Alaskan Amber | Alaskan Brewing Co.

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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
Ranking:
#37,909
Reviews:
653
Ratings:
2,065
pDev:
12.36%
Bros Score:
3.4
 
 
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75
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472
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Ratings: 2,065 |  Reviews: 653
Photo of SkwimJim
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Disappointing. Sweet, not sufficiently hopped to balance malt. Flavors subdued. Watery. Too many good beers at this price point.

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Photo of porters4life
3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Michelleroo
4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Caramelly. Yummy.

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Photo of SSGCujo
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of donnelly51106
4.75/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Tshane
4.61/5  rDev +26.6%
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 G-R-Fracassa
3.29/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gboley
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nvrmind16
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very refreshing amber beer. Not too sweet.

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Photo of Foxman27
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Half-full
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Richie_C_Johnson
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of firkingroovin
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Fading2black
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
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 HabaJohn
4.09/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Egon0044
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rostie
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of battlecryawesome
3.11/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Brookfieldglass
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
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 austinc94
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Maddcheff
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Delta6014
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sullymsu
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JDC_OKC
4.75/5  rDev +30.5%
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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Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 2,065 ratings