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Alaskan Amber - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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1,439 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,439
Reviews: 561
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 46
Gots: 135 | 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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Photo of Brewsmith
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a 22 oz. bottle purchased locally. Aroma is fruity - apples with some plum. Color is a burnt amber orange with a tan head that went away fast. Malty, toasty, some biscuit and evenly balanced with bitterness. Medium bodied and finishes dry but just sits on the tongue. Still an easy drinking beer.

Brewsmith, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of bondjedi
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer never does it for me. It's well-made with good ingredients, and has some heft. Maybe it's TOO well-made, if that's possible. A tough beer to get sloshed on, though you might enjoy it with a big piece of beef. Maybe it's better coming from a tap...

bondjedi, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of Noxious26
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is my first try at an alt style beer, but a newcomers view might be worthwhile to some.

A light brown clear body. Head is virtually non-existent.

Smell is sweet and malty. So far so good, but not remarkable.

The taste is quite sweet and malty. There is a strong alcohol taste that reminds me of McEwan's Scotch Ale. I don't know if this is typical to the style or not, but it really reminds me of Scotch Ales.

There is little to no carbonation and I would expect a thicker presence in the mouth from an ale with this taste. The thin beer and strong flavour don't seem to go together well.

I can't say too much about this beer in terms of drinkability. I don't think I'll try another one, but I'm going easy on the rating because of personal preference and I don't have any other alt beer experience to compare it to.

Noxious26, Jun 03, 2005
Photo of ccrida
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into my delirium snifter, Alaskan Amber is a bright ruddy amber with a small, very tight light sand head with long last, leaving scattered, foamy lace.

Smell is sweet malt, a bit like wort, not too strong though.

Taste is similar, a sweet malty beer, biscuit, a little bit of leafy hops, fairly simple, with a lingering bite at the finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy and medium light.

Drinkability is okay, a session type ale, a bit too sweet and simple for my taste though to drink many of them.

ccrida, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of edmundfitzoil
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one is pretty darn popular at work, so I finally decided to give it a go. I had it on-tap and poured into a standard pint glass.
The beer poured a red/amber with a very nice, off white 1/2 in. of head that retained pretty well but left very little lacing. I might have been lucky to get a great pour, but this was a beautiful beer. The aroma was malts with some caramel and a hint of fruitiness. The beer's flavor was a sweet malty flavor with some hop flavor coming through as well. I had a physically beautiful pour, but I found the beer itself disapointing slightly - well, mainly because of the build up and expectations based on what customers and coworkers had been saying about it. But it's not a bad beer, not in the least, which is pretty drinkable and pretty prevalent here.

edmundfitzoil, Oct 01, 2005
Photo of cswhitehorse
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Alaskan amber pours, you got it an amber color with little head to it. The smell is faint tinge of grain . The taste is a mellow and it has a balance to it between the hops and malt. It is light on the carbonation and the feeling on the palate is soft and a little floral in the finish. This would be a hot summer day beer for me.

cswhitehorse, Sep 22, 2007
Photo of Atricapilla
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Has a copper colored appearance with a relatively small head which eventually laced away. The main aroma consisted of malt and that dominated the palate too. This was followed by toffee and slight nuttiness. This beer was fairly easy to drink, but was also a bit on the sweet side.

Atricapilla, Jul 10, 2007
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear amber with initial 1.5 finger head. Dissipates to thin white crown.

Smell: Brown sugar, malt, and some spicy notes. Pretty faint aroma. EDIT: I smell nothing from bottle 4 of the 6pk.

Taste: Sweet (somewhat grainy) malt, a touch of citrus, some honey, and a mild hoppy finish. Some spicy notes and maybe a bit of wood are there as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a slight numbing effect. Nothing special.

Drinkability: I'm not too familiar with altbiers, but tastes like a spicier amber to me. There's a slight stinging sensation created by the spices and carbonation, but other than that this is an easy drink. Not the best flavor though...

ThreeWiseMen, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of younger35
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 22oz bomber into a pint glass while watching the Angels – Mariners game. I’ve had this once before but it was after about 8 Bridgeport IPA’s.

Appearance- Pours a nice copper amber with a fluffy ass one finger head that slowly recedes to leave a nice cap and hella big collar. Lacing is spotty at times but quickly flows down the side of the glass.
Smell- Lots of sweet toffee maltiness with hints of black cherry and raisins. Underlining grassy hops barely play any role as they are quickly diminished by the malt.
Taste- Nice big blast of sweet toasted malt that tries to give way to bitterness but is unsuccessful. Leaves a slightly nutty, caramel corn like aftertaste that seems to sit on the tongue for quite some time. I honestly can’t decide if I enjoy it or if it’s too sweet.
Mouthfeel- Creamy with a medium to heavy body and medium to light carbonation.
Drinkability- Not bad for the apparent altbier classification. I guess I was expecting more of the classic amber ale. Has a nice creaminess to it that I did really enjoy and would probably be more enjoyable with food than sitting watching a baseball game.

younger35, Aug 29, 2007
Photo of montageman
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bomber received as a gift.

Poured into a pint glass.

I've never been to Alaska, but would like to. However, this beer would not be the only reason I visit. As far as ambers go, this beer is totally fine. The appearance is spot on amber. Caramely sweetness in the nose and leading the way flavor wise as well. Mouthfeel is minimal - almost like water. Yet, for the averageness, this beer is totally drinkable and not offensive at all. This could easily beer paired with some pizza or nachos while watching TV or sitting at the bar with friends. Slight recommendation.

montageman, Aug 10, 2008
Photo of paulytasker
3.34/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Had this while on my Honeymoon at the "world famous" Red Dog Saloon in Juneau, Alaska.

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Medium/light shade of amber. Decent amount of carbonation going on. Half finger of creamy head blanketing top go's away pretty quick. Nice Lacing hanging around almost all the way to the end of the glass.

S- Little bit of grain, little bit of caramel. Not too much to write home about, but what does make it's way to the nose is pleasant none the less.

T/M- Malty, smoth and creamy. Malts are kept in check with the slightest touch of hops. Finishes rather clean.

O- I would have liked a little more complexity here but i'm not going to complain. A better than average lager that drinks easily. Although not mind blowing by any means, I can't find anything i truly dislike with this Amber and that suites me just fine.

paulytasker, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of rsdaugherty
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bomber into pint glass
A – Bubbly slightly tan head faded to a rim immediately after pouring, no lacing. Nice color, clear slightly red dark amber 3
S – Toasted grains and malts, slight sweetness and slight hop florals 3.5
T – Sweeter caramel malt start, slightly citrus bitter finish. Sweet malt aftertaste lingers. 3.5
M – Moderate body feels thin on the palate. Watery feel overall, carbonation not adding much for me. 3
O – Drinkability good. A good amber for your in-laws or Joe BMC. 3

rsdaugherty, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of velosuds
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a pitcher from the tap at a pizza restaurant. Not many good beers available so decided to give this a try.

A-Pours a copper amber with a two finger light tan head with strong retention and ample lacing from the malt bill. Nice appearance.

S-Not very fragrant. What's there is lightly toasted malts and slightly fruity hops.

T-Slightly sweet, fruity, and nutty but not much going on here either. But the taste improved as it warmed.

M-Smooth and well balanced.

D-Glad I tried this, but it is not something I will seek anytime soon. Nothing especially impressive. Seen this in the grocery stores, but since it is always priced higher than good Oregon beers I have always passed it by.

velosuds, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of aracauna
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Suffers from its proximity to the amber I had at Glacier Brewhouse the day before. Color is a little thin but not as light at some of the poorer excuses for ambers. Taste is the same, not bad, pretty typical, but not outstanding.

aracauna, Aug 04, 2002
Photo of pschul4
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a dark golden color with a 1/4" head tha sticks around for a few seconds before dissipating to a ring around the outside of the glass

S- Some off malt scents. Nothing else really. Not digging this too much

T- Luckily the taste is much better than the smell. Combination of a good malty pale ale and apple cider. This combination is pretty nice

M- Little too bubbly for the style it is supposed to be but it works well with the apple flavor.

O- Not something I'd spend money on (on purpose) but not something I'd drainpour either.

pschul4, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of thadkaster
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Undoubtedly a fresh sample, as it was hand carried from the brewery by a colleague. Poured an intriguing ice tea color with lots of very fine bubbles. Head dissipated rather quickly. Nose of light caramel and a distinct nuttiness. Seems fairly well balanced, easy to drink. Nuttiness comes through in the mouth, I am wondering if it should have labled Nut Brown Ale instead. As i resampled this after about 10 minutes in the glass, it body had develped, and the finish pleasantly lengthened. Overall a delightful amber, perfect for those seeking a change from Killians, or Newcastle.

thadkaster, Sep 01, 2004
Photo of dfried
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber orange in color, thin off white head. The aroma was of lightly toasted grains, apple peels, maybe some pears, and very sweet, almost cloying. The taste was pretty sweet as well, some apple peel and toasted grains there too, bready, a bit like oatmeal or cheerios. Some light earthy hops as show up. Medium to light bodied.

Overall: on par for an average amber ale. Cereals and grains with some light fruitiness. I would have liked to see some more citrus character from the hops. When I think of an altbier I think of something with a little more complexity. A yawner.

dfried, Apr 19, 2007
Photo of Onslow
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

had at the 1st ever Stumelagram tasting ... been wanting to try this one for aaages! ... honey and meaty aromas .... some nice looking foam and head action ... a simple but really enjoyable beer... pours orange ... a very people friendly altbier ... happy to have tried it but ...next!

Onslow, Jul 22, 2008
Photo of dansmcd
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pleasing reddish amber with a finger of foamy eggshell head. No lace.

S - Malty and musty. Maple syrup and vanilla.

T - Light flavours of banana, artificial strawberry and caramel malt.

M - Moderate to high carbonation level. Thinnish body.

O - A bit weak on flavour but very sessionable.

dansmcd, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of LiquidBread219
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- copper topped by a blink-and-you-miss-it coat of off-white head

S- pretty faint, but malty with a bit of citrus

T- biscuity malts, with a bit of orange and slight hoppiness on the tail end... doesn't balance it completely but adds a nice finish

M- pretty thin, but decently carbonated

D- very sessionable, not a bad beer to have if your just relaxing or doing some yard work.

LiquidBread219, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of rka758
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a wine glass.
Okay, but not necessarily something I will reach for again.

A: Poured a deep copper red. Little to no head.
S: Sweet and malty aromas.
T: Sweet bread malts.
M: Pretty good. A little bready.
D: It's a little sweet for my liking. I think a bomber is plenty.

rka758, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of jesster64
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thick creamy head was the first thing I noticed. Not a bad beer. Less flavorful than I expected. I would buy again if selection was limited. Overall a slightly better than okay beer. good color. decent aroma. A beer you could have multiples of at one sitting.

jesster64, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of madvermin
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber, with plenty of clarity and a healthy stable white foamy head on top. I like the evenness in the bubbling and can appreciate the longer than usual retention. Lace left something to be desired.

A slight cough syrup moves to a grainy malt and faintly sweet fruitiness in the nose. Candied orange, or something other citrus, is the main player after the initial malt.

Starts thin, and could use some body behind it's citrus beginning, but it finds its legs in time to offer just enough backing to a pleasant, sweetened, unroasted grainy malt. It's a solid finish and I enjoyed it quite a bit, but the beginning is just way too non-descript and lacking punch.

Mouthfeel is too thin for the start and only does just enough to make the rest of the beer solid. Carbonation is nil and it would have helped at least a little bit. Drinkability is good due to the finish and lack of overpowering flavors, and the abv is fine for long sessions too.

madvermin, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of skdavidson70
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%

skdavidson70, Sep 23, 2014
Photo of DavidST
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This pours a clear amber color with a short lived white head which does not leave a lacing. The smells are of caramel and a little bread malts, slight hop presence. The feel is medium. The taste is okay, I get a slight hint of something metallic along with mostly malts, caramel, bread and toffee.

DavidST, Jul 04, 2012
Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,439 ratings.