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Alaskan Amber - Alaskan Brewing Co.

Alaskan AmberAlaskan Amber

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1,176 Ratings

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Ratings: 1176
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 rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

1.3/5  rDev -64.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Bottle. Man, what a dissapointment. First of all, this isn’t an altbier, no way in the world. Tasted more like Newcastle Brown, horribly sweet, caramel, toffee and nuts, soft, sweet rubbish, made me angry while drinking it, because i was expecting am enjoyable beer, which is not what it ended up being. Had this at a beautiful camspite on the Oregon coast with some friends, shame the beer was so bad.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2006 18:06:23 | More by rastaman
Photo of dmcbeerington


2/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is going to be one of those beer that I will want to avoid at any cost. The rating here is B, and I thought that this is a good beer, but it turned out bad.

A. looks yellowish to me rather that amber

S. It smells like dead fish. Maybe that is why the bottle has a ship on it.

T. It is those beer that I can't tell the taste. it is not bitter nor sweet. It is like combination of those with the smell of dead fish sea water.

M. Not fresh.

O. drink this at your own risk.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 22:59:31 | More by dmcbeerington
Photo of DoesntMatter46


2.17/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Consumed the beer over a year ago and took notes.

Had on tap at Library Alehouse in Santa Monica.

A pint glass came out full of a deep dark red, very clear, with a thin layer of white foam

Has a very tart, sweet-sour aroma with a hint of toasted rye bread

Sour, I frankly hope the keg had past its prime, otherwise I question why a brewery would sell this. No noticeable hop presence, unbalanced, and a vinegary aftertaste.

Nicely carbonated with a fine texture.

Not only will I not have this beer again, it firmly plants altbier at the bottom of my list of beer styles. I wish this beer suited my taste buds, but it didn't. I guess I'm not crazy about overly sour brews.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2010 07:56:51 | More by DoesntMatter46
Photo of cafemondegar


2.2/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was in the mood to experiment a little bit so I got a six pack of 'mix' beers. This was one of them. Poured into my pint glass with a medium head, which disappeared quickly. The beer is a copper red color. I figured I was not seeing it in the right light so took it to a room that was better lit but no matter how hard I looked I could see no amber.
The beer has only a hint of a smell, faintly like yeast. The mouthfeel is average, like diluted Fat Tire.
I love all beer and given a choice between this ale and iced tea, would pick the ale any day of the week but this is not by a long shot the best beer I have had

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2008 03:01:24 | More by cafemondegar
Photo of lacqueredmouse


2.53/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a lovely, brightly burnished copper colour, almost tinged with deep flashes of red ruby. Head is pretty firm, and very fine. A clean white sheen across the top of the glass. Nice languid carbonation and excellent lacing. Really, it's a great looking beer.

I fear, however, that there may not be any more vociferous praise for this beer in the review. Nose, is very faint and very mild, giving a slight honeyed grain character and very little else—I'd say the smell of water, but given that's almost nothing I'll say it smells like a wet tissue. At least that gives some description to the type of bland nothingness I'm trying to get across here.

Taste is similar, although there's a pleasant slightly metallic, slightly nutty bitterness through the centre of the void which is the flavour of this beer. That's about all there is, however, leaving it very weak, rather empty and very unexciting. Feel is so flat and empty as to make it feel like you're not actually putting liquid in your mouth.

Overall, a very poor effort. I appreciate the need for light, sessionable beers in your lineup, but this is a perfunctory effort at that, with little inspiration and minimal character. It's a slap in the face to some of the great Altbiers I've had.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 00:00:15 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of beer348


2.65/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Well maybe that's why it was on special for 3.25 .. I don't know.. just was very unimpressed. Um. I probably should have just spent the extra 1.25 to get something really worth drinking. Well I know better next time. . I do have a nice buzz though.. Also what i like about this beer is the bottle design on the label..

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2009 07:44:23 | More by beer348
Photo of katybee


2.68/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

golden brown translucent with quickly dissipating beige head; lightly carbonated

only lightest smell of flowery hops and light malt, with slight musky banana essence

tasted also slightly of banana essence, subtly sweet and only lightly hopped and malted; but predominantly bready toasted malt character with slightly musky yeasty aftertaste increasing upon warming to room temp. I would not call this a carmelly beer, compared to some stouts.

light to medium-bodied; subtle smoothness but slightly more character than average lager.

very similar to Fat Tire Amber Ale, but less foamy head. The slight banana esther was a plus to me, but otherwise it was only an average beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 03:30:57 | More by katybee
Photo of KarlHungus


2.7/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear amber color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is of light caramel, and not much else. The taste is similar to the aroma, but a little weaker. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and a watery texture. Overall, this is a beer I pass on next time. It is simply too bland for my liking.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 03:18:35 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of Proteus93


2.73/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Crisp and clean golden. a slight reddish hue. Head is white, slightly creamy, doesn't stick around forever.

S: A sweet and spicy aroma. Something almost ammonia like...just a light, presumable off-scent, but one that is noticable.

T + M: Quite a thin mouthfeel and flavour. A light malt flavour, slightly sweet, but non-descript in most ways... almost like a light sugar water in some ways. Not pulling much out of it, unfortunately. Finishes dry which is a little bit of a plus, but not by much....

D: It has a refreshing feel to it, so it would be suitable for a hot day beer or an "I want to get drunk" session slammer, but I couldn't see myself seeking it out.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2008 02:03:34 | More by Proteus93
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

2.78/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Alaskan Amber

Appearance- reddish hue with barely any head to be seen.
Smell- malty/ breadiness. not much else.
Taste- weak malt and a hint of bread?! taste similiar to a Killians Red.

Overall- not a very pleasant beer. I could drink if that was all there was, but I won't purchase this beer again. Not worth it!

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2004 00:07:35 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of pants678


2.8/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at a local sports bar type place. Came as a lighter brown with a receding white head in a pint glass. There are a tinges of orange in the body.

Given the setting, it was difficult to pinpoint the scent. I pick up malt and hints of citrus, perhaps orange.

There's an overtone of an I.P.A. strong hop character that hides a cinnamon and pine. A cleaning citrus sits on the edges that stains the tongue as opposed to the back of the throat. I wouldn't call this the most complex beer, the subtleties are not enough to peak my interest.

Despite the sting, the carbonation is mild and doesn't interrupt the palate. It leaves room something a bit more distinguishing flavor-wise.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2009 20:11:26 | More by pants678
Photo of thatruth


2.83/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a 1/8" head with minimal, slippery lacing. amber body with sediment and light yellow tint.

smells of apple juice and caramel with a pear-y overtone.

tastes like apple and pear juice and hops.

clear, refreshing. wet and crisp finish.

average amber.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 10:01:06 | More by thatruth
Photo of Wasatch


2.88/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear golden amber color, nice carbonation, tiny head, basically no lacing though.

S - Scents of sweet malts, slight caramel.

T - The taste is sweet, but dissappointing. I was expecting alot more. Too watery.

M - Light body.

D - Drinkable. A fair amber ale in my book.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2006 00:59:43 | More by Wasatch
Photo of KazikliBey


2.88/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

About one half inch head when poured into a frosted heavy beer mug. Head had a beige tint and lasted about 30 seconds. Liquid has a clear amber color and a malt yeast odor. Taste was not bad yet not anything spectacular.

Over-all an average brew. I'm not knocking this product but not impressed.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2010 18:35:24 | More by KazikliBey
Photo of Tallboy


2.9/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- This beer pours a hazy copper with a big off white head with moderate lacing left over.
S- I detected a bready malt aroma with hints of nutmeg, caramel, and some minute dark fruits.
T- Not to complex but the earthy flavored hops balanced quite well with the not to sweet caramel. followed by some subtle hints of assorted fruits made this a nice try.
M- Not too creamy with a clean finish of natural carbonation.
O- A decent amber ale with a small ABV and quite a bit of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2007 03:27:18 | More by Tallboy
Photo of cbarrett4


2.9/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I don't know what everyone else seems to be tasting when they state that this beer has "aggressive hops". This is a traditional Alt style beer and has much in common flavor wise with a German Pils or Czech Lager. The color is medium copper with a thin head that quickly dissipates to an average lace. The nose is faint but appealing with notes of apple and a slight hint of spice, maybe cinnamon. The palate is all lager as far as I am concerned. (Remember Altbier was made before Lager and despite being top fermented, they share much in common with Lagers are far as flavors). The traditional Lager character, that kind of old bubble gum flavor is present but it nudges out any other discernable flavors. The texture is light and doesn't suit the beer all that much. It is very smooth and drinkable though I could probably only top off two since it is rather boring. Better than mass production American lagers and pilsners but lacking any real identity.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2009 21:45:11 | More by cbarrett4
Photo of CrellMoset


2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Enjoyed at an home tasting with fellow BAer proteus93, courtesy of Dan (who got it in a Secret Santa trade from that OTHER beer site, but that's ok). Poured into a tasting glass.

Appearance: Poor head retention here, but the color's nice - a clear brown body with ruby hues around the edges.

Aroma: Cat food and chemical solvents - very off - and a few things that arent so off: spicy, floral hops and a delicate, balanced malt bill. Still though.

Taste: Bready malt - very grainy, really - some grassy hops, and a few chemical funk notes again. Dry, but not tart. Delicate.

Mouthfeel: Big exploding bubbles, thin, lots of good, filling, "evaporation" feel. Very interesting.

Drinkability: Ehhh, leaves a lot to be desired. Maybe a bad batch. It's interesting, but remove a few of the chemical funk notes and it'd be a lot more enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2008 01:52:00 | More by CrellMoset
Photo of trappistlover


2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(12oz bottle). Pours a clear amber color with off-white head and moderate carbonation. No lacing on this. Aroma of caramel, cherries (?), roasted nuts. Taste is sweet malt with a bit of hop bittering on the end. Medium bodied with an oily texture. Fizzy on the tongue. An Ok beer, but I would not search this out.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 04:09:18 | More by trappistlover
Photo of UncleFrank


2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tasty beer that is a nice session.
Amber ale with a touch of caramel and chocolate, but not distinctive. Maybe Special B.
The aroma is the same is the as the taste which is the same as the finish. That in itself is kinda cool, as you know what youre getting. However the lack of complexity is why I find this beer to be average.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2003 01:56:29 | More by UncleFrank
Photo of mentor


2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Yeah! New in Colorado, happy to try this one. Pours a one finger, mostly fizzy oranged-tan head over a brilliant dark rust liquid. Smells biscuity malt and earthy/fruity hops. Also, browned malt and a sort of a graham cracker character (non-sprinkled). Some caramel and a sourish dash. Heavy hop oils that are a bit dark.

Tastes malty sweet with hop aromatic stepping in late. Toasted malt bordering on burnt and caramel that fails to stand up. Depth of malt character is low and an unpleasant acidic hangs in the aftertaste. Not overbearing, just there without anything to counter it. Malt is lifted off the tongue by plentiful carbonation, that's borderline stingy.

Md thick mouthfeel that washes off the tongue quickly, but not the teeth. Heavy carbonation is a detraction. Meh, I'm not likely to try this one again.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2008 04:44:42 | More by mentor
Photo of FrozenJoe


2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

An alt style beer. Can't say I've tasted an alt before. So this is my somewhat ignorant review.

Appearance: The best thing about this beer. First of all, it has probably the coolest looking twelve pack box in the store. Nice bottle. Thick, light tan head. Dark copper color.

Smell: Odd, faint, sweet aroma. Low carbonation.

Taste: Kind of a let down. I had hopes for this beer to be good. It's nothing special. Kind of a muddy, sour, bitter cocktail.

Mouthfeel: It just doesn't go down smooth. Something not right.

Drinkability: Not a bad little beer. Doesn't taste like an adjunct. Maybe this is where I just don't get an altbier? Not sure. Just doesn't seem that good.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 03:22:47 | More by FrozenJoe
Photo of tubeyes


2.99/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A pinkish red amber in color, thin pinkish white head, left quickly,
S sweet malty, hint of salty
T sweet, bready, "beery"
M lots of carbonation, malty bready after taste lingers in roof of mouth.
O Pretty standard/vanilla (un-unique) amber, not too special, but not bad. Had on tap at the Big Fish in Grapevine Texas.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2013 03:10:52 | More by tubeyes
Photo of Dbrown144


2.99/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: a copper/rust color with a very small foam head that dissipates quickly.

S: salty water I guess.

T: the taste isn't bad, at first it tastes bready and beery for lack of a better word. It leaves you with a really nice sweet malt aftertaste though.

M: not much carbonation. Nice consistency. Goes down easily.

O: I like it, I'd drink it again. Nothing special at all, but I do enjoy the sweet malt taste of it.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 05:02:28 | More by Dbrown144
Photo of charlesw

New York

3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ok, it's a little hard to give a good review of this beer given the circumstances surrounding its consumption...
That is to say that I had it in an Olive Garden and the FREAKING MORONS at Olive Garden served it ICE COLD in an iced glass. How, exactly, are you supposed to get anything out of your beer experience when idiots like that are trying so very hard to make it very difficult for you?

So, it was a nice amber color and probably had a little head to it, but not much. That lasted a while. It smelled sweet and malty - nice earth tones and maybe hints of nuts.

I put the glass between my legs to try to warm it up a bit (sigh - it was 20F out - so maybe cooling me off more wasn?t the best plan!) before drinking it?

It goes down nice and smooth - a very even and balanced sweet maltiness, touch o? hops. It?s kind of like drinking a baby HSA - only it?s a tad lighter in mouthfeel and alcohol. Like, you could just sit and drink the stuff all night long and be perfectly happy doing so. Mmm. Sounds like a plan, to me!

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2004 19:54:06 | More by charlesw
Photo of eballard


3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A deep amber color with a light lacing around the rim. A caramel malt smell with a light sweet floral sent. The taste is light and crisp. Toasted malts and caramel with a slight hops spice and a sweet finish. The feel is crisp and has a light finish. In all this is a drinkable beer. It’s a light amber beer with a clean taste and finish. Its flavors are not over powering. It’s not a wonderful beer but is has good qualities.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2006 01:54:31 | More by eballard
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Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,176 ratings.