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Alaskan Amber - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan AmberAlaskan Amber

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1,597 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,597
Reviews: 584
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 57
Gots: 228 | 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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Ratings: 1,597 | Reviews: 584
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3.27/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours half a finger of creamy head that disappears after the first sip. Crystal clear copper color that shows off the carbonation. Plenty of malt and caramel smells eminating, with nice sweet fruity tones to complement. A small amount of acidity in the nose, but not overly so. Tastes much like the smell, big malt, fruit, some acidity, and a slight bitter aftertaste. The aftertaste is my biggest complaint on this beer, as I found this fuzzy, bitter/sour flavor that I didn't much enjoy. The carbonation also carries this same flavor to the front of the profile. Body is hearty and appropriate to style (and very enjoyable). A nice representation of Altbier, drinkable and warming, but needs some work around the edges.

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3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - Amber red, almost orange. Minimal head that dissolves rapidly leaving no lacing. Carbonation trails rise throughout.

S - Subtle smell of malt and slight sweetness, a hint of honey, balanced by crisp hops.

T - Just like the smell, subtle malt with a slight sweetness, faintly reminds me of whole wheat bread with molasses and raisins. Clean hop finish.

M - Thin without being watery, high carbonation but never fizzy. The hop finish makes it clean and dry.

O - Nothing too complex here, a straightforward amber. Not what I would consider a go to beer by any means, but it does make an excellent alternate to the normal selection at my local convenience store.

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3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours copper like a penny, super clear brew, nice three fingers of fluff from my furious pourWhiffs of delicate yeast, and mellow malts, cocoa, roasty, make up the entire nose. Very mild flavor, just german-like maltiness, some wheat crackers, pretzel and a little grain sweetness in the back. Light/medio body, and simple carbonation puts this in the category "comfortable to chug".

Very simple, sessionable.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, amber color. 5/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, citrus hops, slight earthy malt, hint of honey, and slight grain. Fits the style of an Altbier. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, caramel malt, hops, slight pale malt, hint of grain, hint of yeast, and a hint of citrus. Overall, good feel and blend.

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look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasty stuff and true to style, as far as I can remember. Served at a good temperature and poured with a lovely, light tan, foamy, frothy, billowy, fluffy head that lasted a while and plenty of lace. Color is a clear dark amber with loads of bubble trails. Aroma is malt, a bit of roast, toffee. Flavor is malt, slightly sweet, balanced nicely with tang and a bit nutty. Body is just right; ditto carbonation. Finish is like flavor, balanced, and without flaws, tapering with average length. Decent brew.

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look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Altbier are hard to come by in Texas (ironic considering the heavy German infulences) so I was thrilled to try what is probably the most well known one in America. Alaskan Amber is a juicy amber colored beer with nice drinkability. Light fruit notes like fig and raisin are present. Lightly carbonated and very mellow. A pretty good flagship session beer. Overall it was a beer I enjoyed.

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Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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