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Alaskan Amber - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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1,559 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,559
Reviews: 576
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 50
Gots: 192 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-20-2001

Richly malty and long on the palate, with just enough hop backing to make this beautiful amber colored "alt" style beer notably well balanced.
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Photo of marcpal
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A friend brought this back to me from travels knowing I like different beers, so thanks to Ed for this one.

22oz bottle poured into Nugget Nectar pint glass.
Altbier huh? Didn't expect that, looks like fun.
Bottle Graphics: 4/10.

A: Amber body, big surprise. Ok, maybe some orange with the sun shining on it. Big bulbous white head with ample bubbling and spiderweb lacing that only lasted seconds.

S: Fruity, citrusy, and grainy. Not overtly sweet but you recognize some malty presence. Hops aroma balanced with sweet honey notes makes for a nice bready scent.

T: Caramel malts with a bitter balance. Again, hops and honey. Close semblance of honey laden Irish soda bread with hoppy bitter flavor. Very nice and reminds me of Fat Tire strangely enough- has that same cereal quality.

M: Considerable carbonation, medium body, and bitter ending. A bit too spritzy for my taste but Im being picky.

D: Goes down very smoothly. Not much like the strong alt biers and amped up versions, so this was a nice touch. Great to pair with food, glad I gave it a try. I think I was just used to the Stickes, this is far different.

Photo of berley31
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a large, off-white, fizzy head that diminished to a size of about 1/4-finger, and stayed that way until she was all gone.

S: Smells of average malt, kind of a cookie-like aroma.

T: Mmmm, this is a sweet beer... starts with sweetness and ends with sweetness, with a faint touch of bitterness at the end as well. Average duration, goes down very smooth.

M: Light-bodied and slightly creamy, with average carbonation.

D: A very enjoyable altbier; don't have too many experiences with the style right now to compare, but this was my third Alaskan Amber and I enjoy it every time. Extremely drinkable.

Photo of flagmantho
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich amber hue; totally clear with three fingers of light tan head. A chunky lace is left as I drink. Overall, quite appetizing.

Smell: sweet, toasty malt aroma with hints of caramel. Pretty nice.

Taste: nice caramel malt flavor, though relatively dry (which is a good thing). Hops are present but not overbearing; they have a floral character and fade away before the malt does, creating a nice dynamic experience in the flavor. This is actually quite good.

Mouthfeel: medium body with relatively little carbonation. It's not bad but it's not my favorite, though totally acceptable for the style.

Drinkability: I'm finding this to be quite a drinkable beer. It plays well with a band jam session.

Photo of brentk56
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear rust-tinged amber color with a nice head that retains as a film but leaves some shards of lace behind

Smell: Toasted brown bread

Taste: Toasted brown bread, up front, with a bit of earthy and grassy hops arriving by mid-palate; an underlying sweet, chocolate dusting adds complexity; after the swallow, the toasty flavors return and linger through the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice alt - not sure why they call this an amber

Photo of rkhaze
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear copper/amber with a medium sized creamy off white head. Noticeable carbonation bubbles. Smells of lightly roasted malt, caramel, spices and perhaps a bit of chocolate. There was also a mild citric smell(yeast?) and a whisper of smoke.
Tastes of sweet malt, dark caramel and spice. Finishes quick and dry with a pleasant hop bitterness.
Medium bodied with a light mouthfeel due to the tingly carbonation.
Good drinkability.

Photo of unclejimbay
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Alaskan Amber (Altbier)
ABV: 5.30 %, tried Saison brew day 7/10/10
bottle>duvel glass

Thanks courtesy of olympuszymurgus advanced trade. My first Alt to date, been trying to track one down.

Appearance is copper in color, impressive clarity, satisfactory head & retention.
Nice clean and mild malty aroma.
Tastes as it smells, seems like a nice Munich and Caramel malt profile. Mellow but appropriatte noble hop support.
Medium in body and medium+ carbonation.
Drinkability is a solid 4.0, enjoyable and lived up to my style expectations as my first Altbier. Cheers to Alskan Brewing! seem slike a nice mellow Marzen like ALe version.

Photo of Xadoor
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark copper colour in the glass. White foamy head with good retention. Some very light toasted grain and malt aromas. Flavour is light, slighty sweet caramel and malty to start. Some slight fruity flavours as the beer warms. Very low, if any, hop bitterness. Finish is clean and crisp. A very drinkable beer, wish I had more.

Photo of tmoneyba
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft at Jakes in Billings, Mt. recommended by Stephanie.

Poured dark amber color with an average frothy white head that diminished slowly with good lacing. Moderate sweet hoppy aroma. Medium body with a slick texture. Moderate sweet flavor with a balanced finish of average duration.

Good drinkable brew.

Photo of beerman207
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was out bowling in Chelan, WA. Two beers on tap - bud light and Alaskan Amber. Hmmmm...let's go with the Amber

A: pours a nice cloudy brown color and has a 1 finger of head at the top

S: Nose is fantastic considering it's an amber. Nose has malt, caramel, and chocolate?

T: Tones of sweet malt, slight hop presence, and yes some bittersweet chocolate.

M: Good carbonation and slightly drying finish

O: This is a solid offering considering the style. I wish I had more room in my suitcase to bring home a few cans.

Photo of camarocrazy67
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of klub24
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of falloutsnow
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From: Woodman's, Kenosha, WI
Date: Best by 2014-01-03
Glass: Ayinger willi glass

Alaskan's amber lager is a solid version of the Munster-alt style: more malt forward and less hop usage than the Dusseldorf varieties. Not overhopped, overhyped, or barrel aged, this is an satisfyingly malty beer for the cooler months of the year.

Pours a 1cm tall head of light beige-colored foam, made up of small to medium-sized bubbles, giving a slightly frothy and sponge-like appearance. Retention is about average, the foam lasting one minute in a fairly quick decline to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass. Lacing is minimal, a few dots cling to the sides of the glass. Body is a dark amber-brown-orange color, with light bringing out golden orange hues. Carbnation is visible through the transparent body, few in number and sparse in movement.

Aroma of light caramel and chocolate with a background of biscuit-like malts. Really an impressive achievement of malt aromatics, while moderate in intensity, this is a pleasure to take in. If I could brew something this delicately nuanced, yet assertive, I would be quite pleased.

Front of palate tastes light to moderate caramel-like sugary sweetness, with light minerals and extremely subtle woodsy hops. Mid-palate of medium-dark caramel sweetness with hints of sweetened milk chocolate and toasted bread crusts and marshmallow. Back of palate experiences slighty woodsy and herbal hops with hints of dried leaves, light caramel and moderately toasted bread. Aftertaste of fairly rich caramel, toasted bread crusts, and light, fairly sweet, milk chocolate.

Beer is medium-bodied, with medium-low to low carbonation levels, leading to a beer that has a smooth (3/5) and slightly foamy (2/5) mouthfeel. Closes dry, with moderate stickiness coating the lips and palate.

Photo of pat61
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%

Nose: rich malt, some kettle sugars, not a lot of esters, faint alcohol
Pours crystal clear deep amber with 2" rocky off-white foam cap dissipates to a thick film
Palate begins with rich sweet malt and then it dries out near the finish with dry malt flavors and malt spiciness. Not a lot of fruity esters.
Medium body to slightly less, medium to a little above carbonation.

Photo of far333
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper colored with streams of tiny bubbles rising fast up to a full inch head of sudsy foam that lingers long.

Low aroma of sweet malt, some honey and pear.

Delicate flavors of biscuity malt, almond, sweet corn, cinnamon, and overripe pear. Haven't had a quality subtle beer lately, it's interesting having to pay so much attention to pick out and appreciate the nuances.

Very drinkable, tasty beer, thanks to barleywinefiend for throwing this one in the box.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Forms deep copper amber body with a decent sized cream colored head specks of lacing. Aroma: A sweet mildy hopped tone with a wave of toasted malts with a nutty edge nice brew. Taste: Flavor a warming sweetness with toasted malts and very low IBUs kicking in some balance with bitterness, I must say this is one of the better brewed alts I have tasted. Mouthfeel: Medium to light in body with a creamy edge to the texture nice. Drinkability: Effortless very smooth creamy and tasty with a low abv built to drink in session.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber is the staple of the AK brewing co. It is a qutie average altbier. It pours the color of a penny with good head and malt smell. It starts with a classic altbier taste but quickly turns malty. Doesnt have the creamy fruitiness of an amber, but after one it gets much more drinkable. Good dark malt and fruit flavor but rather grainy and almost no hop flavors present. The bud of AK

Photo of rlee1390
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Translucent ruby amber with a two finger head, well carbonated.

S-Lots of malt and bits of spices (nutmeg, like) and some roasted notes.

T-Starts with a roasty, nutty maltiness then becomes an earthy like spice.

M-Medium bodied, carbonated and thicker than I was expecting.

O-A nice beer, one of their better offerings. Altbier is an unappreciated style.

Photo of KoG
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this in bottled form and ended up enjoying it fairly well and giving it a 3.5 overall. In my opinion, this is better on tap. The malt flavor is more pronounced and a bit nutty. Mouthfeel comes off a bit better as well. More drinkable to me as well.

Photo of xoqx
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Amber, slightly cloudy, with an off-white two finger head exhibiting light retention and light lacing.

Smell – There are deep citrus, honey, spicy, and caramelly notes in the nose.

Taste – Crisp and sweet, this has many caramelly tastes and deep malty domination. This reminds me quite a lot of a crisper, dryer fat tire. The finish is average.

Mouthfeel – This is creamy, crisp and clean with a medium-light bodied mouthfeel.

Drinkability – This is a very drinkable beer, and very consistent.

Photo of soju6
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Served a clear amber color with a decent head and some lacing.

S: Roasted grain & malt with a hint of sweetness.

T: Light malt flavor with a slight sweetness that continues to a mild bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Moderate body that is smooth and well balanced.

D: Very enjoyable and good when having more than one. This is one of my go to beers when working in Alaska.

Photo of harjoeb2010
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bjohnson
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. big boy brought back from the Great Northwest by a buddy. Sharing it with him now.

A: Pours a pretty clear amber color with a frothy off white slight caramel colored head. Good retention on this bad boy.
S: Smells like an alt with characteristic caramel and toasted malt notes. Grassy hop notes also show up. Ever so slight metallic smell also.
T/M: Not a bad tasting amber. A bit of sweet malt up front that has a caramel flavor. Grassy and floral nop notes are present but hang out in the background. Creamy, soft, and smooth on the palate. Very light and refreshing. Amazingly this beer gets softer on the palate and a bit sweeter as it warms.
D: Very drinkable alt beer. Smooth and refreshing---could be a session beer with that low low low abv.

Photo of Mosstrooper
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into Guinness branded tulip-style pint glass.

Appearance: Clear amber color with a small, quickly dissipating orange-ish head that leaves behind only a hint of lace.

Smell: Sweet caramel and citrus backed up by biscuit.

Taste: Begins with biscuity flavor that rounds out to sweet caramel, plum, apple. Finishes with just enough hop flavor to reveal some citrus and balance out the malt flavors with slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with balanced carbonation and a sticky finish in the throat.

Overall: A good beer that6 could make for excellent sessioning. Definitely worth a try!

Photo of NWbyNW_Brew
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of arizcards
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

PIcked up a bottle at AJ's for $1.39 in July.

Nice looking red beer that did not pour much of a head. Appears to be highly carbonated. Nose is of caramel malts-a pleasant smell. Taste is of caramel malts, a hint of nut, with a semi-sweet finish. Mouthfeel is fairly full and this is a nicely carbonated brew. Overall drinkability is good, this is a tasty little beer!

Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,559 ratings.