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Alaskan Amber - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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1,560 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,560
Reviews: 576
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 50
Gots: 192 | 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 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.

Photo of RedChrome
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A light copper colored, crystal clear body. Half an inch of white foamy head faded rapidly to a slick on top. A steady stream of large carbonation bubbles.

A nice malt body is prominent. There is a bit of a light cream scent to the beer. A hops bitterness is present but plays behind the malt nicely.

A roasted sweetness to the malt. Sweet caramel cream candy is the most closely related taste I can liken this to. Very faint hops bitterness.

A bit on the watery side. Carbonation was a big tingle on the tongue. Flavors hang on the surfaces nicely.

A good brew. Would work well with a sausage & peppers grinder. A fine example of a style I don't get to enjoy enough. Worth trying it if you see it out somewhere.

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

A stubby 12 ounce bottle poured into a nonic Imperial pint glass. This altbier appears a clear deep amber color with about two fingers of dense light ecru foam. No lacing to mention. Nose and flavors are of medium toasted grains, caramel malts, grassy, slightly fragrant bitter hops. About medium bodied with adequate carbonation for the style. Worth checking out.

Photo of merryjoulton
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice attractive amber color with a pretty decently constructed head that dissipates quickly. Smells spicy, musty, fruity and malty. Taste is a spicy malt with hints of citrus fruit and berries. Mouthfeel is a good body that leaves a nice aftertaste. Drinkability is good, a nice refreshing brew.

Photo of jdg204
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While vacationing at the North Cascade National Park, the wife and I had to do a low budget dinner due to all the restaurants being closed. It was still pretty cool and I found a nice bomber of this bad boy to go with my Stauffers Lasagna.

A: Pours deep amber with nice clarity and a thin head.

S: Caramelish sweet maltiness with a vague hop spiciness.

T: The taste is of dark caramel sweetness with a slight, bitter hop undertone.

M: Medium body and decent smoothness.

D: I really enjoyed this brew, a good representation of the style. It seems to be one of the more widely distributed micro's in the Pacific Northwest, the Sam Adams or Goose Island of it's region and it represents the "everyday craft beer" title very well. A good reliable brew that's pretty easy to find in the NW, worth a try if you come across it.

Photo of melagnus
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice pronounced hiss of carbonation sounds upon opening the bomber. SRM 13-14 with Med. Amber Copper tinge. Head poured very thin (1 finger) and dies down quickly. Carbonation seems to be mildly prevalent with bubbles rising frequently, but not rapidly to the top.

S - Noble hops, possibly Saaz come through the malty chocolate nodes. Floral caramel also comes through on the nose. Estery alcohol nodes do shine through.

T - Sweet, somewhat dry maltiness washes across the palate. Medium hop presence. Toffee balances well with the hops, though hops seem to win out slightly.

M - Slightly chalky. Carbonation feels mild and doesn't seem too think, though definitely not think. Dry and clean finish.

C - A really great beer that seems to be brewed to style. A great beer and definitely one I would drink more than one of! Though not a session beer due to it's slightly higher

Photo of bigbelcher
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Color is a light brownish amber color with a crisp easily dissapating light beige head. Aroma is of caramel malt. No hops. Flavor of sweet brown malt with a slight bittersweet finish. More like a brown ale than an alt. Mouthfeel is low with little belgian lacing.

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

Appearance: Golden amber with white lace.

Smell: A bit of fruit/spice but heavy on the malt.

Taste: Lots o' sweetness with a good balance of hops. Very smooth.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied

Drinkability - Very good. This beer could be consumed during any festivity or occasion by a wide variety of palettes. Good mass appeal. I usually expect more smokiness in an altbier, but this was still enjoyable.

Photo of DukeofAle
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I found this in a small liqour store/tavern while passing through Wheatland, Wyoming on a recent business trip. While they did have Guinness and a few other "premium" beers, the Alaskan Amber was the only "craft" beer in stock - will wonders never cease. Since Alt used to be a favorite style of mine (thanks to Frankenheim) I was happy to give it a try. Altbier tends to be a very mild, inoffensive brew with little hop charactor, well suited for extended consumption - and that pretty well describes Alaskan Amber. The appearence was a deep brown typical of the style, with a nice head, somewhat thin body, a flavour more malty than hoppy, and just very mild all the way around. Maybe my tastes have changed, or maybe this is just an unremarkable beer.

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

On tap at the Fox and Hound in Tucson; served in a pint glass

Appears a deep amber with mahogany highlights and a small ecru cap.

Aroma is of subtle caramel malt and earthy hops.

Flavor lacks any real depth. Caramel and earthy hops dominate the flavor profile. Not much else going on.

Medium bodied and on the chewy side.

The best thing this beer has going is its drinkability. No real off flavors and no real flavors. Mild is a good word to describe this beer.

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

Aroma: It has a subtle malty character.

Appearance: It pours dark amber, brilliantly clear and highly carbonated, you can see the bubbles rise in the glass. It has an off white head that falls quickly.

Flavor: The flavors are subtle and clean, with mild bitterness, and biscuity and malty notes

Mouth feel: A medium light body.

Overall Impression: This is a beer of subtleties. Subtle aroma, subtle flavor and subtle mouth feel. It's refreshing; almost a lawn mower beer. I prefer beers with more flavors and stronger aroma's.

It seems to lack the bitterness and dry finish expected of the Altbeir style. These comments do not distract from my overall impression, they are meant as a commentary on hitting the style guidelines.

Photo of SaltyLime
3.07/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - standard amber hue with a whitish head that started decent and was almost all gone by the time of first sip, laced to the end
Smell - a little sweetness, citrus, malts, ...
Taste - decent, but not really memorable, balanced and a gave a slight liquid bread impression
Mouthfeel - smooth, with a little slick spot left on the palate, after the third bottle began to recognize a little more of a citrus bitterness
Drinkability - would try again, easy to drink but maybe as a second or third choice of available beers

Photo of klewis
3.04/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: Amber color with a big foamy head. Lots of lacing.

S: Very sweet smelling with a fruity, malt smell.

T: Fruity and honey-like flavors mixed with a dominant toffee backbone. Very sweet and a bit unbalanced.

M: Medium-bodied with light carbonation. Very smooth.

D: A bit too sweet and cloying, but OK. A good value.

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

Thanks to Colts9016 for this one. 12 oz. bottle served in a shaker pint. Poured a reddish gold (amber perhaps!) with a quickly dissipating head. Caramel malt in the aroma along with some sweetness. Light to medium bodied. Malt predominates, a little on the sweet side. Some hop bitterness helps to balance things out. Easy drinking beer, but pretty unremarkable IMO.

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

Appearance: Amber (duh), translucent. Pours a thick head that slowly deflates, leaving a grainy lace as it does so.
Smell: Sweet malts, lavender, cinnamon
Taste: Sweet malts, orange zest, honey, hint of pickle juice. Hint of hop bitterness that leaves a super clean finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied, light carbonation.
Drinkability: Decent. Big, sweet taste, but not cloying or unpleasant at all.

Verdict: I wouldn't go out of my way to find it, but it's getting as easy to find as Sam Adams and it's always good to have a safe back up beer.

Photo of aeminter
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks Colts9016

The appearance is light amber almost like tea...very clear. The head is an off white/beige color, kinda frothy looking, starts off nice and big and dissipates to about 2-3 mm, but no lacing.

The smell is very lager-like with faint esters (pear & apple) and pleasantly light malt notes.

T: My first impression is of fruit, grapes specifically. The malts are sweet but not in an overpowering way. The finish is fairly dry and smooth.
M: Light body, high carbonation...

Note: As far as I can see this beer meets the BJCP guideline with the exception of taste. Here, while appealing, there is a departure.

Photo of Psilo707
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber appearance when poured, ruby-tint in the light. Decent head with great looking lacing slowly edging itself down the side of the glass.

Scent is a bit on the lighter side but has a good malty aroma to it. Taste is very good. A bit of nutty/piney overall feeling to feeling to a deliciously laid-back foretaste. Mouthfeel is creamy and pretty solid, and drinkability is definitely high as I never have trouble putting back many of these in a night.

Overall, Alaskan Amber is one of my favorite altbiers and I would recommend anything from this brewery.

Photo of Magpie14
3.11/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: golden hues with mostly a brilliance of orange at the edges, it has light dusty brown in the mix as well. The cap was thin, airy, and coarse and less than satisfactory, and vanished quickly

S: lightly roasted malts, soft brown sugar and a little whiff of dry hops. Not much....

T: malts come across thin, profile is far back. I find some dry and spicy edges in the mix, from the green cones, and make it rather clean. Otherwise the overall flavor complexity department is somewhat lacking. Malts have more of a toasted character and a light buttery brown sugar sweetness

M: if anything, this beer is very drinkable. Clean, crisp, and mildly pleasing. Body is a shot over light

D: a fair Altbier

Photo of marcpal
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A friend brought this back to me from travels knowing I like different beers, so thanks to Ed for this one.

22oz bottle poured into Nugget Nectar pint glass.
Altbier huh? Didn't expect that, looks like fun.
Bottle Graphics: 4/10.

A: Amber body, big surprise. Ok, maybe some orange with the sun shining on it. Big bulbous white head with ample bubbling and spiderweb lacing that only lasted seconds.

S: Fruity, citrusy, and grainy. Not overtly sweet but you recognize some malty presence. Hops aroma balanced with sweet honey notes makes for a nice bready scent.

T: Caramel malts with a bitter balance. Again, hops and honey. Close semblance of honey laden Irish soda bread with hoppy bitter flavor. Very nice and reminds me of Fat Tire strangely enough- has that same cereal quality.

M: Considerable carbonation, medium body, and bitter ending. A bit too spritzy for my taste but Im being picky.

D: Goes down very smoothly. Not much like the strong alt biers and amped up versions, so this was a nice touch. Great to pair with food, glad I gave it a try. I think I was just used to the Stickes, this is far different.

Photo of NatetheGreat
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

this was a great beer - i enjoyed this more than i ever anticipated.

A: yeah it's amber with an extra touch of red glow. very nice white head, but disappeared rather quickly and left little lacing.

S: here's where I got intruigued. Malty with lots of fruity notes, some spice.

T: oh it was fantastic. reminiscent of a dubbel/abbey ale with it's sugery fruitiness, notes of apple and spice strongest, amongst layers of caramel malt sweetness. hops hold up the rear fairly - balanced but surely more on the malty side (but not overdone).

M: a bit rough, astringent, but not bad. Has some creaminess that was nice, but this was the one weaker spot in this beer, IMO.

D: very drinkable, interesting flavors and quite surprising at that. This was a pleasant surprise, one I will certainly go back for.

Photo of Japerrault
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy amber ale with a cream-colored head that dissipated fairly quickly.

S: Fruity, caramel, honey grain aromas

T: Sweet malty brew with flavors of toasted bread prevelent. Very little hops noticed.

M: Good mouthfeel. Fuller bodied, and definately not a thin feel.

D: This is a decent beer that is quite easy to drink.

Photo of skrib09
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a nice copper-amber color. good forming head with lacing.

smells malty or bready maybe.

tastes malty with a hint of bitterness in the finish and aftertaste.

good mouthfeel, somewhat grainy though.

ok drinkability. i wouldn't go out of my way to get this beer again, however, i would try more brews from this brewery.

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A pint of Alaskan Amber arrived in a pint glass with a shimmering copper color and minimal foam floating above. Caramel tinged roasted hops was balanced in the aroma by a light floral hoppiness. A big malt and grainy flavor on the palate up front followed by a semi-juicy center and a quick finish. A solid session ale from the sweeter end of the spectrum. Definitely drinkable.

Photo of ghebel
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Copper colored, almost clear with an off white short lasting head. Head diminishes quickly to a thin ring with mild lacing on the glass.

S - Malt is dominate. Biscuit, bready.

T - Malty, grainy, mild caramel sweetness, but does have a nice moderately bitter finish.

M - Moderate body.

D - This beer is smooth and drinkable. It has a nice balance of malts and hoppy bitterness, although I would prefer more hop aroma and flavor.

Photo of duffextracold
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

got this one as a christmas present from donkeyrunner.

A- Amber (duh), very thin head, very vigorous bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass, still going strong with only a few sips left. this stuff just screams "drink me!"

S- smells like herbal hops & sweet malt. mmm...

T- Tastes like it smells, Mmmmm. Very nice!
sweet bisquity malt, herbal hops, not too bitter. nothing fancy, but delicious.

M- Heavy carbonation, medium body, almost creamy.

D- Very enjoyable, nicely balanced. I only wish I had more...thanks donkeyrunner.

Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,560 ratings.