Alaskan Amber | Alaskan Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
608
Ratings:
1,884
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
21.7%
 
 
Wants:
63
Gots:
392
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 608 | Ratings: 1,884
Reviews by a0lbudman:
Photo of a0lbudman
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-copper yet c;ear with off white head
S- heavy malt with a hint of hops
T-sweet malty taste with a slight bitter aftertaste that finishes with a carmel taste
M-moderate carbonation that made this beer smooth
O- after I finished this beer it felt like I had just eated a Rolo good beer

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More User Reviews:
Photo of KarmicSkrambl8
2.46/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

really my palate issue...

do not like Amber's....do not like Alaska's

too sweet, off-taste, not hoppy enough, not strong enough...not good enough

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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.

Cheers

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.16/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've never reviewed this? Whoah, who am I fooling, haha. Anyways, this was poured into a polkal for review. Though I've had this numerous times in pint glasses.
The appearance was a gentle hazy amber color with a nice transparency about it. Carbonation runs up to fill a quickly dissipating one finger white foamy head. Lacing is clingy but also slides after a while.
The smell starts off with rich sweet nutty malts with a sweet German yeast allowing light bready tones moving in and around the aroma really nice, slight butteriness but not diacetyl. It's buttery due to the yeast, so it's good.
The taste was mainly sweet with the nutty maltiness running into the bready to buttery depth of the beer. Light lingering nutty/buttery bready aftertaste slyly moves into the finish.
The mouthefeel is nice and light bodied, makes for a nice session. Carbonation feels somewhat low. That's okay to me because it's just more of a session than other altbiers.
Overall, it's an altbier, and to see hopheads slam this beer just shows their ignorance to the style. Of course, this is a wonderful take by an American brewer. It's exceptional with its respected food (bratwurst anyone?) and also goes well in beer bread.

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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 oberon
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass well you guessed it amber a full amber at that a thinner off white head atop,very nice clarity to the pour.Lighter malt aromas like that of cookie dough with notes of caramel as well almost no hop really to speak of except for a drifting leaf presence but you have to try to find it.Mild malt flavors as well sweetish cookie dough with some caramel sweetness a touch of crispness in the finish keeps it from being to sweet.A no frills old school beer lightly sweet low in alc% to make it very drinkable.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Orangish-brown in color with a smallish head that went down quickly.

Smell – Light, sweet, molasses-infused malt. Very faint.

Taste – The lightly-toasted malt flavors come out at the tongue. This one is very subtle, with a slight maple finish and a touch of bitterness throughout.

Mouthfeel – Very little carbonation and light-bodied. This bier is smooth though and flowed down quite nicely.

Drinkability – This went down alright, although I don’t think I’ll buy again. The Widmer Winternacht is a much better brew if you’re in the market for a NW Altbier.

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Had this from a 12 oz bottle on Alaskan Air. It was just okay but compared to their other choices, it was the best available.

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Photo of t2grogan
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of TCHopCraver
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am not all that familiar with Alt Bier, but this is basically the flagship Alaskan Brewing beer from what I'm told, so here goes!

A pretty copper-amber-orange flows out of the bottle with a slight light khaki head that burns off immediately. A fair amount of carbonation shows through the see-through body. There is no lacing left behind on my pint glass.

The aroma presents sweet cereal grains, sweet fruits (plum and peach), caramel syrup, and a bit of shortcake. It's definitely sweet and fairly straight forward, but pretty good nonetheless.

The flavor is a little fuller than the smell suggested and has a very slight astrigent tang that is present throughout the sip. Some sweet fruits come through in the taste, along with a very cereal-like graininess. The overall taste is similar to a fruity syrup. There is a very small amount of hop bitterness on the finish. I think I could use a little more of the bitter at the end, to be honest.

A2 has a medium-bodied feel that does a pretty nice job of coating my palate. That tangy taste provides a little bit of a pucker on my tongue and the finish cleans most of the creaminess off of my tongue.

Overall, this is a pretty good brew. I wish I had a traditional alt in my repertoire to compare it to, but I do not. I think the one way to improve it just a bit would be to add just a little more bittering hops to balance out the syrupy sweetness from the malt. A very easy drinking beer that I would recommend to newer craft drinkers to ease them along their path.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A solid offering from Alaskan Brewing Co. Nothing fancy but sticks to the style well enough. Solid malt backbone but not overly sweet. A great beer for casual drinking.

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Photo of SteadySippin
3.34/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer was poured from a bottle to a chilled glass.

A - I really like the appearance of this amber. Its color is exactly that, amber. The color really intrigues me to take a drink. No real lacing on the glass. Soon after pouring there is a head about a finger thick, minutes later the head dissipates to a thin ring around the glass.

S - This amber ale has a slightly floral scent, with hints of caramel.

T - The taste of this one gives off a slightly fruit flavor, like an orange. Noticeable bitterness but not overpowering. The after taste lingers with caramel. Slightly watery but still flavorful. This beer tastes very similarly to its smell. I really enjoy the first few seconds after swallowing a sip of this beer.

M - In the mouth it feels slightly thick, but watery if that makes sense. Plenty of carbonation, goes down pretty easily. You definitely feel the carbonation in the back of the throat.

O - This beer isn't anything to write home about, but it definitely isn't bad. I really enjoy the caramel flavors that you get in the after taste. The color of the beer is also quite nice. I wouldn't have a problem drinking this again but I'm in no rush to go out and buy more. I'd say give it a try if you're into ambers.

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Photo of GBfan75
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dmann
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An average beer to this palate. The pour was unimpressive and yielded a small fizzy head that faded as quickly as it came. The smell was very faint and was pretty sweet with a slight citrus hint. The flavor was good in the beginning with some good malty sweetness and a light spiciness but this was overshadowed by a odd astringent flavor that lingered till the end. I don't know if I got a bad batch or something but this ruined the flavor for me.
I have heard many good things about this beer so maybe I will re-review at a later time. But for now I am not impressed at all.

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Photo of jpwadd
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Slight Begian taste, not wanted in an Alt.

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Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of SD-Alefan
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Kappakoosh
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of warnerry
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Lazaro
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Todd
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz snubby brown twist-off top bottle.

Appearance: Rich and deep copper in colour with an off-white creamy foam head. Loads of carbonation activity and great head retention.

Smell: Very light aroma of grain and light esters.

Taste: A full-bodied brew with a smooth mouthfeel and creamy palate. Malt sweetness is sugary/dextriny with notes of raw grain. Nutty, biscuit and touch of chocolate are all part of the malty flavours that pull-thru when warmed up a bit. Bitterness is low, like weak floral tea. There's a touch of rind, but it gently creeps away into the malt sweetness. Finish is clean with hardly any residuals.

Notes: Despite it's name, this is an Alt beer and a very nice Alt at that. Outright tasty as hell if you ask me. All the right flavours are present and balance each other very well.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours a clear reddish amber with a fine off white head that goes to a thin film that laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet caramel malts, toffee and some fruit.

The flavor is slightly sweet caramel, toffee and biscuits with a little fruitiness and enough bitterness at the finish to balance it well. The mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall, nothing too exciting but this is a well made, well balanced and enjoyable brew. This reminded me a bit of Fat Tire, but better.

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Photo of generallee
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: The body has a very beautiful deep amber color with good clarity and lively carbonation flowing up the center of the glass. The quick pour made only a modest one finger tall head. This head was light tan in color and quick fading. This made for no lacing at all.

Smell: The aroma is very inviting surprisingly fruity. It brings notes of dark bready maltiness with dark fruit, dark cherries, plums and apple peels.

Taste / Palate: First up is a medium body mix of bready sweet maltiness blending with the same dark fruit notes from the the aroma. The finish adds notes of roasted almond and a mild balance of earthy dryness from hops. The palate feels smooth and somewhat slick.

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Photo of EROCK83
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.75/5  rDev +3%

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