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Alaskan Amber - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,303
Reviews: 550
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 41
Gots: 84 | 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 guitarmage


3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A definite chilled amber color, looks inviting. The head wasn't much to speak of, it may have been my pour, but left a nice lacing with some rings around the glass.

Smell: Sweet leafy smell, a light caramel apple, very pleasant. Sweet malt, not much hop character.

Taste: Very smooth and good. Sweet malt flavor, a mild dry hop character becomes present towards the end. Rotten fruit, in a good way.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, not especially carbonated, but a creamy quality that I like. It's not medium bodied, just creamy enough to be really smooth.

Drinkability: A decent brew, on the malty side but still well balanced. I think it is a well done beer and I'd take one if offered, although it is not one of my favorite tastes.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2006 19:33:12 | More by guitarmage
Photo of RJLarse


3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I picked up a six-pack of Alaskan Amber at the grocery store to taste review and enjoy. This beer is a bit of an old stand by, but this is my first opportunity for a review. I poured this beer in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a red/brown color and is clear. A one-finger beige Coca-Cola style head forms and fizzes out quickly. You can hear the bubbles popping. The head produces virtually no lacing on the sides of the glass.

The smell is fairly strong, sweet and malty. It has an aroma of over-ripe fruit, peaches and pears, and spiced sugars, caramel or butterscotch.

The taste is a also sweet and malty. It has a bit of a sweet caramel flavor to it, along with a little smoked biscuit flavor, and a mild hop finish. The flavors are reasonably well balanced, but not particularly complex. Frankly it has a bit of a Coca-Cola taste to go along with it’s appearance.

Mouth feel is medium bodied, smooth, perhaps a bit syrupy, and rather highly carbonated.

This is a nice drinkable beer especially in the fall and winter, and I enjoy it. I’ll have Alaskan Amber again, especially if it is on sale.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2006 23:55:49 | More by RJLarse
Photo of UncleFlip


3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Written from notes...I poured this one into a plastic cup thoughtfully supplied with the hotel room at the Sahara in Vegas, where I took up residence for a week while I attended the 2006 Consumer Electronics Show. (I get to spend a week in Vegas, surrounded by bunch of cool electronics that haven't hit the market yet....on the company dime??? Aw, shucks....do I have to?)

On to the beer...

Nice tan off white head, very foamy. Finger and a half eventually goes down to less than one finger. Darker honey colour liquid under, active bubbles.

Not a strong smell, but filled with malt and some spice. There's a hint of fresh orange here, as well.

Flavour is not as strong as I'd hoped. Dark sweet malty up front, just an airy hint to it...gets woodier at the end, but nothing else really happens with it.

It'sjust a bit oily, and the carbonation is higher than I like. Liquid is medium.

Eeasily drinkable, but I think it would be more drinkable with a little less carbonation. A little more zing in the flavour would also be nice. Just seems to sit there a bit.

Be well

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2006 07:16:47 | More by UncleFlip
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New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear reddish amber with a minimal head. Nose is clean, malt and caramel. Flavor is smooth, sweetness and malt with just a hop sprinkle to allow the other flavors the opportunity to be heard. Definately a beer to have more than one of, unfortunately I only had one :-(. Thanks Zorro for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2006 13:21:42 | More by thaichile
Photo of mooseisloose


3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this brew with a plate of fish and chips. Drank it out of the bottle so don't really know what color it is but the smell in the bottle was sweet and malty. Good carbonation. The sweetness is there but the finish continues sweet. For my taste needs a little more bitterness to the finish. Dranken alone may be better. Would probably be a great beer ice cold on a hot summer day. I'd drink again but wouldn't go looking for it.

Revisiting this review 2 years later after drinking this beer in quantity in Alaska. This is a crisp ale with a good orange caramel color and a sweet smell. The taste is smooth and slightly dry. A great starter ale for any previous non-ale drinker. My wife doesn't like ale but will drink this and enjoys it. Goes great with broiled halibut or sockeye salmon.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2006 15:16:40 | More by mooseisloose
Photo of Gusler


4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the forward looking distributors here in Arizona, we now have access to literally dozens of great beers from some fantastic brewers, one I’m most happy to see on the shelves of my main beer palace is Alaskan Amber. The beer after its release from the 12-ounce stubby brown bottle sets in the glass a luminous deep copper with a pleasing semi-creamy light tan head that is modest in size, the lace formed provides a thin covering upon the glass. Nose is sweet malt, hints of caramel and maybe brown sugar, delightful at any rate, start is mildly sweet, the grain presence ideal and the top light to medium in feel. Finish is stern in its acidity, the hops polite in their spiciness, quite dry aftertaste, and to my mind and palate, one of the best session beers to be had here in Arizona.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2006 19:31:23 | More by Gusler
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United Kingdom (England)

1.3/5  rDev -64.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Bottle. Man, what a dissapointment. First of all, this isn’t an altbier, no way in the world. Tasted more like Newcastle Brown, horribly sweet, caramel, toffee and nuts, soft, sweet rubbish, made me angry while drinking it, because i was expecting am enjoyable beer, which is not what it ended up being. Had this at a beautiful camspite on the Oregon coast with some friends, shame the beer was so bad.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2006 18:06:23 | More by rastaman
Photo of objectivemonkey


3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color with decent looking head that shrinks a little too quick, and little lacing to speak of. But it looks good otherwise. Smell is nice, a little grainy moving on toasted and nice and sweet. Taste is grainy and a bit of biscut to a very nice malty presense, sweet, and a balancing hop touch at the end. Good, full bodied beer and very enjoyable to drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2006 01:50:34 | More by objectivemonkey
Photo of biergeniesser


3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This 12 oz Screw cap bottle of Alaskan Amber poured a lovely, clear amber to copper color and yielded a thin off white head, which dissipated slowly. Fine bubbles evolved slowly from the bottom of the glass. There was no lacing what so ever.

The Aroma was clean and dominated by toasty, bready malt aromas and a slight spiciness. Hop aromas were not detectable.

The flavor of this beer was just as clean as the aroma and was once again dominated by the malt… toasty and bread like with a slight malty sweetness and a slight bit of spiciness in the finish. There was a low level of hop bitterness and hop flavor was almost undetectable, except for the slightest hint of kettle hop.

The body was light and smooth with a moderate degree of carbon dioxide bite. Altogether a very clean, smooth and drinkable beer—definitely sessionable!

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2006 18:16:09 | More by biergeniesser
Photo of ElGordo


3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pretty copper-amber hue topped by a half-inch of creamy white head that fades fairly quickly. Aroma is of light sweet caramel malt with a touch of light fruity hops and a little metallic tinge. Palate is more light sweet malt, a bit of biscuity character, and some more light fruity hops. Medium-light body is just about perfect. I'm not sure I've had many German alts, but I have to say, the Alaskans can do this one pretty damn well. A great all-night beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2006 08:20:15 | More by ElGordo
Photo of soulgrowl

United Kingdom (England)

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

Appearance: Lovely red-rose amber. A crisp, bright, clear color. Very poor retention of a short-lived, recycled paper-colored head.

Smell: Banana, faint caramel malts, resiny hops. Not very complex, but interesting.

Taste: Banana flavor comes through, plus a tangy yeast finish that reminds me of a dubbel. Mild, leafy hops and pome-like, fruity hops.

Mouthfeel: Nicely tinglesome, pleasantly carbonated and not cloying at all.

Drinkability: A versatile session beer that would match well with many foods. Ham and pumpkin pie come to mind.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2006 20:06:42 | More by soulgrowl
Photo of DogFood11


3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The barkeep poured this rather aggressively and it formed a nice head but the retention was non existent. no lacing. amber to brown in color with low levels of carbonation.

Smell was terriffic. Plenty of malt based aroma, mostly biscuity, some chocolate, caramel. Spritzy and light in taste, dark candy comes across towards the middle. Quite biscuity. Lingering spicy hop aftertaste, although mellow is welcomed to an otherwise smooth and strikeingly enjoyable alt.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2006 01:46:29 | More by DogFood11
Photo of BrewMaster


4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 22 oz bottle with an encoded freshness date. Ruby color with a dense tan head. Nice open lacing and retention.

Smell: Sweet malt with some toasty floral scents. Light fruitiness to end.

Taste: Opens with a crisp malt flavor, bread and toasty. Floral with dry white grape flavor. The middle is sweet with floral hoppiness. A bit of apple and rose water. The bitterness doesn't kick in until the end, and even then it's mild. Some bolder toastiness rounds out the beer. The finish is sweet and clean with some sandiness.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated, crisp and smooth with a delicate finish on the palate. Leaves a slighly sandy feeling in the mouth.

Drinkability: Nice and malty with some mild fruit and hop flavors. Very tasty and pleasant and would make a nice session beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2005 05:21:16 | More by BrewMaster
Photo of SteveO1231


4.72/5  rDev +30%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an awesome dark reddish copper color with a nice head of off-white head. Not much lacing but a nice ring of fizz floats around the rim of my glass. Nice carbonation.

Very faint malty aroma and a candi sweet smell of cherries, kind of reminds me of redvines candy.

Fizzy on the palate, crisp and smooth. Awesome malty sweetness a little fruity, balanced perfectly with a light bitterness. Carbonation makes me burp quite a bit.

Very good beer, totally a session beer, I could drink this brew all night long!


Serving type: bottle

12-28-2005 03:48:06 | More by SteveO1231
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4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I had this beer at the Alaskan bush company . I also had it on tap at a local pub. Great pour creamy head, roasty nose, i could not compare to anything, miller lite was about the only othe beer they had to offer. overall very drinkable is it available in the mid west??

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2005 20:49:44 | More by chrisemmons123
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3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured a crystal clear deep amber color almost a light red with a fizzy white head that subsided quickly and left no lacing. The aroma is of a munich malt and caramel with no hops to be detected. The flavor is a tight mix of both sweet and toasty malts with a touch of that biscuit character which seems prominent in mass produced amber ales (Rogue excluded). Good flavor though i like my Alts a little more hoppy like Zum Ueridge and as this is an american example it is ok in it's own right. The mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery I expect that they had to use a more fermentable mash in order to make this ale cost effective though it could use a bit more body. A very drinkable ale this would make a great beginner beer for those who previosly only liked macros or would also make a good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2005 18:17:40 | More by RenoZymurgist
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3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This seems to be a local favorite here in NW washington state, usually available in most supermarkets beer selection. Beer pours a nutty brown with a nice little head which dissipates with a few streaks of lacing. Taste like it looks, nutty without subdued hop characteristics and emphasis on the nutty malt flavors. Mouthfeel is acceptable though a bit thin for me. I rank drinkablilty high because of it is a solid all around easy to drink beer, a good choice for gatherings because I can't see anyone really having any strong complaints about this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2005 04:08:05 | More by masikon
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3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

ONe of several bottles from the brewery that my brother picked up for me on a recent visit. Pretty sweet!
I am pouring into a pint glass at room temp. The beer pours a clear chestnut color with small fizzy and loud head foaming up 1 cm and fading quickly to nothing. Aroma is caramel and some bready yeast with a hint of brown sugar. Overall the nose is mild. First sip reveals an average body with mild carbonation. The beer is a little thinner than expected. The flavor is brown sugary with caramel and a bit of grassy hops on the finish. The beer is smooth and goes down easily. It is a good brew, just not overly complex, which I believe is true to style.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2005 17:27:02 | More by sulldaddy
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4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to fellow Weymouthian beernut7 for this rare one...
Pours a dark rust color w/ less than a half finger of bright white head which disappears almost instantly with very little lacing.
An attractive aroma of spiced hops and sweet malt balancing out the nose...juicy fruit goodness lingers w/ some caramel undertones.
The taste is very nice...the perfect blend of hops, malt and spice making this one very drinkable. Mildly bitter and the sweetness is nowhere near what I was expecting from its smell...very subdued.
Carbonation is a touch high, but the finish is very clean. Mouthfeel is medium bodied.
Another winner from Alaskan Brewing Company...

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2005 17:48:18 | More by warriorsoul
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4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at a steak restaurant in Richland, WA. Dark red-orange color, with quickly dissipating white head.

The aroma and flavor is mostly of malt, with some biscuity component. Very smooth flavor overall, almost no bitterness or hops detected.

Extremely drinkable, I really enjoyed this. I thought it would be more mainstream in character, but was surprised to find a strong smooth flavor. I'll get this again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2005 11:37:47 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of baiser


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

Pours a clear copper body, with a thin white head. Aroma is toasty, biscuity, grainy and has a slight trace of hops. This is a light, crisp and refreshing beer. Light bodied and very clean. Some light malt flavours, toastiness, and faint hops. Has plenty of taste for such a light beer. Perfect for a hot summer's day.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2005 22:57:14 | More by baiser
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3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Amber, slightly cloudy, with an off-white two finger head exhibiting light retention and light lacing.

Smell – There are deep citrus, honey, spicy, and caramelly notes in the nose.

Taste – Crisp and sweet, this has many caramelly tastes and deep malty domination. This reminds me quite a lot of a crisper, dryer fat tire. The finish is average.

Mouthfeel – This is creamy, crisp and clean with a medium-light bodied mouthfeel.

Drinkability – This is a very drinkable beer, and very consistent.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2005 07:15:01 | More by xoqx
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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I didn't transfer this to a glass so I don't know how well it held it head, but overall carbonation was light throughout the drinking.
First impression was nice hoppy smell with hints of sweetness.
Full mouth feel with slight bite in the back of the pallette.
Slightly sweet aftertaste
Very drinkable beer without any strange flavors sneaking in...in real alt (old) style, just hops, yeast, barley but with a slight, definate wheat feel and dryness.
I'll buy this one again.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2005 20:44:41 | More by IntriqKen
Photo of grindcore666


3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've only had the Summer Ale from Alaskan at this point, and I really enjoyed that...so let's see how this one goes.

Poured into a pint glass- color is reddish bronze...one finger head fades into a thin cloudy layer of bubbles.

As expected from an amber, it smells sweet and fruity.

Tastes more mellow than I was expecting - mild hops in front hiding behind the carbonation, expands into some nice malts. Just the right amount of sweetness- not sickly sweet, but pleasant.

Mouthfeel is full and smooth.

This beer has a lot of character, without being too aggressive- very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2005 00:47:15 | More by grindcore666
Photo of edmundfitzoil


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

This one is pretty darn popular at work, so I finally decided to give it a go. I had it on-tap and poured into a standard pint glass.
The beer poured a red/amber with a very nice, off white 1/2 in. of head that retained pretty well but left very little lacing. I might have been lucky to get a great pour, but this was a beautiful beer. The aroma was malts with some caramel and a hint of fruitiness. The beer's flavor was a sweet malty flavor with some hop flavor coming through as well. I had a physically beautiful pour, but I found the beer itself disapointing slightly - well, mainly because of the build up and expectations based on what customers and coworkers had been saying about it. But it's not a bad beer, not in the least, which is pretty drinkable and pretty prevalent here.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2005 05:56:36 | More by edmundfitzoil
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