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Alaskan Amber - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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1,399 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,399
Reviews: 558
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 44
Gots: 115 | 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 cafemondegar
2.2/5  rDev -39.4%

I was in the mood to experiment a little bit so I got a six pack of 'mix' beers. This was one of them. Poured into my pint glass with a medium head, which disappeared quickly. The beer is a copper red color. I figured I was not seeing it in the right light so took it to a room that was better lit but no matter how hard I looked I could see no amber.
The beer has only a hint of a smell, faintly like yeast. The mouthfeel is average, like diluted Fat Tire.
I love all beer and given a choice between this ale and iced tea, would pick the ale any day of the week but this is not by a long shot the best beer I have had

cafemondegar, May 28, 2008
Photo of KBomb
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%

This stuff pours a bright ruby-red... nearly like a cranberry juice. A good foamy white head lingers for a long time.

The aroma is of caramel, toasted malts, and a little kiss of floral hoppiness.

The taste is of sweet caramel malt at the front end accompanied by a tiny bit of fruitiness (I detect a bit of raspberry and globe grape). On the finish is a little bite of hops. Alaskan Amber is a quiet dance of nice flavors; sweet and well-balanced. Restrained, yet still very likeable.

It feels a little sharp at first but with a nice crisp finish, quite drinkable.

Clean and robust flavors make it very refreshing yet still interesting.

I'd call this one of my desert island beers, not because its the very best of all times, but because its quite good and still quite versatile. Its easy drinking and refreshing character make it great for summer bbq, but its also well built to be sipped and appreciated more intently. Whenever I'm home in the PacNW, this is my session beer of choice.

Alaskan Amber might also get some bonus points because this is one of the beers that first awoke me out of macros to the bigger world of craft beer. Its also a point of bonding with my father who shares a deep love of this brew. But enough with the autobiography; I think this is good stuff

KBomb, May 26, 2008
Photo of hustlemuscle
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%

Not bad. Balanced, somewhat fruity, ends with a bit of spice. Mild and mellow. Hops come out as it warms. Bready, yeasty.

Amberish, mildly carbonated, thin head. Doesn't smell like much though.

Easy enough to drink, a good sit-and-watch-tv beer. Somewhat drying, not particularly memorable.

hustlemuscle, May 21, 2008
Photo of sml505
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%

22oz. Bottle

A - Deep amber. Light tan lasting head. No lacing.

S - Stong, sweet malt of bread, caramel.

T - Follows aroma nicely. Sweet and malty. A light, drying spice.

O/ M - Light spice balances it well. Nice malt and slight yeasty spice. Dry finish. Light to med mouthfeel.

sml505, May 19, 2008
Photo of jasonjlewis
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%

Pours a nice 1 finger head with exxcelent rtention and a ruby red semi clear color.

Not a lot going on with the nose. Some toasted malt comes out but it's very faint.

Nice toasty malts with a delicate sweetness. This is finished out with a nice hop bitterness that balances the beer nicely. sort of bubblegum flavor on the finish.

Somewhat of a cloyingness and a dryness o the mouthfeel. Not ideal. Sort of odd in a way and not totally enjoyable. It's not a huge flaw, but a minor one.

This is a decent sessionable beer. Nicely balanced with just a few flaws. It's worth a try.

jasonjlewis, May 19, 2008
Photo of russpowell
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Had a couple of 22 ozers at a local sports bar last night.

Poured caramel with one pinky of sand colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: A bit of caramel, not much else

T: Caramel & a bit of herbal hops up front. Nice breadyness, some toasted grains & a little more herbal hops as this warms

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation & decent balance

Drank pretty easy, not bad, but I actually prefer this in the bottle, weird

russpowell, May 18, 2008
Photo of PhageLab
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%

On Tap @ O'Aces in Las Vegas. Served in a mug.

A - Transparent light brown coloration, nice three tip head of fluff, excellent retention, some nice lacing left behind.

S - Toasted toffee aroma with a generous caramel malt backing. Fairly sweet yet not overly so.

T - Nice smokey characteristic to this lightly malted brew. Has a certain "burnt" quality to it's roasted body that I really like. Nicely balanced.

M - Fairly light body, medium carbonation level, mild finish.

D - Very awesome beer, could be a perfect session brew. I'd wholeheartidly recommend this to anyone. If I ever get another opportunity to try this, I won't hesitate.

PhageLab, May 15, 2008
Photo of tpd975
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%

A: dirty hue of brown, with very little head. Nice and bright with very spotty lacing.

S: sweet flowery caramel notes, with nice ripe fruits. There is a touch of roasty nuts.

T: smooth caramel malt flavor with a supremely balanced yet low amount of hops. Starts a bit sweet and fruity. A touch of hops and nuts in the finish.

M: medium-light body very smooth.

tpd975, May 13, 2008
Photo of jakon
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%

12oz bottle

Pours amber with an average sized off-white head that sticks around for a bit.

The aroma features sweet malts and a distinct yeastiness.

The taste is robust for such a small beer. Big maltiness, dark fruits, background floral hops...this is a great session beer.

jakon, May 04, 2008
Photo of Domingo
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%

One of my favorite items to trade for and get amongst my travels is now in my backyard.
Pours a copper color that's somewhere between brown and red, but it's really bright. Carbonation isn't ridiculously heavy, but with a normal pour, you'll get an inch of foam.
Smells pretty malty and fruity. Reminds me a little of a British style pale ale, which is sort-of along the lines of the Alt style. It's got some biscuit character, and yes, even some hops. Not to strong, but not bad.
Tastes sweet and malty up front, with the flavor of nuts, figs, and graham crackers. Finishes with a noble hop hit, even though I believe they're using a blend of hops. Pretty authentic as it tastes like the few German Alts I've had.
Goes down easy and drinking a 22oz by yourself is easy at this low ABV. It's a little foamy once it warms, but it's much better served cool anyway.
A great all-around beer that's good for the hottest summer day or a cold winter night.
Funny enough, it's probably better than more scores reflect just because it's just so all purpose. It's not going to blow you away, but it does everything really well.

Domingo, Apr 28, 2008
Photo of Matty1918
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%

Had this on tap at the Pumphouse while travelling to Washington.

Poured a dark amber with a small head and good lacing.

A rich aroma that consisted of sweet malt a slightly nutty.

The taste was of sweet malt...slight caramel with a hint of nut and a slight bitterness.

A pretty good amber. I'd try this again.

Matty1918, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of PhxHorn
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%

Color is a deep orange, with a very light head. Smelled lightly of malt. Tasted of malt and a little bit of spice, with a bit of hop bitterness near the end. Nice flavor. The slightly hoppy bitter finish is intriguing enough that it keeps you wanting to take another sip. Very very drinkable.

PhxHorn, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of aquaderek
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%

Poured this beer from the bottle into a session glass. The beer is golden orange and has a thin head which dissipates quickly to leave a lace. The nose is initially malty, some spiciness (nutmeg), some cabbage in the background. The taste is malt forward followed be an unimpressive watery finish. The mouthfeel is refreshing and crisp, could be better. This is an OK session brew.

aquaderek, Apr 14, 2008
Photo of canucklehead
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%

At the Reef in Point Roberts there is one lone craft tap at the back of the bar and it is Alaskan Amber. I must say that this is a West Coast session classic. ( Seems they started bringing into Washington State early on in the craft revolution). What works for me about this beer is the drinkability ( more amber than alt in my mind). The malt backbone is the main flavour which holds the beer together but the hops come through in the finish and most importantly you want another pint right after. Like Fat Tire or Full Sail Amber this is a food friendly drinking beer that is sold almost everywhere in the PNW(expect BC alas)

canucklehead, Apr 04, 2008
Photo of rye726
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

Nice amber color with a tan foamy head. Good lacing and retention.

The aroma is of mild malts and some sweet candies.

The taste is very similar to smell. A basic mild malty beer.

Good light body and carbonation. Very drinkable and a good example of the style. Alaskan Brewing always does a good job.

rye726, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of budsboy
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%

Pours deep amber with a small white head.

Smell is mellow. Dark fruit, bread and a hint of hops and alcohol.

Taste is equally as mellow. Hints of grape, raisin and grainy bread and finishing with a somewhat tannic bitterness. The aftertaste lingers and is a well balanced fruity sweetness and hop bitterness.

Medium to full bodied and very smooth.

A great session beer. Very easy to drink, I see as I have already reached the bottom of my glass. Nothing that will knock you socks off, but a very good quality beer befitting the style.

budsboy, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of Beaver13
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

22 oz bottle. Pours a clear reddish amber with a fine off white head that goes to a thin film that laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet caramel malts, toffee and some fruit.

The flavor is slightly sweet caramel, toffee and biscuits with a little fruitiness and enough bitterness at the finish to balance it well. The mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall, nothing too exciting but this is a well made, well balanced and enjoyable brew. This reminded me a bit of Fat Tire, but better.

Beaver13, Mar 24, 2008
Photo of ArrogantB
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%

22oz bottle that was amber in color (no surprise right?). The smell was a very nice fruity aroma. I liked it. The taste however was kinda funky and departed from the smell. It was very easy to drink and I thought it would be a decent session beer but I am going to have to drink this a second time to form a good opinion.

ArrogantB, Mar 22, 2008
Photo of hardy008
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%

Appearance - Pours a beautiful amber color with an offwhite one finger foamy head which stays a long time and leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

Smell - Hops and citrus.

Taste - Sweet with some hints of caramel and spice. Exceptionally good.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, clean, creamy. with noticeable carbonation.

Drinkability - Extremely drinkable. A beer which I could easily drink several bottles of.

hardy008, Mar 22, 2008
Photo of mentor
2.95/5  rDev -18.7%

Yeah! New in Colorado, happy to try this one. Pours a one finger, mostly fizzy oranged-tan head over a brilliant dark rust liquid. Smells biscuity malt and earthy/fruity hops. Also, browned malt and a sort of a graham cracker character (non-sprinkled). Some caramel and a sourish dash. Heavy hop oils that are a bit dark.

Tastes malty sweet with hop aromatic stepping in late. Toasted malt bordering on burnt and caramel that fails to stand up. Depth of malt character is low and an unpleasant acidic hangs in the aftertaste. Not overbearing, just there without anything to counter it. Malt is lifted off the tongue by plentiful carbonation, that's borderline stingy.

Md thick mouthfeel that washes off the tongue quickly, but not the teeth. Heavy carbonation is a detraction. Meh, I'm not likely to try this one again.

mentor, Mar 20, 2008
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%

Appearance - pours into a Belgian glass with a deep orange/red color. A modest head reduces to a thin cover/thick collar. A good looking beer.

Aroma - fairly average graininess, a slight whiff of metal and some diacetyl. Meh.

Taste - light grains with a touch of smooth bready sweetness. Light diacetyl again and a mild balanced hoppiness on the swallow and aftertaste. Decent balance, even flavors.

Mouthfeel - a note of smoothness, accentuating the body a little above medium. Carbonation is steady.

Drinkability - a fine easy-drinking session beer.

brewdlyhooked13, Mar 16, 2008
Photo of OStrungT
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%

This beer pours an amber, slightly brownish color, with an off white head. The head fades a little quickly, leaving a nice lacing.

This beer has a mild, spicy hop aroma. It smells citrusy as well. It has a slight caramel malt aroma also. It smells very clean.

This beer tastes like it smells. A little spicy up front, with a sweet caramel malt flavor. Very clean, and non aggressive.

This beer is high in carbonation. It leaves a slightly spicy aftertaste. Light bodied.

I think this beer would make a good session beer. Low alcohol, and a good non aggressive flavor would make this one a good choice.

Overall: I tent to like extreame beers. This beer is a good one to remind me that there are other great beers out there that are not 10% ABV with 130 IBU's. Great beer. I have had it before, and I will definately have it again.

OStrungT, Mar 05, 2008
Photo of JDV
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%

Thanks to Fordest for this one- Pours a Rich, orange amber color with a some nice head to it. Smell is nice and toasty sweet malt and toffee. Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy. Tastes is good and heavily on the malty side of ambers. No real sign of hops to speak of, but it is a nice, tasty easy drinking beer. I definitely enjoyed this one.

JDV, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of chsanders
4.4/5  rDev +21.2%

This is an exceptional session beer. Creamy head, dark amber color, smooth taste and not the least bit heavy. The aroma doesn't quite come all the way through with the taste -just a little more mellow. Nice lacing on the glass that stays all the way through.
I was introduced to this beer by my brother in AK, and can't get it here in NE -but I can in WY, came back with a case this past weekend. It's going to be hard to make it stretch out.

chsanders, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of athensbeermaster
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%

Poured this one pretty fast and still almost no head. No lacing what so ever. On the nose I pick up some blood orange. The tawny port color was one impressive quality.
The flavor has a nutty, toasted grain with some fading fruit quality on the finish. A simple brew that is very smooth and easy to drink!

athensbeermaster, Jan 25, 2008
Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,399 ratings.