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

Added by kbub6f on 07-08-2001

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of ChrisPratz
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
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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3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
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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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of jar2574
3.32/5  rDev -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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1/5  rDev -71.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.13/5  rDev +19.4%
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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3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
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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2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

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3.91/5  rDev +13%
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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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Amber from Abita Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.46 out of 5 with 1,711 ratings