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Alaskan Amber - Alaskan Brewing Co.

Alaskan AmberAlaskan Amber

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Ratings: 1175
Reviews: 543
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%

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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Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2010 14:44:39 | More by Sammy
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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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 07:01:12 | More by UCLABrewN84
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3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Alaskan Amber is a beautiful shade of dark orangish copper and is as clear as the proverbial bell. Atop the liquid is a tight-bubbled head of beige foam with a pale tangerine peel cast. The cap was never very large to begin with, but at least it's deflating relatively slowly. The upper portion of the glass remains perfectly clean, while an extended collar forms and lengthens as the beer falls with drinking.

There isn't a whole lot going on in the nose. It's light on toasted malt and even lighter on hops. The flavor, although more impressive, isn't exactly bowling me over. It's modestly malted with a pleasant caramel flavor and a sprinkling of indeterminate spice that's probably hop-related.

I'd like a bit more hop flavor and bitterness, but I guess Amber could be classified as balanced; never a bad thing in an altbier. The finish is on the long side and features lightly spiced, toasted grain. This is clean and drinkable beer more than immensely flavorful beer. The light-medium body contains just enough carbonation to get the job done and no more.

Alaskan Amber is a decent alt. I don't look to be wowed by this style and wasn't by this beer (self-fulfilling prophecy?). That said, it is a friendly sort and goes down easily enough.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2004 19:15:24 | More by BuckeyeNation
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South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice clear bright, but dark reddish amber with a decent white head that had a nice slow fade and some very good lacing. Smell was nice, a bit lit, ful of grain and bread tastes with a hint of yeast, and a slight bitter hop trying to work its way into the back, overall not bad. The taste was very full. Lots of malt flavors with a hint at a nice slightly hopped back. A very good session beer and a fine offering from Alaskan brewing. I am not the biggest fan of ambers generally, but this was rather nice. I could see myself putting down several of these with ease, a very good call!

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2007 23:31:23 | More by mikesgroove
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3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color with an off-white head. Sweet toffee and caramel malt aroma. A touch of bread, sweet grape, and a little bit of red fruit. Maybe a hint of banana. Sweet malt and grape on the palate. Toffee malt, a little bit of toasted bread, and some red fruits. Minimal hoppiness, just a little bit of floral hop character.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2012 20:21:49 | More by womencantsail
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North Carolina

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

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2010 05:03:07 | More by brentk56
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4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2008 20:31:03 | More by BEERchitect
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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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 00:40:26 | More by Thorpe429
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New York

3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Venice Ale House, Venice, CA

A: The beer is clear dark reddish amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that left lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of grainy and toasted malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is relatively malty and has flavors of toasted malts with notes of grain. No sweetness is perceptible. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite malty but there are enough underlying hops so it isn't rendered undrinkable. It doesn't seem to have all of the complexity as German altbiers.

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2013 21:02:17 | More by metter98
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North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass well you guessed it amber a full amber at that a thinner off white head atop,very nice clarity to the pour.Lighter malt aromas like that of cookie dough with notes of caramel as well almost no hop really to speak of except for a drifting leaf presence but you have to try to find it.Mild malt flavors as well sweetish cookie dough with some caramel sweetness a touch of crispness in the finish keeps it from being to sweet.A no frills old school beer lightly sweet low in alc% to make it very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2007 21:29:20 | More by oberon
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4.45/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pillow of delicately toasty and caramelish malt seems to be the heart and soul of this brilliant, reddish-copper ale. It's present in the nose, and then again in the flavor... big time! It's very nicely balanced as well, leaving it sweetish and nutty, but not sweet. The emphasis is, however, clearly on the malt, and not the hops. The hops that are present are floral, slightly grassy, and just a touch spicy; but they lay low, giiving only a waft of character to the nose, and an accent of "spice" to the flavor. And that is what gives this beer its incredible roundness and balance. It's rich without being cloying, and oh-so-delicately balanced by its restrained hop flavors and bitterness. It finishes almost without notice, leaving just a smear of nutty, toasty and biscuity malt to linger on the palate; and lending greatly to its drinkability by beckoning you to partake again. Quite nice!

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2005 17:21:08 | More by NeroFiddled
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Alberta (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A minor review milestone, made better by the atmosphere at Moose's Saloon in Kalispell - dark, sawdusty, amazing 'za, and well, beer!

This beer appears a dark amber hue, with one finger of light beige head, with falls away quickly leaving some small specks of lace around the glass. It smells of crisp fruity malt, and mild caramel. The taste is fruit malt - apple, mostly, and soft earthy hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight and smooth. It finishes clean, and a bit sweet.

A simple, skewed ale, but in a good, drinkable way. Good malty stuff. I could see having a few of these in a sitting.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2010 05:42:06 | More by biboergosum
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Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from KenGage, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep orange/amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, fruit and some hops.

T: The taste is bready and a little sweet up front with flavors of caramel, fruit and grain. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. There's a mild hops presence that brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a nice solid beer with a good amount of substance that makes it worth drinking for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2009 02:35:00 | More by TheManiacalOne
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a couple of 22 ozers at a local sports bar last night.

Poured caramel with one pinky of sand colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: A bit of caramel, not much else

T: Caramel & a bit of herbal hops up front. Nice breadyness, some toasted grains & a little more herbal hops as this warms

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation & decent balance

Drank pretty easy, not bad, but I actually prefer this in the bottle, weird

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2008 13:17:01 | More by russpowell
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New York

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

The beer pours an amber color with a thin off-white lace head. The aroma is decent. It has a weak malt scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts and a grainy finish. The taste is slightly above average. It has a light feel with a bit of sweet malts and a dry finish. It is a little weak for my taste, plus the recipe is quite basic. The mouthfeel is average as well. It is a medium bodied beer with not enough carbonation. This beer was a disappointment. It had little character and horrible mouthfeel. It's one and done for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2004 02:21:56 | More by WesWes
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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?

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2010 18:34:02 | More by drabmuh
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4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to finally have Alaskan Brewing in Texas.

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of toffee and a little bit of biscuit malt, as well as a hint of grass and some earth. The flavor has quite a bit of malt, plus some orange citrus and a little bit of grass. Very easy to drink. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 01:56:16 | More by Mora2000
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4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2008 00:06:54 | More by zeff80
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is nice and malty up front, it has a bit of hop flavor in the middle that adds a nice component to this beer. The hop flavor could be a bin more hearty though. The hops really assert themselves in the finish; it is spicy yet mild, and has a hint of minty character to it. The malt flavors are sweet, with notes of caramel and an accompanying lightly toasted note.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2004 19:51:40 | More by Gueuzedude
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3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a clean looking brownish red color. The head on top was cream colored and soapy looking. The smell of the beer is basically all malt, not much in the way of hop aromas. The aromas of some grains and toast come through with some caramel also. The taste of the beer was sweet with a dull earthy bitterness in the finish. The caramel and toast notes balance out pretty well. The mouthfeel of the beer was drinkable, decent carbonation and medium bodied. Overall it's not a bad brew, happy I finally tried it.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 22:13:29 | More by Knapp85
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3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep amber with nice clarity. A thin head soon fizzles away.

The smell is of caramelish sweet maltiness with a vague hop spiciness.

The taste is of caramel sweetness with some spicy, oily, hops that become more apparent as the drink progresses.

It's fairly smooth, but for a light astringency. Medium body.

It's decent, but something about it holds back on the drinkabillity just a bit too much. Worth trying, though I can't say that I'm crazy about the malt/hop interaction, and though it fits pretty well with the style, I can't say it's anything much above average for the style.

Thanks to bitterbill for including this one that I've been wanting to try for too long!

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2007 03:27:08 | More by jwc215
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United Kingdom (England)

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).

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 11:53:08 | More by BlackHaddock
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3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Forms deep copper amber body with a decent sized cream colored head specks of lacing. Aroma: A sweet mildy hopped tone with a wave of toasted malts with a nutty edge nice brew. Taste: Flavor a warming sweetness with toasted malts and very low IBUs kicking in some balance with bitterness, I must say this is one of the better brewed alts I have tasted. Mouthfeel: Medium to light in body with a creamy edge to the texture nice. Drinkability: Effortless very smooth creamy and tasty with a low abv built to drink in session.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2004 17:05:44 | More by WVbeergeek
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New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: this brew arrived in a pint glass looking clear and amber in color with a thin 1/2" head that disappeared to a flat residue after a few minutes.

Smell: the aroma was of lightly roasted malt.

Taste: the flavor sported a stronger malt tone, with some caramel and a hint of fruit. The bitterness was very light, but overall the brew seemed focused on maltiness anyway.

Mouthfeel: smooth with a short malty finish. This is a medium bodied brew with decent carbonation levels.

Drinkability: nicely drinkable, as I quaffed two with some lunch.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2004 00:43:06 | More by Gavage
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3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a dark brown, with a small head, looks good at first, but then fades away.

S: Smells heavily of malt, really no fruit, lots of toffee and biscuits.

T: Very malty, nice, and biscuity, toffee and caramel are also there, a bit 1-dimensional, but very tasty.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth, and refreshing for a darker beer.

D: This is one I haven't had in a long time, went back to it and I'm glad I did, a good simple ale, and inexpensive to boot.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2007 00:38:34 | More by Halcyondays
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