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Alaskan Amber - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan AmberAlaskan Amber

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588 Reviews

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Reviews: 588
Hads: 1,758
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 21.43%
Wants: 56
Gots: 332 | 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: 588 | Hads: 1,758
Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured a crystal clear deep amber color almost a light red with a fizzy white head that subsided quickly and left no lacing. The aroma is of a munich malt and caramel with no hops to be detected. The flavor is a tight mix of both sweet and toasty malts with a touch of that biscuit character which seems prominent in mass produced amber ales (Rogue excluded). Good flavor though i like my Alts a little more hoppy like Zum Ueridge and as this is an american example it is ok in it's own right. The mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery I expect that they had to use a more fermentable mash in order to make this ale cost effective though it could use a bit more body. A very drinkable ale this would make a great beginner beer for those who previosly only liked macros or would also make a good session beer.

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Photo of masikon
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This seems to be a local favorite here in NW washington state, usually available in most supermarkets beer selection. Beer pours a nutty brown with a nice little head which dissipates with a few streaks of lacing. Taste like it looks, nutty without subdued hop characteristics and emphasis on the nutty malt flavors. Mouthfeel is acceptable though a bit thin for me. I rank drinkablilty high because of it is a solid all around easy to drink beer, a good choice for gatherings because I can't see anyone really having any strong complaints about this one.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

ONe of several bottles from the brewery that my brother picked up for me on a recent visit. Pretty sweet!
I am pouring into a pint glass at room temp. The beer pours a clear chestnut color with small fizzy and loud head foaming up 1 cm and fading quickly to nothing. Aroma is caramel and some bready yeast with a hint of brown sugar. Overall the nose is mild. First sip reveals an average body with mild carbonation. The beer is a little thinner than expected. The flavor is brown sugary with caramel and a bit of grassy hops on the finish. The beer is smooth and goes down easily. It is a good brew, just not overly complex, which I believe is true to style.

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to fellow Weymouthian beernut7 for this rare one...
Pours a dark rust color w/ less than a half finger of bright white head which disappears almost instantly with very little lacing.
An attractive aroma of spiced hops and sweet malt balancing out the nose...juicy fruit goodness lingers w/ some caramel undertones.
The taste is very nice...the perfect blend of hops, malt and spice making this one very drinkable. Mildly bitter and the sweetness is nowhere near what I was expecting from its smell...very subdued.
Carbonation is a touch high, but the finish is very clean. Mouthfeel is medium bodied.
Another winner from Alaskan Brewing Company...

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at a steak restaurant in Richland, WA. Dark red-orange color, with quickly dissipating white head.

The aroma and flavor is mostly of malt, with some biscuity component. Very smooth flavor overall, almost no bitterness or hops detected.

Extremely drinkable, I really enjoyed this. I thought it would be more mainstream in character, but was surprised to find a strong smooth flavor. I'll get this again.

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Photo of baiser
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper body, with a thin white head. Aroma is toasty, biscuity, grainy and has a slight trace of hops. This is a light, crisp and refreshing beer. Light bodied and very clean. Some light malt flavours, toastiness, and faint hops. Has plenty of taste for such a light beer. Perfect for a hot summer's day.

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Photo of xoqx
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Amber, slightly cloudy, with an off-white two finger head exhibiting light retention and light lacing.

Smell – There are deep citrus, honey, spicy, and caramelly notes in the nose.

Taste – Crisp and sweet, this has many caramelly tastes and deep malty domination. This reminds me quite a lot of a crisper, dryer fat tire. The finish is average.

Mouthfeel – This is creamy, crisp and clean with a medium-light bodied mouthfeel.

Drinkability – This is a very drinkable beer, and very consistent.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.24/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I didn't transfer this to a glass so I don't know how well it held it head, but overall carbonation was light throughout the drinking.
First impression was nice hoppy smell with hints of sweetness.
Full mouth feel with slight bite in the back of the pallette.
Slightly sweet aftertaste
Very drinkable beer without any strange flavors sneaking in...in real alt (old) style, just hops, yeast, barley but with a slight, definate wheat feel and dryness.
I'll buy this one again.

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Photo of grindcore666
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've only had the Summer Ale from Alaskan at this point, and I really enjoyed that...so let's see how this one goes.

Poured into a pint glass- color is reddish bronze...one finger head fades into a thin cloudy layer of bubbles.

As expected from an amber, it smells sweet and fruity.

Tastes more mellow than I was expecting - mild hops in front hiding behind the carbonation, expands into some nice malts. Just the right amount of sweetness- not sickly sweet, but pleasant.

Mouthfeel is full and smooth.

This beer has a lot of character, without being too aggressive- very drinkable.

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Photo of edmundfitzoil
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one is pretty darn popular at work, so I finally decided to give it a go. I had it on-tap and poured into a standard pint glass.
The beer poured a red/amber with a very nice, off white 1/2 in. of head that retained pretty well but left very little lacing. I might have been lucky to get a great pour, but this was a beautiful beer. The aroma was malts with some caramel and a hint of fruitiness. The beer's flavor was a sweet malty flavor with some hop flavor coming through as well. I had a physically beautiful pour, but I found the beer itself disapointing slightly - well, mainly because of the build up and expectations based on what customers and coworkers had been saying about it. But it's not a bad beer, not in the least, which is pretty drinkable and pretty prevalent here.

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Photo of Dmann
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An average beer to this palate. The pour was unimpressive and yielded a small fizzy head that faded as quickly as it came. The smell was very faint and was pretty sweet with a slight citrus hint. The flavor was good in the beginning with some good malty sweetness and a light spiciness but this was overshadowed by a odd astringent flavor that lingered till the end. I don't know if I got a bad batch or something but this ruined the flavor for me.
I have heard many good things about this beer so maybe I will re-review at a later time. But for now I am not impressed at all.

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Photo of arizcards
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

PIcked up a bottle at AJ's for $1.39 in July.

Nice looking red beer that did not pour much of a head. Appears to be highly carbonated. Nose is of caramel malts-a pleasant smell. Taste is of caramel malts, a hint of nut, with a semi-sweet finish. Mouthfeel is fairly full and this is a nicely carbonated brew. Overall drinkability is good, this is a tasty little beer!

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Photo of misterscooter
4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The top of Mr. Al Askan Amber has a pretty head with a sea foam consistency in the bubbles and no lace. With the definitive amber color, I expect to see an ancient mosquito trapped inside. Thankfully, there is no flotsam or jetsam to get in the way of this beauty.

Just s little brown sugar and cooking vanilla in the aroma. There isn’t much else and I wanted more to describe it. What I did discover eluded me for a while.

There are some really tasty hops in this brew, slightly bitter but just enough to complement the honey and hay flavors. Overall, this is a really good beer that does well in all areas except for smell, which isn’t bad, by any means. I was given this one by a friend. I’ll buy it myself for sure.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very clear slightly Orangish Brown color with about a 1 inch head of loose bubbles after an aggressive pour. The head fell within about 30 seconds to a very small ring around the top of the beer. Very few bubbles rising.

Aroma: Very reserved for this style. Some light toasty malts and some caramel hiding in there, but nothing else to speak of at the first pour.

Taste: With the taste I get some of the dry/drinkable flavor of a typical Alt. It is pretty well balanced, but ends up a tad sweet. There are some essential Munich malt notes to the flavor, but this beer comes across as a Northern German Alt rather than the Duesseldorf style that I am most familiar with. I would really prefer that this beer be more assertive with the aromatics.

Opinion: This is a clean and well-crafted beer that I enjoy drinking. I think that this is a better example of an Alt available in the states, but I still really prefer the German examples.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from NorthernTimber as part of The Easter BIF Bunny exchange. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" beige head above the amber brew. Head fades, but laces beautifully. Aroma is sweet malts with a touch of fruitiness. Taste is grain husks, which lasts throughout, winks of fruit here and there, and joined by light hops at the end. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both good, but limited just a tad by that fruitiness which gets a bit pushy by the end of the bottle. Nice beer overall.

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Photo of goschool
3.12/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one pours a clear amber color with a short head and no lacing. The aroma is filled with malty flavors- sweet caramel and fruit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and bubbly. It's sweet with a touch of light hops. The flavor and aftertaste are thin. There's nothing here that leaves me wanting more.

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Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

06/20/05- Had at the Red Door in Billings, MT.

Presentation- Poured from the tap into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Amber pour...duh! Good sized head with acceptable lacing.

Smell- Light nuttyness with a sweeter malt scent.

Taste- More roasted malt flavor than expected. The malt is also sweeter than expected. Big nutty flavor and a decent hop background.

Mouthfeel- Smooth and pretty creamy. Moderate to high carbonation.

Drinkability- One of the better Amber Ales I have had. Can't believe I waited this long to try it. Good deal.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a three-finger white head which quickly fades and leaves no lace. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Nice clear, deep amber color. Nose is malty. Starts mellow and sweet, finishes smooth with a touch of hops. Very good Alt. $2.59 for a 12oz bottle from One Stop Oasis Las Vegas, NV.

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Photo of Noxious26
3.37/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is my first try at an alt style beer, but a newcomers view might be worthwhile to some.

A light brown clear body. Head is virtually non-existent.

Smell is sweet and malty. So far so good, but not remarkable.

The taste is quite sweet and malty. There is a strong alcohol taste that reminds me of McEwan's Scotch Ale. I don't know if this is typical to the style or not, but it really reminds me of Scotch Ales.

There is little to no carbonation and I would expect a thicker presence in the mouth from an ale with this taste. The thin beer and strong flavour don't seem to go together well.

I can't say too much about this beer in terms of drinkability. I don't think I'll try another one, but I'm going easy on the rating because of personal preference and I don't have any other alt beer experience to compare it to.

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Photo of donnebaby
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark malty red appearance, with light haze for head. Smells strangely sweet, like artificial sweetener and honey mixed, notes of candy apple. Reminds me of a green beer not filled out by alcohol.

Taste is very much sweet, of apples, and refreshing. Lightly roasted notes and a sweet, honey aftertaste. Medium, full body. Reminded me of a lesser carbonated Bass, and very much like McEwan's overall. Fairly one-dimensional brew, sweet honey without any involvement of hops. Goes down fast, but I wonder if I'd get irked by the sweetness.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sampled at the Bluebonnet ’05. Massive thanks to Geoffery Lawson for bring down some beers to illustrate his talk with.
Aroma: Nice blend of light malt sweetness with a floral hop aroma.
Appearance: Clear amber with a nice head of white which collared but laced nicely.
Flavor: Sweet base of malt with a mild Saaz (I know because Geoff told us) note. Overall the beer was very clean.
Mouthfeel: Nice dry finish that encouraged the next sip, a firm carbonation level and a medium body.
Overall Impression: A nice clean malt based beer with enough hop characteristics to bring it to balance. Great to hear how history inspired the ale yeast at cool temperatures (it IS Alaska). This is a massively poundable beer; a session beer to last a long winter night.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.44/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pillow of delicately toasty and caramelish malt seems to be the heart and soul of this brilliant, reddish-copper ale. It's present in the nose, and then again in the flavor... big time! It's very nicely balanced as well, leaving it sweetish and nutty, but not sweet. The emphasis is, however, clearly on the malt, and not the hops. The hops that are present are floral, slightly grassy, and just a touch spicy; but they lay low, giiving only a waft of character to the nose, and an accent of "spice" to the flavor. And that is what gives this beer its incredible roundness and balance. It's rich without being cloying, and oh-so-delicately balanced by its restrained hop flavors and bitterness. It finishes almost without notice, leaving just a smear of nutty, toasty and biscuity malt to linger on the palate; and lending greatly to its drinkability by beckoning you to partake again. Quite nice!

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Photo of charlatan
3.07/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours amber with a now you see it now you don't head which only sticks around the side of the glass. Bottle has freshness date, and while I'm pushing it two days beyond what was suggested the beer still tastes fresh. There's no skunkiness here.

Nose has hints of apricots, dates and figs. It is pretty obvious this is going to be a malty one.

The taste is a little less sweet than the nose, but one can nevertheless detect a little brown sugar flavour. Bitterness is barely discernible. This is too watery and light for me. It could be a session beer, but wouldn't make for a killer session.

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Photo of Padron4KM
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.
Pours a clear dark amber color with a large 2" head. Head settles slowly and leaves spotty lacing.
Aroma is sligty caramel, with some light graininess.
Body is light.
Flavor is lightly sweet, caramel, toffee with just a sint of hops to keep the sweeness in check.
Overall an easy drinking sesion beer.

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Photo of bditty187
3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Largely clear, coppery-amber in hue with a slight golden influence, the color is pleasant. The head formed poorly, only a small cap of bubbles topped the liquid and these bubbles fizzled away to an insignificant collar in a moment, before leaving completely. This does nothing but hurt the appearance. There was no subsequent lacing. Honestly the appearance from top to bottom is too average to be noteworthy. The nose said, “Alt” on the first sniff. I like that. Sweet, grainy malts with a biscuity caramel underscore. In the middle is a lovely array of fruity aromas, peaches and strawberries. The finish offers a soft smattering of earthy, grassy hops. The nose is perfectly articulate, the potency of these aromas is moderate but I understand what it is saying. Inviting. I’ve had more dud Alts then good ones. Surprisingly this falls into the latter category. I haven’t been impressed with Alaskan Brewery (aside from the AK Smoked Porter). I was expecting this offering to be lifeless and limp. It wasn’t. Upfront is a blast of malty sweetness with undercurrents of grainy, biscuty qualities and this says nothing of the caramel influences. This maltiness lingers awhile. In the middle is a kiss of astringency and most of the fruity tastes (berries, peaches, and oranges). In the finish, like the nose, are the hops, earthy, grassy with a mild bitterness that does manage to balance the beer nicely. The palate is well crafted, I am impressed, and I find this Alt to be quite tasty. This beer would be great for a crossover beverage; I can see no reason why this beer couldn’t supplant Fat Tire as the reigning western “amber ale.” I guess Alaskan needs to get a catchy name for this beer… and find a wider distribution area. Details. Around medium in body, the carbonation level is on the low side of moderate but it feels natural. The mouthfeel is a bit slick but appropriate. Pleasant. This beer is very drinkable. Give me six full bottles and I’ll return you six empty bottles... in no time flat! There isn’t anything special about this beer but not every beer needs to be “mind blowing.” Sometimes simple… tasty… quaffable… is all a beer needs to be. I say, well done with this one. I purchased a 12-ounce bottle on-line from Liquid Solutions.

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Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 588 ratings.