Alaskan Amber | Alaskan Brewing Co.

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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
Ranking:
#37,580
Reviews:
645
Ratings:
2,048
pDev:
12.36%
Bros Score:
3.4
 
 
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Photo of Hopsohard
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lingenbrau
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

American Amber, or Alt? Well, it says "Alt Style Ale" right there on the label, so I guess to review it as such...

This pours a beautiful and crystal clear copper orange, reminiscent of grandpa's Scotch. Neat, of course. The lowsy off white head retreats almost immediately, and leaves a thin bubbly ring as a coastline with some tiny patchy islands floating around the surface.

Light caramel and cinnamon sticks, perhaps a little clove like spice hit first. You have to search for it, but a white bread toast comes out from below.

The spices take back stage on the flavor. This one really does showcase the caramel and bready sweetness. Before long, that cinnamon shows up just before a spicy hop finish.

It feel cleansing. Bubbly crisp, but not too light bodied, with a toasty sweet profile. The spiciness gives it a bit if a tingling sensation, possibly due to the sharp carbonation.

Personally, Alaskan Amber is kind of a classic. It's well made, pretty tasty, and easy to drink. I can see the "Alt" suggestion, but in my opinion, this is much more of an American Amber Ale. Cheers.

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Photo of bkdayton01
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of leantom
3.99/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hey, not a bad offering. Probably won't get again, but this is only because of the better offerings in the Chicago area. Here goes:

A: Dark red. Pours a small, white head that leaves no lacing. A lot of body carbonation as well - so much, in fact, that the beer looks quite spritzy.

S: Best thing about the beer. Baker's yeast and cereal grains with caramel and other lightly-kilned amber malts. The baker's yeast and cereal grains are rather overpowering, however, although the caramel does make its presence known.

T: Follows the nose. A little too grainy for my liking, but it's not a bad beer. Very sweet owing to the caramel malt. Certainly very drinkable, if anything.

F: Solid.

O: A good offering, but, again, I probably won't get it again owing to Chicago's better offerings.

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Photo of j0hnc2468
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blah avg beer

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Photo of bv51
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beermeister2112
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lugged this bad boy in to the house in a 5-gallon corny keg simply perfection anytime anywhere

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Photo of SkwimJim
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Disappointing. Sweet, not sufficiently hopped to balance malt. Flavors subdued. Watery. Too many good beers at this price point.

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Photo of porters4life
3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Michelleroo
4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Caramelly. Yummy.

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

Photo of donnelly51106
4.75/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Tshane
4.61/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I don't know anything about alt beer style. I do know this beer is mellow, slightly sweet with a slight hops, especially on the aftertaste/finish, to balance out the sweetness. It's not molassesy like as heavier beers (such as Founders Backwoods Bastard or Dragon's Milk), but rather a light sweetness. Think of the difference between molasses and light corn syrup.

It is an excellent alternative to lawnmower beer, but also satisfies as a craft ale with flavor and character. Of course it's wonderful after mowing the lawn. Or as a lighter alternative if you don't want a roasty porter, an imperial stout or a stunning eisbock like Aventinus (which tops my all-time favorite beers, but very high alcohol).

Not being a high hops lover, this beer is perfect for me on a daily basis. It is not too heavy, not too light, and only one and a half times as much alcohol as a typical lawnmower beer. (5.3% vs. typically 3.2%).

Session beer? Definitely. Well-crafted? Yes.

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Photo of G-R-Fracassa
3.29/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gboley
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nvrmind16
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very refreshing amber beer. Not too sweet.

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Photo of Foxman27
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Half-full
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tonyf315
4.26/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Richie_C_Johnson
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of firkingroovin
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Fading2black
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is not the type of beer I would get out a glass and show how fancy the color, head, lacing, etc. are. It is a rather simple beer, but where it shines is as an alternative to mainstream, mega-refinery brews. Great beer for outdoors, watching TV, sitting in the backyard, sharing with friends, or whatever. It is great on its own, or could be paired with just about any food and would fit right in. (From personal experience, this includes just about any flavor of Oreo cookie). Essentially, it is a "basic" beer, but one that is much better than anything that usually comes in a can at the grocery store. Don't buy it if you want something to analyze and philosophize about, but rather buy it if you want an everyday beer that is superior to the "regular" beers. Also, (superficial, I know,) the squatty bottles are a refreshing change from typical bottles. And it comes from Alaska - that's kind of cool, right?!

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Photo of HabaJohn
4.09/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Egon0044
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 2,048 ratings