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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.

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Photo of umfskibum
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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.

umfskibum, Sep 23, 2006
Photo of BlindPig
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%

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.

BlindPig, Sep 16, 2006
Photo of kdmorse
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%

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.

kdmorse, Sep 16, 2006
Photo of watermelonman
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

watermelonman, Aug 30, 2006
Photo of eballard
3/5  rDev -17.4%

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.

eballard, Aug 30, 2006
Photo of Tang07
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%

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.

Tang07, Aug 26, 2006
Photo of andythejerk
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

andythejerk, Aug 10, 2006
Photo of rowew
4.03/5  rDev +11%

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!

rowew, Aug 08, 2006
Photo of Citadel82
4/5  rDev +10.2%

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.

Citadel82, Aug 07, 2006
Photo of TAMU99
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

TAMU99, Jul 30, 2006
Photo of Xadoor
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

Xadoor, Jul 25, 2006
Photo of variousartists
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

variousartists, Jul 25, 2006
Photo of mithrascruor
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%

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.

mithrascruor, Jul 23, 2006
Photo of bjohnson
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

bjohnson, Jul 21, 2006
Photo of MiScusi
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

MiScusi, Jul 20, 2006
Photo of BeerRun13
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

BeerRun13, Jul 13, 2006
Photo of Phatz
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%

A few weeks ago my sister gave me this odd glass that was given to her by a friend who moved. It didn't match anything of their glassware so her husband didn't want it. I almost forgot I put it on the bottom shelf of the beer glass hutch until my dad brought this beer back from Alaska for me. I was reading the suggested glassware for this beer is a Stange (Slender Cylinder) and had now idea what that was; wouldn’t you know the glass my sister had no use for is exactly what I wanted. It was providential that I should enjoy this beer in this glass at this time; and a pleasure indeed!

Appearance: Pours a beautiful ruby brown color with an off-white head that fades fast.

Smell: Malty! Very malty and bready too; with a nice touch of floral hop in the nose as well.

Taste: Starts off malty and sweet with hints of caramel and fruit parallel to the bready grain amber malt flavor. There is also a grassy hop presence that makes itself know but does not over dominate this brew. The finish is dry with a nice lingering aftertaste of gentle but firm hops and doughy dryness.

Mouthfeel: Oily slick through the center with a solid malt backbone and yet smooth and slight creamy around the edges with a nice dryness that prickle the palate.

Drinkability: This is a perfect anytime any occasion easy drinking beer. It is enjoyable for savoring and perfect as a session beer. The small ABV I didn’t even feel after just one but the tasty flavor stayed with me after it was finished. Simply put it would always be good choice! Well done Alaskan Brewing Co.

Hope this is helpful.

Phatz, Jul 12, 2006
Photo of Wasatch
2.88/5  rDev -20.7%

A - Pours a clear golden amber color, nice carbonation, tiny head, basically no lacing though.

S - Scents of sweet malts, slight caramel.

T - The taste is sweet, but dissappointing. I was expecting alot more. Too watery.

M - Light body.

D - Drinkable. A fair amber ale in my book.

Wasatch, Jun 18, 2006
Photo of BDTyre
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Decent amber from Alaskan, but nothing too out of the ordinary. Decent amber colouring with a thin, white head. Caramely malt smell with a bit of citrus zing from the hops.

Nice smooth pale malt flavour. Faint hops in the background cut the sweetness.

Decent mouthfeel, carbonation not too much. Drinkable, but not anything that leaves me begging me for more.

BDTyre, Jun 09, 2006
Photo of rebel1771
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%

Appearance: Crystal clear dark reddish copper color with decent head.
Smell: Carmel notes up front with a nice fruity hoppy scent rouding it out.
Taste: The taste is decent with a toasty malt flavor mixed with sweet malts and just a hint bitterness in the end.
Overall: This is a pretty good brew, I could have a few more without complaining.

rebel1771, Jun 08, 2006
Photo of JayTheFinn
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%

It was drank in the dive bar I had this in, so I couldn't accurately tell you what color it is. All I could really tell was that the head was rather small. It smelled fruity and sweet. The taste was citrusy, orange I'd say, and sweet caramel. The two were strong but well-combined. I don't know much about altbiers, but having read the definition on the sight here I'm not sure this is a very true depiction. It's too fruity I'd say. Regardless, I found it quite tasty.

JayTheFinn, Jun 04, 2006
Photo of guitarmage
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

guitarmage, May 22, 2006
Photo of RJLarse
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

RJLarse, May 18, 2006
Photo of UncleFlip
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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

UncleFlip, May 08, 2006
Photo of thaichile
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%

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.

thaichile, Apr 30, 2006
Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,399 ratings.