Alaskan Brewing Co.

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German Altbier
Ranked #122
Ranked #39,939
3.65 | pDev: 12.33%
Alaskan Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States
Notes: Richly malty and long on the palate, with just enough hop backing to make this beautiful amber colored "alt" style beer notably well balanced.
Reviews: 681 | Ratings: 2,172 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of bobv
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle.
Best by 121119.
Moderate to vigorous pour yields a 3/4 inch off white head over a bright copper body with some lacing. Nose of sweet malt and very slight hops. Taste of malt and very little hops with a near syrup-like flavor and feel. Finishing with a very, very slight bitterness. Overall, I wouldn't turn another one down. Cheers!!

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Photo of Brook82
3.22/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Half inch off white head that hung around for a minute or two. Smelled like apple juice when drinking. Broad range of sweet and bitter, easy drinking, smooth feel. Would buy again in a bar.

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Photo of Kevin30462112
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful brownish clear red with a nice brown head that very quickly dissipated to nothing. Very minute lacing, if any at all. Nice malty smell. Moderate carbonation. Has a malty, Orangey flavor, which is odd, being a beer from Alaska. Almost no hops. Not bad for a late summer, early fall beer, right when the air temperature starts to fall.

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Photo of BigGold
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had Alaskan Amber years ago in Oregon, and just had again at Public House, River North, Chicago, on draft into heavy weizen glass.

Glad I did, as it stands up better in Chicago than in the land of fruity, hoppy IPAs. Crisper and fruitier than I remembered, but still a sweet malt bomb. Not a waste of your time.

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3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can best by 8-30-19 (opened 7-13-19).
1" beige head recedes quickly to a solid cap. Amber-orange, not quite clear and not opaque.
Grainy faint chocolate malt, caramel apple, fruity almost blueberry Mosaic-like aroma of hops and esters.
Smooth flavors of gritty malt, bread, faint cocoa and, blueberry.
Medium body, low to medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel. Well balanced and flavorful beer.
Easy to see why this is their flagship. Really nice beer, within style or style aside.

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Photo of mngermanshepherd
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours dark copper colour, with a thin head. Still tastes malty/bready and finishes clean. No hoppiness whatsoever but couldn't do a session with it; still good for that one off to break up the palate!

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Photo of Mnbrewstle
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Smooth carbonated bite entrance that transitions into a mellow malty stick to your pallette. Amber sunset with a deep red color. Smell the rich malts.

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Photo of Parmesan
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L:. Pours an Amber red orange with a medium creamy white head and no lacing on the glass.

S:. Fresh toasted bread with a nice sweet malt and some caramel.

T:. Fresh toasted bread, nutty malt, some sweet malt and some caramel.

F:. Smooth carbonation, light to medium body.

O:. Even after all these years Alaskan Amber is still a solid beer.

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Photo of Mark-Leggett
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber in color with creamy white head that hangs around. Smells of rich malty and nuttiness. Same on the taste with a velvety smooth mouth feel. Malty smooth and easy to drink. Thumbs up

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Photo of QMobs
4.32/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very underrated beer. Absolutely no bitterness whatsoever, it's a very smooth and easy-drinking beverage.

The flavor overall is a nice palatable balance between malt and hops, with roasted undertones, followed by a refreshingly dry and somewhat nutty finish.

Would certainly recommend this beer. However I believe its over-simplicity and lack of real complexity in the flavor may be to its detriment, and therefore it may become bland or less interesting over time, but until then, drink up!

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Photo of thesherrybomber
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

amber color, off white head

smell is of sweet malt, caramel, citrus

medium bodied, dry, nutty, nice balance between malt and hop

goes down easily. a classic

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Photo of German-Helles
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is a 12oz. bottle that I poured into a weizen glass. Pours a dark burnt red withe two fingers of tan foam, the foam lasted several minutes, then settled to a thin layer. The color of this beer is a very nice on the darker side amber with a light to medium carbonation.
The aroma is malty and a bit sweet, slightly bready.
The taste starts off with the sweet caramel and finishes with the classic beer bitterness, maybe a pinch of citrus. Very nice, very drinkable!
The feel is a bit heavy, with nice carbonation.
This is a great amber, very nice flavor, a touch sweet and a bit bitter.

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Photo of defunksta
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a heavy and oily dark copper color with a minimal head.
Aroma: Aromas of sweet, caramel monkey bread. A little bit of black licorice.
Flavor: Sweet caramel bread with the dark German malt flavors underneath.. According to the BJCP Guideliness, Altbiers can taste similar to a California Common/Steam. I would agree that the sweet caramel cinnamon roll flavors are present. This one drinks much heavier and more bitter.
Finish: Drinks heavy. Minimal carbonation. Finishes sweet with a mild bitterness that is hard to tell if from the hops or the alcohol. Much more caramel and less citrus. The Bell's drinks lighter and drier as well.

Compared to an American Amber (Bell's), it has more of a malt profile. The bread is darker and sweeter. More munich and dark rye bread flavors, than wheat.

Compared to a Vienna Lager (Dyanomo): It has more hop bitterness. Similar focus on malts, however it is has much more caramel. Less fruity. Drier and more bitter. Heavier and less carbonated.

Overall: This is a heavier beer for the ABV. Showcases the German malt flavors in a robust fashion. Yet, it finishes slightly bitter at the end. This is a beer that you would expect to have a much higher ABV than it does, based on its heaviness. Nonetheless, it is a delicious, heavy, and hearty brew.

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Photo of BilltownBrewingCo
3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not very pungent. Roasty malt in what is present.

Appearance- beautiful Crystal clear Amber. Off white head about a finger and a half in size.

Not totally dry, but on the light side of the spectrum.

Roasty malt up front, with light chocolate notes. Also has a hint of citrus. It is slightly sweet and balanced with what tastes like a mixture of fuggle and a citrusy NW hop- hops are rather faint.

Really enjoy this beer. It's very sessionable, and has a great malt character.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep amber, appropriately. Clean with a light off-white head and fair-average lace.

Aroma: Malty and toasty caramel. Average.

Taste: Malty toasty caramel with a hint of hops. Typical amber ale, nothing extravagant of memorable but solid enough.

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Photo of Myros
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to stange, pours a clear copper red with a one finger, white head.

Aroma is biscuit malt, sulfur, floral, and herbal. Very nice.

Taste is malty light toast and caramel. Dry fruit - mild apple and others I can’t discern. Earthy, nicely balanced bitterness.

Feel is medium to thin, refreshing. High carbonation.

This beer has been right under my nose for a long time without trying it until I discovered it is really a German altbier. A nice find. I wish they advertised this more than in tiny print at the bottom. Overall, a good solid beer in a style not widely available in my corner of the world.

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Photo of Drak-Nib
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

“Alt style ale.” Sweet and just enough bitter to give it some character. Easy drinking all the way through. Clean finish. Would drink again. 2017/08/31

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Photo of CaptainHate
3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a weizen glass. Nice dark amber color topped by a moderate head. Sweet smell with some grassy notes. Nice breads and caramel malty taste with pleasantly faint hop floral accents. Mouthfeel was refreshingly clean. A good example of the style.

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Photo of SB2017
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice deep color, thin head. Looks like actual amber. Nice stoutlike taste at first, mellowing out with a wonderfully fruity lager-like finish. Overall very easy to drink and full of flavor, though a little unrefined and bready.

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Photo of detgfrsh
3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle marked best by 12/16/18. Dark amber color with a lacing of bubbles, no lasting head. Smell has a faint caramel sweetness and some floral notes. Light feel. Biscuit malt body with some light floral hops. Pretty mild and understated. Haven't had the style before, it seems to fit the description but could use a little more spicy/floral hop character.

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Photo of JimboBrews54
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasty, tasty, tasty! This gives me a nice alternate to the Killians. This version of the alt bier category is a good deal, then again Vienna lagers are crowded, this one pushes the other brands out of the way which gives it a nice alternative.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz beer poured into Duvel tulip. BEST BY: 083018 printed on bottom right corner of front label. So I guess it's about a month passed the best by date. The last beer I had from this company was before the best by date and was still bad, so I have very low expectations here. Picked it up at a grocery store for a $10 six pack mixer.

Appearance - Hazy moderate-deep amber body with lots of small-medium sized particulates. Head is very thin, tan, and unimpressive. Little to no lacing. 2.25

Smell - Sweet, honey, nutty. Slightly floral and grassy. Some soy sauce. 3.75

Taste - Actually not too bad. I was expecting much worse. It's actually fairly decent. The most prominent tone is pecan on a bed of alcohol with some light sweetness underneath it all. 4

Mouthfeel - Smooth, medium bodied. Was expecting a lot of astringency but it actually finishes pretty clean and smooth. 4

Overall - Was expecting the worst, and actually had a fairly pleasant beer with decent drinkability and only very minor off notes. 3.75

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Photo of Harrison8
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber-brown with a slight fog to its transparency. There is one finger of khaki foam on top. Aroma is toast, biscuit, honey, and wheat. Mouth feel is toast, biscuit, sweet honey, and a little caramel. It has a lovely, soft flavor between the slightly roasty, bready malts and light sugary characteristics. Mouth feel is lightly velvety with a medium thickness. Overall, a refreshing beer with good malt presence.

Draft. Reviewed from notes.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.06/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "best by" date "110318".

APPEARANCE: pours a clear, amber color with one-finger, tan head, excellent retention, slowly dissipated until a thin, unbroken layer of small bubbles remained, there is moderate lacing on the glass, lighter carbonation.

SMELL: very faint to the nose, brown sugar and bread.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet and some bread, very little hop presence.

PALATE: medium body and lighter carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a malty mess, too sweet for my liking and not enough hops to balance it out, there are better beers to be had in this style so would not seek this one out again.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.27/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle, glass. Darker medium amber color. Toasted grain, a bit of floral bite to it, sweet caramel, light toffee, decent balance. It's fairly bland, but it remains a fairly approachable beer which is on par for the style. Not much more to say, I think, that others have not already covered.

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