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Alaskan Amber - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan AmberAlaskan Amber

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,579 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 1,579
Reviews: 580
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 56
Gots: 213 | 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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Photo of Mole_Playing_Rough
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of TheDudeAbides14
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of hiku7
3.02/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

Photo of Tamarack22
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of DHarv
3/5  rDev -17.4%

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

I must admit in other circumstances this beer may have gotten a better review here. It was at a football game in Idaho snowy and very cold. But I was impressed witht he taste and how smooth this beer tasted. I would recommend trying it, in fact I look forward to trying it again so that I can truly enjoy it...............CHEERS

Photo of guitarmage
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A definite chilled amber color, looks inviting. The head wasn't much to speak of, it may have been my pour, but left a nice lacing with some rings around the glass.

Smell: Sweet leafy smell, a light caramel apple, very pleasant. Sweet malt, not much hop character.

Taste: Very smooth and good. Sweet malt flavor, a mild dry hop character becomes present towards the end. Rotten fruit, in a good way.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, not especially carbonated, but a creamy quality that I like. It's not medium bodied, just creamy enough to be really smooth.

Drinkability: A decent brew, on the malty side but still well balanced. I think it is a well done beer and I'd take one if offered, although it is not one of my favorite tastes.

Photo of diabecktic
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
The beer is a beautiful shade of amber. Head formation is moderate and cream-colored; retention and lacing are minimal. Overall, it's pretty good-looking.

Smell:
As Austin Powers famously exclaimed: "it's a bit nutty." He was talking about a taste, but the meaning holds for the aroma here. The nut aroma compliments what seems to be a generic grain scent (like a grain field).

Taste:
Refer to the Austin Powers quote; it's quite "nutty." It also seems to be a bit "earthy" as well - I suppose this is derived from the "grainy" scent. It tastes just a bit better than it smells (the smell isn't bad - it just tastes "better" to me).

Mouthfeel:
This beer isn't too heavily carbonated; it seems to air a bit on the creamy side. It's relatively thick. I'm not sure what I'm supposed to be comparing it to since this is my first "Altbier."

Drinkability:
It goes down very smooth; I'd rather sip on it, but I would work too quickly on this one if I let my brain rest. Isn't that one of the wonderful things to look forward to when drinking beer after all?

Summary:
Though I've had this beer on tap, I'm reviewing the bottled version. Both variants are great - I'm very pleased with what this brew and I'm looking forward to trying other ones from this brewery. If you haven't had it, I suggest that you at least attempt to try it once (on tap, if given the choice).

Photo of JosefBerger
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Wer34truh
3.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ceballonegro
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of quadhog
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of ryand14
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of aquaderek
3.12/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this beer from the bottle into a session glass. The beer is golden orange and has a thin head which dissipates quickly to leave a lace. The nose is initially malty, some spiciness (nutmeg), some cabbage in the background. The taste is malt forward followed be an unimpressive watery finish. The mouthfeel is refreshing and crisp, could be better. This is an OK session brew.

Photo of dorf
2/5  rDev -44.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +24%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of QXSTER1
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Balance! This is what the word is about. Nothing overpowering but everything is there. Great malty nose accentuated by the deep amber color. Rocky white head that calms to a sticky white lace. Sweet complex malt notes with caramel and biscuit, and just before malt overload the hops kicks in to a smooth mid-palate. Finish is velvety and full bodied but not cloying. A great accompaniment to a summer grill dinner.

Photo of MrNuggets
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

In an instant the head is gone. They've kept it simple, which i like. Mellow malt flavor on a base of almost flavorless hops. Aftertaste is almost bread-like. Feels kinda odd while in the mouth. This brew is undercarbonated for sure. This does not take away from the drinkability. This ought to be a fine session.

Photo of hungryghost
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice reddish brown.
Hardly any foam at all.
Smell the caramel right away. Sweet and malty, roasted malt.
First flavor is the malt, then the caramel sweetness rolls across the tongue.
Very lightly hopped, low on carbonation. A little to sweet to be a session beer, but I still like this one.
Goes down easy, at home and in Alaska.

Photo of Psilo707
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber appearance when poured, ruby-tint in the light. Decent head with great looking lacing slowly edging itself down the side of the glass.

Scent is a bit on the lighter side but has a good malty aroma to it. Taste is very good. A bit of nutty/piney overall feeling to feeling to a deliciously laid-back foretaste. Mouthfeel is creamy and pretty solid, and drinkability is definitely high as I never have trouble putting back many of these in a night.

Overall, Alaskan Amber is one of my favorite altbiers and I would recommend anything from this brewery.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of tjb27
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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

APPEARANCE:
Pours a clear amber color with a large tan head. Very little lacing.
AROMA:
Moderate aroma of malt and caramel.
FLAVOR:
Smooth toasted malt and caramel. Hint of earthy bitterness at the end.
MOUTHFEEL:
Medium body with slightly creamy texture. Soft carbonation.
DRINKABILITY:
Easy drinking beer that is a tad sweet. I could drink a lot of these but would get bored after awhile.
NOTES: BBCSD-0905-GeoffV

Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,579 ratings.