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Alaskan Amber - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,517 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 1,517
Reviews: 564
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 48
Gots: 165 | 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 Spikester
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a two finger head and plentiful lacings. Aroma is some dark caramel, scant floral hops.
Taste is well balanced though slightly tilted toward the malts. Nice medium bitter finish. A very easy drinker. The abv may be 5% not 4% as listed. It certainly feels more like a five. Good session Alt if you don't mind the sweetness.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed 12/22/2005 (bottle):

Pours a red/brown color, non-cloudy medium sized head, very quickly diminshing. An aroma of hops, malt, sweet, flowers. Good smooth nutty taste, clean finish. Very tasty beer. I'll have to check out more altbiers if this is representative of the style.

Photo of jmbranum
4.63/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I enjoyed this beer from the bottle at the Anchorage, Alaska airport.

Attractive iced-tea colored brew, clear with slight head. Aroma is nice and malty. Flavor is very well-balanced, some faint chocolate notes (actually they were stronger when drunk straight out of the bottle the day before while on Alaska Airlines) Very rich. Wonderfully rich and smooth mouthfeel, really this what sets this beer apart.

Don't know about the alcohol content, but it seems fairly strong.

Photo of stumac
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had to sneak aboard a fishing vessel and kill the captain, without any of his crew knowing, in order to obtain this beer!

...this brew pours up a dark amber color with a light white head... the nose consists of a little honey... also malty... the taste is dried apple peel... medium bodied... spritzy carbo... pretty decent brew...

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber of this, revisiting after a not so pleasant experience.

A: Poured a nice red/brown with an off white head that billowed up and then knocked down to about half an inch or so. Not much lacing on the glass.

S: From far away I can already smell a large, caramel malt profile, some apple cider smells as well, can't really detect any hops. Not bad though.

T: Many of the same flavors as smells, i pick out a caramel taste initially, water, honey, very light apple taste, not much on the back end. Pretty light as far as flavors go, but still tasty.

M: Thin, crisp, and refreshing, goes down easy enough, pretty wet, doesn't linger too long.

D: This is a very easy drinking, and flavorful beer, much better than I last remember. Goes down easy, I could drink on this all night.

Photo of SpecialK088
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Pour 24 New York New York in Vegas

A-Typical amber nothing outstanding here but nothing wrong eaither

S-Hops with a mild fruit sweetness,grape or bannana.

T-Light and crisp very clean tasing brew, small nots of sweet malt and the above meantioned fruit.

M-Although a tad over carbonated it saves itself by not being overbearing in any one place, be it the sweetness or the bitterness, body is meduim.

D-Very easy to drink but nothing sticking out on this one that sets itself apart to by it over something else

Photo of Reagan1984
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to "koopa" for making this available to me via trade.

Poured this beer from the bottle and a thick substantial head formed that was about 2 fingers thick and tan in color. Had a great deal of structure and retention. Beer was amber color with orange highlights. Some nice visible carbonation and no lacing.

Aroma was sweet, fruity with some graininess to it. Certainly a malt presence.

Taste was also on the malt side of the spectrum and began with a sweet fruity burst. This also had toffee/caramel notes. Again there was a fruity component towards the end before ending with an almost crisp ending. Nice balance between hops and malt, but definitely favoring the malt notes.

Mouth feel was quite creamy and silky. Medium bodied with subtle carbonation.

Drinkability is nice.

A good beer.

Photo of Bookseeb
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance has a light brownish amber with a crisp easily dissapating head. Smell is grainy, sweet malts. Taste of light malts blends to make a slight bitter sweet with the hops, slightly grainy. Mouthfeel is light with a slight viscous to it. Not much complexity going on in this Amber, but it does make for a good session.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear amber with initial 1.5 finger head. Dissipates to thin white crown.

Smell: Brown sugar, malt, and some spicy notes. Pretty faint aroma. EDIT: I smell nothing from bottle 4 of the 6pk.

Taste: Sweet (somewhat grainy) malt, a touch of citrus, some honey, and a mild hoppy finish. Some spicy notes and maybe a bit of wood are there as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a slight numbing effect. Nothing special.

Drinkability: I'm not too familiar with altbiers, but tastes like a spicier amber to me. There's a slight stinging sensation created by the spices and carbonation, but other than that this is an easy drink. Not the best flavor though...

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

Pours a light amber, like a glass of iced tea. The head is slight and quick to die. The aroma is thin, slightly malty, but only slightly. The flavor is decent, slightly honeyish, but vanishingly slight on the finish. The mouthfeel is quite thin. This is drinkable but hardly an outstanding example of an Alt.

Photo of birchstick
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - dark amber with a nice head
S - malts and bread and a tad bit of hops
T - has a lot of sweet, caramely malt and bread with a slight bitterness
MF - slightly thin, but very smooth
D - this is a pretty decent beer. Very easy to drink and does not dominate the palate as some beers can...

Photo of Bockrules
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass

A - Brownish amber with perfect clarity. Pours a two finger head, that breaks apart and turns to nothing about half way down the glass. Leaves Behind no lacing

S - inviting toasty-malty smell with a hint of hop bitterness

M - Malty sweet nose followed by biscuity body. The finish is exceptionally smooth and sweet. Leaves a sort of oily feeling on the back of the tongue along with an unfitting bitter-sweet after taste. Overall, I think this beer needs more hop presence and less sweetness.

M - Thin with moderate carbonation. Needs a thicker body

D - This beer sort of goes down like pop. It's very smooth, but I think that the sweetness would get to me after awhile. This is a beer with appeal to to "non-beer drinkers" due to it's lack of hop flavors and smoothness. (My grandparents and father love this stuff) I don't think I'd buy this - but I'll continue accepting it for free.. :)

Photo of MisterClean
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Judged it and snagged an extra bottle in the end.

A - Deep amber, light head, medium-high carbonation.

S - Malts, nuts, and pears.

T - Nuts, pears, malts, and earthy hops. Yes, in that order.

M - A bit spicy from earthy hops, carbonation, and fairly drying.

D - Due to the difficulty of brewing an alt, this isn't bad. However, they need to reduce the hops (for earthiness and color) and add more grains (will not be as dry).

Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer label says pale ale style alt beer. So which is it?

A- Dark copper with a touch of brown and red thrown in for color mix. The head was there and gone leaving a thin foam film.

S- There is a dark fruit smell that is very present along with a sweet maltyness. I can smell a good amount of sweetness.

T- The dark fruityness isn't there in the taste as much as it is in the smell. The malt flavor is much more apparent. There is also a unsweetened sun tea flavor mixed in. I'm finding this flavor more and more in beers.

M- There is a good smooth feel to this beer, and it feels good.

D- Yeah its drinkable, not my most favorite from Alaskan Brewing, but it is still not too bad.

Photo of PatronWizard
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Grabbed a bomber at random from BevMo...

Amber, so amber, and clear. Is this a glass of red wine or what? Hope not. The head is fairly disappointing, like prom night.

Smells like cherries. And berries. Pleasing scent. And some kind of candy that I can't identify no matter how hard I try.

Whoa! A little too fruity. Tastes EXACTLY like Vicks cherry cough drops. Thats the smell!!! I'm serious, this tastes and smell EXACTLY like Vicks cherry cough drops. Do a side by side and call me a liar. I dare you.

Mouthfeel is initially a little harsh but eases up considerably as the bottle goes by.

Fairly drinkable. Can't get over how much it looks like wine. It just doesn't seem like beer. The wife likes it.

I have to (with no offense intended) call this a chick beer. Also looks like a vodka cran. Just bothers me. Besides anyone who knows me knows I take my vodka cran without the cran. Probably won't be revisiting it myself but I'll grab a bottle now and then in case I need help getting the wife in the mood...to drink beer!

Photo of MTNboy
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance- It is a light transparent amber almost copper looking. It had good white lace and head.

Smell- It has a malty smell a little bit seasoned.

Taste- For the most part this is a sweet bit but a little hops bite gets you at the end.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied but has sort of a thick feeling to it.

Drinkability- I thought this was a good beer I would like to try more by these guys if I get a chance.

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

A: Deep copper color has very active carbonation and good clarity. Rocky cream head just kept growing and growing. Head has exceptional retention and leaves intricate lace.

S: Toffee, pepper and red oak aromas get stronger as the beer warms.

T: Starts out with a toffee sweetness plus a woodsy and dry backbone. Bitterness is mild and peppery, but also slightly metallic. Finishes dry with a lingering maple flavor.

M: Medium light body is both grainy and syrupy. Carbonation level is a bit high.

D: I was really impressed by this. Very enjoyable all by itself. Complex beer that becomes more so as you drink it.

Photo of montageman
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bomber received as a gift.

Poured into a pint glass.

I've never been to Alaska, but would like to. However, this beer would not be the only reason I visit. As far as ambers go, this beer is totally fine. The appearance is spot on amber. Caramely sweetness in the nose and leading the way flavor wise as well. Mouthfeel is minimal - almost like water. Yet, for the averageness, this beer is totally drinkable and not offensive at all. This could easily beer paired with some pizza or nachos while watching TV or sitting at the bar with friends. Slight recommendation.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Its amber. I know, I was shocked too.

s: mild caramel aroma.

t: toasted caramel malt, biscuit notes, and strangely, a touch of chocolate.

m: creamy, medium to full body.

d: very easy drinking, easy on the palate, not too boring. for a beer with amber on the label, its pretty good.

Photo of tbeck
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light amber in color with a decent white head that stuck around. Aroma was slight cereal grains and malty sweetness. Taste was a little bland, some hops and malt. There was slight bitterness and sweetness to it. It has a decent texture, but it is a little light. I feel this beer is a decent beer but I never really enjoyed it. I would rate this as a good session beer for some, but for me it is not.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber to a pint glass the liquid id light brown with good carbonation. The head is a nice 2 fingers, off white and leaves some nice lace.

The smell is nice sweet caramel malt, milt hops.

The taste follows, really sweet and delicious malt. A very good tasting brew.

The mouthfeel is good, nice body and good carbonation.

The drinkability is very good a great drinking brew.

Prosit, und Zum Wohl, MK

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

Appearance:
The beer is a beautiful shade of amber. Head formation is moderate and cream-colored; retention and lacing are minimal. Overall, it's pretty good-looking.

Smell:
As Austin Powers famously exclaimed: "it's a bit nutty." He was talking about a taste, but the meaning holds for the aroma here. The nut aroma compliments what seems to be a generic grain scent (like a grain field).

Taste:
Refer to the Austin Powers quote; it's quite "nutty." It also seems to be a bit "earthy" as well - I suppose this is derived from the "grainy" scent. It tastes just a bit better than it smells (the smell isn't bad - it just tastes "better" to me).

Mouthfeel:
This beer isn't too heavily carbonated; it seems to air a bit on the creamy side. It's relatively thick. I'm not sure what I'm supposed to be comparing it to since this is my first "Altbier."

Drinkability:
It goes down very smooth; I'd rather sip on it, but I would work too quickly on this one if I let my brain rest. Isn't that one of the wonderful things to look forward to when drinking beer after all?

Summary:
Though I've had this beer on tap, I'm reviewing the bottled version. Both variants are great - I'm very pleased with what this brew and I'm looking forward to trying other ones from this brewery. If you haven't had it, I suggest that you at least attempt to try it once (on tap, if given the choice).

Photo of ClavisAurea
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap and in a pint glass.

Appearance: copper amber with a thin head

Smell: sweet strawberries and wheat

Taste/Mouthfeel: spicy hop goodness, malt and honey

Everytime I try this beer I seem to like it more and more. It has a good texture and feel in the mouth. It is tasty and refreshing to boot. Much better than their Summer Ale (Kolsch style)

Photo of BeerManDan
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Doesn't the beer always taste better when you visit the estabishment where it's brewed? While in Juneau, I stopped by and had a few brews. One of the brews was there Amber Ale. The color when poured from the tap was a deep golden amber with a fair amount of foam that dissapated but carried a fair amount of lace on the glass. The smell of roasted malts and fruit with a hint of spice filled the nose with a pleasant aroma. The taste was even better. Roasted malts with a complex of fruit and spices. Like I said, being there has a lot to do with the evaluation of the beer!

Photo of boralyl
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - From a 22oz bomber it pours 2 fingers thick tan head that lingers for a good while, but only leaves a small amount of lacing. It is clear and amber in color.

S - A sweet malty aroma with traces of fruit.

M - A light-medium bodied beer. Has a creamy, richer feel to it.

T - Begins with a biscuity malt, followed by some sweeter caramel malts. The hops just barely shine through at the end and then disappear, leaving little bitterness.

A pretty decent brew, that is easy to drink. There's nothing too complex going on, but it makes for a great session beer.

Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,517 ratings.