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Alaskan Amber - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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1,422 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,422
Reviews: 561
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 45
Gots: 126 | 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 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
Photo of aeminter
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks Colts9016

The appearance is light amber almost like tea...very clear. The head is an off white/beige color, kinda frothy looking, starts off nice and big and dissipates to about 2-3 mm, but no lacing.

The smell is very lager-like with faint esters (pear & apple) and pleasantly light malt notes.

T: My first impression is of fruit, grapes specifically. The malts are sweet but not in an overpowering way. The finish is fairly dry and smooth.
M: Light body, high carbonation...

Note: As far as I can see this beer meets the BJCP guideline with the exception of taste. Here, while appealing, there is a departure.

aeminter, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of Psilo707
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber appearance when poured, ruby-tint in the light. Decent head with great looking lacing slowly edging itself down the side of the glass.

Scent is a bit on the lighter side but has a good malty aroma to it. Taste is very good. A bit of nutty/piney overall feeling to feeling to a deliciously laid-back foretaste. Mouthfeel is creamy and pretty solid, and drinkability is definitely high as I never have trouble putting back many of these in a night.

Overall, Alaskan Amber is one of my favorite altbiers and I would recommend anything from this brewery.

Psilo707, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of Magpie14
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: golden hues with mostly a brilliance of orange at the edges, it has light dusty brown in the mix as well. The cap was thin, airy, and coarse and less than satisfactory, and vanished quickly

S: lightly roasted malts, soft brown sugar and a little whiff of dry hops. Not much....

T: malts come across thin, profile is far back. I find some dry and spicy edges in the mix, from the green cones, and make it rather clean. Otherwise the overall flavor complexity department is somewhat lacking. Malts have more of a toasted character and a light buttery brown sugar sweetness

M: if anything, this beer is very drinkable. Clean, crisp, and mildly pleasing. Body is a shot over light

D: a fair Altbier

Magpie14, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of marcpal
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A friend brought this back to me from travels knowing I like different beers, so thanks to Ed for this one.

22oz bottle poured into Nugget Nectar pint glass.
Altbier huh? Didn't expect that, looks like fun.
Bottle Graphics: 4/10.

A: Amber body, big surprise. Ok, maybe some orange with the sun shining on it. Big bulbous white head with ample bubbling and spiderweb lacing that only lasted seconds.

S: Fruity, citrusy, and grainy. Not overtly sweet but you recognize some malty presence. Hops aroma balanced with sweet honey notes makes for a nice bready scent.

T: Caramel malts with a bitter balance. Again, hops and honey. Close semblance of honey laden Irish soda bread with hoppy bitter flavor. Very nice and reminds me of Fat Tire strangely enough- has that same cereal quality.

M: Considerable carbonation, medium body, and bitter ending. A bit too spritzy for my taste but Im being picky.

D: Goes down very smoothly. Not much like the strong alt biers and amped up versions, so this was a nice touch. Great to pair with food, glad I gave it a try. I think I was just used to the Stickes, this is far different.

marcpal, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of NatetheGreat
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

this was a great beer - i enjoyed this more than i ever anticipated.

A: yeah it's amber with an extra touch of red glow. very nice white head, but disappeared rather quickly and left little lacing.

S: here's where I got intruigued. Malty with lots of fruity notes, some spice.

T: oh it was fantastic. reminiscent of a dubbel/abbey ale with it's sugery fruitiness, notes of apple and spice strongest, amongst layers of caramel malt sweetness. hops hold up the rear fairly - balanced but surely more on the malty side (but not overdone).

M: a bit rough, astringent, but not bad. Has some creaminess that was nice, but this was the one weaker spot in this beer, IMO.

D: very drinkable, interesting flavors and quite surprising at that. This was a pleasant surprise, one I will certainly go back for.

NatetheGreat, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of Japerrault
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy amber ale with a cream-colored head that dissipated fairly quickly.

S: Fruity, caramel, honey grain aromas

T: Sweet malty brew with flavors of toasted bread prevelent. Very little hops noticed.

M: Good mouthfeel. Fuller bodied, and definately not a thin feel.

D: This is a decent beer that is quite easy to drink.

Japerrault, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of skrib09
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a nice copper-amber color. good forming head with lacing.

smells malty or bready maybe.

tastes malty with a hint of bitterness in the finish and aftertaste.

good mouthfeel, somewhat grainy though.

ok drinkability. i wouldn't go out of my way to get this beer again, however, i would try more brews from this brewery.

skrib09, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A pint of Alaskan Amber arrived in a pint glass with a shimmering copper color and minimal foam floating above. Caramel tinged roasted hops was balanced in the aroma by a light floral hoppiness. A big malt and grainy flavor on the palate up front followed by a semi-juicy center and a quick finish. A solid session ale from the sweeter end of the spectrum. Definitely drinkable.

BeardedBoffin, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of ghebel
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Copper colored, almost clear with an off white short lasting head. Head diminishes quickly to a thin ring with mild lacing on the glass.

S - Malt is dominate. Biscuit, bready.

T - Malty, grainy, mild caramel sweetness, but does have a nice moderately bitter finish.

M - Moderate body.

D - This beer is smooth and drinkable. It has a nice balance of malts and hoppy bitterness, although I would prefer more hop aroma and flavor.

ghebel, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of duffextracold
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

got this one as a christmas present from donkeyrunner.

A- Amber (duh), very thin head, very vigorous bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass, still going strong with only a few sips left. this stuff just screams "drink me!"

S- smells like herbal hops & sweet malt. mmm...

T- Tastes like it smells, Mmmmm. Very nice!
sweet bisquity malt, herbal hops, not too bitter. nothing fancy, but delicious.

M- Heavy carbonation, medium body, almost creamy.

D- Very enjoyable, nicely balanced. I only wish I had more...thanks donkeyrunner.

duffextracold, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of bilyboy65
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To review this beer I first poured the beer from the bottle into a glass. I then poured it from the glass down my throat. It is a simple, but yet quite delightful process.

A: Crisp amber color with a 1 finger head. Good retention with lots of carbonation feeding it. Off white in color leaves an island affect lacing (stole this from a previous review because I like the description).

S: Some fruitiness, orange like scents. Mostly detect a honey and nut (cheerio, ok not really) scent.

T: The orange flavors play a bigger part in the taste which is surprising. The honey adds a very nice softening affect to the citrus. There is a nut like taste that finishes it off. Also detected is a caramel flavor behind everything.

M: Bubbly on the tongue as the medium bodied beer flows over it. Leaves little oily residue in the mouth. Smooth, very smooth.

D: Easy, very easy to drink. Doesn't spend much time in the mouth without a struggle.

bilyboy65, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of donkeyrunner
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

trade via barleywinefiend

Pretty at first pour Alaskan Amber is a see-through, beatiful amber color with a medium white head. The head quickly fades and leaves no retention nor lacing. Bummer.

Smells of toasted malt with orange spice.

Somewhat crisp for an amber ale. Tastes just like it smells with a toasty orange spice flavor. At %4 abv this is my ideal session beer.

donkeyrunner, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of hiikeeba
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have to say up front, I am not a big fan of Ambers

A - Pours up crystal clear amber with a white head that dissipates slowly.

S - caramel malt and hops in the aroma. Yup. it's an Amber.

T - Caramel malt sweetness starts, and finishes with a slight hop bitterness. Leaves a lingering sweetness in the finish. One of the better ambers.

M - Feels a little thin

D - A nice, drinkable beer.

hiikeeba, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of orangemoustache
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a perfect amber with a fluffy cream colored cap that retains for a moment or two before leaving some Hawaiian Island lacing. This looks very nice and inviting. The nose is a interesting blend of subtle fruit,mostly strawberry and caramel malts lightly roasted,honey oat bread crust as well. This taste uniquely like it smells. Strawberry marshmallow notes and very fresh malts,very clean and quaffable. Mouthfeel is light,yet sturdy. This is very good and very drinkable. This is like the Sarah Palin of beers, straight out of Alaska and aged well. Thanks for the bottle Paul.

orangemoustache, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this Amber at the New York, New York's Pour 24 bar while in Las Vegas. It's great to sample some of these good beers that we don't get back in 'tucky.

The beer begins with a rich malty aroma, not to be overdone by spicy, citrusy hops. Light fruitiness, nuttiness, and toastiness gives an added sense of richness and complexity to the nose. Impressive nose.

Brightly colored amber color with sparkling clarity, active carbonation, and a firm withstanding head formation and retention. Again, an attractive look.

Flavors are truely malty without residual sweetness. Hints of toffee, toast, and barley give roundness and fullness to the malty taste. American hops add a orange zest, spicy grapefruit flavor that takes the malts into another direction. Light esters of apples, pears, and appricots ride just behind the malt and hop flavors. About as nice of a taste as an Amber can give.

Very well attenuated, creamy, moderate mouthfeel without any heaviness or unnecessary sweetness. Bitterness balances the malts and then some. Crisp, clean, and refreshing thoughout with a minty, hoppy finish.

A bit more agressively hopped than most, but my palate really enjoyed the agression. Great balance throughout, but with that citrusy hop assertiveness all the way. Nice.

BEERchitect, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of far333
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper colored with streams of tiny bubbles rising fast up to a full inch head of sudsy foam that lingers long.

Low aroma of sweet malt, some honey and pear.

Delicate flavors of biscuity malt, almond, sweet corn, cinnamon, and overripe pear. Haven't had a quality subtle beer lately, it's interesting having to pay so much attention to pick out and appreciate the nuances.

Very drinkable, tasty beer, thanks to barleywinefiend for throwing this one in the box.

far333, Dec 22, 2008
Photo of EGledhill
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Second in an impressive line of extras from Patronwizard. Vic, I hope whatever you're doing right now, your night is miserables and your underwear's chaffing your nuts. Now on to the beer.

A. Copper body with a white head that fades quickly.

S. Sweet and slightly fruity... I'm sure with that, Vic's friends would say that describes him also. Malty presence.

T. Taste is damn good. Mainly malty with a sweet aftertaste. Slight citrus, peach maybe in the aftertaste but not that hoppy citrus. Actually, I'm not picking up much if any hops.

M. Mouthfeel is good. Pretty full and fairly sticky. Better than average.

D. Drinkability should be exceptional and I kinda feel like I'm docking it by giving it a 4.5. I could slam these all night, but I think the sweetness would get in the way a little.

Overall: Damn tasty. Glad I got the chance to try this. Got another bottle in wait. Would I hunt this down? Probably not. Would I get some more If it was accessible to me? Hell yeah I would.

Vic, This starts to make up for the extremely shitty can of Bud Light you sent me.Starts to make up for it but not entirely.

EGledhill, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of colts9016
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour:amber mahogany color absent of head.
nose; smells of malt, grassy, with a hint of floral.
taste; complex roasted and caramel malt. Little to no hops at all.
body;light to medium
finish is subtle.
overall; the beer is more an amber style instead of an altbier. There is a lack of hops in the beer. It's an ok beer

colts9016, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of humanawho
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - nice light amber color with a white head that fades quickly

S - sweet but light piny aroma

T - sweet light a little piny; some peach flavors like sucking on the peach stone; a little earthy

M - a little too sweet feeling; kind of syrupy

D - good drinkablity but a little to syrupy for me

humanawho, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Very light-tasting beer. Clear amber color with moderate head. Aroma of flowers and malt. Kind of like sweet bread dough. Tastes malty, with deifnite fruity-sweet flavors and and minor hops. Kind of a wheaty bitterness in the finish that was unexpected from an amber. Above average beer.

magictrokini, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of zeff80
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Best by date: 12/17/08
Consumed: 11/30/08

A - Poured out a copper/burgundy color with a bubbly, off white, one-finger head. It left small, thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled very malty. Sweet with hints of fruit and some floral aromas.

T - It tasted of biscuity malts and was quite sweet. It had a slight hop bitterness.

M - It was relatively crisp and somewhat sharp. A light bodied beer.

D - This is very tasty and very sessionable. I wish I had more. It could be a good beer to introduce to newbies.

zeff80, Dec 03, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the Birdhouse Bar in Birdcreek AK summer of 92.(from notes)

A: Poured a rich amber color with dark red hues. a flat light beige head quickly dissipates from the top.

S: rich and malty for an amber ale, with sweet caramel and an earthy dry flowery citrus aroma.

T: a nice sweet malting upfront from the caramel. There was an flowery citrus aroma with dry woodsy hints. A nice soft toastediness with light underlying citrus notes best sums up the flavor.

M: creamy mouthful with some sweet malt notes and floral hopping. crisp with a a dry woodsy malt lacing.

D: Nice drinkability, woodsy, earthy and a nice beer that represents its environment.

beerthulhu, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of tmoneyba
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft at Jakes in Billings, Mt. recommended by Stephanie.

Poured dark amber color with an average frothy white head that diminished slowly with good lacing. Moderate sweet hoppy aroma. Medium body with a slick texture. Moderate sweet flavor with a balanced finish of average duration.

Good drinkable brew.

tmoneyba, Nov 20, 2008
Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,422 ratings.