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Alaskan Amber - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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1,263 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,263
Reviews: 549
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 40
Gots: 73 | 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.

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Photo of champ103


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

A: Pours a dark copper amber color. A two finger white head forms, but recedes in an instant. Very light lace.
S: Malty sweet. Caramel and light fruity esters. Some lingering citrus hops in the aroma.
T: Again, malty sweet with caramel and fruit flavors. A good hop bitterness for balance.
M/D: A medium body with very lively carbonation. Easy and smooth to drink. I quaffed several of these with no problem.

This is a good beer. Something I would recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2009 15:20:05 | More by champ103
Photo of armock

New York

3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
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

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2010 02:55:13 | More by armock
Photo of denver10


3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2012 15:17:22 | More by denver10
Photo of BeerRun13


3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fairly clear reddish copper. A thin off white head provides some lacing.
Caramel and butterscotch aroma.
Good malty caramel flavor with a touch of butter. A nice balance with some very gentle hops.
Lighter to medium boddied. Very creamy and rich with good carb.
Drinkability is fantastico!!! Nice to know that this is a readily available staple to the diet.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2006 19:28:21 | More by BeerRun13
Photo of BDJake


3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 04:50:30 | More by BDJake
Photo of MattyG85


3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 00:05:58 | More by MattyG85
Photo of joshuasamantha


3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 04:15:35 | More by joshuasamantha
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 01:47:56 | More by rlee1390
Photo of berley31

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2009 22:34:31 | More by berley31
Photo of kimcgolf


3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured to a dark copper color, with thin off-white head that dissipated quickly and left little lacing. Aroma was a very pleasant blend of malty dark fruit, peat and a hint of smokey wood. Flavor was not quite as pronounced, although more of the same. Mouthfeel was slightly sweet and rich, and finish long with a slightly sweet aftertaste. I could not drink many of these at once, but a good tasting sipping beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2007 15:42:46 | More by kimcgolf
Photo of hellsing3


3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2007 20:22:01 | More by hellsing3
Photo of BucBasil

South Carolina

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

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a large mug.

A: The beer is a slightly hazy pure brown color topped with a light tan 1.5 finger head with ok retention.

S: Nice and malty with lots of toast and some caramel notes. Balanced by a subtle brown sugar sweetness and light fruit character of candy apples.

T: Again big on the malt character. Much like the aroma, this one is mostly toast and caramel with a light sweetness underneath. Nutty character comes into play, as does some biscuit. Finishes light and malty with a touch of grain.

A very solid, drinkable beer that I can see myself coming back to regularly.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 04:12:35 | More by BucBasil
Photo of flagmantho


3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 19:21:36 | More by flagmantho
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2010 05:03:07 | More by brentk56
Photo of rkhaze


3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2004 23:18:32 | More by rkhaze
Photo of unclejimbay


3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2010 16:57:28 | More by unclejimbay
Photo of variousartists


3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2006 00:28:02 | More by variousartists
Photo of Floydster


3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2007 23:44:40 | More by Floydster
Photo of ratrod53


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

A- It pours I nice brownish redish color kinda like a whiskey. It pours like a whiskey with almost no head 0 lace ont the glass.

S- Smell is the best part of this beer. There is a lot of carmel and malt smell in this beer.

T- There is just a hint of sweatness under the taste of carmel. I also got some malt but not as strong as in the smell. It also has some nut taste in the end.

M- It has good carbonation vary light with some grain.

D- It's a vary drinkable beer it's not hard on your pallet. It's a good beer to start out the evening with. It's not my fav amber ale. But i could defnitley have another one.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 19:17:52 | More by ratrod53
Photo of Xadoor


3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2006 15:04:45 | More by Xadoor
Photo of mmmbeer


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

12 oz. twist-off stubby. Brewed with European and PNW hops to 18 IBUs. Nice medium amber hue, unfiltered?, with a nice clarity, fairy high carbonation, and a half-inch, tight-knit khaki froth that leaves light lacing. Toasty and mildly hoppy aroma, with distinctive yeast notes. Rich malts on the palate (crystal? biscuit?), with mild esters and a very light hoppiness on top of a light and crisp, dry body. A very sessionable, toasty altbier; I would call it a north German alt, if I were going by BJCP guidelines.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 16:03:11 | More by mmmbeer
Photo of tmoneyba


3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2008 15:14:11 | More by tmoneyba
Photo of aeminter


3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks Colts9016

The appearance is light amber almost like tea...very clear. The head is an off white/beige color, kinda frothy looking, starts off nice and big and dissipates to about 2-3 mm, but no lacing.

The smell is very lager-like with faint esters (pear & apple) and pleasantly light malt notes.

T: My first impression is of fruit, grapes specifically. The malts are sweet but not in an overpowering way. The finish is fairly dry and smooth.
M: Light body, high carbonation...

Note: As far as I can see this beer meets the BJCP guideline with the exception of taste. Here, while appealing, there is a departure.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2009 07:07:02 | More by aeminter
Photo of Foyle


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

Appearance: 2" cream color head recedes slowly with no lacing. Color is deep amber and somewhat cloudy. Significant carbonation.
Aroma: some fruit (raisins, peaches), yeasty bread dough, fresh water, earthy hops
Mouthfeel: medium bodied & slightly sticky. Finish is a little wet.
Flavor: pick up a raisin-like flavor, along with some apple and peach flavors. There is also a sweet brown bread malt and some mild earthy hops in the finish.
Overall: Alaskan Amber is a very pleasant and drinkable alt style ale. It has some wine-like qualities due to the fruit flavors. Most excellent.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2014 16:59:33 | More by Foyle
Photo of beerman207


3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2011 04:24:15 | More by beerman207
Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,263 ratings.