Alaskan Amber | Alaskan Brewing Co.

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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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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Southernbrew
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a healthy amber with some copper hues.

Good sized, bubbly head. I can hear the carbonation popping.

Aroma is mostly malt with a bit of sweetness and dark fruits.

Medium body, reasonably smooth. Hefty malt presence, some weak sweetness shines through as does a weak bread flavor. Light bitterness shows up in the end and leaves a weak sweet-bready aftertaste.

My first experience with the style, not especially exciting, but it sure is easy drinking. I could put a few away no problem.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.2/5  rDev -12.1%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.29/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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2.93/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I don't know what everyone else seems to be tasting when they state that this beer has "aggressive hops". This is a traditional Alt style beer and has much in common flavor wise with a German Pils or Czech Lager. The color is medium copper with a thin head that quickly dissipates to an average lace. The nose is faint but appealing with notes of apple and a slight hint of spice, maybe cinnamon. The palate is all lager as far as I am concerned. (Remember Altbier was made before Lager and despite being top fermented, they share much in common with Lagers are far as flavors). The traditional Lager character, that kind of old bubble gum flavor is present but it nudges out any other discernable flavors. The texture is light and doesn't suit the beer all that much. It is very smooth and drinkable though I could probably only top off two since it is rather boring. Better than mass production American lagers and pilsners but lacking any real identity.

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.21/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, light cola color with ruby highlights. Nice creamy 3/4" eggnog coloured head that gets bumpy and shows a good deal of retention.

S: Pale malt, and layered caramel malt are evident, with a nice fruitiness throughout.

T: Nice light biscuity malt, mild caramel, sweet fruity flavours, apple, peach. Delicate sweet citrus from the hops, and smooth "crunchy" finish. Becomes increasingly bready as it warms...

M:Medium bodied with medium-to high carbonation. A little more substantial body would be appreciated. Overall though, it is well done for the style.

D: This is a very enjoyable and drinkable beer, well worthy of the designation "sessionable."
Expecting an American amber, I was a little surprised at the subdued bitterness and rich malty/fruity character. Checking BA, the Altbier description seems well placed. Best had around 55-60 degrees, as that's when the great character of this beer seems to peek out.

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3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

As the name implies, this beer pours a nice amber color. The head is off white. The nose is malty, in a pleasing way. The taste is actually more hop forward than I would expect. Some sweetness. Some malt. Rather full bodied beer. Delicious as always.

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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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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

A - From a 22oz bomber it pours 2 fingers thick tan head that lingers for a good while, but only leaves a small amount of lacing. It is clear and amber in color.

S - A sweet malty aroma with traces of fruit.

M - A light-medium bodied beer. Has a creamy, richer feel to it.

T - Begins with a biscuity malt, followed by some sweeter caramel malts. The hops just barely shine through at the end and then disappear, leaving little bitterness.

A pretty decent brew, that is easy to drink. There's nothing too complex going on, but it makes for a great session beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co.
3.64 out of 5 based on 1,956 ratings.
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