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Alaskan Amber - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,410 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 1,410
Reviews: 561
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 44
Gots: 119 | 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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Ratings: 1,410 | Reviews: 561 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of hoppyboy69
1/5  rDev -72.5%

hoppyboy69, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of rastaman
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.

rastaman, Mar 29, 2006
Photo of Travisnin
2/5  rDev -44.9%

Travisnin, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of Zombiepaper
2/5  rDev -44.9%

Zombiepaper, Mar 17, 2012
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.

dmcbeerington, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of troobie
2/5  rDev -44.9%

troobie, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of dorf
2/5  rDev -44.9%

dorf, May 17, 2012
Photo of garyford
2/5  rDev -44.9%

garyford, May 14, 2012
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2/5  rDev -44.9%

_--TAD--_, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of Mechagrue
2/5  rDev -44.9%

Mechagrue, Jul 28, 2012
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.

DoesntMatter46, Jan 23, 2010
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

cafemondegar, May 28, 2008
Photo of FalconA
2.25/5  rDev -38%

FalconA, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of ajzy
2.25/5  rDev -38%

ajzy, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of Alex5
2.25/5  rDev -38%

Alex5, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of ReeseMax3
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

ReeseMax3, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of RyanCoonan
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

RyanCoonan, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of beerbtl
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

beerbtl, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of rkinney
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

rkinney, May 22, 2014
Photo of Lep
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

Lep, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of craigreno
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

craigreno, Aug 30, 2014
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.

lacqueredmouse, Oct 14, 2011
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..

beer348, Sep 06, 2009
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.

katybee, Sep 04, 2011
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.

KarlHungus, May 06, 2011
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Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,410 ratings.