Alaskan Brewing Co.

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German Altbier
Ranked #123
Ranked #39,833
3.65 | pDev: 12.33%
Alaskan Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States
Notes: Richly malty and long on the palate, with just enough hop backing to make this beautiful amber colored "alt" style beer notably well balanced.
Reviews: 680 | Ratings: 2,169
Photo of Brennan27
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful amber red color. Smell is a little odd, almost smells like copper?
I can taste caramel, nuts, a little biscuity. Ends on the sweeter side, which is enjoyable as a change up from hop heavy beers. Very balanced flavors. Moderate thickness in mouthfeel yet still awesome on a hot day.
Been one of my go to's for a few years!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BEST BY: 082918.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, dark amber-toned body with a diminishing, white head.

Smell: A sweet-smelling nose of cold toast, grains and apple candy as well as some supporting, smaller accents of spice, nut shells.

Taste: Malty, fruity fare with toasted nuts, breadcrusts and grains rounded by a toffee-brown sugar-like sweetness. Strong apple note. Gently spicy, lightly floral hops with a reserved bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Lightly carbonated.

Overall: A sweetish, malty one, though it's not problematically cloying. I haven't crossed paths with this one in many, many years.

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Photo of jadpsu
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had this in Seaside, OR at Big Foot Steakhouse.
Came as a draft, amber color with a head that quickly disappeared leaving minimal side glass lace.

AROMA: Some weak sweet malts with hints of caramel and molasses. Nothing else

Taste: Like the smell and again on the weak side.

Feel: thin body with some lively carbonation. An easy drinker.
Overall: Mediocre, nothing offensive but very average.

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Photo of smcolw
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a mildly dirty copper brown. Crystal clear. Nice lasting, rocky head. Some minor streaks on the glass.

Sugary aroma of powdered malt, some alcohol.

Strong "Amber" flavors of toasted malt, sweet caramel and light alcohol. Nearly no hop. Lots of carbonation but the body is richer than most in this style. Lingering toasted bread sweetness.

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Photo of Suds
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can’t believe that this is the first time that I’ve had this brew. It is a clear, amber colored liquid with a thick, dense off-white head. The aroma is very malty, backed with a little musty hop note. Flavorful, balanced, with bread and cracker-like flavors. Solidly flavorful and enjoyable.

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Photo of mynie
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

What the hell I've never rated this?

This was a classic amber. There was a time, barely just over a decade ago, when people would *seek out an amber ale*. Think about that.

This pours, erm, amber. A very pretty pour, actually. The slightest haze, variegate colors, firm head.

It smells bready, zippy, and fruity. A VERY old-school, malt-heavy aroma. It's a bit jarring if you've been drinking contemporary American beers, but if you approach it from the context of a scene in which US craft was attempting to make their own of mostly British styles, it makes much more sense. Even without such consideration, it is clearly a pleasant aroma, even it's not to contemporary style.

Tastes like a much more aggressive and well-balanced Bass. Not quite to the level of Tim Taylor's Landlord, but very much a solid mid-80 American attempt at something along those lines. Very bready up front, moving into sweet caramel and biscuit dough in the middle, and then a yeasty finish with more caramel. It lacks the minimally bitter hop tang of the top versions of the style, but it's still very well brewed.

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours out a reddish copper color. The head is dense and has moderate retention. No lacing on the glass.

The nose is malty upfront with some easy hop bitterness to balance it out. Maple syrup comes to mind from the front to the middle. Ends slightly bitter.

More malty than anything. Hops are there but don't balance it out enough. Again picking up a syrup type flavor.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with refreshing carbonation. Looks good.

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Photo of cardfan212
3.12/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a glass.

Look - A nice reddish brown with a slight cloud. Short white head with a short retention that breaks down into nothing.

Smell - Strong sweet malts with hints of caramel and molasses. Nothing more past that.

Taste - Like the smell but fainter and weaker. A little too on the sweet side, could do with some balancing.

Feel - Medium-thin body with some lively carbonation. An easy drinker.

Overall - A little too sweet for me, but I can't say it was bad. Very middle of the road.

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Photo of PlinyMeNow
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I’m biased - a big IPA fan who also loves barleywines, big stouts etc. This pours clear red amber with a head that quickly dissipated, without much lingering lacing. Aroma is of fermented grain and caramel malt. Taste is a malty caramel sweetness, bready character with faint bitter hops, a bit of spice, but not incredibly interesting or enjoyable. The taste is thin. I’m left with a tingle of carbonation and bitterness in my throat.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

American Amber, or Alt? Well, it says "Alt Style Ale" right there on the label, so I guess to review it as such...

This pours a beautiful and crystal clear copper orange, reminiscent of grandpa's Scotch. Neat, of course. The lowsy off white head retreats almost immediately, and leaves a thin bubbly ring as a coastline with some tiny patchy islands floating around the surface.

Light caramel and cinnamon sticks, perhaps a little clove like spice hit first. You have to search for it, but a white bread toast comes out from below.

The spices take back stage on the flavor. This one really does showcase the caramel and bready sweetness. Before long, that cinnamon shows up just before a spicy hop finish.

It feel cleansing. Bubbly crisp, but not too light bodied, with a toasty sweet profile. The spiciness gives it a bit if a tingling sensation, possibly due to the sharp carbonation.

Personally, Alaskan Amber is kind of a classic. It's well made, pretty tasty, and easy to drink. I can see the "Alt" suggestion, but in my opinion, this is much more of an American Amber Ale. Cheers.

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Photo of leantom
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hey, not a bad offering. Probably won't get again, but this is only because of the better offerings in the Chicago area. Here goes:

A: Dark red. Pours a small, white head that leaves no lacing. A lot of body carbonation as well - so much, in fact, that the beer looks quite spritzy.

S: Best thing about the beer. Baker's yeast and cereal grains with caramel and other lightly-kilned amber malts. The baker's yeast and cereal grains are rather overpowering, however, although the caramel does make its presence known.

T: Follows the nose. A little too grainy for my liking, but it's not a bad beer. Very sweet owing to the caramel malt. Certainly very drinkable, if anything.

F: Solid.

O: A good offering, but, again, I probably won't get it again owing to Chicago's better offerings.

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Photo of Tshane
4.61/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I don't know anything about alt beer style. I do know this beer is mellow, slightly sweet with a slight hops, especially on the aftertaste/finish, to balance out the sweetness. It's not molassesy like as heavier beers (such as Founders Backwoods Bastard or Dragon's Milk), but rather a light sweetness. Think of the difference between molasses and light corn syrup.

It is an excellent alternative to lawnmower beer, but also satisfies as a craft ale with flavor and character. Of course it's wonderful after mowing the lawn. Or as a lighter alternative if you don't want a roasty porter, an imperial stout or a stunning eisbock like Aventinus (which tops my all-time favorite beers, but very high alcohol).

Not being a high hops lover, this beer is perfect for me on a daily basis. It is not too heavy, not too light, and only one and a half times as much alcohol as a typical lawnmower beer. (5.3% vs. typically 3.2%).

Session beer? Definitely. Well-crafted? Yes.

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Photo of Fading2black
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is not the type of beer I would get out a glass and show how fancy the color, head, lacing, etc. are. It is a rather simple beer, but where it shines is as an alternative to mainstream, mega-refinery brews. Great beer for outdoors, watching TV, sitting in the backyard, sharing with friends, or whatever. It is great on its own, or could be paired with just about any food and would fit right in. (From personal experience, this includes just about any flavor of Oreo cookie). Essentially, it is a "basic" beer, but one that is much better than anything that usually comes in a can at the grocery store. Don't buy it if you want something to analyze and philosophize about, but rather buy it if you want an everyday beer that is superior to the "regular" beers. Also, (superficial, I know,) the squatty bottles are a refreshing change from typical bottles. And it comes from Alaska - that's kind of cool, right?!

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Photo of Brookfieldglass
3.51/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The set up: Poured from 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass as my Kolsch/Altbier glass is currently in the dishwasher.

Appearance: A nice clear amber with a small white cap and some bubbles rising to the surface throughout the beer. Some lacing present on the glass as well.

Smell: Sweet malts and some kind of fruit smell is present but I'm not able to identify it.

Taste: Sweet malts, fruity but yet muted.

Mouthfeel: Light side for body, mildly carbonated and finishes a bit sticky with a hint of sting.

Final thoughts: This beer to me is well suited for non-complex drinking wants/needs for when you want something "more" than a simple Pilsner or other German style simple lager and is a decent American take on this traditional German style. It has just enough complexity to not be boring but not overly complex/strong.

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Photo of JDC_OKC
4.75/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

We accidentally discovered this brew during our trip to Minnesota last summer. It was on tap at a little pizza place in Brooklyn Center, a suburb of Minneapolis. We made a trip within the trip up to Jay Cooke State Park (south of Duluth) and stopped for lunch at the Streetcar Pub and Grill in Carlton. When the waitress told us they had this on tap there was no need for her to list any more options. Unfortunately, a call to the brewery after we returned home informed me that it was not currently available in Oklahoma and the online shipping costs are prohibitive. I'm looking forward to the day that this becomes available locally.

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Photo of Arseel
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice, dark red/brown with 2-finger head, definite fruity smell with hops and malt lurking in the background. The malt and hops dominated the taste with a medium to thick mouth feel.

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Photo of chitoryu12
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Look: Dark amber with a frothy head from the moment you pop off the bottle cap.

Smell: Citrus, malt, and hops in that order. Fruitier smell than I would expect this dark beer to have.

Taste: Hop bitterness and bready malt at the forefront, without the citrus tang that the smell would lead you to believe.

Feel: Fairly thick, but with a sort of "emptiness" to it. Not unlike Diet Coke.

Overall: Quite a nice beer. I found the fruity smell a bit strange, but nothing to put it off.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, best by 121717
Burnt caramel in color with some reddish hues along with a frothy beige head that fades to a foam. Malty nose with caramel and bread crust, a bit fruity, with some earthy hops. Flavors are quite fruity, malty, and earthy - as an alt should be; with notes of plum, apricot, caramel, bread crust, toasted grain. Medium body, ample carbonation, finishing dry and modestly bitter with earthy hops lingering. Overall, pretty good altbier with some nice fruity and malty flavors, but I doubt I would buy this again.

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Photo of tone77
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Only the 2nd. beer that I have ever had from Alaska. Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a bronze/amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, light malts. Taste is bready malts, some nuts, a tad bit of sweetness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an easy drinking beer.

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Photo of Schlitz74
2.94/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a descent drinkable beer, it pour a nice dark amber color with a nice finger an a half off white head. The head dissipates rather quickly and there is no lacing left behind. I poured it in a pint glass and drank the beer slowly, so by the end it had warmed up a bit. This is worth a try

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Photo of KLHBB
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark red brown. Smells of toasted malts, nuts. Taste follows with rich malty, caramel taste. Creamy mouthfeel. I'm not familiar with this style but I like this beer!

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear, reddish beer with a slightly tan head. The beer smells like caramel and apples with a floral hoppiness. The taste is not as sweet as the smell and has some fruitiness and floral components. There is some apple and caramel flavors and a mild bitterness. Not a bad beer at all.

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Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dark clear a,beer with one finger head.
The aroma is caramel and toasted malts with a light fruity yeastiness and a slightly pronounced floral hop.
It hits with a big malty sweetness up front. I'm getting a very nice toastiness with very light toffee that finishes nice and dry as the sweetness just kind of fades away.
The mouthfeel is light medium with a good amount of carbonation.
Overall this is a very nice beer. It's probably my favorite out of the few altbiers I've had. It's very nice.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer is a clear caramel color with nice carbonation and a thin foamy white head. The beer smells or caramel and dark fruits. The taste is light of sweetness along with mild hops with a hint of banana prunes, and caramel. A nice tingle of carbonation as you drink, a slight stickiness to the beer.

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Photo of craigbelly
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Typical amber hue. Not much on the nose. Deep nuttt and bready maltiness in the taste, very smooth over the palate. Medium in body, but very refreshing.

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