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Alaskan Amber - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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1,445 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,445
Reviews: 561
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 45
Gots: 140 | 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 Risser09
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle shared at a tasting - Poured into a tulip

Appearance: Pours a copper color and is a transparent brew, free of haze. The beer also had orange and yellow hues of color from the light it lets through. About 1/2 an inch of white head.

Smell: Sweet malt, orange, apple and lots of sugar.

Taste: Medium bodied beer with a pale taste and a malt balance. Apples and oranges appear in the taste also, with no hop presence. Nice malt profile.

Mouthfeel: Again, a medium bodied beer with litte hop bitterness and plenty of sugar.

Drinkability: A decent session beer, but not worth seeking out. Could use a little bit more depth of character and less cavity forming sugar.

Risser09, Dec 05, 2007
Photo of Floydster
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Pint from Kilkenney's on the Redondo Beach Pier last night for five dollars, sadly went to this bar with Naja's less than a couple hundred feet away, but my friends wanted to meet some people there, the things I do for them sometimes

Color was a golden brown with a third of an inch foamy white head, a little lacing with a murky appearance to it

Smell was sweet malts, with some caramel and sour fruit, also some bready aromas

Taste was nice and would make a great session beer, sweet like the smell seemed, slightly sour finish with a crisp bite at first, some biscuit-like accents, could taste some a little bit of toffee, some lemons and oranges, sweet syrup feel at times, also a hint of nuttiness, the only problem I had with this one was the lack of hops, but a nice beer overall that is easy to put down

Average amount of carbonation and a fairly nice body

Could drink several of these, especially at only four percent alcohol, super light beer that goes down easier than most out there, another good beer from Alaskan

Floydster, Nov 24, 2007
Photo of ikats
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful deep amber, light ruby color. Clear with light carbonation. Head disappears quickly. Light hoppy crispiness in the aroma, but mostly biscuity malty notes. Biscuit notes with some caramel in the taste. There is some hop bitterness, but it is minimal. Slightly dry. Medium body. Very clean lager taste. Very drinkable. Excellent session beer. Pleasant mouthfeel.

I needed something to last me till the weekend when I had more time to explore LA beer scene. Alaskan Amber was my choice at the local supermarket (Ralph's). And I am not disappointed. It is a very drinkable and tasty beer.

ikats, Nov 09, 2007
Photo of SargeC
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep amber color with a tan head.

Smell: Sweet malt with an underpinning of alcohol.

Taste: Solid malt flavor with a small kiss of hops. Subtle balance between sweet and smoky flavors.

Mouthfeel: Good consistency. Sticky finish.

Drinkability: I have never been a huge fan of this beer so I wanted to take a fresh look at it. It is a good beer. It is not my favorite Alaskan Brewing Company product, but it is a worthy member of their family. It is one of their best-known and best selling products.

SargeC, Nov 06, 2007
Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass well you guessed it amber a full amber at that a thinner off white head atop,very nice clarity to the pour.Lighter malt aromas like that of cookie dough with notes of caramel as well almost no hop really to speak of except for a drifting leaf presence but you have to try to find it.Mild malt flavors as well sweetish cookie dough with some caramel sweetness a touch of crispness in the finish keeps it from being to sweet.A no frills old school beer lightly sweet low in alc% to make it very drinkable.

oberon, Nov 03, 2007
Photo of monkeybeer
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Golden Amber with a golden head light lacewing

S- Carmel with a slight malt

T/M - Sweet Carmel taste down very smooth and light a dry finish

D- This is one of my favorite beers; although I prefer it on tap I am defiantly not disappointed with it in bottles. This is a beer I almost always have on hand

monkeybeer, Oct 24, 2007
Photo of Jedimaster1
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice brew. I thought it was a Maibock because it was similar in taste Rogue's Dead Guy Ale.

A: Amber like the name suggests. Little cloudy, but still can see through. Head retains itself for a bit -- though I did have this one at altitude.

S: Wasn't much smell to notice.

T: Definitely malty. Not much hops here. Tasted similar to a Maibock. Not very much carbonation.

M: Good.

D: I could have another. Though I'd probably wouldn't be my first choice.

Good brew.

Jedimaster1, Oct 05, 2007
Photo of OKCNittany
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clear dark amber body. Poured a 1/2" off white head with great retention & a nice lacing.

S: Unimpressive toasted malt aroma.

T: Taste of toasted malt and little else. Simple - not bad, but nothing special.

M: Medium bodied but a bit over carbonated. Dry finish.

D: I don't know about this one - it seemed to make me thirsty for something else.

OKCNittany, Oct 03, 2007
Photo of JBogan
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This AAA poured a medium brown with not much of a head. The head that was there left in a hurry and no lacing remained.

There was a nice malty aroma with a fair amount of caramel present. Not much on the way of hops that I could detect. There was a tiny hint of citrus also.

Caramel and malt with a slight hint of toffee at the end were the tastes that were prominent.

Looking at the beer you couldn't detect it but there was a pretty good amount of carbonation present for a beer of this type. Very nice.

This was a rather drinkable beer. I normally enjoy this style of beer and this one was no exception. There are others who do this beer better but overall this is a solid choice.

JBogan, Oct 03, 2007
Photo of dnichols
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a 12 ounce bottle served in a cooled pint glass at the Headquarters Bar in Mineral, Washington.

A: It poured a bright copper hue with an off-white one finger head. The head began as a sticky mass that receded quickly to a light covering over the surface of the brew and a slight collar around the edge that fed a modest lacing. It is initially a very handsome beer.

S: It was a nice blend of light malt sweetness with a bold floral hop aroma.

T: Light malty start that is quickly overcome by a strongly hoppy finish. It has a relatively low alcohol content but it does leave a sour dry mouth at the end of the sip.

M: Not quite light but not quite medium bodied. The aggressive carbonation gave it a zesty mouth feel that kept the palate relatively clear except for a somewhat bitter aftertaste.

D: Easy beer to drink during a long session. However, it is highly carbonated and a bit hop heavy.

Comment: This used to be my standard bar beer…it is a solid choice but after several sessions it fell into disfavor.

dnichols, Sep 23, 2007
Photo of dirtylou
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, enjoyed this one on the beach at Cannon Beach, OR during a nighttime bonfire before a wedding

appearance: deep amber body with a moderate beige head

smell: caramel malts, lightly metallic hops, touch of lemon, light grain

taste: sweet caramel malts, a bit bland, lightly metallic hops, citrus and lemon, toast grain...good beach beer but not a whole lot more

mouthfeel: light-medium body

drinkability: good

dirtylou, Sep 23, 2007
Photo of cswhitehorse
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Alaskan amber pours, you got it an amber color with little head to it. The smell is faint tinge of grain . The taste is a mellow and it has a balance to it between the hops and malt. It is light on the carbonation and the feeling on the palate is soft and a little floral in the finish. This would be a hot summer day beer for me.

cswhitehorse, Sep 22, 2007
Photo of Bitterbill
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ad this on tap 9/15 at Paradise Valley Liquors

Poured a clear deep amber with a nice thick head of foam that sharnk to a fine layer and it had some lacing.

The smell is light and delicate but there was some caramel malt.

The taste is sweetish from the caramel with a bit of citrus, mostly lemon, and it finishes slightly bitter with some graininess.

The mouthfeel is medium and the carbo is medium...it's pretty drinkable and somewhat sessionable, considering that it's only 4%abv, but doesn't stand out as very exciting.

Bitterbill, Sep 18, 2007
Photo of Halcyondays
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a dark brown, with a small head, looks good at first, but then fades away.

S: Smells heavily of malt, really no fruit, lots of toffee and biscuits.

T: Very malty, nice, and biscuity, toffee and caramel are also there, a bit 1-dimensional, but very tasty.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth, and refreshing for a darker beer.

D: This is one I haven't had in a long time, went back to it and I'm glad I did, a good simple ale, and inexpensive to boot.

Halcyondays, Sep 09, 2007
Photo of Mickelswit
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice amber. The color is actually a pleasant ruby shade, very appealing. The nose carries a faint, indistinct trace of hops beneath a big, sweet maltiness - caramel or biscuit. Flavor had a bit of roastiness along the lines of a stout, suggesting some roasted barley. In all, a very pleasant beer to accompany my steak at the Dam Bar and Grill in Page, Arizona.

Mickelswit, Sep 01, 2007
Photo of younger35
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 22oz bomber into a pint glass while watching the Angels – Mariners game. I’ve had this once before but it was after about 8 Bridgeport IPA’s.

Appearance- Pours a nice copper amber with a fluffy ass one finger head that slowly recedes to leave a nice cap and hella big collar. Lacing is spotty at times but quickly flows down the side of the glass.
Smell- Lots of sweet toffee maltiness with hints of black cherry and raisins. Underlining grassy hops barely play any role as they are quickly diminished by the malt.
Taste- Nice big blast of sweet toasted malt that tries to give way to bitterness but is unsuccessful. Leaves a slightly nutty, caramel corn like aftertaste that seems to sit on the tongue for quite some time. I honestly can’t decide if I enjoy it or if it’s too sweet.
Mouthfeel- Creamy with a medium to heavy body and medium to light carbonation.
Drinkability- Not bad for the apparent altbier classification. I guess I was expecting more of the classic amber ale. Has a nice creaminess to it that I did really enjoy and would probably be more enjoyable with food than sitting watching a baseball game.

younger35, Aug 29, 2007
Photo of jayfarley3
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass poured a fairly clear deep copper color with a small off white head that dissapates quickly.
smells of grain and bready malts. tastes malty and has a slight fruity sweetness to it, very balanced taste. mouthfeel is medium-bodied and very smooth. this beer is pretty drinkable, i wouldnt pass it up if it were offered to me, but i dont think i'll be buying it again.

jayfarley3, Aug 06, 2007
Photo of wagenvolks
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From the 12 oz. bottle pours a gorgeous burnt copper ale. The carbonation levels to fuel a 2" thick, light tan head which is well retained, but leaves no lacing. Aroma is laced with apple, caramel, a touch of spices (clove esp.), grasses, abd floral boquets. You have to strain the nose a bit to detect them, but the notes are all there.

The taste has an enjoyable malty presence with some notes of pear, plum, and raisin. Some hop shows up to balance out the flavor. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing with a well-carbonated body and a smooth, lingering caramel-malt finish. This beer is easy to drink, especially with such a low ABV. It's tasty, moderately complex, and nicely balanced, so I'd be willing to have it again.

wagenvolks, Jul 29, 2007
Photo of Durge
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A light brown-copper color with a whispy head and little sign of lacing. A malty smell with highlights of vanilla and carmel, even a little pineapple. This particular pour seemed a tad flat, definitely undercarbonated but the flavor hangs in with the slightly sweet, nutty goodness. Malt and carmel hold but this one does disappoint in it's lack of carbonation. I would like to try it again, perhaps fresher to do better justice to its potential. Drinkable enough but not lively enough here. Promising.

Durge, Jul 17, 2007
Photo of Tallboy
2.9/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- This beer pours a hazy copper with a big off white head with moderate lacing left over.
S- I detected a bready malt aroma with hints of nutmeg, caramel, and some minute dark fruits.
T- Not to complex but the earthy flavored hops balanced quite well with the not to sweet caramel. followed by some subtle hints of assorted fruits made this a nice try.
M- Not too creamy with a clean finish of natural carbonation.
O- A decent amber ale with a small ABV and quite a bit of flavor.

Tallboy, Jul 12, 2007
Photo of Atricapilla
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Has a copper colored appearance with a relatively small head which eventually laced away. The main aroma consisted of malt and that dominated the palate too. This was followed by toffee and slight nuttiness. This beer was fairly easy to drink, but was also a bit on the sweet side.

Atricapilla, Jul 10, 2007
Photo of roblowther
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light copper color with a thin creamy head fed by a lazy progression of tiny bubbles drifting up. The smell is malty with a hint of hops to tickle your nose. The taste is a pleasant malt with oak flavors and a sour finish. It has a nutty taste that makes me happy. The mouthfeel is silky and as smooth as the head promises. The drinkability is great. I've got easy access to it for the next 10 days while I'm in Alasks and I plan to take full advantage!

roblowther, Jul 05, 2007
Photo of DoubleJ
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've seen this all over the place, and now I've finally tried it. On to the beer:

This is a pretty straightforward, yet enjoyable beer. Copper to orange in appearance, it's a bit bready with some sweet dough and toffee. The flavors make way for some notes of caramel. As you would expect, it's on the sweet side, but not overbearing. At just 4% ABV, it makes a good choice if you're looking to drive your car afterwards.

DoubleJ, Jun 27, 2007
Photo of mhaws000
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Very clear, copper color with very little head that disappears almost completely.

S-Toasty malts with a little bread like yeast, no distinct hop characteristics

T-Very much in line with the previous catagory. Lightly toasted bread in a bottle. A little caramel sweetness towards the end but it finishes a little too bitter for me.

M-Very "crisp" feel. Light body, only slightly more substantial than most light lagers. Fairly high carbonation level lent itself to the crisp clean feel but was actually a detriment in my opinion. I would have prefered a smoother feel from a llightly carbonated beer.

D-Very high. I can completely understand why this would be a very popular beer. 100% middle of the road in almost all categories. It is bland enough to fit in with the light beer drinking crowd while being obscure enough to give it some street cred with the craft beer group. I would drink this all day long hanging out with my friends...as long as they paid for it. It is just too plain jane to spend my own money on again.

mhaws000, Jun 17, 2007
Photo of HotterThanHell
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I consumed two pints of Alaskan Amber today at lunch and found it to be a well balanced but average beer.

The color was a nice auburn but the beer had little head retention and virtually no lacing. In the mouth you get a light malty flavor with just a hint of hops (Cascade I think) but the carbonation seems a bit high and that lends to the slightly watered down flavor.

Like the taste, the aroma was also very light if not absent from the beer.

I even allowed my secoond one to warm a bit so it wasn't ice cold but I detected no improvement. Average Amber.

HotterThanHell, Jun 12, 2007
Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,445 ratings.