Amber | Abita Brewing Co.

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Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States | website

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 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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Photo of elgiacomo
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, served around 40F.

Pours clear amber/copper with a nice two finger white head that leaves nice walls of lacing behind.

Aroma is bready with caramel and fruits such as apple & pear. A touch of herbal/grassy hops as well. Good strength.

Flavor is sweet bread and caramel malts, grains, a bit of fruit, grassy hops. Overall fairly sweet.

Mouthfeel is light/medium bodied, oily, decent carbonation.

Not a bad Vienna, a bit sweeter than I would like but a solid example of the style

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap and in cans at French Quarter Fest. Abita was THE beer at FQF with 4 styles to choose from. Draft is smoother than can, but it was nice to see both being offered. Fresh is best.

A: amber with a tan one finger head that hangs out for the music. Good lacing.

S: malts come in with a flourish. Wood rounds it out with a slight hoppy presense.

T: Smooth and malty. Toffee, caramel, sweet. Medium bodied. I see why this is the preferred beer of many New Orleanians.

M: medium; creamy. Goes down easy.

O: very sessionable. Doesn't have the astringent aftertaste of many Abita styles. One could drink this all day...and they did at the festival; oh man, did they!

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Photo of rlee1390
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Translucent orange/amber not much carbonation, two finger head

S-Malt, some skunkiness even. I think there might be some citrus and dirt as well.

T-Bland, tastes like a higher end AAL (yuengling-esque). No bitterness to speak of. Some grass and pine notes but they do not taste that good.

M-Light, a little thin, not much carbonation either

O-A boring and slightly off-putting beer. I was hoping for more and this was a let down.

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Photo of WMEugene
3.81/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly orangish/reddish amber color with a thin off-white head and good lacing.

S - Caramel and other amber/brown malts. Faint hops. Not super strong.

T - Caramel and biscuity flavors. Nice, rich malty flavor. Standard flavors for this type of beer, but well done.

M - Extremely smooth and drinkable, nice aftertaste and finish. Leaves just a bit of biscuity flavor on the tongue.

O - Abita Amber is a very solid and enjoyable Vienna-style lager. An enjoyable offering!

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Medium amber in color. Head is tan with 7 out of 10 retention. Lacing is 2 out of 10.

S - Metallic with a hint or grains and faint hop bitterness. Average.

T - A little better. Hops seem to shine through more with less metal and a drier grainy finish.

M - No complaints on the mouth feel other than that its a little rough around the edges. Not all that bad. Medium bodied with standard carbonation.

O - Just a little better than your mass produced Viennas. Not really worth another purchase at 9.99 a six pack.

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Photo of cadavid4j
4.21/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this beer for the first time today and I was pleasantly surprised.

I poured it into a pint glass and the appearance is a transparent amber color. There is a small head that leaves little lace.

The smell is breathtaking. It's really amazing and may be my favorite part of the beer. I just sat there and sniffed it for a few minutes before I even took a sip. There's a toasted bread scent and it's just wonderful.

The taste is very good and it goes down extremely smoothly. This is a wonderful Munich style lager and I would highly recommend it to anyone.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3


Can poured into a snifter.

A: Transparent amber with a finger of creamy beige foam that settles to a small cap that lingers for a long time. No lacing.

S: Toasted, grainy malt with a firm grassy hop profile. Clean. Nothing else to report.

T: Toasted malts with a little bread. An unassuming low level of bitterness leads me to a clean, dry finish.

M: Upper light body with medium carbonation and a creamy, smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: A decent Vienna lager. Hops could stand to be more assertive.

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Photo of cambabeer
3.42/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This stuff is good. I don't know why but it made me think of Negro Modelo and Sam Adams Boston lager, taking the good elements of both. Has a nice amber color (obviously) and a good looking off white head. The malty breadiness are prevalent and its got a clean grassy aftertaste. Worth getting for sure.

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Photo of badbilly30
3.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Certainly looks the part. Amber color. Problem is the head dissipates to nothing quickly. Better than average taste. Good mouthfeel and carbonation. Overall, this is a very good representation of a macro-craft beer. I bought it because the on other thing on draft was the terrible OMB copper.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: single finger head with some lacing on a mixed amber golden clear body.

S: light on the nose with mostly caramel malt. Some nutty notes

T: a little bland with caramel malt up front and a sweet corn with nut note finish.

M: light to medium body and high carbonation.

Overall: very drinkable and refreshing but not overly flavorful. Simple and one dimensional but appeases the standard beer drinker.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Bright, peachy, light golden. Clear with a few streams of big bubbles rising to join the small, light-ecru head that falls fast, but retains a bit of skim and an okay ring while leaving some lace.

S: Surprising amount of peachy esters – odd for a lager. Soft toasty grain & some light bread crust malt. Ghost hint of woody & herbal hops. Faint & yet odd in the fruitiness. Pleasant enough though.

T: Fruity aspect diminishes, but does not disappear. Malts are rather sweet – especially up front – almost candy-like. After this fades a bit, some toasty grain & biscuity / crackery malts & a hint of bread crust emerge. End & finish see a small bit of woody, herbal, & softly minty hops with restrained bitterness. Other than sweetness, flavor is rather thin & stretched – sort of watery.

M: Medium-light body with carbonation just a hair over-balanced with medium to fine texture. Perky & refreshing. Neutral & abrupt finish. Alright feel for a throw-em-back easy drinker.

D: Easy drinking & reasonably pleasant enough. No major flaws, but quite unimpressive. Not really good as a Munich or a Vienna lager. Alright for washing down some food or as a hot weather thirst solution.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pretty foamy. Nice red-amber color.

Smell: Mellow pine hops with slight caramel backing.

Taste/Mouthfeel: A very mellow lager, but pretty flavorful. Pine and caramel. Not too much fruitiness in this though. I only had a sample, so I need to try this again. Good body and carbonation.

Overall Drinkability: Like I said, I need to give this one another shot.

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Photo of bogus564
3.16/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 fl. oz., poured into a pint glass.

The BA website has made changes, and I find some of them confusing, so I haven’t been reviewing of late. I just found my old reviews, but can’t count countries, states, that kind of thing. Oh well. Now that I know where my reviews are, I’m off to the races, and here we go…

A: Good color – it’s golden amber, befitting its name. It produces a thick, foamy orange rind-colored head with an aggressive pour, so watch it. The good / bad news is that you don’t have to wait long for it to dissipate. It’s a nice looking beer. Let’s go in for a smell, shall we?

S: It smells rather malty right off the bat. I’m picking up dark fruit, like prunes, a little bit of nuttiness, then some orange, then some hops. I would have expected to pick up those scents in reverse order, which now has me almost afraid to taste this beer. Then again, I have been surprised before, so let us tarry not…

T: It’s watery. But then again, with an ABV of 4.5%, how can it not be? You can’t really pump up the volume on anything with that statistic in your face. But let’s talk about the taste. It’s malty rather than hoppy, and you catch dark fruit, molasses, orange, hops, pine… but you really have to be on the lookout for them, kind of like having to put out an APB on flavors.

M: Okay, almost good. Admittedly, my opinion is a little biased against watery beers, but in fairness, it’s light-bodied, a little extra on the carbonation (not the worst thing in the world), forgettable on the palate, and leaves a fruity finish.

O: It’s very ehh. It’s kind of like a C- student; it gets the job done, but you wouldn’t want to copy off him when it counts. I wouldn’t break out the first-class hors d’oeuvres to go with this beer, but a small bag of chips will do ya. Cheers.

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Photo of acevenom
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on tap. It had the sort of amber color you'd expect from something called amber. It had a white head and lacing was left on the glass during consumption. There was a light aroma of malt, but not much else. The taste was fairly mellow. There was a malty taste that was dry and crisp. It has a light mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is still very popular in Louisiana.

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Photo of RollingFiveSixes
4.33/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Working at one of the countries largest liquor stores, Abita tends to be a brewery that a lot of folks look past, but that actually have some great brews that taste beyond better than some higher priced breweries.

~Appearance was as solid as any Amber lager can get, good hue and shade of amber and caramel. Nice egg white head to top it off.

~Aromas of pale and caramel malts followed by light fruit.

~Taste was smooth, silky, mild carbination, pleanest bitterness and very easy drinking. Right on par with the smell. The spring water they brew with really makes it.

~Overall, great Amber. Only runs you about 7 dollars for 6, or around 13 for 12. A great session bier that goes phenominaly with spicy gumbo and shrimp; really brings out the seafood and vegetable tastes.

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Amber from Abita Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 521 ratings.
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