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Alaskan Amber - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 584
Hads: 1,733
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 21.43%
Wants: 57
Gots: 321 | 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 falloutsnow
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of Redneckwine
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of SteadySippin
3.34/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of JohnnyJam
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

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Photo of a0lbudman
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-copper yet c;ear with off white head
S- heavy malt with a hint of hops
T-sweet malty taste with a slight bitter aftertaste that finishes with a carmel taste
M-moderate carbonation that made this beer smooth
O- after I finished this beer it felt like I had just eated a Rolo good beer

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Photo of Celtics17
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Taste-This Amber Ale, has a caramel apple taste. The hops play a minor yet important role. This beer isn't to sweet. This was a bit better than I expected.

Appearance - A nice copper colored beer. Not cloudy. The head had a slight reddish hue but it didn't stick around to long. Minimal lacing.

Smell - Malty. Sweet.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Alaskan Amber is a solid representation of the style with its malt forward, semi-sweet approach. The beer pours beautifully, with a thick two finger head and a dark copper color. The head does not persist long, but there is good lacing.

The smell is a bit of a disappointment, as there's not a lot exploding at the nose. Instead, you get sweetness and caramel or toffee tones coming in very subtly. As for the taste, the beer comes alive a bit more, as the malts become more pronounced and the hops emerge a bit more to offer a tinge of dryness and bitterness.

This beer is a winner as an everyday beer. Given that six packs are going for $7 in my neck of the woods, you really can't beat the bang for your buck. It's tasty, easy-drinking and smooth. This is an easy choice for showing up at a party with a small, cheap offering.

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Photo of cherche
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Overall a pretty average amber ale. A tab bit bitter and not unique by any means but a decent choice given limited selection (as out here in the Northwest it is a pretty common beer even at places that only have a few choices). Amber in color and I saw another poster mention cheerios when describing the smell and color...actually I think that is pretty spot on so I will go with that. I generally drink out of a bottle...drank at my wedding due to limited beer choices (no kegs allows, only bottles, only bottles the venue carried)...

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Photo of TruePerception
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

Alaskan Amber Alt Style Ale: Appearance: amber; Smell: multi-grain Cheerios; T: wheat Cheerios, very slight bitterness; decent

I was quite surprised by the Cheerios them going on with this one.

Poured into a pint glass.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chilled down to 36 degrees in my beer cooler. Poured into a pilsner "8-ball" pool ball glass (I have the whole set of 15 glasses). Pours a pretty copper/bronze in color with really no head to speak of. Just a bit of lacing is seen when sipped. The aroma is of just some malt/hops. The taste was actually very pleasant with a slight nutty hint. Very smooth with no bitter aftertaste. Never had this style of brew before and liked it overall.

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Photo of jesster64
3.34/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thick creamy head was the first thing I noticed. Not a bad beer. Less flavorful than I expected. I would buy again if selection was limited. Overall a slightly better than okay beer. good color. decent aroma. A beer you could have multiples of at one sitting.

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Photo of bbluemzbeer
4.51/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I don not think I ever had this style of beer but it surprise with taste and quality.

Appearance : It is copper color produces a really thick and nice an fluffy head.

Smell : Malty and I was not expecting many hops

Taste : It has a hit with malts and some carbonation. Great tasting dark beer for some getting into craft beer,

Mouthfeel: Medium Carbonation has appears to have in the glass, It does have a really nice finish. It finishes sweet and then begins to dry as you swallow.
I am impressed with this beer. This makes me want to grab a few more these amber beer.

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Photo of Vigilante
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very nice copper/red hue. Mild carbonation which dissipates quickly leaving light lacing. Very clear.

S: Malt. No detectable hop aroma.

T: Malty, but not too sweet, finishes with mild hop bitterness. Sweetness lingers on the tongue

M: Medium Bodied

O:Nice representation of the style. I am not a huge amber fan, but I did enjoy this beer.

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Photo of gopens44
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice looking pour with a surprisingly light colored foamy head. Clear burnt orange appearance is also pretty pleasant. Nose is mainly nutty before the maltiness takes ovee, with the taste strictly following the nose's lead. The taste initially bares a nuttiness that ever so briefly presents a faint banana essence before the malts overwhelm all else. Finish is "blech" with a cloying sweetness. Pretty high level of carbonation here as wwll. Overall, this is fairly average.

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

While on a cruise in Alaska, visited the brewery, and sampled all of the beers on the tour. The Amber was my second favorite. Brewed with no preservatives, so can not get in New England.

A: Pours an amber color, 1 finger head that does not last long.

S: Malty smell, very pleasant.

T: Malty taste with a slight bitterness, and aftertaste to it.

M: Some carbonation, and aftertaste that lingers on.

O: Above average beer, but I like the Alaskan IPA better.

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Photo of Auraan
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a rich amber with almost no head. What head formed was an off-white. It got the amber part down, but it's nothing too special. Scents of sweet malt, bubblegum and slight banana. Pleasant, matches well with the flavor, but again, nothing too special. Flavors of sweet malt, a little bit of toffee and a slight nutty flavor on the finish. Pretty nice, similar to a brown ale, but with a slightly more German flavor profile. Hop character is low, but is present, balancing the sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Good for a session beer. Overall I'd say it's a pretty good beer. I can see this being a good session ale.

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Photo of T100Mark
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 12 ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance - A nice copper colored beer. Not cloudy. The head had a slight reddish hue but it didn't stick around to long. Minimal lacing.

Smell - Malty. Sweet. Root beer. This beer has a nice nose.

Taste - Malty. Sweet. Taffy. Nice carbonation. The hops play a minor yet important role.

Mouth - Fizzy. Fresh. Slightly oil.

Overall - A nice Amber. The beer is friendly but a little lacking in character.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alaskan Amber has a thin, khaki head, a semi-clear, bubbly, amber appearance, and basically no lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, caramel candy or toffee and brown bread crust. Taste is of those as well, and this beer has a mild underlying bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium and somewhat slick, and Alaskan Amber has a mostly dry, easy going and easy-drinking finish. Overall, this is really nice, and I rate it rather highly. Get some!


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Photo of JamesQuaff
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Becker pint after about 15 minutes out of the fridge at room temp.

Pours a deep red/amber with good clarity. 1 finger off-white head dissipates very quickly.

Big roasty grain aromas, caramel, raisins, medium hops.

Taste is slightly sweet, prominent caramel malts, with a decent hop bite to balance it out.

Medium bodied with pleasant viscosity, but the carbonation is just too much when i go in for the 'swish'.

Overall a very good beer, but the carbonation kind of detracts from it for me. Digging the aroma and flavor, but the bubbles are a bit too intense.

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Photo of Infamous7100
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a clean and beautiful caramel to deep orange with a quick to disappear head and no lacing to speak of.
S: loads of malt, fruit and bread billow out of my pint glass. Caramel and toffee notes are accompanied by hints of apple and perhaps pear. Not much on the hop scale.
T: extremely malty with hints of, you guesses it, caramel, toffee and bread. You can pick up the fruit at the front but its most prevalent in the middle. Apples and pears can be confirmed. Just a kiss of hops in the back.
M: medium bodied with lower carbonation than expected. Smooth and creamy. Pleasant finish.
O: I really enjoy altbiers as they blend the best of ales and lagers together. This is a tad too sweet and I would to have seen a bit more of the lager side to quell the sweetness. Not bad at all though.

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Photo of rickyleepotts
3.09/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Today's beer is boring. It's from a brewing company I haven't been impressed with, and it is a boring style. Of course, I didn't realize the history behind the recipe. That is what makes this blog fun. Nothing beats learning about beers, brewing companies, and styles. THAT is why this blog will never get boring for me. Sure, there will be a day we run out of beer… but that is a long time from now, and a challenge I will happily accept.

I haven't had an amber in a while. One that comes to mind is the Prescott amber ale. They only can, but it's a pretty drive getting there. I will give the Alaskan Amber a chance… not like I have a choice! Oh, and later we are going to be drinking (not reviewing) four beers from Sam Adams. They are just sitting in the fridge starring at me. It's time I consume them!

In the Glass: This beer has a nice rich copper color to it and produces a really thick head for such a drinkable beer. You know, I am not sure I have ever tried this one. Regardless, if I have had it, it wasn't that memorable. The beer, as I swirl it in the glass, also continues to produce a nice fluffy head.

Nose: We are drinking this cold, but the nose is powerful and is filled with malty goodness. I am not expecting many hops here. As we start to plan the breweries we will feature in our book (title coming soon), I have to imagine we will pick the Alaskan Brewing Company to feature in Alaska. I just want to see it. Oh, and the glacier, too!

A second sniff is offering the same powerful malty aromas that I was getting on my first sniff.

Flavor: While this beer is boring, it does have a lot of flavor. At first, you are hit with malts and some subtle carbonation. Then, as you swallow, while the flavor quickly fades, it does produce some nice drying flavors. Like I said, I didn't have very high expectations of this beer. I am happily impressed. I don't recommend swishing this around in your mouth. The bubbles become overwhelming.

Mouthfeel: Considering how much carbonation the beer appears to have in the glass, there really isn't that much on the palate. I would LOVE to see this beer barrel aged. It reminds me, a little, of the Bigfoot mouthfeel. Does anyone know if Alaskan ages any of their beers? I bet there are some good whiskeys made up there in the mountains!

Aftertaste: The tasting notes said the aftertaste was quick, and while it doesn't last for five minutes, it does have a really nice finish. It finishes somewhat sweet (from the malts) and then begins to dry as you swallow. I bet this would be a great food beer. I imagine pairing this with some burgers or some BBQ. Speaking of BBQ, Sheryl went to a BBQ festival last weekend. Maybe she will discuss her experience here on the blog.

I didn't have high expectations going in, but I am leaving the Alaskan Amber very impressed. This makes me want to grab a few more ambers to compare. This original recipe is from 1900… I don't think this beer will age that long! Cheers, everyone.

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Photo of Dbrown144
2.97/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: a copper/rust color with a very small foam head that dissipates quickly.

S: salty water I guess.

T: the taste isn't bad, at first it tastes bready and beery for lack of a better word. It leaves you with a really nice sweet malt aftertaste though.

M: not much carbonation. Nice consistency. Goes down easily.

O: I like it, I'd drink it again. Nothing special at all, but I do enjoy the sweet malt taste of it.

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Photo of BradMacMullin
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Elliots in Seattle. Nice frozen glass. Outside of the glass, I was very underwhelmed. Copper appearance, no head, little lacing. I smelled...and smelled...nothing. A malty chemically type of taste. Went down well, more of a large consumer type of taste which is fine if I can get 30 of them for $20. I was expecting more, don't know why. Hate writing reviews like this, but this disappointed.

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Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 584 ratings.