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Alaskan Amber - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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1,584 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,584
Reviews: 581
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 56
Gots: 215 | 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 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.

Photo of beer348
2.66/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Well maybe that's why it was on special for 3.25 .. I don't know.. just was very unimpressed. Um. I probably should have just spent the extra 1.25 to get something really worth drinking. Well I know better next time. . I do have a nice buzz though.. Also what i like about this beer is the bottle design on the label..

Photo of champ103
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark copper amber color. A two finger white head forms, but recedes in an instant. Very light lace.
S: Malty sweet. Caramel and light fruity esters. Some lingering citrus hops in the aroma.
T: Again, malty sweet with caramel and fruit flavors. A good hop bitterness for balance.
M/D: A medium body with very lively carbonation. Easy and smooth to drink. I quaffed several of these with no problem.

This is a good beer. Something I would recommended.

Photo of fbinla
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours with a nice head that dissipates quickly into nothing with no lacing. Great brilliant copper color. Not much smell a little sweet malt. Light sweetness on the taste buds, a little malty, medium mouth feel with a good of fizz. The flavor is slight which makes it very easy to drink. A good session beer, but not for amazing your taste buds as its a little boring after two pints.

Photo of brdc
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Small capped bottle, poured into a pint glass. A staple of my vacation, happily found among multiple uninteresting beers.

Very good looking, reddish brown, a little bit brighter than amber, clear, with a tan head that holds very well and leaves nice lacing - a stark contrast to the other beers around me.
Nice aroma, lightly toasted malt, caramel, faint grassy hops.
Medium bodied, it has a nice, well balanced flavor that tends to caramel but shows some fruitiness, spiciness, grassiness, although always more on the sweet side.
A very well crafted beer, that as expected, does not blow you off but is easy to put down.

Photo of webbcreative
4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

An altbier named Amber, that's not going to be confusing.
Poured darkish amber color with 1.5 finger white head. S= light toasted malt, not a while lir else. T= caramel sweetness, light toasted malt, biscuty, nutty (like a toffee nutty) hops arnet really noticeable, just perfect for balance. M= nice med mouthfeel, with just enough carbonation.

Overall, this is really nice! Drinks really fast, an I coulda easily kill several pints of this fine brew. Wish I could get it in Oklahoma.

Photo of drcarver
4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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

S - lively malt with a touch of honey.

T - buttery and smooth. Sweet on the tongue and in the nose

M - Medium bodied with a nice bite at the back of the mouth. Clean and crisp with a sweet aftertaste.

D - Very drinkable. If I could get it out in PA it would definitely be a regular.

Photo of Eldalonde
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an attractive copper color with a thin off white head that dissaptes rather quickly.

S - Sweet caramel malts dominate the nose, but there is a small hint of light spice as well.

T - Tastes of toasted biscuits, a nice grain characteristic, and light hops. Nicely caramalized malts are the backbone to this beer. A very nice balance between malts and hops.

M - Rather light bodied, but plenty of flavor

D - Very enjoyable and sessionable beer.

Photo of seanbhudson
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber color with a large tan head. Very little lacing.
Moderate aroma of malt and caramel.
Smooth toasted malt and caramel. Hint of earthy bitterness at the end.
Medium body with slightly creamy texture. Soft carbonation.
Easy drinking beer that is a tad sweet. I could drink a lot of these but would get bored after awhile.
NOTES: BBCSD-0905-GeoffV

Photo of MusicmanSD
3.39/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

First Alt. Looks great, but that doesn't translate to mind blowing. Smells like faint ale, like watered down Anchor Steam, and I think it tastes like that too. Not good, not bad, but definitely a weaning product for your freinds or a session beer. Not alot going on, but you could drink a lot of them and not feel overpowered.

Photo of Ragingbull
3.29/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark amber in color. Lots of bubbles and active prickle upon pouring but the bubbles dissipate pretty quickly. No head. Smooth and fruity malt nose with hints of banana. Strong attack that is refreshing and has some effervescence. The flavor is definitely based in grains, but they are there to taste and not to dominate, pretty clean and easy. There are some sour notes at the finish and hints of nut as well. These qualities carry into the aftertaste. It seems to be robust for the alt beer variety.

Photo of jdense
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown body with creamy tan one-finger head, decent lacing. Malts predominate the nose, with roasty malt taste, but the hops are fairly well hidden. Active mouthfeel. Pretty sessionable and a decent interpretation of the style, but nothing spectacular.

Photo of mattffrost
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into glass.

Beer is a darker cloudy amber. Head is offwhite. Head dissolves pretty quickly. Its a nice looking beer.

Smells of lemon citrus come to my nose. Nice clean fragerence, nothing to much.

A nice refreshing taste, nothing blows me away but a nice beer. I get a little tast of water, a bit of a sweetness, and a really tiny bitterness. Very light easy to drink.

The beer is mild in carbonation and very drinkable.

Photo of illidurit
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light copper color with a very wimpy beige head that fizzles into almost nothing within a minute of pouring. Nice full aroma despite the lack of head, with a big graham cracker character, Munich maltiness, and some honey. Flavor is very similar with additional accents of grassy hops, toffee, and even a touch of candied orange. A little light in body and carbonation. Very drinkable.

Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,584 ratings.