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Alaskan Amber - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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1,518 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,518
Reviews: 565
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 48
Gots: 167 | 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 DividedAvery
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into New Belgium snifter

The sum of the parts is greater than the individual pieces on this one

A: Copper brown and gives a one finger white head that lingers for awhile. Really nice color on this one

S: Caramel and a touch of hops. Nothing big in the smell to go either way.

T: Rich, sweet and slightly nutty. The malts are the main player here.

M: Nice carbonation, not too much definitely not too little. Goes down really nice.

O: In terms of availability and quality this is one of my favorite beers. There is nothing amazing about it but it is a fantastically decent beer.

Photo of mooseisloose
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this brew with a plate of fish and chips. Drank it out of the bottle so don't really know what color it is but the smell in the bottle was sweet and malty. Good carbonation. The sweetness is there but the finish continues sweet. For my taste needs a little more bitterness to the finish. Dranken alone may be better. Would probably be a great beer ice cold on a hot summer day. I'd drink again but wouldn't go looking for it.

Revisiting this review 2 years later after drinking this beer in quantity in Alaska. This is a crisp ale with a good orange caramel color and a sweet smell. The taste is smooth and slightly dry. A great starter ale for any previous non-ale drinker. My wife doesn't like ale but will drink this and enjoys it. Goes great with broiled halibut or sockeye salmon.

Photo of jwc215
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep amber with nice clarity. A thin head soon fizzles away.

The smell is of caramelish sweet maltiness with a vague hop spiciness.

The taste is of caramel sweetness with some spicy, oily, hops that become more apparent as the drink progresses.

It's fairly smooth, but for a light astringency. Medium body.

It's decent, but something about it holds back on the drinkabillity just a bit too much. Worth trying, though I can't say that I'm crazy about the malt/hop interaction, and though it fits pretty well with the style, I can't say it's anything much above average for the style.

Thanks to bitterbill for including this one that I've been wanting to try for too long!

Photo of brettmarlowe
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of kels
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to colts9016 for this one - cheers!

Pours a nice toasty red-brown with moderate visibility and soft carbonation. The initial 1 finger creamy tan bubbly head fades to a soft skim and leaves behind little bits of spitty lace.

Light toasty maltiness with a hint of caramel in the nose just barely qualifies as aroma. Subtle, nice.

Taste starts out very toasty and crisp - full of malty graininess. As it progresses, it becomes increasingly sweet in an artificial saccharine-like way that's not necessarily bad. It's sticky and a little nutty. Feel is initially creamy, but the fast-fading carbonation leaves it feeling a little thin overall. Finish is slightly sticky.

Photo of jmdrpi
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

had while in Montana. 12oz stubby bottle.

copper amber in color. aroma is sweet, almost cherry like. the taste is malty heavy. again some sweetness, with just subtle hop undertone.

higher carbonation, medium body. decent drinkability, I would have again. average to good beer.

Photo of artoolemomo
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours up an okay amount of head which has pretty poor retention. The head is a very light beige/off-white while the body is a dark amber which looks medium amber in the light. Only a few spots of lacing are left behind.

Nose- Very bready with lots of malt character. Mostly brown bread with slightest hint of raisins. Good amount of caramel as well. Much more presence from the bottle than from the glass. Mild notes of citrus, mostly orange.

Taste- Very sweet with notes of orange, a little bit of raisins, a bit of candi sugar that moves into a wallop of grain. Bready but more simplistic (and not simplistic in a bad way, just in a more basic way). A little bit of woodiness- slight oak. A little thin on the finish with a minor hop presence- some pine and resin. No real linger as the finish is a tad bit dry. Appears to be a fairly good representation of the style. Above average as most malt forward beers don't do it for me unless they are high gravity. No real flaws and this seems like a solid standard for someone who likes this style.

Mouthfeel- Just a bit over light bodied. Light carbonation as well. Lacks structure.

Drinkability- Pretty easygoing. The malt bill is well rounded. Reasonable/normal price for your average craft beer.

Overall- Above average. Nothing amazing but also nothing that disappoints. I would give it a try.

Photo of ClavisAurea
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap and in a pint glass.

Appearance: copper amber with a thin head

Smell: sweet strawberries and wheat

Taste/Mouthfeel: spicy hop goodness, malt and honey

Everytime I try this beer I seem to like it more and more. It has a good texture and feel in the mouth. It is tasty and refreshing to boot. Much better than their Summer Ale (Kolsch style)

Photo of claytong
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is great for knocking back or if you want to have a couple after a nice beer. It's not exceptional by any means but is certainly not bad.
It is a wet in your mouth drink and doesn't leave you with a dry mouth. A nice warm winter day beer.
The flavors aren't very intense but they're well balanced and are good with most meals. A slightly sweet beer with caramel dominating the sweetness while a hint of cherries or strawberries also helps out. The malt is controlled a bit much but it is also present.

Photo of CBFanWish
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nothing about this beer was spectacular, but it wasn't a bad beer. It was an amber. I poured it into a pint glass taking note of the clarity of the amber color which retained very little, if any head. But it did retain carbonation, which is more than I can say about some beers I've had in the past (you know who you are). The taste was weak by my standards, but then I'm a porter, ipa man. This would be a good starter beer. Hey Bud drinkers, try this one.

Photo of andythejerk
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Alaskan has named this their "Amber," but labeled it as being an Altbier. I'm not real familiar with Altbiers, but it does taste quite a bit like an Amber to me. Pours with a pretty decent head and good color, but in the poor light down here in my basement I really can't tell you if that sienna/red color is just the lighting or if the beer is really that color. It tastes pretty good, with a pretty good mouthfeel and a nice, crisp citrusy zing to it. It leaves kind of a funny aftertaste though--I'm not sure why. Enjoyable. I could probably drink it with a nice loin of Alaskan Caribou and be perfectly happy.

Photo of bump8628
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tawny amber with a loose, foamy head that really retains well.

Medium caramel and faint toastiness battle it out with and gain dominance over a spicy, tobacco-like hop flavor. Some sweetness and a mild tannic bitterness linger for a second before giving away to the clean, medium-dry finish.

Decent all-around, but not something I would go too far out of my way for.

Photo of boralyl
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - From a 22oz bomber it pours 2 fingers thick tan head that lingers for a good while, but only leaves a small amount of lacing. It is clear and amber in color.

S - A sweet malty aroma with traces of fruit.

M - A light-medium bodied beer. Has a creamy, richer feel to it.

T - Begins with a biscuity malt, followed by some sweeter caramel malts. The hops just barely shine through at the end and then disappear, leaving little bitterness.

A pretty decent brew, that is easy to drink. There's nothing too complex going on, but it makes for a great session beer.

Photo of rawfish
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a birch wood brown and a mild chill haze with a fizzy one and a half finger cap of sand colored head. Pretty bad retention leaving a few sticky spots of lacing on the glass.

Hmm, cereal grain and wet cardboard with a touch of nuttiness. Hops are mildly pine resin and wet grass, very faint. Touch of dankness.

Certainly a bit of cereal grains here that gets smoothed out by a bit of caramel and cookie dough. Pinch of almonds and mixed berry. Earthy grassy hops on the tail end with a smidge of bitterness. All but disappears from the palate after the drink.

Nice amounts of carbonation, very pleasant and active when colder. Sessionable body leaving no stickiness or unpleasant feeling. Well done.

A simple well crafted session ale with appreciable carbonation. Sessionable as designed, geared with enough flavor to hit the spot but nothing memorable in the overall build. Worth trying.

Photo of Hunter
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Heard so much about this brewery for more than a year, and finally its ales have arrived in the desert Southwest.

Amber pours a deep coppery-orange color, clear with little carbonation. Atop is a quickly fading tan head. No lacing effects.

Aroma is sharp hops and light malt. Grassy and light.

Hops are more subdued in the mouth. Sweet malt and hops are your primary flavors. Similar to a Fat Tire but the hops are more noticeable.

Thin mouthfeel and a dry, crisp aftertaste.

I know the porter is the ale from these guys that everyone raves about, but I figured I'd start with a basic ale. This is not bad, certainly drinkable. smooth and mellow, but not much to distinguish it from others of similar style.

Photo of henrysunset
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

apparent carbonation and negligible head/lacing in this cloudless reddish-brown (but not too dark) brew. Scent is pretty tame, with a hint of chocolatey malts

Taste is similarly tame; with a little bit of hoppiness, and a little bit of malts snaking through. It feels a bit asringent and thin, but that was expected I guess.

Drinkability is high; I would enjoy this as a light beer of low cost when others are drinking macro crapola.

Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a stange glass.

Pours with a tobacco-orange body under a light tan head that rises fast and falls within a few minutes, forming a nice layer of the surface of the beer.

The nose is a bit muted, but what I detect consists of fruity sweet delicate notes paired with dry malts. I do not smell any hops per se, but the fruity notes might be from hops that have mellowed.

The "fruity" aroma in the nose carries over into the flavor and is the class act on the palate. Mellow hop bitterness shows up right away but instead of hop flavors, this fruity almost yeasty flavor takes center stage. This is followed by some toasty malts that continue to rise till they are the primary flavor in the moderately long aftertaste. Neither sweet nor dry, this beer is subtle and interesting.

The mouthfeel has a bit of prickly carbonation but is fairly soft overall, and feels a bit thin.

Conclusion: It is nice to see a larger brewery use a different style for their "amber" than the usual darker pale ale. Altbier isn't a common style in the US, so that fact alone makes this example stand out. Overall this is good, but it isn't fantastic.

Photo of JBogan
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This AAA poured a medium brown with not much of a head. The head that was there left in a hurry and no lacing remained.

There was a nice malty aroma with a fair amount of caramel present. Not much on the way of hops that I could detect. There was a tiny hint of citrus also.

Caramel and malt with a slight hint of toffee at the end were the tastes that were prominent.

Looking at the beer you couldn't detect it but there was a pretty good amount of carbonation present for a beer of this type. Very nice.

This was a rather drinkable beer. I normally enjoy this style of beer and this one was no exception. There are others who do this beer better but overall this is a solid choice.

Photo of FLima
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice copper reddish color with a thin head.
Light, but predominant aroma of red fruits, sweet candy and caramels.
Flavor of caramels, red fruits, spices, plums, and herbal and citrus hops. Lots of currants.
Dry aftertaste with a very mild bitterness.
Light to medium body with good carbonation.
I had to keep remember myself this is an Altbier and not an American Amber Ale as indicated by name. Still I found it a bit overly sweet and lacking spices. But it is very fruity and enjoyable.
Ap.3,5 Ar.3,25 Sab.3,5 Sens.3,5 Cj.3,5

Photo of intensify
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2finger head which quickly dissapears followed by a large amount of bubbles rising from the bottom. Well carborated for this style of beer. Not much in smell. Maybe some buscuity/bread aroma. Taste is very balanced. Biscuits hit the palate with a swwleet honey flavour which captures the beer as its main focus. Very enjoyable during these cold winter nights.

Photo of acevenom
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a glass mug. Pours amber with a tall, frothy biege head that dissipates moderately quickly. A finger-length of head is retained. Plenty of bubbles can be seen streaming from the bottom of the glass. This beer looks to be very well carbonated. I pick up caramel and bready malts. There are some mild hops in the aroma as well. The taste follows the nose. It's mildly sweet and bready. There's a little bit of hops in the back end, but it's not strong. It's just a nice, malty beer. The body is medium with adequate carbonation. The finish is dry. The drinkability is high. This is a very good beer.

Photo of Daniellobo
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A pleasing ale without much to remember it for.

Presentation: 12 oz bottle. Jumbled design with the illustration of a fishing boat over a mountainous background. Shows a date, unclear whether is a "best before" or a "bottling date": B112309. Served in a tall glass.

A - Medium to dark amber pour, fair head, medium retention, little lacing and some surface memory.

S - Very subdued malty nose.

T - Balanced and soft flavor of caramel malt and a tiny touch of hops.

M - Light to medium body, with adequate carbonation and a crisp finish.

D - It works fairly well even if at some points it feels a bit blah.

Notes: This one deserves a second try if only because I am left with the feeling that this may not be a fresh bottle, at least in the sense that I was expecting a rather different hop profile.

Photo of zander4dawin
3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Altbier are hard to come by in Texas (ironic considering the heavy German infulences) so I was thrilled to try what is probably the most well known one in America. Alaskan Amber is a juicy amber colored beer with nice drinkability. Light fruit notes like fig and raisin are present. Lightly carbonated and very mellow. A pretty good flagship session beer. Overall it was a beer I enjoyed.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with a tight off-white head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smells of toasted malts and a bit of hops.

Tastes of a decent hop kick up front rounded out by malts. Hops have a floral quality with some grass. Malt gives mostly caramel notes. Fairly balanced, a touch on the sweet side. Some peppery spice comes through as well.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Photo of u2carew
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz stubby.
A) Pours with a thin head that settles quickly. Amber in color with a clear body. Lacing is not tight and somewhat disorganized.
S) Robust malty aroma - caramel. Hints of citrus fruit.
T) A very present malt from start to finish. Starts out a bit sugary sweet than becomes a bit more rich in the finish with caramel and brown sugar flavors. No noticeable hops but I'm sure there's some in there.
M) Thin, not a medium body as expected. The carbonation is a bit weak on this one. Fairly smooth.
D) At first not impressed but this one grows and opens up as it sits.

Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,518 ratings.