Abita Brewing Co.

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American Amber / Red Lager
Ranked #88
Ranked #46,062
3.48 | pDev: 16.09%
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States
Notes: 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
Reviews: 572 | Ratings: 1,796 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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realJohnnyHobo from Maryland

2.69/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Not entirely sure if Amber/ Red lager's aren't my thing, but this one is just not that great. Syrupy and bland is all that I am tasting from this Best By 08/19/2020 12 fl oz bottle. Color hue is delightful, a rich amber-red that is classic of the style. As for the scent, it is mainly malty. Taste is well bland. Caramel malt, little yeast, mild hops, but this is very pedestrian as the mouthfeel is a bit generic and sryupy. Part of me is disappointed, I was hoping for a compeitive Yuengling lager and I think that is what they were going for, just isn't entirely good.

May 29, 2020
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defunksta from Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep orange, slightly amber color with a cream-colored head. SRM of 13-15. I love the look of amber beers (4.00)

Aroma: Light aromas and not much here, but I get a little bit of toast. Toasty wheat bread with the crust on. Possibly some brown sugar but I think it's just wheat malt. No hops appreciated. (3.50)

Flavor: Flavor follows the nose. Very mild flavors, but more wheat toast. Some wheat malt sweetness. Again no hops. Relatively dry, crisp, and clean for an amber, but as expected at 4% (3.25)

Feel: Lighter-bodied. Low carbonation. Sort of watery. Finishes clean. (3.50)

Compared to Schell's Firebrick Vienna Lager 4/25/20: Pours an identical color with a milder head. Similar aroma strength. Flavors more of toasty bread. Less caramel and toffee. Less carbonation. Similar sweetness. Neither have hops. Winner: Abita slightly.

Overall: A very mild amber at 4%. Mostly wheat toast flavors. Toasty. It sort of reminds me of Shiner Bock, but I haven't had that one in a while so I'd have to try side by side to be sure. Not great or anything worth coming back to, but at least I tried it. (Final Rating: 3.43)

Apr 25, 2020
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1009 from Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

As I poured this amber beer, the color really delighted me. A solid golden color. However, this is where the greatness ends like Tom Brady’s Patriot career. The taste is very average and really is not smooth. And honestly it smelled like stale bread. Not our favorite here at 1009.

Mar 18, 2020
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jwp777 from Oklahoma

3.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at a restaurant:

Pours a straightforward amber color. Head is about 1 finger thick and though it does recede, it retains well. Not much lacing.

Smell is a bit of a letdown. Bread, malts, and a bit of bitterness, but something just smells off.

Taste is much better than the smell. Very little bitterness. Lots of malt and caramel flavors, with maybe a bit of fruit in there as well.

Feel is smooth and easily drinkable. Light body, medium carbonation.

Overall, a good amber lager. It’s great if you’re looking for something to go with a meal or a straightforward amber lager.

Mar 11, 2020
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4.02/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Stumbled across this at W...s & More. Looked up the reviews here at Beer Advocate and was happy I chose it. If you are looking for an amber that appeals to the masses, this is it.

Feb 28, 2020
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dcscientist from Colorado

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

My first Abita brew wasn't anything too exciting or unusual, but it went great with the gumbo, so what do I care? It's your basic amber ale, nothing fancy, a bit lighter in color than anticipated, but got the point across just fine. I'd try some of their more interesting beers next.

Jan 27, 2020
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Trailboss76 from Virginia

3.79/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lives up to its name with a decidedly amber-golden color. Aroma is not pronounced but throws off some bitter hints. The taste actually holds almost no bitterness. It's a smooth drinker, nice, pleasant - in the realm of lagers. It paired nicely with a snack of nuts and cheese. Would go well with pizza. While not necessarily doing cartwheels over it, I'd be glad to have it again.

Jan 11, 2020
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RyanK252 from California

3.77/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a Mountain Rambler Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours light copper amber with a frothy khaki head that settles to a firm layer and laces nicely.

S: Toasty bready malt, light fruity notes, a touch of spice, faintly grassy, and a little toffee sweetness.

T: Toasty, bready, slightly grassy, a bit earthy, a touch of spice, faint fruity notes, and a little toffee sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, slightly creamy.

O: Nothing overly exciting, but it does hit the spot on a nice fall evening. Solid amber lager.

Oct 18, 2019
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(12 oz bottle, best by 08/26/2019 - that's today!; purchased single off shelf... poured into Belhaven pub pint)

L: crystal-clear, amber (tawny) liquid; extra-tall 2-finger-high stand of crystalline, tight, off-white foam, dies slow, but keeps messy cap; some chunky lace

S: med-dark caramel, almost a maple syrup tone; shows emerging staleness, but sort of blends into the style's aromas... mildly-toasty, vaguely chestnut note emerges... overall mild potency

T: clean, dry malts with a dried-grass, earthy hop bite; subtle flare of dark caramel sweetness in the finish, which fades leaving just the toasty, bread-crusty tone of the caramel... bitterness builds a little bite... great how any (malt) oxidation or age-related decay is either not awfully present, or just discreetly woven into the malt, arguable with the lingering hop character

F: soft, foamy simmer atop smooth, rich, round malts which cut sharply in the finish, leaving very little residual (syrupy) film, no doubt tempered by the bitterness and delicate acidic(?) bite

O: solid American-made amber lager - may be my first time trying it... quality of sweetness (and lack of unique mineral/ester coloring) in aftertaste wouldn't allow this to be mistaken for an import... edging toward dry, muted expression of flavors at this age, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, helps it maintain some drinkability... as ever, curious to try a fresh bottle (1494)

Aug 26, 2019
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Sgt_1991 from Georgia

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

Jun 29, 2019
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Urtravel from Pennsylvania

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

Jun 01, 2019
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JimboBrews54 from Michigan

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.

Apr 07, 2019
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German-Helles from Wisconsin

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!

Feb 19, 2019
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mothmanscott from Georgia

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

Dec 01, 2018
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MacAuthur from North Carolina

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.

Aug 19, 2018
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Hazy_fo_shazy from Georgia

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.

Aug 13, 2018
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KLHBB from Colorado

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.

May 01, 2018
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CTHomer from Connecticut

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;

Apr 17, 2018
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VoxRationis from New York

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.

Mar 15, 2018
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dwmdrums from Tennessee

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.

Mar 02, 2018
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Tilley4 from Tennessee

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

Feb 27, 2018
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WoodBrew from Ohio

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.

Feb 08, 2018
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chitoryu12 from Florida

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.

Dec 29, 2017
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SmokySignals from North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Been having these since they began, finally reviewing. At 6.97 per 6er, it's in the box a few times per year.
Usually better from bottle these days, ice cold. Drink fast. Pizza/wing beer.
Obvious amber color, fair to weak head and aroma, but a nice caramel smelling LAGER.
If not ice cold, and in a glass, it's very caramel malt-centric, and still okay. Versatile food beer.
Not too heavy OR light, a good feel, but .

Abita Springs, LA is a cool place to visit, and I suggest LAGER lovers to try it.

Nov 09, 2017
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gvickery from Texas

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.

Oct 09, 2017
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