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Alaskan Amber - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan AmberAlaskan Amber

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1,308 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,308
Reviews: 550
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 41
Gots: 85 | 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 mghotbi


3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy amber to light brown with minimal head and no lacing.

Prominent smell of candied fruits and bready malt without significant floral hop tones.

Taste is dominated by caramel and sweet malt with just a slight bit of bitter hop astringency in the middle. Sweet semi-dry finish. Carbonation is most prominent feature of mouthfeel, which is somewhat oily at the end.

A very drinkable beer, particularly since ABV is low, but nothing spectacular or particularly complex.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2007 01:50:37 | More by mghotbi
Photo of hellsing3


3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer has a brown rusty look with amber hues with very little head.

S: There is a strong smell of carmalized sugar, sweet malts and a bit of molases.

T: As it first hits your tounge you will notice a slight bitterness until the sweet maltyness takes its place.

M: This beer has a very smooth easy drinking feel to it. You will want to drink many in a row.

D: This is a great beer. Easy drinking and straight forword not realy complex but that does not take anything away from this great brew.

If you are wondering how a guy from Massachusetts gets a beer from Alaska, I'll tell you. A friend from Albany New York gets this beer shipped from Alaska and i happened onto a few and i am glad i got a chance to try this beer that you cannot get in Massachusetts.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2007 20:22:01 | More by hellsing3
Photo of cjhofelt


3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a few bombers of this at Fred Meyers before Christmas to give as gifts to the Mail man, UPS guy, garbage collector, &ct. Had one left over so I thought I'd review it.

Decent looking beer in the glass, nothing special, though. Brown, slightly orange and clear with creamy head the color of atique ivory. It fades quickly, leaving a ghost of itself on the surface and laces the glass a bit, too.

Nice smell. Malty with a slight hint of something that reminds me of hot wort. No hop aroma that I can tell.

The taste is OK, good, in fact, just not "great". It's malty up front, with a carmel finish. It's a bit sweet, and that's why I can't give this a higher score than "average"

It's not a bad beer, I'll certainly drink it again. Like a lot of the larger craft brews, it is a very well crafted beer. I just don't think it'll be my first choice on the beer list.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2006 05:13:04 | More by cjhofelt
Photo of mpyle


3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Robust rusty brown color, nice clarity, very minimal head and retention, but was whitish while lasted.

Malty aroma, some hints of raisin, no hops or other major aromatics.

Malty with raisin, but not as malty as aroma indicated. Nice malt/hop bitterness balance. Finishes fairly dry and clean.

Moderate body with moderately high carbonation. Very smooth on the palate with no hints of astringency.

Overall a very nice malty beer, but well attenuated and balanced. Can't believe it is only 4% ABV, but if so it packs a wallop of flavor into such a small package.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2006 03:41:44 | More by mpyle
Photo of Darkale


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

What an interesting beer. I love a beer that doesn't fall into a category easily. I've had some altbiers, enough to know that this settles (grudgingly) into that style; however, to me it seems to have some slipperiness around its style edges. Its mouthfeel is slick but also chewy, full and buttery. Yet, the middle of the beer is brassy and slightly sour. Lacing is sparse. Head does not last long, and only a skim remains. But, a great deal of taste for a beer of so low ABV. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2006 00:43:59 | More by Darkale
Photo of ghostwalker


3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber from b0ldfacelies.

Body is clear reddish-amber with a finger of creamy whitish head.

Nose is sweet, bready and fruity. Mild, yet very pleasant and nice.

Flavor is tart with a coppery tang. Mildly fruity, biscuit malt, very little astringency. A very nice Alt.

Mouthfeel is medium, with moderately high carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good. I am enjoying quaffing this one watching College Gameday on ESPN.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2006 16:52:29 | More by ghostwalker
Photo of jeffjfindley


4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nice copper coloring and respectable head retention. The smell is faint, and not at all unpleasant. Just smells clean and malty, with the faintest touch of esters. The taste is crisp, yet adequately full-bodied, with a hint of caramel, and a very pleasant, if understated finish.

A fine mixture of satisfying flavor and a very modest abv make for a tremendously drinkable, and enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2006 03:28:19 | More by jeffjfindley
Photo of johnbonham1980


3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It's been a long time since I've had an Alaskan Amber, but decided to revisit the brewery's offerings and tried this one, along with their Summer and Winter seasonals. Reviews on those later.

I have the same feeling about this beer as I had before. I may not be a huge fan of the style, seeing as I have not had anything to compare it to, but my impressions of it are similar to what I see overall on BA, so I don't think I'm that off.

My example may have been on the older side, to be fair. Never can tell when you buy from a grocery store rather than my normal bottle shop.

Taste was definitely malt forward with a good balance of bitter, sour, and sweet notes. I tasted quite a bit of fruit, predominantly cherry, and there was a fairly significant alcohol aroma and taste, a bit more than I think I would've preferred in this one especially on the nose end.

Head was pretty quick to diminish, but I think this may be largely due to my pouring technique and the fact it's bottled rather than on draught.

Appearance was a bit muddier than I expected.

Overall, a good, drinkable beer, but not one that I'd buy very often. Drank it on its own; I think it'd probably be much better served with food.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2006 19:23:35 | More by johnbonham1980
Photo of Lagaffe74


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

I had this one from somebody who brought it back for me. Nice gesture.

It poured a copper-like color. Nice head, but quickly faded. Sweet aromas came rushing among which caramel.

The taste was along the same lines as the nose. Sweet with caramel. Nice carbonation.

A very enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2006 23:53:31 | More by Lagaffe74
Photo of umfskibum


4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Had this fresh from the tap at Pizzeria Roma in downtown Juneau.

Appearance: Pours a wonderful deep ruby color, with a fairly clear body. Held a nice, off-white foamy head for quite a while. Very visually attractive carbonation.

Smell: Sweet malt and floral hop scent. Hints of caramel. The beer has a fairly weak nose; I really had to reach to pull out the scents I did find.

Taste: In a word - Delicious. Quite malty with wicked strong caramel notes. Caramel evolves more towards a maple towards the finish. Just enough hoppy bitterness to give the beer some bite.

Mouthfeel: A somewhat odd combination of both light and creamy. Nicely balanced carbonation. Goes down quickly!

Drinkability/Final Thoughts: The light body and full taste of this beer make it a new favorite as a session beer. Heartily recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2006 02:23:14 | More by umfskibum
Photo of BlindPig


3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It was a clear red amber color with thin tan head. Lacing stayed for the whole beer also. The nose was filled with sweeter malts and was hard to distinguish other smells. It was a sweet beer with very light bitter aftertatse. Had the taste of caramel in it also. Pretty laid back malts and not much else. Was smooth and crisp. Not much was going on in it.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2006 23:10:40 | More by BlindPig
Photo of kdmorse


3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Perfect session beer for me. Looks great. Smells nice. Easy to drink. No the best Altbier, but very drinkable. Sweet and easy-going. Mmm.

After being restricted to Midwest beers (lived in IN for 23 years and 3 drinking years), this is still a treat to me. A good fallback and a cheap grocery store pick-up.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2006 01:51:06 | More by kdmorse
Photo of watermelonman


3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured to a clear amber with a small head that shrank to a ring. There's only a few small spots of lace.

The smell is mostly of caramel, with a bit of esters. The taste starts with caramel and malt, moves to a notable hop presence, and ends with grains. The mouthfeel is solid and pleasing while drinkability is good.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2006 07:01:43 | More by watermelonman
Photo of eballard


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

A deep amber color with a light lacing around the rim. A caramel malt smell with a light sweet floral sent. The taste is light and crisp. Toasted malts and caramel with a slight hops spice and a sweet finish. The feel is crisp and has a light finish. In all this is a drinkable beer. It’s a light amber beer with a clean taste and finish. Its flavors are not over powering. It’s not a wonderful beer but is has good qualities.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2006 01:54:31 | More by eballard
Photo of Tang07


3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a deep saphire. and has a nice thick tan head.

Great lacing all the way dosn.

The smell is a bit malty and it has a very light hop finish.

The taste is OK.

The mouthfeel is good. It has a very fine carbonation which matches the body of the brew.

It is very drinkable and I'll be drinking more of this stuff while it's still on sale.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2006 02:02:52 | More by Tang07
Photo of andythejerk


3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Alaskan has named this their "Amber," but labeled it as being an Altbier. I'm not real familiar with Altbiers, but it does taste quite a bit like an Amber to me. Pours with a pretty decent head and good color, but in the poor light down here in my basement I really can't tell you if that sienna/red color is just the lighting or if the beer is really that color. It tastes pretty good, with a pretty good mouthfeel and a nice, crisp citrusy zing to it. It leaves kind of a funny aftertaste though--I'm not sure why. Enjoyable. I could probably drink it with a nice loin of Alaskan Caribou and be perfectly happy.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2006 04:37:51 | More by andythejerk
Photo of rowew


4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Decided to make a trip up to Cheyenne and picked up a couple of Alaskan's offerings. I guess they just don't have the capacity to distribute to the micro-thirsty Coloradans.

Presentation: 12 oz short twist off bottle. Freshness date clearly marked on the label.

Appearance: Pours red and clear with a medium sized head, leaves quite a bit of lacing on the top of the beer after it fades.

Smell: Sweet malt with a bit of caramel. Just a hint of floral hops.

Taste: The sweet malt and caramel extend to the taste as well. Nice malty flavor with just a hint of some floral hops to keep it form being cloying.

Overall impression: Nice beer, and a low enough ABV to be a great session. I enjoyed this the first time on a cruise in Alaska, but it is almost as good while land-locked!

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2006 22:55:58 | More by rowew
Photo of Citadel82

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this in bottle aboard the Cruise ship Seven Seas Mariner. What a delight and surprise it was to find that the only beers available on this vessel included the Alaskan Brewing Company's Brews. What was more of a treat was the reasonable pricing and the fact that brews were free with the meals...also free.

This is an excellent altbier in my opinion. From the malty-floral scent, to the copper color and the off-white head that left sheets of lace. Taste was balanced with alternating doses of caramel and bread with some spicy hops and fruity yeast. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2006 13:35:37 | More by Citadel82
Photo of TAMU99


3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice dark golden Amber, pours out a thin top lace that clings sparingly.
Had some trouble identifying the scents, but toasted sugar and caramel wafted out. AS they should.
Tastes a touch bitter that isn't completely surmounted by the malts, but still tastes nice. A good full feel with a solid amber/dark flavor.

Very drinkable, I'd recommend this and will probably be grabbing the occasional 6-pack.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2006 00:24:35 | More by TAMU99
Photo of Xadoor


3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark copper colour in the glass. White foamy head with good retention. Some very light toasted grain and malt aromas. Flavour is light, slighty sweet caramel and malty to start. Some slight fruity flavours as the beer warms. Very low, if any, hop bitterness. Finish is clean and crisp. A very drinkable beer, wish I had more.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2006 15:04:45 | More by Xadoor
Photo of variousartists


3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is much better on tap, rather than from a bottle. Had on tap in the AlaskaAirlines Board Room.

Appearance: Dark reddish copper, with a light goldish head. Nothing sticks to glass.

Smell: Attractive aroma, very grainy.

Taste: Does'nt taste like a typical amber. A little sweet for my taste. Lacking hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nothing special.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable. Fine balanced brew.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2006 00:28:02 | More by variousartists
Photo of mithrascruor


4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a nice deep amber color. Fluffy 1in. head is creamy, off-white, and has a good amount of retention.

Smell: Lots of roasted malts, together with a bit of grains and hops. Overall a nice smell, slightly sweet.

Taste: Like a loaf of sweet bread; grains, malts, a nice floral sweetness, etc. Enjoyable, unique, and relatively bold.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium-bodied, and with a very light amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Low alcohol and very drinkable. No problems here!

A really great beer! Nice, unique flavor and very drinkable. Certainly a good beer for many occasions. My first alt, so I'll certainly look for other in the future.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2006 03:13:12 | More by mithrascruor
Photo of bjohnson


3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. big boy brought back from the Great Northwest by a buddy. Sharing it with him now.

A: Pours a pretty clear amber color with a frothy off white slight caramel colored head. Good retention on this bad boy.
S: Smells like an alt with characteristic caramel and toasted malt notes. Grassy hop notes also show up. Ever so slight metallic smell also.
T/M: Not a bad tasting amber. A bit of sweet malt up front that has a caramel flavor. Grassy and floral nop notes are present but hang out in the background. Creamy, soft, and smooth on the palate. Very light and refreshing. Amazingly this beer gets softer on the palate and a bit sweeter as it warms.
D: Very drinkable alt beer. Smooth and refreshing---could be a session beer with that low low low abv.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2006 23:09:35 | More by bjohnson
Photo of MiScusi


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

Appearance is a, yep you guessed it, amber- maybe on the browner side. Smell was subtle sweetness.... no hops to be found- which isn't bad. Small head, able to be regenerated by a swirl of the glass.

Taste was of sweet malt, caramel, a tad roasty, but mostly sweet caramel, and no hops, no matter how far and wide you search. This is all about the malt. Not horrible but you like a little hoppiness to peak through at some point.... at least I do.

Moutfeel is smooth and creamy, with a light carbonation.

Drinkability may be hindered by the mouthfeel. I've had other ambers that I wanted to grab for a 2nd as fast as I could, whereas this one, not so much. However, it wasn't hard to drink the one in front of me, so it wasn't all that bad. A pretty good amber. I actually like Speakeasy's Prohibition Ale as an amber better, just for comparison.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2006 06:38:40 | More by MiScusi
Photo of BeerRun13


3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fairly clear reddish copper. A thin off white head provides some lacing.
Caramel and butterscotch aroma.
Good malty caramel flavor with a touch of butter. A nice balance with some very gentle hops.
Lighter to medium boddied. Very creamy and rich with good carb.
Drinkability is fantastico!!! Nice to know that this is a readily available staple to the diet.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2006 19:28:21 | More by BeerRun13
Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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