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Alaskan Amber - Alaskan Brewing Co.

Alaskan AmberAlaskan Amber

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1,175 Ratings

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Ratings: 1175
Reviews: 543
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%

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 Ford


4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Flying Saucer Houston.

My wife picked this up after speaking with the waitress. She ended up getting two pints of it. I was able to drink most of the second pint.

Really easy to drink. Low alcohol content. Absolutely no bitterness. A very smooth, great tasting beer in my opinion.

I'm going to pick up a six pack soon to have some in a bottle around the house. A really good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2012 23:32:04 | More by Ford
Photo of CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

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

Pours a clear dark amber. Thin head, little in the way of lacings.

Aroma is pretty lacking, light caramel.

Clean up front. Gives way to subtle caramel sweetness before rounding out to something a touch heavier. Soft, but sweet finish.

Light bodied, nice carbonation.

Nice session beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 23:55:28 | More by CanuckRover
Photo of Hoptometrist


3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from the bottle into a becker glass

A- Poured a very clear amber color with streaming carbonation, a small soapy head that dissipated quickly and left no lace

S- Lots of fruitiness, toffee, grains, and a rich malt character

T- Very rich and sweet toasted malt character similar to that of a Marzen, biscuit notes, bready, and a nice toffee flavor

M- Smooth and medium bodied, lots of prickly carbonation, and a dry finish

O- A very good malt forward beer with a nice richness to it.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 01:57:36 | More by Hoptometrist
Photo of pschul4


3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a dark golden color with a 1/4" head tha sticks around for a few seconds before dissipating to a ring around the outside of the glass

S- Some off malt scents. Nothing else really. Not digging this too much

T- Luckily the taste is much better than the smell. Combination of a good malty pale ale and apple cider. This combination is pretty nice

M- Little too bubbly for the style it is supposed to be but it works well with the apple flavor.

O- Not something I'd spend money on (on purpose) but not something I'd drainpour either.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 04:29:06 | More by pschul4
Photo of womencantsail


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

Pours a clear amber color with an off-white head. Sweet toffee and caramel malt aroma. A touch of bread, sweet grape, and a little bit of red fruit. Maybe a hint of banana. Sweet malt and grape on the palate. Toffee malt, a little bit of toasted bread, and some red fruits. Minimal hoppiness, just a little bit of floral hop character.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2012 20:21:49 | More by womencantsail
Photo of DocJitsu


3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark copper color with a quickly dissipating off-white head. Very nice aroma consisting of sweet raisin, sweet banana, and pumpkin spice ice cream. The aroma takes me to September/October for Oktoberfest. Maybe even the Covered Bridge Festival, if you've been in west-central Indiana in October. Mouthfeel is characterized by being light to medium body, soft, and wet. The flavor is a bit of a disappointment. Heavy nutmeg and cinnamon from start to finish. A little Dogfisheadish in their aggressiveness with spice. A lot of pumpkin pie and Oktoberfest. Not great, but certainly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 03:34:11 | More by DocJitsu
Photo of jera1350


3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appropriately amber in color, thin lightly tan head of foam that leaves a bit of spotty lace.

Nutty, malty sweet, hint of earth. Just a bit light overall.

Solid malt sweetness, nutty, mildly fruity, earthiness to the hops. Slight alcohol at the end. Really tasty beer overall.

Very soft carbonation, lighter side of a medium body. Smooth and lightly crisp. Quite refreshing in fact.

One of the more enjoyable alt beers I've had. I think this is a really good beer that drinks exceptionally well. Quite surprised by this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 23:28:32 | More by jera1350
Photo of sj660


4.23/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this a number of times over the years, and the bottles I've had this year have been much, much better. Hard to compare from memory, but there is more malt and less astringency than I recall, and this is a great drinking beer.

This is still one of the better alts you can readily acquire despite its flaws.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 01:58:44 | More by sj660
Photo of BOSMECH


3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this when I went back to Port Angeles Washington for a BBQ
I got it at the local store in a bottle.
A was brite golden
S was hoppy and lite on the malt
M was smooth and had small bite to it
o it is a great beer
You can not find this out east here in New England.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2012 18:55:43 | More by BOSMECH
Photo of DCon


3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a Growler of this brew from the Beer Shoppe in Yakima, WA for $12. Poured from the White/Yellow/Green Labeled "Beer Shoppe" Growler into a 16oz Yakima Tennis Club Mug.

Aroma- Sweet, has an amber nose, and very malty. Light dry hopped flavor but only in the background.

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head that dies fairly quick. Has an amber, clear body and leaves a few suds behind.

Flavor- Has a very sweet beginning with only light hops around. VERY malty. Sweet bite at the finish. Average.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, High Carbonation, Sweet, and malt on the finish.

Overall Impression- Didn't quite impress me with the lack of hops... Overly carbonated and too sweet all around. Should have more of the dry hops I found in the aroma in the taste. Not sure about this!

Serving type: growler

07-23-2012 17:20:33 | More by DCon
Photo of mjurney


4.48/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very nice copper color. Some carbonation rising. Small head that disappear really quick.

Sweet aroma, but very light... Caramel and fruity esters.

Very rich and malty. Lots of caramel malts, biscuity, hazelnut, toasty, just slight hint of chocolate. Just touch of bitter hops towards the finish.

Very smooth. Medium body, yet pretty creamy. Carbonation is very nice.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 21:04:01 | More by mjurney
Photo of acevenom


3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a glass mug. Pours amber with a tall, frothy biege head that dissipates moderately quickly. A finger-length of head is retained. Plenty of bubbles can be seen streaming from the bottom of the glass. This beer looks to be very well carbonated. I pick up caramel and bready malts. There are some mild hops in the aroma as well. The taste follows the nose. It's mildly sweet and bready. There's a little bit of hops in the back end, but it's not strong. It's just a nice, malty beer. The body is medium with adequate carbonation. The finish is dry. The drinkability is high. This is a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2012 00:13:18 | More by acevenom
Photo of DavidST


3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This pours a clear amber color with a short lived white head which does not leave a lacing. The smells are of caramel and a little bread malts, slight hop presence. The feel is medium. The taste is okay, I get a slight hint of something metallic along with mostly malts, caramel, bread and toffee.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 05:34:19 | More by DavidST
Photo of JMad


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

Pours a very clear reddish, burnt orange color with a soapy head that quickly dissipated. Smells of bread and caramel malt with just a bit of earthiness. Nothing special, just a hint of bitterness and some sweet toffee flavor. Has a nice medium body with moderate carbonation and a dry finish. This is a pretty average amber ale, but it is nice and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 23:43:30 | More by JMad
Photo of beergoot


3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Used half of the bomber for Beer Advocate's 'Chipotle Garlic Copper Ale Marinade' found in issue #65.

Nice malt aroma with hints of toffee from a reddish copper body with little head. Very good rich malt taste, smooth and clean with just a touch of bitterness coming around at the finish.

This is a tough one for my overall score. Tastes pretty good, but the lack of any real head or lacing on the glass makes me lean towards a slightly lower overall rating. Still, I wouldn't hesitate to grab another one to wet my whistle...

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2012 16:40:37 | More by beergoot
Photo of TSJ4000


4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For a beer that travels from Alaska to the midwest, I'm astonished it is so fresh. The color and initial taste remind me more of a brown ale and not an amber. Light still passes through the glass but the color resembles more of a dark red, brunette almost. The malts lean that way too. I taste a nice roasty chocolate malt that reminds me of a good brown. The hop finish is nothing more than a little bitters to balance out the malt. Underrated beer I will say.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2012 21:50:05 | More by TSJ4000
Photo of B967ierhunter177


3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear, reddish-orange with a thin head and no lacing. The aroma is fruity with caramel and vanilla coming through. The flavor leads off with caramel with nuts and spices with smooth, piney hops showing through as it warms. It's mouthfeel is medium. Alaskan Amber is a good brew, refreshing and satisfying. Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 03:34:23 | More by B967ierhunter177
Photo of Mora2000


4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to finally have Alaskan Brewing in Texas.

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of toffee and a little bit of biscuit malt, as well as a hint of grass and some earth. The flavor has quite a bit of malt, plus some orange citrus and a little bit of grass. Very easy to drink. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 01:56:16 | More by Mora2000
Photo of ByMySword

3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A lighter amber color than usual. A nice prominent head remained throughout the drinking session.

Smell: A hint of spice to the mix, but not overwhelming.

Taste: The taste was above average for an Amber. I would have preferred it to be a little more prominent, though.

Mouthfeel: This beer had a good mouthfeel that permeated throughout.

Overall: This beer was above average, but barely so. It was a nice beer that can be drank throughout an entire night. A good beer, but overall not exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 03:50:38 | More by ByMySword
Photo of hopfacebrew


4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle date 081112 to a pint glass the beer arrives a clear dark copper amber color with a 1/5 finger cream/off-white head with some retention and lacing, but not much. The nose is caramel sweet with an undertone of toasted barley. A hint of fruity nature as well. The flavor is very much the same, malty, with a semi-sweet presence. Mildly bitter, hints of fruit and nuts. Very easy to drink, very approachable. Earthy hops are mild in flavor. Creamy. Very enjoyable. Finishes smooth and creamy and clean. Adequately carbonated and lighter bodied. Not a ton of flavor, but this is an altbier, and one of the most enjoyable and drinkable I've had.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 13:20:18 | More by hopfacebrew
Photo of allengarvin


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

Alaskan has finally made it to Texas (haven't seen their famous porter yet). I poured this into a 12-oz mug.

It pours a dark mahogany color with a small head. The nose is subdued, with some caramel malt, a touch bready, and nothing more. Flavor is mostly sweet malt, with a very light bitterness that doesn't really offset the sweetness. Clean yeast profile. The body is nice and full, with a creamy texture.

Very standard amber beer, like what you'd find in any generic brewpub or brewery in the early 90s. I hope Alaskan's other beers are worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 04:54:34 | More by allengarvin
Photo of TheSixthRing


3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a fairly clear ruby amber with an off-white finger width head, dissipating quickly into a spotty lacing.

smell - Primarily sweet malts. Hard to pull anything else.

Taste - A semi-sweet caramel malt flavor is prevalent, some earthy notes, a subtle herbal and hop finish.

Mouthfeel - Very nice mouthfeel. Very fulfilling without being thick. Carbonation is perfect, with a really pleasant bite. A bit dry at the finish.

Overall - A solid offering from Alaskan. Not my favorite of theirs, but certainly good to drink from time to time.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 04:23:37 | More by TheSixthRing
Photo of Labeerfinder

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

Clear copper color with a moderate tan head. Sweet malt dominates the aroma. Hints of light fruit and mild hops. Light sweet pale malt dominate the tip of the palate. Light floral hops bitterness sweeps in quickly behind. Toffee take back the court in in the finish and shares it with some berries. Overall an easy drinking brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 18:42:19 | More by Labeerfinder
Photo of philbe311


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

A - Slightly more than a fingers worth of dense egg shell colored froth... A vibrant slightly glowing amber color... Moderate carbonation throughout... 100% translucent... A slight bit of lacing clings to the glass...

S - Fairly mundane... Pale malt wort... A slight nuttiness... A slight herbal spiciness...

T - Crystal malts... Lots of biscuit and bread... Diacytel... Toffee... Butter scotch... Light caramel... A slight hop bite...

M - Light to medium bodied... Brisk carbonation... Clean and crisp... Smooth...

D - A solid Altbier, a style that I wish had more representation in the craft beer market... Simple... Low ABV... Well executed... Rather quaffable... Easy drinking... Sessionable...

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2012 01:32:53 | More by philbe311
Photo of budgood1


3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours out of the 12 ounce stubby bottle a dark amber colour with a thin fizzy head reducing to nothing in an instant. lightly carbonated therefore supporting little to no lace. heavily malted aroma showing off some sugary notes and bits of nuttiness. slight fruitiness can be detected too. flavour profile is malt forward...semi-sweet and somewhat nutty and buttery...with grassy hop notes for balance. pretty one dimensional and easy going for the style. medium bodied, smooth and supple mouthfeel...very easy drinkability and perfect for a session. i could see this as a nice compliment to some bar food or pub grub.

overall an approachable amber/alt style offering that represents the style in a somewhat solid, albeit unspectacular fashion.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 00:14:43 | More by budgood1
Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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