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Alaskan Amber - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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1,484 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,484
Reviews: 564
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 45
Gots: 156 | 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 titosupertramp
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Genghis22 for sending a 6 pack for my father in law. This bottle was kept as a service charge..ha.

A: Cloudy, dark amber in color. A little less than a finger of egg shell head. Quickly recedes to a thin film...very little lacing.

S: Toasted grains, caramel malt, floral hoppiness.

T: Caramel hops and floral hops is what I notice here most. Bitter, toasted flavors at the end. Has an earthy taste to it as well.

M: Carbonation helps the mouthfeel, but it's a little on the thin side.

O: Very easy drinking beer that I'd pick up a lot if available here in Nashville, then I'd get tired of it and stop buying it all together.

titosupertramp, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of biergeniesser
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This 12 oz Screw cap bottle of Alaskan Amber poured a lovely, clear amber to copper color and yielded a thin off white head, which dissipated slowly. Fine bubbles evolved slowly from the bottom of the glass. There was no lacing what so ever.

The Aroma was clean and dominated by toasty, bready malt aromas and a slight spiciness. Hop aromas were not detectable.

The flavor of this beer was just as clean as the aroma and was once again dominated by the malt… toasty and bread like with a slight malty sweetness and a slight bit of spiciness in the finish. There was a low level of hop bitterness and hop flavor was almost undetectable, except for the slightest hint of kettle hop.

The body was light and smooth with a moderate degree of carbon dioxide bite. Altogether a very clean, smooth and drinkable beer—definitely sessionable!

biergeniesser, Feb 21, 2006
Photo of JMad
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear reddish, burnt orange color with a soapy head that quickly dissipated. Smells of bread and caramel malt with just a bit of earthiness. Nothing special, just a hint of bitterness and some sweet toffee flavor. Has a nice medium body with moderate carbonation and a dry finish. This is a pretty average amber ale, but it is nice and drinkable.

JMad, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of MouthfulOfchris
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a dark amber color with deep copper hints. The head is off-white and medium thickness when first poured. It soon dissipates to a thin covering with poor retention.

S- Caramel malts dominate everything though there are some light fruit like aromas and a light grassy hops finish.

T- The taste is a little sweet up front with flavors of caramel, fruit, and grain. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. There's a mild hops presence that brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M- Smooth and crisp with medium body and clean finish though a little heavy on the carbonation for my liking.

D- A tasty beer that goes down very easily and is a solid good representation of style. This is a nice solid beer with a good amount of substance that makes it worth at least a try.

MouthfulOfchris, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of maskednegator
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Amber (duh), translucent. Pours a thick head that slowly deflates, leaving a grainy lace as it does so.
Smell: Sweet malts, lavender, cinnamon
Taste: Sweet malts, orange zest, honey, hint of pickle juice. Hint of hop bitterness that leaves a super clean finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied, light carbonation.
Drinkability: Decent. Big, sweet taste, but not cloying or unpleasant at all.

Verdict: I wouldn't go out of my way to find it, but it's getting as easy to find as Sam Adams and it's always good to have a safe back up beer.

maskednegator, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of JDV
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Fordest for this one- Pours a Rich, orange amber color with a some nice head to it. Smell is nice and toasty sweet malt and toffee. Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy. Tastes is good and heavily on the malty side of ambers. No real sign of hops to speak of, but it is a nice, tasty easy drinking beer. I definitely enjoyed this one.

JDV, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of Bockrules
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass

A - Brownish amber with perfect clarity. Pours a two finger head, that breaks apart and turns to nothing about half way down the glass. Leaves Behind no lacing

S - inviting toasty-malty smell with a hint of hop bitterness

M - Malty sweet nose followed by biscuity body. The finish is exceptionally smooth and sweet. Leaves a sort of oily feeling on the back of the tongue along with an unfitting bitter-sweet after taste. Overall, I think this beer needs more hop presence and less sweetness.

M - Thin with moderate carbonation. Needs a thicker body

D - This beer sort of goes down like pop. It's very smooth, but I think that the sweetness would get to me after awhile. This is a beer with appeal to to "non-beer drinkers" due to it's lack of hop flavors and smoothness. (My grandparents and father love this stuff) I don't think I'd buy this - but I'll continue accepting it for free.. :)

Bockrules, Aug 19, 2008
Photo of Bitterbill
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ad this on tap 9/15 at Paradise Valley Liquors

Poured a clear deep amber with a nice thick head of foam that sharnk to a fine layer and it had some lacing.

The smell is light and delicate but there was some caramel malt.

The taste is sweetish from the caramel with a bit of citrus, mostly lemon, and it finishes slightly bitter with some graininess.

The mouthfeel is medium and the carbo is medium...it's pretty drinkable and somewhat sessionable, considering that it's only 4%abv, but doesn't stand out as very exciting.

Bitterbill, Sep 18, 2007
Photo of pmcadamis
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Amber / deep-copper hazy brew with a 1/2 finger head of khaki fizz. The head eventually recedes to a wispy haze and persistent collar. Not much lace.

S - Nutty banana-bread malt aromas with loads of caramel. Dark fruits (prunes and dried apricots), toast, molasses, and grapes. I also smell some "wet-dog" aromas too.

T - Autumnal flavors of dried fruit (raisns, prunes, and apricot), toast, and nuts. Hops are leafy and don't really show a lot of character, but serve to balance the malts quite well. Toasty.

M - Medium bodied, creamy, and extremely smooth, but with lively carbonation.

D - Nice nose, but sort of boring tasting. At 4.0% this is a prime session candidate. A nice alternative to brown or amber ales....sort of reminds me of Anchor steam in a way.

pmcadamis, May 05, 2007
Photo of jellikit
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Copper. Clear. Little-to-no head. Fine bubbles cling to outside of glass.
S: Light malt. A lil cherry.
T: Moderately malty. Sweet, but thin on the sugar.
M: Medium carbonation. Almost spritzy. Dry. Although it tastes fine, the body is thin like Keira Knightley.
O: This is a drinkable beer. After tasting many other beers, Alaskan Amber seems almost light. The flavor is fine. The carbonation seems a bit much for this style. Needs more malt and less CO2.

jellikit, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of TruePerception
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

Alaskan Amber Alt Style Ale: Appearance: amber; Smell: multi-grain Cheerios; T: wheat Cheerios, very slight bitterness; decent

I was quite surprised by the Cheerios them going on with this one.

Poured into a pint glass.

TruePerception, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of hopwave
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another classic always on @ the Conway Tavern...

Poured into a standared pint glass, dark brown in colour, thin tan head... smell/taste is roasted malt, quite thin on the palet.. very tasty/easy drinking and worth your time... just not very exciting. should be very easy to track down at any store/gas sation here in the PNW.

hopwave, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of BOSMECH
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this when I went back to Port Angeles Washington for a BBQ
I got it at the local store in a bottle.
A was brite golden
S was hoppy and lite on the malt
M was smooth and had small bite to it
o it is a great beer
You can not find this out east here in New England.

BOSMECH, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of MonkeyBread
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%

MonkeyBread, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of herman77
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Darker amber with a beige head that doesn't last too long. Hardly any lacing.

S: Very lightly roasted malt, biscuit and a touch of carmel. A hint of floral and grassy hops. Nothing special

T: A bit fruity with more lightly toasted malt and biscuit malts. A nice light brown sugar/caramelized sugar taste near the finish.

M: Lighter body, a bit thin. Softer carbonation.

O: Its okay, okay drinkability but I would get tired of it after a few. Haven't been too impressed by Alaskan Brewing yet, nothing bad, but nothing really good.

herman77, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of amalburg
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%

amalburg, Nov 09, 2014
Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from a bomber, this poured a slightly hazy deep amber, nice off-white head and lacing. caramel and some nuts and vague light fruity aromas in the nose, taste follows suit. semi-sweet, could use a bit more hop bitterness to balance it out. creamy carbonation. mouthfeel is a bit bigger than the abv suggests due to the residual sugars and off-dry finish. would be a great session beer if it was a bit more balanced.

MrMcGibblets, Jul 14, 2008
Photo of clvand0
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a standard amber color with a very small head that doesn't stick around and doesn't leave any lacing on the glass. The flavor is slightly bready and has a caramel taste, but it also has a tiny bit of lager stank. The mouthfeel is a little too thin, but the drinkability is ok.

clvand0, Dec 09, 2004
Photo of harryhops
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%

harryhops, Nov 15, 2014
Photo of nrbw23
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bit surprised by the style but ok here we go..

A- Pours an amber color with a fairly big head. Head has ok retention and leaves just a bit of spotty lacing.

S- Smell is a bit fruity, citrusy, and grainy. Has a really bready smell to it.

T- Quite a bit of a bready character here for sure. A bit of citrus hops and a sweeter taste maybe honey.

M- Medium in body and a bit on the higher side of medium in carbonation.

D- Quite different than some of the other Alts I've had. Not too bad but also nothing to write home about.

nrbw23, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a clean looking brownish red color. The head on top was cream colored and soapy looking. The smell of the beer is basically all malt, not much in the way of hop aromas. The aromas of some grains and toast come through with some caramel also. The taste of the beer was sweet with a dull earthy bitterness in the finish. The caramel and toast notes balance out pretty well. The mouthfeel of the beer was drinkable, decent carbonation and medium bodied. Overall it's not a bad brew, happy I finally tried it.

Knapp85, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of BeerAngel
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber-copper color with a small cream colored head. The smell consists of an astringent twang, light bread aroma, faint hops, and not much else. The taste is a repeat of the aromas along with the addition to a little diacetyl, perhaps a little butter on the bread, a medium punch from the hops, and a grainy aftertaste. This is a light bodied beer that finishes with a burned dry note. Fairly drinkable, but there's not alot going on. Cheers!

BeerAngel, Mar 19, 2004
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a nice deep amber color with a tannish head. Nose is a blend of fruit fermentation aromas and malty. Taste is also a smooth blend of roasted malt and slight hops, malty, syrupy, bread flavor to it and medium bodied. Drinkability is average.

barleywinefiend, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of colts9016
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour:amber mahogany color absent of head.
nose; smells of malt, grassy, with a hint of floral.
taste; complex roasted and caramel malt. Little to no hops at all.
body;light to medium
finish is subtle.
overall; the beer is more an amber style instead of an altbier. There is a lack of hops in the beer. It's an ok beer

colts9016, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of kyleelton
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My first Alaskan Brew that isn't the Smoked Porter. Picked up a single bottle while in CO for GABF.

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle. Color looks great. Beautiful Amber color that first first made me love beer. Pretty decent looking head.

Pretty hoppy smelling for an amber. I'm getting some really bready smelling malts. Less than thrilling aftertaste.

Good taste. Not great. Very smooth and drinkable. It's got a bit of an unpleasant after taste.

LIke I said. Smooth mouthfeel. Just the right amount of carbonation.

Overall, not my favorite Amber, but I'd drink it again.

kyleelton, Oct 13, 2011
Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,484 ratings.