Alaskan Amber | Alaskan Brewing Co.

Alaskan AmberAlaskan Amber
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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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Ratings: 1,987 |  Reviews: 633
Photo of climax
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a deep amber?red with good clarity. Head was even and foamy with fair retention.

Smell was pretty sweet, not overly strong. Caramel, spices, and some banana esters about rounded it out.

Taste was like the nose, sweet caramel, banana, and just the faintest hint of hops.

The body was a too light, and somewhat watery. But I suppose a lighter body aids the ability to pound 'em. This has enough flavor and drinkability to be highly sessionable if you don't want to be challenged too much, excellent for a newbie.

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Photo of BradMacMullin
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Elliots in Seattle. Nice frozen glass. Outside of the glass, I was very underwhelmed. Copper appearance, no head, little lacing. I smelled...and smelled...nothing. A malty chemically type of taste. Went down well, more of a large consumer type of taste which is fine if I can get 30 of them for $20. I was expecting more, don't know why. Hate writing reviews like this, but this disappointed.

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Photo of megahurts4
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Alaskan Amber

Appearance: copper-red, small head, and some lacing.

Smell: malty grain goodness.

Taste: rich malts followed by a nice grainy hop.

Mouthfeel: light.

While this started off very flavorful, it weakened with each sip. It is slightly watery, but a good malty styled brew.

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Photo of HippieDave56
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of javlin624
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of irishgreensoda
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of Luiz0930
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of n00blar
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of zaraspook
3.27/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tuckerlikesbeer
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of northcoastwolf
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of BWED
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into willibecher.

A- Dark copper. Light tan head holds pretty well.

S- Sweet, caramel. No hop aroma.

T- Sweet caramel, yet again, with a bit of a grainy note as well. Malt bomb.

M- Medium body, and sweet. Easy and smooth.

O- This one is malty, easy, and smooth. Pretty good little drinker.

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Photo of a0lbudman
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-copper yet c;ear with off white head
S- heavy malt with a hint of hops
T-sweet malty taste with a slight bitter aftertaste that finishes with a carmel taste
M-moderate carbonation that made this beer smooth
O- after I finished this beer it felt like I had just eated a Rolo good beer

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Photo of marcpal
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A friend brought this back to me from travels knowing I like different beers, so thanks to Ed for this one.

22oz bottle poured into Nugget Nectar pint glass.
Altbier huh? Didn't expect that, looks like fun.
Bottle Graphics: 4/10.

A: Amber body, big surprise. Ok, maybe some orange with the sun shining on it. Big bulbous white head with ample bubbling and spiderweb lacing that only lasted seconds.

S: Fruity, citrusy, and grainy. Not overtly sweet but you recognize some malty presence. Hops aroma balanced with sweet honey notes makes for a nice bready scent.

T: Caramel malts with a bitter balance. Again, hops and honey. Close semblance of honey laden Irish soda bread with hoppy bitter flavor. Very nice and reminds me of Fat Tire strangely enough- has that same cereal quality.

M: Considerable carbonation, medium body, and bitter ending. A bit too spritzy for my taste but Im being picky.

D: Goes down very smoothly. Not much like the strong alt biers and amped up versions, so this was a nice touch. Great to pair with food, glad I gave it a try. I think I was just used to the Stickes, this is far different.

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Photo of Joel12
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of Harvest06
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pschul4
3.24/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a dark golden color with a 1/4" head tha sticks around for a few seconds before dissipating to a ring around the outside of the glass

S- Some off malt scents. Nothing else really. Not digging this too much

T- Luckily the taste is much better than the smell. Combination of a good malty pale ale and apple cider. This combination is pretty nice

M- Little too bubbly for the style it is supposed to be but it works well with the apple flavor.

O- Not something I'd spend money on (on purpose) but not something I'd drainpour either.

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

Photo of mamaraza
3.02/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of Desimoaj
4.24/5  rDev +16.5%

Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a stange glass.

Pours with a tobacco-orange body under a light tan head that rises fast and falls within a few minutes, forming a nice layer of the surface of the beer.

The nose is a bit muted, but what I detect consists of fruity sweet delicate notes paired with dry malts. I do not smell any hops per se, but the fruity notes might be from hops that have mellowed.

The "fruity" aroma in the nose carries over into the flavor and is the class act on the palate. Mellow hop bitterness shows up right away but instead of hop flavors, this fruity almost yeasty flavor takes center stage. This is followed by some toasty malts that continue to rise till they are the primary flavor in the moderately long aftertaste. Neither sweet nor dry, this beer is subtle and interesting.

The mouthfeel has a bit of prickly carbonation but is fairly soft overall, and feels a bit thin.

Conclusion: It is nice to see a larger brewery use a different style for their "amber" than the usual darker pale ale. Altbier isn't a common style in the US, so that fact alone makes this example stand out. Overall this is good, but it isn't fantastic.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.62/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I enjoyed this beer from the bottle at the Anchorage, Alaska airport.

Attractive iced-tea colored brew, clear with slight head. Aroma is nice and malty. Flavor is very well-balanced, some faint chocolate notes (actually they were stronger when drunk straight out of the bottle the day before while on Alaska Airlines) Very rich. Wonderfully rich and smooth mouthfeel, really this what sets this beer apart.

Don't know about the alcohol content, but it seems fairly strong.

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

A - Golden amber with a small cream colored head that fades quickly leaving little lacing.

S - lively malt with a touch of spices and honey.

Taste: Very sweet with a good balance of hops. A bit buttery.

M: Medium bodied with decent smoothness. Very average.

D - Very drinkable. However, my recommendation is to consume only a few since they are a bit heavy and amber.

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Photo of Jameswoody
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 44.6% out of 100 with 1,987 ratings
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