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Alaskan Amber - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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1,496 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,496
Reviews: 564
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 46
Gots: 158 | 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.

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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.

bsp77, May 02, 2011
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.

Beerenauslese, Apr 21, 2011
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.

titosupertramp, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of hiku7
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured in a Nonic.

A - Pours a hazy deep amber orange. Virtually no head, and what little head there was dissolved almost immediately. No lacing.

S - Lightly fruitiness and caramel malt, though the nose was less malty than the color would suggest.

T - Very malty, caramel and toasted malt with slight hop finish. The taste is pretty simple and malty, with not much to get too excited about.

M - medium bodied, a bit sweet and syrupy. Surprisingly low carbonation, slight fizziness.

Overall, an average tasting not very complex beer that didn't have too much interesting about it, but plenty drinkable.

hiku7, Apr 18, 2011
Photo of beerman207
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was out bowling in Chelan, WA. Two beers on tap - bud light and Alaskan Amber. Hmmmm...let's go with the Amber

A: pours a nice cloudy brown color and has a 1 finger of head at the top

S: Nose is fantastic considering it's an amber. Nose has malt, caramel, and chocolate?

T: Tones of sweet malt, slight hop presence, and yes some bittersweet chocolate.

M: Good carbonation and slightly drying finish

O: This is a solid offering considering the style. I wish I had more room in my suitcase to bring home a few cans.

beerman207, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of BilbosNuts
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a light brown with some deep amber color. It has a thin white head and minimal visible carbonation.

S: The smell mostly consists of malts and a hint of hoppiness. A bit of fruitiness is also noted.

T: The taste is mostly of malts. There are also the bits of hops, but it is considerably more malty than hoppy.

M: It is medium bodied and goes down very smooth with minimal carbonation.

D: I haven't tried many in this style, but it seems like a decent example of the altbier style. It is very easy to drink. I'm sure I will have not problem going through the six pack.

BilbosNuts, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of madvermin
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber, with plenty of clarity and a healthy stable white foamy head on top. I like the evenness in the bubbling and can appreciate the longer than usual retention. Lace left something to be desired.

A slight cough syrup moves to a grainy malt and faintly sweet fruitiness in the nose. Candied orange, or something other citrus, is the main player after the initial malt.

Starts thin, and could use some body behind it's citrus beginning, but it finds its legs in time to offer just enough backing to a pleasant, sweetened, unroasted grainy malt. It's a solid finish and I enjoyed it quite a bit, but the beginning is just way too non-descript and lacking punch.

Mouthfeel is too thin for the start and only does just enough to make the rest of the beer solid. Carbonation is nil and it would have helped at least a little bit. Drinkability is good due to the finish and lack of overpowering flavors, and the abv is fine for long sessions too.

madvermin, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I dunno what it is with altbiers, but they don't really taste like a whole lot to me, not bad, not special. Mild brown pour, barely produces any head to it. Aroma is earthy and mild.

Taste is also earthy and mild, no noticeable hop presence, maybe some toffee, caramel to it in a small amount. A weird chemical bitterness to it. Easy enough to keep around for someone who doesn't like their beer bold, merely serviceable.

Beerandraiderfan, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of spinrsx
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Appearance - Clear amber/copper colour with an average size frothy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is not much lacing. The head lasted for around 4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, honey, caramel

Taste & Mouth - There is a low amount of carbonation and the beer feels a little thin. I can taste lots of malts mixed with a corn syrup sweetness and some honey. There are also some light hops and a graininess. It finishes with a malty sweet aftertaste.

Overall - A decent beer that would be decent for a session. The look of it was a little disappointing but it still had a drinkable flavour.

spinrsx, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of LiquidBread219
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- copper topped by a blink-and-you-miss-it coat of off-white head

S- pretty faint, but malty with a bit of citrus

T- biscuity malts, with a bit of orange and slight hoppiness on the tail end... doesn't balance it completely but adds a nice finish

M- pretty thin, but decently carbonated

D- very sessionable, not a bad beer to have if your just relaxing or doing some yard work.

LiquidBread219, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of claytong
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is great for knocking back or if you want to have a couple after a nice beer. It's not exceptional by any means but is certainly not bad.
It is a wet in your mouth drink and doesn't leave you with a dry mouth. A nice warm winter day beer.
The flavors aren't very intense but they're well balanced and are good with most meals. A slightly sweet beer with caramel dominating the sweetness while a hint of cherries or strawberries also helps out. The malt is controlled a bit much but it is also present.

claytong, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to colts9016 for the beer! My first Altbier. Poured from the bottle into a Nonick pint glass.

A big four finger fairly sparse retention head of off white color. A very dark amber getting into brown color body. Body is clear without any visible carbonation. Absolutely no lacing at all, but a good small puck remains while drinking and a good collar.

Bouquet is kind of interesting. A yeasty cola carbonation c02 and malty goodness. Slightly arid, real unique I like it with this real dry yeast sensation. This makes my mouth water. The yeast almost turns into peanut butter.

The first thing I get off this beer is its texture, it feels very wet. However after tasting a good bread density comes out and a booming malt balance that makes the body grow. Upon swallow great baked bread comes through, and another sip just puts everything together and makes the malt comes out in a good small chew. This doesn't feel particularly hoppy.

Well gotta say this is a great tasting fun drink, I would have again and it is easy drinking. Love to try this on tap.

smakawhat, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of joshuasamantha
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good beer that can be consumed often. Not too heavy like some of the other stuff we purchase, I always like to fallback on this beer for sure. I haven't had many altbiers, but this was definitely a solid brew coppery notes tin head with minimal lacing definitely an everyday drinker nice kick yet not too strong. Definitely one of my fall back beers.

joshuasamantha, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of gatornation
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at the crab pot

A-pours a clear rust red color with a nice head on it that stayed around to reveal good looking lacing

S- was malts and bread with citrus hops some caramel and touch of fruit

T-was grainy and malty followed by a grass/hop taste it was mixed then with some malts and baked bread..again some fruit in the aftertaste that i liked

M- was crisp and carbonated it had a decent taste and flavor profile

D- was good not the greatest amber but the taste was there ,the flavor was there and so was the drink ability

gatornation, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of BretSikkink
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear brown-orange color, pours a pretty nice foamy cap, off-white. Stick isn't much, but it's still a pretty nice look. The aroma is faint, with some biscuit or lightly toasted bread. Grainy with some ester influence and brew salts.

Hops are a slightly spicy interlude in this otherwise fairly straightforward malt number. Body is somewhat full, although the mouthfeel seems a bit watery. Finishes sweet but fairly dry, and I can taste a metallic astringency in the aftertaste. No big deal, but this one is a little boring.

BretSikkink, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of GeneralZod
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice red color with very little head retention.

Smells sweet, but nothing to impressive.

Taste sweet and slightly roasty.
The flavor is much better than the smell.

Medium coarse, typical amber

As many times as I've seen it on the store shelf, I regret not picking it up sooner. One of the better Ambers.

GeneralZod, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of Retsinis
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had two bottles of this with the wife on a Alaskan Airlines flight from Los Angeles to D.C.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a small plastic cup. Fizzy carbonation, that rises and falls rapidly, similiar to a macro lager. Amber Color, of new copper, clear, no lacing.

Aromoa's are muted, but of caramel, almonds, malt, and corn.

The taste is crisp, from the carbonation, and is as muted in flavor as the nose. Sweet caramel, corn, almonds. Some bitterness in there too.

Clean finish, and is very easy to drink. Overall, it is average for the style, and something to have a few of while whale watching in Alaska, or fishing, since it won't distract you.

Retsinis, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of thain709
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a clear copper color with a small, white head...the head disappeared very quickly and didn't leave much lacing behind

S - A very sweet nose...lots of caramel...there's this aroma I couldn't put my finger on for a while but I finally came to the conclusion that it was...apple juice

T - The flavors mirror the aromas which is a good thing...again things start off sweet with the caramel...those malts do give way to a bready flavor in the middle of the beer...the middle of the beer is where I pick up the apple juice flavor...it really tastes like it...at the end there is a subtle hop presence that doesn't overpower...it just lets you know they are there

M - Medium bodied...sweet without being cloying...crisp and smooth

D - This is my first Alaskan beer and I was pretty impressed...I do like altbiers but they are hard to come by and I was thrown off by the amber name...this was a good beer with nice caramel and fruity (apple juice!) notes

thain709, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of nrbw23
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bit surprised by the style but ok here we go..

A- Pours an amber color with a fairly big head. Head has ok retention and leaves just a bit of spotty lacing.

S- Smell is a bit fruity, citrusy, and grainy. Has a really bready smell to it.

T- Quite a bit of a bready character here for sure. A bit of citrus hops and a sweeter taste maybe honey.

M- Medium in body and a bit on the higher side of medium in carbonation.

D- Quite different than some of the other Alts I've had. Not too bad but also nothing to write home about.

nrbw23, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of keithmurray
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours a clear copper color with white head

smell - caramel, citrus

taste - caramel, molasses, nutty finish, malts

mouthfeel - smooth, full of carbonation, slightly sweet body, slight bitterness in the finish

drinkability - this is a nice beverage to have a few of and not think too much about it

keithmurray, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of SamN
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well hued nutty amber liquid with a accompanying dirty tan head of one finger thickness. Looks appetizing. Nose is very clean slightly biscuity/nutty caramel malts, a bit too clean and thin. Taste is more slightly nutty malts with almost zero hops noticeable. Good basic flavoring, simple but tasty. Maybe just a touch of dried fruits in there. Medium bodied, lively, great to slurp from my dimpled stein with.

Pretty good amber/altbier, nutty and caramel malt sweet and little hops. Pretty good, pretty good.

SamN, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of u2carew
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz stubby.
A) Pours with a thin head that settles quickly. Amber in color with a clear body. Lacing is not tight and somewhat disorganized.
S) Robust malty aroma - caramel. Hints of citrus fruit.
T) A very present malt from start to finish. Starts out a bit sugary sweet than becomes a bit more rich in the finish with caramel and brown sugar flavors. No noticeable hops but I'm sure there's some in there.
M) Thin, not a medium body as expected. The carbonation is a bit weak on this one. Fairly smooth.
D) At first not impressed but this one grows and opens up as it sits.

u2carew, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of rka758
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a wine glass.
Okay, but not necessarily something I will reach for again.

A: Poured a deep copper red. Little to no head.
S: Sweet and malty aromas.
T: Sweet bread malts.
M: Pretty good. A little bready.
D: It's a little sweet for my liking. I think a bomber is plenty.

rka758, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dang, what a good beer. Drinkability is amazing with this beer, it just goes down like nothing! Appearance is red like an amber beer should be. The smell is slightly malty, slightly sweet, with a subtle hop note in the back. Once you take a taste the hops are a little more present, still nothing overpowering by any means. Just a very easy drinking beer, with a nice balance of hops and malts. I will be getting this one again.

MaltsOfGlory, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to drabmuh for this best of styles tick. Served in a tulip.

Pours a light amber color with a thin tan head. Little to no lacing and a slight collar. Nose is pretty light with some bready malt and not too much else. Maybe a touch of earthy hops in the background. Taste is bread crust and a light sweetness. Faint caramel and hops. Feel is quite thin and a bit undercarbonated. Drinks alright, but isn't anything special.

Thorpe429, Dec 24, 2010
Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,496 ratings.