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

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 561 | Ratings: 1,763
Photo of cdkrenz
4.14/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Very nice amber/copper body with a quick-lived medium tan head. Low to moderate carbonation is evident.

S - Sweet molasses and an edge of cherry.

T - There's an English hop in this brew that I wasn't expecting. Interestingly enough this brew has a firm malt base below that hop accent. It's rather interesting. There are sweet malty flavors throughout as well as what I would normally note as a kind of deep bock flavor.

M - The interesting combination of malt and hops here create a thick feel to the brew. It does very well in that aspect.

~ This is a unique amber brew. That being said I have to admit it is also one of the better ambers I've had. I think Abita has a solid foundation down in Louisiana. Especially since this brew seems to be one of the brewery's staples. (My thanks go out to Drizzam for sharing.)

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Photo of RobH
4.13/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle.

Marzen or Vienna? Well, whichever it is, I like this lager. And I'm more of an ale guy overall.

This copper/amber lager has a pleasant, malty aroma and is malt-forward on the palate, with just enough hops coming through to keep it from being sweet to taste.

It feels light in mouthfeel. A great hot weather beer without having to go to the usual pale lager, and not suprising coming from Louisiana.

I find it to be well balanced and quite enjoyable to quaff. This is an easy drinker and a very good one for introducing macro-swillers to the world of craft brews.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.13/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I feel as though The CANQuest (TM) is once more gaining traction! A recent visit to Pinocchio's netted some Abita CANs and I am anxious to give them a try.

I CAN remember one industry professional telling me that "Ambers are dead." By Gar, I hope not! Ambers take many forms and knowing how difficult it CAN be to work with a lager yeast, I am duly impressed that this is not a red ale. I got a rocky finger of tawny head off of my pour and it hung around as long as it could in the humidity of the evening. Color was a beautiful orangish-amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose was very malty, but also very clean. Mouthfeel was full, nearly thick and the malty sweetness reminded me of hot cereal, oatmeal or cream of wheat. Finish was semi-sweet, sweet, but not cloying by any means. It was very pleasant and would be a nice beer to have in the cooler on a hot day or during a visit to the beach.

Once again, I have a bottle to also review, but the original CANQuest (tm) takes precedence. Today is Good Friday (F, 25 March 2016).

From the bottle: "Abita Amber is a Munich style lager brewed with pale and caramel malts and German Perle hops. It has a smooth, malty, caramel flavor and a rich amber color. One of our first and most popular brews, Amber pairs well with many foods."

I Pop!ped the cap & gave it a semi-agro pour, but try as I might, I could not raise much in the way of head. Even an in-glass swirl failed to create anything more than a mere skim of wisps atop the beer. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a nutty sweetness, like pecans or almonds were involved, but accompanied by a definite caramel malt sugariness. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste seemed really sweet, but so much like caramel as just a general, undefined sugary sweetness. Finish was likewise sweet and cloying. Clearly, I enjoyed the CANned version much more.

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Photo of theboozecruise
4.13/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the most popular beers in South Louisiana, from the local Abita Brewery. A strong taste that's not overpowering and an outstanding drinkability. Available in bottles, but draft is the real way to go. A pitcher of Amber with some good caun food is hard to beat!

I'm not going to lie either... this one gets higher than usual ratings due to some sentimentality...

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Photo of Onenote81
4.11/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a great deep orange amber color, surprise, with a huge foamy white head. Not great lacing or webbing with this one.

Not much going on with the smell, other than it smells like a beer. I'm getting maybe a hint of maple syrup in the draw.

Great taste though! Not the most complex brew, but very well-balanced. A little citrus zest, some biscuity malt. Very low bitterness.

Very good brew. Easy crossover for the inquisitive palates. Very smooth and one of the better marzens I've had in awhile.

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Photo of Validus
4.11/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The label says "amber", and the pour doesn't dissapoint. A bit more modest head than expected, but more than respectable color and life. Smell is a bit bland, but this beer makes up for it with flavor and drinkability. All Abita beers are made with pure spring water, and I truly feel that this makes a difference in this beer's crisp, refreshing finish. Although this beer isn't especially memorable for anything except its consistency, it has long proved itself to be a solid "every day" beer. Drinkability is a major plus, whether you're enjoying a single bottle or more.

As an aside, this beer is outstanding with spicy foods...which is very appropriate, given the location of its brewery.

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Photo of far333
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This stuff is omnipresent in New Orleans. It's a great old standby in this town. I wish the establishments near me would carry the local stuff as reliably. Pours a dark amber color with a beige head that lingers and leaves a fine cap and thick lace around the glass. Aroma is a chewy, biscuity, malt smell, and the flavor matches it fairly well. A smooth and creamy mouthfeel makes this one easy to sip for hours. Very tasty, well-balanced, and easy to drink.

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Photo of Spidey13
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Abita Amber pours a very nice, clear, copper color with a nice white head. The nose shows some sweet caramel notes with hints of lemon and grass from the hops.

The flavor starts with toast and caramel followed by some spicy hop notes and a touch of bitterness. A bit of fruit in the back. The mouthfeel is medium/thin with medium/high carbonation, which fits nicely with the style.

Overall, this is a really nice, drinkable Marzen and the my favorite Abita so far. I could easily have a few of these.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
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 MrHassellYaHurd
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Pours into the pint glass a pretty, well, amber. Nice foamy white head lasts for just a bit, settling thin.

Nose carries notes of caramel, and a pleasant roasted malt that carries through to the taste.

You don't taste much hops in this brew which may be responsible for the "sweetness" most people associate with it. I taste the roasted malt first off, followed by just a bit of brown sugar

Amber feels light in the mouth, with plenty of carbonation, very crisp and enjoyable.

All in all, an extremely easy to drink, pretty decent session beer, which pairs well with most foods. (As a matter of fact, this has been my go-to session beer since i can remember)

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Photo of therica
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was startlingly surprised when I bought a bottle of this at the French Quarter restaurant in Germantown Maryland with dinner. I just finished 3 months in Germany and Belgium, and this amber is "right up there" with my favorites.

The first surprise was the gorgeous deep yellow-amber color as it poured. The head didn't stay long enough for me to sample it. The smell was nice but not overwhelming with any particular scent that stood out-- simply a nice bouquet.

We were talking and hadn't been served anything to eat yet, and I just took a good gulp, expecting little, or rather not even thinking about it. But the beer sure caught my attention, quickly.

The taste is not overwhelming in particular features, nor all that noteable with one feature or another. But the overall impression was an immediate "wow!" from me. It had a rich taste, slightly sweet and full of subtle flavor which lingers for a while, but with no noteable bad aftertaste on a clean palate.

I probably could have downed a few more but we were having a quick on-the-run meal. Someone said that I could buy this at a beer-seller a few doors down, and I came home with a six-pack which I am now enjoying. My feelings haven't changed about this beer, since the first sip. Very drinkable, very enjoyable.

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Photo of singletary
4.06/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A nice amber color with not much of a head and a faint lacing. The smell is a hearty malt and taste is the same. Mouthful is a little watery. Overall a really nice drink. This is just the way I like a beer to be. Would have to say this is. my favorite offering from Abita.

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Photo of bwood06
4.06/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear, lightly carbonated, glowing amber hue that has a thin, white head that dissipates quickly to a thin lacing. 4/5 The aroma is caramelly sweet with a slight musty note, although it is much more sweet than musty. A good bit of grain comes through before being complemented by a light hoppiness. An ever so slight buttery note comes through as well, adding to the perception of a fairly heavy smelling amber. 4.25/5 The flavor profile reminds me of a sweet, caramelly Marzen that has a heavier syrup sweetness than normal. The malt really shines here with just a hint of hops to slightly bring the balance back towards center. As with the aroma, the flavor feels quite heavy. 4/5 This is a full bodied amber that is syrupy and coating while disappearing entirely after swallowing (surprising considering the heaviness). Carbonation is light which adds to the heavy nature of the beer. 4/5 This is a very good Vienna although for me it is a bit off style, leaning much more towards the Marzen side of things. This was actually a beer ordered by a good friend of mine, and I happened to get a few sips to review. I wish I would have ordered this one myself. 4/5

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Photo of Goliath
4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber color with a two inch off white head. There is decent head retention, but no lacing.

The aroma is nice. Cereal and raw grain dominate the nose for me.

The taste is also nice. It's simple, lightly malty with cereal and raw grain. Just simple but good.

Mouthfeel is thin and a little on the watery side. The carbonation is fine bubbled but leaves a nice tingle.

Drinkability is relatively high. The beer is easily sessionable at 4.5% ABV, and the flavor profile is simple but pleasing. I enjoy simple and clean beers more and more each day.

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Photo of rousee
4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
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 schoolcb
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Abita Amber is easy to come by anywhere in New Orleans proper. If you can get it, try it on tap. I had it at the Abita Brew Pub in Abita Springs, and along Bourbon Street. I'm not sure what hops they use, but would call this an Americanized version of the Oktoberfest style. It's a malty, sweet, amber beer (as it should be). This is one I could, and did, drink a lot of.

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Photo of asaharyev
4.02/5  rDev +16.2%
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 German-Helles
4.02/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The look is perfect, a light to medium amber, two fingers of mostly white foam, maybe slightly less than pure white, it stayed several minutes. A nice medium carbonation, the bubbles look very nice rising in the medium amber beer. It foams up a little after each sip.
The smell is faint, light malt aroma maybe.
A nice caramel flavor, with just enough bitterness, very pleasant, slightly bready.
Feels good, crisp, the carbonation is right in my opinion.
Offer me an Abita Amber, and I am in!

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Photo of masterbruewer
4.01/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This beer is becoming a favorite of mine.

It pours a dark golden color with a thin head that gives way to a nice lace.

The smell is faint, but pleasant, hinting of the balanced flavor to come.

The taste is a nice balance with the malt and the hop flavors mixing in and out on the tongue and leaving a nice carmelly flavor on the way down.

Mouthfeel is average, not much to say one way or the other, except, I guess it was smooth.

I have found this beer to by highly drinkable with pizza, burgers and most anything else, or just while watching a game on TV.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Most decent head I ever got from Abita and a nice amber color too.
S - Caramel Malt and toffee. sweet.
T - Smooth toffee flavor with a bite of hops and malt.
M - thin but creamy. amazing
D - More please! Really one of the best Märzen's I ever had and more affordable than the others as well!

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Photo of Beerbuddha
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a nice amber color with a nice off white head.

Smell- Nice hint of caramels and malt. Just slight hops.

Taste-This is a nice well balanced beer. Has a nice malt flavor to it with hint of caramel.

Mouthfeel-Smooth with nice carbonation.

Drinkability-This is a great beer. This beer goes well when you're having a crawfish boil!!

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Photo of Tilley4
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There's something to be said about a good solid beer and this one fits the bill. Easy drinking and smooth. Toasted malts with the merest hint of hops on the finish... I'm not sure how I missed out on reviewing this one but it's pretty much a standby for me in the refrigerator. I can always count on it with any meal and most of my friends like it as well. Just a good solid Dependable beer

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Photo of horshack7
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Well it's a clear amber with about an inch worth of head on top.

Aroma: Biscuity notes, caramel malt, a little bit of citrus in the middle. At the end is a twinge of dryness and maltiness.

Taste: A solidly smooth mouthfeel with a buttery texture and a minor hop bite. Biscuity and caramel malts and touches of piney and citrus.

Notes: Nicely balanced and drinkable it's nice to find another Vienna Lager. Cheers.

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Photo of drtth
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a standard shaker/pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: Bright clear deep amber/copper color with a ½" white creamy head that fades to a ring and light patch of foam on the liquid. The lacing is sparse but speckled.

Smell: The aroma is fresh sweet bready malt with no hops detetable.

Taste: The flavor is consistent with the aroma and contains sweet bready malt but here the hops eventually show through but not strongly. On the whole the flavor is clean, crisp and simple.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is light bodied with soft light carbonation. The finish is long and malty but comes to a dry end.

Drinkability: This is drinkable with lunch or to have a second one during a post-lunch chat, but I'll not be going out of my way to find this beer again.

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Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber colored beer.

Smell is toasted grain and a faint coffee scent.

Taste is a little sweet with lots of toasted grain flavor. There must be a fair amount roasted barley in this. There is a faint chocolate taste in there.

Mouthfeel is good.

A nice tasty beer has a nice full flavor.

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Amber from Abita Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.46 out of 5 with 1,763 ratings