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Alaskan Amber - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,518 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 1,518
Reviews: 565
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 48
Gots: 167 | 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 DrJay
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, coppery red with a short cap of beige foam. Decent head retention with some spotty lacing. Bready malt aroma, some toast and caramel, light fruitiness. More toast and caramel in the flavour, not overly sweet though with grassy bitterness that balanced the malt nicely. A bit of fruit and bread crust in the finish, along with faint spiciness. Medium to light bodied with carbonation that leaned more towards creamy than crisp. Overall, pretty tasty. I could see myself enjoying a few of these over the course of an evening.

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

Nice full Amber, love this on days that don't make sense. It is a great way to unwind with friends and has a nice full body flavor, unlike other Ambers that I have tried. give it a try and see how you feel about it. I did notice that it has won a few awards of its own, so I guess besides me liking it there have been a few professional judges too.

Photo of rsdaugherty
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bomber into pint glass
A – Bubbly slightly tan head faded to a rim immediately after pouring, no lacing. Nice color, clear slightly red dark amber 3
S – Toasted grains and malts, slight sweetness and slight hop florals 3.5
T – Sweeter caramel malt start, slightly citrus bitter finish. Sweet malt aftertaste lingers. 3.5
M – Moderate body feels thin on the palate. Watery feel overall, carbonation not adding much for me. 3
O – Drinkability good. A good amber for your in-laws or Joe BMC. 3

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

I had this in Vegas four years ago at my buddy's bachelor party weekend and thought it very good. What i didn't realize is that it is difficult to find east of the Mississippi. So while vacationing in Arizona I am taking this opportunity to put it in the officiual register.

Nice multi-tinged dark amber color with just a wisp for a head. Nose is caramel malts and a hint of dark fruits, maybe raisins? Full bodied in the sip with nice smoothness. Tasty but subtle malts and some late smokiness make this one unique and sessionable. My parents killed a sixer of this quite quickly, now i know why.

Photo of jpro
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After visiting the brewery about 5 years ago, I’d been looking forward to having this again... too bad you have to go to the west coast to get some. Had a couple on-tap at Pour 24 in Vegas - one in the bar, one to go.

A: Serves up a coppery, light red with a thin, white head; no lace on this one.

S: Rich malts; some caramel; light, spicy hop notes.

T: Nutty malt flavor; some rich caramelly malts; a kiss of earthy hops; smooth and balanced.

M: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation; so smooth.

D: Nice and malty, yet refreshing - it went down fast on the Vegas strip; glad to have this again! An altbier with just a smidge more of a punch than a traditional version.

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.

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

Since this is the one that seems to sell the best I thought I'd give it a go.
Ar –This beer seems to have the hot trend, with several stores indicating that they can’t keep it in stock. Anyway kinda’ a shallow watery aroma with a sweet malt character (3)

Ap – Virtually no head, nearly brilliantly clear but an attractive almost copper color. (3)

F – Flavor is malt based with a slightly sweet crystal malt quality that has a Vienna approaching marzen quality. Mild hop flavor and enough bitterness to balance off the sweetness. (3.5)

MF – A slightly lighter body but too heavily carbonated for my taste. Gives it a filling feel. (3)

T – Overall, I guess I can see why some like the flavors, but overall an okay beer, but not something I’d seek out again. (3)

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

Nice looking beer, went with the name in that it was a pretty amber color, clear, with a pretty good head and decent lacing.

Smelled of lots of toasty caramel malts, along with a nice fruitiness and sweet tangerine citrus.

It's quite pleasant in the taste department, quite a bit of bready malts come through first, followed by a nice fruitiness.

Body was light and pretty well carbonated, leaving a bready finish and generally being quite pleasant to drink.

Overall I rather liked this beer and I'm glad there are a few more of them in my brother's fridge!

Photo of echoes
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.

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 3 Floyds pint glass.

A- Copper amber color, nice carbonation that dissipates quickly, minimal lacing.
S- Very mild malts, the aroma is very mellow with hints of caramel, not the best smelling beer.
T- The taste is a little better than the aroma, malts and caramel upfront, slight breadiness, sweet, dark fruits, surprisingly tasty, expectations were not very high after the initial smell, easy drinkability.
M- Light mouthfeel, nice carbonation, crisp.
O- Very easy drinking beer well carbonated, I would not buy another one, but if offered to me I would have no problem drinking it again.

Photo of herman77
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Darker amber with a beige head that doesn't last too long. Hardly any lacing.

S: Very lightly roasted malt, biscuit and a touch of carmel. A hint of floral and grassy hops. Nothing special

T: A bit fruity with more lightly toasted malt and biscuit malts. A nice light brown sugar/caramelized sugar taste near the finish.

M: Lighter body, a bit thin. Softer carbonation.

O: Its okay, okay drinkability but I would get tired of it after a few. Haven't been too impressed by Alaskan Brewing yet, nothing bad, but nothing really good.

Photo of aval89
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dark amber.. one finger head.. clear body.

S: sweet malts.. touch of breadiness & nuttiness. Not much hops..

T: toasty malts.. big amount of nuttiness.. slightly buttery with mild earthy hops.

Mf: thin light-medium body.. carbonation is a little less than crisp.. buttery feel.

O: pretty decent ale. Good session brew.

Photo of megahurts4
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Alaskan Amber

Appearance: copper-red, small head, and some lacing.

Smell: malty grain goodness.

Taste: rich malts followed by a nice grainy hop.

Mouthfeel: light.

Overall:
While this started off very flavorful, it weakened with each sip. It is slightly watery, but a good malty styled brew.

Photo of mothman
3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a finger of beige head. Some splattered lace left. Color is a dark amber.

Aroma: Fairly malty. Caramel and bready. Pale malt flavors. Grassy hops.

Taste: Sweet malts. Some pale malt flavors. Grassy hops again. Clean.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with a slight hint of bitterness. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and malty.

Overall, a decent amber with a lot of malt flavor. I’d have one in a sitting, but that’s about it.

Photo of jbphoto88
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!

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

Appearance: Clear amber, good head and lacing.

Smell: Bready, a little fruitiness.

Taste: Bready, some sweetness. Some toasted flavors and a little hint of grape.

Drinkability: I don't usually go for ambers, this one is ok but nothing special.

Alaskan Brewing is now in Minnesota so I picked up some singles. The flagship amber is a pretty decent beer, has a little more going on in the taste than some ambers I've had.

Photo of zeledonia
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, deep, slightly reddish amber color, with a one-finger off-white head that recedes fairly quickly and leaves a bit of lacing.

Smell is a bit of light fruit, a bit of yeast, and a nice gentle balance between light malt and mildly floral hops. Pleasant and inviting, but nothing really special.

Taste is refreshing and clean. The malts are light and bring a bit of sweetness, the hops are kinda grassy. Finish is smooth and quick - this is not a beer that lingers in the mouth. Well-balanced and gentle.

Fairly light in body with medium carbonation. Once again, pleasant, but nothing special. The feel dissipates rather quickly.

I drank a lot of this beer before I was really into beer. Living in the Pacific Northwest, it was one of my favorite refreshing summer beers. So when Alaskan started distributing to Minnesota, I snapped it up. I still like it; it's refreshing and tastes pretty good. I'm not blown away by it, and its place as a summer staple is more due to nostalgia than taste.

Photo of Liverpool08
3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice amber color with a small thin head. Aroma is malty with a hint of caramel. But the aroma is nothing special. Taste is the same, some malts and caramel, lightly sweet. But again this not anything more then your average amber. Its certainly easy to drink, and would pair well with bbq or burgers etc. Just nothing you need to chase down.

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

Clear dark amber or copper colored with one finger of head that had good retention. The head settles to a thin cap with just a light speckling of lace. I smell caramel from the malt and some grassy hops. A bit weak in the aroma department. In the flavor the malt gives a little bit of toasted quality that I did not pick up in the aroma. Otherwise caramel and slightly medicinal flavor from the hops. Pretty well balanced. The body is a little thin. Otherwise had nice carbonation. An easy enough beer to drink but lacks excitement so I rate just better than average.

Photo of WYVYRN527
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Alaskan Amber pours a deep copper hue with a thin white head that settles to some sticky lace on the surface. Smell is grainy, with some caramel and spicy hop notes. Flavor is much like the smell. Somewhat sweet up front, with some caramel and toasty notes, along with a pungent, floral hop finish. Clean and nicely balanced.
Overall, this is a pretty basic brew. A little thin, and not as full of flavor as I would like it to be. Not a bad beer by any means, just not very interesting. It's quite easy to drink, and a decent session brew that would pair with many types of cuisine. However, there are other offerings from Alaskan that I would go for before this one.

Photo of KarlHungus
2.7/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear amber color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is of light caramel, and not much else. The taste is similar to the aroma, but a little weaker. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and a watery texture. Overall, this is a beer I pass on next time. It is simply too bland for my liking.

Photo of trappistlover
2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(12oz bottle). Pours a clear amber color with off-white head and moderate carbonation. No lacing on this. Aroma of caramel, cherries (?), roasted nuts. Taste is sweet malt with a bit of hop bittering on the end. Medium bodied with an oily texture. Fizzy on the tongue. An Ok beer, but I would not search this out.

Photo of bsp77
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pint. Best before July 29, 2011.

Appearance: Clear, rich amber with nice off-white head.

Smell: Spicy noble hops (slightly metallic), cherry and other dark fruits. Slight biscuit notes.

Taste: Very fruity and caramel-like. Some breadiness, with a finish that is slightly spicy, but the fruitiness carries through nicely.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, light to medium body that is somewhat reminiscent of a lager. Somewhat spritzy. Semi-dry finish.

Overall: Very strong everyday beer and somewhat unique for a flagship. Not the best Alt I have had, but both refreshing and full-flavored, and that was about all I expected.

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

Body is clear amber. Head dissipated rapidly to a fine ring, with little to no lacing.

Smells of sweet malt and some hops.

Tastes malty, sweet at first, has a dry, slightly hopped finish.

Body is light and carbonation is fizzy. Carbonation is lost rather quickly, becoming flatter over time.

Overall, a mediocre amber beer. It is malty sweet and kind of cloyingly so.

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

Thanks to Genghis22 for sending a 6 pack for my father in law. This bottle was kept as a service charge..ha.

A: Cloudy, dark amber in color. A little less than a finger of egg shell head. Quickly recedes to a thin film...very little lacing.

S: Toasted grains, caramel malt, floral hoppiness.

T: Caramel hops and floral hops is what I notice here most. Bitter, toasted flavors at the end. Has an earthy taste to it as well.

M: Carbonation helps the mouthfeel, but it's a little on the thin side.

O: Very easy drinking beer that I'd pick up a lot if available here in Nashville, then I'd get tired of it and stop buying it all together.

Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,518 ratings.