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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.

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Photo of akorsak


4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12 oz bottle from Liquid Solutions.

A: The ale is a dark red-orange color, looking almost dark red-brown color-wise. The head was small on pour and never amounted to much throughout the glass.

S: The nose is, I swear, fruity. The aroma that I most associate with the smell is strawberry, quite intense like a juice. This aroma is intriguing, showing off a grainier side that supplants the fruitiness as it warms.

T: This ale is strong on the malts! They are so concentrated and intense that the first sensations are the fruitiness that I picked up in the nose. The sweetness quickly coalesces into malty strength that shows off dates, raisins and green grapes. The malty flavors are strong like, well, a strong ale, making for a pleasing drink.

M: The grainy strength shows off a big spectrum of tart, dry fruit flavors, making this a good drink.

D: This beer is only 4%?!? The malts make me think of a strong ale that is twice as strong. This is a big chewy drink that rightfully is Alaskan's flagship ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2007 01:17:35 | More by akorsak
Photo of kimcgolf


3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured to a dark copper color, with thin off-white head that dissipated quickly and left little lacing. Aroma was a very pleasant blend of malty dark fruit, peat and a hint of smokey wood. Flavor was not quite as pronounced, although more of the same. Mouthfeel was slightly sweet and rich, and finish long with a slightly sweet aftertaste. I could not drink many of these at once, but a good tasting sipping beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2007 15:42:46 | More by kimcgolf
Photo of granite

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A---It poured a polished copper with a fine white head.

S---Fruity esters, palm sugar and malt.

T---Bread like base malt and caramel sweetness upfront. Balanced bitterness, then finishing dry and spice like. Some notes of cinnamon and nutmeg from the yeast.

M---Thin bodied.

D---I enjoyed it and I could drink this all night long but it is the polar opposite from what an alt should taste like. The yeast used contributed too many esters. It also lacked munich malt flavor and a clean lager characteristic.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2007 13:26:08 | More by granite
Photo of sleazo

New York

3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mahoganycoulour with a minimal head. Raisins cherries dominate the smell, with an almost pumpernickle like malt aroma. Almosta portlike taste. There is a lot going on here, better than the typical amber ale, especially considering the elow %. Sweet aftertaste. Minimal hops. Tasty. The mouthfeel almost stings though, good body wierd carbonation. Interesting beer that i could have a few of

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2007 06:06:07 | More by sleazo
Photo of skillerified


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

A wonderful dark copper tone with a tan color to the head (which was small due to the pour, but still tan nonetheless). A lovely doughy caramel and sweet malt scent wafted from the glass. Going down, the beer had a great and wonderfully drinkable creamy character to it. Sweet malt and caramel also took the show in the flavor department. Nothing too exotic, but this brew made for a delightful experience that paired well with both an Irish style meat, bread and cheese platter and the fish and chips basket that followed.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2007 04:35:58 | More by skillerified
Photo of Talisker


3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A respectable but ultimately unremarkable beer.

Perhaps interesting as an exploration of the German Altbier (Ale) stale - I can't say. But on its own, a little flat overall. Pours from the bottle a pleasant deep red without much head. Smell is malt forward, bready but not much personality, very slight European-style bitterness. Taste, unfortunately, is slightly subpar - starts with a nice handoff from the aroma, but vanishes almost immediately. Thin mouthfeel for the short time it lasts.

I've enjoyed this beer before when had on its own, but taking a critical look, it's average at best for a craft beer and mediocre by the usually very high standards of Alaskan.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2007 05:02:11 | More by Talisker
Photo of BeerBelcher


3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The label described this beer as an "Alt Style," and while this seemed a bit of a disconnect to me, I thought this beer was quite good.

Appearance was a brilliant red-brown with great amounts of white head with good staying power. Aroma was malty, and a bit reminiscent to me of the way a bock smells. Flavor was also "bock malt" flavor with lots of unexpected chocolate taste. Mouthfeel was good but almost coarse and chalky, which seemed to help rub the chocolate taste into my taste buds. I found this beer to be highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2007 13:33:06 | More by BeerBelcher
Photo of mghotbi


3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy amber to light brown with minimal head and no lacing.

Prominent smell of candied fruits and bready malt without significant floral hop tones.

Taste is dominated by caramel and sweet malt with just a slight bit of bitter hop astringency in the middle. Sweet semi-dry finish. Carbonation is most prominent feature of mouthfeel, which is somewhat oily at the end.

A very drinkable beer, particularly since ABV is low, but nothing spectacular or particularly complex.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2007 01:50:37 | More by mghotbi
Photo of hellsing3


3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer has a brown rusty look with amber hues with very little head.

S: There is a strong smell of carmalized sugar, sweet malts and a bit of molases.

T: As it first hits your tounge you will notice a slight bitterness until the sweet maltyness takes its place.

M: This beer has a very smooth easy drinking feel to it. You will want to drink many in a row.

D: This is a great beer. Easy drinking and straight forword not realy complex but that does not take anything away from this great brew.

If you are wondering how a guy from Massachusetts gets a beer from Alaska, I'll tell you. A friend from Albany New York gets this beer shipped from Alaska and i happened onto a few and i am glad i got a chance to try this beer that you cannot get in Massachusetts.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2007 20:22:01 | More by hellsing3
Photo of cjhofelt


3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a few bombers of this at Fred Meyers before Christmas to give as gifts to the Mail man, UPS guy, garbage collector, &ct. Had one left over so I thought I'd review it.

Decent looking beer in the glass, nothing special, though. Brown, slightly orange and clear with creamy head the color of atique ivory. It fades quickly, leaving a ghost of itself on the surface and laces the glass a bit, too.

Nice smell. Malty with a slight hint of something that reminds me of hot wort. No hop aroma that I can tell.

The taste is OK, good, in fact, just not "great". It's malty up front, with a carmel finish. It's a bit sweet, and that's why I can't give this a higher score than "average"

It's not a bad beer, I'll certainly drink it again. Like a lot of the larger craft brews, it is a very well crafted beer. I just don't think it'll be my first choice on the beer list.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2006 05:13:04 | More by cjhofelt
Photo of mpyle


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

Robust rusty brown color, nice clarity, very minimal head and retention, but was whitish while lasted.

Malty aroma, some hints of raisin, no hops or other major aromatics.

Malty with raisin, but not as malty as aroma indicated. Nice malt/hop bitterness balance. Finishes fairly dry and clean.

Moderate body with moderately high carbonation. Very smooth on the palate with no hints of astringency.

Overall a very nice malty beer, but well attenuated and balanced. Can't believe it is only 4% ABV, but if so it packs a wallop of flavor into such a small package.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2006 03:41:44 | More by mpyle
Photo of Darkale


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

What an interesting beer. I love a beer that doesn't fall into a category easily. I've had some altbiers, enough to know that this settles (grudgingly) into that style; however, to me it seems to have some slipperiness around its style edges. Its mouthfeel is slick but also chewy, full and buttery. Yet, the middle of the beer is brassy and slightly sour. Lacing is sparse. Head does not last long, and only a skim remains. But, a great deal of taste for a beer of so low ABV. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2006 00:43:59 | More by Darkale
Photo of ghostwalker


3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber from b0ldfacelies.

Body is clear reddish-amber with a finger of creamy whitish head.

Nose is sweet, bready and fruity. Mild, yet very pleasant and nice.

Flavor is tart with a coppery tang. Mildly fruity, biscuit malt, very little astringency. A very nice Alt.

Mouthfeel is medium, with moderately high carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good. I am enjoying quaffing this one watching College Gameday on ESPN.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2006 16:52:29 | More by ghostwalker
Photo of jeffjfindley


4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nice copper coloring and respectable head retention. The smell is faint, and not at all unpleasant. Just smells clean and malty, with the faintest touch of esters. The taste is crisp, yet adequately full-bodied, with a hint of caramel, and a very pleasant, if understated finish.

A fine mixture of satisfying flavor and a very modest abv make for a tremendously drinkable, and enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2006 03:28:19 | More by jeffjfindley
Photo of johnbonham1980


3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It's been a long time since I've had an Alaskan Amber, but decided to revisit the brewery's offerings and tried this one, along with their Summer and Winter seasonals. Reviews on those later.

I have the same feeling about this beer as I had before. I may not be a huge fan of the style, seeing as I have not had anything to compare it to, but my impressions of it are similar to what I see overall on BA, so I don't think I'm that off.

My example may have been on the older side, to be fair. Never can tell when you buy from a grocery store rather than my normal bottle shop.

Taste was definitely malt forward with a good balance of bitter, sour, and sweet notes. I tasted quite a bit of fruit, predominantly cherry, and there was a fairly significant alcohol aroma and taste, a bit more than I think I would've preferred in this one especially on the nose end.

Head was pretty quick to diminish, but I think this may be largely due to my pouring technique and the fact it's bottled rather than on draught.

Appearance was a bit muddier than I expected.

Overall, a good, drinkable beer, but not one that I'd buy very often. Drank it on its own; I think it'd probably be much better served with food.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2006 19:23:35 | More by johnbonham1980
Photo of Lagaffe74


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

I had this one from somebody who brought it back for me. Nice gesture.

It poured a copper-like color. Nice head, but quickly faded. Sweet aromas came rushing among which caramel.

The taste was along the same lines as the nose. Sweet with caramel. Nice carbonation.

A very enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2006 23:53:31 | More by Lagaffe74
Photo of umfskibum


4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Had this fresh from the tap at Pizzeria Roma in downtown Juneau.

Appearance: Pours a wonderful deep ruby color, with a fairly clear body. Held a nice, off-white foamy head for quite a while. Very visually attractive carbonation.

Smell: Sweet malt and floral hop scent. Hints of caramel. The beer has a fairly weak nose; I really had to reach to pull out the scents I did find.

Taste: In a word - Delicious. Quite malty with wicked strong caramel notes. Caramel evolves more towards a maple towards the finish. Just enough hoppy bitterness to give the beer some bite.

Mouthfeel: A somewhat odd combination of both light and creamy. Nicely balanced carbonation. Goes down quickly!

Drinkability/Final Thoughts: The light body and full taste of this beer make it a new favorite as a session beer. Heartily recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2006 02:23:14 | More by umfskibum
Photo of BlindPig


3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It was a clear red amber color with thin tan head. Lacing stayed for the whole beer also. The nose was filled with sweeter malts and was hard to distinguish other smells. It was a sweet beer with very light bitter aftertatse. Had the taste of caramel in it also. Pretty laid back malts and not much else. Was smooth and crisp. Not much was going on in it.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2006 23:10:40 | More by BlindPig
Photo of kdmorse


3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Perfect session beer for me. Looks great. Smells nice. Easy to drink. No the best Altbier, but very drinkable. Sweet and easy-going. Mmm.

After being restricted to Midwest beers (lived in IN for 23 years and 3 drinking years), this is still a treat to me. A good fallback and a cheap grocery store pick-up.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2006 01:51:06 | More by kdmorse
Photo of watermelonman


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

This poured to a clear amber with a small head that shrank to a ring. There's only a few small spots of lace.

The smell is mostly of caramel, with a bit of esters. The taste starts with caramel and malt, moves to a notable hop presence, and ends with grains. The mouthfeel is solid and pleasing while drinkability is good.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2006 07:01:43 | More by watermelonman
Photo of eballard


3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A deep amber color with a light lacing around the rim. A caramel malt smell with a light sweet floral sent. The taste is light and crisp. Toasted malts and caramel with a slight hops spice and a sweet finish. The feel is crisp and has a light finish. In all this is a drinkable beer. It’s a light amber beer with a clean taste and finish. Its flavors are not over powering. It’s not a wonderful beer but is has good qualities.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2006 01:54:31 | More by eballard
Photo of Tang07


3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a deep saphire. and has a nice thick tan head.

Great lacing all the way dosn.

The smell is a bit malty and it has a very light hop finish.

The taste is OK.

The mouthfeel is good. It has a very fine carbonation which matches the body of the brew.

It is very drinkable and I'll be drinking more of this stuff while it's still on sale.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2006 02:02:52 | More by Tang07
Photo of andythejerk


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

Alaskan has named this their "Amber," but labeled it as being an Altbier. I'm not real familiar with Altbiers, but it does taste quite a bit like an Amber to me. Pours with a pretty decent head and good color, but in the poor light down here in my basement I really can't tell you if that sienna/red color is just the lighting or if the beer is really that color. It tastes pretty good, with a pretty good mouthfeel and a nice, crisp citrusy zing to it. It leaves kind of a funny aftertaste though--I'm not sure why. Enjoyable. I could probably drink it with a nice loin of Alaskan Caribou and be perfectly happy.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2006 04:37:51 | More by andythejerk
Photo of rowew


4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Decided to make a trip up to Cheyenne and picked up a couple of Alaskan's offerings. I guess they just don't have the capacity to distribute to the micro-thirsty Coloradans.

Presentation: 12 oz short twist off bottle. Freshness date clearly marked on the label.

Appearance: Pours red and clear with a medium sized head, leaves quite a bit of lacing on the top of the beer after it fades.

Smell: Sweet malt with a bit of caramel. Just a hint of floral hops.

Taste: The sweet malt and caramel extend to the taste as well. Nice malty flavor with just a hint of some floral hops to keep it form being cloying.

Overall impression: Nice beer, and a low enough ABV to be a great session. I enjoyed this the first time on a cruise in Alaska, but it is almost as good while land-locked!

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2006 22:55:58 | More by rowew
Photo of Citadel82

New Jersey

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

Had this in bottle aboard the Cruise ship Seven Seas Mariner. What a delight and surprise it was to find that the only beers available on this vessel included the Alaskan Brewing Company's Brews. What was more of a treat was the reasonable pricing and the fact that brews were free with the meals...also free.

This is an excellent altbier in my opinion. From the malty-floral scent, to the copper color and the off-white head that left sheets of lace. Taste was balanced with alternating doses of caramel and bread with some spicy hops and fruity yeast. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2006 13:35:37 | More by Citadel82
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