Amber | Abita Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Amber is a Munich style lager brewed with crystal malt and Perle hops. It has a smooth, malty, slightly caramel flavor and a rich amber color. Abita Amber was the first beer offered by the brewery and continues to be our leading seller.

17 IBU

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Reviews: 562 | Ratings: 1,765
Photo of Sgt_1991
4.4/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Not a long review. One of the best tasting amber lagers I've had the pleasure to swallow. Abita strikes gold again with me with this one. Tastes very clean. Nice malty caramel taste. Nothing fancy or flashy but a great am or beer

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Photo of Urtravel
3.22/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance seemed a bit too light for what I was expecting but I did really like the golden glo. Like the toasty/toasty smell and then the sweet finish in the taste. Feel was a bit light as well. Overall I liked it and would drink it again

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Photo of JimboBrews54
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's not bad, but there's nothing really great about it either. On the positive side it has a sweet malty and a fairly smooth finish. It is heavily carbonated and the lack of flavor will most likely keep us from buying this again.

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Photo of German-Helles
4.02/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The look is perfect, a light to medium amber, two fingers of mostly white foam, maybe slightly less than pure white, it stayed several minutes. A nice medium carbonation, the bubbles look very nice rising in the medium amber beer. It foams up a little after each sip.
The smell is faint, light malt aroma maybe.
A nice caramel flavor, with just enough bitterness, very pleasant, slightly bready.
Feels good, crisp, the carbonation is right in my opinion.
Offer me an Abita Amber, and I am in!

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.26/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes 1/7/14: Pours a clear pale amber producing barely a single finger of frothy, beige, short-lived head that leaves a spotty wash of lace. Aroma is toasted malts, thin caramel with a small dose of floral hops. Taste is slightly a slightly more robust version of the nose but still thin with a yeast note and more hop character emerging in the finish and lingering into the toasty aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A very average example of the style. 2

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Photo of MacAuthur
3.1/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I travel all over the world. I try to drink local beer and this one was recommended. Their are a lot of other amber beers that are better than this one.

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Photo of Hazy_fo_shazy
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always liked this beer when in NOLA. On tap for lunch at Napoleon house (my go to muffuletta when I’m here).

Crystal clear, copper appearance. Just a tasty malt forward lager. Nothing off at all about his brew. I’m sensitive to too much caramel and this pushes the boundary, but I’m still a fan.

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Photo of KLHBB
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Cloudy red orange, smells and tastes of toast. Light, easy drinking feel. Very good, I’d like to try it again.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.39/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A: crystal clear; amber in color; 1 finger light tan head that receded to a splotchy cap; OK lacing;

S: sweet, caramel, earthy, wood;

T: caramel from start to finish; a metallic taste comes in at the middle and lasts through the finish; mild bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: the flavor doesn't work for me;

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Photo of VoxRationis
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into conical pint glass; no production information available.
A: Pours a very slightly hazy, light copper color with a half inch head, modest retention, and extensive, if soapy, lacing.
S: Caramel malts predominate with a hint of honeysuckle and papaya.
T: Flavor pallet follows the nose closely, although doughier and breadier as it warms. Very light bitterness leads to a very clean and reasonably refreshing finish.
M: Light bodied and lightly effervescent.
O: Almost reminds me of a light bodied bitter. Drinkable and reasonably refreshing, but not particularly a standout. Could find any one of a number of better versions of the style.

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Photo of dwmdrums
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Remarkably unremarkable beer. Refreshing and sessionable. Nothing special in look, smell, taste, or feel, but none of these qualities is particularly disappointing. In fact, they all work together well to create a pleasant experience with a drinkable, subtly tasty beer. Would pair well with a variety of foods.

Poured from bottle with about an inch of head, which dispersed in a few minutes to a thin off-white rim. Mild to moderate lacing. Color is on the pale side. Nose is unsubstantial at first but opens up to some mild, grainy sweetness. Taste is even-keeled, sweet malt without much of a hop presence. Slight caramel and nut flavors. Mouthfeel is easy and moderately effervescent.

While this beer does not stand out in any respect, that almost makes it a stand-out. Overall enjoyable experience.

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Photo of Tilley4
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There's something to be said about a good solid beer and this one fits the bill. Easy drinking and smooth. Toasted malts with the merest hint of hops on the finish... I'm not sure how I missed out on reviewing this one but it's pretty much a standby for me in the refrigerator. I can always count on it with any meal and most of my friends like it as well. Just a good solid Dependable beer

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.61/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I tried this at Fat Kats on Bourbon Street. It poured a clear amber with thin white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent had some malt presence. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall is a decent session amber.

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Photo of chitoryu12
3.24/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Look: Deep amber with a tiny white head that quickly disappears.

Smell: Almost entirely toasted malt.

Taste: The same toasty malt with a faint hop bitterness on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Carbonated and a little thicker than lager.

Overall: A very drinkable and simple amber.

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Photo of gvickery
2.09/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

It looks ok but has an underwhelming smell. Average carbonation, a dry biscuit flavor, with an unpleasant hop profile. There’s just not enough malts to make this enjoyable. The strange hop lingers in an annoying way. I had it on draft at a local Cajun place.

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Photo of Rufus1
3.24/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark amber into a fifteen ounce glass the same temperature as the beer. One finger creamy off white head that lasts. Moderate lacing.

Caramel malts overpowers any other aromas.

Tastes is tons of caramel malts with little hop balance. Syrupy sweet. More like an amber ale.

Full bodied with adequate carbonation. Sweet from start to finish.

Too sweet for my taste. More of an ale flavor versus a true lager.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


A: Moderately malty and fairly sweet with a light citrus/pine hop aroma

A: Copper color, totally clear, with a solid uniform white head that has adequate retention.

T: Moderately crisp with a sweet caramel malt flavor, followed by very light citrus/pine hops, coupled with a light hop bitterness and semi-dry finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and moderately smooth.

O: Solid; the beer has a moderately rich caramel character with moderately light hop character. The beer is easy to drink and refreshing.

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Photo of bwood06
4.06/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear, lightly carbonated, glowing amber hue that has a thin, white head that dissipates quickly to a thin lacing. 4/5 The aroma is caramelly sweet with a slight musty note, although it is much more sweet than musty. A good bit of grain comes through before being complemented by a light hoppiness. An ever so slight buttery note comes through as well, adding to the perception of a fairly heavy smelling amber. 4.25/5 The flavor profile reminds me of a sweet, caramelly Marzen that has a heavier syrup sweetness than normal. The malt really shines here with just a hint of hops to slightly bring the balance back towards center. As with the aroma, the flavor feels quite heavy. 4/5 This is a full bodied amber that is syrupy and coating while disappearing entirely after swallowing (surprising considering the heaviness). Carbonation is light which adds to the heavy nature of the beer. 4/5 This is a very good Vienna although for me it is a bit off style, leaning much more towards the Marzen side of things. This was actually a beer ordered by a good friend of mine, and I happened to get a few sips to review. I wish I would have ordered this one myself. 4/5

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Photo of puck1225
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This stuff grows on you. It is ubiquitous in New Orleans and often the only decent beer available. They serve it at the New Orleans Cooking School and it goes well with Cajun/Creole cuisine. Flavorful with a bit of cinnamon and nice finishing bitterness. As I say, it grows on you!

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
3.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a caramel amber color into a pint with very little head but adequate carbonation. The smell is malty with that typical amber ale smell. The initial taste is full bodied but pleasant, with a slight caramel flavor and a sweet dry aftertaste. I really enjoyed this brew and hopefully that will expand into WV very soon.

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Photo of dacrza1
2.52/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

DATE: May 30, 2017... OCCASION: finishing the last night in NOLA, to the tune of The Doors and a thunderstorm... GLASSWARE: Abita pint, just purchased today...poured way before it’s best-by date of 9/28... a nice, orange-amber body frames reasonable carbonation...a frothy head settles to a thin, maybe quarter-finger of swampy bubbles... caramel, soft resin, light flowers and some funk that suggests a flatter profile... palate isn’t far from a Yuengling, with just a bit more carbonation... sifts through the mouth swiftly and lingers only briefly in the throat... caramel and medicinal bitterness bite back... a beefy biscuit is left to be chewed... sweet sugars make up the bulk of this lager, and though it is inextricably linked with New Orleans, I find it easy to like but nearly as lively or diverse as New Orleans has been the past three days... drinkable, unassuming at 4.5%, and a fun label to take in... still looking for that first Abita that takes me by surprise...

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Photo of teromous
3.66/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From the neck of the bottle: "BEST BY 08/28/17"

Appearance: It has a nice looking dark amber body with great clarity. The head is thick and fluffy with a smooth textured surface and it is a slightly off-white color. It has great retention and some lacing.

Aroma: There is a light malt aroma and just a touch of a slightly spicy and herbal hop aroma.

Taste: I get a light bit of toasted caramel throughout and just a touch of bitterness at the end. A light nutty flavor at the end as well.

Mouthfeel: It has perfect carbonation and it feels great on the palate. It is light and highly drinkable. Overall just a great drinking experience.

Overall: While the beer didn't resonate with fantastic aroma and flavor it was still a very enjoyable beer and the drinking experience was great. I would drink it again and I would recommend it.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice Amber with a cream colored head.

Smells of roasted malt herbal hop and caramel.

Taste is a nice hit of roasted malt with notes of whole grain bread and caramel, balanced a bitter herb dry finish.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
3.46/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Funky Buddha snifter.Best by 06/17/17.

Soapy off white / light khaki head that stands one finger tall with low retention and sticky lacing.Hazy amber colored body with moderate clarity.Low on carbonation.

On the nose I get sweet caramel and breaded malts,with some nutty notes.Very slight hint of citrus hops,but pretty subdued.

The palate follows the nose with caramel malts up front,nutty flavors in the middle,and some small flavors of pine on the back end,balanced by sweet and bready malt.

The mouth feel is medium / thin,silky texture,smooth finish,and minimum oxidation on the tongue.

This is a pretty decent amber ale.I'm not a huge fan of the style but out of the ones I've tried,this is one of the best.I wouldn't look for it,but would drink it if offered to me.

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Photo of Suds
3.54/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is a straightforward and simple amber ale. It's the kind that used to be the hallmark of the local brewpub or craft brewery. It's malty, has a solid early and slightly floral hop aroma...toasted biscuit and nut flavors, and a clean finish. Medium-full in body and very easy to drink.

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Amber from Abita Brewing Co.
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