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 BanrionMAB
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Momar42 for the bottle! 12 oz poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a tawny copper color with good clarity, but quite a few yeast particles. The head is a one finger light mocha shade with decent enough retention.

S: Very caramel forward, almost to the point where it seemingly comes across as being chocolaty. Underneath the maltiness lies some fruity esters. A likable aroma, but not an amazing one.

T: Again, it's quite malty, with an almost chocolaty flavor profile at times. The caramel/chocolate maltiness gives way to a very plummy finish. Spots of milky lactose appear at times. It's not really complex, but it's surprisingly savorable for something that's so seemingly middle-of-the-road.

M: Not as drinkable as I'd like from a lower gravity selection - but on the opposite side of the coin, it's quite decadent feeling considering how 'small' it is. In layman's terms, it has a fairly heavy body. The carbonation is quite low for the style, which is honestly kind of refreshing in my mind.

O: I hear that this can be found in quite a few supermarkets in the West. All that does is make me wish I could find this in any ordinary gas station liquor store - I'd sure as shit pick this up over Fat Tire any day of the week.

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Photo of tastymug
3/5  rDev -17.6%

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4.01/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of biegaman
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Altbiers' rich flavour is often attributed to a longer, colder fermentation period (lagering) but their deep, polished amber colour is result of nothing more than high-kilned malts (though clarity is admittedly the result of extended cold conditioning). Man, this beer is super handsome - it's the George Clooney of ambers (albeit without the great set of hair, it's bald atop).

The aroma, on the other hand, won't quite make anyone scream or faint, though this style boasts very few examples that could. Judging by colour and flavour it's obvious that a good amount of tasty malts were utilized so I'm at a loss as to why this doesn't have a little more aromatics. Surprisingly neutral, it takes a bit of swirling before opening up at all. Graininess dominates although a subtle sweetness is detected.

The best altbiers, like the best of every German lager style in existence, are characterized by an ultra-rich maltiness; Alaskan Amber may be a tax bracket or two beneath them. While it has a smooth, subtly sweet malt character with hints of toffee-nut brittle and tea biscuits, it doesn't offer the same degree of lip-licking gratification. As for quaffability, this is nonetheless a clean, quenching lager and as such is hard not to enjoy.

For something with this much caramelly colour, it is fairly bitter. While there's no tangible hop flavour and the beer weighs in at only 18 IBUs, bitterness can't seem to wait to find its way to the end of a sip; any malty remnants are quickly tossed out. The finish concludes with an abruptness akin to a theater flipping bright lights on before the credits even have a chance to start rolling (and then speeds them up once they do). Why so hasty?

The process necessary to make Alaskan Amber is part of the iceberg that people don’t see. A beer like this requires better ingredients, more patience, and a closer attention to detail. That being said, all those expenses don't exactly add up to a more unique (nor impressive) offering. Alaskan Amber is an altibier I was quick to drink, but won't be quick to drink again.

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of vcoggins
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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2.25/5  rDev -38.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of TheStashRide
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of Mosstrooper
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into Guinness branded tulip-style pint glass.

Appearance: Clear amber color with a small, quickly dissipating orange-ish head that leaves behind only a hint of lace.

Smell: Sweet caramel and citrus backed up by biscuit.

Taste: Begins with biscuity flavor that rounds out to sweet caramel, plum, apple. Finishes with just enough hop flavor to reveal some citrus and balance out the malt flavors with slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with balanced carbonation and a sticky finish in the throat.

Overall: A good beer that6 could make for excellent sessioning. Definitely worth a try!

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Photo of drinkAK
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of BT_Bobandy
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of zbooks
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Prestonlegal
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of menkros
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours amber with a 1 finger head that quickly dissipates. Little carbonation. Smells of light peach. Taste is smooth and easy going down. This is their flagship beer and to be honest, I’ve never been much of a fan. I’m going to skip the formalities since just about everyone has had it. I can never get much head on it like they have in the picture, but I’m guessing that was poured on tap. It’s too sweet for my liking, so in that way I think it’s more of an Amber than and Alt, but it definitely has some Alt characteristics. Alaskan brews a few great beers, but this isn’t one of them.

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of jimmah120
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, no date.

Look is brownish-amber, small head. Smell is sweet malts, dried apricots, and horse manure(!?). Taste is some roasty pale malts, freshly baked bread, tilled earth, dried apricots, hint of licorice and peppermint. Mostly though, it's bready barnyard malts/grain.

This is a different tasting beer, glad I tried it. That being said, I probably won't pick it up again.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a clean looking brownish red color. The head on top was cream colored and soapy looking. The smell of the beer is basically all malt, not much in the way of hop aromas. The aromas of some grains and toast come through with some caramel also. The taste of the beer was sweet with a dull earthy bitterness in the finish. The caramel and toast notes balance out pretty well. The mouthfeel of the beer was drinkable, decent carbonation and medium bodied. Overall it's not a bad brew, happy I finally tried it.

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Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co.
3.64 out of 5 based on 1,949 ratings.
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