Alaskan Amber | Alaskan Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
82
good
1,965 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay
Read the review
Alaskan AmberAlaskan Amber
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States
alaskanbeer.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,965
Reviews:
628
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
12.36%
 
 
Wants:
67
Gots:
428
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,965 |  Reviews: 628
Photo of devlishdamsel
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of tuckerlikesbeer
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of jmccraney
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of ChaseTheAce
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Nizzle913
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of yankinwis
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of OldRedLion
4.85/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Alaskan Amber is a perennial favourite of mine. A smooth, copper colored ale; heavy on the malt with just enough hop to cleanse the palette from the sweetness. Definitely NOT a "lawnmower" beer, but mild enough to drink plenty in a session. This is another great choice for the milder fall and cooler winter sessions at the pub or in front of the fire at home. One issue I have had with this beer is an omnipresent flaw of the pub to want to serve it cold. This beer suffers greatly from a cold pour, as the floral complexities are completely lost. If you are tasting this beer for the first time, do yourself the favour of letting the bottle stand 5-10 minutes out of refrigeration before pouring, then pour slowly and with the glass tipped as you normally would. The head on this style beer should be low, as the carbonation should be as well. If you have a home draught beer system, set it no less than 45F and I recommend tapping into a pitcher and serving from there, as I have found that helps the head to seem creamier.

Alaskan Amber pairs well with hearty beef dishes, and I enjoy it with any dish which you might pair with a red wine. If I could find a fault with with this beer, it would be the flaw in most/all bottled offerings; that of metallic force carbonation. This is my default bottled beer favourite, as here in California, due to a great distribution network, we can often get it for less than $12/12 pack! Someone show me a better $1 ale!!!

This is a good choice for an American made amber ale without the overbearing hop profile which the west coast has imposed on the style. it compares well with British pale, ESB or German Alt beers in flavour and food pairing. If you have tried it in the past, and were "unimpresesed", try it again properly served. You'll be glad you did!!

 1,802 characters

Photo of NickThePyro
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of KTCamm
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours reddish brown with fast white foam. Quick dissolving. Bubbles active. Toffee forward nose, caramel. Light malt - watery. Feels kind of hollow, like some flavor profile is missing. Mild hop, little bite at the finish. Cloying. Had hoped for more.

 301 characters

Photo of rao2100
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of cliff1066
3.75/5  rDev +3%

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

Tasted in a pint glass from draft and 12 oz bottles. Look is clear bright amber with a thick light tan head and spotty lacing. Smell is biscuit malts and toasted grains. Taste is sweet malts, toasted grains with some bitter and spicy hop notes. Feel is light in body that is a little oily and finishes spicy and dry.

 320 characters

Photo of Pollock28
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Balz360
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of paulytasker
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Had this while on my Honeymoon at the "world famous" Red Dog Saloon in Juneau, Alaska.

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Medium/light shade of amber. Decent amount of carbonation going on. Half finger of creamy head blanketing top go's away pretty quick. Nice Lacing hanging around almost all the way to the end of the glass.

S- Little bit of grain, little bit of caramel. Not too much to write home about, but what does make it's way to the nose is pleasant none the less.

T/M- Malty, smoth and creamy. Malts are kept in check with the slightest touch of hops. Finishes rather clean.

O- I would have liked a little more complexity here but i'm not going to complain. A better than average lager that drinks easily. Although not mind blowing by any means, I can't find anything i truly dislike with this Amber and that suites me just fine.

 847 characters

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of TX-Badger
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Efay
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of gunther1205
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of brother_rat
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Sunshine
5/5  rDev +37.4%

Photo of Rave
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of OCdrummer7271
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

You had this beer. Write a review.

Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co.
3.64 out of 5 based on 1,965 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.