Alaskan Amber | Alaskan Brewing Co.

Alaskan AmberAlaskan Amber
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3.64 w/ 1,985 ratings
Alaskan AmberAlaskan Amber

Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States

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

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Ratings: 1,985 |  Reviews: 633
Photo of SebastianMandeville
3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SpecialK088
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Pour 24 New York New York in Vegas

A-Typical amber nothing outstanding here but nothing wrong eaither

S-Hops with a mild fruit sweetness,grape or bannana.

T-Light and crisp very clean tasing brew, small nots of sweet malt and the above meantioned fruit.

M-Although a tad over carbonated it saves itself by not being overbearing in any one place, be it the sweetness or the bitterness, body is meduim.

D-Very easy to drink but nothing sticking out on this one that sets itself apart to by it over something else

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Photo of MAB
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not too bad a beer.

Looks like an average ale would. A nice red color, as I would have expected. Smells slightly yeasty (in a good way). Tastes a bit yeasty but malt overtakes that flavor. A bit watery, I found.

Have a "Yukon Red" from Yukon Brewing Company, if you can find one, instead. There's a "real" amber ale for ya.

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Photo of zander4dawin
3.37/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Altbier are hard to come by in Texas (ironic considering the heavy German infulences) so I was thrilled to try what is probably the most well known one in America. Alaskan Amber is a juicy amber colored beer with nice drinkability. Light fruit notes like fig and raisin are present. Lightly carbonated and very mellow. A pretty good flagship session beer. Overall it was a beer I enjoyed.

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Photo of trappistlover
2.98/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(12oz bottle). Pours a clear amber color with off-white head and moderate carbonation. No lacing on this. Aroma of caramel, cherries (?), roasted nuts. Taste is sweet malt with a bit of hop bittering on the end. Medium bodied with an oily texture. Fizzy on the tongue. An Ok beer, but I would not search this out.

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Photo of GreatBloomer
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of hiikeeba
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have to say up front, I am not a big fan of Ambers

A - Pours up crystal clear amber with a white head that dissipates slowly.

S - caramel malt and hops in the aroma. Yup. it's an Amber.

T - Caramel malt sweetness starts, and finishes with a slight hop bitterness. Leaves a lingering sweetness in the finish. One of the better ambers.

M - Feels a little thin

D - A nice, drinkable beer.

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Photo of irishevans
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Liverpool08
3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice amber color with a small thin head. Aroma is malty with a hint of caramel. But the aroma is nothing special. Taste is the same, some malts and caramel, lightly sweet. But again this not anything more then your average amber. Its certainly easy to drink, and would pair well with bbq or burgers etc. Just nothing you need to chase down.

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Photo of mrjmann
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Dello
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of Noooddle
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DESTRO
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this came in an odd but attractive tulip like glass (16oz). a dark copper with minimal head (maybe due to the pour). nice lacing. the aromas were light, malty and a hint of fruitiness. once in the mouth it is enjoyable. nothing more nothing less. some nutty malt here, a light toasted character there, but all in all pretty tame. some herbal notes as well. crisp in the mouth and fullbodied, it is very drinkable, theres just better ambers/alts out there.

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Photo of MouthfulOfchris
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a dark amber color with deep copper hints. The head is off-white and medium thickness when first poured. It soon dissipates to a thin covering with poor retention.

S- Caramel malts dominate everything though there are some light fruit like aromas and a light grassy hops finish.

T- The taste is a little sweet up front with flavors of caramel, fruit, and grain. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. There's a mild hops presence that brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M- Smooth and crisp with medium body and clean finish though a little heavy on the carbonation for my liking.

D- A tasty beer that goes down very easily and is a solid good representation of style. This is a nice solid beer with a good amount of substance that makes it worth at least a try.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours copper like a penny, super clear brew, nice three fingers of fluff from my furious pourWhiffs of delicate yeast, and mellow malts, cocoa, roasty, make up the entire nose. Very mild flavor, just german-like maltiness, some wheat crackers, pretzel and a little grain sweetness in the back. Light/medio body, and simple carbonation puts this in the category "comfortable to chug".

Very simple, sessionable.

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Photo of NodakEric
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of miffsudd
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of rkhaze
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear copper/amber with a medium sized creamy off white head. Noticeable carbonation bubbles. Smells of lightly roasted malt, caramel, spices and perhaps a bit of chocolate. There was also a mild citric smell(yeast?) and a whisper of smoke.
Tastes of sweet malt, dark caramel and spice. Finishes quick and dry with a pleasant hop bitterness.
Medium bodied with a light mouthfeel due to the tingly carbonation.
Good drinkability.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dang, what a good beer. Drinkability is amazing with this beer, it just goes down like nothing! Appearance is red like an amber beer should be. The smell is slightly malty, slightly sweet, with a subtle hop note in the back. Once you take a taste the hops are a little more present, still nothing overpowering by any means. Just a very easy drinking beer, with a nice balance of hops and malts. I will be getting this one again.

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Photo of sethmcconkey
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Spaz7
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Hunter
3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Heard so much about this brewery for more than a year, and finally its ales have arrived in the desert Southwest.

Amber pours a deep coppery-orange color, clear with little carbonation. Atop is a quickly fading tan head. No lacing effects.

Aroma is sharp hops and light malt. Grassy and light.

Hops are more subdued in the mouth. Sweet malt and hops are your primary flavors. Similar to a Fat Tire but the hops are more noticeable.

Thin mouthfeel and a dry, crisp aftertaste.

I know the porter is the ale from these guys that everyone raves about, but I figured I'd start with a basic ale. This is not bad, certainly drinkable. smooth and mellow, but not much to distinguish it from others of similar style.

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Photo of Peaches13
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jeff96gt
3.32/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of malprep
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 44.6% out of 100 with 1,985 ratings
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