Alaskan Amber | Alaskan Brewing Co.

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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:
1,970
Reviews:
629
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
12.36%
 
 
Wants:
67
Gots:
429
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear deep amber in color, with a large, somewhat coarse off-white head, which retains well. The carbonation is moderate and slow-rising, the lacing is scattered and patchy.

Aroma: Profound aroma of toasted brown bread and caramel, and a mild spicy hop character.

Taste: Opens with robust dark malt flavors, soon followed by lesser flavors of caramel and molasses. Toasted malt flavors dominate throughout the taste, with the caramel and molasses flavors contributing a mild sweetness. Finishes with a lingering, mild and slightly spicy hop flavor and lingering toasted grain flavors.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, pleasant, and full.

Drinkability/notes: Really excellent and very drinkable, a very nice example of the style. Considering the typical price ($6.99 to $8.49 for a six-pack) in my area, Texas, Alaskan Amber seems a bargain.

Presentation: Packaged in a short twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a pry-off crown, served n a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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

Alaska Amber
Amber red, small head settles, creamy appearance.
Tastes smooth and the malt flavor is sweet and nice.
Feels slick and smooth.
Went great with the salmon bake in Juneau where I tried this. Lucky to have that experience. Lacks complexity or a large character, but certainly one to try and to enjoy.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of anarchia
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark copper with good clarity, super dense head with good retention, white & fluffy. Aroma is caramel and bananas, makes me think of a Dunkelweizen. Caramel / Toffee flavors with a lingering sweetness on the finish. Much sweeter with more yeast character than other alts I've sampled, which I assume were more of the Dusseldorf style. Strong malt character but just too sweet for me.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of falloutsnow
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From: Woodman's, Kenosha, WI
Date: Best by 2014-01-03
Glass: Ayinger willi glass

Alaskan's amber lager is a solid version of the Munster-alt style: more malt forward and less hop usage than the Dusseldorf varieties. Not overhopped, overhyped, or barrel aged, this is an satisfyingly malty beer for the cooler months of the year.

Pours a 1cm tall head of light beige-colored foam, made up of small to medium-sized bubbles, giving a slightly frothy and sponge-like appearance. Retention is about average, the foam lasting one minute in a fairly quick decline to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass. Lacing is minimal, a few dots cling to the sides of the glass. Body is a dark amber-brown-orange color, with light bringing out golden orange hues. Carbnation is visible through the transparent body, few in number and sparse in movement.

Aroma of light caramel and chocolate with a background of biscuit-like malts. Really an impressive achievement of malt aromatics, while moderate in intensity, this is a pleasure to take in. If I could brew something this delicately nuanced, yet assertive, I would be quite pleased.

Front of palate tastes light to moderate caramel-like sugary sweetness, with light minerals and extremely subtle woodsy hops. Mid-palate of medium-dark caramel sweetness with hints of sweetened milk chocolate and toasted bread crusts and marshmallow. Back of palate experiences slighty woodsy and herbal hops with hints of dried leaves, light caramel and moderately toasted bread. Aftertaste of fairly rich caramel, toasted bread crusts, and light, fairly sweet, milk chocolate.

Beer is medium-bodied, with medium-low to low carbonation levels, leading to a beer that has a smooth (3/5) and slightly foamy (2/5) mouthfeel. Closes dry, with moderate stickiness coating the lips and palate.

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2.25/5  rDev -38.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Redneckwine
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bomber into chalice, cold out of fridge.

Appearance - Dark amber, crystal clear. Not much head going on here, 1 finger head dissipates quickly into only a slight foam cap, not much lacing. Poured rather gently, too.

Smell - Caramely sweet malts, bread crust, feint orange and citrus.

Taste/MF - Super mellow carbonation, very smooth but could use more carb. Taste is more caramel bready malt playing nice with feint hop citrus, mostly orange. Taste follows nose, basically. Between light and medium body. Taste lingers for a minute with mild bitterness, semi-dry finish.

Overall - This is a very easy beer to enjoy, nothing is offputing, but nothing stands out either. Good balance, but I'd say definitely malt forward. I wish the CO2 was adjusted upwards a bit.

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Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co.
3.64 out of 5 based on 1,970 ratings.
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