Amber | Abita Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States
abita.com

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

Added by kbub6f on 07-08-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
536
Ratings:
1,656
Avg:
3.4
pDev:
16.76%
 
 
Wants:
55
Gots:
329
For Trade:
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Photo of superspak
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pilsener glass, best by 9/30/2012. Pours lightly hazy orange copper color with a small 1 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Small amounts of spotty lacing on the glass, with a bit of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of caramel, toffee, apple, pear, toast, nuttiness, herbal, and floral. Nice aromas with good balance and strength; pretty typical Vienna lager aromas. Taste of caramel, toast, nuttiness, biscuit, pear, pepper, and herbal spiciness. Lingering notes of caramel, toast, nuttiness, biscuit, pepper, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a short bit. Very clean tasting with a good balance of flavors; but it feels a bit watery. Medium carbonation and body; with a very crisp and smooth mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with pretty much no warming present on the finish as expected. Overall this is a good Vienna lager. Some good flavor balance and very smooth to drink. Quite enjoyable and very sessionable.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

About average in appearance for a vienna lager, kinda reddish with just a touch of chill haze and a short-lived head without a lot of lacing.

Smell is bready malts and some toffee with a touch of wet dog.

Taste ain't bad, slightly roasty with some caramel and bready malts, plenty of very sweet, malt flavors without much in the way of hops.

Body is medium and pretty easy drinking with a very sweet, lingering buttery toffee aftertaste.

Overall it's not bad but doesn't really stand out in my mind as a "must buy."

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light brown with a foamy tan head that fades to nothing. No lacing on this one. Smell is pretty mild with some malt/grain and slight caramel aromas. Taste is of toasted malt, caramel, and some mild herbal hops on the finish. There is a slight bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer flavor wise but the smell is lacking in my opinion.

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Photo of deebo
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at carousel bar in hotel Monteleone
A-clear, light amber served without a head, light carbonation
S-caramel malt, not grainy. Clean
T-like the aroma a fairly simple but smooth and easy drinking brew
M-mod carbonation to carry the malt, med bodied, finishes easy and quick.
O-a perfect beer for LA. Easy to drink with a nice malty sweetness. A very approachable beer. A must when I visit new Orleans!

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Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

only 3 weeks away from out of code date but still smells of fresh skunky hops. beautiful tarnished brass hue with a sticky 2 finger head. toasted raisin bread with caramel, roasted malts, and a touch pf caramel.

very smooth with low carbonation. semi-sweet dark fruits, butterscotch and caramel, with a clean English hop finish. lingering semi sweetness. highly drinkable and delectable. A bit too much dark fruit though (and by a bit i dont mean alot, simply overpowers some of the flavors only a tiny bit but that could be from the age of it) overall very good though.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a deeper golden color with a big white head. The head a moderate to low level of retention, but gives some nice lacing on the glass.

Smell – The aroma is of some roasted malt with a good deal of sweetness. The malt is of a roasted biscuit and bready smell while the sweet is largely of a toffee like smell in nature.

Taste – The beer begins with taste of roasted malt and some caramel. The roasted flavors are lighter at first and get stronger toward the middle of the taste. Toward the middle a toffee takes the place of the caramel as the sweetness becomes more buttery. With this transition the result is a slightly sweeter brew. At the end a pleasant sweeter roasted biscuit flavor is left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body is on the lower side in terms of thickness and creaminess and was a little watery. The body could have used a bit more thickness to accentuate the roasty flavors. The carbonation level of the brew however was quite average and fitting for the style.

Overall- It is very light and easy to drink with a nice not too sweet, but sweet roasted flavor. A brew that makes for a decent session beer.

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Photo of obrike
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A sixer at Specs for 6.99 in Round Rock over the weekend.

I just got back from New Orleans and wanted to relive the trip a bit.

Poured a rich amber in my pint glass. A decent head the disappears very quickly...not much lace to speak of but a small off white ring remains.

Just a hint of spice...some sweet malt...maybe a bit of grassy hops.

Taste follows...a very non-offensive, easy drinking, light abv brew with much more taste than your typical bmc. The slightly caramel flavor, mild spices, and medium carbonation make it quite easy to put several of these back in a hurry on a hot day in New Orleans...or where ever you may reside.

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

Appearance - Pours an orange amber with a white finger width head, poor retention, resulting in a sparse lace.

Smell - Slightly grainy with notes of sweet, caramelized sugar and toffee.

Taste - Faint notes of caramel and toffee. A touch of spice and a mellow hint of fruit near the end; almost like peach. Very light flavor throughout.

Mouthfeel - Light; almost watery. Carbonation feels a little flat.

Overall - A decent lager. Disappointing body. What's there is good, but it's not very flavorful. In the very least, it's easy to drink.

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Photo of RLBarron
4.53/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was my first Abita product, and is one of my favorite beers. It was paired with a muffaletta sandwich at the world-famous Central Grocery in New Orleans. It has a good balance of malty flavor with just a hint of hoppy bitterness. The rich amber color looks great in a glass, and it pours an ideal (in my view) head. It is a full bodied beer that feels velvety-smooth in the mouth and has a clean finish.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
2.88/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ba Review #180
Served On: 06/28/2012
Glassware: Sam Adams Perfect Pint
Labeled ABV: 4.5%
Date/ Code: -

This was in the 2012 spring mixed 12 pack.

Look: Color was a washed out copper color - not too far off from a Sam Adams Boston Lager. Head was a short-lived 1/2 finger of white bubbles. Carbonation was rather agitated from the laser ring on the bottom of the Perfect Pint. Head lacing was affirmative.

Smell: Grainy malts and a sweet spicy note. Maybe a slight sourness. Very light aroma.

Taste: Smooth and lighter mouth feel. The grainy malts hit first with a gentle spice that slowly set in. The middle was a dark fruit note and then back to the grains. The finish was typical of most Vienna lagers: that brief sour note that always seems offset by a sweet graininess.

This was an ok beer. I’m afraid that Boston Lager may hold a slightly higher rating than this one in my opinion. Regardless, very high quality and true to the style.

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Photo of pweis909
4.5/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber with white head that recedes to thinner persitent foam.

Aroma hints at caramel and toast. At times, I find it earthy. At times I find it winey.

Taste is nicely balanced, paralleling the smell. Despite some caramel presence, with slight sweetness at the front, the beer finishes is dry, asking me to take another sip.

Smooth, slightly slick mouth feel, with slight carbonation prickle at the finish.

Lovely beer. If this is Vienna lager, then I am a fan of the style.

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Photo of KajII
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Lager glass]

The pour was a clear honey brown with an average sized (1-2 finger) light brown rocky head that had decent retention and a nice amount of spotty lacing.

The aroma was of a toasted light bread malt and a sweet yeast with notes of caramel, honey and a mild fruity ester.

The taste was malty sweet with a pronounced caramel presence throughout with the finish having a good crisp hoppiness and a smooth lager feel. The flavor was short lived, evaporating a short time after the swallow.

Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with a mild carbonation.

Overall a pretty straight forward Amber Lager with a great drinkability and a pleasant taste...

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Photo of cousineddy
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance-pours a dark orange with two fingers of fluffy off white/tan head that has good retention

Smell-Malty notes, slight hop notes, i get a lot of dried fruit and spices, possibly apricot.

Taste-not over powering, good spiciness, slight toffee, malt and hop notes.

Mouth feel-Not overly carbonated, a little watery, but a nice smooth finish.

Overall-Not a bad amber, good summer time beer.

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Photo of ChrisPratz
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours to a very deep amber with a fingers worth of head that dissipates down to a veil that covers in patches across the top and clings on the way down.

S: Pretty aromatic. Some nice toasted malts with some caramel scents coming thru too.

T: Some nice toasted biscuit malts coming thru. Picking up some very mild spice notes and a hint of hop bitterness at towards the end. Nice balance of flavors.

M: Medium carbonation and crisp flavors on the after taste.

O: Very nice brew. Good balance of crisp flavors with the malts and very light bittering at the end. Would def like to try it on tap.

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

Pours a copper color with a good head that fades to nice lacing. Mild aroma of roasted malt with some caramel and fruit. Bit of spice and grain. Flavor of caramel sweetness, bit of fruit and spice. Mild bitterness and a clean finish. Fairly medium body, smooth and somewhat creamy. Decent beer, goes down pretty easy and has you asking for another after a bucket of spicey crawdaddies!

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Photo of jar2574
3.32/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Average head over amber colored beer. Sweet, malt dominated smell. I can't smell any hops. Smooth, sweet caramel taste. Typical for the style. Average mouthfeel, pretty standard carbonation and density. An average beer, nothing special. Probably my favorite offering from Abita though.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.13/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I feel as though The CANQuest (TM) is once more gaining traction! A recent visit to Pinocchio's netted some Abita CANs and I am anxious to give them a try.

I CAN remember one industry professional telling me that "Ambers are dead." By Gar, I hope not! Ambers take many forms and knowing how difficult it CAN be to work with a lager yeast, I am duly impressed that this is not a red ale. I got a rocky finger of tawny head off of my pour and it hung around as long as it could in the humidity of the evening. Color was a beautiful orangish-amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose was very malty, but also very clean. Mouthfeel was full, nearly thick and the malty sweetness reminded me of hot cereal, oatmeal or cream of wheat. Finish was semi-sweet, sweet, but not cloying by any means. It was very pleasant and would be a nice beer to have in the cooler on a hot day or during a visit to the beach.

Once again, I have a bottle to also review, but the original CANQuest (tm) takes precedence. Today is Good Friday (F, 25 March 2016).

From the bottle: "Abita Amber is a Munich style lager brewed with pale and caramel malts and German Perle hops. It has a smooth, malty, caramel flavor and a rich amber color. One of our first and most popular brews, Amber pairs well with many foods."

I Pop!ped the cap & gave it a semi-agro pour, but try as I might, I could not raise much in the way of head. Even an in-glass swirl failed to create anything more than a mere skim of wisps atop the beer. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a nutty sweetness, like pecans or almonds were involved, but accompanied by a definite caramel malt sugariness. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste seemed really sweet, but so much like caramel as just a general, undefined sugary sweetness. Finish was likewise sweet and cloying. Clearly, I enjoyed the CANned version much more.

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Photo of Jerone
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear caramel colored with an off white pillowy head, some lacing and touch of bubbles coming up.

S - Sweet and pale malts, with a touch of hops in there.

T - Sweet caramel flavor with some pale malt flavor too, touch of hops to balance things out. No breadiness or toasted qualities that I love in ambers.

M - Light body with medium carbonation, leaves nice flavor on the mouth.

O - Not impressive, but not bad either, a nice easy drinker with a burger or some barbeque.

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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 socon67
3.52/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Copper pour with a high white foamy head that settles fast.

S - Smells of sweet malt, some spices, and grain.

T - Light taste, with a sugary fruit and malt flavor. Mild bitter finish.

M - Easy drinker, perfect paired with spicy food (no coincidence), and quite refreshing.

O - For what it is, this is a solid choice. I've enjoyed a few of these in the Crescent City, and some local cajun restaurants.

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Photo of Siriusfisherman
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A thin white soapy head that dissipates quickly and a slightly hazy amber body. The smell is of moderate sweet malt and herbal hops, but has an unpleasant skunk character to it. Luckily, the skunk is not present in the taste, but there is a nice roastiness as well as plenty of sweetness to the malt. The hops are very low profile, not jumping out much, but they are noticeably herbal in character. A slight apple taste is evident as well, seeming to come from a blend of malt and hop character. The crisp carbonation combines with this to give a somewhat cider-like essence to the beer. As the beer warms more off flavors become evident, including a sourness, that while moderate, is unpleasant nevertheless.

Overall this is a easy drinking vienna style lager, not hoppy but full of malt flavor and more complex than you would expect. With so many better options that are just as easy to get and in my opinion much better, I doubt that I would ever return to this one.

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Photo of soju6
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a copper color with a good head that fades to nice lacing.

S: Mild aroma of roasted malt with some caramel and fruit. Bit of spice and grain.

T: Flavor of caramel sweetness, bit of fruit and spice. Mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Fairly medium body, smooth and somewhat creamy.

O: Decent beer, goes down pretty easy. Good for a couple.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.14/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big white to off white head dies, leaving a pretty nice lacing above a clear copper colored amber.

A light caramel malt with some sourness, almost a light soapiness to the aroma.

Light roasted caramel malt seems to grow with each drink. A little bit of the grains come through the caramel malts.

A very light dry finish and aftertaste with some of the toasted malts hanging around on this mediumish bodied beer.

I had been led to believe that Abita beers were better than this.

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Photo of hoosiersapper27
3.36/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A great looking beer that when poured from the bottle gave me a 2 finger head and looked just overall appealing. The smell I got from this beer was malt, spices and a small amount of hops.

After I waited a few minutes for the head to subside( only going down to 1 finger head) I had the first drink. The usual blast of malt i expected from an Amber was not there but had a enough to earn its name. I noticed that as I drank the lacing would ring at the level of the meniscus. WHAT A BEER SHOULD DO!
The lacing was the best I had viewed in some time. I would like to do this beer again as I did have a small cold going, but was still very enjoyable.

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

Poured from tap into pint glass. Pours no head or lacing. Nice slightly fruity malt aroma. Taste is similar with a slightly fruity malt flavor and ever so slight hop. Easy drinker, tastey and refreshing. Seems to be a nola staple and I can see why. Its nice after a hot humid day. Good brew but not amazing.

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Amber from Abita Brewing Co.
3.4 out of 5 based on 1,656 ratings.
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