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Alaskan Amber - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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1,517 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,517
Reviews: 564
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 48
Gots: 165 | 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 TCHopCraver
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am not all that familiar with Alt Bier, but this is basically the flagship Alaskan Brewing beer from what I'm told, so here goes!

A pretty copper-amber-orange flows out of the bottle with a slight light khaki head that burns off immediately. A fair amount of carbonation shows through the see-through body. There is no lacing left behind on my pint glass.

The aroma presents sweet cereal grains, sweet fruits (plum and peach), caramel syrup, and a bit of shortcake. It's definitely sweet and fairly straight forward, but pretty good nonetheless.

The flavor is a little fuller than the smell suggested and has a very slight astrigent tang that is present throughout the sip. Some sweet fruits come through in the taste, along with a very cereal-like graininess. The overall taste is similar to a fruity syrup. There is a very small amount of hop bitterness on the finish. I think I could use a little more of the bitter at the end, to be honest.

A2 has a medium-bodied feel that does a pretty nice job of coating my palate. That tangy taste provides a little bit of a pucker on my tongue and the finish cleans most of the creaminess off of my tongue.

Overall, this is a pretty good brew. I wish I had a traditional alt in my repertoire to compare it to, but I do not. I think the one way to improve it just a bit would be to add just a little more bittering hops to balance out the syrupy sweetness from the malt. A very easy drinking beer that I would recommend to newer craft drinkers to ease them along their path.

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

A - Pleasing reddish amber with a finger of foamy eggshell head. No lace.

S - Malty and musty. Maple syrup and vanilla.

T - Light flavours of banana, artificial strawberry and caramel malt.

M - Moderate to high carbonation level. Thinnish body.

O - A bit weak on flavour but very sessionable.

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

12oz bottle poured into New Belgium snifter

The sum of the parts is greater than the individual pieces on this one

A: Copper brown and gives a one finger white head that lingers for awhile. Really nice color on this one

S: Caramel and a touch of hops. Nothing big in the smell to go either way.

T: Rich, sweet and slightly nutty. The malts are the main player here.

M: Nice carbonation, not too much definitely not too little. Goes down really nice.

O: In terms of availability and quality this is one of my favorite beers. There is nothing amazing about it but it is a fantastically decent beer.

Photo of EricCioe
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a reddish copper with a one finger eggshell head that leaves little lace. On the nose there is a light note of malt and some estery notes too, but it's not especially great for me. In the mouth the malt opens up considerably into a nice caramel with some indeterminate spice lurking further back. It's not assertive, it's not overwhelming, but it's well-put together. The body is medium and sticky, with a shortish finish.

Overall, this is a decent brew, but it doesn't blow me away. I'm not ultra-familiar with the style, however, and I'll have to revisit this down the road to see if my tastes refine.

Photo of Pauly2X
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear copper color with a thin half finger head.

S- Toasty and caramel malt aroma. Faint spicy hop notes as well.

T- Rich, but not sweet caramel malt. Toasty notes add nicely to the overall malt complexity here. Some subtle spicy hops add nicely as well even though the malt profile is center stage. Finishes clean and dry.

M- Carbonation is a little high, but still has solid body.

O- A nice amber/alt, just wouldn't go to alaska for one.

Photo of phichifiji00
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from draft into pint glass.

Appearance: Amber with a reddish hue. Clear. Minimal head. Almost no lacing.

Smell: Malty, sweet, caramel, nutty, subtle hops.

Taste: Malty, sweet, caramel, nutty, subtle hops, a little green apple towards the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp, moderate carbonation.

Overall: A good simple amber. Very drinkable.

Photo of chinchill
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. recently flown in direct from Alaska: thanks BH.

Pours a somewhat reddish amber, with a small but durable off-white head. Clear with visible carbonation.

Rather typical brown/amber ale aroma, if a bit more earthy. The taste too is good but not exceptional. It is a bit woodsy (neither a good nor a bad trait IMO). Clean but not as flavorful as I'd like.

Mouthfeel: medium-thin body with excellent carbonation. Smooth.

Photo of tony223366
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From my beer journal. Reviewed on June 20, 2011.

A: Gorgeous amber red color. Very clear with lots of carbonation. Nice off white, yellowish head and lacing.

S: Nutty smell. Mostly malts with a slight fruitiness

T: Nutty flavor. Malts and caramel with a fruity finish. Pretty much no bitterness. I get some caramel in the finish. Nice tasting brew.

M: Medium body with a nice carbonation. Good stuff

O: I enjoyed this beer. It's certainly very easy drinking but sometimes that's just what I want

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

Altbier? I would have guessed a basic amber, but so be it. Bright amber with moderate head. Caramel malt is forefront, with mild grain sweetness. Body is mid-range, a little chewy toward the end. Hopping provides a moderated bittering that mellows at the finish. Not sure there is quite enough interest to qualify for a session, but the beer is well-built and would be a good food pairing.

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

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a tulip style pint glass

A) A nice looking terracotta with a finger of head. The head dissipates rather quickly and leaves behind a light dusting. Not much lacing.

S) The aroma is sweet malt and just a kiss of hops.

T) Lightly toasted grain, caramel and a hint of dried fruits. The finish has an earthy, kind of grassy quality. Aftertaste lingers a bit.

M) It's fairly light, maybe medium/light. This is moderately carbonated, and feels right to me.

O) This is a nice easy drinking beer. It's not one that will have me saying, "Hey you gotta try this beer." It is a solid offering, and if you're looking for a pretty good amber, it's definitely worth a try.

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

A-Beautiful burnt orange color with lots of effervescence. Good clarity with a tan head that is gone in seconds.
S-Lightly toasted sweet malt with a whiff of spicy hops
T-Upfront sweet toasty malt with a long finish with a touch of hops. Nice smooth balanced flavor.
M-High carbonation with a light/medium body.
D-Good. Resiny hop AT would limit it a bit but solid.
O-A nice flavorful alt, would be glad to have again.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.53/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a lovely, brightly burnished copper colour, almost tinged with deep flashes of red ruby. Head is pretty firm, and very fine. A clean white sheen across the top of the glass. Nice languid carbonation and excellent lacing. Really, it's a great looking beer.

I fear, however, that there may not be any more vociferous praise for this beer in the review. Nose, is very faint and very mild, giving a slight honeyed grain character and very little else—I'd say the smell of water, but given that's almost nothing I'll say it smells like a wet tissue. At least that gives some description to the type of bland nothingness I'm trying to get across here.

Taste is similar, although there's a pleasant slightly metallic, slightly nutty bitterness through the centre of the void which is the flavour of this beer. That's about all there is, however, leaving it very weak, rather empty and very unexciting. Feel is so flat and empty as to make it feel like you're not actually putting liquid in your mouth.

Overall, a very poor effort. I appreciate the need for light, sessionable beers in your lineup, but this is a perfunctory effort at that, with little inspiration and minimal character. It's a slap in the face to some of the great Altbiers I've had.

Photo of kyleelton
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My first Alaskan Brew that isn't the Smoked Porter. Picked up a single bottle while in CO for GABF.

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle. Color looks great. Beautiful Amber color that first first made me love beer. Pretty decent looking head.

Pretty hoppy smelling for an amber. I'm getting some really bready smelling malts. Less than thrilling aftertaste.

Good taste. Not great. Very smooth and drinkable. It's got a bit of an unpleasant after taste.

LIke I said. Smooth mouthfeel. Just the right amount of carbonation.

Overall, not my favorite Amber, but I'd drink it again.

Photo of alexipa
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is an orange-ish clear color with a very slight head. Theres almost no scent to speak of, maybe some slight malts. Those same malts came through in the taste, along with a crispness that I really enjoyed. This is a light bodied brew with some carbonation.

An excellent, drinkable beer that is a great example of an alt-style.

After having this again, I noticed that it's really a beautiful looking beer. Dark orange-red, but still crystal clear. Got way more foam this time around.

Photo of Lemke10
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Wedges in Janesville, Wisconsin in Fall 2011. It was a 12oz glass for $3.

Poured a clear medium brown color with a good two finger head on it. Has a very good aroma of caramel malts and dry hops. The taste was crisp and clean which I was able to pick out flavors of roasted malts but not quite the extent they are used in heavy stouts. Overall the taste was very smooth and mellow. There has been a lot of demand for this beer over the year in my area of Wisconsin. Finally glad to see it here on tap and it was just as delicious as everyone said it was. A great everyday amber beer!

Photo of kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: clear amber with half finger head and no lacing.

S: typical caramel malt.

T: very sweet caramel malt. Sweeter than most ambers. Some citrus and lemon in the finish

M: moderate carbonation. Light to medium body.

Overall: sweet but ot offensively so. Otherwise a standard amber.

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

Color: Clear red amber, shallow head with light lacing

Nose: Slight roasted malt smell with hints of licorice

Taste: Excellent balance of malt, with almost no hop presence. Smooth aftertaste that dissipates slowly

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, with little carbonation and a smooth finish

Overall: I really enjoy this as a sessionable beer, as well as a great example of an Alt-style brew

Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a stange glass.

Pours with a tobacco-orange body under a light tan head that rises fast and falls within a few minutes, forming a nice layer of the surface of the beer.

The nose is a bit muted, but what I detect consists of fruity sweet delicate notes paired with dry malts. I do not smell any hops per se, but the fruity notes might be from hops that have mellowed.

The "fruity" aroma in the nose carries over into the flavor and is the class act on the palate. Mellow hop bitterness shows up right away but instead of hop flavors, this fruity almost yeasty flavor takes center stage. This is followed by some toasty malts that continue to rise till they are the primary flavor in the moderately long aftertaste. Neither sweet nor dry, this beer is subtle and interesting.

The mouthfeel has a bit of prickly carbonation but is fairly soft overall, and feels a bit thin.

Conclusion: It is nice to see a larger brewery use a different style for their "amber" than the usual darker pale ale. Altbier isn't a common style in the US, so that fact alone makes this example stand out. Overall this is good, but it isn't fantastic.

Photo of chicagobill13
5/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Color: Nice amber looking beer.

Smell: smells like warm candy in the summer. great smell.

Taste and Mouthfeel: A Nice matlt balance. This is a very drinkable beer.

This is a very good beer. I am so glad it is one state that is less then 3 hours away for me. i will be making trips to WI for it. This beer brings me back to the nice summer to fall day as a kid. I don't know why. I really enjoy this beer. Cheers!

Photo of gueuzer
4.4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

App- Mahogany with and off white fluffy head.

Sm- Subtle grain aromas with a bit of fruity ale yeast esters.

Ta- Sweet wort-like malt flavors that is immediately balanced by a blueberry like fruitiness that comes from the yeast. Slight toasted biscuits peeking though.

Ov- Excellent altbier. Spot on.

Photo of BYOFB
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to pint

Nice amber brown color with a light tan head that fades rather quickly with no lacing. Smells a bit sweet, bready, and a bit musky. Not picking up hops here...

Taste has a bit of brown sugar and the musky flavor shows up as well. Mouthfeel is medium with a nice finish. No bitterness.

A decent brew. Reminded me of some early ambers that were my gateway into craft brews.

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

Pours a see through golden brown hue which leaves a two finger creamy that slowly recedes and leaves sporadic lacing,the smell is ripe berries,sweet toffee malts and flowery floral hops,the mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied and has tastes of brown sugar,sweet toffee malts,flowery hops,maple syrup and is finished with spicy berry dryness and overall its a nice ALT thats very sweet,spicy and sessionable cheers.

Photo of katybee
2.68/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

golden brown translucent with quickly dissipating beige head; lightly carbonated

only lightest smell of flowery hops and light malt, with slight musky banana essence

tasted also slightly of banana essence, subtly sweet and only lightly hopped and malted; but predominantly bready toasted malt character with slightly musky yeasty aftertaste increasing upon warming to room temp. I would not call this a carmelly beer, compared to some stouts.

light to medium-bodied; subtle smoothness but slightly more character than average lager.

very similar to Fat Tire Amber Ale, but less foamy head. The slight banana esther was a plus to me, but otherwise it was only an average beer.

Photo of nickd717
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review dated 4/6/2009. Bottle from BevMo.

Dark amber in color with a beige head. Malty aroma with caramel and some fruity notes. Flavor is sweet caramel malt and a little brown sugar and fruitiness with a tiny bit of hops. Smooth palate, medium body. Decent but unremarkable.

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

Clear, coppery red with a short cap of beige foam. Decent head retention with some spotty lacing. Bready malt aroma, some toast and caramel, light fruitiness. More toast and caramel in the flavour, not overly sweet though with grassy bitterness that balanced the malt nicely. A bit of fruit and bread crust in the finish, along with faint spiciness. Medium to light bodied with carbonation that leaned more towards creamy than crisp. Overall, pretty tasty. I could see myself enjoying a few of these over the course of an evening.

Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,517 ratings.