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Alaskan Amber - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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1,422 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,422
Reviews: 561
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 45
Gots: 126 | 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 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
Photo of FrozenJoe
2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

An alt style beer. Can't say I've tasted an alt before. So this is my somewhat ignorant review.

Appearance: The best thing about this beer. First of all, it has probably the coolest looking twelve pack box in the store. Nice bottle. Thick, light tan head. Dark copper color.

Smell: Odd, faint, sweet aroma. Low carbonation.

Taste: Kind of a let down. I had hopes for this beer to be good. It's nothing special. Kind of a muddy, sour, bitter cocktail.

Mouthfeel: It just doesn't go down smooth. Something not right.

Drinkability: Not a bad little beer. Doesn't taste like an adjunct. Maybe this is where I just don't get an altbier? Not sure. Just doesn't seem that good.

FrozenJoe, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of armock
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured an amber color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of sweet caramel malt

T - Follows the nose with the sweet caramel malt with some hops in the finish

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - This is a very easy to drink good tasting amber one that I could drink a few of in a sitting this one is worth getting your hands on to try sometime

armock, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of ratrod53
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- It pours I nice brownish redish color kinda like a whiskey. It pours like a whiskey with almost no head 0 lace ont the glass.

S- Smell is the best part of this beer. There is a lot of carmel and malt smell in this beer.

T- There is just a hint of sweatness under the taste of carmel. I also got some malt but not as strong as in the smell. It also has some nut taste in the end.

M- It has good carbonation vary light with some grain.

D- It's a vary drinkable beer it's not hard on your pallet. It's a good beer to start out the evening with. It's not my fav amber ale. But i could defnitley have another one.

ratrod53, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of BucBasil
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a large mug.

A: The beer is a slightly hazy pure brown color topped with a light tan 1.5 finger head with ok retention.

S: Nice and malty with lots of toast and some caramel notes. Balanced by a subtle brown sugar sweetness and light fruit character of candy apples.

T: Again big on the malt character. Much like the aroma, this one is mostly toast and caramel with a light sweetness underneath. Nutty character comes into play, as does some biscuit. Finishes light and malty with a touch of grain.

A very solid, drinkable beer that I can see myself coming back to regularly.

BucBasil, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of Samp01
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of mikeg67. Pours a deep amber with a mall offwhite head. Nose is malty caramel, hops. Taste is earthy hops, sweet malts, some yeast, and light sweet spices. Has a nice medium body, good carbonation. Finish is sweet malty caramel, good bittering hops and some light sweet spices. Overall a very nice enjoyable and well balance easy drinking brew.

Samp01, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of mikeg67
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle I brought form San Francisco. Pours amber with a foamy white head and lovely carbonation. Aroma of perfume hops and caramel malt. Medium, smooth body. Flavor is a nice balance between caramel malt, ripe fruit and peppery hops. Great beer, I wish they sold Alaskan in NJ.

mikeg67, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of Naugros
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have to admit that I was disappointed that I could not find the Smoked Porter when I was in Arizona, knowing that Alaskan Brewing distributed there, but was happy to find at least one of their offerings at Top Shelf Liquors in Sedona.

It's an amber by name and color, but even the label says it's an altbier. Careful opening it as it will spill all over the floor due to high levels of carbonation. You'd think it was bottle-conditioned, but their website doesn't mention that so I guess it's not. The head that is raised is impressive as it grows to about an inch and a half thick. It does fall in on itself, but maintains a half inch head all the way down, appearing like a float from the top. As mentioned the color is amber, but there is a beautiful orange glow to it and the carbonation bubbles can be seen easily through the clear fluid.

The smell is really nice, reminiscent of crumpets drizzled with honey and sprinkled with pecans. Unfortunately this does not translate into the taste. The honey does remain, but the crumpets become biscuit and the nuttiness is gone to be replaced by floral hops that bring a balancing bitterness to the sweetness of the malts. I got some phenols out of the finish or I would have rated the mouthfeel higher. The date on the label was pretty recent, but the low ABV may have contributed to turning the beer.

Naugros, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of TheDTrain
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Imperial pint.

A: Nice rich amber color with good head retention
S: Nice fruits, hops, malts. Leaving a bit to be desired
T: It has a nice, easily drinkable taste with noce caramel tones.
M: Medium body
D: This is a nice, clean amber beer.

TheDTrain, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle split and poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. A120110 on the label.

Thanks to TheDTrain for sharing this one with me!

A - Bronzed amber in color with a thick, well-formed and well-retained off-white head. Little specks of lace cling to the glass.

S - An interesting fruity aroma is set apart first off. It's a fleeting mix of candied white grapes. Hazlenut, English toffee, and caramel malt fall behind. Interesting.

T - Nutty amber malts and a hearty hazelnut finish. The fruit component found in the nose doesn't carry over thankfully. It's a mediocre flavor.

M - Smooth and well-balanced, this Alt has a medium-light body and a light carbonation finish.

D - Decent but odd. Not in a bad way, it's just sort of TOO nutty. It should almost be a brown ale, actually.

BeerFMAndy, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of jmdrpi
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

had while in Montana. 12oz stubby bottle.

copper amber in color. aroma is sweet, almost cherry like. the taste is malty heavy. again some sweetness, with just subtle hop undertone.

higher carbonation, medium body. decent drinkability, I would have again. average to good beer.

jmdrpi, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of velosuds
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a pitcher from the tap at a pizza restaurant. Not many good beers available so decided to give this a try.

A-Pours a copper amber with a two finger light tan head with strong retention and ample lacing from the malt bill. Nice appearance.

S-Not very fragrant. What's there is lightly toasted malts and slightly fruity hops.

T-Slightly sweet, fruity, and nutty but not much going on here either. But the taste improved as it warmed.

M-Smooth and well balanced.

D-Glad I tried this, but it is not something I will seek anytime soon. Nothing especially impressive. Seen this in the grocery stores, but since it is always priced higher than good Oregon beers I have always passed it by.

velosuds, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of mmmbeer
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. twist-off stubby. Brewed with European and PNW hops to 18 IBUs. Nice medium amber hue, unfiltered?, with a nice clarity, fairy high carbonation, and a half-inch, tight-knit khaki froth that leaves light lacing. Toasty and mildly hoppy aroma, with distinctive yeast notes. Rich malts on the palate (crystal? biscuit?), with mild esters and a very light hoppiness on top of a light and crisp, dry body. A very sessionable, toasty altbier; I would call it a north German alt, if I were going by BJCP guidelines.

mmmbeer, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of plaid75
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at the Stumptown Brewery, Guerneville, CA.

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a subtle caramel and earthy hop.

The taste consisted if a soft ratty caramel with an herbal hop.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty and simple amber.

plaid75, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of ocelot2500
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with a tight off-white head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smells of toasted malts and a bit of hops.

Tastes of a decent hop kick up front rounded out by malts. Hops have a floral quality with some grass. Malt gives mostly caramel notes. Fairly balanced, a touch on the sweet side. Some peppery spice comes through as well.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

ocelot2500, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of salvo
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber malty beer: the head dissipated quickly leaving a clear brown glass of roasted malty goodness. The richness of the malt is not overwhelming: my complaint about some alts is that they are overwhelming, but this is a nicely balance alt bier that offers flavor and some complexity but not overwhelming in any way. Satisfying.

salvo, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of Offa
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my review for the beer on tap. Overall, it's basically like the bottle, but seems to get a somewhat better head on tap

Reddish copper, it has a fairly frothy smallish medium off-white head that dissipates fairly slowly to a wispy top and leaves only a faint trace of brief lace.

The aroma is pleasant if somewhat subdued, mostly lightly caramelly-toasty yeasty bread, cooked barley, with fruitiness and hints of crust.

The taste is mild but with lightly complex fruit elements, a lot of toasty grain and cooked barley, light earthy and fruity bread crust, with a hint of caramel and a light leafy spiciness. Sweetish up front, it has a lightly earthy-spicey finish and somewhat sweet caramelly-fruity aftertaste. It's lightly sweet up front before a zesty dryness dominates the finish.

Offa, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of jampics2
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. I picked up this bottle on the west coast a little while back, but it's still within an acceptable drinking date.

Brownish orange with clarity, active carb, and some orange and gold touches on the edges. White head sticks around for a moment, the falls down fast. No head after that, and shitty to no lace. Boo, not a great start.

Smells of nice caramel malt with a touch of earthy hops and some slight raisin. Mild toast gives the malt depth. This is malt driven and pretty decent, but could be more expressive and deep.

The taste is nice. This is not a multi dimensional beer by any means, but the malt forward flavor it focuses on is pleasant and very good. There's some caramel sweetness and a touch of biscuity toast that gives it an edge. The hops aren't too evident but add a slight bitter edge to balance the sweet malt. Hints of ripe pear, toast, grass, and toffee make it have some depth, however it's a pretty straight-up malt focused beer.

Mouthfeel is good as well. Medium body feels lighter due to nice active carbonation. Finish is sweet and clean. This is a great session beer but lacks the complexity that a world class amber or alt should have.

jampics2, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of JamisonM
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: amber color with off white head that is rather soapy looking does not look like its going to stick around the entire review

S: sweet buttery malts smells quiet deep and good

T: rich and deep malts come through very nice malty beer

M: med mouth med cabonation

D: drinkable but sweetness can be too much so I cant give it above a 3.5

overall: very good beer interesting style I like this style with out the alcohol burn like the big old ales its a drinkable malty beer that makes the malts the star of the show and I really liked it good price for a 6 pack as well! I will buy again for sure!

JamisonM, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of lumikuuro
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear brownish amber with small beige head and a little lace.

Aroma: Rich caramel malt, some spice, and the cheesy smell of good Bavarian style beer.

Taste: Rich caramel, hint of cheese, cinnamon, raisin, some fruit as the beer warms. Earthy soft hop gives balance. Nice beer, but a little more intensity would help.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, soft. Light carbonation, slightly dry.

Drinkability: An easy drinking beer with nice flavours and an accomplished aroma. Easily enjoyable but doesn't blow the drinker away.

lumikuuro, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of zhanson88
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The beer is a deep amber color. Eggshell white head that reduces and clings to the glass nicely.

Smell: Mild hops, pine, citrus, and lightly toasted malts are detectable. Not an overly impressive smell.

Taste: Malt, citrus, pine, and a bit of spiciness and and hops at the end. The spiciness is interesting to me, it gives this beer a different characteristic than other amber beers I've had. It must be the altbier style.

Mouthfeel: It's relatively light bodied, but I like the amount of carbonation it has. It goes down pretty smoothly and has a slightly bitter finish.

Drinkability: Very drinkable and refreshing. A good beer to sit down and watch some football with.

zhanson88, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of homebrew311
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recently went on an Alaskan cruise, and this brew was available everywhere. A welcome alternative to the all the macros that were available.

A: pours a nice clear amber, thin beige head

S; lots of biscuit malts followed by some sweetness provided by the crystal malts.

T: sweet up front followed by a notable bicuity malt profile, a decent hop bite on the finish. Pretty well balanced.

MF: smooth and refreshing, medium to high carbonation

D: great session beer for an Alaskan cruise. I wouldn't seek this out but I would never have a problem drinking it!

homebrew311, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
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.

biboergosum, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of msubulldog25
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A ubiquitous staple of Northwest beer culture for the better part of two decades, but one I have fairly infrequently and one Ive never reviewed. This one served and reviewed on a plane (Alaska Airlines, appropriately); we got a bump to first class, which earned a couple free bottles and some honest-to-god glassware (ok, an 8 oz. cocktail tumbler). Bottle dated 10.09.10 as a 'best by'.

A: Amber (what else?), tinted the slightest bit copper-orange. Modest carbonation but clear and deep; if solidified, I'd search for an embedded mosquito to extract dinosaur DNA from in my quest to create my own Juraissic Park (one that DOESN'T go horribly wrong this time...). Terrific head, a solid one-finger tuft of khaki fluff that dwindles to a thickened cream. Pretty lace, too, lagging in droopy bands.

S: Nutty sweetness and dessert-y baked bread, a malt-forward scent with just enough dried-grass hops for a reasonable balance.

T: Medium roast on the grain, a nut-filled, caramel-rich mouthful. Not as sweet as expected, just a nice balancing dry/spicy breadiness, rye-like. Hints a berry fruit, though nothing discernable. Low bitterness overall.

M: Crisp feel at first with a fine sprinkling of fizz, then a mellowed smoothness. Not heavy-bodied, though just a tad on the sticky/malty side in the finish.

D: Yes, yes it is (drinkable). I'm not rushing out to buy cases, but I was told by the owners of Liquid Solutions (before their sad demise) that at one time folks from 'back east' bought this beer by the truckload - it was a sizeable chunk of their mail-order business. I can see the validity, a very tasty beer I need to add to the mix more often. Recommended.

msubulldog25, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of dgilks
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rich, sweet, bready aroma with plenty of melanoidins.

Hazy, deep amber colour with a small, 1-finger, off-white head. Poor head retention.

Sweet and bready. Lots of toffee and melanoidin. Hints of fruit.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation.

Rich, rounded flavour but just a little bit cloying and overly gassy.

dgilks, Jul 26, 2010
Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,422 ratings.