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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Photo of hopdog
2.7/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle.

Poured a medium amber color with a smaller sized off white head.

Aromas of citrus, bread and caramel. Tastes of citrus with some caramel. Both the tastes and smells were on the softer side.

Thin body.

Notes from and tasted on 9/11/07

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Photo of Arithmeticus
2.7/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured chilled in ale glass to watch a sucky Redskins game

A: clear copper; small head; loads of carb.; no lacing
S: pleasant, light, sweet aroma (lager); but nondescript
T: tinny malt; simple; few hops evident; not flavorful; watery

Not a good example of a Munich lager (as advertised).

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Photo of crizmo2352
2.71/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew pours a burnt-orange amber, and clearer than other Abita labels, producing a rich slightly off-white head with decent retention. The foam leaves moderate rings as I sip this down. The aroma is moderate and of warm sweet malt - no noticeable hop aroma. This brew is medium bodied and enters the palate with roasted maltyness, progressing to a bit of sweetness and bread-like toast notes. There's something a bit off towards the end of the flavor profile, somewhat sharp and metallic in flavor. Bitterness is present and meets the residual malt sweetness, but seems to be more from the roasted malt than hops. Finishes clean and dry though. This brew is definately palatable but I don't think I'll go out of my way to get any more. Not bad...worth a try anyway. Strangely enough though, I think this beer shows more characteristics of a Marzen/Octoberfest brew than does the Abita Fallfest.

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Photo of cvfish
2.71/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - This beer poured a nice amber color that created a soapy white head that disappeared almost instantly and left no lacing when it left, plenty of small, quickly rising bubbles

S - A bit of caramelized malts on the nose, nothing that stands out

T - The tastes on this amber leave a little to be desired, some caramel malts, but nothing complex, a little one dimensional

M - The body on this one is very light and watery, but is accompanied with plenty of carbonation, kind of harsh on the tongue

D - I guess this one is a "sessionable" beer, but to me this one leaves a lot to be desired, a weak and watery beer in my opinion, but still better than a macro, given the option of quenching my thirst, I would choose this

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Photo of PeterLemonjello
2.72/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had on draft at Cosmo's Pizza

A - Pours a lovely amber/orange color with a generous head and nice lacing. Very nice looking beer.

S - Not a lot too this one. Very muted aroma of malt/bread but hop aroma is pretty much nonexistent.

T - Caramel malts and water dominate this tasting experience. Still not a lot of hops to be found. Slight bitterness but no real hop flavor.

M - thin and watery. Carbonation is prickly and help a little, but it just seems awfully thin.

D - This beer is more boring than it is bad. I could drink a couple but wouldn't really enjoy any of them.

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Photo of beertraveler08
2.73/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured into an abita pint glass from a 12 oz bottle.

Look-The was an amazing copper color with a beautiful amber hue.Very clear and crisp looking.

Smell-The smell was a little weak and malty with a slight hoppy note.

Taste-The taste was a little on the dull side.I tasted mostly malts and a slight hop,with a metallic undernote at the finish.I also found it to be a little on the watery side for being an abita beer.

Feel- The feel of this beer is weak and watery in my opinion.

Overall- Overall not a horrible beer but far from anything else i have tried from abita.I like their line up and have much respect for their techniques in their craft.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Slight sweet and malty aroma, less than I prefer. Lightly brown apearance lessened by the carbonation. Flavor and body seem to be a bit too weak, both of style and preference. Too sweet and tacky to be refreshing; too weak to be flavorful or balanced. Finishes also sweet and a bit tart for style.

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Photo of tmoneyba
2.76/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle as part of party pack.

Poured dark amber with medium to large tan rocky head that mostly diminished with fair lacing. Aroma was sweet of malt and small of hops. Light to medium body. Flavor was malt and hops with sweet finish of short to moderate duration.

My expectations where not met.

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Photo of RickS95
2.77/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Non-descript look. It's amber and very clear. Almost no head.

Has a pleasant enough smell--a caramelly, biscuity scent.

Like most lagers, it just lacks flavor. You can almost distinguish the caramel, but it's mostly a bland bready taste.

Very much like the taste, there's just no feel. It's not sweet, it's not bitter, it's not crisp, it's 100% lager.

If you can get past no taste, you can actually have at this all day. It's relatively low in alcohol and has a neutral taste.

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Photo of charlzm
2.77/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Consumed on 11/28/07.

Pours a nice coppery shade with the palest of yellow heads. Good retention, carbonation still going after 10 minutes in glass.

Uh-oh... butterscoch in the aroma, along with cane sugar. Maybe some vegatable notes?

Full-on corn and grain flavor with metallic undertones. Slightest hint of yeast spiciness. Luckily, diacetyl hinted at in nose was not present in mouth. Faint bitterness lingers on tongue.

This is not terrible, but is just kind of off somehow.

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Photo of smakawhat
2.79/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A somewhat clumpy foamy off white head is formed off the pour left to sit on a copper to pale amber body. Some stickiness and haze but pretty good, even some solid retention.

Bouquet has a distinct vegetable sense and right away to me it is potatoes. Dry with a little wetness and faint malt.

Wet and sort of dull tasting. Wet bodied in the palate with a weak malt. Faint bread texture in the palate of some toasty brown bread, but then finishes with a starchy potato sensation. Starchy, CHALKY finish.

Overall, there are much better Vienna lagers out there to try than this one.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.8/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint glass.

The beer is a clear light copper/amber color. A foamy cream head recedes soon to a bubbly film, with minimal lacing on the glass.

The beer smells faintly malty, with caramel notes.

The beer tastes sweet up front with some caramel notes mostly dominating. Somewhat of a metallic follow through.

Mouthfeel is somewhat watery.

Overall, just an average amber for me, somewhat watery and metallic if anything.

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Photo of jackndan
2.81/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Abita Amber: It is the impact of Beer Advocate, I used to be impressed with this beer, but now was very under whelmed (I’ve had lots better since I joined). Nice looking bronze color, clear white head. Pale taste, slightly nutty, with hints of malt. I can recommend this as a transition beer, but not further than that.

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Photo of NewGeneric
2.81/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drinking this one right now. Poured a deep copper with caramel head that faded quickly and left little lacing. Smelled of malts and a tiny bit of hops. Tastes malty, fruity and nutty. Pretty smooth. Could drink a few, but I used to really like this beer and now it's just kind of eh...

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Photo of clvand0
2.81/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this one on tap at the local pub. It pours a light amber color with a decent sized head and quite a bit of lacing on the glass. The aroma was very weak, but a little maltiness was present. The flavor seemed a bit weak to me as well. Slightly sweet tasting, but rather boring. The aftertaste is really dry. There is a bite in the flavor that did not seem to be caused by the alcohol, maybe it was just a bad pitcher.

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Photo of Olebiker
2.82/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This bottle has a "best by" date of July 29.

I was a bit taken aback at the color of this beer. It is called Amber but the color is decidedly yellow with a little red hint and the head reminded me of the color of egg nog. The head started out nicely but disappear quickly leaving a bit of lacing.

I keep going back to the smell trying to decide what it is. It isn't at all unpleasant but it is neither malty nor hoppy. It smells like weak coffee.

If you are a hop lover this is not the beer for you. I think this is the only beer I have tasted that I felt needed more hops.

While I am partial to amber beers, this is one I will not search out again since it is not in the same class as even Amber Bock. I'll hang on to the rest of the six pack to serve to my sons-in-law while watching basketball this weekend.

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Photo of tigerpaws
2.83/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is the only beer I have tried from Abita so hopefully the others are much better. The color didn't impress me but the taste and drinkability impressed me even less. To me this was well just a very bland brew. I know Emerril LaGasse swears by this beer or does he have a contract with them? But I have heard Turbo dog is very good so will give Abita another shot....................CHEERS

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Photo of Mitchster
2.83/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A little hazier than their other "cold-filtered" brews. Pours out to a chill haze light caramel...lighter than I would expect for an amber. Forms a small white head with minimal retention and no lacing. Carbonation is moderate. Aroma is interesting...begins with an odd touch of smoked malt and cow manure littered pasture, followed by the milk left after a bowl of sugar (ahem..."honey")-smacks cereal. Toasty and odd. No hop aroma going on here. Mouthfeel is thin like cola, and hey, it's cold-filtered..inappropriately light-bodied. Taste is much like the aroma...malts are not predominate, but neither are hops...toasty, toasty, with an odd sassafras and cola note too. Vienna malt in there? This is bizarre stuff. Finish is semi-dry. Very light woodsy bitterness.

A very odd brew. Not a good amber. Weak, artificial, and unimpressive. Pass on this crossover brew and stick with yer Michelob dark.

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Photo of Slaterlovesbeer
2.84/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Fifth from my abita party pack. Poured into a pint glass. Wonderful amber color
Common trait for abita is apperance surpassing over all quality of beer. Smell is very mild and sweet hops. Head dissapates quickly. Flavor comprised of a touch of malted barley, a touch of wheat, and a touch of earthy undertones. Not a huge fan of ambers but over all a decent one. Very middle of the spectrum of bitterness and sweetness and i mostly prefet brews on one end or the other.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.86/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Peachy amber glow with a towering head, bulbous and creamy. Lots of lace left over. 20% opaque.

Smells like practically nothing except for faint light fruit skins.

Flavor is hoppy to start, then a burnt sugar note comes in. Biscuit ends follow, ultimately ending on some heavy Saaz.

Poppy carbonation, with a light body and semi dry finish.

This was meh. Very average, nothing standing out AT ALL. Dare I say, boring? As it warms more fruitiness lifts but this is not something that I will be drinking again.

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Photo of kimcgolf
2.86/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sorry, but this beer did not do anything for me. Appearance was flat, the olden orange pour had a head that immediately diappeared, and there was absolutely no lacing. Aroma was sour hops, at best, flavor was like drinking a macro lager, and the finish was nothing to write home about. I’ve had some good Vienna beer, but this ain’t one of ’em.

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Photo of mzwolinski
2.86/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear copper in color with a thin head. Aroma is grainy, somewhat reminiscent of wet dog. The body of the beer is mildly malty, with a light grainy taste and some very vague hints of fruit. Overall a bit too insubstantial in body and flavor for my tastes, and not up to the standard of some of Abita's other beers.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
2.86/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Little brown pug bottle with the "Best if consumed before 6/27" notches on the back label that explains ABITA was founded in 1986.

Foamy pour with a tall beige 1” head topping off a champagne like cascade flow of bubbles. Deep orange golden clear pour, retaining a spongy tight ½ “ head after settling.

Basic malted nose is the only light scent detectable.

Tastes like a sweet caramel malty rye flavored brew, with ever-so-slight-slight hop oil in the Spring Water finish. A twinge of an aftertaste along the lines of a buttery carrot cake if you can imagine.

ABITA Amber looks fizzle, but goes back easily with a light body.

Fairly drinkable, but a little thin, and wheat-grain like followed by Spring Water in the finish. A generous 3/5 score.

Last swigs: Part of a $30 sampler. BA brownie points for 2 x 12 sampler boxed like TROEGS and others offer. ABITA’s sampler is a nice grab for a decent variety. Personally ABITA might benefit by being a little less filtered to bring out some Earthy pizzazz.

Beer is good. Happy Nawlins Beering.

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Photo of Jimmys
2.86/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: pretty rich copper colored brew. starts with a big billowy head. head retention isn't great, but some lacing is left behind.

S: sweet malt aroma. a bit too sweet. essences of caramel and perhaps a little vanilla. nothing of the noble variety sensed.

T: a bit of roast with the toast. no detectable hop flavor or bitterness. maybe a little metallic?

M: a vibrant carbonation on a sweet body.

D: in my opinion just a bit too much sweet/darker malt that takes it to a sweet lager versus a malty/balanced vienna.

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Photo of roblowther
2.87/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is pale goldish copper with no discernable head. It looks anemic somehow. No, I don't know what I mean by that.

The smell is hops but a very mild version. Honey in there as well. Not bad but not good, really. The taste is decent but somehow a bit too standard American beer-like. Sort of tastes like a macro that's had a makeover. The mouthfeel is spot-on, though. It has nice body, and a great carbonation balance. The drinkability is mixed. The mouthfeel says "yes" but the macro hop aftertaste says "no". Basically, this beer falls into my "good standby at a place with lousy selection" category. Like Shiner Bock, I'll drink it at a party but probably won't buy it for the house. I much prefer their turbo dog.

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Amber from Abita Brewing Co.
3.4 out of 5 based on 1,650 ratings.
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