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Alaskan Amber - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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1,558 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,558
Reviews: 576
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 50
Gots: 191 | 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 ocelot2500
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with a tight off-white head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smells of toasted malts and a bit of hops.

Tastes of a decent hop kick up front rounded out by malts. Hops have a floral quality with some grass. Malt gives mostly caramel notes. Fairly balanced, a touch on the sweet side. Some peppery spice comes through as well.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Photo of salvo
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber malty beer: the head dissipated quickly leaving a clear brown glass of roasted malty goodness. The richness of the malt is not overwhelming: my complaint about some alts is that they are overwhelming, but this is a nicely balance alt bier that offers flavor and some complexity but not overwhelming in any way. Satisfying.

Photo of Offa
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my review for the beer on tap. Overall, it's basically like the bottle, but seems to get a somewhat better head on tap

Reddish copper, it has a fairly frothy smallish medium off-white head that dissipates fairly slowly to a wispy top and leaves only a faint trace of brief lace.

The aroma is pleasant if somewhat subdued, mostly lightly caramelly-toasty yeasty bread, cooked barley, with fruitiness and hints of crust.

The taste is mild but with lightly complex fruit elements, a lot of toasty grain and cooked barley, light earthy and fruity bread crust, with a hint of caramel and a light leafy spiciness. Sweetish up front, it has a lightly earthy-spicey finish and somewhat sweet caramelly-fruity aftertaste. It's lightly sweet up front before a zesty dryness dominates the finish.

Photo of jampics2
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. I picked up this bottle on the west coast a little while back, but it's still within an acceptable drinking date.

Brownish orange with clarity, active carb, and some orange and gold touches on the edges. White head sticks around for a moment, the falls down fast. No head after that, and shitty to no lace. Boo, not a great start.

Smells of nice caramel malt with a touch of earthy hops and some slight raisin. Mild toast gives the malt depth. This is malt driven and pretty decent, but could be more expressive and deep.

The taste is nice. This is not a multi dimensional beer by any means, but the malt forward flavor it focuses on is pleasant and very good. There's some caramel sweetness and a touch of biscuity toast that gives it an edge. The hops aren't too evident but add a slight bitter edge to balance the sweet malt. Hints of ripe pear, toast, grass, and toffee make it have some depth, however it's a pretty straight-up malt focused beer.

Mouthfeel is good as well. Medium body feels lighter due to nice active carbonation. Finish is sweet and clean. This is a great session beer but lacks the complexity that a world class amber or alt should have.

Photo of JamisonM
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: amber color with off white head that is rather soapy looking does not look like its going to stick around the entire review

S: sweet buttery malts smells quiet deep and good

T: rich and deep malts come through very nice malty beer

M: med mouth med cabonation

D: drinkable but sweetness can be too much so I cant give it above a 3.5

overall: very good beer interesting style I like this style with out the alcohol burn like the big old ales its a drinkable malty beer that makes the malts the star of the show and I really liked it good price for a 6 pack as well! I will buy again for sure!

Photo of lumikuuro
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear brownish amber with small beige head and a little lace.

Aroma: Rich caramel malt, some spice, and the cheesy smell of good Bavarian style beer.

Taste: Rich caramel, hint of cheese, cinnamon, raisin, some fruit as the beer warms. Earthy soft hop gives balance. Nice beer, but a little more intensity would help.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, soft. Light carbonation, slightly dry.

Drinkability: An easy drinking beer with nice flavours and an accomplished aroma. Easily enjoyable but doesn't blow the drinker away.

Photo of zhanson88
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The beer is a deep amber color. Eggshell white head that reduces and clings to the glass nicely.

Smell: Mild hops, pine, citrus, and lightly toasted malts are detectable. Not an overly impressive smell.

Taste: Malt, citrus, pine, and a bit of spiciness and and hops at the end. The spiciness is interesting to me, it gives this beer a different characteristic than other amber beers I've had. It must be the altbier style.

Mouthfeel: It's relatively light bodied, but I like the amount of carbonation it has. It goes down pretty smoothly and has a slightly bitter finish.

Drinkability: Very drinkable and refreshing. A good beer to sit down and watch some football with.

Photo of homebrew311
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recently went on an Alaskan cruise, and this brew was available everywhere. A welcome alternative to the all the macros that were available.

A: pours a nice clear amber, thin beige head

S; lots of biscuit malts followed by some sweetness provided by the crystal malts.

T: sweet up front followed by a notable bicuity malt profile, a decent hop bite on the finish. Pretty well balanced.

MF: smooth and refreshing, medium to high carbonation

D: great session beer for an Alaskan cruise. I wouldn't seek this out but I would never have a problem drinking it!

Photo of biboergosum
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A minor review milestone, made better by the atmosphere at Moose's Saloon in Kalispell - dark, sawdusty, amazing 'za, and well, beer!

This beer appears a dark amber hue, with one finger of light beige head, with falls away quickly leaving some small specks of lace around the glass. It smells of crisp fruity malt, and mild caramel. The taste is fruit malt - apple, mostly, and soft earthy hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight and smooth. It finishes clean, and a bit sweet.

A simple, skewed ale, but in a good, drinkable way. Good malty stuff. I could see having a few of these in a sitting.

Photo of msubulldog25
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A ubiquitous staple of Northwest beer culture for the better part of two decades, but one I have fairly infrequently and one Ive never reviewed. This one served and reviewed on a plane (Alaska Airlines, appropriately); we got a bump to first class, which earned a couple free bottles and some honest-to-god glassware (ok, an 8 oz. cocktail tumbler). Bottle dated 10.09.10 as a 'best by'.

A: Amber (what else?), tinted the slightest bit copper-orange. Modest carbonation but clear and deep; if solidified, I'd search for an embedded mosquito to extract dinosaur DNA from in my quest to create my own Juraissic Park (one that DOESN'T go horribly wrong this time...). Terrific head, a solid one-finger tuft of khaki fluff that dwindles to a thickened cream. Pretty lace, too, lagging in droopy bands.

S: Nutty sweetness and dessert-y baked bread, a malt-forward scent with just enough dried-grass hops for a reasonable balance.

T: Medium roast on the grain, a nut-filled, caramel-rich mouthful. Not as sweet as expected, just a nice balancing dry/spicy breadiness, rye-like. Hints a berry fruit, though nothing discernable. Low bitterness overall.

M: Crisp feel at first with a fine sprinkling of fizz, then a mellowed smoothness. Not heavy-bodied, though just a tad on the sticky/malty side in the finish.

D: Yes, yes it is (drinkable). I'm not rushing out to buy cases, but I was told by the owners of Liquid Solutions (before their sad demise) that at one time folks from 'back east' bought this beer by the truckload - it was a sizeable chunk of their mail-order business. I can see the validity, a very tasty beer I need to add to the mix more often. Recommended.

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

Rich, sweet, bready aroma with plenty of melanoidins.

Hazy, deep amber colour with a small, 1-finger, off-white head. Poor head retention.

Sweet and bready. Lots of toffee and melanoidin. Hints of fruit.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation.

Rich, rounded flavour but just a little bit cloying and overly gassy.

Photo of gkunkle
3.21/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with an average head. Smells malty. Has a malty and toasty taste with a little bit of hops. The feel is soft, not very carbonated. Overall, I would drink this again, but i wouldn't seek it out. It would be fine for drinking with the boys, but there are other, more common beers that I enjoy more

Photo of sitarist
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Did this beer as a blind review in the blind beers bif.

Pours a burnt orange color with amber highlights, it is mainly clear with some tiny bubbles rising. The head is off white and about 1/2", it falls quickly to nothing.

I smell some light fruits, honey, its very malty, with some alcohol coming through. The scents are subdued, well blended, and quite hard for me to pick out.

I taste nuts, toffee, a little earthiness, moss, honey and the faintest hint of bitterness.

Medium body, wet, barely any carbonation.

Not something Id go out of my way for but good. There are no bad flavors, its not to high in alcohol, and not too heavy.

Photo of soju6
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Served a clear amber color with a decent head and some lacing.

S: Roasted grain & malt with a hint of sweetness.

T: Light malt flavor with a slight sweetness that continues to a mild bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Moderate body that is smooth and well balanced.

D: Very enjoyable and good when having more than one. This is one of my go to beers when working in Alaska.

Photo of DovaliHops
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an almost-clear, amber color with a great off-white (almost tan) head. The scent is unique...with a little bit of sour notes...also get some sweet malts and very little hops...The aromas do not blend that great, but they blend fairly well. The taste is definitely not what the scent leads you to assume. Immediately a get some sweet malts and some candy sugars...maybe a bit of prunes or other dark fruits. Then it just mellows out like crazy...kinda becomes watered down. Not very much hoppiness to this brew. The mouthfeel is descent. A bit on the light side. This is a great session beer in my opinion. And I know if this was a forum post, that annoying guy, Ding, would say this isn't a session beer,,, But I see this as a good session beer.

Photo of unclejimbay
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Alaskan Amber (Altbier)
ABV: 5.30 %, tried Saison brew day 7/10/10
bottle>duvel glass

Thanks courtesy of olympuszymurgus advanced trade. My first Alt to date, been trying to track one down.

Appearance is copper in color, impressive clarity, satisfactory head & retention.
Nice clean and mild malty aroma.
Tastes as it smells, seems like a nice Munich and Caramel malt profile. Mellow but appropriatte noble hop support.
Medium in body and medium+ carbonation.
Drinkability is a solid 4.0, enjoyable and lived up to my style expectations as my first Altbier. Cheers to Alskan Brewing! seem slike a nice mellow Marzen like ALe version.

Photo of appenzeller
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a red amber hue, thin head. Scented with sweet malts, caramel, subtle. Taste is predominantly sweet malts with breadiness. Minimal hops evident. Not really my favorite style, this is still a good beer with quality malts and good balance for what it is. For whatever reason, Alaska brewing seems to have ridden to success on the back of this beer and while it doesn't bowl me over, it's a nice alt that's especially satisfying on a cold dreary day.

Photo of jsprain1
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- solidly amber, quite clear with a thin head that bears some good lacing.
S- Toasted grain, and just a hint of piney hops.
T- A bit malty opening up, but as it moves through the pallet it reveals some hop presence. very balanced. no flavor drastically outplays another.
M- Crisp carbonation. on the light side but tastefully so.
D- Overall, just a well rounded beer that is easy to drink. particularly a good summertime brew. all in all, it's a good go to beer, that I have found to be a great compliment to grill out foods.
last edit: 7/23/10

Photo of KazikliBey
2.88/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

About one half inch head when poured into a frosted heavy beer mug. Head had a beige tint and lasted about 30 seconds. Liquid has a clear amber color and a malt yeast odor. Taste was not bad yet not anything spectacular.

Over-all an average brew. I'm not knocking this product but not impressed.

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

This a fairly typical example of the style all around. A nice brownish-amber color with an inch of tan head. A slightly sweet malt aroma with just a trace of hop scents. A biscuity, malty taste. Medium, leaning toward light, body. And decent drinkability. I rarely seek this beer out, but it's a reliable stand-by (along with Fat Tire and Mac & Jacks Amber) that's available even in the most redneck, logger, farmer bars around here. If your friends like the BMC products, you can happily drink this whenever you're with them.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. An aggressive pour revealed a 2 finger pillow-like head that did fade a little more quickly than I would have liked. Color is copper and pretty clear.

Smell is of toasty caramel malts. It's sweet and tart with just a little hops present.

The taste is no different from the aroma. It has a nice toasty flavor with some sweetness, just the faintest of graham cracker and a nice mild hop flavor and bitterness to finish.

Mouthfeel is soft and light, carbonation is relatively low.

Highly drinkable, very mild, refreshing and sessionable. It's not the most complex alt/amber but it's well-balanced and very quaff-able!

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

Glass - Pint

A - A highly carbonated, clear amber with a 1-2 finger off white head. Retention is decent, no lacing left, a nice ring held throughout consumption though.

S - Citric & herbal hop qualities, beneath I get a bit of toast & faint caramel, a touch of biscuit. There's a semi bright plum in there as well, that seems be pronounced as it warms.

T - A bit of biscuit with soft honey & caramel notes, unfolding into plum and citric hop flavors. Finishes with lingering hop flavors & plum, very mild bitterness, very well balanced, nothing really pops out here.

M - Lite-moderately carbonated and very smooth. Lite-medium bodied but more so medium.

D - This one is a quaff brew, I could easily tear into a six pack of this beer. I liked it, nothing wowing but I liked the balance and drinkability of it. I don't think I'd buy this one again, I'd rather go for a Brown, or a Red, not bad though.

Photo of kels
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to colts9016 for this one - cheers!

Pours a nice toasty red-brown with moderate visibility and soft carbonation. The initial 1 finger creamy tan bubbly head fades to a soft skim and leaves behind little bits of spitty lace.

Light toasty maltiness with a hint of caramel in the nose just barely qualifies as aroma. Subtle, nice.

Taste starts out very toasty and crisp - full of malty graininess. As it progresses, it becomes increasingly sweet in an artificial saccharine-like way that's not necessarily bad. It's sticky and a little nutty. Feel is initially creamy, but the fast-fading carbonation leaves it feeling a little thin overall. Finish is slightly sticky.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear amber color with a 1 inch white head that fades to a small cap. There is a little sticky lacing on the glass.

S - Smells of sweet malts and an unidentifiable fruity smell.

T - Tastes of toasty malts and sweet fruits.

M - Good carbonation makes for a smooth drinking beer.

D - Very good beer with a tasty fruit essence. I would get this one again.

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

Pours the color of rusty pennies, with some moderate dirty white foam. Somewhat nutty on the nose, with sweet malt and caramel aromas. Fairly thin bodied, with some caramel flavors and a crisp finish. Overall, this beer is too one-dimensional for me; some hoppiness would have been nice.

Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,558 ratings.