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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: 212 | 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 Mdog
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear amber, good head and lacing.

Smell: Bready, a little fruitiness.

Taste: Bready, some sweetness. Some toasted flavors and a little hint of grape.

Drinkability: I don't usually go for ambers, this one is ok but nothing special.

Alaskan Brewing is now in Minnesota so I picked up some singles. The flagship amber is a pretty decent beer, has a little more going on in the taste than some ambers I've had.

Photo of zeledonia
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, deep, slightly reddish amber color, with a one-finger off-white head that recedes fairly quickly and leaves a bit of lacing.

Smell is a bit of light fruit, a bit of yeast, and a nice gentle balance between light malt and mildly floral hops. Pleasant and inviting, but nothing really special.

Taste is refreshing and clean. The malts are light and bring a bit of sweetness, the hops are kinda grassy. Finish is smooth and quick - this is not a beer that lingers in the mouth. Well-balanced and gentle.

Fairly light in body with medium carbonation. Once again, pleasant, but nothing special. The feel dissipates rather quickly.

I drank a lot of this beer before I was really into beer. Living in the Pacific Northwest, it was one of my favorite refreshing summer beers. So when Alaskan started distributing to Minnesota, I snapped it up. I still like it; it's refreshing and tastes pretty good. I'm not blown away by it, and its place as a summer staple is more due to nostalgia than taste.

Photo of Liverpool08
3.06/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice amber color with a small thin head. Aroma is malty with a hint of caramel. But the aroma is nothing special. Taste is the same, some malts and caramel, lightly sweet. But again this not anything more then your average amber. Its certainly easy to drink, and would pair well with bbq or burgers etc. Just nothing you need to chase down.

Photo of morimech
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark amber or copper colored with one finger of head that had good retention. The head settles to a thin cap with just a light speckling of lace. I smell caramel from the malt and some grassy hops. A bit weak in the aroma department. In the flavor the malt gives a little bit of toasted quality that I did not pick up in the aroma. Otherwise caramel and slightly medicinal flavor from the hops. Pretty well balanced. The body is a little thin. Otherwise had nice carbonation. An easy enough beer to drink but lacks excitement so I rate just better than average.

Photo of WYVYRN527
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Alaskan Amber pours a deep copper hue with a thin white head that settles to some sticky lace on the surface. Smell is grainy, with some caramel and spicy hop notes. Flavor is much like the smell. Somewhat sweet up front, with some caramel and toasty notes, along with a pungent, floral hop finish. Clean and nicely balanced.
Overall, this is a pretty basic brew. A little thin, and not as full of flavor as I would like it to be. Not a bad beer by any means, just not very interesting. It's quite easy to drink, and a decent session brew that would pair with many types of cuisine. However, there are other offerings from Alaskan that I would go for before this one.

Photo of KarlHungus
2.73/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear amber color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is of light caramel, and not much else. The taste is similar to the aroma, but a little weaker. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and a watery texture. Overall, this is a beer I pass on next time. It is simply too bland for my liking.

Photo of trappistlover
2.98/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(12oz bottle). Pours a clear amber color with off-white head and moderate carbonation. No lacing on this. Aroma of caramel, cherries (?), roasted nuts. Taste is sweet malt with a bit of hop bittering on the end. Medium bodied with an oily texture. Fizzy on the tongue. An Ok beer, but I would not search this out.

Photo of bsp77
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pint. Best before July 29, 2011.

Appearance: Clear, rich amber with nice off-white head.

Smell: Spicy noble hops (slightly metallic), cherry and other dark fruits. Slight biscuit notes.

Taste: Very fruity and caramel-like. Some breadiness, with a finish that is slightly spicy, but the fruitiness carries through nicely.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, light to medium body that is somewhat reminiscent of a lager. Somewhat spritzy. Semi-dry finish.

Overall: Very strong everyday beer and somewhat unique for a flagship. Not the best Alt I have had, but both refreshing and full-flavored, and that was about all I expected.

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

Body is clear amber. Head dissipated rapidly to a fine ring, with little to no lacing.

Smells of sweet malt and some hops.

Tastes malty, sweet at first, has a dry, slightly hopped finish.

Body is light and carbonation is fizzy. Carbonation is lost rather quickly, becoming flatter over time.

Overall, a mediocre amber beer. It is malty sweet and kind of cloyingly so.

Photo of titosupertramp
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Genghis22 for sending a 6 pack for my father in law. This bottle was kept as a service charge..ha.

A: Cloudy, dark amber in color. A little less than a finger of egg shell head. Quickly recedes to a thin film...very little lacing.

S: Toasted grains, caramel malt, floral hoppiness.

T: Caramel hops and floral hops is what I notice here most. Bitter, toasted flavors at the end. Has an earthy taste to it as well.

M: Carbonation helps the mouthfeel, but it's a little on the thin side.

O: Very easy drinking beer that I'd pick up a lot if available here in Nashville, then I'd get tired of it and stop buying it all together.

Photo of hiku7
3.02/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured in a Nonic.

A - Pours a hazy deep amber orange. Virtually no head, and what little head there was dissolved almost immediately. No lacing.

S - Lightly fruitiness and caramel malt, though the nose was less malty than the color would suggest.

T - Very malty, caramel and toasted malt with slight hop finish. The taste is pretty simple and malty, with not much to get too excited about.

M - medium bodied, a bit sweet and syrupy. Surprisingly low carbonation, slight fizziness.

Overall, an average tasting not very complex beer that didn't have too much interesting about it, but plenty drinkable.

Photo of beerman207
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was out bowling in Chelan, WA. Two beers on tap - bud light and Alaskan Amber. Hmmmm...let's go with the Amber

A: pours a nice cloudy brown color and has a 1 finger of head at the top

S: Nose is fantastic considering it's an amber. Nose has malt, caramel, and chocolate?

T: Tones of sweet malt, slight hop presence, and yes some bittersweet chocolate.

M: Good carbonation and slightly drying finish

O: This is a solid offering considering the style. I wish I had more room in my suitcase to bring home a few cans.

Photo of BilbosNuts
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a light brown with some deep amber color. It has a thin white head and minimal visible carbonation.

S: The smell mostly consists of malts and a hint of hoppiness. A bit of fruitiness is also noted.

T: The taste is mostly of malts. There are also the bits of hops, but it is considerably more malty than hoppy.

M: It is medium bodied and goes down very smooth with minimal carbonation.

D: I haven't tried many in this style, but it seems like a decent example of the altbier style. It is very easy to drink. I'm sure I will have not problem going through the six pack.

Photo of veinless
3.29/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber, with plenty of clarity and a healthy stable white foamy head on top. I like the evenness in the bubbling and can appreciate the longer than usual retention. Lace left something to be desired.

A slight cough syrup moves to a grainy malt and faintly sweet fruitiness in the nose. Candied orange, or something other citrus, is the main player after the initial malt.

Starts thin, and could use some body behind it's citrus beginning, but it finds its legs in time to offer just enough backing to a pleasant, sweetened, unroasted grainy malt. It's a solid finish and I enjoyed it quite a bit, but the beginning is just way too non-descript and lacking punch.

Mouthfeel is too thin for the start and only does just enough to make the rest of the beer solid. Carbonation is nil and it would have helped at least a little bit. Drinkability is good due to the finish and lack of overpowering flavors, and the abv is fine for long sessions too.

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

I dunno what it is with altbiers, but they don't really taste like a whole lot to me, not bad, not special. Mild brown pour, barely produces any head to it. Aroma is earthy and mild.

Taste is also earthy and mild, no noticeable hop presence, maybe some toffee, caramel to it in a small amount. A weird chemical bitterness to it. Easy enough to keep around for someone who doesn't like their beer bold, merely serviceable.

Photo of spinrsx
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Appearance - Clear amber/copper colour with an average size frothy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is not much lacing. The head lasted for around 4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, honey, caramel

Taste & Mouth - There is a low amount of carbonation and the beer feels a little thin. I can taste lots of malts mixed with a corn syrup sweetness and some honey. There are also some light hops and a graininess. It finishes with a malty sweet aftertaste.

Overall - A decent beer that would be decent for a session. The look of it was a little disappointing but it still had a drinkable flavour.

Photo of LiquidBread219
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- copper topped by a blink-and-you-miss-it coat of off-white head

S- pretty faint, but malty with a bit of citrus

T- biscuity malts, with a bit of orange and slight hoppiness on the tail end... doesn't balance it completely but adds a nice finish

M- pretty thin, but decently carbonated

D- very sessionable, not a bad beer to have if your just relaxing or doing some yard work.

Photo of claytong
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is great for knocking back or if you want to have a couple after a nice beer. It's not exceptional by any means but is certainly not bad.
It is a wet in your mouth drink and doesn't leave you with a dry mouth. A nice warm winter day beer.
The flavors aren't very intense but they're well balanced and are good with most meals. A slightly sweet beer with caramel dominating the sweetness while a hint of cherries or strawberries also helps out. The malt is controlled a bit much but it is also present.

Photo of smakawhat
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to colts9016 for the beer! My first Altbier. Poured from the bottle into a Nonick pint glass.

A big four finger fairly sparse retention head of off white color. A very dark amber getting into brown color body. Body is clear without any visible carbonation. Absolutely no lacing at all, but a good small puck remains while drinking and a good collar.

Bouquet is kind of interesting. A yeasty cola carbonation c02 and malty goodness. Slightly arid, real unique I like it with this real dry yeast sensation. This makes my mouth water. The yeast almost turns into peanut butter.

The first thing I get off this beer is its texture, it feels very wet. However after tasting a good bread density comes out and a booming malt balance that makes the body grow. Upon swallow great baked bread comes through, and another sip just puts everything together and makes the malt comes out in a good small chew. This doesn't feel particularly hoppy.

Well gotta say this is a great tasting fun drink, I would have again and it is easy drinking. Love to try this on tap.

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

A good beer that can be consumed often. Not too heavy like some of the other stuff we purchase, I always like to fallback on this beer for sure. I haven't had many altbiers, but this was definitely a solid brew coppery notes tin head with minimal lacing definitely an everyday drinker nice kick yet not too strong. Definitely one of my fall back beers.

Photo of gatornation
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at the crab pot

A-pours a clear rust red color with a nice head on it that stayed around to reveal good looking lacing

S- was malts and bread with citrus hops some caramel and touch of fruit

T-was grainy and malty followed by a grass/hop taste it was mixed then with some malts and baked bread..again some fruit in the aftertaste that i liked

M- was crisp and carbonated it had a decent taste and flavor profile

D- was good not the greatest amber but the taste was there ,the flavor was there and so was the drink ability

Photo of BretSikkink
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear brown-orange color, pours a pretty nice foamy cap, off-white. Stick isn't much, but it's still a pretty nice look. The aroma is faint, with some biscuit or lightly toasted bread. Grainy with some ester influence and brew salts.

Hops are a slightly spicy interlude in this otherwise fairly straightforward malt number. Body is somewhat full, although the mouthfeel seems a bit watery. Finishes sweet but fairly dry, and I can taste a metallic astringency in the aftertaste. No big deal, but this one is a little boring.

Photo of GeneralZod
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice red color with very little head retention.

Smells sweet, but nothing to impressive.

Taste sweet and slightly roasty.
The flavor is much better than the smell.

Medium coarse, typical amber

As many times as I've seen it on the store shelf, I regret not picking it up sooner. One of the better Ambers.

Photo of Retsinis
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had two bottles of this with the wife on a Alaskan Airlines flight from Los Angeles to D.C.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a small plastic cup. Fizzy carbonation, that rises and falls rapidly, similiar to a macro lager. Amber Color, of new copper, clear, no lacing.

Aromoa's are muted, but of caramel, almonds, malt, and corn.

The taste is crisp, from the carbonation, and is as muted in flavor as the nose. Sweet caramel, corn, almonds. Some bitterness in there too.

Clean finish, and is very easy to drink. Overall, it is average for the style, and something to have a few of while whale watching in Alaska, or fishing, since it won't distract you.

Photo of thain709
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a clear copper color with a small, white head...the head disappeared very quickly and didn't leave much lacing behind

S - A very sweet nose...lots of caramel...there's this aroma I couldn't put my finger on for a while but I finally came to the conclusion that it was...apple juice

T - The flavors mirror the aromas which is a good thing...again things start off sweet with the caramel...those malts do give way to a bready flavor in the middle of the beer...the middle of the beer is where I pick up the apple juice flavor...it really tastes like it...at the end there is a subtle hop presence that doesn't overpower...it just lets you know they are there

M - Medium bodied...sweet without being cloying...crisp and smooth

D - This is my first Alaskan beer and I was pretty impressed...I do like altbiers but they are hard to come by and I was thrown off by the amber name...this was a good beer with nice caramel and fruity (apple juice!) notes

Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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