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Alaskan Amber - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan AmberAlaskan Amber

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1,359 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,359
Reviews: 551
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 44
Gots: 104 | FT: 0
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 Brent


4/5  rDev +10.2%

Altbier? I would have guessed a basic amber, but so be it. Bright amber with moderate head. Caramel malt is forefront, with mild grain sweetness. Body is mid-range, a little chewy toward the end. Hopping provides a moderated bittering that mellows at the finish. Not sure there is quite enough interest to qualify for a session, but the beer is well-built and would be a good food pairing.

10-17-2011 13:51:36 | More by Brent
Photo of RoamingGnome


3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a tulip style pint glass

A) A nice looking terracotta with a finger of head. The head dissipates rather quickly and leaves behind a light dusting. Not much lacing.

S) The aroma is sweet malt and just a kiss of hops.

T) Lightly toasted grain, caramel and a hint of dried fruits. The finish has an earthy, kind of grassy quality. Aftertaste lingers a bit.

M) It's fairly light, maybe medium/light. This is moderately carbonated, and feels right to me.

O) This is a nice easy drinking beer. It's not one that will have me saying, "Hey you gotta try this beer." It is a solid offering, and if you're looking for a pretty good amber, it's definitely worth a try.

10-16-2011 02:39:45 | More by RoamingGnome
Photo of deebo


3.48/5  rDev -4.1%

A-Beautiful burnt orange color with lots of effervescence. Good clarity with a tan head that is gone in seconds.
S-Lightly toasted sweet malt with a whiff of spicy hops
T-Upfront sweet toasty malt with a long finish with a touch of hops. Nice smooth balanced flavor.
M-High carbonation with a light/medium body.
D-Good. Resiny hop AT would limit it a bit but solid.
O-A nice flavorful alt, would be glad to have again.

10-15-2011 02:59:38 | More by deebo
Photo of lacqueredmouse


2.53/5  rDev -30.3%

Pours a lovely, brightly burnished copper colour, almost tinged with deep flashes of red ruby. Head is pretty firm, and very fine. A clean white sheen across the top of the glass. Nice languid carbonation and excellent lacing. Really, it's a great looking beer.

I fear, however, that there may not be any more vociferous praise for this beer in the review. Nose, is very faint and very mild, giving a slight honeyed grain character and very little else—I'd say the smell of water, but given that's almost nothing I'll say it smells like a wet tissue. At least that gives some description to the type of bland nothingness I'm trying to get across here.

Taste is similar, although there's a pleasant slightly metallic, slightly nutty bitterness through the centre of the void which is the flavour of this beer. That's about all there is, however, leaving it very weak, rather empty and very unexciting. Feel is so flat and empty as to make it feel like you're not actually putting liquid in your mouth.

Overall, a very poor effort. I appreciate the need for light, sessionable beers in your lineup, but this is a perfunctory effort at that, with little inspiration and minimal character. It's a slap in the face to some of the great Altbiers I've had.

10-14-2011 00:00:15 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of kyleelton


3.38/5  rDev -6.9%

My first Alaskan Brew that isn't the Smoked Porter. Picked up a single bottle while in CO for GABF.

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle. Color looks great. Beautiful Amber color that first first made me love beer. Pretty decent looking head.

Pretty hoppy smelling for an amber. I'm getting some really bready smelling malts. Less than thrilling aftertaste.

Good taste. Not great. Very smooth and drinkable. It's got a bit of an unpleasant after taste.

LIke I said. Smooth mouthfeel. Just the right amount of carbonation.

Overall, not my favorite Amber, but I'd drink it again.

10-13-2011 02:41:44 | More by kyleelton
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3.79/5  rDev +4.4%

The beer is an orange-ish clear color with a very slight head. Theres almost no scent to speak of, maybe some slight malts. Those same malts came through in the taste, along with a crispness that I really enjoyed. This is a light bodied brew with some carbonation.

An excellent, drinkable beer that is a great example of an alt-style.

After having this again, I noticed that it's really a beautiful looking beer. Dark orange-red, but still crystal clear. Got way more foam this time around.

10-08-2011 02:39:44 | More by alexipa
Photo of Lemke10


4.22/5  rDev +16.3%

I had this on-tap at Wedges in Janesville, Wisconsin in Fall 2011. It was a 12oz glass for $3.

Poured a clear medium brown color with a good two finger head on it. Has a very good aroma of caramel malts and dry hops. The taste was crisp and clean which I was able to pick out flavors of roasted malts but not quite the extent they are used in heavy stouts. Overall the taste was very smooth and mellow. There has been a lot of demand for this beer over the year in my area of Wisconsin. Finally glad to see it here on tap and it was just as delicious as everyone said it was. A great everyday amber beer!

10-05-2011 00:12:44 | More by Lemke10
Photo of kylehay2004


3.53/5  rDev -2.8%

A: clear amber with half finger head and no lacing.

S: typical caramel malt.

T: very sweet caramel malt. Sweeter than most ambers. Some citrus and lemon in the finish

M: moderate carbonation. Light to medium body.

Overall: sweet but ot offensively so. Otherwise a standard amber.

09-27-2011 01:38:29 | More by kylehay2004
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3.8/5  rDev +4.7%

Color: Clear red amber, shallow head with light lacing

Nose: Slight roasted malt smell with hints of licorice

Taste: Excellent balance of malt, with almost no hop presence. Smooth aftertaste that dissipates slowly

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, with little carbonation and a smooth finish

Overall: I really enjoy this as a sessionable beer, as well as a great example of an Alt-style brew

09-26-2011 21:52:36 | More by phishsihq
Photo of allforbetterbeer


3.45/5  rDev -5%

Poured into a stange glass.

Pours with a tobacco-orange body under a light tan head that rises fast and falls within a few minutes, forming a nice layer of the surface of the beer.

The nose is a bit muted, but what I detect consists of fruity sweet delicate notes paired with dry malts. I do not smell any hops per se, but the fruity notes might be from hops that have mellowed.

The "fruity" aroma in the nose carries over into the flavor and is the class act on the palate. Mellow hop bitterness shows up right away but instead of hop flavors, this fruity almost yeasty flavor takes center stage. This is followed by some toasty malts that continue to rise till they are the primary flavor in the moderately long aftertaste. Neither sweet nor dry, this beer is subtle and interesting.

The mouthfeel has a bit of prickly carbonation but is fairly soft overall, and feels a bit thin.

Conclusion: It is nice to see a larger brewery use a different style for their "amber" than the usual darker pale ale. Altbier isn't a common style in the US, so that fact alone makes this example stand out. Overall this is good, but it isn't fantastic.

09-23-2011 15:54:42 | More by allforbetterbeer
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5/5  rDev +37.7%

Color: Nice amber looking beer.

Smell: smells like warm candy in the summer. great smell.

Taste and Mouthfeel: A Nice matlt balance. This is a very drinkable beer.

This is a very good beer. I am so glad it is one state that is less then 3 hours away for me. i will be making trips to WI for it. This beer brings me back to the nice summer to fall day as a kid. I don't know why. I really enjoy this beer. Cheers!

09-23-2011 00:57:13 | More by chicagobill13
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4.4/5  rDev +21.2%

12 oz bottle

App- Mahogany with and off white fluffy head.

Sm- Subtle grain aromas with a bit of fruity ale yeast esters.

Ta- Sweet wort-like malt flavors that is immediately balanced by a blueberry like fruitiness that comes from the yeast. Slight toasted biscuits peeking though.

Ov- Excellent altbier. Spot on.

09-22-2011 18:48:05 | More by gueuzer
Photo of BYOFB


3.88/5  rDev +6.9%

Bottle to pint

Nice amber brown color with a light tan head that fades rather quickly with no lacing. Smells a bit sweet, bready, and a bit musky. Not picking up hops here...

Taste has a bit of brown sugar and the musky flavor shows up as well. Mouthfeel is medium with a nice finish. No bitterness.

A decent brew. Reminded me of some early ambers that were my gateway into craft brews.

09-16-2011 03:29:40 | More by BYOFB
Photo of ADZA


3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Pours a see through golden brown hue which leaves a two finger creamy that slowly recedes and leaves sporadic lacing,the smell is ripe berries,sweet toffee malts and flowery floral hops,the mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied and has tastes of brown sugar,sweet toffee malts,flowery hops,maple syrup and is finished with spicy berry dryness and overall its a nice ALT thats very sweet,spicy and sessionable cheers.

09-13-2011 09:24:49 | More by ADZA
Photo of katybee


2.68/5  rDev -26.2%

golden brown translucent with quickly dissipating beige head; lightly carbonated

only lightest smell of flowery hops and light malt, with slight musky banana essence

tasted also slightly of banana essence, subtly sweet and only lightly hopped and malted; but predominantly bready toasted malt character with slightly musky yeasty aftertaste increasing upon warming to room temp. I would not call this a carmelly beer, compared to some stouts.

light to medium-bodied; subtle smoothness but slightly more character than average lager.

very similar to Fat Tire Amber Ale, but less foamy head. The slight banana esther was a plus to me, but otherwise it was only an average beer.

09-04-2011 03:30:57 | More by katybee
Photo of nickd717


3.63/5  rDev 0%

Review dated 4/6/2009. Bottle from BevMo.

Dark amber in color with a beige head. Malty aroma with caramel and some fruity notes. Flavor is sweet caramel malt and a little brown sugar and fruitiness with a tiny bit of hops. Smooth palate, medium body. Decent but unremarkable.

08-26-2011 15:09:24 | More by nickd717
Photo of DrJay


3.93/5  rDev +8.3%

Clear, coppery red with a short cap of beige foam. Decent head retention with some spotty lacing. Bready malt aroma, some toast and caramel, light fruitiness. More toast and caramel in the flavour, not overly sweet though with grassy bitterness that balanced the malt nicely. A bit of fruit and bread crust in the finish, along with faint spiciness. Medium to light bodied with carbonation that leaned more towards creamy than crisp. Overall, pretty tasty. I could see myself enjoying a few of these over the course of an evening.

08-23-2011 19:48:30 | More by DrJay
Photo of Dawgma


4.03/5  rDev +11%

Nice full Amber, love this on days that don't make sense. It is a great way to unwind with friends and has a nice full body flavor, unlike other Ambers that I have tried. give it a try and see how you feel about it. I did notice that it has won a few awards of its own, so I guess besides me liking it there have been a few professional judges too.

07-19-2011 20:21:21 | More by Dawgma
Photo of rsdaugherty


3.33/5  rDev -8.3%

22oz bomber into pint glass
A – Bubbly slightly tan head faded to a rim immediately after pouring, no lacing. Nice color, clear slightly red dark amber 3
S – Toasted grains and malts, slight sweetness and slight hop florals 3.5
T – Sweeter caramel malt start, slightly citrus bitter finish. Sweet malt aftertaste lingers. 3.5
M – Moderate body feels thin on the palate. Watery feel overall, carbonation not adding much for me. 3
O – Drinkability good. A good amber for your in-laws or Joe BMC. 3

07-13-2011 03:39:46 | More by rsdaugherty
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North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +9.6%

I had this in Vegas four years ago at my buddy's bachelor party weekend and thought it very good. What i didn't realize is that it is difficult to find east of the Mississippi. So while vacationing in Arizona I am taking this opportunity to put it in the officiual register.

Nice multi-tinged dark amber color with just a wisp for a head. Nose is caramel malts and a hint of dark fruits, maybe raisins? Full bodied in the sip with nice smoothness. Tasty but subtle malts and some late smokiness make this one unique and sessionable. My parents killed a sixer of this quite quickly, now i know why.

07-03-2011 04:08:40 | More by daliandragon
Photo of jpro

South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +19.8%

After visiting the brewery about 5 years ago, I’d been looking forward to having this again... too bad you have to go to the west coast to get some. Had a couple on-tap at Pour 24 in Vegas - one in the bar, one to go.

A: Serves up a coppery, light red with a thin, white head; no lace on this one.

S: Rich malts; some caramel; light, spicy hop notes.

T: Nutty malt flavor; some rich caramelly malts; a kiss of earthy hops; smooth and balanced.

M: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation; so smooth.

D: Nice and malty, yet refreshing - it went down fast on the Vegas strip; glad to have this again! An altbier with just a smidge more of a punch than a traditional version.

06-23-2011 02:18:09 | More by jpro
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3.85/5  rDev +6.1%

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.

Appearance: Bright amber orange with lots of bubbles. Big three finger off white head with very good retention and lacing.

Smell: Lots of sweet, toasted caramel malts and biscuit. Hints of earthy hops with a little bit of citrus. Very malt forward aroma.

Taste: Sweet and toasty malts with lots of caramel and biscuit flavor. Has a light earthy hop presence in the background with a hint of lemon.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a medium level of carbonation. Very smooth and crisp.

Overall: A very decent amber. Fairly light but tasty. The hints of lemon help balance the malts.

06-22-2011 00:05:58 | More by MattyG85
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3.23/5  rDev -11%

Since this is the one that seems to sell the best I thought I'd give it a go.
Ar –This beer seems to have the hot trend, with several stores indicating that they can’t keep it in stock. Anyway kinda’ a shallow watery aroma with a sweet malt character (3)

Ap – Virtually no head, nearly brilliantly clear but an attractive almost copper color. (3)

F – Flavor is malt based with a slightly sweet crystal malt quality that has a Vienna approaching marzen quality. Mild hop flavor and enough bitterness to balance off the sweetness. (3.5)

MF – A slightly lighter body but too heavily carbonated for my taste. Gives it a filling feel. (3)

T – Overall, I guess I can see why some like the flavors, but overall an okay beer, but not something I’d seek out again. (3)

06-21-2011 00:50:54 | More by garymuchow
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


3.73/5  rDev +2.8%

Nice looking beer, went with the name in that it was a pretty amber color, clear, with a pretty good head and decent lacing.

Smelled of lots of toasty caramel malts, along with a nice fruitiness and sweet tangerine citrus.

It's quite pleasant in the taste department, quite a bit of bready malts come through first, followed by a nice fruitiness.

Body was light and pretty well carbonated, leaving a bready finish and generally being quite pleasant to drink.

Overall I rather liked this beer and I'm glad there are a few more of them in my brother's fridge!

06-18-2011 04:16:58 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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3.8/5  rDev +4.7%

Served in a glass.

A: Thick, finger-length, off-white head. Leaves noticeable lacing. Medium carbonation visible. Color is redish-amber.

S: Heavy caramel, roasted malts, slight earthy smell attributed to the hops.

T: Toasted malts, caramel, perhaps a bit nutty, spicy and buttery with mild earthy hops. Basically agree with aval89. Not very bitter. Clean finish.

M: Medium-bodied and medium carbonation. Mouthfeel is satisfactory.

O: A very good beer. Great malts in this one. The lack of much bitterness with a clean finish makes the drinkability good with this one.

06-13-2011 04:44:37 | More by echoes
Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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