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Alaskan Amber - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,290 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 1,290
Reviews: 550
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 41
Gots: 80 | 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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Dogbrick

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2004 23:06:56 | More by Dogbrick
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seanbhudson

California

3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE:
Pours a clear amber color with a large tan head. Very little lacing.
AROMA:
Moderate aroma of malt and caramel.
FLAVOR:
Smooth toasted malt and caramel. Hint of earthy bitterness at the end.
MOUTHFEEL:
Medium body with slightly creamy texture. Soft carbonation.
DRINKABILITY:
Easy drinking beer that is a tad sweet. I could drink a lot of these but would get bored after awhile.
NOTES: BBCSD-0905-GeoffV

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2009 22:41:05 | More by seanbhudson
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alexipa

Colorado

3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is an orange-ish clear color with a very slight head. Theres almost no scent to speak of, maybe some slight malts. Those same malts came through in the taste, along with a crispness that I really enjoyed. This is a light bodied brew with some carbonation.

An excellent, drinkable beer that is a great example of an alt-style.

After having this again, I noticed that it's really a beautiful looking beer. Dark orange-red, but still crystal clear. Got way more foam this time around.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 02:39:44 | More by alexipa
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Todd

Colorado

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

Presentation: 12oz snubby brown twist-off top bottle.

Appearance: Rich and deep copper in colour with an off-white creamy foam head. Loads of carbonation activity and great head retention.

Smell: Very light aroma of grain and light esters.

Taste: A full-bodied brew with a smooth mouthfeel and creamy palate. Malt sweetness is sugary/dextriny with notes of raw grain. Nutty, biscuit and touch of chocolate are all part of the malty flavours that pull-thru when warmed up a bit. Bitterness is low, like weak floral tea. There's a touch of rind, but it gently creeps away into the malt sweetness. Finish is clean with hardly any residuals.

Notes: Despite it's name, this is an Alt beer and a very nice Alt at that. Outright tasty as hell if you ask me. All the right flavours are present and balance each other very well.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2001 00:00:01 | More by Todd
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jbphoto88

Texas

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

Amber in Name and distinctly amber in look.  A deep reddish orange hue that has traces of yellow on the sides.  The head is lightly yellow and comes on strong but doesn't last.  

Nose is nothing special, some lightly toasted malts and a touch of caramel.  Faint and not bold enough to really be distinct.  Based on the look of this beer I would have expected more of an aroma.

Taste is smooth and creamy sweet with more of an emphasis on the grain then anything else.  Hints of toast and a dose of caramel make up the for the most part.  There is a touch of bittering that compliments the flavors very well.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth making this easy to put down your throat.  There is a patch in the middle where you get a sting of carbonation and bitterness but that fades into the finish that thinly coats your mouth.  It's so easy to drink I have to remind myself that this is actually an alcoholic beverage.  Very tasty and satisfying despite the lack luster nose.  Well done and one that I'm sure I'll encounter again... and again, and again... well you know how it goes my fellow beer lovers.  If you get your hands on this one try it!

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 12:17:22 | More by jbphoto88
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cjgator3

Florida

3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a copper colored amber with a thin fizzy head that quickly disappears. The aroma is sweet biscuity malt and a touch of caramel. The taste is sweet and fruity malt that has nutty and biscuity characteristics with a touch of hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and full bodied. Overall, Alaskan Amber is a solid beer that is worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2008 02:50:22 | More by cjgator3
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MiScusi

California

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

Appearance is a, yep you guessed it, amber- maybe on the browner side. Smell was subtle sweetness.... no hops to be found- which isn't bad. Small head, able to be regenerated by a swirl of the glass.

Taste was of sweet malt, caramel, a tad roasty, but mostly sweet caramel, and no hops, no matter how far and wide you search. This is all about the malt. Not horrible but you like a little hoppiness to peak through at some point.... at least I do.

Moutfeel is smooth and creamy, with a light carbonation.

Drinkability may be hindered by the mouthfeel. I've had other ambers that I wanted to grab for a 2nd as fast as I could, whereas this one, not so much. However, it wasn't hard to drink the one in front of me, so it wasn't all that bad. A pretty good amber. I actually like Speakeasy's Prohibition Ale as an amber better, just for comparison.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2006 06:38:40 | More by MiScusi
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Darkale

Virginia

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

What an interesting beer. I love a beer that doesn't fall into a category easily. I've had some altbiers, enough to know that this settles (grudgingly) into that style; however, to me it seems to have some slipperiness around its style edges. Its mouthfeel is slick but also chewy, full and buttery. Yet, the middle of the beer is brassy and slightly sour. Lacing is sparse. Head does not last long, and only a skim remains. But, a great deal of taste for a beer of so low ABV. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2006 00:43:59 | More by Darkale
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echoes

Washington

3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a glass.

A: Thick, finger-length, off-white head. Leaves noticeable lacing. Medium carbonation visible. Color is redish-amber.

S: Heavy caramel, roasted malts, slight earthy smell attributed to the hops.

T: Toasted malts, caramel, perhaps a bit nutty, spicy and buttery with mild earthy hops. Basically agree with aval89. Not very bitter. Clean finish.

M: Medium-bodied and medium carbonation. Mouthfeel is satisfactory.

O: A very good beer. Great malts in this one. The lack of much bitterness with a clean finish makes the drinkability good with this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 04:44:37 | More by echoes
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joecast

Australia

3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours with almost no head, great glowing amber color.
aroma is full of fruits. rich, dark, sweet roastedness as well.
taste of honey roasted peanuts, sweet but not overly. finishes clean, very smooth.
lightish mouthfeel, looks and smells as though it would be heavier.
a few of these would be nie, but too many and i would probably tire of the sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2004 06:37:06 | More by joecast
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JayTheFinn

California

3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It was drank in the dive bar I had this in, so I couldn't accurately tell you what color it is. All I could really tell was that the head was rather small. It smelled fruity and sweet. The taste was citrusy, orange I'd say, and sweet caramel. The two were strong but well-combined. I don't know much about altbiers, but having read the definition on the sight here I'm not sure this is a very true depiction. It's too fruity I'd say. Regardless, I found it quite tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2006 00:41:41 | More by JayTheFinn
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marcpal

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 21:54:09 | More by marcpal
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Redneckwine

Washington

3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bomber into chalice, cold out of fridge.

Appearance - Dark amber, crystal clear. Not much head going on here, 1 finger head dissipates quickly into only a slight foam cap, not much lacing. Poured rather gently, too.

Smell - Caramely sweet malts, bread crust, feint orange and citrus.

Taste/MF - Super mellow carbonation, very smooth but could use more carb. Taste is more caramel bready malt playing nice with feint hop citrus, mostly orange. Taste follows nose, basically. Between light and medium body. Taste lingers for a minute with mild bitterness, semi-dry finish.

Overall - This is a very easy beer to enjoy, nothing is offputing, but nothing stands out either. Good balance, but I'd say definitely malt forward. I wish the CO2 was adjusted upwards a bit.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 00:19:35 | More by Redneckwine
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Gavage

New Jersey

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

Appearance: this brew arrived in a pint glass looking clear and amber in color with a thin 1/2" head that disappeared to a flat residue after a few minutes.

Smell: the aroma was of lightly roasted malt.

Taste: the flavor sported a stronger malt tone, with some caramel and a hint of fruit. The bitterness was very light, but overall the brew seemed focused on maltiness anyway.

Mouthfeel: smooth with a short malty finish. This is a medium bodied brew with decent carbonation levels.

Drinkability: nicely drinkable, as I quaffed two with some lunch.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2004 00:43:06 | More by Gavage
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sitarist

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2010 01:05:22 | More by sitarist
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phishsihq

Colorado

3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Color: Clear red amber, shallow head with light lacing

Nose: Slight roasted malt smell with hints of licorice

Taste: Excellent balance of malt, with almost no hop presence. Smooth aftertaste that dissipates slowly

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, with little carbonation and a smooth finish

Overall: I really enjoy this as a sessionable beer, as well as a great example of an Alt-style brew

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 21:52:36 | More by phishsihq
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keithmurray

New York

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

Appearance - pours a clear copper color with white head

smell - caramel, citrus

taste - caramel, molasses, nutty finish, malts

mouthfeel - smooth, full of carbonation, slightly sweet body, slight bitterness in the finish

drinkability - this is a nice beverage to have a few of and not think too much about it

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 23:31:51 | More by keithmurray
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DovaliHops

California

3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an almost-clear, amber color with a great off-white (almost tan) head. The scent is unique...with a little bit of sour notes...also get some sweet malts and very little hops...The aromas do not blend that great, but they blend fairly well. The taste is definitely not what the scent leads you to assume. Immediately a get some sweet malts and some candy sugars...maybe a bit of prunes or other dark fruits. Then it just mellows out like crazy...kinda becomes watered down. Not very much hoppiness to this brew. The mouthfeel is descent. A bit on the light side. This is a great session beer in my opinion. And I know if this was a forum post, that annoying guy, Ding, would say this isn't a session beer,,, But I see this as a good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2010 08:46:19 | More by DovaliHops
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AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
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

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2007 05:59:40 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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LiquidAmber

Washington

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

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark orange amber with a fine one finger head maintained by active, attractive carbonation and lacing. Mild aroma of sweet malt, light, somewhat estery fruit and a hint of hops. Flavor is sweet caramel malt, light fruit with a rather abrupt malty hop finish. Body is moderate edging onto creamy; a nicer mouthfeel than I'd expect from a modeate ABV ale. Taste is understated, but very pleasant and refreshing. This is one of my favorite back up beers for locations without a big selection of craft beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 05:05:45 | More by LiquidAmber
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SurlyDuff

Oregon

3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2008 02:39:12 | More by SurlyDuff
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xoqx

Washington

3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2005 07:15:01 | More by xoqx
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champ103

Texas

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
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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
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denver10

Kentucky

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
Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,290 ratings.