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Alaskan Amber - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,359 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 1,359
Reviews: 551
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 44
Gots: 104 | 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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budsboy

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +9.6%

Pours deep amber with a small white head.

Smell is mellow. Dark fruit, bread and a hint of hops and alcohol.

Taste is equally as mellow. Hints of grape, raisin and grainy bread and finishing with a somewhat tannic bitterness. The aftertaste lingers and is a well balanced fruity sweetness and hop bitterness.

Medium to full bodied and very smooth.

A great session beer. Very easy to drink, I see as I have already reached the bottom of my glass. Nothing that will knock you socks off, but a very good quality beer befitting the style.

03-28-2008 00:02:17 | More by budsboy
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

22 oz bottle. Pours a clear reddish amber with a fine off white head that goes to a thin film that laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet caramel malts, toffee and some fruit.

The flavor is slightly sweet caramel, toffee and biscuits with a little fruitiness and enough bitterness at the finish to balance it well. The mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall, nothing too exciting but this is a well made, well balanced and enjoyable brew. This reminded me a bit of Fat Tire, but better.

03-24-2008 05:43:54 | More by Beaver13
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.88/5  rDev +6.9%

22oz bottle that was amber in color (no surprise right?). The smell was a very nice fruity aroma. I liked it. The taste however was kinda funky and departed from the smell. It was very easy to drink and I thought it would be a decent session beer but I am going to have to drink this a second time to form a good opinion.

03-22-2008 05:41:04 | More by ArrogantB
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hardy008

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +12.9%

Appearance - Pours a beautiful amber color with an offwhite one finger foamy head which stays a long time and leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

Smell - Hops and citrus.

Taste - Sweet with some hints of caramel and spice. Exceptionally good.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, clean, creamy. with noticeable carbonation.

Drinkability - Extremely drinkable. A beer which I could easily drink several bottles of.

03-22-2008 04:31:17 | More by hardy008
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mentor

Colorado

2.95/5  rDev -18.7%

Yeah! New in Colorado, happy to try this one. Pours a one finger, mostly fizzy oranged-tan head over a brilliant dark rust liquid. Smells biscuity malt and earthy/fruity hops. Also, browned malt and a sort of a graham cracker character (non-sprinkled). Some caramel and a sourish dash. Heavy hop oils that are a bit dark.

Tastes malty sweet with hop aromatic stepping in late. Toasted malt bordering on burnt and caramel that fails to stand up. Depth of malt character is low and an unpleasant acidic hangs in the aftertaste. Not overbearing, just there without anything to counter it. Malt is lifted off the tongue by plentiful carbonation, that's borderline stingy.

Md thick mouthfeel that washes off the tongue quickly, but not the teeth. Heavy carbonation is a detraction. Meh, I'm not likely to try this one again.

03-20-2008 04:44:42 | More by mentor
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -2.8%

Appearance - pours into a Belgian glass with a deep orange/red color. A modest head reduces to a thin cover/thick collar. A good looking beer.

Aroma - fairly average graininess, a slight whiff of metal and some diacetyl. Meh.

Taste - light grains with a touch of smooth bready sweetness. Light diacetyl again and a mild balanced hoppiness on the swallow and aftertaste. Decent balance, even flavors.

Mouthfeel - a note of smoothness, accentuating the body a little above medium. Carbonation is steady.

Drinkability - a fine easy-drinking session beer.

03-16-2008 06:24:06 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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OStrungT

California

4.2/5  rDev +15.7%

This beer pours an amber, slightly brownish color, with an off white head. The head fades a little quickly, leaving a nice lacing.

This beer has a mild, spicy hop aroma. It smells citrusy as well. It has a slight caramel malt aroma also. It smells very clean.

This beer tastes like it smells. A little spicy up front, with a sweet caramel malt flavor. Very clean, and non aggressive.

This beer is high in carbonation. It leaves a slightly spicy aftertaste. Light bodied.

I think this beer would make a good session beer. Low alcohol, and a good non aggressive flavor would make this one a good choice.

Overall: I tent to like extreame beers. This beer is a good one to remind me that there are other great beers out there that are not 10% ABV with 130 IBU's. Great beer. I have had it before, and I will definately have it again.

03-05-2008 03:56:15 | More by OStrungT
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JDV

Texas

3.43/5  rDev -5.5%

Thanks to Fordest for this one- Pours a Rich, orange amber color with a some nice head to it. Smell is nice and toasty sweet malt and toffee. Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy. Tastes is good and heavily on the malty side of ambers. No real sign of hops to speak of, but it is a nice, tasty easy drinking beer. I definitely enjoyed this one.

02-22-2008 06:09:01 | More by JDV
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chsanders

Nebraska

4.4/5  rDev +21.2%

This is an exceptional session beer. Creamy head, dark amber color, smooth taste and not the least bit heavy. The aroma doesn't quite come all the way through with the taste -just a little more mellow. Nice lacing on the glass that stays all the way through.
I was introduced to this beer by my brother in AK, and can't get it here in NE -but I can in WY, came back with a case this past weekend. It's going to be hard to make it stretch out.

02-22-2008 03:08:58 | More by chsanders
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athensbeermaster

Georgia

3.9/5  rDev +7.4%

Poured this one pretty fast and still almost no head. No lacing what so ever. On the nose I pick up some blood orange. The tawny port color was one impressive quality.
The flavor has a nutty, toasted grain with some fading fruit quality on the finish. A simple brew that is very smooth and easy to drink!

01-25-2008 19:08:26 | More by athensbeermaster
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MmmIPA

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev 0%

Iv'e waited a while to try any Alaskan beers and I finally got the chance to,thanks to Randy and Liquid Solutions.

Nice clear,amber body with a lucious one finger white head.The head falls fast though.

Notes of caramel and other dark malts.Cant really smell any hops in this badboy.

Creamy,clean taste.Not as sweet as the smell.Malty and some hops there but not many.

Nice clean and creamy mouthful.Carbonation is grand on this beer.Taste great.

Im glad I had the chance to try this beer.Its good,wish we could get the Alaskan beers on the east coast.

01-04-2008 21:49:58 | More by MmmIPA
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hwwty4

Missouri

4.03/5  rDev +11%

Poured a 12oz bottle into a Chimay Chalice. Thanks Nathan for this one. Pours a light amber with a 2 inch head that fades away quickly and leaves almost no lacing. Aroma is malty sweetness up front but then the fruits come out. Bits o' apple and citrus come out in the nose. Taste is mostly malts with a little bready yeasts going on. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation. This is a all around great session beer.

01-03-2008 03:40:31 | More by hwwty4
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.63/5  rDev 0%

12oz from the Boise Coop for about $1.50.. shared with a friend.. mine from a shaker pint.. still listening to Sasha and Digweed's Communicate and talking shop.

short lasting head and low lacing that stick around... true amber.. very nice color.

aroma is very clean.. with caramel and bigger toasted malts.. only the slightest spicy hops make themselves known.

palate is again... very very clean.. very drinkable... yummy.. biscuity with low citrus/floral hops. lite to medium body and better than adequate carbonation.

I've only had a few Altbiers over the years and the notes aren't good enough to do a comparison.. but as far as ambers go, Alaskan Amber would be a fantastic session and a great gateway beer for a macrodrinker wanting to expand their horizons. Overall, I should give these more chances to find a place in the fridge.

12-19-2007 08:27:57 | More by JohnGalt1
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AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

3.83/5  rDev +5.5%

Amber is the staple of the AK brewing co. It is a qutie average altbier. It pours the color of a penny with good head and malt smell. It starts with a classic altbier taste but quickly turns malty. Doesnt have the creamy fruitiness of an amber, but after one it gets much more drinkable. Good dark malt and fruit flavor but rather grainy and almost no hop flavors present. The bud of AK

12-15-2007 05:59:40 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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Risser09

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -11%

12 oz bottle shared at a tasting - Poured into a tulip

Appearance: Pours a copper color and is a transparent brew, free of haze. The beer also had orange and yellow hues of color from the light it lets through. About 1/2 an inch of white head.

Smell: Sweet malt, orange, apple and lots of sugar.

Taste: Medium bodied beer with a pale taste and a malt balance. Apples and oranges appear in the taste also, with no hop presence. Nice malt profile.

Mouthfeel: Again, a medium bodied beer with litte hop bitterness and plenty of sugar.

Drinkability: A decent session beer, but not worth seeking out. Could use a little bit more depth of character and less cavity forming sugar.

12-05-2007 13:29:01 | More by Risser09
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Floydster

California

3.85/5  rDev +6.1%

Pint from Kilkenney's on the Redondo Beach Pier last night for five dollars, sadly went to this bar with Naja's less than a couple hundred feet away, but my friends wanted to meet some people there, the things I do for them sometimes

Color was a golden brown with a third of an inch foamy white head, a little lacing with a murky appearance to it

Smell was sweet malts, with some caramel and sour fruit, also some bready aromas

Taste was nice and would make a great session beer, sweet like the smell seemed, slightly sour finish with a crisp bite at first, some biscuit-like accents, could taste some a little bit of toffee, some lemons and oranges, sweet syrup feel at times, also a hint of nuttiness, the only problem I had with this one was the lack of hops, but a nice beer overall that is easy to put down

Average amount of carbonation and a fairly nice body

Could drink several of these, especially at only four percent alcohol, super light beer that goes down easier than most out there, another good beer from Alaskan

11-24-2007 23:44:40 | More by Floydster
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ikats

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +9.6%

Wonderful deep amber, light ruby color. Clear with light carbonation. Head disappears quickly. Light hoppy crispiness in the aroma, but mostly biscuity malty notes. Biscuit notes with some caramel in the taste. There is some hop bitterness, but it is minimal. Slightly dry. Medium body. Very clean lager taste. Very drinkable. Excellent session beer. Pleasant mouthfeel.

I needed something to last me till the weekend when I had more time to explore LA beer scene. Alaskan Amber was my choice at the local supermarket (Ralph's). And I am not disappointed. It is a very drinkable and tasty beer.

11-09-2007 06:01:44 | More by ikats
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SargeC

Japan

3.53/5  rDev -2.8%

Appearance: Deep amber color with a tan head.

Smell: Sweet malt with an underpinning of alcohol.

Taste: Solid malt flavor with a small kiss of hops. Subtle balance between sweet and smoky flavors.

Mouthfeel: Good consistency. Sticky finish.

Drinkability: I have never been a huge fan of this beer so I wanted to take a fresh look at it. It is a good beer. It is not my favorite Alaskan Brewing Company product, but it is a worthy member of their family. It is one of their best-known and best selling products.

11-06-2007 07:53:23 | More by SargeC
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oberon

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +4.1%

Poured into a standard pint glass well you guessed it amber a full amber at that a thinner off white head atop,very nice clarity to the pour.Lighter malt aromas like that of cookie dough with notes of caramel as well almost no hop really to speak of except for a drifting leaf presence but you have to try to find it.Mild malt flavors as well sweetish cookie dough with some caramel sweetness a touch of crispness in the finish keeps it from being to sweet.A no frills old school beer lightly sweet low in alc% to make it very drinkable.

11-03-2007 21:29:20 | More by oberon
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monkeybeer

California

4/5  rDev +10.2%

A- Golden Amber with a golden head light lacewing

S- Carmel with a slight malt

T/M - Sweet Carmel taste down very smooth and light a dry finish

D- This is one of my favorite beers; although I prefer it on tap I am defiantly not disappointed with it in bottles. This is a beer I almost always have on hand

10-24-2007 00:54:49 | More by monkeybeer
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Jedimaster1

California

3.6/5  rDev -0.8%

Nice brew. I thought it was a Maibock because it was similar in taste Rogue's Dead Guy Ale.

A: Amber like the name suggests. Little cloudy, but still can see through. Head retains itself for a bit -- though I did have this one at altitude.

S: Wasn't much smell to notice.

T: Definitely malty. Not much hops here. Tasted similar to a Maibock. Not very much carbonation.

M: Good.

D: I could have another. Though I'd probably wouldn't be my first choice.

Good brew.

10-05-2007 03:17:38 | More by Jedimaster1
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OKCNittany

Oklahoma

3.28/5  rDev -9.6%

A: Clear dark amber body. Poured a 1/2" off white head with great retention & a nice lacing.

S: Unimpressive toasted malt aroma.

T: Taste of toasted malt and little else. Simple - not bad, but nothing special.

M: Medium bodied but a bit over carbonated. Dry finish.

D: I don't know about this one - it seemed to make me thirsty for something else.

10-03-2007 01:35:42 | More by OKCNittany
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JBogan

Nevada

3.45/5  rDev -5%

This AAA poured a medium brown with not much of a head. The head that was there left in a hurry and no lacing remained.

There was a nice malty aroma with a fair amount of caramel present. Not much on the way of hops that I could detect. There was a tiny hint of citrus also.

Caramel and malt with a slight hint of toffee at the end were the tastes that were prominent.

Looking at the beer you couldn't detect it but there was a pretty good amount of carbonation present for a beer of this type. Very nice.

This was a rather drinkable beer. I normally enjoy this style of beer and this one was no exception. There are others who do this beer better but overall this is a solid choice.

10-03-2007 00:30:30 | More by JBogan
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dnichols

Washington

3.08/5  rDev -15.2%

I had a 12 ounce bottle served in a cooled pint glass at the Headquarters Bar in Mineral, Washington.

A: It poured a bright copper hue with an off-white one finger head. The head began as a sticky mass that receded quickly to a light covering over the surface of the brew and a slight collar around the edge that fed a modest lacing. It is initially a very handsome beer.

S: It was a nice blend of light malt sweetness with a bold floral hop aroma.

T: Light malty start that is quickly overcome by a strongly hoppy finish. It has a relatively low alcohol content but it does leave a sour dry mouth at the end of the sip.

M: Not quite light but not quite medium bodied. The aggressive carbonation gave it a zesty mouth feel that kept the palate relatively clear except for a somewhat bitter aftertaste.

D: Easy beer to drink during a long session. However, it is highly carbonated and a bit hop heavy.

Comment: This used to be my standard bar beer…it is a solid choice but after several sessions it fell into disfavor.

09-23-2007 22:00:50 | More by dnichols
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dirtylou

Washington

3.6/5  rDev -0.8%

12oz single, enjoyed this one on the beach at Cannon Beach, OR during a nighttime bonfire before a wedding

appearance: deep amber body with a moderate beige head

smell: caramel malts, lightly metallic hops, touch of lemon, light grain

taste: sweet caramel malts, a bit bland, lightly metallic hops, citrus and lemon, toast grain...good beach beer but not a whole lot more

mouthfeel: light-medium body

drinkability: good

09-23-2007 19:36:03 | More by dirtylou
Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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