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Alaskan Amber - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan AmberAlaskan Amber

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1,559 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,559
Reviews: 576
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 50
Gots: 192 | 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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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Transferred over from the Alaskan session in my tasting notebook.

Coppery-Amber in color, two fingers of eggshell colored foam for a head stick around for a few minutes, some light lacing left behind, Lighter bodied, standard carbonation, smooth textured without being syrupy. Smells mostly of caramel malt with a hint of maple syrup drizzled on top of fresh hotcakes, also has some faint fruity ester notes in the background. Taste is much of the same as the nose except for an added nutty accent and a lightly earthen hopped finish.

A rather nice lighter alt, more on the sweeter side than bitter.

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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2/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is going to be one of those beer that I will want to avoid at any cost. The rating here is B, and I thought that this is a good beer, but it turned out bad.

A. looks yellowish to me rather that amber

S. It smells like dead fish. Maybe that is why the bottle has a ship on it.

T. It is those beer that I can't tell the taste. it is not bitter nor sweet. It is like combination of those with the smell of dead fish sea water.

M. Not fresh.

O. drink this at your own risk.

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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2.85/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a 1/8" head with minimal, slippery lacing. amber body with sediment and light yellow tint.

smells of apple juice and caramel with a pear-y overtone.

tastes like apple and pear juice and hops.

clear, refreshing. wet and crisp finish.

average amber.

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite staple, go-to-brews; appearance is inviting, a deep reddish hue that poured crystal clear with an ivory head.

The smell is mellow but balanced with hop crispyness and malt tones.

Flavor on this one is quite amazing; simple, yet very tasty - caramel, toasty maltness balanced perfectly with subtle hop background. Not overly malty as to be sweet, but ends up tasty crispy and snappy on the palette.

Overall, a prime example of a larger craft-brewery production; always a great stand-by brew if you're hankering for something malty and balanced. Goes great with salmon, pizza, etc.

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3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Alaskan Amber

Pours an orange color with a chill haze. A small amount of lace is left behind. There is an aroma of whiskey like malts and small roast.
In the taste, clean and dry, with hops lending subtle wood notes. Mild suggestions of caramel and toffee. Fairly malt focused in the profile, but with an expert balance. Light to medium bodied feel and markedly dry. Overall, a well crafted amber brew with a drier palate.

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

I am not all that familiar with Alt Bier, but this is basically the flagship Alaskan Brewing beer from what I'm told, so here goes!

A pretty copper-amber-orange flows out of the bottle with a slight light khaki head that burns off immediately. A fair amount of carbonation shows through the see-through body. There is no lacing left behind on my pint glass.

The aroma presents sweet cereal grains, sweet fruits (plum and peach), caramel syrup, and a bit of shortcake. It's definitely sweet and fairly straight forward, but pretty good nonetheless.

The flavor is a little fuller than the smell suggested and has a very slight astrigent tang that is present throughout the sip. Some sweet fruits come through in the taste, along with a very cereal-like graininess. The overall taste is similar to a fruity syrup. There is a very small amount of hop bitterness on the finish. I think I could use a little more of the bitter at the end, to be honest.

A2 has a medium-bodied feel that does a pretty nice job of coating my palate. That tangy taste provides a little bit of a pucker on my tongue and the finish cleans most of the creaminess off of my tongue.

Overall, this is a pretty good brew. I wish I had a traditional alt in my repertoire to compare it to, but I do not. I think the one way to improve it just a bit would be to add just a little more bittering hops to balance out the syrupy sweetness from the malt. A very easy drinking beer that I would recommend to newer craft drinkers to ease them along their path.

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3.37/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pleasing reddish amber with a finger of foamy eggshell head. No lace.

S - Malty and musty. Maple syrup and vanilla.

T - Light flavours of banana, artificial strawberry and caramel malt.

M - Moderate to high carbonation level. Thinnish body.

O - A bit weak on flavour but very sessionable.

Photo of DividedAvery
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into New Belgium snifter

The sum of the parts is greater than the individual pieces on this one

A: Copper brown and gives a one finger white head that lingers for awhile. Really nice color on this one

S: Caramel and a touch of hops. Nothing big in the smell to go either way.

T: Rich, sweet and slightly nutty. The malts are the main player here.

M: Nice carbonation, not too much definitely not too little. Goes down really nice.

O: In terms of availability and quality this is one of my favorite beers. There is nothing amazing about it but it is a fantastically decent beer.

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3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a reddish copper with a one finger eggshell head that leaves little lace. On the nose there is a light note of malt and some estery notes too, but it's not especially great for me. In the mouth the malt opens up considerably into a nice caramel with some indeterminate spice lurking further back. It's not assertive, it's not overwhelming, but it's well-put together. The body is medium and sticky, with a shortish finish.

Overall, this is a decent brew, but it doesn't blow me away. I'm not ultra-familiar with the style, however, and I'll have to revisit this down the road to see if my tastes refine.

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3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear copper color with a thin half finger head.

S- Toasty and caramel malt aroma. Faint spicy hop notes as well.

T- Rich, but not sweet caramel malt. Toasty notes add nicely to the overall malt complexity here. Some subtle spicy hops add nicely as well even though the malt profile is center stage. Finishes clean and dry.

M- Carbonation is a little high, but still has solid body.

O- A nice amber/alt, just wouldn't go to alaska for one.

Photo of phichifiji00
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from draft into pint glass.

Appearance: Amber with a reddish hue. Clear. Minimal head. Almost no lacing.

Smell: Malty, sweet, caramel, nutty, subtle hops.

Taste: Malty, sweet, caramel, nutty, subtle hops, a little green apple towards the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp, moderate carbonation.

Overall: A good simple amber. Very drinkable.

Photo of chinchill
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. recently flown in direct from Alaska: thanks BH.

Pours a somewhat reddish amber, with a small but durable off-white head. Clear with visible carbonation.

Rather typical brown/amber ale aroma, if a bit more earthy. The taste too is good but not exceptional. It is a bit woodsy (neither a good nor a bad trait IMO). Clean but not as flavorful as I'd like.

Mouthfeel: medium-thin body with excellent carbonation. Smooth.

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

From my beer journal. Reviewed on June 20, 2011.

A: Gorgeous amber red color. Very clear with lots of carbonation. Nice off white, yellowish head and lacing.

S: Nutty smell. Mostly malts with a slight fruitiness

T: Nutty flavor. Malts and caramel with a fruity finish. Pretty much no bitterness. I get some caramel in the finish. Nice tasting brew.

M: Medium body with a nice carbonation. Good stuff

O: I enjoyed this beer. It's certainly very easy drinking but sometimes that's just what I want

Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,559 ratings.