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Alaskan Amber - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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1,408 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,408
Reviews: 561
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 44
Gots: 118 | 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 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 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
Photo of EricCioe
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a reddish copper with a one finger eggshell head that leaves little lace. On the nose there is a light note of malt and some estery notes too, but it's not especially great for me. In the mouth the malt opens up considerably into a nice caramel with some indeterminate spice lurking further back. It's not assertive, it's not overwhelming, but it's well-put together. The body is medium and sticky, with a shortish finish.

Overall, this is a decent brew, but it doesn't blow me away. I'm not ultra-familiar with the style, however, and I'll have to revisit this down the road to see if my tastes refine.

EricCioe, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of HotterThanHell
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I consumed two pints of Alaskan Amber today at lunch and found it to be a well balanced but average beer.

The color was a nice auburn but the beer had little head retention and virtually no lacing. In the mouth you get a light malty flavor with just a hint of hops (Cascade I think) but the carbonation seems a bit high and that lends to the slightly watered down flavor.

Like the taste, the aroma was also very light if not absent from the beer.

I even allowed my secoond one to warm a bit so it wasn't ice cold but I detected no improvement. Average Amber.

HotterThanHell, Jun 12, 2007
Photo of jimmah120
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, no date.

Look is brownish-amber, small head. Smell is sweet malts, dried apricots, and horse manure(!?). Taste is some roasty pale malts, freshly baked bread, tilled earth, dried apricots, hint of licorice and peppermint. Mostly though, it's bready barnyard malts/grain.

This is a different tasting beer, glad I tried it. That being said, I probably won't pick it up again.

jimmah120, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of DukeofAle
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I found this in a small liqour store/tavern while passing through Wheatland, Wyoming on a recent business trip. While they did have Guinness and a few other "premium" beers, the Alaskan Amber was the only "craft" beer in stock - will wonders never cease. Since Alt used to be a favorite style of mine (thanks to Frankenheim) I was happy to give it a try. Altbier tends to be a very mild, inoffensive brew with little hop charactor, well suited for extended consumption - and that pretty well describes Alaskan Amber. The appearence was a deep brown typical of the style, with a nice head, somewhat thin body, a flavour more malty than hoppy, and just very mild all the way around. Maybe my tastes have changed, or maybe this is just an unremarkable beer.

DukeofAle, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of OKCNittany
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clear dark amber body. Poured a 1/2" off white head with great retention & a nice lacing.

S: Unimpressive toasted malt aroma.

T: Taste of toasted malt and little else. Simple - not bad, but nothing special.

M: Medium bodied but a bit over carbonated. Dry finish.

D: I don't know about this one - it seemed to make me thirsty for something else.

OKCNittany, Oct 03, 2007
Photo of jpwadd
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Slight Begian taste, not wanted in an Alt.

jpwadd, Sep 02, 2014
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Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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