Alaskan Amber - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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1,526 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,526
Reviews: 568
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 49
Gots: 176 | 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 DagFishHead
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Optically clear copper-amber body. Thin off-white head fades quickly to a wispy cap with drippy lace.
Smell: Sweet malt and carmelized sugar. Whiff of butterscotch.
Taste: Sweet and toasted malts with fruity sugars to start. Medium bodied at the top. Dries minimally with some citrus hops and a lingering malt aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Medium/course carbonation.
Drinkability: Very enjoyable. I had several... although somewhat on the sweet side for a long session.

Photo of SaltyLime
3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - standard amber hue with a whitish head that started decent and was almost all gone by the time of first sip, laced to the end
Smell - a little sweetness, citrus, malts, ...
Taste - decent, but not really memorable, balanced and a gave a slight liquid bread impression
Mouthfeel - smooth, with a little slick spot left on the palate, after the third bottle began to recognize a little more of a citrus bitterness
Drinkability - would try again, easy to drink but maybe as a second or third choice of available beers

Photo of Matty1918
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Pumphouse while travelling to Washington.

Poured a dark amber with a small head and good lacing.

A rich aroma that consisted of sweet malt a slightly nutty.

The taste was of sweet malt...slight caramel with a hint of nut and a slight bitterness.

A pretty good amber. I'd try this again.

Photo of rao2100
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of tjb27
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of pkkosmatka
4.04/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of ksi4077
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of codyb1991
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of dwitt24
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of tpeters
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of appenzeller
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a red amber hue, thin head. Scented with sweet malts, caramel, subtle. Taste is predominantly sweet malts with breadiness. Minimal hops evident. Not really my favorite style, this is still a good beer with quality malts and good balance for what it is. For whatever reason, Alaska brewing seems to have ridden to success on the back of this beer and while it doesn't bowl me over, it's a nice alt that's especially satisfying on a cold dreary day.

Photo of Bluestar
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of elektronen
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of 6string
4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of sauron681
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep rich copper red color with a thick head that fastly fizzles out to very minimal lacing.

Toasty grain aroma with a citrus hint. Tastes biscuity and starch in mouth with a possible cherry note at the end. Starts promising, but dissapoints going down the throat- quite plain and bland. However, still quite drinkable in my opinion, but I was looking for a little more in an Alt.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Salt-n-Beer
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of aeminter
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks Colts9016

The appearance is light amber almost like tea...very clear. The head is an off white/beige color, kinda frothy looking, starts off nice and big and dissipates to about 2-3 mm, but no lacing.

The smell is very lager-like with faint esters (pear & apple) and pleasantly light malt notes.

T: My first impression is of fruit, grapes specifically. The malts are sweet but not in an overpowering way. The finish is fairly dry and smooth.
M: Light body, high carbonation...

Note: As far as I can see this beer meets the BJCP guideline with the exception of taste. Here, while appealing, there is a departure.

Photo of fitius5150
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Lance87
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of dgtiii
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of jt2488
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of kdmorse
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Perfect session beer for me. Looks great. Smells nice. Easy to drink. No the best Altbier, but very drinkable. Sweet and easy-going. Mmm.

After being restricted to Midwest beers (lived in IN for 23 years and 3 drinking years), this is still a treat to me. A good fallback and a cheap grocery store pick-up.

Photo of Twpsyn
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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