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Alaskan Amber - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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1,289 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,289
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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Photo of Matty1918


3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Pumphouse while travelling to Washington.

Poured a dark amber with a small head and good lacing.

A rich aroma that consisted of sweet malt a slightly nutty.

The taste was of sweet malt...slight caramel with a hint of nut and a slight bitterness.

A pretty good amber. I'd try this again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2008 16:01:16 | More by Matty1918
Photo of PhxHorn


4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color is a deep orange, with a very light head. Smelled lightly of malt. Tasted of malt and a little bit of spice, with a bit of hop bitterness near the end. Nice flavor. The slightly hoppy bitter finish is intriguing enough that it keeps you wanting to take another sip. Very very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2008 14:44:15 | More by PhxHorn
Photo of aquaderek


3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this beer from the bottle into a session glass. The beer is golden orange and has a thin head which dissipates quickly to leave a lace. The nose is initially malty, some spiciness (nutmeg), some cabbage in the background. The taste is malt forward followed be an unimpressive watery finish. The mouthfeel is refreshing and crisp, could be better. This is an OK session brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2008 23:00:04 | More by aquaderek
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At the Reef in Point Roberts there is one lone craft tap at the back of the bar and it is Alaskan Amber. I must say that this is a West Coast session classic. ( Seems they started bringing into Washington State early on in the craft revolution). What works for me about this beer is the drinkability ( more amber than alt in my mind). The malt backbone is the main flavour which holds the beer together but the hops come through in the finish and most importantly you want another pint right after. Like Fat Tire or Full Sail Amber this is a food friendly drinking beer that is sold almost everywhere in the PNW(expect BC alas)

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2008 18:22:28 | More by canucklehead
Photo of rye726


3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

Nice amber color with a tan foamy head. Good lacing and retention.

The aroma is of mild malts and some sweet candies.

The taste is very similar to smell. A basic mild malty beer.

Good light body and carbonation. Very drinkable and a good example of the style. Alaskan Brewing always does a good job.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2008 19:19:49 | More by rye726
Photo of budsboy


3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep amber with a small white head.

Smell is mellow. Dark fruit, bread and a hint of hops and alcohol.

Taste is equally as mellow. Hints of grape, raisin and grainy bread and finishing with a somewhat tannic bitterness. The aftertaste lingers and is a well balanced fruity sweetness and hop bitterness.

Medium to full bodied and very smooth.

A great session beer. Very easy to drink, I see as I have already reached the bottom of my glass. Nothing that will knock you socks off, but a very good quality beer befitting the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2008 00:02:17 | More by budsboy
Photo of Beaver13


3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours a clear reddish amber with a fine off white head that goes to a thin film that laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet caramel malts, toffee and some fruit.

The flavor is slightly sweet caramel, toffee and biscuits with a little fruitiness and enough bitterness at the finish to balance it well. The mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall, nothing too exciting but this is a well made, well balanced and enjoyable brew. This reminded me a bit of Fat Tire, but better.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2008 05:43:54 | More by Beaver13
Photo of ArrogantB


3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle that was amber in color (no surprise right?). The smell was a very nice fruity aroma. I liked it. The taste however was kinda funky and departed from the smell. It was very easy to drink and I thought it would be a decent session beer but I am going to have to drink this a second time to form a good opinion.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2008 05:41:04 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of hardy008


4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a beautiful amber color with an offwhite one finger foamy head which stays a long time and leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

Smell - Hops and citrus.

Taste - Sweet with some hints of caramel and spice. Exceptionally good.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, clean, creamy. with noticeable carbonation.

Drinkability - Extremely drinkable. A beer which I could easily drink several bottles of.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2008 04:31:17 | More by hardy008
Photo of mentor


2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Yeah! New in Colorado, happy to try this one. Pours a one finger, mostly fizzy oranged-tan head over a brilliant dark rust liquid. Smells biscuity malt and earthy/fruity hops. Also, browned malt and a sort of a graham cracker character (non-sprinkled). Some caramel and a sourish dash. Heavy hop oils that are a bit dark.

Tastes malty sweet with hop aromatic stepping in late. Toasted malt bordering on burnt and caramel that fails to stand up. Depth of malt character is low and an unpleasant acidic hangs in the aftertaste. Not overbearing, just there without anything to counter it. Malt is lifted off the tongue by plentiful carbonation, that's borderline stingy.

Md thick mouthfeel that washes off the tongue quickly, but not the teeth. Heavy carbonation is a detraction. Meh, I'm not likely to try this one again.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2008 04:44:42 | More by mentor
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours into a Belgian glass with a deep orange/red color. A modest head reduces to a thin cover/thick collar. A good looking beer.

Aroma - fairly average graininess, a slight whiff of metal and some diacetyl. Meh.

Taste - light grains with a touch of smooth bready sweetness. Light diacetyl again and a mild balanced hoppiness on the swallow and aftertaste. Decent balance, even flavors.

Mouthfeel - a note of smoothness, accentuating the body a little above medium. Carbonation is steady.

Drinkability - a fine easy-drinking session beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2008 06:24:06 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of OStrungT


4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours an amber, slightly brownish color, with an off white head. The head fades a little quickly, leaving a nice lacing.

This beer has a mild, spicy hop aroma. It smells citrusy as well. It has a slight caramel malt aroma also. It smells very clean.

This beer tastes like it smells. A little spicy up front, with a sweet caramel malt flavor. Very clean, and non aggressive.

This beer is high in carbonation. It leaves a slightly spicy aftertaste. Light bodied.

I think this beer would make a good session beer. Low alcohol, and a good non aggressive flavor would make this one a good choice.

Overall: I tent to like extreame beers. This beer is a good one to remind me that there are other great beers out there that are not 10% ABV with 130 IBU's. Great beer. I have had it before, and I will definately have it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2008 03:56:15 | More by OStrungT
Photo of JDV


3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Fordest for this one- Pours a Rich, orange amber color with a some nice head to it. Smell is nice and toasty sweet malt and toffee. Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy. Tastes is good and heavily on the malty side of ambers. No real sign of hops to speak of, but it is a nice, tasty easy drinking beer. I definitely enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2008 06:09:01 | More by JDV
Photo of chsanders


4.4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an exceptional session beer. Creamy head, dark amber color, smooth taste and not the least bit heavy. The aroma doesn't quite come all the way through with the taste -just a little more mellow. Nice lacing on the glass that stays all the way through.
I was introduced to this beer by my brother in AK, and can't get it here in NE -but I can in WY, came back with a case this past weekend. It's going to be hard to make it stretch out.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2008 03:08:58 | More by chsanders
Photo of athensbeermaster


3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this one pretty fast and still almost no head. No lacing what so ever. On the nose I pick up some blood orange. The tawny port color was one impressive quality.
The flavor has a nutty, toasted grain with some fading fruit quality on the finish. A simple brew that is very smooth and easy to drink!

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2008 19:08:26 | More by athensbeermaster
Photo of MmmIPA


3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Iv'e waited a while to try any Alaskan beers and I finally got the chance to,thanks to Randy and Liquid Solutions.

Nice clear,amber body with a lucious one finger white head.The head falls fast though.

Notes of caramel and other dark malts.Cant really smell any hops in this badboy.

Creamy,clean taste.Not as sweet as the smell.Malty and some hops there but not many.

Nice clean and creamy mouthful.Carbonation is grand on this beer.Taste great.

Im glad I had the chance to try this beer.Its good,wish we could get the Alaskan beers on the east coast.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2008 21:49:58 | More by MmmIPA
Photo of hwwty4


4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12oz bottle into a Chimay Chalice. Thanks Nathan for this one. Pours a light amber with a 2 inch head that fades away quickly and leaves almost no lacing. Aroma is malty sweetness up front but then the fruits come out. Bits o' apple and citrus come out in the nose. Taste is mostly malts with a little bready yeasts going on. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation. This is a all around great session beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2008 03:40:31 | More by hwwty4
Photo of JohnGalt1


3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz from the Boise Coop for about $1.50.. shared with a friend.. mine from a shaker pint.. still listening to Sasha and Digweed's Communicate and talking shop.

short lasting head and low lacing that stick around... true amber.. very nice color.

aroma is very clean.. with caramel and bigger toasted malts.. only the slightest spicy hops make themselves known.

palate is again... very very clean.. very drinkable... yummy.. biscuity with low citrus/floral hops. lite to medium body and better than adequate carbonation.

I've only had a few Altbiers over the years and the notes aren't good enough to do a comparison.. but as far as ambers go, Alaskan Amber would be a fantastic session and a great gateway beer for a macrodrinker wanting to expand their horizons. Overall, I should give these more chances to find a place in the fridge.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2007 08:27:57 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of AKBelgianBeast


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
Photo of Risser09


3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle shared at a tasting - Poured into a tulip

Appearance: Pours a copper color and is a transparent brew, free of haze. The beer also had orange and yellow hues of color from the light it lets through. About 1/2 an inch of white head.

Smell: Sweet malt, orange, apple and lots of sugar.

Taste: Medium bodied beer with a pale taste and a malt balance. Apples and oranges appear in the taste also, with no hop presence. Nice malt profile.

Mouthfeel: Again, a medium bodied beer with litte hop bitterness and plenty of sugar.

Drinkability: A decent session beer, but not worth seeking out. Could use a little bit more depth of character and less cavity forming sugar.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2007 13:29:01 | More by Risser09
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 ikats

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful deep amber, light ruby color. Clear with light carbonation. Head disappears quickly. Light hoppy crispiness in the aroma, but mostly biscuity malty notes. Biscuit notes with some caramel in the taste. There is some hop bitterness, but it is minimal. Slightly dry. Medium body. Very clean lager taste. Very drinkable. Excellent session beer. Pleasant mouthfeel.

I needed something to last me till the weekend when I had more time to explore LA beer scene. Alaskan Amber was my choice at the local supermarket (Ralph's). And I am not disappointed. It is a very drinkable and tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2007 06:01:44 | More by ikats
Photo of SargeC


3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep amber color with a tan head.

Smell: Sweet malt with an underpinning of alcohol.

Taste: Solid malt flavor with a small kiss of hops. Subtle balance between sweet and smoky flavors.

Mouthfeel: Good consistency. Sticky finish.

Drinkability: I have never been a huge fan of this beer so I wanted to take a fresh look at it. It is a good beer. It is not my favorite Alaskan Brewing Company product, but it is a worthy member of their family. It is one of their best-known and best selling products.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2007 07:53:23 | More by SargeC
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

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

Poured into a standard pint glass well you guessed it amber a full amber at that a thinner off white head atop,very nice clarity to the pour.Lighter malt aromas like that of cookie dough with notes of caramel as well almost no hop really to speak of except for a drifting leaf presence but you have to try to find it.Mild malt flavors as well sweetish cookie dough with some caramel sweetness a touch of crispness in the finish keeps it from being to sweet.A no frills old school beer lightly sweet low in alc% to make it very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2007 21:29:20 | More by oberon
Photo of monkeybeer


4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Golden Amber with a golden head light lacewing

S- Carmel with a slight malt

T/M - Sweet Carmel taste down very smooth and light a dry finish

D- This is one of my favorite beers; although I prefer it on tap I am defiantly not disappointed with it in bottles. This is a beer I almost always have on hand

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2007 00:54:49 | More by monkeybeer
Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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