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Alaskan Amber - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan AmberAlaskan Amber

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1,597 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,597
Reviews: 584
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 57
Gots: 228 | 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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Ratings: 1,597 | Reviews: 584
Photo of mdwalsh
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you to my bosses niece for bringing me this beer from Montana.

A: Big three finger head, amber brown, like the color of leather. Ther is some active carbontion, but just a little. This beer actually looks to have pretty poor carbonation in general.

S: I get caramel and grain, maybe a hint of metal but not enough to detract much from the score.

T: Not strong but well balanced. Very quaffable, perhaps even to the point where it needs to be quaffed. Light malt and hops.

M: As I thought from the appearence, it needs more carbonation

D: A really easy going beer, easy to see why it's so popular.

Photo of HalfFull
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a narrow glass from a 12 oz. brown twist off bottle. Shows a clear copper amber with half an inch of slightly off white foam. Lots of carbonation looking to get out makes for decent head retention but little lacing.

Light hop presence with a good dose of roasted malts that have a nutty caramel aroma. Opens to offer some spice and more earthy hop notes. Somewhat reminiscent of spiced Christmas beers in spice.

Flavor follows in the direction of the malt with a toasted grain and a thin caramel sweetness yet finishing clean and somewhat dry. Feel begins rather creamy but lightens as the carbonation escapes yielding a somewhat thin but not quite watery close towards the end of the glass. Malt flavors linger nicely throughout however. Decent drinkability, well balanced and not overly sweet.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich amber hue; totally clear with three fingers of light tan head. A chunky lace is left as I drink. Overall, quite appetizing.

Smell: sweet, toasty malt aroma with hints of caramel. Pretty nice.

Taste: nice caramel malt flavor, though relatively dry (which is a good thing). Hops are present but not overbearing; they have a floral character and fade away before the malt does, creating a nice dynamic experience in the flavor. This is actually quite good.

Mouthfeel: medium body with relatively little carbonation. It's not bad but it's not my favorite, though totally acceptable for the style.

Drinkability: I'm finding this to be quite a drinkable beer. It plays well with a band jam session.

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

A serviceable amber, passable beer. Enjoyed on tap at The Yard House, Scottsdale. A little sourness,like a drp of cherry fruitiness which also gave it an edgy drinkability. A bit amber colour, a little lace.Hops there, and decent balance. Average mouthfeel.

Photo of DoesntMatter46
2.28/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Consumed the beer over a year ago and took notes.

Had on tap at Library Alehouse in Santa Monica.

A pint glass came out full of a deep dark red, very clear, with a thin layer of white foam

Has a very tart, sweet-sour aroma with a hint of toasted rye bread

Sour, I frankly hope the keg had past its prime, otherwise I question why a brewery would sell this. No noticeable hop presence, unbalanced, and a vinegary aftertaste.

Nicely carbonated with a fine texture.

Not only will I not have this beer again, it firmly plants altbier at the bottom of my list of beer styles. I wish this beer suited my taste buds, but it didn't. I guess I'm not crazy about overly sour brews.

Photo of drabmuh
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint. Beer is clear and reddish amber in color. Thin broken off-white head of small bubbles. Almost no lacing and the carbonation is moderate to low.

Malt aroma nothing much else.

Medium bodied beer, sweet with maltiness up front, some hoppy bitterness in the back. Kind of tastes like molasses, good midpalate connectivity, nicely balanced sweetness and bitterness. Carbonation carries flavors throughout the mouth. Overall its a great beer. I was disappointed by the initial look and aroma but the flavors of the beer definitely save it. Drinkability is high, very smooth, not dry, mouthfeel is great.

What the what? This is an Alt?

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

This one pours a deep amber?red with good clarity. Head was even and foamy with fair retention.

Smell was pretty sweet, not overly strong. Caramel, spices, and some banana esters about rounded it out.

Taste was like the nose, sweet caramel, banana, and just the faintest hint of hops.

The body was a too light, and somewhat watery. But I suppose a lighter body aids the ability to pound 'em. This has enough flavor and drinkability to be highly sessionable if you don't want to be challenged too much, excellent for a newbie.

Photo of ccrida
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into my delirium snifter, Alaskan Amber is a bright ruddy amber with a small, very tight light sand head with long last, leaving scattered, foamy lace.

Smell is sweet malt, a bit like wort, not too strong though.

Taste is similar, a sweet malty beer, biscuit, a little bit of leafy hops, fairly simple, with a lingering bite at the finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy and medium light.

Drinkability is okay, a session type ale, a bit too sweet and simple for my taste though to drink many of them.

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

On tap at the Seatac airport today.

The beer pours an attractive copper color with OK head retention and minimal lacing. Don't get a lot on the nose, just some light sweet malt, giving the beer something of a baked apple aroma. Flavors replicate the nose in this simple, straight forward amber. There is moderate sweetness, with just a hint of hoppy bitterness and spice on the finish. Mouthfeel is pretty light, with the beer showing something of a watery finish. Drinkability is OK, except there really isn't enough flavor to keep things interested.

Still a nice enough beer, but really nothing to get excited about.

Photo of darklordlager
4.21/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, light cola color with ruby highlights. Nice creamy 3/4" eggnog coloured head that gets bumpy and shows a good deal of retention.

S: Pale malt, and layered caramel malt are evident, with a nice fruitiness throughout.

T: Nice light biscuity malt, mild caramel, sweet fruity flavours, apple, peach. Delicate sweet citrus from the hops, and smooth "crunchy" finish. Becomes increasingly bready as it warms...

M:Medium bodied with medium-to high carbonation. A little more substantial body would be appreciated. Overall though, it is well done for the style.

D: This is a very enjoyable and drinkable beer, well worthy of the designation "sessionable."
Expecting an American amber, I was a little surprised at the subdued bitterness and rich malty/fruity character. Checking BA, the Altbier description seems well placed. Best had around 55-60 degrees, as that's when the great character of this beer seems to peek out.

Photo of BDJake
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- copper topped by a blink-and-you-miss-it coat of off-white head

S- pretty faint, but malty with a bit of citrus

T- biscuity malts, with a bit of orange and slight hoppiness on the tail end... doesn't balance it completely but adds a nice finish

M- pretty thin, but decently carbonated

D- very sessionable, not a bad beer while watching the fight or having family over

Photo of roddwolff
3.19/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Bright copper color, the foamy head looks like a necklace for their thinness;

S: Fruity with malt, raspberry and cinnamon;

T: Malt, toffee with spicy hops and tamarind;

M: Bittersweet with sour notes, medium body, the consistency is creamy and thick, very low carbonation;

D: Acceptable beer but nothing i have not tried in other beers.

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

Pours a clear dark amber color with a decent tan head that quickly disappears. The smell is malty and fruity. Sweet malty taste. This could use a bit more hops. Medium bodied. Not the most flavorful beer out there but this is quite smooth and drinkable.

Photo of cbarrett4
2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I don't know what everyone else seems to be tasting when they state that this beer has "aggressive hops". This is a traditional Alt style beer and has much in common flavor wise with a German Pils or Czech Lager. The color is medium copper with a thin head that quickly dissipates to an average lace. The nose is faint but appealing with notes of apple and a slight hint of spice, maybe cinnamon. The palate is all lager as far as I am concerned. (Remember Altbier was made before Lager and despite being top fermented, they share much in common with Lagers are far as flavors). The traditional Lager character, that kind of old bubble gum flavor is present but it nudges out any other discernable flavors. The texture is light and doesn't suit the beer all that much. It is very smooth and drinkable though I could probably only top off two since it is rather boring. Better than mass production American lagers and pilsners but lacking any real identity.

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a deep copper-red, almost brown, color. Two fingers of thick, off-white head developed and dissipated slowly to a billowy cap and then a spotted lacing with thick ring around the outside.

Smell: Very faint at first, but the aromas reveal themselves somewhat as the beer warms. I got toasted caramel malts, which were almost dark enough to be coffee or chocolate. There's also nuttiness and a little citrus bitterness.

Taste: The flavors almost feel distant for some reason, like I'm not getting everything they have to offer. It's slightly spicy with touches of cinnamon and pine, reminding me of a winter ale. Toasted caramel follows (much lighter than what I got in the smell), and the nutty and citrus qualities are also present. A hop-like tingle from the spice remains after each sip has gone down. (By the way, the spice isn't overpowering in any sense.)

Drinkability: Alaskan Amber is a smooth, tasty brew. I'd gladly drink it after two straight days of crabbin' (especially since it'd probably the only thing available).

Photo of srandycarter
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep clear honey, good head, good retention.

S - Not much of anything. Slight grain smell. That is about it.

T - Deeper sweeter grain flavor, not much of anything else. Some bitterness.

M - Medium to light bodied, lots of carb, great coating, fair balance.

D - On a hot day, a few could ones of these would be a welcome treat.

Photo of Bierman9
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 22oz bomber, brought back to me last August by daughter Caitlin after an Alaskan cruise. Didn't see any discernible freshness dating.

Color? A rich, sparkling amber, clear throughtout. Plentiful carbo rising within, contributing to the creamy, smooth, off white layer of topside foam. There's some lace here and there on the glass. Aroma is mild, with toasty malts and a hint of nuttiness, with subtle floral hops in the background. The bier is quite smooth whilst drinking, and the body is close enough to medium to bear that designation without worry.

Flavor has a solid amount of toasty malts, along with a smidge of spiciness. A touch of light caramel hitches along for the ride. Mild sweetness lingers nicely, and the hopping is very restrained and low-key. There could be more florality here, in trying to keep this in the Alt style. Regardless, a tasty offering, something I could session quite easily while cruising the Inside Passage... Thnx, Princess!!

look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 4


Photo of tigg924
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: light amber in color, clear, huge head

Smell: toasted malt and a bit of cider

Taste: toasted malt, toffee, touch of hops, and apple

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, very smooth, light bodied, a nice dry and sweet finish

Drinkability: A tasty, malty, and very sessionable altbier. I like the hint of fruit in the taste. Another great camping beer.

Photo of pants678
2.81/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at a local sports bar type place. Came as a lighter brown with a receding white head in a pint glass. There are a tinges of orange in the body.

Given the setting, it was difficult to pinpoint the scent. I pick up malt and hints of citrus, perhaps orange.

There's an overtone of an I.P.A. strong hop character that hides a cinnamon and pine. A cleaning citrus sits on the edges that stains the tongue as opposed to the back of the throat. I wouldn't call this the most complex beer, the subtleties are not enough to peak my interest.

Despite the sting, the carbonation is mild and doesn't interrupt the palate. It leaves room something a bit more distinguishing flavor-wise.

Photo of taigor
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Golden amber with a small cream colored head that fades quickly leaving little lacing.

S - lively malt with a touch of spices and honey.

Taste: Very sweet with a good balance of hops. A bit buttery.

M: Medium bodied with decent smoothness. Very average.

D - Very drinkable. However, my recommendation is to consume only a few since they are a bit heavy and amber.

Photo of nerow
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Unfourtinatley the person who poured this beer for me wasn't able to produce a proper head, however the color was very pretty. As the name would suggest it was a rich amber with good clarity to it.

S- I wasn't overly impressed. The smell was a bit understated.

T- A very nice, crisp taste which, while simple malt at the beginning gave way to some citrus at the end. There was some sweetness throughout the whole experience.

M- Nothing overly impressive, but certainly nothing wrong with it. Not over-carbonated, which was pleasant.

D- Very Easy to drink, it goes down well. A good session beer.

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

Bright, clear amber body, slips into the pint glass. Biege head supported by pretty effervescent carbonation lasts throughout the pint leaving scant lace.

Nose is soft, sweet malts, fruit, and some pungent, earthy hops

Taste is an elegant mingling of toasty, nutty, and caramel malts, with a round fruit character. Herbal hop bitterness comes through with a nice floral and pungent character. Apple skin bitterness lingers.

Medium mouthfeel provides enough sturdiness to be interesting, but light enough to not be cloying with the rich, malt character.

This was a beer I drank a lot years ago when the microbrew craze was in it's infancy. Having searched out bigger, badder brews over the years I've shunned this one as being too pedestrian. I am convicted of my snobbishness by how much I enjoy this beer - a solid session beer and one I will drink again when I don't need a West Coast hop-fix

Photo of berley31
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a large, off-white, fizzy head that diminished to a size of about 1/4-finger, and stayed that way until she was all gone.

S: Smells of average malt, kind of a cookie-like aroma.

T: Mmmm, this is a sweet beer... starts with sweetness and ends with sweetness, with a faint touch of bitterness at the end as well. Average duration, goes down very smooth.

M: Light-bodied and slightly creamy, with average carbonation.

D: A very enjoyable altbier; don't have too many experiences with the style right now to compare, but this was my third Alaskan Amber and I enjoy it every time. Extremely drinkable.

Photo of Flightoficarus
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type - On tap

Appearance - As the name would imply, a reddish amber color, and a medium foam head that recedes moderately.

Smell - Caramelized malts, fruit, toffee, hops

Taste - A nice, caramel/toffee maltiness, with a bready feel overall, and just the right amount of hops to balance everything out. Leaves a good aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light carbonation, and a nice smoothness. Maybe seems a bit light at times, but overall solid.

Drinkability - Pretty good drinkability for this style. A sessionable amber for sure.

Overall - A solid go-to microbrew, and one of my main choices at local bars, restaurants, or concerts.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from KenGage, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep orange/amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, fruit and some hops.

T: The taste is bready and a little sweet up front with flavors of caramel, fruit and grain. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. There's a mild hops presence that brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a nice solid beer with a good amount of substance that makes it worth drinking for a long time.

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Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,597 ratings.