Alaskan Amber | Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan AmberAlaskan Amber

Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States | website

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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Reviews: 608 | Ratings: 1,885
Photo of SitkaSteve
4.16/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've never reviewed this? Whoah, who am I fooling, haha. Anyways, this was poured into a polkal for review. Though I've had this numerous times in pint glasses.
The appearance was a gentle hazy amber color with a nice transparency about it. Carbonation runs up to fill a quickly dissipating one finger white foamy head. Lacing is clingy but also slides after a while.
The smell starts off with rich sweet nutty malts with a sweet German yeast allowing light bready tones moving in and around the aroma really nice, slight butteriness but not diacetyl. It's buttery due to the yeast, so it's good.
The taste was mainly sweet with the nutty maltiness running into the bready to buttery depth of the beer. Light lingering nutty/buttery bready aftertaste slyly moves into the finish.
The mouthefeel is nice and light bodied, makes for a nice session. Carbonation feels somewhat low. That's okay to me because it's just more of a session than other altbiers.
Overall, it's an altbier, and to see hopheads slam this beer just shows their ignorance to the style. Of course, this is a wonderful take by an American brewer. It's exceptional with its respected food (bratwurst anyone?) and also goes well in beer bread.

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Photo of onklsven75
4.61/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a great everyday beer, especially on a hot summer day. Very smooth and easy to drink, it's hard not to finish the six pack in one sitting :-).

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Photo of Kennykarp
4.94/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ordered on draft at an airport while waiting for my flight. This is banana bread in beer form. Pours with a small head that leaves very little lacing. Has a translucent amber coloring. Tastes nutty and sweet with a little banana flavor. I'm hooked. Hopefully I can get some back home!

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Photo of KingisLegend
4.39/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

In my top 5 of favorite beers, A great go to beer after work or if you just want to knock a few back. The taste is great and it goes down smooth with a good after taste.

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Photo of OrtheusMaximusRex
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A good looking beer, nice medium amber color - not the deepest amber of the alts, say, like Ayinger, but nice. A thin head that dissipates. Not too carbonated. One of the truer alt-style domestics (compared to German alts) out there, maybe very similar to Prost Amber alto (Denver, CO).
A = 4.5
S = 3.75 - its an alt, there is some sweet fruity aroma but its not a hop-bomb
T = 4 - sweet and malty, low hops, a small amount of alcohol if warmed to room temp
M = medium bodied, smooth, easy drinking, not too much carbonation
O - 4.25 - for the style (Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel = 4.75)

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Photo of ordybill
4.34/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the tap. This beer has a very nice malt and yeast aroma. The beer has a nice dark brown color with a small off-white head. The flavor is malt, nuts and some hops, pretty good. Overall, a solid beer that I would drink again.

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Photo of Mersmom8
4.79/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

We tried this beer out west and loved it! It is sweeter than many beers, which I like. I prefer the sweeter wines (Rieslings/Desert Wines). I cannot stand bitter beer. This is nice and smooth. The color is pretty too. Too bad we cannot get it in the Southeast.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Poured dark brown with a small head that didn't leave much lacing. Smells like rich malts. Tastes like barely-nutty malt with slightly bitter hops. It's well balanced and smooth with no alcohol aftertaste. Medium body and medium carbonation. Very quaffable.
Nice, smooth brown that is well balanced and easy to drink.

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Photo of BaritoneHillbilly
2.86/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

This beer was OK. It looked very nice, but the taste wasn't so great. It wasn't that bad either, except it tastes flat. And the flatness just gets progressively worse as you drink it, as it becomes nearly unbearable as you're approaching the last swallow. But it's not as bad as an IPA.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a dark amber with a thin white head. The head fades quickly leaving very little lacing.

S - The aroma is faint caramel and bread.

T - The taste follows the aroma caramel, brown sugar, biscuity malts, light citrus, and some light hoppiness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very crisp mouthfeel.

O - A decent Amber that's enjoyable and easy drinking.

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Photo of Cannibalgasm
2.78/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

A: Pours a light amber with thin white head. OK retention with little lacing.

S: White bread, caramel, orange, brown sugar, and a slight floral hop aroma.

T: White bread, lemon, caramel, orange, with a tiny amount of hops detectable on the back end.

M: Light bodied, low carbonation, crisp finish.

O: A solid amber but not anything special. An enjoyable and easy drinking brew.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This one's a clear, flecky, copper colored beer with delicate dissipating light tan head. It smells of bread, grain, toast, caramel, and faint esters. Lightly tart and sweet, almost lemony, and again, bread on the palate. A sweet or even dessert bread, in fact. Not much for hops, still very light bitter presence with linger and aftertaste. Medium, fine carbonation that doesn't diminish but goes down smooth, with crisp, refreshing finish. Overall, definitely reminiscent of an English brown, but a bit lighter in body.

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Photo of kantormill
3.39/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

Great deep honey/amber color. Smells a little on the sweeter side, like a peppered toffee. Slightly bitter at the start and finishes with clove and honey. Leave a nice taste in your mouth.

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Photo of ckornmannn
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep amber color, a bit more carbonated than a brown ale, but the perfect amount for this beer I think. This one is malt forward with just a bit of tang and sweetness. Bready. There is some hop presence. The best thing about this beer, and the reason it is a go-to and one of my all time favorites, is that it is exceptionally well balanced and there is nothing else on the typical beer aisle that tastes like it. You have to visit a specialty bottle shop to find a beer like this.

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Photo of ducktoadecoy
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer far exceeded my expectations. It is smooth but the taste is still potent and enjoyable. I feel like I could drink this on any occasion. The smell and look were perfect as well. If it were a bit stronger, I'd add it to my list of favorites.

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Photo of obrike
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A decent Amber. Nothing out of the ordinary. A good intro to the style.This would certainly be a beer to offer friends willing to step outside the BMC box.

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Photo of mchegash
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - 3.5/5
Extremely clear dark red-orange, about 1 finger of head, which dissipates down to a thin layer. An average amount of carbonation can be seen rising up the beer.

Smell - 4/5
Very amber-ale-esque, sweet moderately dark malts, light fruit flavors, perhaps a bit of orange.

Taste - 4.25/5
Malts, darker sugar slightly fruity. Tastes like I would expect an amber to. Perhaps a bit of metallic taste, but it doesn't bring down the overall flavor.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Medium bodied, very crisp, light amount of medium-high intensity carbonation. Goes down smooth.

Overall - 4.25/5
Overall this was a really great Amber and a great beer overall.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Format: a 355mL brown bottle with a decent craft label.

Appearance: a dark copper amber colour with some ruby highlights. Very little carbonation visible. A thin white head lasts the distance.

Aroma: toasted malts, some fruits and a touch of spice. Okay, if not mind-blowing.

Taste: more stone fruits and a touch of earth here, with those toasted malts coming through more strongly. A nice beer.

Aftertaste: some sour cherries linger on the finish along with those earth flavours and some bitterness.

Mouth feel: lighter in feel with a moderate carbonation. It might have been a bit better with a fuller feel and more carbonation.

Overall: a nice selection of flavours and a pleasant combination of sweet, sour and bitter. A good mid-range altbier.

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Photo of Donkster46
2.89/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I used to enjoy this way back a few years ago. I think it just doesn't stack up against others of the same style. I based this rating on a beer I had on draft at a sports pub.

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Photo of Beanberg
5/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I can not say enough good things about Alaskan Amber. It is creamy without being thick, sweet without being saccharine, hoppy without being bitter. Just toasty, caramelly (I realize this is not a word), and generally perfect. I have tried hundreds of beers and this remains a mainstay in my household.

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Photo of BigBry
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Draft pint.
Pours clear, amber color with a short white head. Foam fades to a thin floating cap, sticky dots of lace left behind.
Smells of sweet malts, and a bit fruity.
Tastes of toasted, bready malts, and sweet fruits (which matches the smell).
Good carbonation level keeps it crisp, yet still smooth and easy to drink.
A very good beer, drinkable, I will search this out again.

Tried the bottled version as well. Just as good. Refreshing, good tasting beer.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle (love the tug on the label) into a stange
A: rich dark copper, with nice light on the edges, and a good 2 finger khaki head that sticks around a bit.
S: Smells like an altbier to me: toasted grainy bread and rich fruity esters
T: Malty sweet and some graininess balanced by some earthiness and nuttiness, and some floral hops giving it just a little edge toward the end...then the malt lingers a bit.
M: smooth, creamy, tasty, with just a little bitterness and astringency to give it a slight edge
Overall: Very nice, solidly built, and tasty.

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Photo of barczar
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%

Floral hops, toasted caramel malt, and specialty malt fruitiness form the aroma. Flavor is based in specialty malt fruitiness, with a caramel malt backbone, floral notes, and a touch of a bitter finish. Very drinkable brew.

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Photo of FLima
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice copper reddish color with a thin head.
Light, but predominant aroma of red fruits, sweet candy and caramels.
Flavor of caramels, red fruits, spices, plums, and herbal and citrus hops. Lots of currants.
Dry aftertaste with a very mild bitterness.
Light to medium body with good carbonation.
I had to keep remember myself this is an Altbier and not an American Amber Ale as indicated by name. Still I found it a bit overly sweet and lacking spices. But it is very fruity and enjoyable.
Ap.3,5 Ar.3,25 Sab.3,5 Sens.3,5 Cj.3,5

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Photo of bottomfisher
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Another very smooth beer from Alaskan, no overpowering hops, just right on the hoppy side, enjoyable beer with a very slight honey aftertaste. A little high on the carbonation, a little above medium carbonation. I like medium carbonation, would have been a higher rating if the carbonation was lighter.

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Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co.
3.64 out of 5 based on 1,885 ratings.
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