Alaskan Amber | Alaskan Brewing Co.

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82
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1,955 Ratings
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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:
1,955
Reviews:
627
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
12.36%
 
 
Wants:
68
Gots:
425
For Trade:
0
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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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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of artoolemomo
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours up an okay amount of head which has pretty poor retention. The head is a very light beige/off-white while the body is a dark amber which looks medium amber in the light. Only a few spots of lacing are left behind.

Nose- Very bready with lots of malt character. Mostly brown bread with slightest hint of raisins. Good amount of caramel as well. Much more presence from the bottle than from the glass. Mild notes of citrus, mostly orange.

Taste- Very sweet with notes of orange, a little bit of raisins, a bit of candi sugar that moves into a wallop of grain. Bready but more simplistic (and not simplistic in a bad way, just in a more basic way). A little bit of woodiness- slight oak. A little thin on the finish with a minor hop presence- some pine and resin. No real linger as the finish is a tad bit dry. Appears to be a fairly good representation of the style. Above average as most malt forward beers don't do it for me unless they are high gravity. No real flaws and this seems like a solid standard for someone who likes this style.

Mouthfeel- Just a bit over light bodied. Light carbonation as well. Lacks structure.

Drinkability- Pretty easygoing. The malt bill is well rounded. Reasonable/normal price for your average craft beer.

Overall- Above average. Nothing amazing but also nothing that disappoints. I would give it a try.

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Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co.
3.64 out of 5 based on 1,955 ratings.
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