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Alaskan Amber - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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1,353 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,353
Reviews: 551
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 44
Gots: 99 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-20-2001)
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Photo of wagenvolks


3.7/5  rDev +1.9%

From the 12 oz. bottle pours a gorgeous burnt copper ale. The carbonation levels to fuel a 2" thick, light tan head which is well retained, but leaves no lacing. Aroma is laced with apple, caramel, a touch of spices (clove esp.), grasses, abd floral boquets. You have to strain the nose a bit to detect them, but the notes are all there.

The taste has an enjoyable malty presence with some notes of pear, plum, and raisin. Some hop shows up to balance out the flavor. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing with a well-carbonated body and a smooth, lingering caramel-malt finish. This beer is easy to drink, especially with such a low ABV. It's tasty, moderately complex, and nicely balanced, so I'd be willing to have it again.

07-29-2007 20:05:40 | More by wagenvolks
Photo of Durge


3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

A light brown-copper color with a whispy head and little sign of lacing. A malty smell with highlights of vanilla and carmel, even a little pineapple. This particular pour seemed a tad flat, definitely undercarbonated but the flavor hangs in with the slightly sweet, nutty goodness. Malt and carmel hold but this one does disappoint in it's lack of carbonation. I would like to try it again, perhaps fresher to do better justice to its potential. Drinkable enough but not lively enough here. Promising.

07-17-2007 08:02:39 | More by Durge
Photo of Tallboy


2.9/5  rDev -20.1%

A- This beer pours a hazy copper with a big off white head with moderate lacing left over.
S- I detected a bready malt aroma with hints of nutmeg, caramel, and some minute dark fruits.
T- Not to complex but the earthy flavored hops balanced quite well with the not to sweet caramel. followed by some subtle hints of assorted fruits made this a nice try.
M- Not too creamy with a clean finish of natural carbonation.
O- A decent amber ale with a small ABV and quite a bit of flavor.

07-12-2007 03:27:18 | More by Tallboy
Photo of Atricapilla


3.35/5  rDev -7.7%

Has a copper colored appearance with a relatively small head which eventually laced away. The main aroma consisted of malt and that dominated the palate too. This was followed by toffee and slight nuttiness. This beer was fairly easy to drink, but was also a bit on the sweet side.

07-10-2007 01:14:40 | More by Atricapilla
Photo of roblowther


3.78/5  rDev +4.1%

Light copper color with a thin creamy head fed by a lazy progression of tiny bubbles drifting up. The smell is malty with a hint of hops to tickle your nose. The taste is a pleasant malt with oak flavors and a sour finish. It has a nutty taste that makes me happy. The mouthfeel is silky and as smooth as the head promises. The drinkability is great. I've got easy access to it for the next 10 days while I'm in Alasks and I plan to take full advantage!

07-05-2007 20:15:10 | More by roblowther
Photo of DoubleJ


3.78/5  rDev +4.1%

I've seen this all over the place, and now I've finally tried it. On to the beer:

This is a pretty straightforward, yet enjoyable beer. Copper to orange in appearance, it's a bit bready with some sweet dough and toffee. The flavors make way for some notes of caramel. As you would expect, it's on the sweet side, but not overbearing. At just 4% ABV, it makes a good choice if you're looking to drive your car afterwards.

06-27-2007 03:54:12 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of mhaws000


3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

A-Very clear, copper color with very little head that disappears almost completely.

S-Toasty malts with a little bread like yeast, no distinct hop characteristics

T-Very much in line with the previous catagory. Lightly toasted bread in a bottle. A little caramel sweetness towards the end but it finishes a little too bitter for me.

M-Very "crisp" feel. Light body, only slightly more substantial than most light lagers. Fairly high carbonation level lent itself to the crisp clean feel but was actually a detriment in my opinion. I would have prefered a smoother feel from a llightly carbonated beer.

D-Very high. I can completely understand why this would be a very popular beer. 100% middle of the road in almost all categories. It is bland enough to fit in with the light beer drinking crowd while being obscure enough to give it some street cred with the craft beer group. I would drink this all day long hanging out with my friends...as long as they paid for it. It is just too plain jane to spend my own money on again.

06-17-2007 05:42:48 | More by mhaws000
Photo of HotterThanHell


3.28/5  rDev -9.6%

I consumed two pints of Alaskan Amber today at lunch and found it to be a well balanced but average beer.

The color was a nice auburn but the beer had little head retention and virtually no lacing. In the mouth you get a light malty flavor with just a hint of hops (Cascade I think) but the carbonation seems a bit high and that lends to the slightly watered down flavor.

Like the taste, the aroma was also very light if not absent from the beer.

I even allowed my secoond one to warm a bit so it wasn't ice cold but I detected no improvement. Average Amber.

06-12-2007 02:06:59 | More by HotterThanHell
Photo of pmcadamis


3.4/5  rDev -6.3%

A - Amber / deep-copper hazy brew with a 1/2 finger head of khaki fizz. The head eventually recedes to a wispy haze and persistent collar. Not much lace.

S - Nutty banana-bread malt aromas with loads of caramel. Dark fruits (prunes and dried apricots), toast, molasses, and grapes. I also smell some "wet-dog" aromas too.

T - Autumnal flavors of dried fruit (raisns, prunes, and apricot), toast, and nuts. Hops are leafy and don't really show a lot of character, but serve to balance the malts quite well. Toasty.

M - Medium bodied, creamy, and extremely smooth, but with lively carbonation.

D - Nice nose, but sort of boring tasting. At 4.0% this is a prime session candidate. A nice alternative to brown or amber ales....sort of reminds me of Anchor steam in a way.

05-05-2007 22:55:40 | More by pmcadamis
Photo of jwc215


3.48/5  rDev -4.1%

Pours deep amber with nice clarity. A thin head soon fizzles away.

The smell is of caramelish sweet maltiness with a vague hop spiciness.

The taste is of caramel sweetness with some spicy, oily, hops that become more apparent as the drink progresses.

It's fairly smooth, but for a light astringency. Medium body.

It's decent, but something about it holds back on the drinkabillity just a bit too much. Worth trying, though I can't say that I'm crazy about the malt/hop interaction, and though it fits pretty well with the style, I can't say it's anything much above average for the style.

Thanks to bitterbill for including this one that I've been wanting to try for too long!

05-04-2007 03:27:08 | More by jwc215
Photo of sauron681


3.13/5  rDev -13.8%

Pours a deep rich copper red color with a thick head that fastly fizzles out to very minimal lacing.

Toasty grain aroma with a citrus hint. Tastes biscuity and starch in mouth with a possible cherry note at the end. Starts promising, but dissapoints going down the throat- quite plain and bland. However, still quite drinkable in my opinion, but I was looking for a little more in an Alt.

04-25-2007 19:01:02 | More by sauron681
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +7.4%

Poured a nice clear bright, but dark reddish amber with a decent white head that had a nice slow fade and some very good lacing. Smell was nice, a bit lit, ful of grain and bread tastes with a hint of yeast, and a slight bitter hop trying to work its way into the back, overall not bad. The taste was very full. Lots of malt flavors with a hint at a nice slightly hopped back. A very good session beer and a fine offering from Alaskan brewing. I am not the biggest fan of ambers generally, but this was rather nice. I could see myself putting down several of these with ease, a very good call!

04-24-2007 23:31:23 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of dfried


3.33/5  rDev -8.3%

Amber orange in color, thin off white head. The aroma was of lightly toasted grains, apple peels, maybe some pears, and very sweet, almost cloying. The taste was pretty sweet as well, some apple peel and toasted grains there too, bready, a bit like oatmeal or cheerios. Some light earthy hops as show up. Medium to light bodied.

Overall: on par for an average amber ale. Cereals and grains with some light fruitiness. I would have liked to see some more citrus character from the hops. When I think of an altbier I think of something with a little more complexity. A yawner.

04-19-2007 22:03:47 | More by dfried
Photo of akorsak


4.15/5  rDev +14.3%

A 12 oz bottle from Liquid Solutions.

A: The ale is a dark red-orange color, looking almost dark red-brown color-wise. The head was small on pour and never amounted to much throughout the glass.

S: The nose is, I swear, fruity. The aroma that I most associate with the smell is strawberry, quite intense like a juice. This aroma is intriguing, showing off a grainier side that supplants the fruitiness as it warms.

T: This ale is strong on the malts! They are so concentrated and intense that the first sensations are the fruitiness that I picked up in the nose. The sweetness quickly coalesces into malty strength that shows off dates, raisins and green grapes. The malty flavors are strong like, well, a strong ale, making for a pleasing drink.

M: The grainy strength shows off a big spectrum of tart, dry fruit flavors, making this a good drink.

D: This beer is only 4%?!? The malts make me think of a strong ale that is twice as strong. This is a big chewy drink that rightfully is Alaskan's flagship ale.

04-15-2007 01:17:35 | More by akorsak
Photo of kimcgolf


3.85/5  rDev +6.1%

Poured to a dark copper color, with thin off-white head that dissipated quickly and left little lacing. Aroma was a very pleasant blend of malty dark fruit, peat and a hint of smokey wood. Flavor was not quite as pronounced, although more of the same. Mouthfeel was slightly sweet and rich, and finish long with a slightly sweet aftertaste. I could not drink many of these at once, but a good tasting sipping beer.

04-07-2007 15:42:46 | More by kimcgolf
Photo of granite

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev +11%

A---It poured a polished copper with a fine white head.

S---Fruity esters, palm sugar and malt.

T---Bread like base malt and caramel sweetness upfront. Balanced bitterness, then finishing dry and spice like. Some notes of cinnamon and nutmeg from the yeast.

M---Thin bodied.

D---I enjoyed it and I could drink this all night long but it is the polar opposite from what an alt should taste like. The yeast used contributed too many esters. It also lacked munich malt flavor and a clean lager characteristic.

03-07-2007 13:26:08 | More by granite
Photo of sleazo

New York

3.98/5  rDev +9.6%

Mahoganycoulour with a minimal head. Raisins cherries dominate the smell, with an almost pumpernickle like malt aroma. Almosta portlike taste. There is a lot going on here, better than the typical amber ale, especially considering the elow %. Sweet aftertaste. Minimal hops. Tasty. The mouthfeel almost stings though, good body wierd carbonation. Interesting beer that i could have a few of

02-28-2007 06:06:07 | More by sleazo
Photo of skillerified


3.9/5  rDev +7.4%

A wonderful dark copper tone with a tan color to the head (which was small due to the pour, but still tan nonetheless). A lovely doughy caramel and sweet malt scent wafted from the glass. Going down, the beer had a great and wonderfully drinkable creamy character to it. Sweet malt and caramel also took the show in the flavor department. Nothing too exotic, but this brew made for a delightful experience that paired well with both an Irish style meat, bread and cheese platter and the fish and chips basket that followed.

02-23-2007 04:35:58 | More by skillerified
Photo of Talisker


3.15/5  rDev -13.2%

A respectable but ultimately unremarkable beer.

Perhaps interesting as an exploration of the German Altbier (Ale) stale - I can't say. But on its own, a little flat overall. Pours from the bottle a pleasant deep red without much head. Smell is malt forward, bready but not much personality, very slight European-style bitterness. Taste, unfortunately, is slightly subpar - starts with a nice handoff from the aroma, but vanishes almost immediately. Thin mouthfeel for the short time it lasts.

I've enjoyed this beer before when had on its own, but taking a critical look, it's average at best for a craft beer and mediocre by the usually very high standards of Alaskan.

02-15-2007 05:02:11 | More by Talisker
Photo of BeerBelcher


3.78/5  rDev +4.1%

The label described this beer as an "Alt Style," and while this seemed a bit of a disconnect to me, I thought this beer was quite good.

Appearance was a brilliant red-brown with great amounts of white head with good staying power. Aroma was malty, and a bit reminiscent to me of the way a bock smells. Flavor was also "bock malt" flavor with lots of unexpected chocolate taste. Mouthfeel was good but almost coarse and chalky, which seemed to help rub the chocolate taste into my taste buds. I found this beer to be highly drinkable.

02-12-2007 13:33:06 | More by BeerBelcher
Photo of mghotbi


3.03/5  rDev -16.5%

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.

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


3.85/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

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


3.1/5  rDev -14.6%

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.

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


3.98/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

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


3.8/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

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