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: 561 | Ratings: 1,762
Photo of Murph
4.41/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice crystal copper color with a smallish tan head that runs away quickly and leaves no lace. Husky, toasty malt is big in the aroma of this one and dominates over all else. The huge toastiness of this brew carries over into the taste as the brew gets so much towards the toasty end of the malt spectrum that it almost turns smoky. The toasty aspects of the malt balancenicely because of the lack of a real sweet malt quality and a bit of hops that can be detected in the background that do just enough. The great toasty malt qualites of this brew leave it surprisingly crisp for this style and help to make it awesomely drinkable. This would certainly make on hell of a session beer if I could only get it in six packs in my area.

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Photo of Mick
4.35/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was introduced to the Abita product on my first trip to NOLA. I was impressed. This is a very good product that accompanies the NOLA cuisine quite well. The pour, aroma, taste and after glow are excellent.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A slightly hazy copper body is topped by a full, foamy off-white head that holds well and maintains a thin surface covering throughout the glass. The aroma is slightly fruity and offers the toasty and lightly sweet maltiness of Vienna malt. The flavor follows the aroma with a well-balanced, bready & toasty malt. Some of the Abita house flavor is present but it doesn't stand out as it does in some of their less malty beers. The body is medium with a very fine and moderate carbonation. The creamy mouthfeel helps to accentuate the maltiness. The malt gives way to a dry finish with a touch of hop bitterness and a lightly lingering biscuity note. One of Abita's better beers and a good crossover beer for those starting to look for more flavor. This beer should be enjoyed at 45-55F to experience it's complete maltiness.

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Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear medium amber with a slight off white half finger head,some caramel and toast in the nose with a light smattering of leafy hops.Slightly sweet flavors with some caramel and breadiness,some drying in the finish.Easy drinking and food friendly,nothing to complain about.

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Photo of tigerpaws
2.83/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is the only beer I have tried from Abita so hopefully the others are much better. The color didn't impress me but the taste and drinkability impressed me even less. To me this was well just a very bland brew. I know Emerril LaGasse swears by this beer or does he have a contract with them? But I have heard Turbo dog is very good so will give Abita another shot....................CHEERS

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Photo of jackndan
2.81/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Abita Amber: It is the impact of Beer Advocate, I used to be impressed with this beer, but now was very under whelmed (I’ve had lots better since I joined). Nice looking bronze color, clear white head. Pale taste, slightly nutty, with hints of malt. I can recommend this as a transition beer, but not further than that.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lovely copper color with a thick white head of quite compact bubbles, good head retention with lots of sticky lace. Malt and caramel aromas with a quite subtle spice note. Quite smooth taste, roasted malt flavors vie with spicy hops and herbal flavors, with the hops imparting a mildly bitter finish. A quite nice amber.

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Photo of psugrad98
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on draught while down in Ruston LA, at a little place called Patchetolues (can't spell). Nice amber color, with moderate head. NIce malt character with good blend of hops. More bitter than sweet, had somewhat of an ale like character.

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Photo of mophie
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap in various places in New Orleans. Nice deep amber color, no appreciable head. Smells clean, slightly malty. Taste is smooth and refreshing, mildly nutty, a little sweet, and with a touch of bitterness in the finish. Though not one of my favorite styles, this is a fairly good interpretation of it.

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Photo of Jason
3.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown short with a freshness date marked on back.

Appearance: Clear amberish orange with a bubbly off white lace.

Smell: Delicate malt, both toasted and caramel in the smell.

Taste: Crisp, clean and some what smooth yet medium bodied and malty with a toasted biscuity malt flavour and hints of caramel. Some hop presence of spicy bitterness and a touch of herbal flavour. Some more, yet fading, toasted grain in the end.

Notes: This brew still holds its ground as a classic among the many "micro brews", a down right tasty lager.

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Photo of aracauna
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I remember that this was the only beer I drank while in New Orleans and I had it on draft and it was good. Then I tried it again in the bottle back in Atlanta and it was only ok. It's got a nutty flavor that kind of reminded me of Michelob, except a good bit better. It's also a bit spicy. It's a good beer for the price.

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Amber from Abita Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.46 out of 5 with 1,762 ratings