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Alaskan Amber - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
83
good

578 Reviews
THE BROS
78
okay

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Reviews: 578
Hads: 1,708
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 57
Gots: 304 | 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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Reviews: 578 | Hads: 1,708
Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%

After Finnegan's last night, I'm not sure this has the guts to stand up to my expectations for an Amber. But we shall see....won't we....

Edit : I guess this isn't an amber, it's only amber colored. So based on an "Altbier" which is a brown ale, Ill have to deduct the score a little more.

Serving style : 12 oz stubbie poured delicately into a chilled glass for appearance.

Appearance (4) : Copper colored dark amber body with a pleasantly malty looking two finger head. Leaves rings of lacing down the glass as it recedes slowly.

Smell (3.5) : Unsalted sunflower seeds, some toffee, yeasty aromas, fleshy plant. A little plumb. Roasted malts. A pleasant smell to my nose.

Taste (3.25) : A bit watery, ending a tad flat and oddly bitter. The body of the drink is good though, with heavy traditional amber lager flavors along with some toffee and those unsalted sunflower seeds. Oaty finish. It's not particularly tasty, as say, a Nordeast, or Finnegan's. However it is not making me scream running in the opposite direction. A strong 3.25.

Mouthfeel (3.25) : The body is creamy and rich on this one, but the front is watery and the end is rough and bleh. Like licking sandpaper and savoring the aftertaste. There's definitely something missing and it puts a hole in the whole mouthfeel.

Overall (3.28) : I'd drink it again but I wouldn't buy a six pack. If it were on tap and my other choices were not as good, I would choose Alaskan's Amber beer. I'm not sure if Alaskan considers themselves to be a "craft" beer, but as of now from what I've tried, I'd rate them only slightly better than Shock Top... (1,612 characters)

Photo of generallee
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: The body has a very beautiful deep amber color with good clarity and lively carbonation flowing up the center of the glass. The quick pour made only a modest one finger tall head. This head was light tan in color and quick fading. This made for no lacing at all.

Smell: The aroma is very inviting surprisingly fruity. It brings notes of dark bready maltiness with dark fruit, dark cherries, plums and apple peels.

Taste / Palate: First up is a medium body mix of bready sweet maltiness blending with the same dark fruit notes from the the aroma. The finish adds notes of roasted almond and a mild balance of earthy dryness from hops. The palate feels smooth and somewhat slick. (769 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 10/21/2014. Pours slightly hazy deep orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, light nuttiness, raisin, plum, apple, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and light earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, light nuttiness, raisin, plum, apple, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, light nuttiness, raisin, plum, apple, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and light earthy hop flavors; with great robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and fairly creamy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice altbier style. All around good balance and robustness of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering. (1,383 characters)

Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

This particular brew has a magnificent dark amber appearance, though little or no head. The amber has a mild, sweet aroma, nothing special. The taste was disappointing for me quite watery in both mouthfeel and taste. Somewhat sweet at first, hints of citrus and carmel then fades to an okay alcoholic taste. I was expecting a bit more from this beer- I do enjoy my amber ales. I will finish this bottle but will not go back for seconds.
I would recommend to a girl. (465 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.49/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz : tulip

Clear, amber red with a thin, foamy off white head.

Aroma and taste follow the same profile. Starts with caramel, malty bread notes and a lightly floral, grassy hop character in the background.

Medium body, foamy carbonation.

A well done altbier. Nothing particularly memorable, easy drinking, tasty flavor profile. (332 characters)

Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.49/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper colored and clear, but the head is anemic without much retention, and lacing is nil.

S: Bready, toasted malt aroma. I'm not smelling any hops.

T: Much like the nose, bready malt dominates. There's some faint sweetness, maybe a hint of fruit (pear?). The finish balances the sweet malt with a touch of hops.

M: Decent carbonation, but pretty thin. A touch dry in the finish.

O: An OK session beer, but a bit underwhelming in my opinion. Would probably have gone better with a burger than as a stand-alone drink. (524 characters)

Photo of tronester
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper/red with a thin tan head. Smells of sweet caramel and bread. Taste begins with some sweetbread, then some toasted nuts, and finishes with a slightly earthy, mild bitter finish. Mouthfeel is rich, medium carbonation. Quite a nice alt, a rich malt lovers dream. (279 characters)

Photo of jellikit
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Copper. Clear. Little-to-no head. Fine bubbles cling to outside of glass.
S: Light malt. A lil cherry.
T: Moderately malty. Sweet, but thin on the sugar.
M: Medium carbonation. Almost spritzy. Dry. Although it tastes fine, the body is thin like Keira Knightley.
O: This is a drinkable beer. After tasting many other beers, Alaskan Amber seems almost light. The flavor is fine. The carbonation seems a bit much for this style. Needs more malt and less CO2. (458 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours half a finger of head on a clear dark straw colored body.
The aroma is grain, barnyard and old leather, in the best possible way. It has that "alt beer" smell.
The taste has a musty grain flavor, mild lemon bitterness and finishes on a slightly sweet note.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
It gets the "alt" style, but it's not my favorite. (363 characters)

Photo of Foyle
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: 2" cream color head recedes slowly with no lacing. Color is deep amber and somewhat cloudy. Significant carbonation.
Aroma: some fruit (raisins, peaches), yeasty bread dough, fresh water, earthy hops
Mouthfeel: medium bodied & slightly sticky. Finish is a little wet.
Flavor: pick up a raisin-like flavor, along with some apple and peach flavors. There is also a sweet brown bread malt and some mild earthy hops in the finish.
Overall: Alaskan Amber is a very pleasant and drinkable alt style ale. It has some wine-like qualities due to the fruit flavors. Most excellent. (587 characters)

Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a Lager glass.

A: Pours a beautiful an absolutely clear copper color forming a small, thin bubbled and creamy beige head. Medium retention and no lacings left in the glass. A thin layer remains on the top for a long time

S: Strong notes of caramel in the nose. Caramel malts, Munich malts. Crispy and bready but a little bit fruity as well. Notes of honey and raisins. Light flowery hops

T: Slightly sweet and toffee upfront. Some notes of caramel, crystal and Munich malts. In overall, a slightly sweet and bready taste which is a bit fruity as well. Reminds a Vienna Lager. More to a Lager than to an Ale, IMHO. Very mild hoppy bitterness in the end

M: Light, smooth and a bit molasses body. Medium to low carbonation. Caramel and sweet malts in the aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. A bit too sweet. Nevertheless, quite pleasant, smooth and easy drinking. Recommended (897 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Alaskan Amber pours a reddish color with a nice decent size frothy head. There is a weak malty aroma. The taste is very light, has some nice biscuit flavors near the end, with a noticeable malty flavor. A little flat, and very weak flavors. Overall it has nice flavors, but its just too weak. (292 characters)

Photo of titty_mcbitty
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Burnt orange sienna. Not much of a head due to the non-aggressive pour.

S: Cashews, malt, light popcorn, sweetness.

T: Similar to the nose: Cashews, malt, dough, light popcorn, hint of toasty malt, rye bread, biscuit, and spice.

M: Medium light with a nice touch of carb on the back end. Leaves some coating in your mouth (not in a viscous way, but in a flavorful way).

O: Better than I expected, but not extravagant. This is a pleasant brew for relaxation and sessioning. Not the balls, but good regardless. (519 characters)

Photo of Cavanaghty
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Thank you shan8454 for this one in trade.

Appearance: Darker amber with a thin white head that lingered for a while, no lacing on the glass.

Smell: Pleasant smell of banana, cloves, citrus, hops, and mild malts.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste is a sweet fruity flavor with some bitter hops and a slight citrus bite.

Overall: Very good brew! I think I may have a new top favorite to add to the list with this one. (470 characters)

Photo of brewbattles
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

We did a blind taste test between this beer and 4 other amber ales to objectively determine which one was best. The beers were Full Sail Amber, Anderson Valley Boont Amber Ale, New Belgium Fat Tire, Lost Coast Alleycat, and Alaskan Amber. You can watch the video here to see who won:

http://youtu.be/RaXcBiJExus (314 characters)

Photo of kwc017
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a Catalina Brewing Company pint glass. Pours a nice dark brown copper color, not much retention or lacing. Smell is malt, biscuit, molasses, and a little yeast. Taste is different than I expected, I thought this would be more of a Newcastle type brown ale, but it's not. Taste is more sweet than expected. Malt, molasses and brown sugar with a bit of a sour finish. Guess it's more an altbier than anything. Pretty decent brew. (451 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear deep amber in color, with a large, somewhat coarse off-white head, which retains well. The carbonation is moderate and slow-rising, the lacing is scattered and patchy.

Aroma: Profound aroma of toasted brown bread and caramel, and a mild spicy hop character.

Taste: Opens with robust dark malt flavors, soon followed by lesser flavors of caramel and molasses. Toasted malt flavors dominate throughout the taste, with the caramel and molasses flavors contributing a mild sweetness. Finishes with a lingering, mild and slightly spicy hop flavor and lingering toasted grain flavors.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, pleasant, and full.

Drinkability/notes: Really excellent and very drinkable, a very nice example of the style. Considering the typical price ($6.99 to $8.49 for a six-pack) in my area, Texas, Alaskan Amber seems a bargain.

Presentation: Packaged in a short twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a pry-off crown, served n a New Belgium Brewing chalice. (978 characters)

Photo of TBoneJones
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Alaska Amber
Amber red, small head settles, creamy appearance.
Tastes smooth and the malt flavor is sweet and nice.
Feels slick and smooth.
Went great with the salmon bake in Juneau where I tried this. Lucky to have that experience. Lacks complexity or a large character, but certainly one to try and to enjoy. (313 characters)

Photo of anarchia
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark copper with good clarity, super dense head with good retention, white & fluffy. Aroma is caramel and bananas, makes me think of a Dunkelweizen. Caramel / Toffee flavors with a lingering sweetness on the finish. Much sweeter with more yeast character than other alts I've sampled, which I assume were more of the Dusseldorf style. Strong malt character but just too sweet for me. (383 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From: Woodman's, Kenosha, WI
Date: Best by 2014-01-03
Glass: Ayinger willi glass

Alaskan's amber lager is a solid version of the Munster-alt style: more malt forward and less hop usage than the Dusseldorf varieties. Not overhopped, overhyped, or barrel aged, this is an satisfyingly malty beer for the cooler months of the year.

Pours a 1cm tall head of light beige-colored foam, made up of small to medium-sized bubbles, giving a slightly frothy and sponge-like appearance. Retention is about average, the foam lasting one minute in a fairly quick decline to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass. Lacing is minimal, a few dots cling to the sides of the glass. Body is a dark amber-brown-orange color, with light bringing out golden orange hues. Carbnation is visible through the transparent body, few in number and sparse in movement.

Aroma of light caramel and chocolate with a background of biscuit-like malts. Really an impressive achievement of malt aromatics, while moderate in intensity, this is a pleasure to take in. If I could brew something this delicately nuanced, yet assertive, I would be quite pleased.

Front of palate tastes light to moderate caramel-like sugary sweetness, with light minerals and extremely subtle woodsy hops. Mid-palate of medium-dark caramel sweetness with hints of sweetened milk chocolate and toasted bread crusts and marshmallow. Back of palate experiences slighty woodsy and herbal hops with hints of dried leaves, light caramel and moderately toasted bread. Aftertaste of fairly rich caramel, toasted bread crusts, and light, fairly sweet, milk chocolate.

Beer is medium-bodied, with medium-low to low carbonation levels, leading to a beer that has a smooth (3/5) and slightly foamy (2/5) mouthfeel. Closes dry, with moderate stickiness coating the lips and palate. (1,821 characters)

Photo of Redneckwine
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bomber into chalice, cold out of fridge.

Appearance - Dark amber, crystal clear. Not much head going on here, 1 finger head dissipates quickly into only a slight foam cap, not much lacing. Poured rather gently, too.

Smell - Caramely sweet malts, bread crust, feint orange and citrus.

Taste/MF - Super mellow carbonation, very smooth but could use more carb. Taste is more caramel bready malt playing nice with feint hop citrus, mostly orange. Taste follows nose, basically. Between light and medium body. Taste lingers for a minute with mild bitterness, semi-dry finish.

Overall - This is a very easy beer to enjoy, nothing is offputing, but nothing stands out either. Good balance, but I'd say definitely malt forward. I wish the CO2 was adjusted upwards a bit. (779 characters)

Photo of artoolemomo
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours up an okay amount of head which has pretty poor retention. The head is a very light beige/off-white while the body is a dark amber which looks medium amber in the light. Only a few spots of lacing are left behind.

Nose- Very bready with lots of malt character. Mostly brown bread with slightest hint of raisins. Good amount of caramel as well. Much more presence from the bottle than from the glass. Mild notes of citrus, mostly orange.

Taste- Very sweet with notes of orange, a little bit of raisins, a bit of candi sugar that moves into a wallop of grain. Bready but more simplistic (and not simplistic in a bad way, just in a more basic way). A little bit of woodiness- slight oak. A little thin on the finish with a minor hop presence- some pine and resin. No real linger as the finish is a tad bit dry. Appears to be a fairly good representation of the style. Above average as most malt forward beers don't do it for me unless they are high gravity. No real flaws and this seems like a solid standard for someone who likes this style.

Mouthfeel- Just a bit over light bodied. Light carbonation as well. Lacks structure.

Drinkability- Pretty easygoing. The malt bill is well rounded. Reasonable/normal price for your average craft beer.

Overall- Above average. Nothing amazing but also nothing that disappoints. I would give it a try. (1,366 characters)

Photo of SteadySippin
3.34/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer was poured from a bottle to a chilled glass.

A - I really like the appearance of this amber. Its color is exactly that, amber. The color really intrigues me to take a drink. No real lacing on the glass. Soon after pouring there is a head about a finger thick, minutes later the head dissipates to a thin ring around the glass.

S - This amber ale has a slightly floral scent, with hints of caramel.

T - The taste of this one gives off a slightly fruit flavor, like an orange. Noticeable bitterness but not overpowering. The after taste lingers with caramel. Slightly watery but still flavorful. This beer tastes very similarly to its smell. I really enjoy the first few seconds after swallowing a sip of this beer.

M - In the mouth it feels slightly thick, but watery if that makes sense. Plenty of carbonation, goes down pretty easily. You definitely feel the carbonation in the back of the throat.

O - This beer isn't anything to write home about, but it definitely isn't bad. I really enjoy the caramel flavors that you get in the after taste. The color of the beer is also quite nice. I wouldn't have a problem drinking this again but I'm in no rush to go out and buy more. I'd say give it a try if you're into ambers. (1,240 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Venice Ale House, Venice, CA

A: The beer is clear dark reddish amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that left lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of grainy and toasted malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is relatively malty and has flavors of toasted malts with notes of grain. No sweetness is perceptible. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite malty but there are enough underlying hops so it isn't rendered undrinkable. It doesn't seem to have all of the complexity as German altbiers. (713 characters)

Photo of JohnnyJam
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I bought a single the other day from an Albertsons grocery store nearby. I have had such an ongoing problem with the beer being out of code. This one is also slightly out of code. I will review it anyway. I bought this beer five days past the code date.

Poured form a 12 oz. brown bottle with the freshness code clearly printed on the label (9/25/13) into a pint glass and I get 1 1/2 fingers of head.

A: Pours a dark brown, slightly red color with a 1 1/2 finger head that dissipates very fast to leave just a ring around the top of the glass that lasts to the end. Virtually no lacing.

S: Some light malts. That's about it.

T: Sweet malt balanced by a bitterness. Gets me in the front of my tongue and in the back.

M: Medium bodied and carbonation. Goes down alright.

O: Nothing really special here. It's not too sweet and not too bitter. Better than a lot of beer out there but I wouldn't go out of my way to get it. (925 characters)

Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 578 ratings.