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Alaskan Amber - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,308 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 1,308
Reviews: 550
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 41
Gots: 85 | 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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Seanibus

California

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

Pours a light amber, like a glass of iced tea. The head is slight and quick to die. The aroma is thin, slightly malty, but only slightly. The flavor is decent, slightly honeyish, but vanishingly slight on the finish. The mouthfeel is quite thin. This is drinkable but hardly an outstanding example of an Alt.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 00:40:44 | More by Seanibus
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birchstick

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - dark amber with a nice head
S - malts and bread and a tad bit of hops
T - has a lot of sweet, caramely malt and bread with a slight bitterness
MF - slightly thin, but very smooth
D - this is a pretty decent beer. Very easy to drink and does not dominate the palate as some beers can...

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2008 22:56:09 | More by birchstick
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Bockrules

New Mexico

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

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass

A - Brownish amber with perfect clarity. Pours a two finger head, that breaks apart and turns to nothing about half way down the glass. Leaves Behind no lacing

S - inviting toasty-malty smell with a hint of hop bitterness

M - Malty sweet nose followed by biscuity body. The finish is exceptionally smooth and sweet. Leaves a sort of oily feeling on the back of the tongue along with an unfitting bitter-sweet after taste. Overall, I think this beer needs more hop presence and less sweetness.

M - Thin with moderate carbonation. Needs a thicker body

D - This beer sort of goes down like pop. It's very smooth, but I think that the sweetness would get to me after awhile. This is a beer with appeal to to "non-beer drinkers" due to it's lack of hop flavors and smoothness. (My grandparents and father love this stuff) I don't think I'd buy this - but I'll continue accepting it for free.. :)

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2008 05:37:11 | More by Bockrules
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MisterClean

California

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

Judged it and snagged an extra bottle in the end.

A - Deep amber, light head, medium-high carbonation.

S - Malts, nuts, and pears.

T - Nuts, pears, malts, and earthy hops. Yes, in that order.

M - A bit spicy from earthy hops, carbonation, and fairly drying.

D - Due to the difficulty of brewing an alt, this isn't bad. However, they need to reduce the hops (for earthiness and color) and add more grains (will not be as dry).

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2008 05:31:44 | More by MisterClean
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Wetpaperbag

Washington

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

The beer label says pale ale style alt beer. So which is it?

A- Dark copper with a touch of brown and red thrown in for color mix. The head was there and gone leaving a thin foam film.

S- There is a dark fruit smell that is very present along with a sweet maltyness. I can smell a good amount of sweetness.

T- The dark fruityness isn't there in the taste as much as it is in the smell. The malt flavor is much more apparent. There is also a unsweetened sun tea flavor mixed in. I'm finding this flavor more and more in beers.

M- There is a good smooth feel to this beer, and it feels good.

D- Yeah its drinkable, not my most favorite from Alaskan Brewing, but it is still not too bad.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2008 03:00:40 | More by Wetpaperbag
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PatronWizard

California

3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Grabbed a bomber at random from BevMo...

Amber, so amber, and clear. Is this a glass of red wine or what? Hope not. The head is fairly disappointing, like prom night.

Smells like cherries. And berries. Pleasing scent. And some kind of candy that I can't identify no matter how hard I try.

Whoa! A little too fruity. Tastes EXACTLY like Vicks cherry cough drops. Thats the smell!!! I'm serious, this tastes and smell EXACTLY like Vicks cherry cough drops. Do a side by side and call me a liar. I dare you.

Mouthfeel is initially a little harsh but eases up considerably as the bottle goes by.

Fairly drinkable. Can't get over how much it looks like wine. It just doesn't seem like beer. The wife likes it.

I have to (with no offense intended) call this a chick beer. Also looks like a vodka cran. Just bothers me. Besides anyone who knows me knows I take my vodka cran without the cran. Probably won't be revisiting it myself but I'll grab a bottle now and then in case I need help getting the wife in the mood...to drink beer!

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 16:13:19 | More by PatronWizard
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MTNboy

Germany

3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance- It is a light transparent amber almost copper looking. It had good white lace and head.

Smell- It has a malty smell a little bit seasoned.

Taste- For the most part this is a sweet bit but a little hops bite gets you at the end.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied but has sort of a thick feeling to it.

Drinkability- I thought this was a good beer I would like to try more by these guys if I get a chance.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 15:13:55 | More by MTNboy
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Rayek

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep copper color has very active carbonation and good clarity. Rocky cream head just kept growing and growing. Head has exceptional retention and leaves intricate lace.

S: Toffee, pepper and red oak aromas get stronger as the beer warms.

T: Starts out with a toffee sweetness plus a woodsy and dry backbone. Bitterness is mild and peppery, but also slightly metallic. Finishes dry with a lingering maple flavor.

M: Medium light body is both grainy and syrupy. Carbonation level is a bit high.

D: I was really impressed by this. Very enjoyable all by itself. Complex beer that becomes more so as you drink it.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2008 16:41:30 | More by Rayek
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montageman

Michigan

3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bomber received as a gift.

Poured into a pint glass.

I've never been to Alaska, but would like to. However, this beer would not be the only reason I visit. As far as ambers go, this beer is totally fine. The appearance is spot on amber. Caramely sweetness in the nose and leading the way flavor wise as well. Mouthfeel is minimal - almost like water. Yet, for the averageness, this beer is totally drinkable and not offensive at all. This could easily beer paired with some pizza or nachos while watching TV or sitting at the bar with friends. Slight recommendation.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2008 02:57:17 | More by montageman
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BradLikesBrew

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Its amber. I know, I was shocked too.

s: mild caramel aroma.

t: toasted caramel malt, biscuit notes, and strangely, a touch of chocolate.

m: creamy, medium to full body.

d: very easy drinking, easy on the palate, not too boring. for a beer with amber on the label, its pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2008 04:05:41 | More by BradLikesBrew
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tbeck

Washington

3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light amber in color with a decent white head that stuck around. Aroma was slight cereal grains and malty sweetness. Taste was a little bland, some hops and malt. There was slight bitterness and sweetness to it. It has a decent texture, but it is a little light. I feel this beer is a decent beer but I never really enjoyed it. I would rate this as a good session beer for some, but for me it is not.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2008 04:21:03 | More by tbeck
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MuenchenerKindl

Germany

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

Poured from a bomber to a pint glass the liquid id light brown with good carbonation. The head is a nice 2 fingers, off white and leaves some nice lace.

The smell is nice sweet caramel malt, milt hops.

The taste follows, really sweet and delicious malt. A very good tasting brew.

The mouthfeel is good, nice body and good carbonation.

The drinkability is very good a great drinking brew.

Prosit, und Zum Wohl, MK

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2008 07:27:48 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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diabecktic

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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).

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2008 06:48:21 | More by diabecktic
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ClavisAurea

New York

3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap and in a pint glass.

Appearance: copper amber with a thin head

Smell: sweet strawberries and wheat

Taste/Mouthfeel: spicy hop goodness, malt and honey

Everytime I try this beer I seem to like it more and more. It has a good texture and feel in the mouth. It is tasty and refreshing to boot. Much better than their Summer Ale (Kolsch style)

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2008 22:23:33 | More by ClavisAurea
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BeerManDan

California

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

Doesn't the beer always taste better when you visit the estabishment where it's brewed? While in Juneau, I stopped by and had a few brews. One of the brews was there Amber Ale. The color when poured from the tap was a deep golden amber with a fair amount of foam that dissapated but carried a fair amount of lace on the glass. The smell of roasted malts and fruit with a hint of spice filled the nose with a pleasant aroma. The taste was even better. Roasted malts with a complex of fruit and spices. Like I said, being there has a lot to do with the evaluation of the beer!

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2008 23:19:53 | More by BeerManDan
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boralyl

Oregon

3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - From a 22oz bomber it pours 2 fingers thick tan head that lingers for a good while, but only leaves a small amount of lacing. It is clear and amber in color.

S - A sweet malty aroma with traces of fruit.

M - A light-medium bodied beer. Has a creamy, richer feel to it.

T - Begins with a biscuity malt, followed by some sweeter caramel malts. The hops just barely shine through at the end and then disappear, leaving little bitterness.

A pretty decent brew, that is easy to drink. There's nothing too complex going on, but it makes for a great session beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2008 00:40:01 | More by boralyl
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Onslow

Texas

3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

had at the 1st ever Stumelagram tasting ... been wanting to try this one for aaages! ... honey and meaty aromas .... some nice looking foam and head action ... a simple but really enjoyable beer... pours orange ... a very people friendly altbier ... happy to have tried it but ...next!

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2008 13:07:46 | More by Onslow
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Proteus93

Virginia

2.73/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Crisp and clean golden. a slight reddish hue. Head is white, slightly creamy, doesn't stick around forever.

S: A sweet and spicy aroma. Something almost ammonia like...just a light, presumable off-scent, but one that is noticable.

T + M: Quite a thin mouthfeel and flavour. A light malt flavour, slightly sweet, but non-descript in most ways... almost like a light sugar water in some ways. Not pulling much out of it, unfortunately. Finishes dry which is a little bit of a plus, but not by much....

D: It has a refreshing feel to it, so it would be suitable for a hot day beer or an "I want to get drunk" session slammer, but I couldn't see myself seeking it out.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2008 02:03:34 | More by Proteus93
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CrellMoset

Virginia

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
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largadeer

California

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
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MrMcGibblets

Illinois

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
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JayQue

Virginia

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
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Donnie2112

Alaska

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
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flexabull

California

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
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Dotcubed

Arkansas

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
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82 out of 100 based on 1,308 ratings.