Amber | Abita Brewing Co.

539 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

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Reviews: 539 | Ratings: 1,663
Photo of andrewjraab
3.64/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Copper brown with excellent clarity - racing bubbles. Two fingers of bright white head. Nice stick and retention.

S - malts, caramel, toasted bread, grains.

T - Mellow malts, semi sweet caramel, bread grains, dough, biscuity. Mellow and easy drinking.

O - solid Amber - drinks like a light beer, but has good flavor.

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Photo of Mike_Moe
1.5/5  rDev -55.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Light amber color with a light brown head.
Aroma: Non-distinct beer smell.
Flavor: Lightly toasted malt flavor, slightly hoppy finish. Full bodied lager, slightly acidic carbonation.
Overall: There is not much flavor to this beer. Even the hoppiness is hidden within the acidic carbonation.

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Photo of zac16125
3.84/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pilsner glass
no bottling dates

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber with 2 fingers width of light tan head. Head has good retention but leaves only a few small patches of lacing.

S: Nice malt profile. Pretty sweet with caramel malts and a toasted sweetness. Hops barely detectable. Simple, but very nice for the style.

T: Follows the nose. Lots of sweetness, some doughy/yeasty notes, caramel, predominately malty flavors. only subtle hop bite. Again, simple and straight forward but quite good.

M/D: Medium body, carbonation on the heavier side, drinkability is good.

O: Overall, a surprisingly good beer, and when compared to style its well above average. I've had this one before and I'd definitely drink it again.

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Photo of ColdOneKev
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Copper body, slight haze. Off-white head about 1 finger. Nice lacing.

S - Caramel, biscuit, toast.

T - Dough, bready sweetness cut off by the slight hop bitterness.

M - Light, high carbonation. Tickles the tongue. Leaves clean.

O - A very nice amber. I've been wanting to try something from Abita. I'm happy with this purchase, but wouldn't necessarily go out of my way to try it again.

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Photo of Omnium
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours gold with a half a finger of sudsy white head, little lacing.
S - Some bready malt, grain, some grassy tones, a tad skunky lager time aroma.
T - Lager-like, a little nutty, mostly grain and some lager yest.
M - Very light feel, a little velvety.
O - Unmemorable, not an amber ale at all, vienna lager as it is listed is a much more fitting description.

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Photo of Act25
3.39/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cries out for spicy mexican or cajun food. Otherwise, too malty, too sweet.

Appearance: Pours a very nice hazy copper color with fast disappearing head and a little lace into a .5 l glass. Good inviting color.

Smell: Very sweet and malty with a grainy barley nose - a bit of malt frat stink.

Taste: Starts like the smell, with sweet, toasted malt flavor; as it develops quite grainy like a corn beer, tastes like mexican food, a brown mexican beer.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation, not a great finish. Doesnt leave my mouth in a great place and I just want salsa or hot spice to counter balance it.

OK only. This is their flagship beer, suited to the cuisine, I think.

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Photo of dwren89
3.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: amber gold with small off white head and great clarity

Aroma: clean lager aroma with toast and prevalent nuttiness and breadiness

Taste: bready, nutty, clean, crisp, and balanced by slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: crisp, clean and medium body with medium carbonation

Overall: balanced, quenching, and easy drinking displaying bready and nutty notes with a slightly bitter finish. Worth a shout!

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Photo of asaharyev
4.02/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked this up because I was watching too much Treme and had a major craving.

Pour: Clear, light amber in color with a good two fingers worth of foamy white head.

Aroma: Caramel and light malt flavor with bready notes and a masked hop presence.

Taste: Wheat bread and toasted caramel. Very faint hop presence that comes unexpectedly int he aftertaste. Not a boring lager, but also not overly complex.

Overall: A crisp, clean, delicious lager. There’s something to be said for a straightforward lager. This would be a good go-to beer in bars, if it was widely available on draft in New England.

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Photo of gerite
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bought a room temperature six pack and put one bottle in the freezer for a quick chill. Poured the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Clear light amber color with a good two fingers worth of head and lots of prolonged of lacing. This may be due to me extremely clean glass. Not much carbonation.

Smell- Not much Aroma, maybe some bread and caramel malt with a hint of hops.

Taste- Slight malt sweetness with a faint hop presence.

Mouthfeel- On the light end of medium bodied amber. Much fuller that a typical euro-lager.

Overall- A easy drinking beer. Great for summer time drinking. I expected a darker, fuller flavor. Not on the same level as their Tubordog.

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Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice amber color with moderate carbonation and great head. Malty aroma--but not much aroma to begin with. Very dry with that caramel malt flavor dominate. Almost a spice also. Nicely rounded flavor. Nuttiness too.

We look forward to trying this on draft.

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Photo of Mikecap
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a nice deep amber with two fingers of white head from a 12 oz. can into a pint glass.

Smell: Very malty with sweetness and a nice caramel tinge to it, also sense a bit of floral aroma in this.

Taste: Amber malt and some caramel notes with a bready grainy character as well. A solid tasting beer that goes down nicely.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with solid carbonation which combine to make a creamy, smooth drinking lager that I could drink for a while.

Overall: This is a very solid lager and perhaps Abita's top year-round offering. A good sessionable amber lager that I could drink a few of for sure.

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Photo of scomstock55
2.93/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A--yellowy amber color, weak thin head with small bubbles...lacing could have been affected by the small plastic glass I had the sample from

S--this beer actually smelled a bit skunky. Had a cabbagey type aroma lingering around...and just a bit of citrus hiding in there somewhere

T--tasted of tangy citrus..not skunky like I expected, sweet malty after the swallow

M--finished dry, and I would have preferred more carbonation..this beer had very little

O--I wasnt impressed with this beer...maybe the skunk smell turned me off early, but overall I wouldnt recommend it.

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Photo of mjurney
4.44/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber color, clear. Good amount of carbonation rising. Small frothy head.

Very mild, malty, some toasted and caramel.

Very rich, sweet, biscuity, toasted, caramel, buttery. Hop bitterness is very mild, earthy-spice. Finish is crisp, yet pretty dry. Body is light towards medium, crisp, clean, slight dryness, nice carbonation.

Outstanding beer.

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Photo of jeonseh
2.18/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

A - Light reddish brown with golden hues. Off white foam head that leaves decent lacing

S - Light caramel malt presence and straw. Not much of a nose

T - Caramel malt, light lemon, and slight straw presence. Some but not a lot of flavor

M - Light body with medium carbonation to it

O - Simple, not too flavorful but unoffensive amber

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Photo of GossageBrewery
4.26/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured this Vienna Lager from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a clear amber color, produced a nice off white head, decent retention and left behind excellent lacing. The aroma consisted of toasted and caramel malt. Medium in body, a foundation of malted grain, hints of caramel and some spicy hops. Overall, very nice example of the style.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%

Poured into a Florida Beer Co. tapered glass. Variety Pack box says Best By 12/10/14.

A- Pours a clean dark amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that doesn't retain long before becoming a paper thin ring around the edge of the glass and almost no surface foam. Minimal lacing.

S- Bready, slightly toasted malt aroma with a touch of sweetness.

T- Also somewhat toasty with a mild sweetness and very smooth. Minimal hop bitterness.

M- Quite thin with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- Though I normally don't enjoy this style, there's enough flavor to keep me interested and certainly doesn't turn me off. In a way, it's the perfect flagship beer for a Louisiana brewery since the craft movement still hasn't fully matured there in the way many other states have. It has a moderately body, a pleasant smell and a solid but unobtrusive taste resulting in high drinkability. Really not much to argue with here.

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Photo of Badger72
2.38/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Any craft beer drinker in the New Orleans area knows that if you go to any run of the mill bar, Abita Amber is going to be the one craft beer on tap. It was hard rating this beer because I partly think the taps down on Bourbon street are disgustingly dirty so maybe that is why it doesn't taste that good, but then again I've had this beer from bottles and it still doesn't taste that good to me. I always get it because it is either this or drinking the watered down mainstreams. Each time, however, the story is the same. I take the first sip and I'm like "wow, this beer is pretty good". Tastes like any other generic craft beer lager, but as it gets warmer in your hand that's when it starts tasting like dirty feet.

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Photo of Kromes
3.94/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A slightly hazy amber color with a thin line of bubbles on top.

Sweet toasted and toffee malt with a touch of floral hop.

Toasted honey malt and grain flavor with a nicely balanced dose of grassy hop. Finishes clean with a lingering toasted malt flavor.

Light bodied with a smooth, creamy feel to it.

Simple lager here, but the flavors are clean and balanced nicely.

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Photo of scratch69
3.69/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Clear amber color with a half a fingers worth of head. Tiny amount of lacing.

Smell- Aromas of bread and caramel malt with a hint of floral hops.

Taste- Caramel malt sweetness at the start with some flavors of bread and grain. Very faint hop presence.

Mouthfeel- On the light end of medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation.

Overall- An easy drinking beer, but it doesn't jump out at you. If the flavors were a little bolder this would be a great beer.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Mild, smooth, hint of biscuits and lightly toasted grains. Touch of Euro hops in the finish. A decent example of the style. Otherwise, though, there's not too much going on here. Kind of run of the mill with a very basic malt and hop profile, but drinks easy.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.61/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a "stubby" 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear amber/gold in color, with an impressive two-inch head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Faint toasted malt and caramel
Taste-Pale malt, caramel note, nice soft mouthfeel, clean finish. A nice, casual lager, sessionable, and a step up from your macro-lagers. a nice 'gateway' brew for those just entering the craft beer scene.

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Photo of nach0king
4.47/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the best lagers I've ever had. The only Abita beer I'd had before this was Purple Haze, which wasn't that great, so this was a brilliant surprise.

A: Looks average, very little lacing and not much head.

S: A little bit of biscuit, lots of toast, a little bit of yeast.

T: Wish I could do this justice but as Vienna lagers/American ambers go this is among the best you'll ever find. A brilliant tasty malt up front and just the slightest hint of bitter fruit to go with it.

M: Great level of carbonation, just right, although it's a little bit thin (thinner than Sam Adams, for example.)

I can't get over how brilliant this tasted. I had it on tap at a bar because it was cheap and ended up hooked after my first glass. I really hope I can find it back home away from Louisiana.

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Photo of kshizzle101
2.91/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A - Clear copper in color. 2 inch head which doesn't hang around long. Some lacing

S - Slight amount of hops, more malty. almost metallic smelling. Not a whole lot here.

T - watered down and malty. again, slightly metallic.

M - Watery, very light

Overall - Pretty mediocre. you get some maltiness but not a lot. It's a cheap beer for a reason and not worth drinking unless it's a very hot day.

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Photo of rangerred
3.59/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear medium copper with a one finger white head that quickly fades to a thin cap. Very little lacing.

Aroma of sweet caramel and toasted malt. Almost some cinnamon aroma in there. Light floral hops along with a little bit of yeast.

The flavor has the same caramel and toast as the aroma but more subdued. Light cinnamon once again with a touch of dark fruit. Biscuit is present as well along with light floral hops leading to a very light bitterness. Mouthfeel is very soft which stuck out to me. Finish is clean and slightly sticky.

Overall, I feel the flavors in this beer are too subdued compared to Boston Lager or Great Lakes Eliot Ness. All of the right components are here but need to be bolder. Nonetheless it is an easy drinking lager and very sessionable.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.8/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint glass.

The beer is a clear light copper/amber color. A foamy cream head recedes soon to a bubbly film, with minimal lacing on the glass.

The beer smells faintly malty, with caramel notes.

The beer tastes sweet up front with some caramel notes mostly dominating. Somewhat of a metallic follow through.

Mouthfeel is somewhat watery.

Overall, just an average amber for me, somewhat watery and metallic if anything.

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Amber from Abita Brewing Co.
3.4 out of 5 based on 1,663 ratings.
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