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Alaskan Amber - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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1,580 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,580
Reviews: 580
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 56
Gots: 214 | 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 JasonR1975
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of armock
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured an amber color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of sweet caramel malt

T - Follows the nose with the sweet caramel malt with some hops in the finish

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - This is a very easy to drink good tasting amber one that I could drink a few of in a sitting this one is worth getting your hands on to try sometime

Photo of denver10
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A lightish amber with a decent enough head, though nothing to write home about.Aroma is on the sweet, bready side you'd expect from an amber, but not aggressively sweet. Taste is a very balanced malt sweetness with some clean but mild hoppines. Medium bodied, somewhat creamy but still nicely carbonated. A very nice, sessionable amber.

Photo of BDJake
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- copper topped by a blink-and-you-miss-it coat of off-white head

S- pretty faint, but malty with a bit of citrus

T- biscuity malts, with a bit of orange and slight hoppiness on the tail end... doesn't balance it completely but adds a nice finish

M- pretty thin, but decently carbonated

D- very sessionable, not a bad beer while watching the fight or having family over

Photo of Floydster
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Pint from Kilkenney's on the Redondo Beach Pier last night for five dollars, sadly went to this bar with Naja's less than a couple hundred feet away, but my friends wanted to meet some people there, the things I do for them sometimes

Color was a golden brown with a third of an inch foamy white head, a little lacing with a murky appearance to it

Smell was sweet malts, with some caramel and sour fruit, also some bready aromas

Taste was nice and would make a great session beer, sweet like the smell seemed, slightly sour finish with a crisp bite at first, some biscuit-like accents, could taste some a little bit of toffee, some lemons and oranges, sweet syrup feel at times, also a hint of nuttiness, the only problem I had with this one was the lack of hops, but a nice beer overall that is easy to put down

Average amount of carbonation and a fairly nice body

Could drink several of these, especially at only four percent alcohol, super light beer that goes down easier than most out there, another good beer from Alaskan

Photo of Taybeh
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%

From a bottle (love the tug on the label) into a stange
A: rich dark copper, with nice light on the edges, and a good 2 finger khaki head that sticks around a bit.
S: Smells like an altbier to me: toasted grainy bread and rich fruity esters
T: Malty sweet and some graininess balanced by some earthiness and nuttiness, and some floral hops giving it just a little edge toward the end...then the malt lingers a bit.
M: smooth, creamy, tasty, with just a little bitterness and astringency to give it a slight edge
Overall: Very nice, solidly built, and tasty.

Photo of Dogbrick
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another gift from the mother-in-law after an Alaskan cruise. The beer is a dark brownish but clear color with a medium and creamy beige head. Thin lacing. The aroma is nicely malted and toasty. Medium-bodied and smooth, with malt, caramel and nut flavors in varying degrees. Light hop finish. Overall not the best Alt available but I was impressed enough that I would get it again.

Photo of Wer34truh
3.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of variousartists
3.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is much better on tap, rather than from a bottle. Had on tap in the AlaskaAirlines Board Room.

Appearance: Dark reddish copper, with a light goldish head. Nothing sticks to glass.

Smell: Attractive aroma, very grainy.

Taste: Does'nt taste like a typical amber. A little sweet for my taste. Lacking hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nothing special.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable. Fine balanced brew.

Photo of SurlyDuff
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber and looks like a datecode is stamped on the label: 7-11-08

Dark amber copper. Tight foam head with not any lacing to hang onto the sides of the glass. Nice and clear.

Some complex maltiness and light hops. Dry spicy hops are pretty mild, only complimenting the malt wonderland.

Caramel malt and crispy clean finish. The aftertaste became sweet and mouthwatering. A really good brew! Interesting that BA has it listed as an altbier. It is a lot smoother and mellow, with more malt than most ambers.

Photo of hellsing3
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer has a brown rusty look with amber hues with very little head.

S: There is a strong smell of carmalized sugar, sweet malts and a bit of molases.

T: As it first hits your tounge you will notice a slight bitterness until the sweet maltyness takes its place.

M: This beer has a very smooth easy drinking feel to it. You will want to drink many in a row.

D: This is a great beer. Easy drinking and straight forword not realy complex but that does not take anything away from this great brew.

If you are wondering how a guy from Massachusetts gets a beer from Alaska, I'll tell you. A friend from Albany New York gets this beer shipped from Alaska and i happened onto a few and i am glad i got a chance to try this beer that you cannot get in Massachusetts.

Photo of sitarist
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Did this beer as a blind review in the blind beers bif.

Pours a burnt orange color with amber highlights, it is mainly clear with some tiny bubbles rising. The head is off white and about 1/2", it falls quickly to nothing.

I smell some light fruits, honey, its very malty, with some alcohol coming through. The scents are subdued, well blended, and quite hard for me to pick out.

I taste nuts, toffee, a little earthiness, moss, honey and the faintest hint of bitterness.

Medium body, wet, barely any carbonation.

Not something Id go out of my way for but good. There are no bad flavors, its not to high in alcohol, and not too heavy.

Photo of MattyG85
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.

Appearance: Bright amber orange with lots of bubbles. Big three finger off white head with very good retention and lacing.

Smell: Lots of sweet, toasted caramel malts and biscuit. Hints of earthy hops with a little bit of citrus. Very malt forward aroma.

Taste: Sweet and toasty malts with lots of caramel and biscuit flavor. Has a light earthy hop presence in the background with a hint of lemon.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a medium level of carbonation. Very smooth and crisp.

Overall: A very decent amber. Fairly light but tasty. The hints of lemon help balance the malts.

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

A good beer that can be consumed often. Not too heavy like some of the other stuff we purchase, I always like to fallback on this beer for sure. I haven't had many altbiers, but this was definitely a solid brew coppery notes tin head with minimal lacing definitely an everyday drinker nice kick yet not too strong. Definitely one of my fall back beers.

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

Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,580 ratings.