Alaskan Amber | Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan AmberAlaskan Amber

Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Richly malty and long on the palate, with just enough hop backing to make this beautiful amber colored "alt" style beer notably well balanced.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-20-2001

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is good very deep red amber color with a nice 1/4 inch of mocha tinted head. Smell is biscuit and sweet malts and taste is about the same balanced and easy drinking. Body is good its a light to medium brew.

Overall of all the beers I have had from Alaska this one is as close to the style it's sweet, malty and easy to drink.

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Photo of vikinggary28
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into glass mug from a 12 oz bottle. Very nice reddish orange colour with a soapy tan head. Smells of mild malts and tastes very similar to the aroma, toasty malts slighty sweet with a bit of breadyness. Mouthfeel is smooth. Prost!

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Photo of andrewh995
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nice clear amber color with an off white medium head, large bubbles. Smells of grain and some sweet esters. Flavor is grain, some caramel, and malty sweetness. Very nice mouthfeel, creamy and full. The flavor sadly isn't anything special, it's good, but it doesn't stand out at all.

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Photo of dcscientist
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's an amber, which isn't a terribly exciting style of beer, but I do enjoy them, and this one just didn't have a whole lot to offer. It was just kind of there. Not enough malt or hop flavor to even define it as anything distinct. Nice color, but that's about all that stood out for me.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours reddish orange amber with a frothy tan head that settles to a light layer and leaves a little lacing.

S: Sweet lightly toasted bready malt, stone fruit, and toffee sweetness.

T: Stone fruit, plum, peach, apricot, berry, floral, toasty bready malt, honey, and toffee sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Haven't had this one in years cuz it's not the type of beer that usually tickles my fancy, but I've been meaning to try it again so I'm pretty happy a bottle of this fell into my fridge. All that said, it's a bit sweet for my taste, but a serviceable amber/alt if hops send you running for the hills.

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Photo of MinerBob
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A light brown color looks like tea with a small head. It is a good smooth amber beer with a malty flavor. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a good session beer.

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Photo of MargotDarko
4.04/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a single bottle into a stange. I enjoyed the delicate little head that formed and it smelled faintly clean and bready. The taste is delicate, fresh and easy to drink. Malty but not overly so.

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Photo of matcris
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A very clear amber with big bubbles rising and a half finger of off white head that fades quickly. Tiny bit of lacing. Smells like caramel, toasted bread. Tastes like toffee, liquid bread, and has a little earthy quality. Not quite as sweet as it smells. Almost a sticky/creamy body on the medium side, a little dryer on the finish. Average carbonation. Just a solid ale, nothing remarkable, but nothing off about it.

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Photo of bbtkd
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Alaskan Amber, 5.3% ABV, 18 IBU. Pours copper color and medium viscosity, with a two finger off-white heat. Nose is malt, taste follows. OK mouthfeel. Overall decent.

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Photo of KEH
4.56/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Alaskan Amber is a great quality session beer, in my book. It pours a deep amber with a bit of a reddish-tan head. The malt character is strong in this one, and it has a hint of crisp hops in the finish (kinda like Sam Adam's Octoberfest.) Overall, I find this beer to be rather refreshing to drink.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, best before 12/14/16, served in a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Mostly clear coppery-amber. Thin off-white head. Some thick strands of persistent lacing noted.

Smell: Not a lot of aroma. A bit of toasted malt.

Taste: A bit sweet. Toasted malt, some fruity esters (berry, currants), a mild bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Brisk carbonation. Not fizzy, but quite notable and scrubbing of the tongue. A little bit chewy.

Overall / Drinkability: A very nice malt forward beer. I can only have one by itself but I think this would pair really well with a wide range of food.

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Photo of brewmasterapprentice
4.19/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice Amber color with a light froth that quickly dissipates. Has a slight malty smell to go with the lightly malted taste which sticks adamantly on the palate. One of my favorite beers as it's good on any occasion

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color with a thin foamy head. Head retention is mild. Lacing is decent. Aroma is somewhat bready, heavy on the toffee and somewhat spicy and sweet. Taste is more watered down. Bready with some toffee at the end. A little bit of a spicy hop. Light bodied with moderate to heavy carbonation.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An enjoyable American rendition of the alt derived from a pre-Prohibition recipe. Interesting.
Malty in the nose, caramel malts in the taste and dry in the finish. A balanced interpretation of the style, but finished a bit bitter for me.
Fortunately, the bitter dissipated with the drier cheeses for appetizer.

Listed in the "1001", I ended my three year search finding this while visiting Madison Wisconsin (indicating further that distribution can be hard to understand... particularly since this has almost as many ratings as Alaskan's world-famous Smoked Porter widely found in Chicagoland.)
MJ's 1999 "Guide" gave Amber only 2 of 4 stars, but said it was "remarkably smooth, malty." Agreed. He said good things about Alaskan that "it makes a variety of excellent beers."
So, why do I have to go to Wisconsin to find the others?

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle best by 10-29-16. DFH tulip.

A: pours a dark and pretty clear copper red with 1 finger khaki head and a little slow, small bubble carbonation visible. Retained a good little cap for a while, but not much lacing to speak of.

S: beery. Sweet bready and toasty malt, a little clean floral hoppiness, some faint citrus, some faint sourdough.

T: arrives malty, toasty, and slightly sweet. Breadiness expands across mid palate into a wide, smooth, sweet and slightly sour mid palate. Toastiness lingers with a solid but mild clean hop finish. As ambers go this is barely on the right side of too sweet.

M: where this amber really shines is in how clean it is. Many ambers get too slick and cloying, this one isn't. Lighter end of mid weight, slightly slick, moderate to light carbonation.

O: this is a really good amber ale. For one who likes malty beers, this is a real winner. Would go great with food, and certainly good for bringing to a party. Could be hard to drink more than a couple, though. I think I like Bell's and Eliot Ness better, but this might be my #3 Amber.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Available now in Ohio! This nice amber pours from the growler in a snifter
with a nice clear amber color with a subtle head of dissipating foam that
settles to a thin ring and light lacing. Nose of light floral notes, light honey
touched biscuits, and subtle grain notes. Flavors exceed the nose by presence
of subtle chocolate and biscuit notes with light amber malts and subtle floral hop
notes on the rear. Very nice mouth feel, crisp, clean, and lightly sweet on the aftertaste.
An excellent brew I am glad to have tried.

HOPING to go to the Friday tasting in order to hopefully get a taste of the once famed
porter that garnered such high praise about 15 years ago in the beer magazines.


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Photo of _drummer_
4.19/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Good beer. Brownish-red color, low carbonation - almost no foam head on mine when poured into a glass, but not flat at all when drinking it. Malty flavor, smooth aftertaste. Refreshing beer. I recommend picking one up if you have a chance.

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Photo of VooVoo
4.83/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is my favorite beer by far. A couple years ago my wife had the opportunity to get a private tour of the brewery in Juno. Amazing!! A friend of ours son was one of the Brewmaster and did us a favor and showed us around.

The place was a lot smaller then I thought it would be considering the amount they produce. Very clean and looked to be well organized.

During the tour we were able to taste some of the other beer they were brewing. I liked them all but their Amber is still my favorite. I'm more into a heavier beer without overloading the taste buds.

Hopefully it will get some more reviews and spread out more.

Thanks again.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, copper-bronze coloring, with a stead flow of carbonation feeding a low profile, clingy, foamy, off-white head. Aromas of sweet caramel, tangy toffee, subtle roasted notes, and a subtle hoppiness. Sticky sweet malt nose. Flavors are bright sweetness forward of caramel, toffee, and hints of brown sugar, all on a roasted, slightly charred backbone. Sugary sweet, with subtle hops bitterness at the very end to clean things up a bit. Smooth, light, and slightly oily slick in mouth, with a roasted caramel aftertaste. It's like liquid candy, really. The finish is smooth, slick, and quick, with only a subtle cloying linger. Classic Amber.

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

Enjoyed in a bottle at a salmon bake in Juneau, Alaska.

A typical Amber- clean and malty. Perhaps a bit subtle for an amber but easy to drink. Nothing exceptional about it.

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Photo of NateDyk47
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a single bottle, drank from a snifter.

Look: clear amber hue, an inch of white head dissipates into almost nothing after a couple minutes, light lacing
Smell: I can barely smell anything, but what's there is sweet and malty
Taste: sweet molasses, malt, faint caramel in the aftertaste
Feel: light-medium body, moderate amount of carbonation, very smooth and easy to drink

Overall: This is not the type of beer I usually go for, but this is pretty good. Not outstanding, but I might have it again if I see it on tap.

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Photo of Catena724
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

on tap into plastic 12 oz cup at Dockside Too Morro Bay CA
slightly sweet, mildly malty with a full mouth feel.
Paired well with fish tacos, and inspired me to find and pick up a 6 pack.
While still a pleasant beer, the bottled into a weizen style glass was a bit more mundane, a bit thinner in mouth feel, and more like a watered down Amber/Red Ale. Bottled 3.3 overall
Will not seek out when they start distributing in Ohio. But would have if on tap.

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Photo of BWED
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into willibecher.

A- Dark copper. Light tan head holds pretty well.

S- Sweet, caramel. No hop aroma.

T- Sweet caramel, yet again, with a bit of a grainy note as well. Malt bomb.

M- Medium body, and sweet. Easy and smooth.

O- This one is malty, easy, and smooth. Pretty good little drinker.

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Photo of Alpha309
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

Pours a nice rich amber color. Very clean. About a finger of foamy caramel head that slowly dissipates to a solid 1/8 inch thick layer.

Nose is very sweet with crackers and almost a dry pasta smell. Maybe a little bit of molasses smell as well.

A very sweet molasses flavor dominates, but cracker and bread are both very strong as well. A bit of a grass taste that barely shows.

Body is a little bit sticky, but overall feels good in the mouth.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Hermann's in Plymouth, Michigan.

"Meh" came to my mind and the others at the table who ordered this one. I wasn't expecting greatness ... truthfully, I was expecting just what I got. A decent beer. It's certainly nicely balanced, but there's nothing "wow" about it. The best part of Alaskan Amber is the sweet malt finish. This has some pretty nice drinkability, but that's about all it has going for it. In a world with so many great beers, this isn't one I'm likely to revisit.

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