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Alaskan Amber - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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1,561 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,561
Reviews: 576
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 50
Gots: 193 | 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 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

Photo of nrbw23
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bit surprised by the style but ok here we go..

A- Pours an amber color with a fairly big head. Head has ok retention and leaves just a bit of spotty lacing.

S- Smell is a bit fruity, citrusy, and grainy. Has a really bready smell to it.

T- Quite a bit of a bready character here for sure. A bit of citrus hops and a sweeter taste maybe honey.

M- Medium in body and a bit on the higher side of medium in carbonation.

D- Quite different than some of the other Alts I've had. Not too bad but also nothing to write home about.

Photo of keithmurray
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours a clear copper color with white head

smell - caramel, citrus

taste - caramel, molasses, nutty finish, malts

mouthfeel - smooth, full of carbonation, slightly sweet body, slight bitterness in the finish

drinkability - this is a nice beverage to have a few of and not think too much about it

Photo of SamN
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well hued nutty amber liquid with a accompanying dirty tan head of one finger thickness. Looks appetizing. Nose is very clean slightly biscuity/nutty caramel malts, a bit too clean and thin. Taste is more slightly nutty malts with almost zero hops noticeable. Good basic flavoring, simple but tasty. Maybe just a touch of dried fruits in there. Medium bodied, lively, great to slurp from my dimpled stein with.

Pretty good amber/altbier, nutty and caramel malt sweet and little hops. Pretty good, pretty good.

Photo of u2carew
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz stubby.
A) Pours with a thin head that settles quickly. Amber in color with a clear body. Lacing is not tight and somewhat disorganized.
S) Robust malty aroma - caramel. Hints of citrus fruit.
T) A very present malt from start to finish. Starts out a bit sugary sweet than becomes a bit more rich in the finish with caramel and brown sugar flavors. No noticeable hops but I'm sure there's some in there.
M) Thin, not a medium body as expected. The carbonation is a bit weak on this one. Fairly smooth.
D) At first not impressed but this one grows and opens up as it sits.

Photo of rka758
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a wine glass.
Okay, but not necessarily something I will reach for again.

A: Poured a deep copper red. Little to no head.
S: Sweet and malty aromas.
T: Sweet bread malts.
M: Pretty good. A little bready.
D: It's a little sweet for my liking. I think a bomber is plenty.

Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dang, what a good beer. Drinkability is amazing with this beer, it just goes down like nothing! Appearance is red like an amber beer should be. The smell is slightly malty, slightly sweet, with a subtle hop note in the back. Once you take a taste the hops are a little more present, still nothing overpowering by any means. Just a very easy drinking beer, with a nice balance of hops and malts. I will be getting this one again.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to drabmuh for this best of styles tick. Served in a tulip.

Pours a light amber color with a thin tan head. Little to no lacing and a slight collar. Nose is pretty light with some bready malt and not too much else. Maybe a touch of earthy hops in the background. Taste is bread crust and a light sweetness. Faint caramel and hops. Feel is quite thin and a bit undercarbonated. Drinks alright, but isn't anything special.

Photo of FrozenJoe
2.96/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

An alt style beer. Can't say I've tasted an alt before. So this is my somewhat ignorant review.

Appearance: The best thing about this beer. First of all, it has probably the coolest looking twelve pack box in the store. Nice bottle. Thick, light tan head. Dark copper color.

Smell: Odd, faint, sweet aroma. Low carbonation.

Taste: Kind of a let down. I had hopes for this beer to be good. It's nothing special. Kind of a muddy, sour, bitter cocktail.

Mouthfeel: It just doesn't go down smooth. Something not right.

Drinkability: Not a bad little beer. Doesn't taste like an adjunct. Maybe this is where I just don't get an altbier? Not sure. Just doesn't seem that good.

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

A - Poured an amber color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of sweet caramel malt

T - Follows the nose with the sweet caramel malt with some hops in the finish

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - This is a very easy to drink good tasting amber one that I could drink a few of in a sitting this one is worth getting your hands on to try sometime

Photo of ratrod53
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- It pours I nice brownish redish color kinda like a whiskey. It pours like a whiskey with almost no head 0 lace ont the glass.

S- Smell is the best part of this beer. There is a lot of carmel and malt smell in this beer.

T- There is just a hint of sweatness under the taste of carmel. I also got some malt but not as strong as in the smell. It also has some nut taste in the end.

M- It has good carbonation vary light with some grain.

D- It's a vary drinkable beer it's not hard on your pallet. It's a good beer to start out the evening with. It's not my fav amber ale. But i could defnitley have another one.

Photo of BucBasil
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a large mug.

A: The beer is a slightly hazy pure brown color topped with a light tan 1.5 finger head with ok retention.

S: Nice and malty with lots of toast and some caramel notes. Balanced by a subtle brown sugar sweetness and light fruit character of candy apples.

T: Again big on the malt character. Much like the aroma, this one is mostly toast and caramel with a light sweetness underneath. Nutty character comes into play, as does some biscuit. Finishes light and malty with a touch of grain.

A very solid, drinkable beer that I can see myself coming back to regularly.

Photo of Samp01
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of mikeg67. Pours a deep amber with a mall offwhite head. Nose is malty caramel, hops. Taste is earthy hops, sweet malts, some yeast, and light sweet spices. Has a nice medium body, good carbonation. Finish is sweet malty caramel, good bittering hops and some light sweet spices. Overall a very nice enjoyable and well balance easy drinking brew.

Photo of mikeg67
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle I brought form San Francisco. Pours amber with a foamy white head and lovely carbonation. Aroma of perfume hops and caramel malt. Medium, smooth body. Flavor is a nice balance between caramel malt, ripe fruit and peppery hops. Great beer, I wish they sold Alaskan in NJ.

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

I have to admit that I was disappointed that I could not find the Smoked Porter when I was in Arizona, knowing that Alaskan Brewing distributed there, but was happy to find at least one of their offerings at Top Shelf Liquors in Sedona.

It's an amber by name and color, but even the label says it's an altbier. Careful opening it as it will spill all over the floor due to high levels of carbonation. You'd think it was bottle-conditioned, but their website doesn't mention that so I guess it's not. The head that is raised is impressive as it grows to about an inch and a half thick. It does fall in on itself, but maintains a half inch head all the way down, appearing like a float from the top. As mentioned the color is amber, but there is a beautiful orange glow to it and the carbonation bubbles can be seen easily through the clear fluid.

The smell is really nice, reminiscent of crumpets drizzled with honey and sprinkled with pecans. Unfortunately this does not translate into the taste. The honey does remain, but the crumpets become biscuit and the nuttiness is gone to be replaced by floral hops that bring a balancing bitterness to the sweetness of the malts. I got some phenols out of the finish or I would have rated the mouthfeel higher. The date on the label was pretty recent, but the low ABV may have contributed to turning the beer.

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

12oz bottle poured into a Imperial pint.

A: Nice rich amber color with good head retention
S: Nice fruits, hops, malts. Leaving a bit to be desired
T: It has a nice, easily drinkable taste with noce caramel tones.
M: Medium body
D: This is a nice, clean amber beer.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle split and poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. A120110 on the label.

Thanks to TheDTrain for sharing this one with me!

A - Bronzed amber in color with a thick, well-formed and well-retained off-white head. Little specks of lace cling to the glass.

S - An interesting fruity aroma is set apart first off. It's a fleeting mix of candied white grapes. Hazlenut, English toffee, and caramel malt fall behind. Interesting.

T - Nutty amber malts and a hearty hazelnut finish. The fruit component found in the nose doesn't carry over thankfully. It's a mediocre flavor.

M - Smooth and well-balanced, this Alt has a medium-light body and a light carbonation finish.

D - Decent but odd. Not in a bad way, it's just sort of TOO nutty. It should almost be a brown ale, actually.

Photo of jmdrpi
3.49/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

had while in Montana. 12oz stubby bottle.

copper amber in color. aroma is sweet, almost cherry like. the taste is malty heavy. again some sweetness, with just subtle hop undertone.

higher carbonation, medium body. decent drinkability, I would have again. average to good beer.

Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,561 ratings.