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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Photo of RLBarron
4.53/5  rDev +30.9%
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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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
2.88/5  rDev -16.8%
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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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of gpinto
4/5  rDev +15.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of pweis909
4.5/5  rDev +30.1%
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 -12.4%
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 +5.5%
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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4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of JustinWhipple
4/5  rDev +15.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of Hilltop1215
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of bigd84
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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Photo of stoutman
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%

Amber from Abita Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.46 out of 5 with 1,725 ratings