Alaskan Amber | Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan AmberAlaskan Amber

Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States

Style: German 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 Brennan27
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
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 corywalston
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of robebo44
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of JLaw55
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tonyf315
4.54/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
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 zacky_U
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jadpsu
3.35/5  rDev -8%
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 BFCarr
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of achepil
3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of smcolw
3.53/5  rDev -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 +9.9%
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 paresis
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mynie
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
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 -12.6%
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 -14.3%
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 Bear1964
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of PlinyMeNow
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%
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 Futbolmanby
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hopsohard
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lingenbrau
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
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 bkdayton01
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of leantom
3.99/5  rDev +9.6%
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 j0hnc2468
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blah avg beer

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Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 2,092 ratings