Alaskan Amber | Alaskan Brewing Co.

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82
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Alaskan AmberAlaskan Amber
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States
alaskanbeer.com

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
Ratings:
1,976
Reviews:
631
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
12.36%
 
 
Wants:
67
Gots:
431
For Trade:
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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed 12/22/2005 (bottle):

Pours a red/brown color, non-cloudy medium sized head, very quickly diminshing. An aroma of hops, malt, sweet, flowers. Good smooth nutty taste, clean finish. Very tasty beer. I'll have to check out more altbiers if this is representative of the style.

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Photo of OhioLimoncello
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of OKbrew89
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Poured dark brown with a small head that didn't leave much lacing. Smells like rich malts. Tastes like barely-nutty malt with slightly bitter hops. It's well balanced and smooth with no alcohol aftertaste. Medium body and medium carbonation. Very quaffable.
Nice, smooth brown that is well balanced and easy to drink.

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Photo of MI_beerdrinker
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Shanty76
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 Rawwie
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nerow
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Unfourtinatley the person who poured this beer for me wasn't able to produce a proper head, however the color was very pretty. As the name would suggest it was a rich amber with good clarity to it.

S- I wasn't overly impressed. The smell was a bit understated.

T- A very nice, crisp taste which, while simple malt at the beginning gave way to some citrus at the end. There was some sweetness throughout the whole experience.

M- Nothing overly impressive, but certainly nothing wrong with it. Not over-carbonated, which was pleasant.

D- Very Easy to drink, it goes down well. A good session beer.

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

Photo of Tlloyd417
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

This one's a clear, flecky, copper colored beer with delicate dissipating light tan head. It smells of bread, grain, toast, caramel, and faint esters. Lightly tart and sweet, almost lemony, and again, bread on the palate. A sweet or even dessert bread, in fact. Not much for hops, still very light bitter presence with linger and aftertaste. Medium, fine carbonation that doesn't diminish but goes down smooth, with crisp, refreshing finish. Overall, definitely reminiscent of an English brown, but a bit lighter in body.

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

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

From the bottle at Trinidad Eatery, Trinidad, CA on 06/01/16.

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

Clear dark amber or copper colored with one finger of head that had good retention. The head settles to a thin cap with just a light speckling of lace. I smell caramel from the malt and some grassy hops. A bit weak in the aroma department. In the flavor the malt gives a little bit of toasted quality that I did not pick up in the aroma. Otherwise caramel and slightly medicinal flavor from the hops. Pretty well balanced. The body is a little thin. Otherwise had nice carbonation. An easy enough beer to drink but lacks excitement so I rate just better than average.

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Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

This particular brew has a magnificent dark amber appearance, though little or no head. The amber has a mild, sweet aroma, nothing special. The taste was disappointing for me quite watery in both mouthfeel and taste. Somewhat sweet at first, hints of citrus and carmel then fades to an okay alcoholic taste. I was expecting a bit more from this beer- I do enjoy my amber ales. I will finish this bottle but will not go back for seconds.
I would recommend to a girl.

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

Clear copper color with a moderate tan head. Sweet malt dominates the aroma. Hints of light fruit and mild hops. Light sweet pale malt dominate the tip of the palate. Light floral hops bitterness sweeps in quickly behind. Toffee take back the court in in the finish and shares it with some berries. Overall an easy drinking brew.

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Photo of MFMB
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Pours a nice amber color with decent looking head that shrinks a little too quick, and little lacing to speak of. But it looks good otherwise. Smell is nice, a little grainy moving on toasted and nice and sweet. Taste is grainy and a bit of biscut to a very nice malty presense, sweet, and a balancing hop touch at the end. Good, full bodied beer and very enjoyable to drink.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a deep brown/copper color. Not a whole lot of lacing. Sweet, malty smell. Taste is very malty, sweet, with a nutty aftertaste. Not too incredibly complex. Smooth mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. This beer is pretty drinkable considering the ABV. A pretty tasty, average beer. Would be a fine choice for a session brew.

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

Light ruddy reddish-brown. Nice big puffy head of light khaki. Perfectly clear and chock full of minuscule bubbles.

In the nose: grainy. Light caramel malt, sourdough. Subtle piney hops. Strawberries.

In the taste: nice and sweet. Maybe some dark fruit? Bready cereal grains, balanced with a smidgen of hoppiness. As I let it warm, the malts show more presence.

Medium mouthfeel, bright carbonation.

Alaskan Amber has long been one of my go-to beers, and this tasting reveals why. Not overly exciting in any way, but affordable and solid for what it is.

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

Dark malty red appearance, with light haze for head. Smells strangely sweet, like artificial sweetener and honey mixed, notes of candy apple. Reminds me of a green beer not filled out by alcohol.

Taste is very much sweet, of apples, and refreshing. Lightly roasted notes and a sweet, honey aftertaste. Medium, full body. Reminded me of a lesser carbonated Bass, and very much like McEwan's overall. Fairly one-dimensional brew, sweet honey without any involvement of hops. Goes down fast, but I wonder if I'd get irked by the sweetness.

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

A - Pours an attractive copper color with a thin off white head that dissaptes rather quickly.

S - Sweet caramel malts dominate the nose, but there is a small hint of light spice as well.

T - Tastes of toasted biscuits, a nice grain characteristic, and light hops. Nicely caramalized malts are the backbone to this beer. A very nice balance between malts and hops.

M - Rather light bodied, but plenty of flavor

D - Very enjoyable and sessionable beer.

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Photo of Stinger80OH
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

A stubby 12 ounce bottle poured into a nonic Imperial pint glass. This altbier appears a clear deep amber color with about two fingers of dense light ecru foam. No lacing to mention. Nose and flavors are of medium toasted grains, caramel malts, grassy, slightly fragrant bitter hops. About medium bodied with adequate carbonation for the style. Worth checking out.

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Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co.
3.64 out of 5 based on 1,976 ratings.
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