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 damndirtyape
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, best before 12/14/16, served in a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Mostly clear coppery-amber. Thin off-white head. Some thick strands of persistent lacing noted.

Smell: Not a lot of aroma. A bit of toasted malt.

Taste: A bit sweet. Toasted malt, some fruity esters (berry, currants), a mild bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Brisk carbonation. Not fizzy, but quite notable and scrubbing of the tongue. A little bit chewy.

Overall / Drinkability: A very nice malt forward beer. I can only have one by itself but I think this would pair really well with a wide range of food.

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Photo of brewmasterapprentice
4.19/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice Amber color with a light froth that quickly dissipates. Has a slight malty smell to go with the lightly malted taste which sticks adamantly on the palate. One of my favorite beers as it's good on any occasion

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color with a thin foamy head. Head retention is mild. Lacing is decent. Aroma is somewhat bready, heavy on the toffee and somewhat spicy and sweet. Taste is more watered down. Bready with some toffee at the end. A little bit of a spicy hop. Light bodied with moderate to heavy carbonation.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An enjoyable American rendition of the alt derived from a pre-Prohibition recipe. Interesting.
Malty in the nose, caramel malts in the taste and dry in the finish. A balanced interpretation of the style, but finished a bit bitter for me.
Fortunately, the bitter dissipated with the drier cheeses for appetizer.

Listed in the "1001", I ended my three year search finding this while visiting Madison Wisconsin (indicating further that distribution can be hard to understand... particularly since this has almost as many ratings as Alaskan's world-famous Smoked Porter widely found in Chicagoland.)
MJ's 1999 "Guide" gave Amber only 2 of 4 stars, but said it was "remarkably smooth, malty." Agreed. He said good things about Alaskan that "it makes a variety of excellent beers."
So, why do I have to go to Wisconsin to find the others?

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle best by 10-29-16. DFH tulip.

A: pours a dark and pretty clear copper red with 1 finger khaki head and a little slow, small bubble carbonation visible. Retained a good little cap for a while, but not much lacing to speak of.

S: beery. Sweet bready and toasty malt, a little clean floral hoppiness, some faint citrus, some faint sourdough.

T: arrives malty, toasty, and slightly sweet. Breadiness expands across mid palate into a wide, smooth, sweet and slightly sour mid palate. Toastiness lingers with a solid but mild clean hop finish. As ambers go this is barely on the right side of too sweet.

M: where this amber really shines is in how clean it is. Many ambers get too slick and cloying, this one isn't. Lighter end of mid weight, slightly slick, moderate to light carbonation.

O: this is a really good amber ale. For one who likes malty beers, this is a real winner. Would go great with food, and certainly good for bringing to a party. Could be hard to drink more than a couple, though. I think I like Bell's and Eliot Ness better, but this might be my #3 Amber.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Available now in Ohio! This nice amber pours from the growler in a snifter
with a nice clear amber color with a subtle head of dissipating foam that
settles to a thin ring and light lacing. Nose of light floral notes, light honey
touched biscuits, and subtle grain notes. Flavors exceed the nose by presence
of subtle chocolate and biscuit notes with light amber malts and subtle floral hop
notes on the rear. Very nice mouth feel, crisp, clean, and lightly sweet on the aftertaste.
An excellent brew I am glad to have tried.

HOPING to go to the Friday tasting in order to hopefully get a taste of the once famed
porter that garnered such high praise about 15 years ago in the beer magazines.


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Photo of _drummer_
4.19/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Good beer. Brownish-red color, low carbonation - almost no foam head on mine when poured into a glass, but not flat at all when drinking it. Malty flavor, smooth aftertaste. Refreshing beer. I recommend picking one up if you have a chance.

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Photo of VooVoo
4.83/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is my favorite beer by far. A couple years ago my wife had the opportunity to get a private tour of the brewery in Juno. Amazing!! A friend of ours son was one of the Brewmaster and did us a favor and showed us around.

The place was a lot smaller then I thought it would be considering the amount they produce. Very clean and looked to be well organized.

During the tour we were able to taste some of the other beer they were brewing. I liked them all but their Amber is still my favorite. I'm more into a heavier beer without overloading the taste buds.

Hopefully it will get some more reviews and spread out more.

Thanks again.

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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 Red5StandingBy
3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz short bottle into Stange. Best by May 13th 2017.

L: Typical Amber color, finger width light tan head with decent retention. Some stick to the glass.

S: Lots of malt character, rich toffee, hint of molasses, esters. Mouthwatering.

T: Toffee flavors off the bat, nice and sweet, very clean.

F: Medium body, very crisp, clean finish.

O: An excellent beer IMO. Really tasty brew.

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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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Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co.
3.64 out of 5 based on 1,939 ratings.
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