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Alaskan Amber - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,440 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 1,440
Reviews: 561
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 46
Gots: 136 | 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 KazikliBey
2.88/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

About one half inch head when poured into a frosted heavy beer mug. Head had a beige tint and lasted about 30 seconds. Liquid has a clear amber color and a malt yeast odor. Taste was not bad yet not anything spectacular.

Over-all an average brew. I'm not knocking this product but not impressed.

KazikliBey, Jul 06, 2010
Photo of beertunes
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This a fairly typical example of the style all around. A nice brownish-amber color with an inch of tan head. A slightly sweet malt aroma with just a trace of hop scents. A biscuity, malty taste. Medium, leaning toward light, body. And decent drinkability. I rarely seek this beer out, but it's a reliable stand-by (along with Fat Tire and Mac & Jacks Amber) that's available even in the most redneck, logger, farmer bars around here. If your friends like the BMC products, you can happily drink this whenever you're with them.

beertunes, Jun 24, 2010
Photo of JosiahS
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. An aggressive pour revealed a 2 finger pillow-like head that did fade a little more quickly than I would have liked. Color is copper and pretty clear.

Smell is of toasty caramel malts. It's sweet and tart with just a little hops present.

The taste is no different from the aroma. It has a nice toasty flavor with some sweetness, just the faintest of graham cracker and a nice mild hop flavor and bitterness to finish.

Mouthfeel is soft and light, carbonation is relatively low.

Highly drinkable, very mild, refreshing and sessionable. It's not the most complex alt/amber but it's well-balanced and very quaff-able!

JosiahS, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of PintOHops
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Glass - Pint

A - A highly carbonated, clear amber with a 1-2 finger off white head. Retention is decent, no lacing left, a nice ring held throughout consumption though.

S - Citric & herbal hop qualities, beneath I get a bit of toast & faint caramel, a touch of biscuit. There's a semi bright plum in there as well, that seems be pronounced as it warms.

T - A bit of biscuit with soft honey & caramel notes, unfolding into plum and citric hop flavors. Finishes with lingering hop flavors & plum, very mild bitterness, very well balanced, nothing really pops out here.

M - Lite-moderately carbonated and very smooth. Lite-medium bodied but more so medium.

D - This one is a quaff brew, I could easily tear into a six pack of this beer. I liked it, nothing wowing but I liked the balance and drinkability of it. I don't think I'd buy this one again, I'd rather go for a Brown, or a Red, not bad though.

PintOHops, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of kels
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to colts9016 for this one - cheers!

Pours a nice toasty red-brown with moderate visibility and soft carbonation. The initial 1 finger creamy tan bubbly head fades to a soft skim and leaves behind little bits of spitty lace.

Light toasty maltiness with a hint of caramel in the nose just barely qualifies as aroma. Subtle, nice.

Taste starts out very toasty and crisp - full of malty graininess. As it progresses, it becomes increasingly sweet in an artificial saccharine-like way that's not necessarily bad. It's sticky and a little nutty. Feel is initially creamy, but the fast-fading carbonation leaves it feeling a little thin overall. Finish is slightly sticky.

kels, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear amber color with a 1 inch white head that fades to a small cap. There is a little sticky lacing on the glass.

S - Smells of sweet malts and an unidentifiable fruity smell.

T - Tastes of toasty malts and sweet fruits.

M - Good carbonation makes for a smooth drinking beer.

D - Very good beer with a tasty fruit essence. I would get this one again.

UCLABrewN84, May 30, 2010
Photo of emmasdad
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours the color of rusty pennies, with some moderate dirty white foam. Somewhat nutty on the nose, with sweet malt and caramel aromas. Fairly thin bodied, with some caramel flavors and a crisp finish. Overall, this beer is too one-dimensional for me; some hoppiness would have been nice.

emmasdad, May 26, 2010
Photo of BlackHaddock
4.43/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have fond memories of this beer, on tap many years ago (before BA was around), at the Chena Hot Springs Resort up in Alaska, I wonder if they still have it?

Anyway, I saw it at Pay and Take in Flagstaff, while checking out their beer fridges and grabbed a bottle to be drank in the windless sunspot they have outside.

I am a big fan of Alt beers (even if they aren't brewed in Dusseldorf). This one doesn't let the style down one iota.

Looked good, that reddish tint to its clear body, on top sat the regular tanned/off-white head most Alts have.

The smell was mildly malty, as it should be and the taste was just perfect for the first beer of my 2nd 'allocated drinking days' during our US road tour.

Really pleased to have re-found this beer, most likely be years before we are reaquainted, a great pity because it is a well made beer in a style many brewers find difficult to produce (outside the Dusseldorf area).

BlackHaddock, May 25, 2010
Photo of bump8628
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tawny amber with a loose, foamy head that really retains well.

Medium caramel and faint toastiness battle it out with and gain dominance over a spicy, tobacco-like hop flavor. Some sweetness and a mild tannic bitterness linger for a second before giving away to the clean, medium-dry finish.

Decent all-around, but not something I would go too far out of my way for.

bump8628, May 21, 2010
Photo of Phelps
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light ruddy reddish-brown. Nice big puffy head of light khaki. Perfectly clear and chock full of minuscule bubbles.

In the nose: grainy. Light caramel malt, sourdough. Subtle piney hops. Strawberries.

In the taste: nice and sweet. Maybe some dark fruit? Bready cereal grains, balanced with a smidgen of hoppiness. As I let it warm, the malts show more presence.

Medium mouthfeel, bright carbonation.

Alaskan Amber has long been one of my go-to beers, and this tasting reveals why. Not overly exciting in any way, but affordable and solid for what it is.

Phelps, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of iuhophead87
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle shipped from Colorado. Thanks Graff!

Although Ambers were the first style of beer that got me into craft beer, it is no longer my style. That being said, I will do my best reviewing this beer.

A- Pours a clear rusty amber. An off white head does form that leaves the glass very clean as it dissipates.

S- Not much to smell with this beer. A little malty even less hops.

T- I will say that I am a little more impressed than what I pictured from the smell. This is a very balanced beer with roasty malts and a somewhat bitter finish. I would have probably enjoyed this much more at the beginning of my craft beer journey.

MF- Mild carbonation and sugary after taste

D-This is a very drinkable beer. A little to malty for a hot summer day, but something that would go down great in the fall. In fact this is better than most alt/amber beers I've had. I could drink many of these if they were available in Indiana.

I enjoyed this beer and am glad I was able to try it. I've only had two other beers by this brewer and the others have impressed me more than this. However, it is one of the best alt/ambers I have tried.

iuhophead87, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of honeybrewer
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.
Is a nice amber color with a rich creamy head that only lasts a minute or so.
Smells very mildly of hops.
Tastes is fairly well balanced, with the hops perhaps coming out a little ahead. There is also a malty sweetness that, while not at all overwhelming, seems to hang out on the back of my tounge, not entirely pleasant.
Low carbonation is just about right.
Overall, a pretty fair beer, but nothing special.

honeybrewer, Apr 08, 2010
Photo of kyleg
4.53/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured with a brilliant deep amber, the appearance was perfect! Nice head retention to start with and it lasted all the way to the end. The nice malty, creamy, chewy mouth feel this beer provides is my reason for this review. An enjoyable session beer for sure.

This beer is very true to this "old" beer style. One of the best American interpretations of a German beer I've had. I would certainly drink this beer again.

kyleg, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with a stamp of A01122110, not sure how to decode that one. Pours a mildly hazed copper color with an average sized, light tan foam. Retention and lacing are both just ok.

Nose is nutty, caramely and toffee. Pretty good with a mild sweetness and hint of toasty bitterness. Biscuity smelling brew and not much in the way of hops.

Mmmm, this is quite a tasty amber, which is far from my favorite style. The biscuity and toffee malts are the main show with some background notes of honey, toast and grassy hops. Good, creamy mouthfeel with an ample amount of carbonation. Label says "Alt-style ale", but to me this tastes much more like an American amber ale although there are some similarities. Maybe that is why I am liking it more than most ambers I have had. I am impressed with this one although I have yet to be disappointed by the few Alaskan offerings I have had.

twiggamortis420, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of rodneyjankins
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a nice amber color.

smells sweet with maybe a lemony scent.

tastes slightly bitter, grassy and smokey with a more sweet kind of fruityish after taste.

drinks smooth, very drinkable. Left me feeling nice and toasty.
Overall a pretty tasty brew.
I would try this beer again.

rodneyjankins, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of TexIndy
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Code on label that is best by date (not marked that way but found out thru some research). Was a clear brownish amber color with lots of carb streams. It had a 2 finger head that settled into a thick collar and film covering. Good sliding lace but none sticking.

The aroma is caramel, toasted malt and touch of hops. Sweet and not too malty. The flavor follows the aroma closely. Sweet, lightly toasted malt with a touch of floral hops to balance. I've really been more hops than malt these days but this one does very well for a malt show. Very drinkable and enjoyable. Mouthfeel is medium with lots of carb. Pleasing after-taste.

Overall, a really good beer that I get a high recommend. Only my 3rd altbier but best of the bunch so far. If I'm in a malt mood this would work nicely. Rotation - not avail here in TX so shipped back from my CO trip. If here, I'd get the occasional 6 pack and would be on short-list for best option on tap. [O;BO]

TexIndy, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of brentk56
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear rust-tinged amber color with a nice head that retains as a film but leaves some shards of lace behind

Smell: Toasted brown bread

Taste: Toasted brown bread, up front, with a bit of earthy and grassy hops arriving by mid-palate; an underlying sweet, chocolate dusting adds complexity; after the swallow, the toasty flavors return and linger through the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice alt - not sure why they call this an amber

brentk56, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of Daniellobo
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A pleasing ale without much to remember it for.

Presentation: 12 oz bottle. Jumbled design with the illustration of a fishing boat over a mountainous background. Shows a date, unclear whether is a "best before" or a "bottling date": B112309. Served in a tall glass.

A - Medium to dark amber pour, fair head, medium retention, little lacing and some surface memory.

S - Very subdued malty nose.

T - Balanced and soft flavor of caramel malt and a tiny touch of hops.

M - Light to medium body, with adequate carbonation and a crisp finish.

D - It works fairly well even if at some points it feels a bit blah.

Notes: This one deserves a second try if only because I am left with the feeling that this may not be a fresh bottle, at least in the sense that I was expecting a rather different hop profile.

Daniellobo, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of mdwalsh
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you to my bosses niece for bringing me this beer from Montana.

A: Big three finger head, amber brown, like the color of leather. Ther is some active carbontion, but just a little. This beer actually looks to have pretty poor carbonation in general.

S: I get caramel and grain, maybe a hint of metal but not enough to detract much from the score.

T: Not strong but well balanced. Very quaffable, perhaps even to the point where it needs to be quaffed. Light malt and hops.

M: As I thought from the appearence, it needs more carbonation

D: A really easy going beer, easy to see why it's so popular.

mdwalsh, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of HalfFull
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a narrow glass from a 12 oz. brown twist off bottle. Shows a clear copper amber with half an inch of slightly off white foam. Lots of carbonation looking to get out makes for decent head retention but little lacing.

Light hop presence with a good dose of roasted malts that have a nutty caramel aroma. Opens to offer some spice and more earthy hop notes. Somewhat reminiscent of spiced Christmas beers in spice.

Flavor follows in the direction of the malt with a toasted grain and a thin caramel sweetness yet finishing clean and somewhat dry. Feel begins rather creamy but lightens as the carbonation escapes yielding a somewhat thin but not quite watery close towards the end of the glass. Malt flavors linger nicely throughout however. Decent drinkability, well balanced and not overly sweet.

HalfFull, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of flagmantho
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich amber hue; totally clear with three fingers of light tan head. A chunky lace is left as I drink. Overall, quite appetizing.

Smell: sweet, toasty malt aroma with hints of caramel. Pretty nice.

Taste: nice caramel malt flavor, though relatively dry (which is a good thing). Hops are present but not overbearing; they have a floral character and fade away before the malt does, creating a nice dynamic experience in the flavor. This is actually quite good.

Mouthfeel: medium body with relatively little carbonation. It's not bad but it's not my favorite, though totally acceptable for the style.

Drinkability: I'm finding this to be quite a drinkable beer. It plays well with a band jam session.

flagmantho, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A serviceable amber, passable beer. Enjoyed on tap at The Yard House, Scottsdale. A little sourness,like a drp of cherry fruitiness which also gave it an edgy drinkability. A bit amber colour, a little lace.Hops there, and decent balance. Average mouthfeel.

Sammy, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of DoesntMatter46
2.17/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Consumed the beer over a year ago and took notes.

Had on tap at Library Alehouse in Santa Monica.

A pint glass came out full of a deep dark red, very clear, with a thin layer of white foam

Has a very tart, sweet-sour aroma with a hint of toasted rye bread

Sour, I frankly hope the keg had past its prime, otherwise I question why a brewery would sell this. No noticeable hop presence, unbalanced, and a vinegary aftertaste.

Nicely carbonated with a fine texture.

Not only will I not have this beer again, it firmly plants altbier at the bottom of my list of beer styles. I wish this beer suited my taste buds, but it didn't. I guess I'm not crazy about overly sour brews.

DoesntMatter46, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint. Beer is clear and reddish amber in color. Thin broken off-white head of small bubbles. Almost no lacing and the carbonation is moderate to low.

Malt aroma nothing much else.

Medium bodied beer, sweet with maltiness up front, some hoppy bitterness in the back. Kind of tastes like molasses, good midpalate connectivity, nicely balanced sweetness and bitterness. Carbonation carries flavors throughout the mouth. Overall its a great beer. I was disappointed by the initial look and aroma but the flavors of the beer definitely save it. Drinkability is high, very smooth, not dry, mouthfeel is great.

What the what? This is an Alt?

drabmuh, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of climax
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a deep amber?red with good clarity. Head was even and foamy with fair retention.

Smell was pretty sweet, not overly strong. Caramel, spices, and some banana esters about rounded it out.

Taste was like the nose, sweet caramel, banana, and just the faintest hint of hops.

The body was a too light, and somewhat watery. But I suppose a lighter body aids the ability to pound 'em. This has enough flavor and drinkability to be highly sessionable if you don't want to be challenged too much, excellent for a newbie.

climax, Jan 14, 2010
Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,440 ratings.