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Alaskan Amber - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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1,290 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,290
Reviews: 550
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 41
Gots: 80 | 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 CrellMoset


2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Enjoyed at an home tasting with fellow BAer proteus93, courtesy of Dan (who got it in a Secret Santa trade from that OTHER beer site, but that's ok). Poured into a tasting glass.

Appearance: Poor head retention here, but the color's nice - a clear brown body with ruby hues around the edges.

Aroma: Cat food and chemical solvents - very off - and a few things that arent so off: spicy, floral hops and a delicate, balanced malt bill. Still though.

Taste: Bready malt - very grainy, really - some grassy hops, and a few chemical funk notes again. Dry, but not tart. Delicate.

Mouthfeel: Big exploding bubbles, thin, lots of good, filling, "evaporation" feel. Very interesting.

Drinkability: Ehhh, leaves a lot to be desired. Maybe a bad batch. It's interesting, but remove a few of the chemical funk notes and it'd be a lot more enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2008 01:52:00 | More by CrellMoset
Photo of largadeer


3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beautiful clear reddish-amber with rising carbonation that feeds the thin head.

Sweet: A delicate aroma of malty sweetness, toast and a hint of fruit.

Taste & mouthfeel: Mildly sweet initially with flavors of toasted grain, malt and apricot. The finish is pleasantly dry and crisp and the body is an appropriate medium-light.

Notes: Enjoyable stuff but not something I'd reach for too often. I can see this being great on cask, however.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2008 00:51:59 | More by largadeer
Photo of MrMcGibblets


3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from a bomber, this poured a slightly hazy deep amber, nice off-white head and lacing. caramel and some nuts and vague light fruity aromas in the nose, taste follows suit. semi-sweet, could use a bit more hop bitterness to balance it out. creamy carbonation. mouthfeel is a bit bigger than the abv suggests due to the residual sugars and off-dry finish. would be a great session beer if it was a bit more balanced.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2008 22:55:07 | More by MrMcGibblets
Photo of JayQue


3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the standard beer everywhere I went in Alaska including the cruise. Pours a nice clear amber color with a decent sized white head and average retention. Some lacing. Smell is nice..malty and slightly sweet.

Taste is the same. Malty slightly sweet...goes down real easy. Mouthfeel is rich enough and very crisp.

Drinkability is the strong point here. A great session beer candidate. Tasty and light in abv. I highly recommend this one. Would have liked to try it on tap but time was limited and there were three great IPAs on tap on my few beer forays and also Alaskan Smoked Porter!!!

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2008 04:42:07 | More by JayQue
Photo of Donnie2112


3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance: amber in color nice head

smell: slightly alcoholic, grainy, bready

taste: a nice tangy sour sweet beery flavor on the front of the tongue that rolls into a nice dry hint of hops

mouthfeel: light to medium body, medium carbonation and just a hint of lingering astringence

drinkability: this stuff is the kind of beer that you don't have to think about but you can. There's nothing offensive about it, there's a nice sweetness to it. I find this beer rather sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2008 22:34:22 | More by Donnie2112
Photo of flexabull


3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear copper color with a nice white head.

Aromas are malty, tea like, and somewhat sweet.

Taste is clean and malty. Some bready dough flavors, a little spiciness, and a brewed tea like note as well. Finish is crisp and with a slight hop bite.

Mouthfeel is good. Pretty full feeling, but maybe a bit too carbonated for my liking.

Drinkability is this beers strong suit. A nice tasty beer that is really easy to drink. Nothing overly special, just a good session brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2008 00:32:14 | More by flexabull
Photo of Dotcubed


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

I only got one of these before this one. The wife seemed to like them more than I, so she helped herself to them. So how can a marriage last without an ability to share?

It looks like an amber ale, reddish orange with a light ring of foam. Fits perfectly in my sam adams glass, but I think it needs to be warmed up a bit, there isn't but a fant burnt carmel coming off it. It has lots of sweetness, toffee like finish. Kind of yeasty but with a good bit of wateriness.

I like it but I can't say I'd drink it all the time. Probably good with some spicy brats, whole grain mustard, spatzel, etc.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2008 01:43:22 | More by Dotcubed
Photo of SeanRedd

New Jersey

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

I want to be critical, take away from the amazing accomplishment, but I'm lost for words. The lightly sweetened bread pudding that delicately runs over my taste buds has me ready to skip dinner and dive straight into dessert. The head is weak but the balanced toasted grain is so goddam yummy. This beer transports me to a long harvest table, decorated with rice pudding and malty sweet pastry breads. The oily sliver seduces me and I'm hooked. This is by far the hottest grandma in the woods, and even the milf hunters must turn to take a second glance. I'm in love, with an Altbier, and she makes me feel so, so good.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2008 23:32:16 | More by SeanRedd
Photo of jdubjacket


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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a deep brown/copper color. Not a whole lot of lacing. Sweet, malty smell. Taste is very malty, sweet, with a nutty aftertaste. Not too incredibly complex. Smooth mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. This beer is pretty drinkable considering the ABV. A pretty tasty, average beer. Would be a fine choice for a session brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2008 18:34:02 | More by jdubjacket
Photo of Chugmonkey


3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap while working in Anchorage. Great smooth amber. Copper color, light caramel taste, little light on the hops, but good balance. Nothing complex here, but it works really well. Really smooth, no bitter or carbonic bite at all to it. Hard to beat this kind of simplicity in a brew.

I brewed a clone and it is going over really well.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2008 17:52:10 | More by Chugmonkey
Photo of charlzm


4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 06/22/08.

Pours a deep, clear copper with plenty of lazy bubbles. A three finger tan head formed, super creamy, fading to nice, sticky lacing.

Aroma is sweet toast malts and a juicy, almost Belgian note.

Flavor features sweet malt which skews mainly towards toffee, caramel and sourdough toast. A little spiciness, then barely noticeable bitterness finishes up the quaff.

Simple session beer that's clean and tasty; perfect for a warm day.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2008 04:31:26 | More by charlzm
Photo of thartman


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

Poured from a 22 oz bottle a nice amber color with a one finger tan head with decent retention. Smell of malts, grains, caramel and biscuits. Lots of flavor ...balanced sweet malty taste with some caramel, biscuits, and some hops on the finish. Well balanced with a lingering aftertaste of malts and hops. Nice brew!, creamy and rich. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2008 00:23:01 | More by thartman
Photo of Oxymoron


4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Shouldn't the fishing boat be amber in color? Pours a crystal clear amber color with red highlights though out. A very soft white head with great retention. Although did dissipate to a ring around the edge, there was decent lacing through out the tasting.

The nose is nice but limited overall. A nice caramel note comes out with mostly malt undertones. Some lighter notes of bread and biscuit come out as it mores. Some light esters, mostly figs but some hints plums and cherries. Very clean yeast with no off aromas.

The taste comes out more relative to the nose. A very nice but subtle malt flavor with more grainy and caramel flavors. The breadiness comes out more with some sour dough remnants. Again very clean yeast. Some light floral and earthy hop notes on the backend.

The body is between light and moderate. Very impressed with how clean the yeast is on this. Understandable a good BJCP candidate and very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2008 21:17:47 | More by Oxymoron
Photo of gpogo


3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark amber with light tan head with no retention or lacing.

A- Sweet malty aroma. Slightly bread like

T- Rich sweet malt with just the right amount of hop bitterness.

M- Medium body with moderate carbonation. Dry finish.

D- Checking out the alaskan brewing co website shows this is classified as an altbier by them. I found it a great beer to have with dinner. I'd consider picking up another sometime.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2008 05:47:38 | More by gpogo
Photo of SurlyDuff


3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber and looks like a datecode is stamped on the label: 7-11-08

Dark amber copper. Tight foam head with not any lacing to hang onto the sides of the glass. Nice and clear.

Some complex maltiness and light hops. Dry spicy hops are pretty mild, only complimenting the malt wonderland.

Caramel malt and crispy clean finish. The aftertaste became sweet and mouthwatering. A really good brew! Interesting that BA has it listed as an altbier. It is a lot smoother and mellow, with more malt than most ambers.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2008 02:39:12 | More by SurlyDuff
Photo of cjgator3


3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a copper colored amber with a thin fizzy head that quickly disappears. The aroma is sweet biscuity malt and a touch of caramel. The taste is sweet and fruity malt that has nutty and biscuity characteristics with a touch of hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and full bodied. Overall, Alaskan Amber is a solid beer that is worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2008 02:50:22 | More by cjgator3
Photo of cafemondegar


2.2/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was in the mood to experiment a little bit so I got a six pack of 'mix' beers. This was one of them. Poured into my pint glass with a medium head, which disappeared quickly. The beer is a copper red color. I figured I was not seeing it in the right light so took it to a room that was better lit but no matter how hard I looked I could see no amber.
The beer has only a hint of a smell, faintly like yeast. The mouthfeel is average, like diluted Fat Tire.
I love all beer and given a choice between this ale and iced tea, would pick the ale any day of the week but this is not by a long shot the best beer I have had

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2008 03:01:24 | More by cafemondegar
Photo of KBomb


4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This stuff pours a bright ruby-red... nearly like a cranberry juice. A good foamy white head lingers for a long time.

The aroma is of caramel, toasted malts, and a little kiss of floral hoppiness.

The taste is of sweet caramel malt at the front end accompanied by a tiny bit of fruitiness (I detect a bit of raspberry and globe grape). On the finish is a little bite of hops. Alaskan Amber is a quiet dance of nice flavors; sweet and well-balanced. Restrained, yet still very likeable.

It feels a little sharp at first but with a nice crisp finish, quite drinkable.

Clean and robust flavors make it very refreshing yet still interesting.

I'd call this one of my desert island beers, not because its the very best of all times, but because its quite good and still quite versatile. Its easy drinking and refreshing character make it great for summer bbq, but its also well built to be sipped and appreciated more intently. Whenever I'm home in the PacNW, this is my session beer of choice.

Alaskan Amber might also get some bonus points because this is one of the beers that first awoke me out of macros to the bigger world of craft beer. Its also a point of bonding with my father who shares a deep love of this brew. But enough with the autobiography; I think this is good stuff

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2008 21:28:05 | More by KBomb
Photo of hustlemuscle


3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not bad. Balanced, somewhat fruity, ends with a bit of spice. Mild and mellow. Hops come out as it warms. Bready, yeasty.

Amberish, mildly carbonated, thin head. Doesn't smell like much though.

Easy enough to drink, a good sit-and-watch-tv beer. Somewhat drying, not particularly memorable.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2008 01:31:58 | More by hustlemuscle
Photo of sml505


3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Bottle

A - Deep amber. Light tan lasting head. No lacing.

S - Stong, sweet malt of bread, caramel.

T - Follows aroma nicely. Sweet and malty. A light, drying spice.

O/ M - Light spice balances it well. Nice malt and slight yeasty spice. Dry finish. Light to med mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2008 06:13:55 | More by sml505
Photo of jasonjlewis


3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice 1 finger head with exxcelent rtention and a ruby red semi clear color.

Not a lot going on with the nose. Some toasted malt comes out but it's very faint.

Nice toasty malts with a delicate sweetness. This is finished out with a nice hop bitterness that balances the beer nicely. sort of bubblegum flavor on the finish.

Somewhat of a cloyingness and a dryness o the mouthfeel. Not ideal. Sort of odd in a way and not totally enjoyable. It's not a huge flaw, but a minor one.

This is a decent sessionable beer. Nicely balanced with just a few flaws. It's worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2008 00:00:36 | More by jasonjlewis
Photo of russpowell


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
Photo of PhageLab


4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap @ O'Aces in Las Vegas. Served in a mug.

A - Transparent light brown coloration, nice three tip head of fluff, excellent retention, some nice lacing left behind.

S - Toasted toffee aroma with a generous caramel malt backing. Fairly sweet yet not overly so.

T - Nice smokey characteristic to this lightly malted brew. Has a certain "burnt" quality to it's roasted body that I really like. Nicely balanced.

M - Fairly light body, medium carbonation level, mild finish.

D - Very awesome beer, could be a perfect session brew. I'd wholeheartidly recommend this to anyone. If I ever get another opportunity to try this, I won't hesitate.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2008 18:15:01 | More by PhageLab
Photo of tpd975


3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: dirty hue of brown, with very little head. Nice and bright with very spotty lacing.

S: sweet flowery caramel notes, with nice ripe fruits. There is a touch of roasty nuts.

T: smooth caramel malt flavor with a supremely balanced yet low amount of hops. Starts a bit sweet and fruity. A touch of hops and nuts in the finish.

M: medium-light body very smooth.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2008 17:18:19 | More by tpd975
Photo of jakon


4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

Pours amber with an average sized off-white head that sticks around for a bit.

The aroma features sweet malts and a distinct yeastiness.

The taste is robust for such a small beer. Big maltiness, dark fruits, background floral hops...this is a great session beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2008 03:27:29 | More by jakon
Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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