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Alaskan Amber - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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1,578 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,578
Reviews: 580
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 56
Gots: 211 | 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 Lemke10
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
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
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
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
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
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
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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
2.7/5  rDev -25.6%
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
3.92/5  rDev +8%
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.

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

Nice full Amber, love this on days that don't make sense. It is a great way to unwind with friends and has a nice full body flavor, unlike other Ambers that I have tried. give it a try and see how you feel about it. I did notice that it has won a few awards of its own, so I guess besides me liking it there have been a few professional judges too.

Photo of rsdaugherty
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bomber into pint glass
A – Bubbly slightly tan head faded to a rim immediately after pouring, no lacing. Nice color, clear slightly red dark amber 3
S – Toasted grains and malts, slight sweetness and slight hop florals 3.5
T – Sweeter caramel malt start, slightly citrus bitter finish. Sweet malt aftertaste lingers. 3.5
M – Moderate body feels thin on the palate. Watery feel overall, carbonation not adding much for me. 3
O – Drinkability good. A good amber for your in-laws or Joe BMC. 3

Photo of daliandragon
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this in Vegas four years ago at my buddy's bachelor party weekend and thought it very good. What i didn't realize is that it is difficult to find east of the Mississippi. So while vacationing in Arizona I am taking this opportunity to put it in the officiual register.

Nice multi-tinged dark amber color with just a wisp for a head. Nose is caramel malts and a hint of dark fruits, maybe raisins? Full bodied in the sip with nice smoothness. Tasty but subtle malts and some late smokiness make this one unique and sessionable. My parents killed a sixer of this quite quickly, now i know why.

Photo of jpro
4.32/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After visiting the brewery about 5 years ago, I’d been looking forward to having this again... too bad you have to go to the west coast to get some. Had a couple on-tap at Pour 24 in Vegas - one in the bar, one to go.

A: Serves up a coppery, light red with a thin, white head; no lace on this one.

S: Rich malts; some caramel; light, spicy hop notes.

T: Nutty malt flavor; some rich caramelly malts; a kiss of earthy hops; smooth and balanced.

M: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation; so smooth.

D: Nice and malty, yet refreshing - it went down fast on the Vegas strip; glad to have this again! An altbier with just a smidge more of a punch than a traditional version.

Photo of MattyG85
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.

Appearance: Bright amber orange with lots of bubbles. Big three finger off white head with very good retention and lacing.

Smell: Lots of sweet, toasted caramel malts and biscuit. Hints of earthy hops with a little bit of citrus. Very malt forward aroma.

Taste: Sweet and toasty malts with lots of caramel and biscuit flavor. Has a light earthy hop presence in the background with a hint of lemon.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a medium level of carbonation. Very smooth and crisp.

Overall: A very decent amber. Fairly light but tasty. The hints of lemon help balance the malts.

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

Since this is the one that seems to sell the best I thought I'd give it a go.
Ar –This beer seems to have the hot trend, with several stores indicating that they can’t keep it in stock. Anyway kinda’ a shallow watery aroma with a sweet malt character (3)

Ap – Virtually no head, nearly brilliantly clear but an attractive almost copper color. (3)

F – Flavor is malt based with a slightly sweet crystal malt quality that has a Vienna approaching marzen quality. Mild hop flavor and enough bitterness to balance off the sweetness. (3.5)

MF – A slightly lighter body but too heavily carbonated for my taste. Gives it a filling feel. (3)

T – Overall, I guess I can see why some like the flavors, but overall an okay beer, but not something I’d seek out again. (3)

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

Nice looking beer, went with the name in that it was a pretty amber color, clear, with a pretty good head and decent lacing.

Smelled of lots of toasty caramel malts, along with a nice fruitiness and sweet tangerine citrus.

It's quite pleasant in the taste department, quite a bit of bready malts come through first, followed by a nice fruitiness.

Body was light and pretty well carbonated, leaving a bready finish and generally being quite pleasant to drink.

Overall I rather liked this beer and I'm glad there are a few more of them in my brother's fridge!

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

Served in a glass.

A: Thick, finger-length, off-white head. Leaves noticeable lacing. Medium carbonation visible. Color is redish-amber.

S: Heavy caramel, roasted malts, slight earthy smell attributed to the hops.

T: Toasted malts, caramel, perhaps a bit nutty, spicy and buttery with mild earthy hops. Basically agree with aval89. Not very bitter. Clean finish.

M: Medium-bodied and medium carbonation. Mouthfeel is satisfactory.

O: A very good beer. Great malts in this one. The lack of much bitterness with a clean finish makes the drinkability good with this one.

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.21/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 3 Floyds pint glass.

A- Copper amber color, nice carbonation that dissipates quickly, minimal lacing.
S- Very mild malts, the aroma is very mellow with hints of caramel, not the best smelling beer.
T- The taste is a little better than the aroma, malts and caramel upfront, slight breadiness, sweet, dark fruits, surprisingly tasty, expectations were not very high after the initial smell, easy drinkability.
M- Light mouthfeel, nice carbonation, crisp.
O- Very easy drinking beer well carbonated, I would not buy another one, but if offered to me I would have no problem drinking it again.

Photo of herman77
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Darker amber with a beige head that doesn't last too long. Hardly any lacing.

S: Very lightly roasted malt, biscuit and a touch of carmel. A hint of floral and grassy hops. Nothing special

T: A bit fruity with more lightly toasted malt and biscuit malts. A nice light brown sugar/caramelized sugar taste near the finish.

M: Lighter body, a bit thin. Softer carbonation.

O: Its okay, okay drinkability but I would get tired of it after a few. Haven't been too impressed by Alaskan Brewing yet, nothing bad, but nothing really good.

Photo of aval89
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dark amber.. one finger head.. clear body.

S: sweet malts.. touch of breadiness & nuttiness. Not much hops..

T: toasty malts.. big amount of nuttiness.. slightly buttery with mild earthy hops.

Mf: thin light-medium body.. carbonation is a little less than crisp.. buttery feel.

O: pretty decent ale. Good session brew.

Photo of megahurts4
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Alaskan Amber

Appearance: copper-red, small head, and some lacing.

Smell: malty grain goodness.

Taste: rich malts followed by a nice grainy hop.

Mouthfeel: light.

While this started off very flavorful, it weakened with each sip. It is slightly watery, but a good malty styled brew.

Photo of mothman
3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a finger of beige head. Some splattered lace left. Color is a dark amber.

Aroma: Fairly malty. Caramel and bready. Pale malt flavors. Grassy hops.

Taste: Sweet malts. Some pale malt flavors. Grassy hops again. Clean.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with a slight hint of bitterness. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and malty.

Overall, a decent amber with a lot of malt flavor. I’d have one in a sitting, but that’s about it.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber in Name and distinctly amber in look.  A deep reddish orange hue that has traces of yellow on the sides.  The head is lightly yellow and comes on strong but doesn't last.  

Nose is nothing special, some lightly toasted malts and a touch of caramel.  Faint and not bold enough to really be distinct.  Based on the look of this beer I would have expected more of an aroma.

Taste is smooth and creamy sweet with more of an emphasis on the grain then anything else.  Hints of toast and a dose of caramel make up the for the most part.  There is a touch of bittering that compliments the flavors very well.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth making this easy to put down your throat.  There is a patch in the middle where you get a sting of carbonation and bitterness but that fades into the finish that thinly coats your mouth.  It's so easy to drink I have to remind myself that this is actually an alcoholic beverage.  Very tasty and satisfying despite the lack luster nose.  Well done and one that I'm sure I'll encounter again... and again, and again... well you know how it goes my fellow beer lovers.  If you get your hands on this one try it!

Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,578 ratings.