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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 Mark


4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I decided to give this brew another try. The bottle I had before probably was not the freshest sample. Once again the beer had a deep amber body, head retention was poor as was lacing. Caramel malt aroma, some sweetness, and grain. Taste profile was much better than before. Much more malty than hoppy, a bit of a roasted note here and there. Very very smooth. Says it's an Alt beer, tastes more dark lager than ale like. Good mouthfeel and highly drinkable when in the mood for some thing smooth and mellow. This beer is becoming a staple in my fridge. Heck, even my parents loved it!! Had this beer on tap at a local pub and it is much better than the bottle. Bottled version has poor lacing, sometimes none at all. On tap it was sheeting the glass.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2004 22:36:24 | More by Mark
Photo of Crosling


4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been hearing about Alaskan Amber for ages. It seems to be the "Fat Tire" of the Northwest. Lets see if the rumors are true.

Deep Red.

Very pleasant mulched apple aroma covering grapes, toasted grain and sweet malts.

This is a very good Alt. The fruitiness comes abound first. It's all over the palate and oh so pleasant. Caramel and sweet malts next. The finish makes you know it's an Alt beer. It's crisp, clean, dry and nutty. The hops are minimal but balance this beer well.

I'm very surprised with this offering. Nice stuff.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2004 05:33:29 | More by Crosling
Photo of rkhaze


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

Poured a clear copper/amber with a medium sized creamy off white head. Noticeable carbonation bubbles. Smells of lightly roasted malt, caramel, spices and perhaps a bit of chocolate. There was also a mild citric smell(yeast?) and a whisper of smoke.
Tastes of sweet malt, dark caramel and spice. Finishes quick and dry with a pleasant hop bitterness.
Medium bodied with a light mouthfeel due to the tingly carbonation.
Good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2004 23:18:32 | More by rkhaze
Photo of Zorro


4.43/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear bronze colored brew.

Smell is sweet and very fruity malt smells are present.

Taste is sweet and fruity and a bit grainy with just the right amount of bitterness to it.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkable? This is ambrosia! This is one of my favorite beers in the world. I last had this in Seattle about 2 years ago, I loved it then and I love it now!

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2004 02:15:58 | More by Zorro
Photo of ark57


3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It is a dark copper color with a thin head. The aroma is nutty and malty with some caramel notes. The body is slight oily. Caramel maltiness hits uop front and there is also some nuttiness. The finish is dry though it is not as bitter as I would have expected. A bit sweet for an alt, but nonetheless a tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2004 18:56:40 | More by ark57
Photo of RootedFool


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

On tap at The Sidelines in Arcata, California.

Arrives with a slight tan head -- filled to the brim here -- dissipates into a puddle of soapy film on the surface of the brew. Hazy copper body.

Smell is of pine cones, sugar cookies, subtle licorice notes, and grassy hops.

Taste opens with a narrow stint of bitterness and then, almost right away, a caramel malt sweetness sweeps in, very full and round in its reach.

The finish is a slightly grainy bitterness coupled with that clean malt sweetness.

Middling carbonation. Flows creamy across my palate.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2004 03:40:19 | More by RootedFool
Photo of BeerAngel


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

Pours a clear amber-copper color with a small cream colored head. The smell consists of an astringent twang, light bread aroma, faint hops, and not much else. The taste is a repeat of the aromas along with the addition to a little diacetyl, perhaps a little butter on the bread, a medium punch from the hops, and a grainy aftertaste. This is a light bodied beer that finishes with a burned dry note. Fairly drinkable, but there's not alot going on. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2004 06:20:40 | More by BeerAngel
Photo of cerevisiaephilus


3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow. I've heard about this beer for some time now, and finally, now that I'm in Jackson WY I can give it a try. I'm a huge Alt fan and have been looking for something approximating a real Dusseldorf Alt in the states ever since my trip to Dusseldorf three years ago. I think I found it in this beer.

Beautiful amber color with lower than average carbonation. The smell was all malt, very nice munich notes. The taste was also dominated by the nice sweet munich and maybe vienna maltiness. Some interesting honey notes as well. I could use a bit heftier dose of hops in this beer.

Unfortunately, I think the beer is a bit sweet....especially for a 4% beer. Dry it out and it would be less cloying in a decent session.

I think this is the best American brewed Alt I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2004 01:59:20 | More by cerevisiaephilus
Photo of WVbeergeek


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

Appearance: Forms deep copper amber body with a decent sized cream colored head specks of lacing. Aroma: A sweet mildy hopped tone with a wave of toasted malts with a nutty edge nice brew. Taste: Flavor a warming sweetness with toasted malts and very low IBUs kicking in some balance with bitterness, I must say this is one of the better brewed alts I have tasted. Mouthfeel: Medium to light in body with a creamy edge to the texture nice. Drinkability: Effortless very smooth creamy and tasty with a low abv built to drink in session.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2004 17:05:44 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of DESTRO


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

this came in an odd but attractive tulip like glass (16oz). a dark copper with minimal head (maybe due to the pour). nice lacing. the aromas were light, malty and a hint of fruitiness. once in the mouth it is enjoyable. nothing more nothing less. some nutty malt here, a light toasted character there, but all in all pretty tame. some herbal notes as well. crisp in the mouth and fullbodied, it is very drinkable, theres just better ambers/alts out there.

Serving type: on-tap

02-29-2004 07:36:48 | More by DESTRO
Photo of charlesw

New York

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

Ok, it's a little hard to give a good review of this beer given the circumstances surrounding its consumption...
That is to say that I had it in an Olive Garden and the FREAKING MORONS at Olive Garden served it ICE COLD in an iced glass. How, exactly, are you supposed to get anything out of your beer experience when idiots like that are trying so very hard to make it very difficult for you?

So, it was a nice amber color and probably had a little head to it, but not much. That lasted a while. It smelled sweet and malty - nice earth tones and maybe hints of nuts.

I put the glass between my legs to try to warm it up a bit (sigh - it was 20F out - so maybe cooling me off more wasn?t the best plan!) before drinking it?

It goes down nice and smooth - a very even and balanced sweet maltiness, touch o? hops. It?s kind of like drinking a baby HSA - only it?s a tad lighter in mouthfeel and alcohol. Like, you could just sit and drink the stuff all night long and be perfectly happy doing so. Mmm. Sounds like a plan, to me!

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2004 19:54:06 | More by charlesw
Photo of DagFishHead

New York

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Optically clear copper-amber body. Thin off-white head fades quickly to a wispy cap with drippy lace.
Smell: Sweet malt and carmelized sugar. Whiff of butterscotch.
Taste: Sweet and toasted malts with fruity sugars to start. Medium bodied at the top. Dries minimally with some citrus hops and a lingering malt aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Medium/course carbonation.
Drinkability: Very enjoyable. I had several... although somewhat on the sweet side for a long session.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2004 01:19:09 | More by DagFishHead
Photo of Boilermaker88


4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally got around to picking up a single of this offering by Alaskan Brewing. Seeing how much I love their Smoked Porter, I don't know why I waited so long.
This beer had a dark, clear mahogany color and a bubbly off-white head that quickly peaked and died, leaving only trace amounts of lace. The nose had a pleasing earthy malt note and a substantial fruity aroma. Some mild nut aroma and caramel notes were also present in a supporting role which made for a real nice nose. The taste had a sweet fruity flavor up front, like that of cherries and plums. It was also a bit tart. A solid toasty malt base provided ample support for the light nutty flavor and light herbal hops flavor in the finish. The feel was medium-bodied, smooth and clean.
I'm two-for-two so far with beers by Alaskan Brewing. Their altbier is highly drinkable and has a pleasing, well-rounded and balanced flavor that I thought really enjoyed. Worth a spot (or six) in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2004 22:17:50 | More by Boilermaker88
Photo of beertaster13


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

Alaskan Amber I recently drank on tap in Idaho. The apperance of this beer is very dark, almost cherry wood looking with a foamy cream head. The taste is of malts and a hint of fruit. A very exceptional beer to have in a nice restaurant. Feels great in the mouth as the dark malt and fruit taste will bounce around your tastebuds. A very drinkable beer, not to thick and not to light. A great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2004 04:54:50 | More by beertaster13
Photo of mzwolinski


4.4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another in a long list of classic brews that I've taken too long to review. Pours a deep mahogany in color, with pleasingly ample carbonation and a thinnish, cream-colored head. The aroma is quite tempting -- toasty, slightly nutty malt with a bit of difficult-to-place fruitiness. Rich and hearty smelling for those cold Alaska nights, days, afternoons, etc. The flavor starts sweet up front, developing a rich, deep, malt body that lingers at the back of the throat. Finishes off with a toasty turn to the malt, and a pleasant but restrained hop bitterness. Very well balanced, though leaning a bit toward the sweet side. Medium-full in body, and damn drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2004 06:31:28 | More by mzwolinski
Photo of ChicoraBoy


3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Nice malty aroma, slightly sweet. Light bitter hops. Smells like an altbier. Coppery clear with light tan head that dissipates quickly. Medium body with light-med carb - smooth drinking. Muted maltiness up front & a bit of sweetness. Gives way to mild nutty bitter finish and after. Dry and refreshing. A nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2004 22:00:51 | More by ChicoraBoy
Photo of Thrasher


3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

No head, no carbonation. Sounds flat, but it actually makes the beer very drinkable. Sweet candy malts are the name of the game. Nutty, buttery malts, almost like a brown ale but more toffeeish. There is a light floral hop spike but it is almost unnoticeable. I like it, it makes for a very good session beer. It is actually 5% abv.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2003 06:49:02 | More by Thrasher
Photo of RoyalT


3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Orangish-brown in color with a smallish head that went down quickly.

Smell – Light, sweet, molasses-infused malt. Very faint.

Taste – The lightly-toasted malt flavors come out at the tongue. This one is very subtle, with a slight maple finish and a touch of bitterness throughout.

Mouthfeel – Very little carbonation and light-bodied. This bier is smooth though and flowed down quite nicely.

Drinkability – This went down alright, although I don’t think I’ll buy again. The Widmer Winternacht is a much better brew if you’re in the market for a NW Altbier.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2003 02:01:25 | More by RoyalT
Photo of UncleFrank


2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tasty beer that is a nice session.
Amber ale with a touch of caramel and chocolate, but not distinctive. Maybe Special B.
The aroma is the same is the as the taste which is the same as the finish. That in itself is kinda cool, as you know what youre getting. However the lack of complexity is why I find this beer to be average.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2003 01:56:29 | More by UncleFrank
Photo of hungryghost

District of Columbia

3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice reddish brown.
Hardly any foam at all.
Smell the caramel right away. Sweet and malty, roasted malt.
First flavor is the malt, then the caramel sweetness rolls across the tongue.
Very lightly hopped, low on carbonation. A little to sweet to be a session beer, but I still like this one.
Goes down easy, at home and in Alaska.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2003 05:50:47 | More by hungryghost
Photo of CBFanWish

New York

3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nothing about this beer was spectacular, but it wasn't a bad beer. It was an amber. I poured it into a pint glass taking note of the clarity of the amber color which retained very little, if any head. But it did retain carbonation, which is more than I can say about some beers I've had in the past (you know who you are). The taste was weak by my standards, but then I'm a porter, ipa man. This would be a good starter beer. Hey Bud drinkers, try this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2003 12:54:54 | More by CBFanWish
Photo of BeerResearcher


4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Genaro for bringing me my first Alaskan beer! This Alt pours a deep, dark amber. The off-white head fades rather fast into a very thin coating. The aroma is mostly of sweet caramel, honey and light fruity notes. The malt is creamy and sweet, and just a bit smoky. Again, caramel and honey comes to mind in the flavor department. A light citrus bitterness and mild spicy taste make for a subdued and balanced brew. I could drink quite a few of these babies. The more I drink this sweet Amber the more impressed I become!

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2003 23:18:22 | More by BeerResearcher
Photo of GreenCard


3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: dirty-penny-brown, no head at all, much lighter than the draft version, good clarity

Aroma: sweet flowery caramel notes, a slight touch of roastiness, hazelnuts, fruity

Flavor: smooth caramel malt flavor with a supremely balanced hop-level; starts out a bit sweet, but is equalized in the finish by a gentle hop bitterness; nutty, toffee-like aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, zinging carbonation provides some counterpoint to the sweetness, smooth

Overall Impression: I've had this on draft many times and I'm not sure which I like better. The carbonation is at a much better level out of the bottle, so that's a plus (draft can get a bit sweet). Alaskan is a fantastic brewery. I like all of the beers I've tried from them.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2003 04:11:19 | More by GreenCard
Photo of brakspear


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

This amber ale pours with a nice deep amber color, however, the head does not stick around very long. The aroma is a blend of fruit fermentation aromas and some roasted malt notes and a bit of hop spiciness. The flavor is also a smooth blend of roasted malt and slight hop bitterness. Overall, this is a very decent amber, but there are better ones out there, especially on the Pacific Coast.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2003 15:44:22 | More by brakspear
Photo of Boto


3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rich mahogonay color. A decent malty aroma with a bit of citrus. Flavor is malty without being sweet. A hint of roastiness. Slightly bitter finish. Another fine Northwestern brewery. I have enjoyed this an a few trips to the Seattle area. Even with all the choices out there, it is still a beer I come back to.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2003 12:49:03 | More by Boto
Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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