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

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, copper-bronze coloring, with a stead flow of carbonation feeding a low profile, clingy, foamy, off-white head. Aromas of sweet caramel, tangy toffee, subtle roasted notes, and a subtle hoppiness. Sticky sweet malt nose. Flavors are bright sweetness forward of caramel, toffee, and hints of brown sugar, all on a roasted, slightly charred backbone. Sugary sweet, with subtle hops bitterness at the very end to clean things up a bit. Smooth, light, and slightly oily slick in mouth, with a roasted caramel aftertaste. It's like liquid candy, really. The finish is smooth, slick, and quick, with only a subtle cloying linger. Classic Amber.

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

Enjoyed in a bottle at a salmon bake in Juneau, Alaska.

A typical Amber- clean and malty. Perhaps a bit subtle for an amber but easy to drink. Nothing exceptional about it.

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Photo of NateDyk47
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a single bottle, drank from a snifter.

Look: clear amber hue, an inch of white head dissipates into almost nothing after a couple minutes, light lacing
Smell: I can barely smell anything, but what's there is sweet and malty
Taste: sweet molasses, malt, faint caramel in the aftertaste
Feel: light-medium body, moderate amount of carbonation, very smooth and easy to drink

Overall: This is not the type of beer I usually go for, but this is pretty good. Not outstanding, but I might have it again if I see it on tap.

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Photo of Catena724
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

on tap into plastic 12 oz cup at Dockside Too Morro Bay CA
slightly sweet, mildly malty with a full mouth feel.
Paired well with fish tacos, and inspired me to find and pick up a 6 pack.
While still a pleasant beer, the bottled into a weizen style glass was a bit more mundane, a bit thinner in mouth feel, and more like a watered down Amber/Red Ale. Bottled 3.3 overall
Will not seek out when they start distributing in Ohio. But would have if on tap.

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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 Alpha309
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

Pours a nice rich amber color. Very clean. About a finger of foamy caramel head that slowly dissipates to a solid 1/8 inch thick layer.

Nose is very sweet with crackers and almost a dry pasta smell. Maybe a little bit of molasses smell as well.

A very sweet molasses flavor dominates, but cracker and bread are both very strong as well. A bit of a grass taste that barely shows.

Body is a little bit sticky, but overall feels good in the mouth.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Hermann's in Plymouth, Michigan.

"Meh" came to my mind and the others at the table who ordered this one. I wasn't expecting greatness ... truthfully, I was expecting just what I got. A decent beer. It's certainly nicely balanced, but there's nothing "wow" about it. The best part of Alaskan Amber is the sweet malt finish. This has some pretty nice drinkability, but that's about all it has going for it. In a world with so many great beers, this isn't one I'm likely to revisit.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Dull brown and grey pour, off white head, 1/6". Aroma was earthy, grey sky kind of vibe.

Taste was again that earthy, 15 ibu ride, toffee, tea, some bitterness that wasn't from the usual sources like hops. I guess if you wanted a malty sipper, this is good enough. I have the sweatshirt.

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Photo of heytheremrroboto
5/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Awesome perfectly balanced beer. Not to hoppy, nice body. Great with food. Wish there were more beers like this. Why do we have to go all the way to Alaska to find good beer? Not sure but they do a damn fine job.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A solid offering from Alaskan Brewing Co. Nothing fancy but sticks to the style well enough. Solid malt backbone but not overly sweet. A great beer for casual drinking.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a lovely amber with a small head, quickly dissipating. Malt comes through in the nose and mouth, with just a bit of hops to make it an Altbier. Enjoyable.

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Photo of BeerBobber
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A very nice looking amber beer with lots of streaming bubbles and a fluffy white head.

The smell was a nice touch of sweet roasted barley and malts.

The taste was a mix of sweet toffee and caramel notes with the carbonation providing a nice sizzle. Nothing noted as far as hops but this is a very low IBU beer coming at only 18 IBU's according to their website.

The mouth feel was a slightly medium mouth feel with that nice tickle of carbonation and a crisp clean finish.

This is a very nice and mild beer that was just a bit off for my palate. I felt the sweetness was just a bit over the top for me. Take note though that my wife enjoyed the beer a bit more than I did. So all of our tastes will be different. For a decent amber ale I find this one worth trying.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I'm sure you all have a beer that, no matter how it tastes, will always be connected to great memories. For me, Alaskan Amber falls into that category. When I finished the Chilkoot Trail in 1998, I picked up a six pack of this beer and drank two of them in the shower. It is a rich, malt-forward beer. It may lack complexity, but I really don't care. It's better than most macro lagers and it will always remind me of a great hike in a beautiful place.

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Photo of Gregaroo
3.09/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at SeaTac Airport on our way to LAX after Seahawks/49ers game. Served in a pint glass and, true to its name, was Amber in color with just a bit of foam. OK amber ale and the best option on tap.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a somewhat dark brown/red, two finger white foamy head, decent amount of lacing.
The smell had a malty somewhat nutty aroma, sweet yet a deep bready maltiness in the taste. It was smooth over the palate, about a light to medium in body. It's a good altbier that I would have again, preferably with food.

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A moderate pour from the stubby bottle into a schooner glass produces a short, creamy white head that lingers fairly well. The beer is a clear, fairly pale amber color with moderate carbonation.

I don't detect much of an aroma except perhaps just a hint of a mild caramel note. The flavor is smooth, with caramel notes and a slight fruitiness, with a hint of nuttiness and some minerally sweetness. The mouthfeel is fairly creamy but with a slight spritz on the tongue.

This beer is light enough to enjoy in balmy weather and is a nice early autumn brew.

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Photo of Catracho5
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a mahogany color with lots of carbonation streaming off the bottom, beer is clear with a vanilla colored creamy head, got some minor lacing, looks a little thin.

A: Toffee and caramel, roasted nuttiness, roasted malts, hint of sweetness at the end, no alcohol on the nose.

T: Roasted nuttiness, caramel and toffee, slight bready notes, finishes with a hint of spice and clove, very smooth and drinkable.

M: Light bodied, semi-dry finish.

O: First impression is that this is very smooth and easy drinking, flavors and aromas are a little subdued, nothing really stands out with this beer, a middle of the road beer.

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Photo of heyheymdn
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

It's a solid beer, but nothing special. Reminds me a lot of fat tire. Big beer taste with a craft name. Don't go out of your way for one, but if it's there, drink one or two!!!

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Red-amber, mostly clear with slight haze, quick fading head, nice-looking brew. Mild sweet bready aroma. Best way to describe the taste is buttery. Sweet and nutty and buttery, very tasty brew. Low carbonation, goes down easy. Overall one of the better ambers I've had.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.16/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've never reviewed this? Whoah, who am I fooling, haha. Anyways, this was poured into a polkal for review. Though I've had this numerous times in pint glasses.
The appearance was a gentle hazy amber color with a nice transparency about it. Carbonation runs up to fill a quickly dissipating one finger white foamy head. Lacing is clingy but also slides after a while.
The smell starts off with rich sweet nutty malts with a sweet German yeast allowing light bready tones moving in and around the aroma really nice, slight butteriness but not diacetyl. It's buttery due to the yeast, so it's good.
The taste was mainly sweet with the nutty maltiness running into the bready to buttery depth of the beer. Light lingering nutty/buttery bready aftertaste slyly moves into the finish.
The mouthefeel is nice and light bodied, makes for a nice session. Carbonation feels somewhat low. That's okay to me because it's just more of a session than other altbiers.
Overall, it's an altbier, and to see hopheads slam this beer just shows their ignorance to the style. Of course, this is a wonderful take by an American brewer. It's exceptional with its respected food (bratwurst anyone?) and also goes well in beer bread.

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Photo of onklsven75
4.61/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a great everyday beer, especially on a hot summer day. Very smooth and easy to drink, it's hard not to finish the six pack in one sitting :-).

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Photo of Kennykarp
4.94/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ordered on draft at an airport while waiting for my flight. This is banana bread in beer form. Pours with a small head that leaves very little lacing. Has a translucent amber coloring. Tastes nutty and sweet with a little banana flavor. I'm hooked. Hopefully I can get some back home!

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Photo of KingisLegend
4.39/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

In my top 5 of favorite beers, A great go to beer after work or if you just want to knock a few back. The taste is great and it goes down smooth with a good after taste.

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Photo of OrtheusMaximusRex
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A good looking beer, nice medium amber color - not the deepest amber of the alts, say, like Ayinger, but nice. A thin head that dissipates. Not too carbonated. One of the truer alt-style domestics (compared to German alts) out there, maybe very similar to Prost Amber alto (Denver, CO).
A = 4.5
S = 3.75 - its an alt, there is some sweet fruity aroma but its not a hop-bomb
T = 4 - sweet and malty, low hops, a small amount of alcohol if warmed to room temp
M = medium bodied, smooth, easy drinking, not too much carbonation
O - 4.25 - for the style (Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel = 4.75)

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Photo of ordybill
4.34/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the tap. This beer has a very nice malt and yeast aroma. The beer has a nice dark brown color with a small off-white head. The flavor is malt, nuts and some hops, pretty good. Overall, a solid beer that I would drink again.

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Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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