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Alaskan Amber - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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1,361 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,361
Reviews: 551
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 44
Gots: 105 | 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 duffextracold


4.1/5  rDev +12.9%

got this one as a christmas present from donkeyrunner.

A- Amber (duh), very thin head, very vigorous bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass, still going strong with only a few sips left. this stuff just screams "drink me!"

S- smells like herbal hops & sweet malt. mmm...

T- Tastes like it smells, Mmmmm. Very nice!
sweet bisquity malt, herbal hops, not too bitter. nothing fancy, but delicious.

M- Heavy carbonation, medium body, almost creamy.

D- Very enjoyable, nicely balanced. I only wish I had more...thanks donkeyrunner.

01-12-2009 00:05:26 | More by duffextracold
Photo of bilyboy65


3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

To review this beer I first poured the beer from the bottle into a glass. I then poured it from the glass down my throat. It is a simple, but yet quite delightful process.

A: Crisp amber color with a 1 finger head. Good retention with lots of carbonation feeding it. Off white in color leaves an island affect lacing (stole this from a previous review because I like the description).

S: Some fruitiness, orange like scents. Mostly detect a honey and nut (cheerio, ok not really) scent.

T: The orange flavors play a bigger part in the taste which is surprising. The honey adds a very nice softening affect to the citrus. There is a nut like taste that finishes it off. Also detected is a caramel flavor behind everything.

M: Bubbly on the tongue as the medium bodied beer flows over it. Leaves little oily residue in the mouth. Smooth, very smooth.

D: Easy, very easy to drink. Doesn't spend much time in the mouth without a struggle.

01-09-2009 04:53:25 | More by bilyboy65
Photo of donkeyrunner


4.08/5  rDev +12.4%

trade via barleywinefiend

Pretty at first pour Alaskan Amber is a see-through, beatiful amber color with a medium white head. The head quickly fades and leaves no retention nor lacing. Bummer.

Smells of toasted malt with orange spice.

Somewhat crisp for an amber ale. Tastes just like it smells with a toasty orange spice flavor. At %4 abv this is my ideal session beer.

01-02-2009 18:22:57 | More by donkeyrunner
Photo of hiikeeba


3.95/5  rDev +8.8%

I have to say up front, I am not a big fan of Ambers

A - Pours up crystal clear amber with a white head that dissipates slowly.

S - caramel malt and hops in the aroma. Yup. it's an Amber.

T - Caramel malt sweetness starts, and finishes with a slight hop bitterness. Leaves a lingering sweetness in the finish. One of the better ambers.

M - Feels a little thin

D - A nice, drinkable beer.

01-01-2009 01:30:16 | More by hiikeeba
Photo of orangemoustache


3.65/5  rDev +0.6%

Pours a perfect amber with a fluffy cream colored cap that retains for a moment or two before leaving some Hawaiian Island lacing. This looks very nice and inviting. The nose is a interesting blend of subtle fruit,mostly strawberry and caramel malts lightly roasted,honey oat bread crust as well. This taste uniquely like it smells. Strawberry marshmallow notes and very fresh malts,very clean and quaffable. Mouthfeel is light,yet sturdy. This is very good and very drinkable. This is like the Sarah Palin of beers, straight out of Alaska and aged well. Thanks for the bottle Paul.

12-30-2008 17:56:46 | More by orangemoustache
Photo of BEERchitect


4/5  rDev +10.2%

Enjoyed this Amber at the New York, New York's Pour 24 bar while in Las Vegas. It's great to sample some of these good beers that we don't get back in 'tucky.

The beer begins with a rich malty aroma, not to be overdone by spicy, citrusy hops. Light fruitiness, nuttiness, and toastiness gives an added sense of richness and complexity to the nose. Impressive nose.

Brightly colored amber color with sparkling clarity, active carbonation, and a firm withstanding head formation and retention. Again, an attractive look.

Flavors are truely malty without residual sweetness. Hints of toffee, toast, and barley give roundness and fullness to the malty taste. American hops add a orange zest, spicy grapefruit flavor that takes the malts into another direction. Light esters of apples, pears, and appricots ride just behind the malt and hop flavors. About as nice of a taste as an Amber can give.

Very well attenuated, creamy, moderate mouthfeel without any heaviness or unnecessary sweetness. Bitterness balances the malts and then some. Crisp, clean, and refreshing thoughout with a minty, hoppy finish.

A bit more agressively hopped than most, but my palate really enjoyed the agression. Great balance throughout, but with that citrusy hop assertiveness all the way. Nice.

12-28-2008 20:31:03 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of far333


3.88/5  rDev +6.9%

Clear copper colored with streams of tiny bubbles rising fast up to a full inch head of sudsy foam that lingers long.

Low aroma of sweet malt, some honey and pear.

Delicate flavors of biscuity malt, almond, sweet corn, cinnamon, and overripe pear. Haven't had a quality subtle beer lately, it's interesting having to pay so much attention to pick out and appreciate the nuances.

Very drinkable, tasty beer, thanks to barleywinefiend for throwing this one in the box.

12-22-2008 00:25:15 | More by far333
Photo of EGledhill


3.73/5  rDev +2.8%

Second in an impressive line of extras from Patronwizard. Vic, I hope whatever you're doing right now, your night is miserables and your underwear's chaffing your nuts. Now on to the beer.

A. Copper body with a white head that fades quickly.

S. Sweet and slightly fruity... I'm sure with that, Vic's friends would say that describes him also. Malty presence.

T. Taste is damn good. Mainly malty with a sweet aftertaste. Slight citrus, peach maybe in the aftertaste but not that hoppy citrus. Actually, I'm not picking up much if any hops.

M. Mouthfeel is good. Pretty full and fairly sticky. Better than average.

D. Drinkability should be exceptional and I kinda feel like I'm docking it by giving it a 4.5. I could slam these all night, but I think the sweetness would get in the way a little.

Overall: Damn tasty. Glad I got the chance to try this. Got another bottle in wait. Would I hunt this down? Probably not. Would I get some more If it was accessible to me? Hell yeah I would.

Vic, This starts to make up for the extremely shitty can of Bud Light you sent me.Starts to make up for it but not entirely.

12-12-2008 04:57:12 | More by EGledhill
Photo of colts9016


3.4/5  rDev -6.3%

Pour:amber mahogany color absent of head.
nose; smells of malt, grassy, with a hint of floral.
taste; complex roasted and caramel malt. Little to no hops at all.
body;light to medium
finish is subtle.
overall; the beer is more an amber style instead of an altbier. There is a lack of hops in the beer. It's an ok beer

12-11-2008 22:38:07 | More by colts9016
Photo of humanawho


3.58/5  rDev -1.4%

A - nice light amber color with a white head that fades quickly

S - sweet but light piny aroma

T - sweet light a little piny; some peach flavors like sucking on the peach stone; a little earthy

M - a little too sweet feeling; kind of syrupy

D - good drinkablity but a little to syrupy for me

12-05-2008 02:21:05 | More by humanawho
Photo of magictrokini


3/5  rDev -17.4%

Very light-tasting beer. Clear amber color with moderate head. Aroma of flowers and malt. Kind of like sweet bread dough. Tastes malty, with deifnite fruity-sweet flavors and and minor hops. Kind of a wheaty bitterness in the finish that was unexpected from an amber. Above average beer.

12-04-2008 19:13:04 | More by magictrokini
Photo of zeff80


4.13/5  rDev +13.8%

Best by date: 12/17/08
Consumed: 11/30/08

A - Poured out a copper/burgundy color with a bubbly, off white, one-finger head. It left small, thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled very malty. Sweet with hints of fruit and some floral aromas.

T - It tasted of biscuity malts and was quite sweet. It had a slight hop bitterness.

M - It was relatively crisp and somewhat sharp. A light bodied beer.

D - This is very tasty and very sessionable. I wish I had more. It could be a good beer to introduce to newbies.

12-03-2008 00:06:54 | More by zeff80
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Sampled at the Birdhouse Bar in Birdcreek AK summer of 92.(from notes)

A: Poured a rich amber color with dark red hues. a flat light beige head quickly dissipates from the top.

S: rich and malty for an amber ale, with sweet caramel and an earthy dry flowery citrus aroma.

T: a nice sweet malting upfront from the caramel. There was an flowery citrus aroma with dry woodsy hints. A nice soft toastediness with light underlying citrus notes best sums up the flavor.

M: creamy mouthful with some sweet malt notes and floral hopping. crisp with a a dry woodsy malt lacing.

D: Nice drinkability, woodsy, earthy and a nice beer that represents its environment.

11-22-2008 01:46:40 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of tmoneyba


3.85/5  rDev +6.1%

Draft at Jakes in Billings, Mt. recommended by Stephanie.

Poured dark amber color with an average frothy white head that diminished slowly with good lacing. Moderate sweet hoppy aroma. Medium body with a slick texture. Moderate sweet flavor with a balanced finish of average duration.

Good drinkable brew.

11-20-2008 15:14:11 | More by tmoneyba
Photo of hopdog


3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

12oz bottle.

Poured a medium brownish color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of toffee, caramel, and a some toasted nuts. Tastes of toffee, toasted nuts, and caramel. With the low alcohol, would not make a bad session beer.

Notes from 12/24/06

11-19-2008 16:18:33 | More by hopdog
Photo of MAB

Alberta (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev -11%

Not too bad a beer.

Looks like an average ale would. A nice red color, as I would have expected. Smells slightly yeasty (in a good way). Tastes a bit yeasty but malt overtakes that flavor. A bit watery, I found.

Have a "Yukon Red" from Yukon Brewing Company, if you can find one, instead. There's a "real" amber ale for ya.

11-18-2008 19:34:24 | More by MAB
Photo of barleywinefiend


3.4/5  rDev -6.3%

Poured with a nice deep amber color with a tannish head. Nose is a blend of fruit fermentation aromas and malty. Taste is also a smooth blend of roasted malt and slight hops, malty, syrupy, bread flavor to it and medium bodied. Drinkability is average.

11-17-2008 04:47:08 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of ckeegan04


3.78/5  rDev +4.1%

A - Attractive reddish brown color with a rather thin head. Despite thin head the lacing was decent with light rings of foam on the glass.

S - Very bready and biscuity malt aroma dominates. Light hints of toasted malt as well.

T - Very sweet initially with toasted grain and a breadiness. Hops are spicy with light floral hints as well providing a nice balance. Finishes with a strong malty sweetness.

M/D - A little on the thin side. Decent carbonation. A passable alt, but nothing great. Very easy drinking.

11-16-2008 05:24:06 | More by ckeegan04
Photo of Brewsmith


3.35/5  rDev -7.7%

From a 22 oz. bottle purchased locally. Aroma is fruity - apples with some plum. Color is a burnt amber orange with a tan head that went away fast. Malty, toasty, some biscuit and evenly balanced with bitterness. Medium bodied and finishes dry but just sits on the tongue. Still an easy drinking beer.

11-14-2008 09:03:22 | More by Brewsmith
Photo of Spikester


3.9/5  rDev +7.4%

Pours amber with a two finger head and plentiful lacings. Aroma is some dark caramel, scant floral hops.
Taste is well balanced though slightly tilted toward the malts. Nice medium bitter finish. A very easy drinker. The abv may be 5% not 4% as listed. It certainly feels more like a five. Good session Alt if you don't mind the sweetness.

11-01-2008 05:54:46 | More by Spikester
Photo of jujubeast6000


3.55/5  rDev -2.2%

Reviewed 12/22/2005 (bottle):

Pours a red/brown color, non-cloudy medium sized head, very quickly diminshing. An aroma of hops, malt, sweet, flowers. Good smooth nutty taste, clean finish. Very tasty beer. I'll have to check out more altbiers if this is representative of the style.

10-29-2008 22:51:22 | More by jujubeast6000
Photo of jmbranum


4.63/5  rDev +27.5%

I enjoyed this beer from the bottle at the Anchorage, Alaska airport.

Attractive iced-tea colored brew, clear with slight head. Aroma is nice and malty. Flavor is very well-balanced, some faint chocolate notes (actually they were stronger when drunk straight out of the bottle the day before while on Alaska Airlines) Very rich. Wonderfully rich and smooth mouthfeel, really this what sets this beer apart.

Don't know about the alcohol content, but it seems fairly strong.

10-04-2008 00:17:00 | More by jmbranum
Photo of stumac


3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

I had to sneak aboard a fishing vessel and kill the captain, without any of his crew knowing, in order to obtain this beer!

...this brew pours up a dark amber color with a light white head... the nose consists of a little honey... also malty... the taste is dried apple peel... medium bodied... spritzy carbo... pretty decent brew...

09-27-2008 18:52:17 | More by stumac
Photo of pokesbeerdude


4.08/5  rDev +12.4%

Picked up a bomber of this, revisiting after a not so pleasant experience.

A: Poured a nice red/brown with an off white head that billowed up and then knocked down to about half an inch or so. Not much lacing on the glass.

S: From far away I can already smell a large, caramel malt profile, some apple cider smells as well, can't really detect any hops. Not bad though.

T: Many of the same flavors as smells, i pick out a caramel taste initially, water, honey, very light apple taste, not much on the back end. Pretty light as far as flavors go, but still tasty.

M: Thin, crisp, and refreshing, goes down easy enough, pretty wet, doesn't linger too long.

D: This is a very easy drinking, and flavorful beer, much better than I last remember. Goes down easy, I could drink on this all night.

09-26-2008 00:42:57 | More by pokesbeerdude
Photo of SpecialK088


3.58/5  rDev -1.4%

Had on tap at Pour 24 New York New York in Vegas

A-Typical amber nothing outstanding here but nothing wrong eaither

S-Hops with a mild fruit sweetness,grape or bannana.

T-Light and crisp very clean tasing brew, small nots of sweet malt and the above meantioned fruit.

M-Although a tad over carbonated it saves itself by not being overbearing in any one place, be it the sweetness or the bitterness, body is meduim.

D-Very easy to drink but nothing sticking out on this one that sets itself apart to by it over something else

09-12-2008 01:53:47 | More by SpecialK088
Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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