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: 1,763
Photo of gvickery
2.09/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

It looks ok but has an underwhelming smell. Average carbonation, a dry biscuit flavor, with an unpleasant hop profile. There’s just not enough malts to make this enjoyable. The strange hop lingers in an annoying way. I had it on draft at a local Cajun place.

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Photo of rajendra82
2.06/5  rDev -40.5%
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 kevinjosephlee
1.96/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle poured into a glass

A: An deep amber to light copper color.

S: A metallic component to the nose. I definitely consider this an off-scent. To mitigate this, I let the beer warm for 10 minutes (at room temperature) before more thorough consumption. A cleaner malt presence is now apparent. Nice and toasty malts. No hops.

T: Malts with very little hops presence. Steamed vegetable taste (DMS) is present and not welcome in this style.

M: Carbonation of the tingly, acidic nature.

Notes: Honestly, I was hoping for an amber ale as I popped this top. But then I saw that it is classified as a Marzen/Oktoberfest. Also, I had this beer a bit earlier in the week and noted some metallic off-flavors.

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Photo of SlyFox21
1.91/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance: Pours a light amber brown.

Aroma:Not much here, its very subtle, but there is a little bit of hops and starchiness.

Taste: Very weak here, this is just a weak taste of starchiness, then a little bit of hops, but its gone very quickly. Letting it warm up for a while helps bring out an after taste. Which to me does not taste very good, just kind of starchy and sort of tastes like old beer.

Mouthfeel: Very light, kind of surprising considering how dark the beer is (not that its really a dark beer at all, but relatively speaking...) But it does have a nice level of carbonation, which is relatively low.

Overall:Not my kind of beer. I don't really like light beer, and this is definitely a light beer. I will give it credit, it is a little better than the mass produced lagers of America, but only a little bit. Considering its the standard 9.00 for a six pack, it really does not seem to be worth the money to me, unless you like weak beer. This my second time I've had an Abita beer, and it seems to be the same problem as the last time...
Disappointing, I was hoping for more from an Amber.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
1.87/5  rDev -46%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

A - light brown, typical of an amber, a thin white head that fades quickly

S - a grassy aroma accompanied by an apple-y aroma

T - hmmm... really watery, moreso than i thought possible, tastes like dirty water, like dishwater

M - very thin, not very impressive

D - higher only due to its wateriness, easily chuggable, not a good thing

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Photo of Mike_Moe
1.5/5  rDev -56.6%
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 jbertsch
1.48/5  rDev -57.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

The label on the bottle tells me they have a "reputation as one of the country's finest breweries."

The same label tells me it has a "rich amber color". The brewer must be color blind - it pours a copper color that cannot be mistaken for an amber, let alone a "rich" one. The white head fades quick to a film at best. No lacing.

An immediate aroma of corn hit a bad way. Made me say , "ew, maze". Fairly unpleasant. There's a little malt that's on the sweeter side via a note of caramel.

Cheap. Grain and corn - almost like those cornuts snacks. Essentially, it tastes like a dorm-room party beer. After a couple sips of this, you can already sense what your vomit will taste like the next morning if you were to have more of these, or get caught in an unfortunate game of beer pong.

Thin and dead.

I couldn't finish one.

I'll never drink this again. What astounds me are the claims they make on the label saying "quality before quantity" and that they "don't use additives or preservatives. Each batch is handcrafted..." Maybe those hands weren't properly washed beforehand.

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Photo of Smurf2055
1.46/5  rDev -57.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a bottle at Wing Central in U-district. Aroma...well...I can’t really smell any unfortunately. It’s still better than smelling cheap hard alcohol, or skunky main stream lagers, but there’s nothing good about it for sure. Appearance is just as boring. Dark orange to amber with no head to speak of. Hazy. Taste was bland. It’s not a BMC but I don’t think it’s a craft beer either. The only flavor that I think I can pick out is the faintest hint of caramel. Palate might be the acceptable quality of this beer, mainly because it is carbonated and drinkable. Overall not something I would ever plan on picking up again. There’s no flavor to it, and no other redeeming qualities. It’s just a lost cause.

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Photo of DogFood11
1.38/5  rDev -60.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A bright copper body, very mild carbonation and highly filtered. White head falls to a thin cover very quickly and leaves behind falling, spotty lace.

First thought is "Thin". Second thought is toasted, bordering on woody and astringent. Faint hint of dark candy. Weak grain and some husk action. This beer never really finishes it just sits on your palate and sets up camp. Carbonation is not a factor. Clean is not a strong point. Taste is not a strong point. Hops are not a factor.

Notes: I've had many Marzen's this year and last year. This one does not even warrant attention. Pass.

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Photo of xav33
1.25/5  rDev -63.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Abita Amber Lager
12 oz bottle
Recent bottling, ingurgitated 08/06
Medium pour in a pint glass.

Poured clear copper with quickly diminishing white 1/8 inch head.

Smelt of maltiness and hint of caramel

Flavor started off malty and bland with a touch of sweet caramel on the body with barely any finish. Overall watery and simple. Mouthfeel was light and lively.

Overall, only the color hints that this is an attempt at an amber beer.

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Photo of KarlHungus
1.11/5  rDev -67.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This beer pours a copper color. I guess the brewer thinks I am too stupid to know what amber looks like. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes within seconds into nothing. The aroma is of malty vomit. The taste is like the aroma. The mouthfeel is light bodied, and over carbonated. Overall, this is a horrible beer, that I will never drink again.

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