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Alaskan Amber - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,445 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 1,445
Reviews: 561
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 45
Gots: 140 | 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 fbinla
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours with a nice head that dissipates quickly into nothing with no lacing. Great brilliant copper color. Not much smell a little sweet malt. Light sweetness on the taste buds, a little malty, medium mouth feel with a good of fizz. The flavor is slight which makes it very easy to drink. A good session beer, but not for amazing your taste buds as its a little boring after two pints.

fbinla, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of brdc
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Small capped bottle, poured into a pint glass. A staple of my vacation, happily found among multiple uninteresting beers.

Very good looking, reddish brown, a little bit brighter than amber, clear, with a tan head that holds very well and leaves nice lacing - a stark contrast to the other beers around me.
Nice aroma, lightly toasted malt, caramel, faint grassy hops.
Medium bodied, it has a nice, well balanced flavor that tends to caramel but shows some fruitiness, spiciness, grassiness, although always more on the sweet side.
A very well crafted beer, that as expected, does not blow you off but is easy to put down.

brdc, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of webbcreative
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

An altbier named Amber, that's not going to be confusing.
Poured darkish amber color with 1.5 finger white head. S= light toasted malt, not a while lir else. T= caramel sweetness, light toasted malt, biscuty, nutty (like a toffee nutty) hops arnet really noticeable, just perfect for balance. M= nice med mouthfeel, with just enough carbonation.

Overall, this is really nice! Drinks really fast, an I coulda easily kill several pints of this fine brew. Wish I could get it in Oklahoma.

webbcreative, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of drcarver
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - a light amber color with a small cream colored head that fades quickly leaving little lacing.

S - lively malt with a touch of honey.

T - buttery and smooth. Sweet on the tongue and in the nose

M - Medium bodied with a nice bite at the back of the mouth. Clean and crisp with a sweet aftertaste.

D - Very drinkable. If I could get it out in PA it would definitely be a regular.

drcarver, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of Eldalonde
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an attractive copper color with a thin off white head that dissaptes rather quickly.

S - Sweet caramel malts dominate the nose, but there is a small hint of light spice as well.

T - Tastes of toasted biscuits, a nice grain characteristic, and light hops. Nicely caramalized malts are the backbone to this beer. A very nice balance between malts and hops.

M - Rather light bodied, but plenty of flavor

D - Very enjoyable and sessionable beer.

Eldalonde, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of seanbhudson
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE:
Pours a clear amber color with a large tan head. Very little lacing.
AROMA:
Moderate aroma of malt and caramel.
FLAVOR:
Smooth toasted malt and caramel. Hint of earthy bitterness at the end.
MOUTHFEEL:
Medium body with slightly creamy texture. Soft carbonation.
DRINKABILITY:
Easy drinking beer that is a tad sweet. I could drink a lot of these but would get bored after awhile.
NOTES: BBCSD-0905-GeoffV

seanbhudson, Jul 10, 2009
Photo of MusicmanSD
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

First Alt. Looks great, but that doesn't translate to mind blowing. Smells like faint ale, like watered down Anchor Steam, and I think it tastes like that too. Not good, not bad, but definitely a weaning product for your freinds or a session beer. Not alot going on, but you could drink a lot of them and not feel overpowered.

MusicmanSD, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of Ragingbull
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark amber in color. Lots of bubbles and active prickle upon pouring but the bubbles dissipate pretty quickly. No head. Smooth and fruity malt nose with hints of banana. Strong attack that is refreshing and has some effervescence. The flavor is definitely based in grains, but they are there to taste and not to dominate, pretty clean and easy. There are some sour notes at the finish and hints of nut as well. These qualities carry into the aftertaste. It seems to be robust for the alt beer variety.

Ragingbull, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of jdense
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown body with creamy tan one-finger head, decent lacing. Malts predominate the nose, with roasty malt taste, but the hops are fairly well hidden. Active mouthfeel. Pretty sessionable and a decent interpretation of the style, but nothing spectacular.

jdense, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of mattffrost
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into glass.

Beer is a darker cloudy amber. Head is offwhite. Head dissolves pretty quickly. Its a nice looking beer.

Smells of lemon citrus come to my nose. Nice clean fragerence, nothing to much.

A nice refreshing taste, nothing blows me away but a nice beer. I get a little tast of water, a bit of a sweetness, and a really tiny bitterness. Very light easy to drink.

The beer is mild in carbonation and very drinkable.

mattffrost, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of illidurit
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light copper color with a very wimpy beige head that fizzles into almost nothing within a minute of pouring. Nice full aroma despite the lack of head, with a big graham cracker character, Munich maltiness, and some honey. Flavor is very similar with additional accents of grassy hops, toffee, and even a touch of candied orange. A little light in body and carbonation. Very drinkable.

illidurit, May 28, 2009
Photo of RedChrome
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A light copper colored, crystal clear body. Half an inch of white foamy head faded rapidly to a slick on top. A steady stream of large carbonation bubbles.

A nice malt body is prominent. There is a bit of a light cream scent to the beer. A hops bitterness is present but plays behind the malt nicely.

A roasted sweetness to the malt. Sweet caramel cream candy is the most closely related taste I can liken this to. Very faint hops bitterness.

A bit on the watery side. Carbonation was a big tingle on the tongue. Flavors hang on the surfaces nicely.

A good brew. Would work well with a sausage & peppers grinder. A fine example of a style I don't get to enjoy enough. Worth trying it if you see it out somewhere.

RedChrome, May 27, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A stubby 12 ounce bottle poured into a nonic Imperial pint glass. This altbier appears a clear deep amber color with about two fingers of dense light ecru foam. No lacing to mention. Nose and flavors are of medium toasted grains, caramel malts, grassy, slightly fragrant bitter hops. About medium bodied with adequate carbonation for the style. Worth checking out.

ClockworkOrange, May 22, 2009
Photo of merryjoulton
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice attractive amber color with a pretty decently constructed head that dissipates quickly. Smells spicy, musty, fruity and malty. Taste is a spicy malt with hints of citrus fruit and berries. Mouthfeel is a good body that leaves a nice aftertaste. Drinkability is good, a nice refreshing brew.

merryjoulton, May 17, 2009
Photo of jdg204
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While vacationing at the North Cascade National Park, the wife and I had to do a low budget dinner due to all the restaurants being closed. It was still pretty cool and I found a nice bomber of this bad boy to go with my Stauffers Lasagna.

A: Pours deep amber with nice clarity and a thin head.

S: Caramelish sweet maltiness with a vague hop spiciness.

T: The taste is of dark caramel sweetness with a slight, bitter hop undertone.

M: Medium body and decent smoothness.

D: I really enjoyed this brew, a good representation of the style. It seems to be one of the more widely distributed micro's in the Pacific Northwest, the Sam Adams or Goose Island of it's region and it represents the "everyday craft beer" title very well. A good reliable brew that's pretty easy to find in the NW, worth a try if you come across it.

jdg204, May 13, 2009
Photo of melagnus
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice pronounced hiss of carbonation sounds upon opening the bomber. SRM 13-14 with Med. Amber Copper tinge. Head poured very thin (1 finger) and dies down quickly. Carbonation seems to be mildly prevalent with bubbles rising frequently, but not rapidly to the top.

S - Noble hops, possibly Saaz come through the malty chocolate nodes. Floral caramel also comes through on the nose. Estery alcohol nodes do shine through.

T - Sweet, somewhat dry maltiness washes across the palate. Medium hop presence. Toffee balances well with the hops, though hops seem to win out slightly.

M - Slightly chalky. Carbonation feels mild and doesn't seem too think, though definitely not think. Dry and clean finish.

C - A really great beer that seems to be brewed to style. A great beer and definitely one I would drink more than one of! Though not a session beer due to it's slightly higher

melagnus, May 12, 2009
Photo of bigbelcher
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Color is a light brownish amber color with a crisp easily dissapating light beige head. Aroma is of caramel malt. No hops. Flavor of sweet brown malt with a slight bittersweet finish. More like a brown ale than an alt. Mouthfeel is low with little belgian lacing.

bigbelcher, May 07, 2009
Photo of smanders
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden amber with white lace.

Smell: A bit of fruit/spice but heavy on the malt.

Taste: Lots o' sweetness with a good balance of hops. Very smooth.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied

Drinkability - Very good. This beer could be consumed during any festivity or occasion by a wide variety of palettes. Good mass appeal. I usually expect more smokiness in an altbier, but this was still enjoyable.

smanders, May 04, 2009
Photo of DukeofAle
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I found this in a small liqour store/tavern while passing through Wheatland, Wyoming on a recent business trip. While they did have Guinness and a few other "premium" beers, the Alaskan Amber was the only "craft" beer in stock - will wonders never cease. Since Alt used to be a favorite style of mine (thanks to Frankenheim) I was happy to give it a try. Altbier tends to be a very mild, inoffensive brew with little hop charactor, well suited for extended consumption - and that pretty well describes Alaskan Amber. The appearence was a deep brown typical of the style, with a nice head, somewhat thin body, a flavour more malty than hoppy, and just very mild all the way around. Maybe my tastes have changed, or maybe this is just an unremarkable beer.

DukeofAle, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of ColForbinBC
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Fox and Hound in Tucson; served in a pint glass

Appears a deep amber with mahogany highlights and a small ecru cap.

Aroma is of subtle caramel malt and earthy hops.

Flavor lacks any real depth. Caramel and earthy hops dominate the flavor profile. Not much else going on.

Medium bodied and on the chewy side.

The best thing this beer has going is its drinkability. No real off flavors and no real flavors. Mild is a good word to describe this beer.

ColForbinBC, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of Birmingham
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma: It has a subtle malty character.


Appearance: It pours dark amber, brilliantly clear and highly carbonated, you can see the bubbles rise in the glass. It has an off white head that falls quickly.


Flavor: The flavors are subtle and clean, with mild bitterness, and biscuity and malty notes


Mouth feel: A medium light body.


Overall Impression: This is a beer of subtleties. Subtle aroma, subtle flavor and subtle mouth feel. It's refreshing; almost a lawn mower beer. I prefer beers with more flavors and stronger aroma's.

It seems to lack the bitterness and dry finish expected of the Altbeir style. These comments do not distract from my overall impression, they are meant as a commentary on hitting the style guidelines.

Birmingham, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of SaltyLime
3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - standard amber hue with a whitish head that started decent and was almost all gone by the time of first sip, laced to the end
Smell - a little sweetness, citrus, malts, ...
Taste - decent, but not really memorable, balanced and a gave a slight liquid bread impression
Mouthfeel - smooth, with a little slick spot left on the palate, after the third bottle began to recognize a little more of a citrus bitterness
Drinkability - would try again, easy to drink but maybe as a second or third choice of available beers

SaltyLime, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of klewis
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: Amber color with a big foamy head. Lots of lacing.

S: Very sweet smelling with a fruity, malt smell.

T: Fruity and honey-like flavors mixed with a dominant toffee backbone. Very sweet and a bit unbalanced.

M: Medium-bodied with light carbonation. Very smooth.

D: A bit too sweet and cloying, but OK. A good value.

klewis, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of homebrewhawk
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Colts9016 for this one. 12 oz. bottle served in a shaker pint. Poured a reddish gold (amber perhaps!) with a quickly dissipating head. Caramel malt in the aroma along with some sweetness. Light to medium bodied. Malt predominates, a little on the sweet side. Some hop bitterness helps to balance things out. Easy drinking beer, but pretty unremarkable IMO.

homebrewhawk, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of maskednegator
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Amber (duh), translucent. Pours a thick head that slowly deflates, leaving a grainy lace as it does so.
Smell: Sweet malts, lavender, cinnamon
Taste: Sweet malts, orange zest, honey, hint of pickle juice. Hint of hop bitterness that leaves a super clean finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied, light carbonation.
Drinkability: Decent. Big, sweet taste, but not cloying or unpleasant at all.

Verdict: I wouldn't go out of my way to find it, but it's getting as easy to find as Sam Adams and it's always good to have a safe back up beer.

maskednegator, Mar 20, 2009
Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,445 ratings.