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Alaskan Amber - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1173
Reviews: 543
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%

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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Photo of chicagobill13


5/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Color: Nice amber looking beer.

Smell: smells like warm candy in the summer. great smell.

Taste and Mouthfeel: A Nice matlt balance. This is a very drinkable beer.

This is a very good beer. I am so glad it is one state that is less then 3 hours away for me. i will be making trips to WI for it. This beer brings me back to the nice summer to fall day as a kid. I don't know why. I really enjoy this beer. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 00:57:13 | More by chicagobill13
Photo of ZAP


4.88/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Outstanding...my kind of beer...very malty and sweet with a slick mouth feel (almost oily or greasy)..minimal hops...light orangish color....I didn't get much head retention, but you can see the carbonation...doesn't taste charged up though...this is a brilliant beer..truly exceptional....I expected a little more hop bite on the aftertaste but it is fine just the way it is..

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2002 00:24:41 | More by ZAP
Photo of OldRedLion


4.85/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Alaskan Amber is a perennial favourite of mine. A smooth, copper colored ale; heavy on the malt with just enough hop to cleanse the palette from the sweetness. Definitely NOT a "lawnmower" beer, but mild enough to drink plenty in a session. This is another great choice for the milder fall and cooler winter sessions at the pub or in front of the fire at home. One issue I have had with this beer is an omnipresent flaw of the pub to want to serve it cold. This beer suffers greatly from a cold pour, as the floral complexities are completely lost. If you are tasting this beer for the first time, do yourself the favour of letting the bottle stand 5-10 minutes out of refrigeration before pouring, then pour slowly and with the glass tipped as you normally would. The head on this style beer should be low, as the carbonation should be as well. If you have a home draught beer system, set it no less than 45F and I recommend tapping into a pitcher and serving from there, as I have found that helps the head to seem creamier.

Alaskan Amber pairs well with hearty beef dishes, and I enjoy it with any dish which you might pair with a red wine. If I could find a fault with with this beer, it would be the flaw in most/all bottled offerings; that of metallic force carbonation. This is my default bottled beer favourite, as here in California, due to a great distribution network, we can often get it for less than $12/12 pack! Someone show me a better $1 ale!!!

This is a good choice for an American made amber ale without the overbearing hop profile which the west coast has imposed on the style. it compares well with British pale, ESB or German Alt beers in flavour and food pairing. If you have tried it in the past, and were "unimpresesed", try it again properly served. You'll be glad you did!!

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 23:36:57 | More by OldRedLion
Photo of beernut7


4.83/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is probably my favorite ale. I enjoy the balanced flavors and nothing goes down smoother. Wish I could get it in MA without the extra shipping.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2002 18:44:16 | More by beernut7
Photo of SteveO1231


4.72/5  rDev +30%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an awesome dark reddish copper color with a nice head of off-white head. Not much lacing but a nice ring of fizz floats around the rim of my glass. Nice carbonation.

Very faint malty aroma and a candi sweet smell of cherries, kind of reminds me of redvines candy.

Fizzy on the palate, crisp and smooth. Awesome malty sweetness a little fruity, balanced perfectly with a light bitterness. Carbonation makes me burp quite a bit.

Very good beer, totally a session beer, I could drink this brew all night long!


Serving type: bottle

12-28-2005 03:48:06 | More by SteveO1231
Photo of Fabric8r


4.63/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Excellent pre-dinner beer, if on tap because the bottled version is nothing like the draft. Wonderful aftertaste that I cannot describe. Usually ask at a restaurant if they have it on tap, if not, we usually don't return. (it's that much of a great pre-dinner beer for me). I have found different batches taste different. Alaskan needs to pay attention to their consistency (or maybe that is their plan ?) If you find it on tap before dinner, Enjoy!

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2002 11:37:44 | More by Fabric8r
Photo of jmbranum


4.63/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I enjoyed this beer from the bottle at the Anchorage, Alaska airport.

Attractive iced-tea colored brew, clear with slight head. Aroma is nice and malty. Flavor is very well-balanced, some faint chocolate notes (actually they were stronger when drunk straight out of the bottle the day before while on Alaska Airlines) Very rich. Wonderfully rich and smooth mouthfeel, really this what sets this beer apart.

Don't know about the alcohol content, but it seems fairly strong.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2008 00:17:00 | More by jmbranum
Photo of kyleg


4.53/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured with a brilliant deep amber, the appearance was perfect! Nice head retention to start with and it lasted all the way to the end. The nice malty, creamy, chewy mouth feel this beer provides is my reason for this review. An enjoyable session beer for sure.

This beer is very true to this "old" beer style. One of the best American interpretations of a German beer I've had. I would certainly drink this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 21:12:33 | More by kyleg
Photo of TSJ4000


4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For a beer that travels from Alaska to the midwest, I'm astonished it is so fresh. The color and initial taste remind me more of a brown ale and not an amber. Light still passes through the glass but the color resembles more of a dark red, brunette almost. The malts lean that way too. I taste a nice roasty chocolate malt that reminds me of a good brown. The hop finish is nothing more than a little bitters to balance out the malt. Underrated beer I will say.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2012 21:50:05 | More by TSJ4000
Photo of bbluemzbeer


4.49/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I don not think I ever had this style of beer but it surprise with taste and quality.

Appearance : It is copper color produces a really thick and nice an fluffy head.

Smell : Malty and I was not expecting many hops

Taste : It has a hit with malts and some carbonation. Great tasting dark beer for some getting into craft beer,

Mouthfeel: Medium Carbonation has appears to have in the glass, It does have a really nice finish. It finishes sweet and then begins to dry as you swallow.
I am impressed with this beer. This makes me want to grab a few more these amber beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 06:33:22 | More by bbluemzbeer
Photo of mjurney


4.48/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very nice copper color. Some carbonation rising. Small head that disappear really quick.

Sweet aroma, but very light... Caramel and fruity esters.

Very rich and malty. Lots of caramel malts, biscuity, hazelnut, toasty, just slight hint of chocolate. Just touch of bitter hops towards the finish.

Very smooth. Medium body, yet pretty creamy. Carbonation is very nice.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 21:04:01 | More by mjurney
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.45/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pillow of delicately toasty and caramelish malt seems to be the heart and soul of this brilliant, reddish-copper ale. It's present in the nose, and then again in the flavor... big time! It's very nicely balanced as well, leaving it sweetish and nutty, but not sweet. The emphasis is, however, clearly on the malt, and not the hops. The hops that are present are floral, slightly grassy, and just a touch spicy; but they lay low, giiving only a waft of character to the nose, and an accent of "spice" to the flavor. And that is what gives this beer its incredible roundness and balance. It's rich without being cloying, and oh-so-delicately balanced by its restrained hop flavors and bitterness. It finishes almost without notice, leaving just a smear of nutty, toasty and biscuity malt to linger on the palate; and lending greatly to its drinkability by beckoning you to partake again. Quite nice!

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2005 17:21:08 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of Zorro


4.43/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear bronze colored brew.

Smell is sweet and very fruity malt smells are present.

Taste is sweet and fruity and a bit grainy with just the right amount of bitterness to it.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkable? This is ambrosia! This is one of my favorite beers in the world. I last had this in Seattle about 2 years ago, I loved it then and I love it now!

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2004 02:15:58 | More by Zorro
Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

4.43/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have fond memories of this beer, on tap many years ago (before BA was around), at the Chena Hot Springs Resort up in Alaska, I wonder if they still have it?

Anyway, I saw it at Pay and Take in Flagstaff, while checking out their beer fridges and grabbed a bottle to be drank in the windless sunspot they have outside.

I am a big fan of Alt beers (even if they aren't brewed in Dusseldorf). This one doesn't let the style down one iota.

Looked good, that reddish tint to its clear body, on top sat the regular tanned/off-white head most Alts have.

The smell was mildly malty, as it should be and the taste was just perfect for the first beer of my 2nd 'allocated drinking days' during our US road tour.

Really pleased to have re-found this beer, most likely be years before we are reaquainted, a great pity because it is a well made beer in a style many brewers find difficult to produce (outside the Dusseldorf area).

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 11:53:08 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of mzwolinski


4.4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another in a long list of classic brews that I've taken too long to review. Pours a deep mahogany in color, with pleasingly ample carbonation and a thinnish, cream-colored head. The aroma is quite tempting -- toasty, slightly nutty malt with a bit of difficult-to-place fruitiness. Rich and hearty smelling for those cold Alaska nights, days, afternoons, etc. The flavor starts sweet up front, developing a rich, deep, malt body that lingers at the back of the throat. Finishes off with a toasty turn to the malt, and a pleasant but restrained hop bitterness. Very well balanced, though leaning a bit toward the sweet side. Medium-full in body, and damn drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2004 06:31:28 | More by mzwolinski
Photo of chsanders


4.4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an exceptional session beer. Creamy head, dark amber color, smooth taste and not the least bit heavy. The aroma doesn't quite come all the way through with the taste -just a little more mellow. Nice lacing on the glass that stays all the way through.
I was introduced to this beer by my brother in AK, and can't get it here in NE -but I can in WY, came back with a case this past weekend. It's going to be hard to make it stretch out.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2008 03:08:58 | More by chsanders
Photo of gueuzer


4.4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

App- Mahogany with and off white fluffy head.

Sm- Subtle grain aromas with a bit of fruity ale yeast esters.

Ta- Sweet wort-like malt flavors that is immediately balanced by a blueberry like fruitiness that comes from the yeast. Slight toasted biscuits peeking though.

Ov- Excellent altbier. Spot on.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 18:48:05 | More by gueuzer
Photo of demuzik


4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite staple, go-to-brews; appearance is inviting, a deep reddish hue that poured crystal clear with an ivory head.

The smell is mellow but balanced with hop crispyness and malt tones.

Flavor on this one is quite amazing; simple, yet very tasty - caramel, toasty maltness balanced perfectly with subtle hop background. Not overly malty as to be sweet, but ends up tasty crispy and snappy on the palette.

Overall, a prime example of a larger craft-brewery production; always a great stand-by brew if you're hankering for something malty and balanced. Goes great with salmon, pizza, etc.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2011 19:01:38 | More by demuzik
Photo of QXSTER1


4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Balance! This is what the word is about. Nothing overpowering but everything is there. Great malty nose accentuated by the deep amber color. Rocky white head that calms to a sticky white lace. Sweet complex malt notes with caramel and biscuit, and just before malt overload the hops kicks in to a smooth mid-palate. Finish is velvety and full bodied but not cloying. A great accompaniment to a summer grill dinner.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2002 17:00:08 | More by QXSTER1
Photo of Phatz


4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A few weeks ago my sister gave me this odd glass that was given to her by a friend who moved. It didn't match anything of their glassware so her husband didn't want it. I almost forgot I put it on the bottom shelf of the beer glass hutch until my dad brought this beer back from Alaska for me. I was reading the suggested glassware for this beer is a Stange (Slender Cylinder) and had now idea what that was; wouldn’t you know the glass my sister had no use for is exactly what I wanted. It was providential that I should enjoy this beer in this glass at this time; and a pleasure indeed!

Appearance: Pours a beautiful ruby brown color with an off-white head that fades fast.

Smell: Malty! Very malty and bready too; with a nice touch of floral hop in the nose as well.

Taste: Starts off malty and sweet with hints of caramel and fruit parallel to the bready grain amber malt flavor. There is also a grassy hop presence that makes itself know but does not over dominate this brew. The finish is dry with a nice lingering aftertaste of gentle but firm hops and doughy dryness.

Mouthfeel: Oily slick through the center with a solid malt backbone and yet smooth and slight creamy around the edges with a nice dryness that prickle the palate.

Drinkability: This is a perfect anytime any occasion easy drinking beer. It is enjoyable for savoring and perfect as a session beer. The small ABV I didn’t even feel after just one but the tasty flavor stayed with me after it was finished. Simply put it would always be good choice! Well done Alaskan Brewing Co.

Hope this is helpful.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2006 06:37:37 | More by Phatz
Photo of jpro

South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After visiting the brewery about 5 years ago, I’d been looking forward to having this again... too bad you have to go to the west coast to get some. Had a couple on-tap at Pour 24 in Vegas - one in the bar, one to go.

A: Serves up a coppery, light red with a thin, white head; no lace on this one.

S: Rich malts; some caramel; light, spicy hop notes.

T: Nutty malt flavor; some rich caramelly malts; a kiss of earthy hops; smooth and balanced.

M: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation; so smooth.

D: Nice and malty, yet refreshing - it went down fast on the Vegas strip; glad to have this again! An altbier with just a smidge more of a punch than a traditional version.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2011 02:18:09 | More by jpro
Photo of hopfacebrew


4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle date 081112 to a pint glass the beer arrives a clear dark copper amber color with a 1/5 finger cream/off-white head with some retention and lacing, but not much. The nose is caramel sweet with an undertone of toasted barley. A hint of fruity nature as well. The flavor is very much the same, malty, with a semi-sweet presence. Mildly bitter, hints of fruit and nuts. Very easy to drink, very approachable. Earthy hops are mild in flavor. Creamy. Very enjoyable. Finishes smooth and creamy and clean. Adequately carbonated and lighter bodied. Not a ton of flavor, but this is an altbier, and one of the most enjoyable and drinkable I've had.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 13:20:18 | More by hopfacebrew
Photo of BeerResearcher


4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Genaro for bringing me my first Alaskan beer! This Alt pours a deep, dark amber. The off-white head fades rather fast into a very thin coating. The aroma is mostly of sweet caramel, honey and light fruity notes. The malt is creamy and sweet, and just a bit smoky. Again, caramel and honey comes to mind in the flavor department. A light citrus bitterness and mild spicy taste make for a subdued and balanced brew. I could drink quite a few of these babies. The more I drink this sweet Amber the more impressed I become!

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2003 23:18:22 | More by BeerResearcher
Photo of mithrascruor


4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a nice deep amber color. Fluffy 1in. head is creamy, off-white, and has a good amount of retention.

Smell: Lots of roasted malts, together with a bit of grains and hops. Overall a nice smell, slightly sweet.

Taste: Like a loaf of sweet bread; grains, malts, a nice floral sweetness, etc. Enjoyable, unique, and relatively bold.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium-bodied, and with a very light amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Low alcohol and very drinkable. No problems here!

A really great beer! Nice, unique flavor and very drinkable. Certainly a good beer for many occasions. My first alt, so I'll certainly look for other in the future.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2006 03:13:12 | More by mithrascruor
Photo of MuenchenerKindl


4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber to a pint glass the liquid id light brown with good carbonation. The head is a nice 2 fingers, off white and leaves some nice lace.

The smell is nice sweet caramel malt, milt hops.

The taste follows, really sweet and delicious malt. A very good tasting brew.

The mouthfeel is good, nice body and good carbonation.

The drinkability is very good a great drinking brew.

Prosit, und Zum Wohl, MK

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2008 07:27:48 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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