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Alaskan Amber - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,488 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 1,488
Reviews: 564
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 46
Gots: 157 | 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 masikon
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This seems to be a local favorite here in NW washington state, usually available in most supermarkets beer selection. Beer pours a nutty brown with a nice little head which dissipates with a few streaks of lacing. Taste like it looks, nutty without subdued hop characteristics and emphasis on the nutty malt flavors. Mouthfeel is acceptable though a bit thin for me. I rank drinkablilty high because of it is a solid all around easy to drink beer, a good choice for gatherings because I can't see anyone really having any strong complaints about this one.

masikon, Nov 28, 2005
Photo of kdmorse
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Perfect session beer for me. Looks great. Smells nice. Easy to drink. No the best Altbier, but very drinkable. Sweet and easy-going. Mmm.

After being restricted to Midwest beers (lived in IN for 23 years and 3 drinking years), this is still a treat to me. A good fallback and a cheap grocery store pick-up.

kdmorse, Sep 16, 2006
Photo of cerevisiaephilus
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow. I've heard about this beer for some time now, and finally, now that I'm in Jackson WY I can give it a try. I'm a huge Alt fan and have been looking for something approximating a real Dusseldorf Alt in the states ever since my trip to Dusseldorf three years ago. I think I found it in this beer.

Beautiful amber color with lower than average carbonation. The smell was all malt, very nice munich notes. The taste was also dominated by the nice sweet munich and maybe vienna maltiness. Some interesting honey notes as well. I could use a bit heftier dose of hops in this beer.

Unfortunately, I think the beer is a bit sweet....especially for a 4% beer. Dry it out and it would be less cloying in a decent session.

I think this is the best American brewed Alt I've tried.

cerevisiaephilus, Mar 17, 2004
Photo of DrJay
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, coppery red with a short cap of beige foam. Decent head retention with some spotty lacing. Bready malt aroma, some toast and caramel, light fruitiness. More toast and caramel in the flavour, not overly sweet though with grassy bitterness that balanced the malt nicely. A bit of fruit and bread crust in the finish, along with faint spiciness. Medium to light bodied with carbonation that leaned more towards creamy than crisp. Overall, pretty tasty. I could see myself enjoying a few of these over the course of an evening.

DrJay, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint. Beer is clear and reddish amber in color. Thin broken off-white head of small bubbles. Almost no lacing and the carbonation is moderate to low.

Malt aroma nothing much else.

Medium bodied beer, sweet with maltiness up front, some hoppy bitterness in the back. Kind of tastes like molasses, good midpalate connectivity, nicely balanced sweetness and bitterness. Carbonation carries flavors throughout the mouth. Overall its a great beer. I was disappointed by the initial look and aroma but the flavors of the beer definitely save it. Drinkability is high, very smooth, not dry, mouthfeel is great.

What the what? This is an Alt?

drabmuh, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of Boto
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rich mahogonay color. A decent malty aroma with a bit of citrus. Flavor is malty without being sweet. A hint of roastiness. Slightly bitter finish. Another fine Northwestern brewery. I have enjoyed this an a few trips to the Seattle area. Even with all the choices out there, it is still a beer I come back to.

Boto, Aug 15, 2003
Photo of Bierman9
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 22oz bomber, brought back to me last August by daughter Caitlin after an Alaskan cruise. Didn't see any discernible freshness dating.

Color? A rich, sparkling amber, clear throughtout. Plentiful carbo rising within, contributing to the creamy, smooth, off white layer of topside foam. There's some lace here and there on the glass. Aroma is mild, with toasty malts and a hint of nuttiness, with subtle floral hops in the background. The bier is quite smooth whilst drinking, and the body is close enough to medium to bear that designation without worry.

Flavor has a solid amount of toasty malts, along with a smidge of spiciness. A touch of light caramel hitches along for the ride. Mild sweetness lingers nicely, and the hopping is very restrained and low-key. There could be more florality here, in trying to keep this in the Alt style. Regardless, a tasty offering, something I could session quite easily while cruising the Inside Passage... Thnx, Princess!!

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 4

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Bierman9, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of ark57
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It is a dark copper color with a thin head. The aroma is nutty and malty with some caramel notes. The body is slight oily. Caramel maltiness hits uop front and there is also some nuttiness. The finish is dry though it is not as bitter as I would have expected. A bit sweet for an alt, but nonetheless a tasty beer.

ark57, Apr 02, 2004
Photo of hiikeeba
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have to say up front, I am not a big fan of Ambers

A - Pours up crystal clear amber with a white head that dissipates slowly.

S - caramel malt and hops in the aroma. Yup. it's an Amber.

T - Caramel malt sweetness starts, and finishes with a slight hop bitterness. Leaves a lingering sweetness in the finish. One of the better ambers.

M - Feels a little thin

D - A nice, drinkable beer.

hiikeeba, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of ghostwalker
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber from b0ldfacelies.

Body is clear reddish-amber with a finger of creamy whitish head.

Nose is sweet, bready and fruity. Mild, yet very pleasant and nice.

Flavor is tart with a coppery tang. Mildly fruity, biscuit malt, very little astringency. A very nice Alt.

Mouthfeel is medium, with moderately high carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good. I am enjoying quaffing this one watching College Gameday on ESPN.

ghostwalker, Nov 25, 2006
Photo of GeneralZod
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE
Nice red color with very little head retention.

SMELL
Smells sweet, but nothing to impressive.

TASTE
Taste sweet and slightly roasty.
The flavor is much better than the smell.

MOUTHFEEL
Medium coarse, typical amber

DRINKABILITY
As many times as I've seen it on the store shelf, I regret not picking it up sooner. One of the better Ambers.

GeneralZod, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of thaichile
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear reddish amber with a minimal head. Nose is clean, malt and caramel. Flavor is smooth, sweetness and malt with just a hop sprinkle to allow the other flavors the opportunity to be heard. Definately a beer to have more than one of, unfortunately I only had one :-(. Thanks Zorro for the bottle.

thaichile, Apr 30, 2006
Photo of Domingo
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite items to trade for and get amongst my travels is now in my backyard.
Pours a copper color that's somewhere between brown and red, but it's really bright. Carbonation isn't ridiculously heavy, but with a normal pour, you'll get an inch of foam.
Smells pretty malty and fruity. Reminds me a little of a British style pale ale, which is sort-of along the lines of the Alt style. It's got some biscuit character, and yes, even some hops. Not to strong, but not bad.
Tastes sweet and malty up front, with the flavor of nuts, figs, and graham crackers. Finishes with a noble hop hit, even though I believe they're using a blend of hops. Pretty authentic as it tastes like the few German Alts I've had.
Goes down easy and drinking a 22oz by yourself is easy at this low ABV. It's a little foamy once it warms, but it's much better served cool anyway.
A great all-around beer that's good for the hottest summer day or a cold winter night.
Funny enough, it's probably better than more scores reflect just because it's just so all purpose. It's not going to blow you away, but it does everything really well.

Domingo, Apr 28, 2008
Photo of RedChrome
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A light copper colored, crystal clear body. Half an inch of white foamy head faded rapidly to a slick on top. A steady stream of large carbonation bubbles.

A nice malt body is prominent. There is a bit of a light cream scent to the beer. A hops bitterness is present but plays behind the malt nicely.

A roasted sweetness to the malt. Sweet caramel cream candy is the most closely related taste I can liken this to. Very faint hops bitterness.

A bit on the watery side. Carbonation was a big tingle on the tongue. Flavors hang on the surfaces nicely.

A good brew. Would work well with a sausage & peppers grinder. A fine example of a style I don't get to enjoy enough. Worth trying it if you see it out somewhere.

RedChrome, May 27, 2009
Photo of melagnus
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice pronounced hiss of carbonation sounds upon opening the bomber. SRM 13-14 with Med. Amber Copper tinge. Head poured very thin (1 finger) and dies down quickly. Carbonation seems to be mildly prevalent with bubbles rising frequently, but not rapidly to the top.

S - Noble hops, possibly Saaz come through the malty chocolate nodes. Floral caramel also comes through on the nose. Estery alcohol nodes do shine through.

T - Sweet, somewhat dry maltiness washes across the palate. Medium hop presence. Toffee balances well with the hops, though hops seem to win out slightly.

M - Slightly chalky. Carbonation feels mild and doesn't seem too think, though definitely not think. Dry and clean finish.

C - A really great beer that seems to be brewed to style. A great beer and definitely one I would drink more than one of! Though not a session beer due to it's slightly higher

melagnus, May 12, 2009
Photo of Giesch
3.96/5  rDev +9.1%

Giesch, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of Thrasher
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

No head, no carbonation. Sounds flat, but it actually makes the beer very drinkable. Sweet candy malts are the name of the game. Nutty, buttery malts, almost like a brown ale but more toffeeish. There is a light floral hop spike but it is almost unnoticeable. I like it, it makes for a very good session beer. It is actually 5% abv.

Thrasher, Nov 20, 2003
Photo of watermelonman
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured to a clear amber with a small head that shrank to a ring. There's only a few small spots of lace.

The smell is mostly of caramel, with a bit of esters. The taste starts with caramel and malt, moves to a notable hop presence, and ends with grains. The mouthfeel is solid and pleasing while drinkability is good.

watermelonman, Aug 30, 2006
Photo of B967ierhunter177
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear, reddish-orange with a thin head and no lacing. The aroma is fruity with caramel and vanilla coming through. The flavor leads off with caramel with nuts and spices with smooth, piney hops showing through as it warms. It's mouthfeel is medium. Alaskan Amber is a good brew, refreshing and satisfying. Recommended!

B967ierhunter177, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alaskan Amber has a thin, khaki head, a semi-clear, bubbly, amber appearance, and basically no lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, caramel candy or toffee and brown bread crust. Taste is of those as well, and this beer has a mild underlying bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium and somewhat slick, and Alaskan Amber has a mostly dry, easy going and easy-drinking finish. Overall, this is really nice, and I rate it rather highly. Get some!

RJT

RonaldTheriot, May 16, 2013
Photo of daliandragon
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this in Vegas four years ago at my buddy's bachelor party weekend and thought it very good. What i didn't realize is that it is difficult to find east of the Mississippi. So while vacationing in Arizona I am taking this opportunity to put it in the officiual register.

Nice multi-tinged dark amber color with just a wisp for a head. Nose is caramel malts and a hint of dark fruits, maybe raisins? Full bodied in the sip with nice smoothness. Tasty but subtle malts and some late smokiness make this one unique and sessionable. My parents killed a sixer of this quite quickly, now i know why.

daliandragon, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of Reidrover
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought in the 12 oz brown short neck.
Nice deep dark amber colour smallish head that dissapears almost completelly to leave a slight lace ring round the top of the beer.
wonderful sweet malty aroma, with hints of butterscotch..and toffee ( slight).
taste is very sweet and at the same moment it turns dry..small hop bitterness near the end.slight tea flavour to this.
feels reasonably good in the mouth..not too dry and not cloying.
A slightly above average beer buit the low alcohol volume would make this a cracking session beer.

Reidrover, Apr 02, 2003
Photo of mpyle
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Robust rusty brown color, nice clarity, very minimal head and retention, but was whitish while lasted.

Malty aroma, some hints of raisin, no hops or other major aromatics.

Malty with raisin, but not as malty as aroma indicated. Nice malt/hop bitterness balance. Finishes fairly dry and clean.

Moderate body with moderately high carbonation. Very smooth on the palate with no hints of astringency.

Overall a very nice malty beer, but well attenuated and balanced. Can't believe it is only 4% ABV, but if so it packs a wallop of flavor into such a small package.

mpyle, Dec 28, 2006
Photo of thain709
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a clear copper color with a small, white head...the head disappeared very quickly and didn't leave much lacing behind

S - A very sweet nose...lots of caramel...there's this aroma I couldn't put my finger on for a while but I finally came to the conclusion that it was...apple juice

T - The flavors mirror the aromas which is a good thing...again things start off sweet with the caramel...those malts do give way to a bready flavor in the middle of the beer...the middle of the beer is where I pick up the apple juice flavor...it really tastes like it...at the end there is a subtle hop presence that doesn't overpower...it just lets you know they are there

M - Medium bodied...sweet without being cloying...crisp and smooth

D - This is my first Alaskan beer and I was pretty impressed...I do like altbiers but they are hard to come by and I was thrown off by the amber name...this was a good beer with nice caramel and fruity (apple juice!) notes

thain709, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear amber color with a 1 inch white head that fades to a small cap. There is a little sticky lacing on the glass.

S - Smells of sweet malts and an unidentifiable fruity smell.

T - Tastes of toasty malts and sweet fruits.

M - Good carbonation makes for a smooth drinking beer.

D - Very good beer with a tasty fruit essence. I would get this one again.

UCLABrewN84, May 30, 2010
Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,488 ratings.