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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: 528 | Ratings: 1,628
Photo of DmanGTR
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Mild, smooth, hint of biscuits and lightly toasted grains. Touch of Euro hops in the finish. A decent example of the style. Otherwise, though, there's not too much going on here. Kind of run of the mill with a very basic malt and hop profile, but drinks easy.

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Photo of goblet
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

picked up a 6 pack of abita amber ,I "pry off cap" like the cap says and pour the beer into a glass and give it a look..

it looks as you would expect for this style of beer.Amber, a tad bit orenge and clear with a white fading foam head that leaves some spots of lace.

a nice fresh smell ,caramel malt and grains are what i get up front then some spices and fruit like apple .

a lite caramel malt and toated grains taste, much like the scent. a mild sweet sugar and spices flavor that make it very pleasant to sip.

medium to light body with a slight grainy after taste .a lite and thin feel on the palette.

well done and easy to drink ,nothing crazy going on here just simple and refreshing beer..cheers...

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Photo of williamherbert
3.99/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks more dark orange than amber. Not much head. Clear and light-looking. Average appearance.

Nice sweetened burnt malt. Brown sugary. Almost a mild Scotch ale smell. Toasted barley. Sweet and dry all at once.

Striking sharp malt with sweet brown sugar and molasses. Some mild caramel. Like a liquid "Sugar Daddy" candy bar. Sweet but not saccharine.

Thick and chunky, chewy feel. Milky and smooth. Really nice on the palate. Very sweet but not *too* sweet. Really well crafted and delicious.


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Photo of jmdrpi
3.99/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz stubby bottle, best by date on neck.

bright clear copper in color, with thin bright white head. decent retention. great aroma of clean toasted malt, earthy hops.

taste is slightly sweet caramel, a little spicy herbal notes. thin and fizzy, easy to drink.

overall - a great flavorful lager.

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Photo of Jason
3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown short with a freshness date marked on back.

Appearance: Clear amberish orange with a bubbly off white lace.

Smell: Delicate malt, both toasted and caramel in the smell.

Taste: Crisp, clean and some what smooth yet medium bodied and malty with a toasted biscuity malt flavour and hints of caramel. Some hop presence of spicy bitterness and a touch of herbal flavour. Some more, yet fading, toasted grain in the end.

Notes: This brew still holds its ground as a classic among the many "micro brews", a down right tasty lager.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from a beer exchange with a friend at the holidays.

Poured into a pint glass, a 1/2 inch head formed, which retreated to a layer of foam over the slightly cloudy amber brew. Malty, yeasty nose, reminds me of bread. Good, full mouthful of malts, with hops that complement and do not detract from the grain flavor. This one sort of caught me by surprise, wasn't expecting to enjoy this one as much as I did.

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Photo of clemsonbrewer
3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice pale copper color. Big head as a result of an aggresive pour. Thin random lacing... not much. Not a lot of retention either. Toasted malt smell. Not much else in the nose. Smooth biscuity malt taste. A good classic Munich lager. Go southern brews!

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Photo of car2052
3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 0z. bottle to pint glass.

A: Clear copper, 1 in. off-white head.
S: Lightly roasted malt, yeast, caramel.
T: Grainy taste with caramel malts, a bit yeasty, and a bit of apple. It is nice that it isn't too sweet.
M: Light feel. Watery.
O: Alright. You could buy Yuengling for much cheaper.

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Photo of holtonwes
3.96/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quick review on this one as I don't have a bottle handy. Drank last week. I was looking for a Vienna lager that wasn't Sam Adams, and though to try this. To me this is a slightly muted version of Boston Lager. The hops and the malt is there and pretty well balanced, but not as satisfying as a Boston Lager.

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Photo of EStreet20
3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Munich Style Lager" according to the bottle, O-Fest according to BA. Either way a change of pace for me.

12 ounce bottle, shaker pint.

A - Very clear amber color. One and a half fingers of nearly white head.

S - Clean smell. Some husky aroma.

T - Begins clean and kicks into some graininess. Finishes up nice and smooth.

M - Light bodied and medium carbonation.

D - A nice easy drinking lager. Simple and straightforward easy drinker.

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Photo of Rio
3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. short bottle, poured a clear amber color, with a nice two fingers of foam, off-white head of tiny bubbles. Head faded before too long, but remained a thin layer over the top. Toasted malts are heavy in the aroma, with a tiny hint of caramel hidden in there as well.

Toasted malt shows up again in the taste, strong and very prevalent. Clean and crisp to the mouth, seemed a bit thin towards the end, though.

A very drinkable beer. I didn't know it was a Marzen, but somewhat appropriate that I picked it up now. Tasty, and not too heavy. Easily a session beer.

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Photo of GPHarris
3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - poured a two-fingers thick creamy off-white head into a tulip. left nice lace and a light sheet that was gone about 2/3 of the way through. the body was a clear light amber color.
s - overwhelming aroma is caramel, i can smell it immediately as i'm pouring the beer.
t - spicey hops with an earthy, bready finish.
m - crisp but a little too thin.
d - easily drinkable and a nice session beer.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.94/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle at Mothers restaurant in New Orleans.

Nice light brown color with bascally no head. Nose is light and sweet, a bit of hoppiness.

Taste is really crisp and smooth with a nice malty backbone and some light noble hops. Really tasty beer, not like most Oktoberfest but very tasty!

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Photo of Kromes
3.94/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A slightly hazy amber color with a thin line of bubbles on top.

Sweet toasted and toffee malt with a touch of floral hop.

Toasted honey malt and grain flavor with a nicely balanced dose of grassy hop. Finishes clean with a lingering toasted malt flavor.

Light bodied with a smooth, creamy feel to it.

Simple lager here, but the flavors are clean and balanced nicely.

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Photo of chickenflea
3.94/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a very nice example of the style. Aroma is lightly toasted malt. No hops or yeast. Color is a beautiful light amber. Sparkly. Medium light body wit moderate carbonation. Taste is grainy rich and malty while staying light and not overly sweet. Finish is a little sweet - should be a little dryer. Refreshing but not boring.

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Photo of Andrew041180
3.94/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

First off, I hope all the people who love Sierra Nevada Vienna Lager look favorably upon this one. It's much better in my opinion.

Pours a beautiful crystal clear amber. Nice head, fades to a ring. Spotty visible carbonation adds to the appeal. The smell could easily lead me to believe I was drinking a German Marzen. Bready with a touch of caramel sweetness. The flavor is much the same, although the sweetness ramps up a touch more than the aroma would indicate. Again, flavors are wonderful. Feel falls a little flat, but it's clean and refreshing. I may not even be rating this beer well enough. Quite a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of kneeland
3.93/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Abita Amber is by far my favorite beer. It's full of flavor, not too sweet, not lacking anything, just perfect. I first tried it on a trip to New Orleans a few years back. It's as popular as the 3 main light beers there, mostly because it's brewed in LA. I just wish it was easier to find here in North Carolina. If you even half way enjoy amber beers, this will top your list.

It pours a really light straw yellow color with some foam. The best part is that you can really taste the spring water in it.

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Photo of CIBoy10
3.93/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Is it exceptioanlly unique? Well, no. But Abita Amber is an outstanding, refreshing, easy-to-drink beer that you can swig back while enjoying. Those are becoming harder and harder to find. Tastes bready and lacks the awful chemical taste of many macro lagers and ambers. I'd drink it any day. If you are looking for hoppy or complex though - look somewhere else. Cheers!

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Photo of PhageLab
3.92/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic pint.

A - Light orange colour with a coppery hue. Produced a thin bit of froth that stuck around for a while. Lacing was decent.

S - Fresh grains, and crystal malts. Sweet on the nose. A delicate aroma, but a pleasant one.

T - Clean semi-sweet flavor. Sweet malty body, a little watery, but still tasty.

M - Thin bodied with a mild carbonation level. Finish is ultra clean.

D - Inoffensive, and perhaps a little bland, but the base flavor is good enough to let most of it's simplicity slide. Overall very enjoyable.

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Photo of arizcards
3.92/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle for $1.39 at AJ's back in January.

Poured a light orange-amber with a nice head that did not sustain. Smell is grainy sweet nut smell, very interesting. Taste is very malty to start with a sweet nutty finish. Mouthfeel is a bit thin but clean in the finish. Overall drinkability is good. Unfortunately I do not have any more to sample!

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3.92/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I sampled a few of these after a hard days work.
The beer is a bright orange-amber. A soapy off-white head disappears to a ring instantly but leaves some lace.

The aroma is of lightly toasted malt. Biscuity. Chocolate. Faint hops.

Tastes great! Bready flavor, slight chocolate. Earthy. All about the malt, and in a good way.

Good carbonation, medium bodied. Very drinkable. I was impressed by this beer. My throat was parched after a long day and this did the trick. At 4.99 a six, I would put this up against many amber ales at 2 bucks higher any day.

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Photo of Luigi
3.92/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear orange-amber color with a bubbley white head. Smells like roasted malts and caramel. Biscuity malts, caramel and some taosted grainy finish. Very clean finish and light to meduim body that makes for great drinkability. Very tasty lager I must say!

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Photo of tdm168
3.91/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark amber with a thick layer of dense, white head that has great retention

S - grassy, earthy hops; caramel; sweet

T - caramel, nutty, grassy, earthy

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is an easy drinking Vienna Lager. It has decent flavor and good body. It's worth a try.

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Photo of RedwoodGeorge
3.91/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a handsome pour! This beer comes out a crystal clear reddish gold with a thick, creamy off white head. The foam lasts for quite some time and leaves a good bit of sticky lacing on the inside of the glass.

The aroma is a bit of a disappointment - on first pass the beer smells like a pretty typical lager with a few light golden grain notes and a little noble hops. Only on the second smell can you find any fruity notes of peach and green tea but they're quite light.

The flavor is quite tasty with a solid malt backbone of lightly toasted grains and a few lightly caramelized sugars balanced with a touch of yeasty fruit notes. On the back end is a mild lager-esque hopping with some nice soft earthy notes and just a touch of bittering.

Mouthfeel is solid as well. The beer is a light to medium bodied brew with a good blend of sparkley carbonation and solid sugary notes on the tongue. The moderate hop bittering cleans the palate very nicely at the end of each sip.

This is a very pleasant Marzen with some fruity notes complimenting the lager flavors in the grain and hops. Very drinkable and it would make a good "go to" beer for an evening out...

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Photo of acrawf6
3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out a orange amber, caramel like. Small white head foams up.

Smells. malty and a little bit nutty. very mellow and not abrasive at all.

Taste is a touch of roasted malts.tiny hop presence, but mostly mlats. Not very sweet, a little bit dry. does have just a little caramel taste to it. Aftertaste is dry and, again, malty.

Mouthfeel is good. good carbonation, decent balance. medium body.

Overall. This beer is my go to beer at local restaurants that dont have anything else. Nothing too special, just an easy drinkin beer that tastes pretty good.

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Amber from Abita Brewing Co.
3.4 out of 5 based on 1,628 ratings.
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