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Alaskan Amber - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan AmberAlaskan Amber

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588 Reviews

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Reviews: 588
Hads: 1,758
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 21.43%
Wants: 56
Gots: 332 | 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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Reviews: 588 | Hads: 1,758
Photo of Gregaroo
3.09/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at SeaTac Airport on our way to LAX after Seahawks/49ers game. Served in a pint glass and, true to its name, was Amber in color with just a bit of foam. OK amber ale and the best option on tap.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a somewhat dark brown/red, two finger white foamy head, decent amount of lacing.
The smell had a malty somewhat nutty aroma, sweet yet a deep bready maltiness in the taste. It was smooth over the palate, about a light to medium in body. It's a good altbier that I would have again, preferably with food.

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A moderate pour from the stubby bottle into a schooner glass produces a short, creamy white head that lingers fairly well. The beer is a clear, fairly pale amber color with moderate carbonation.

I don't detect much of an aroma except perhaps just a hint of a mild caramel note. The flavor is smooth, with caramel notes and a slight fruitiness, with a hint of nuttiness and some minerally sweetness. The mouthfeel is fairly creamy but with a slight spritz on the tongue.

This beer is light enough to enjoy in balmy weather and is a nice early autumn brew.

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Photo of Catracho5
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a mahogany color with lots of carbonation streaming off the bottom, beer is clear with a vanilla colored creamy head, got some minor lacing, looks a little thin.

A: Toffee and caramel, roasted nuttiness, roasted malts, hint of sweetness at the end, no alcohol on the nose.

T: Roasted nuttiness, caramel and toffee, slight bready notes, finishes with a hint of spice and clove, very smooth and drinkable.

M: Light bodied, semi-dry finish.

O: First impression is that this is very smooth and easy drinking, flavors and aromas are a little subdued, nothing really stands out with this beer, a middle of the road beer.

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Photo of heyheymdn
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

It's a solid beer, but nothing special. Reminds me a lot of fat tire. Big beer taste with a craft name. Don't go out of your way for one, but if it's there, drink one or two!!!

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Red-amber, mostly clear with slight haze, quick fading head, nice-looking brew. Mild sweet bready aroma. Best way to describe the taste is buttery. Sweet and nutty and buttery, very tasty brew. Low carbonation, goes down easy. Overall one of the better ambers I've had.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.16/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've never reviewed this? Whoah, who am I fooling, haha. Anyways, this was poured into a polkal for review. Though I've had this numerous times in pint glasses.
The appearance was a gentle hazy amber color with a nice transparency about it. Carbonation runs up to fill a quickly dissipating one finger white foamy head. Lacing is clingy but also slides after a while.
The smell starts off with rich sweet nutty malts with a sweet German yeast allowing light bready tones moving in and around the aroma really nice, slight butteriness but not diacetyl. It's buttery due to the yeast, so it's good.
The taste was mainly sweet with the nutty maltiness running into the bready to buttery depth of the beer. Light lingering nutty/buttery bready aftertaste slyly moves into the finish.
The mouthefeel is nice and light bodied, makes for a nice session. Carbonation feels somewhat low. That's okay to me because it's just more of a session than other altbiers.
Overall, it's an altbier, and to see hopheads slam this beer just shows their ignorance to the style. Of course, this is a wonderful take by an American brewer. It's exceptional with its respected food (bratwurst anyone?) and also goes well in beer bread.

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Photo of onklsven75
4.61/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a great everyday beer, especially on a hot summer day. Very smooth and easy to drink, it's hard not to finish the six pack in one sitting :-).

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Photo of Kennykarp
4.94/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ordered on draft at an airport while waiting for my flight. This is banana bread in beer form. Pours with a small head that leaves very little lacing. Has a translucent amber coloring. Tastes nutty and sweet with a little banana flavor. I'm hooked. Hopefully I can get some back home!

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Photo of KingisLegend
4.39/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

In my top 5 of favorite beers, A great go to beer after work or if you just want to knock a few back. The taste is great and it goes down smooth with a good after taste.

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Photo of OrtheusMaximusRex
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A good looking beer, nice medium amber color - not the deepest amber of the alts, say, like Ayinger, but nice. A thin head that dissipates. Not too carbonated. One of the truer alt-style domestics (compared to German alts) out there, maybe very similar to Prost Amber alto (Denver, CO).
A = 4.5
S = 3.75 - its an alt, there is some sweet fruity aroma but its not a hop-bomb
T = 4 - sweet and malty, low hops, a small amount of alcohol if warmed to room temp
M = medium bodied, smooth, easy drinking, not too much carbonation
O - 4.25 - for the style (Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel = 4.75)

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Photo of ordybill
4.34/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the tap. This beer has a very nice malt and yeast aroma. The beer has a nice dark brown color with a small off-white head. The flavor is malt, nuts and some hops, pretty good. Overall, a solid beer that I would drink again.

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Photo of Mersmom8
4.79/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

We tried this beer out west and loved it! It is sweeter than many beers, which I like. I prefer the sweeter wines (Rieslings/Desert Wines). I cannot stand bitter beer. This is nice and smooth. The color is pretty too. Too bad we cannot get it in the Southeast.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Poured dark brown with a small head that didn't leave much lacing. Smells like rich malts. Tastes like barely-nutty malt with slightly bitter hops. It's well balanced and smooth with no alcohol aftertaste. Medium body and medium carbonation. Very quaffable.
Nice, smooth brown that is well balanced and easy to drink.

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Photo of BaritoneHillbilly
2.86/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

This beer was OK. It looked very nice, but the taste wasn't so great. It wasn't that bad either, except it tastes flat. And the flatness just gets progressively worse as you drink it, as it becomes nearly unbearable as you're approaching the last swallow. But it's not as bad as an IPA.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a dark amber with a thin white head. The head fades quickly leaving very little lacing.

S - The aroma is faint caramel and bread.

T - The taste follows the aroma caramel, brown sugar, biscuity malts, light citrus, and some light hoppiness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very crisp mouthfeel.

O - A decent Amber that's enjoyable and easy drinking.

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Photo of Cannibalgasm
2.78/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

A: Pours a light amber with thin white head. OK retention with little lacing.

S: White bread, caramel, orange, brown sugar, and a slight floral hop aroma.

T: White bread, lemon, caramel, orange, with a tiny amount of hops detectable on the back end.

M: Light bodied, low carbonation, crisp finish.

O: A solid amber but not anything special. An enjoyable and easy drinking brew.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This one's a clear, flecky, copper colored beer with delicate dissipating light tan head. It smells of bread, grain, toast, caramel, and faint esters. Lightly tart and sweet, almost lemony, and again, bread on the palate. A sweet or even dessert bread, in fact. Not much for hops, still very light bitter presence with linger and aftertaste. Medium, fine carbonation that doesn't diminish but goes down smooth, with crisp, refreshing finish. Overall, definitely reminiscent of an English brown, but a bit lighter in body.

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Photo of kantormill
3.39/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

Great deep honey/amber color. Smells a little on the sweeter side, like a peppered toffee. Slightly bitter at the start and finishes with clove and honey. Leave a nice taste in your mouth.

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Photo of ckornmannn
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep amber color, a bit more carbonated than a brown ale, but the perfect amount for this beer I think. This one is malt forward with just a bit of tang and sweetness. Bready. There is some hop presence. The best thing about this beer, and the reason it is a go-to and one of my all time favorites, is that it is exceptionally well balanced and there is nothing else on the typical beer aisle that tastes like it. You have to visit a specialty bottle shop to find a beer like this.

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Photo of ducktoadecoy
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer far exceeded my expectations. It is smooth but the taste is still potent and enjoyable. I feel like I could drink this on any occasion. The smell and look were perfect as well. If it were a bit stronger, I'd add it to my list of favorites.

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Photo of obrike
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A decent Amber. Nothing out of the ordinary. A good intro to the style.This would certainly be a beer to offer friends willing to step outside the BMC box.

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Photo of mchegash
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - 3.5/5
Extremely clear dark red-orange, about 1 finger of head, which dissipates down to a thin layer. An average amount of carbonation can be seen rising up the beer.

Smell - 4/5
Very amber-ale-esque, sweet moderately dark malts, light fruit flavors, perhaps a bit of orange.

Taste - 4.25/5
Malts, darker sugar slightly fruity. Tastes like I would expect an amber to. Perhaps a bit of metallic taste, but it doesn't bring down the overall flavor.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Medium bodied, very crisp, light amount of medium-high intensity carbonation. Goes down smooth.

Overall - 4.25/5
Overall this was a really great Amber and a great beer overall.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Format: a 355mL brown bottle with a decent craft label.

Appearance: a dark copper amber colour with some ruby highlights. Very little carbonation visible. A thin white head lasts the distance.

Aroma: toasted malts, some fruits and a touch of spice. Okay, if not mind-blowing.

Taste: more stone fruits and a touch of earth here, with those toasted malts coming through more strongly. A nice beer.

Aftertaste: some sour cherries linger on the finish along with those earth flavours and some bitterness.

Mouth feel: lighter in feel with a moderate carbonation. It might have been a bit better with a fuller feel and more carbonation.

Overall: a nice selection of flavours and a pleasant combination of sweet, sour and bitter. A good mid-range altbier.

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Photo of Donkster46
2.89/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I used to enjoy this way back a few years ago. I think it just doesn't stack up against others of the same style. I based this rating on a beer I had on draft at a sports pub.

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Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 588 ratings.