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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 shbobdb
3.56/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

Sugars, sugars, sugars. Sugars are a subtle thing in a brew, too many and you have a malty monster, too few and you have coloured water. Abita Amber falls into the latter catagory. That isn't to say that it is bad, but a proper Maerzen needs a strong malt back and this beer doesn't have it, not by a long-shot.
However, the beer is good for what it is. It is a smooth, refreshing drink and while the body is thin and the taste is light, what little taste there is, tastes great. Were it not for the colouration, I'd say this would be a fine pale lager. Well, even those need malt. Yeah, refreshing, but not amazing. Maybe if I tried it in the summer.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This pours a honey color with a nice head that disappears quickly.The smell is very nutty with some roasted malt and spices.The taste has a nutty quality to it,and taste of carmel.It's pretty good,but hard to describe.There is a little roastyness and almost no carbonation.The m/f is not really well balanced and light and even a little watery.This is an OK beer,slightly better than average.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, pale amber coloring, 1/4" creamy head, slims down quick.

Aroma: sweet, and slightly vegetal. Don't like it, nossir. Are Munich style lagers supposed to smell like this? Not sure, there...

Crisp, clean on the palate, with a linger of that off-flavor detected in the nose, hanging a bit in the front. Slips off innocently, and the rest is easy to drink, and forgettable.

Actually, as more passes my lips and I get acquainted with it, it's a pleasing passable lager, ...dry finish, slightly grainy texture, ...light body, briefly malty taste....I could drink this, if it were the alternatives were BMC croppola.

As I drain the glass, the lightly toasty malts become more appealing, and, darn it, I actually wish I had another.
Good, quality lager, this.

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Photo of BeerBeing
2.6/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz brown glass stubby generic bottle, reddish/yellow/gold/black label

Appearance: clear amber color, small off-white head, minor lacing

Smell: roasted malt, some caramel, minor hops

Taste: light-to-medium body, smooth mouth feel, average maltiness, some caramel, minor hoppy bitterness

Notes: average (at the best) brew

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

Purchased from Liquor Express, Huntsville, AL.

Pours a light reddish-yellow color with a very thin head. Most of the head leaves immediately, but a touch of soap stays at the top of the glass. Not bad -- could be much better.

Aroma is mostly just malt, with a touch of apples and other "red fruit" mixed in for good measure. No hops to speak of.

Taste is... fruity. Strong notes of apples here, with a yeasty aftertaste that reminds me more of a macro lager than a craft beer. Not terrible, but not all that pleasant, either.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel. No coating on the mouth.

Overall, this is pretty much dead average. I don't hate it, I don't like it. Probably won't buy again.

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Photo of GuinnessHero
3.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this New Orleans gem after being quite frustrated with the lack of local breweries down here in the south. Saw this stuff at the local Sam's Club for 9.99 a 12pk so I couldn't resist.

Appearance - Nice dark amber color, great one finger head that lingers for the course of the beer.

Smell - Very fruity, almost smoked.

Taste - Very good. Nothing special as it first hits the pallet, then as it goes down the throat, and intense sense of toffee and sweetness fill the sense. Excellent feeling.

Mouthfeel - I loved that toffee flavoring they include in this beer. Truely a New Orleans gem.

Drinkability - As it is not very heavy on your stomach, it can be an excellent investment to have around for parties also. I had two of these tonight, and plan on enjoying another tomorrow!

Overall - This is an exceptional beer. My first "local" (and probably only local beer sadly) beer from the southern region. Will buy again and try the other types they have. Great job Abita!

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Photo of beveragecaptain
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Abita Amber pours out a clear, light copper color with a rapidly diminishing head. Carbonation appears to be very low. This is a strange beer in that it has almost no aroma. There is a perhaps a hint of sweetness, but almost without aroma. Clean, toasted maltt flavor. Not too sweet. Some mild hop spice in the finish. Creamy mouthfeel. No noticable alcohol. Good drinkability. The flavor of this beer is very simple, but it is still enjoyable. Worth a try.

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Photo of jimdkc
3.32/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with very little head. Aroma is mainly carmel malt with some breadiness. Flavor has very little bitterness, just a touch of spiciness from the hops. Subdued malt flavor. Thin but fizzy mouthfeel. Very smooth with a clean finish. Rates high on the drinkability scale. Not bad, but not nearly as good as Abita's Turbodog.

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

On-Tap in NYC and NOLA on several occasions. My preference being the big ole' 24oz plastic cups that you can snaggle away for $1 on rue bourbon. Damn you Katrina, damn you! Anyway, on to the brew. A dark amber colour with a small off-white head that dies pretty quickly and leaves not much lacing to behold. Aromas are sweet malts and light hops in a nice bready unison. Taste is similar and not too complex, but verycold, crips, refreshing, and thirst-quenching. A good macro-micro if ever there was one. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nice, drinkability is decent. I miss New Orleans! :-(

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.42/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A surprising beer. The pour was rather unimpressive. Very flat, no head and a tired looking amber hue. Nose is slightly biscuity. Flavor is a very nice toasted graham cracker flavor. Some fresh biscuits too. Hints of apples. Fairly light body and slightly crispish. Very easy drinking beer.

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Photo of whynot44
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice amber color with a decent, slightly off-white head that leaves a ring and some decent lace behind as it disappears.

The aroma is bready with a touch of caramel.

Light/medium body, slightly sweet mild malt flavor with a touch of bread and caramel with mild hops bitterness and a fairly dry finish.

Very drinkable, went down well with pizza.

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3.92/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I sampled a few of these after a hard days work.
The beer is a bright orange-amber. A soapy off-white head disappears to a ring instantly but leaves some lace.

The aroma is of lightly toasted malt. Biscuity. Chocolate. Faint hops.

Tastes great! Bready flavor, slight chocolate. Earthy. All about the malt, and in a good way.

Good carbonation, medium bodied. Very drinkable. I was impressed by this beer. My throat was parched after a long day and this did the trick. At 4.99 a six, I would put this up against many amber ales at 2 bucks higher any day.

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Photo of murrayswine
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one is courtesy of Biglove. Hope all is well with you buddy.

The beer pours a nice true amber color with a nice 3/4 inch head.
The smell is rich with butter, slight hops, bread hints, and toasted cashews.
The taste is nothing to jump about, it isnt bad, but it isnt spectacular. It's obvious that Turbodog is the Abita Flagship. It has a good hops sense, but the butter cream is watered out. As a session beer goes, this is as mild and tepid as it gets, a good landmark Louisiana Brew, but jump for Turbodog first.

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Photo of jakester
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this as a sampler case from Shangy's. I drank it in a pilsner glass. Date clearly notched on the label. No date on the case.

Pours a slightly hazy amber with a two finger head of off-white foam. The head drops to a coating and a ring, with nice lacing.

Aroma is fruity, with a soft caramel/toffee smell and faint spicy hops. Smells pretty clean, with just a hint of DMS (I am very sensitive to DMS).

Flavor is malty and caramel-y with just the right amount of bittering. Tastes a little thin, but not too bad. A spicy hop flavor is muted, but definitely there. Aftertaste is caramel-y, but a little thin.

Mouthfeel is medium sweetness, with a nice little carbonation zing to crisp it up a bit. Finish is smooth and crisp.

Not a bad example of the style, but I would like a little more. This is what Yuengling Lager would taste like if it was all malt.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
2.91/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear amber-copper color that is topped by a frothy, almost creamy, light tan colored head. The aroma is fairly bland with hints of crystal malt, and perhaps just a wisp of spicy hoppiness. The taste is soft and smooth, quite light and it has an up front light caramelized sweetness. The finish is lightly spicy and a bit bitter with a balancing hoppiness. This is really a rather bland Amber Ale, not really much to say.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Compared to the previous beer I ordered, this one came back to the basics of a good Amber. Nice copper color with light hops, sweet and refreshing. Okay lacing, head, and carbonation. Better than the other Abita products that I've tried. Easy enough drink as a session beer.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a clean deep amber color with slightll off-white puffy head. Smell is a pleasnt mix of malt, nuts, and caramel.First taste is very enjoyable with a mild dryness left in the mouth. Taste continues on wiht a slight sweetness. An easy drinking beer, but nothing spectactular.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.12/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fizzy off white head that begins to recede as soon as it's poured. Virtually no lacing with any durability. Clear, watery orange in color.

Sweet, lightly toasted malt character. Moderate caramel-sweet aromatics; all very faint aromas beyond that.

Light caramel with some earthy tones. The malt character is not nearly as sweet as the aroma leads on. The earth tones are joined by an odd mustiness and light perfume flavor. The flavor becomes rather bland and watery with a light nut-like aftertaste.

A tad under medium bodied; earthy, yet bland and thin on the palate.

A rather bland and boring version of the style. Drinkable but really just a waste of time to drink another pint. Just my second encounter with Abita and I am not impressed.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Slight sweet and malty aroma, less than I prefer. Lightly brown apearance lessened by the carbonation. Flavor and body seem to be a bit too weak, both of style and preference. Too sweet and tacky to be refreshing; too weak to be flavorful or balanced. Finishes also sweet and a bit tart for style.

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Photo of rowew
3.72/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz short bottle with freshness date notched on the back.

Apperance: Clear red orange color with a very thin head.

Smell: Mostly malt, with some nice caramel smells. A little bit of biscuit aroma as well.

Taste: Just like it smells - nice caramel and toasted malt, with just a hint of bitterness at the end.

Overall impression: Last time I was in New Orleans I think I consumed my weight in Abita Amber. Many of the bars have 3 for 1 happy hour specials on this local brew. Thanks to BigLove, I got the chance to finally review it. This is a great gateway beer, and incredibly drinkable. Maybe not the most exciting beer out there, but a great stand-by that is a readily available alternative to the macros that dominate New Orleans.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

appearance is amber (duh) with a respectable head of foam and some bubbles. some. aroma is light roasty malts. taste is a heavier malt kick (not HEAVY by any means) with a distinct hop bitterness and sugary caramel notes leading to a tart finish. strongest in the abita series of generic beers, excluding TD and PH... which means nothing since it's still somewhat watery. a good summer beer and enough flavor to supercede the lightness of body. very drinkable, just not turbodog.

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Photo of arizcards
3.92/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle for $1.39 at AJ's back in January.

Poured a light orange-amber with a nice head that did not sustain. Smell is grainy sweet nut smell, very interesting. Taste is very malty to start with a sweet nutty finish. Mouthfeel is a bit thin but clean in the finish. Overall drinkability is good. Unfortunately I do not have any more to sample!

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Photo of Luigi
3.92/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear orange-amber color with a bubbley white head. Smells like roasted malts and caramel. Biscuity malts, caramel and some taosted grainy finish. Very clean finish and light to meduim body that makes for great drinkability. Very tasty lager I must say!

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Photo of ahking
2.98/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This lager from New Orleans pours a rich amber-orange color. Quite smooth and malty. Not a lot of hop bite in this one. When friend asked me about this beer, I told him it was like a KIllian's which isn't far from the truth. A bit more complex than that however - a little smokey, nutty. Made by a small microbrewery in Louisiana, has a character that is sort of unique but still nothing extraordinary.

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Photo of rousee
4.05/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours as described--a very orangey-amber. The color reminds me of the amber color from a tree as in the movie Jurassic Park when they show how a fly or other animal can be preserved for millions of years suspended in amber. It leaves a good healthy head of 1 fingers width and fades to a nice top-coating brush of foam within a few mins.

Smell is malty and slightly sour--which is somewhat Marzen-like. I had thought this beer was just an American Amber. Marzen does seem a better description of the style on this one.

The taste really doesn't seem to have any of the sourness that I noticed on the nose. It is malty and straightforward but not too sticky. This suggests to me that there are enough hops here to really balance it out nicely. I do not know why I hadn't realized this before (probably cuz I wasn't looking for Marzen-like aspects of the beer) , but it would be a nice beer for steaming brats, hotdogs, and such in.

The mouthfeel is nothing special--a little too fuzzy but nothing real negative either.

These things are pretty smooth and highly drinkable. The first time I tried Abita, about 4 yrs ago, I thought it might be a little too sticky or too malty to make it quaffable in larger quantities. I think it has improved in this regard.

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Amber from Abita Brewing Co.
3.4 out of 5 based on 1,634 ratings.
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