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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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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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%

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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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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12-oz. bottle into a pint glass at my house on Sept. 21, 2012 (purchased at a 7/11 in Mission Gorge (San Diego, Calif.) for a 6-pack price of $8.49 on Sept. 21, 2012). Less than a finger of head, that dissipated right away. Dark amber with off-white head. Bad retention all-around.

Smelled caramel, dark fruits, cherry, plum and nuts.

Tasted similar to the nose. Got malts, plum, dark fruits, caramel, light toffee, honey and nuts.

Medium body. Oily texture. Below-average carbonation. Slightly bitter finish.

Pretty much the definition of an average amber for me.

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5/5  rDev +37.4%

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3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on my Alaskan airline flight on the way home to Seattle on 9.18.12.

A -Served a dark reddish amber with a smaller light tan head. Good retention and lacing left on the glass.

S - Sweeter malts, bready, and some subtle hop resin.

T - Just like the nose, but much more distinct.

D - Good carbonation, and a medium, slightly bitter body.

O - The best of what was offered. Solid tasting Amber.

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Ford
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Flying Saucer Houston.

My wife picked this up after speaking with the waitress. She ended up getting two pints of it. I was able to drink most of the second pint.

Really easy to drink. Low alcohol content. Absolutely no bitterness. A very smooth, great tasting beer in my opinion.

I'm going to pick up a six pack soon to have some in a bottle around the house. A really good beer.

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

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3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark amber. Thin head, little in the way of lacings.

Aroma is pretty lacking, light caramel.

Clean up front. Gives way to subtle caramel sweetness before rounding out to something a touch heavier. Soft, but sweet finish.

Light bodied, nice carbonation.

Nice session beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from the bottle into a becker glass

A- Poured a very clear amber color with streaming carbonation, a small soapy head that dissipated quickly and left no lace

S- Lots of fruitiness, toffee, grains, and a rich malt character

T- Very rich and sweet toasted malt character similar to that of a Marzen, biscuit notes, bready, and a nice toffee flavor

M- Smooth and medium bodied, lots of prickly carbonation, and a dry finish

O- A very good malt forward beer with a nice richness to it.

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Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 2,030 ratings