Amber | Abita Brewing Co.

536 Reviews

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 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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Photo of granger10
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy golden amberish color. Medium sized tan white head. Aroma is odd, almost adjuncty with corny notes and corn sugar sweetness. Reminds me of a macro at first but then I get some nice toasty notes in there. Flavor is not adjuncty at all though. Nice vienna malt sweetness with an underlying toasty caramel base. Mild spicy hop prescence eases the sweetness and makes this beer really drinkable. Medium bodied and easy to down, this was a nice little beer. Recommended.

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Photo of stirgy
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a slight haziness. Deep golden orange in color and topped with a thin head of eggshell foam. A pungent bouquet of sour grains is evident when brought up to the nose. Also detected some zesty sweet caramel like malts and dark chocolates. The taste is sweet, smooth and tangy. Light in body that gives up hints of malt texture. This is a drinkable beer and brings a pleasant orangey fruitiness in the finish - along with touches of bitterness. Not bad. Enjoyable.

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Photo of beertastegood
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is really an average beer. I have put away many many gallons of this brew while going to school in NO. And it is a solid drinking beer, no more, no less.

It has a unique flavor, more malty than hoppy, with a medium crispness in the mouthfeel. If the flavor were more pronounced, it might make a pretty good beer. But it really does lack a powerful taste, and that is what makes it an average beer.

However, it is only too easy to put away a dozen of these in a night. Drinkability is high.

This beer is average in the bottle. On tap it does taste a bit better.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.1/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber color, good head retention and lacing. Nose is full of roasted nut malt aroma. Lot of nutty flavor, somewhat almond-like. Moderate-low bitterness, just enough to keep it from being sweet. Clean finish. Creamy texture and medium body.

This beer is definitely not an Oktoberfest, but it is quite tasty. Also, I admit that I just happen to love nutty beers.

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Photo of rajendra82
2.06/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Another arrival in the Confederate BIF package courtesy of BigLove. The beer poured clear golden amber with a thin fleeting head. The aroma was slightly sweeter than water and the taste was grainy and a bit sour. No character whatsoever in the mouthfeel. No aftertaste.

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Photo of Tang07
3.66/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark orange with a strong head. It goes down easy and leaves a nice lacing on the glass..

The smell is very malty with a hint of hops.

The taste is very malty with a hint of hops and maybe some yeast.

I also had this beer on tap. I must say that having it from a keg is nicer than the bottle. I hope that I get stuck in NO for a few weeks again so that I can get it on tap.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.66/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one is a brownish-orange in color with a wonderful head that frothed up nicely. It showed good retention and left some nice lacing on the inside of my Great Lakes Brewing glass.

Smell – The toasted malts and ample caramel were evenly balanced. There was a light biscuit in there along with a touch of citrus hops.

Taste – It tastes a lot like it smells. The toasty malts and caramel make this one. The hops that I thought I smelled are basically gone, which is all right considering the style. I enjoyed the very light biscuit flavor that I got out of this one.

Mouthfeel – This Märzen is light to medium-bodied with a nice balance.

Drinkability – This was good on an unseasonably cold winter night in Seattle so I could only imagine what it’s like on a hot Louisiana day.

Comments – Thanks to BigLove for sending me this above-par offering of a nice German Märzen.

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