat spritzy. Semi-dry finish.

Overall: Very strong everyday beer and somewhat unique for a flagship. Not the best Alt I have had, but both refreshing and full-flavored, and that was about all I expected.

05-02-2011 21:55:07 | More by bsp77
Photo of magictrokini


3/5  rDev -17.4%

Very light-tasting beer. Clear amber color with moderate head. Aroma of flowers and malt. Kind of like sweet bread dough. Tastes malty, with deifnite fruity-sweet flavors and and minor hops. Kind of a wheaty bitterness in the finish that was unexpected from an amber. Above average beer.

12-04-2008 19:13:04 | More by magictrokini
Photo of NOLTERN


4/5  rDev +10.2%

11-26-2013 00:20:17 | More by NOLTERN
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Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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