Amber | Abita Brewing Co.

531 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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Reviews: 531 | Ratings: 1,650
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, pale amber coloring, 1/4" creamy head, slims down quick.

Aroma: sweet, and slightly vegetal. Don't like it, nossir. Are Munich style lagers supposed to smell like this? Not sure, there...

Crisp, clean on the palate, with a linger of that off-flavor detected in the nose, hanging a bit in the front. Slips off innocently, and the rest is easy to drink, and forgettable.

Actually, as more passes my lips and I get acquainted with it, it's a pleasing passable lager, ...dry finish, slightly grainy texture, ...light body, briefly malty taste....I could drink this, if it were the alternatives were BMC croppola.

As I drain the glass, the lightly toasty malts become more appealing, and, darn it, I actually wish I had another.
Good, quality lager, this.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer is a slightly hazy, bright, orange-amber color with a light, foamy, fluffy white head that starts around three inches and quickly disappears into a managable half-inch head. Great lacing just from the head recession. Aroma is a tangy caramel with a slight hopped spice towards the end. Flavor is a little watered down, but a decent blend of caramel and hopped bitterness. The caramel is a little roasted, which balances nicely with green and pepper from the hops. Tasty. The body is light and crisp, and the aftertaste is roasted and slightly sour, with a dry finish. Pretty decent, and a very easy drinker.

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Photo of Tone
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, red color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of pale malt, sweet malt, and yeast. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, slight sweet malt, and yeast. Overall, easy drinking, but not much else.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.69/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet. Beer is amber to brown and completely hazy. Forms a thin broken head of tiny white bubbles. Carbonation is low and there is only a little lacing.

When I smelled the beer I thought, this smells like an Oktoberfest, up until that point I had assumed it was an amber. An marzen should be clear, but the aroma is spot on.

Thin bodied, an odd sweetness up front followed by a clean finish with no aftertaste. There really isn't much of a flavor overall. Overall, its kind of a boring marzen but a decent effort. A lot of marzens are unremarkable but this one is slightly above average. Drinkability is good.

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Photo of Gavage
3.52/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dull amber color with a medium head. The head didn't last long after the first swallow. Very little lacing. The aroma was mellow with sweetness and bitterness detectable. The flavor is simple, malt sweetness and some bitterness, but a faint caramel tone is detectable as you swallow.

This is a light-medium bodied beer and carbonation levels were good. The aftertaste was fairly clean. There is nothing that really sticks out to make this anything other than an average beer.

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Photo of WesWes
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a light amber color with a thick white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a slight malty scent with nutty undertones and a breadlike finish. The taste is good. It has a bit of malty flavor with a nutty accent. It finishes clean, but with a little watery aftertaste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. The beer drinks well; a good sessions ale.

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Photo of tone77
3.06/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has an amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some sweetness. Taste is a bit hoppy, more than usual for a marzen. Feels light in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a pretty ordinary brew.

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Photo of plaid75
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Brazen Head, Brooklyn, NY.

Poured a medium copper hue with a one fingerfoamy white head. Therewas good retention and lacing.

Thesmellfeatured toasted doughy malts and a touch of cocoa.

The taste was doughy and nutty and very well balanced.

The mouthfeel was clean and toward the dry side.

Overall a nice light marzen with a supeusingly dry finish.

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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 Zorro
4/5  rDev +17.6%
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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Photo of Halcyondays
2.93/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, purchased at the Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, CA,

A: Pours a light amber colour, with a thin head, but left a nice rim around the glass, very nice clarity though, good lager character.

S: Light caramel malt, sugar, toffee, some smoke, but fairly weak overall.

T: Taste was a little bit of a letdown as I was expecting a fuller flaovured beer. Has a weak malt character, some good caramel notes, a bit of molasses, and some grassy and earthy character from the hops, but overall the flavour needed more oomph.

M: Light and watery, thin, but has a nice carbonation kick in the aftertaste which I liked.

D: A mediocre beer, IMO, but better than a macro, I'd take this over a Bud any day, but nothing really making want to buy this again, though it's light character makes it easy to drink as a refresher, might try this again in the summertime.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3


Can poured into a snifter.

A: Transparent amber with a finger of creamy beige foam that settles to a small cap that lingers for a long time. No lacing.

S: Toasted, grainy malt with a firm grassy hop profile. Clean. Nothing else to report.

T: Toasted malts with a little bread. An unassuming low level of bitterness leads me to a clean, dry finish.

M: Upper light body with medium carbonation and a creamy, smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: A decent Vienna lager. Hops could stand to be more assertive.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger white head that fades quickly leaving traces of lace. Clear amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Smells like hay. Flavor is malty, smooth but nothing special. Clean finish. Best by Oct 23. (gift) 12oz bottle from somewheres in New Orleans.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a cloudy amber color with a small white head that quickly turns into a thin lace around the edges of the glass. The aroma is rather faint for the style but does posses some nice toasted malt and hop flavors. The taste much like the aroma is pretty subdued with some biscuity malt and a touch of hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is light and fizzy from the carbonation. Overall, this is a pretty average amber that does not really stand out in any way. It is pretty drinkable, but it lacks in the flavor department.

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

Poured a golden orange color with a sweet caramel nose and some citrus. The nose had a light citrus hopping to it with some light caramel. The initial flavor was malty and a tad thin, with a watery lemon/citrus juice flavor that was sharp and pronounced in the beginning. Has a lemony flavor that faded subtly in the finish and ended with a lemon tang. Overall a decent amber with a nice maltiness and drinkability.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.42/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber and slightly cloudy pour. Malty taste with a medium body. Also, has a really nice amount of caramel in the flavor. A bit of hop flavor and some spice on the finish.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clear, fairly kight amber color. Poured a coarse one inch or better head that disipated fairly fast. Minimal lacing.

S: Roasted malt, slightly bitter hops. Pleasing "beer smell".

T: Again roasted malt, nuts and caramel; also slightly sweet/musty like brown sugar. Slightly bitter hops in the finish but didn't quite balance the sweetness.

M: Light body, but clean and crisp. Carbonation was very refreshing.

D: Very drinkable really. Light body doesn't slow you down. Decent beer just not real special.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.98/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Mixture of brown and dark red, amberish. Aroma was pretty much nothing.

Thin taste and body, somehow there is bitterness but little to no hopping. Alcohol comes through too much, so does the metallic bitterness. A little bit of sweetness doesn't cut the bitterness down. Not a fan.

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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 VelvetExtract
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a dull lightly hazy amber color. Lighter head hangs around. Head leaves minute dots of lacing.

S-Another dull one. Essentially no hop presence. Toasty bread and sweetness. Light and clean. Lacks aromatic vigor.

T-Yeah, same here too. Didn't have nearly enough zest to pair with my delicious dinner. Just mild for days. Toasted bread and consistent sweetness. Light grains too.

M-Light and nearly watery. Zapping bubbles. Goes down quick of course, but boy does it leave something to be desired.

O/D-Another yawner. In terms of a Vienna Lager, Boston Lager blows this one's face off. One bottle is enough for me.

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Photo of avalon07
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a mug. Has a rich amber hue, with middle of the road texture. Has a small head that disappears quickly. A good amount of lacing.

Has an okay smell, with a fruity aroma coming out.

Actually has a pretty decent taste. Some hops, malt, fruit and caramel. Could've been a bit thicker, but still nice.

A fair amount of carbonation (could have some more) gives a decent mouthfeel.

Overall, a pretty drinkable beer. Not overly complex or the greatest thing ever, but certainly solid.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from a beer exchange with a friend at the holidays.

Poured into a pint glass, a 1/2 inch head formed, which retreated to a layer of foam over the slightly cloudy amber brew. Malty, yeasty nose, reminds me of bread. Good, full mouthful of malts, with hops that complement and do not detract from the grain flavor. This one sort of caught me by surprise, wasn't expecting to enjoy this one as much as I did.

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Photo of tigg924
2.09/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: light clear amber with a big head

Smell: some wood and malt...The smell is faint

Taste: light and sweet hops, some small burnt caramel

Mouthfeel: light, sweet, a bit watery, with a slightly bitter finish

Drinkability: As an american amber, I believe I would score this a C+, as a marzen, there are so much better. The flavor is faint at best. I will not be looking for this again.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +17.6%
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 rfgetz
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper with faint head

S: Mild malts and bread. A little caramel sweetness.

T: Mild malts and sweet cereals, faint spicing and some bitterness to finish

M: Light bodied, slightly over carbonated

D: ehh, average. not horrible but nothing to seek out. Part of an Abita mix pack (Turbodog, Pecan, Purple Haze, Jockimo) definitely one of the weaker beers in the pack.

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Amber from Abita Brewing Co.
3.4 out of 5 based on 1,650 ratings.
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