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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: 1,634
Photo of plumberman63
2.31/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Good copper color, Not much smell, not much taste,watery, like a cheap off brand big brewery beer, feels about the same, I am surprised by the rating on here.
wouldn't get again.

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Photo of Grindelvasdrum
3.21/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle poured into glass stein.
A-Pretty amber color, one finger head, no lacing.
S-Grape juice, very faint caramel & toasted bread.
T-Similar to smell, grape juice, caramel, & toasted bread,
with a touch of bitter & mineral water.

M-Well carbonated, very light body.
O-Very easy drinking.

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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 tanzorbarbarian
4.84/5  rDev +42.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured smooth with a single finger head that dissipated within a minute or so.
Look was of a deep golden brown, like a dark apple juice.
Smell is ever so faintly fruity with a delicious whiff of bread and malt.
Taste is like a mouthful of fresh bread and malt with a fruit aftertaste. Little to no alcohol or hops whatsoever. I personally didn't taste the caramel that everyone else seemed to find but that might just be me learning to label the flavors.
Feel was smooth yet watery. Minimal carbonation. Very reminiscent of a glass of apple juice just like every other aspect of this brew.

Overall a very fine beer. Would go great with spicy or hot food. The only real downside I'd label would be the way it fell flat after about ten minutes. What little carbonation there was disappeared very quickly.

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Photo of hopphead31415
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I got a variety 12 pack by Abita and poured this one into a standard pub glass. It has 4.5% ABV and a mere 17 IBUs.

Look-This amber lager by Abita pours a brilliant clear liquid that has a deep amber copper color almost like a nice IPA. The head comes in thick and smooth like beaten egg-whites. The lacing is sticky and persistent.

Smell-It smells toasty, bready, and malty with subtle fruit undertones.

Taste-It tastes of light toasty and bready malts with some caramel and I also get hints of fruits like apple and watermelon rind. If there are any hops, they stay hidden under the thick veil of delicious bready malts. The alcohol is light and subtle and the carbonation is tampered and mildly fizzy. I’d say this is somewhere between light and medium-bodied.

Overall-Overall, I’d say that this is a refreshing beer and is a bit muted. The malts are nice and it is definitely malt-forward, but it would be nice to taste a bit more malt variety…like some more fruitiness perhaps.

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Photo of jadpsu
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours slightly hazy, pale light amber with an off white bubbly head that has some decent lace but not great retention.

Smell: Mild roasty malts, a little wet ground and a touch of aromatic hops.

Taste: Get the light toasty malts, pick up a hint of sweet caramel

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Photo of Weisenbeer
3.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this at a nice local New Orleans themed restaurant in Covington KY. Pretty standard lager, not sure I taste the Big Easy here...pretty good, but not great.

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

Just spent three nights in NOLA and this was the beer I chose. Had it both from a can and on tap and couldn't have been more satisfied. I've also has their Purple Haze and TurboDog but found both to be too hoppy for me. Abita wins my vote with this Amber lager.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.98/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Mixture of brown and dark red, amberish. Aroma was pretty much nothing.

Thin taste and body, somehow there is bitterness but little to no hopping. Alcohol comes through too much, so does the metallic bitterness. A little bit of sweetness doesn't cut the bitterness down. Not a fan.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle no date. Bought on 11-25-15. DFH Tulip. I left Raging Bitch behind on the shelf for this, and I know coming in that this is not a big beer, but my Louisiana ties couldn't let me leave this one behind. Graded as Vienna lager (even though it says it's Munich style on the bottle).

A: Pours a brilliant copper with 1 finger foamy white head that fades to a thin skim of white. Surprisingly little carbonation. Low, but some retention. Lacing is poor; a couple of spots on the sides.

S: Sweet Munich malts with a noble hop undertone. Very sweet smelling, and slightly fruity. The smell is almost Belgian in character. Actually, I am really surprised by the smell. Not as strong as my favorite Eliot Ness, but the restraint is appreciated.

T: Very mild. Light and surprisingly not-beery on the arrival. Malt hits midway through bringing some caramel, then a weird grainy note toward the end, and a slightly sour, not too bitter finish.

M: Light for a Vienna lager; reminds me of the New Glarus Two Women in that respect. Eliot Ness and Sam Adams both have a more satisfying feel. Again, surprisingly little carbonation. If I'm having this with spicy food, I'd actually like a little more carbonation. The finish is quite clean, with a little sour note.

O: I had a lot of this beer with a lot of crawfish in New Orleans back in 2012, and it really hit the spot. If you're in a Louisiana Creole or Cajun restaurant, and the choice is this or BMC, pick this. I'd call it even with Dixie. Had I graded this as a Munich lager, the score would have been a lot higher. In fact, viewed in that light, this is really pleasing. But as a Vienna lager, it is only barely above the likes of Dos Equis. Good summertime amber.

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Photo of EMH73
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing special. Last night was the second time I've had the beer, it was allegedly from a fresh keg at a good Cajun restaurant. It was the second time I've had a skunky one. Not at all complex flavor, not at all impressed.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
4.49/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

it's a bit on the watery side which is the reason i didn't rate the taste higher but this is still a good tasting beer and it's really smooth as well.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nothing special with the look but I had no head and it looks thin. Has a big sweet Carmel smell to it. Toasted sweet Carmel malt taste. Slight carbs on a light body. Ok beer.

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Photo of GarrettB
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

November 4th, 2013 - New Orleans is Abita territory - something I never knew - but it's a great opportunity to see how and why the city has taken a shine to this line of beers, and whether and how it competes with all the other libations folks are sloshing around in the streets, from cups and mouths alike. First is the Turbodog, readily available, and sweet and sticky, to match the hot southern air. The color is a deep burnt brown, made darker by the sultry atmosphere of our bar. On the nose I get a nice, fresh hop smell, almost sweet, and light, reserved and conservative. Everything about the flavor is light too: light flavor, light hops touch, light body, but the hops does cut deeper and more intensely in the aftertaste, mingling with some sugar sweetness. The different flavors don't jump out at me as unique or special, but it's a solid brew for listening to live music, where the focus is on your ears, not your tongue.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.52/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear bronze body, coarse sloppy head, good lace, boring bottle art. Good-bad polar opposites.

S & T: Caramel, grainy malt smell, but faint. Same taste plus grainy husk, slight fruit, mild sweetness.

F: Coarse.

O: Beer. Good, for the style. Which is to say not an interesting beer, but one that sticks to the guidelines of whatever boring person said that this was a distinctive style worthy of preservation and duplication.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Abita Amber.

Never had a brew outta these guys and since I got a mix a six out of Kroger for $7 tonight with limited options I figured why not.

Look - Pours a deep, though clear amber with a three finger head that sticks around for a longggg time. Carbonation appears to be on about medium. Lacing is noticeable though small 3.75.

Smell - Weird copper notes and the expected caramel malts with a very slight amount of toasted malts. Nothing else. 3.

Taste - Easy drinking with a slight rust flavor. Bit of burnt malts and caramel but over all a pretty one dimensional flavor that doesn't offer much in the way of frills. 3.

Feel - Light and watery bodied with extremely heavy carbonation and lacking creamyness despite the well retained creamy looking head 3.

Overall - This beer is about as average as you can possibly get. On the same level as a miller fortune. I guess I'd have it again given limited options, but otherwise it's nothing special. 3.

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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 JoLight
4.7/5  rDev +38.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Filtered, amber body with bubbles and a white head that dissipates into—and remains—a small ring of foam, and leaves little to no lacing.

Aroma: Smells of caramel malts; beery. Overall, a faint aroma.

Taste: slightly watery upfront, but then it flowers into a mouthful of (slightly toasted) breadiness from the malt.

Mouthfeel: carbonated, and semi-fluffy.

Finish: crisp, refreshing, smooth.

I love a good Abita Amber. I do prefer it from a bottle, however. It often tastes too watery from the tap.

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Photo of Beerds
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

One of the first ambers that comes to memory. Always enjoy the 504 and the brews they offer. A great early day beer to get you started. Abita is the first brewer of crafts that got me into all of this years ago.

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Photo of DevAJ
2.39/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Maybe this style just isn't for me. It's a little less offensive than Sam Adams Boston Lager, but not much. If I would have known this was a Vienna, I may not have even bought it.

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Photo of Hopmaniaman
3.36/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into glass from 12oz bottle..golden amber with frothy head that dissipates..very little lacing..smell is yeasty/bready..light body..malty flavor on front end

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Photo of marieli
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Started 45 degrees. Looked pretty good with a decent whitish-tan foam head that hung around a little while. Not much smell. Light grain? Tasted crisp enough, a little on dry side but touch of sweetness. A small lingering something, wouldn't exactly call it bitterness on tongue. Mouthfeel seemed light almost watery. But to be fair, I've been drinking stouts and porters lately. Overall a good Vienna, but not sure I would choose this over, say, a lighter porter such as Anchor.

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Photo of ALEXJMZ
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I tasted this beer in New Orleans Louisiana

A An Amber beer, good foam
S Caramel, nuts, and a little bit hops
T Sweet, drinkable, an average amber beer
AT Good, remains me something sweet or ice cream.

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Photo of Gregaroo
3.12/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Ardmore Music Hall, Ardmore, PA during the NMO show. Anders Osborne and fresh Abita - nice.
4-8-15 - On tap at Golden Nugget, Lake Charles pool bar and casino.

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Amber from Abita Brewing Co.
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