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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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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Photo of pat61
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%

Nose: rich malt, some kettle sugars, not a lot of esters, faint alcohol
Pours crystal clear deep amber with 2" rocky off-white foam cap dissipates to a thick film
Palate begins with rich sweet malt and then it dries out near the finish with dry malt flavors and malt spiciness. Not a lot of fruity esters.
Medium body to slightly less, medium to a little above carbonation.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

I picked up a bottle of Alaskan Brewing Co.'s Alaskan Amber last week for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. Well I thought it was time for me to try some of this brewery's year round beers and I thought I would start off with the amber, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown shorter 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice, I like the design and I think i t's just a little eye catching. It poured a nice fairly clear amber color that took on more of a red/amber color when held to the light with just a little over two fingers worth of light tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty lacing behind. This was a nice and true to style looking beer.

S- The aroma starts off with higher amount of medium sweetness with the malts being the first to show up and they impart some sweet malt, brown bread, caramel malt, toasted, and slight toffee like aromas. Up next comes the yeast which imparts a fruity yeast aroma with a apple juice like aroma coming through with no hoppy aromas. The aroma was nice and it seemed to be pretty true to style.

T- The taste seems to be very similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the malts still being the first to show up and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma with no single malty aspect seeming to stick out the most. up next comes the fruity yeast which imparts the same aspects that it did in the aroma, but this time it's lighter. On the finish there's no bitterness with a malty aftertaste. This was a nice tasting beer that true to style.

M- Smooth, fairly clean, crisp, on the light side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of medium carbonation. This beer had a nice mouthfeel that worked well with it.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and I thought it was a nice example of an Altbier, it had all the aspects that I would expect from the style and it had some nice balance with no off flavors. This beer had nice drinkability, it was smooth, fairly clean, crisp, not filling and the taste did decent job of holding my attention, I could see myself drinking a few of these, especially in the fall. What I liked the most about this beer was how true to style it was, it was a straight up true example of an Altbier. What I liked the least about this beer was nothing, there isn't anything about this beer that I disliked or would change. I would buy this beer again when in the mood for the style and I would recommend it to anyone who likes Altbiers or malty beers in general. All in all I was happy with this beer, it was just what I expect from a good Altbier and nothing else. So far this is my favorite beer from this brewery and I think it's close to being one of the better Altbiers out there. Good job guys, this was a nice tasting Altbier, keep up the solid work.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%

After Finnegan's last night, I'm not sure this has the guts to stand up to my expectations for an Amber. But we shall see....won't we....

Edit : I guess this isn't an amber, it's only amber colored. So based on an "Altbier" which is a brown ale, Ill have to deduct the score a little more.

Serving style : 12 oz stubbie poured delicately into a chilled glass for appearance.

Appearance (4) : Copper colored dark amber body with a pleasantly malty looking two finger head. Leaves rings of lacing down the glass as it recedes slowly.

Smell (3.5) : Unsalted sunflower seeds, some toffee, yeasty aromas, fleshy plant. A little plumb. Roasted malts. A pleasant smell to my nose.

Taste (3.25) : A bit watery, ending a tad flat and oddly bitter. The body of the drink is good though, with heavy traditional amber lager flavors along with some toffee and those unsalted sunflower seeds. Oaty finish. It's not particularly tasty, as say, a Nordeast, or Finnegan's. However it is not making me scream running in the opposite direction. A strong 3.25.

Mouthfeel (3.25) : The body is creamy and rich on this one, but the front is watery and the end is rough and bleh. Like licking sandpaper and savoring the aftertaste. There's definitely something missing and it puts a hole in the whole mouthfeel.

Overall (3.28) : I'd drink it again but I wouldn't buy a six pack. If it were on tap and my other choices were not as good, I would choose Alaskan's Amber beer. I'm not sure if Alaskan considers themselves to be a "craft" beer, but as of now from what I've tried, I'd rate them only slightly better than Shock Top...

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Photo of generallee
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: The body has a very beautiful deep amber color with good clarity and lively carbonation flowing up the center of the glass. The quick pour made only a modest one finger tall head. This head was light tan in color and quick fading. This made for no lacing at all.

Smell: The aroma is very inviting surprisingly fruity. It brings notes of dark bready maltiness with dark fruit, dark cherries, plums and apple peels.

Taste / Palate: First up is a medium body mix of bready sweet maltiness blending with the same dark fruit notes from the the aroma. The finish adds notes of roasted almond and a mild balance of earthy dryness from hops. The palate feels smooth and somewhat slick.

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

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 10/21/2014. Pours slightly hazy deep orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, light nuttiness, raisin, plum, apple, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and light earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, light nuttiness, raisin, plum, apple, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, light nuttiness, raisin, plum, apple, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and light earthy hop flavors; with great robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and fairly creamy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice altbier style. All around good balance and robustness of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

This particular brew has a magnificent dark amber appearance, though little or no head. The amber has a mild, sweet aroma, nothing special. The taste was disappointing for me quite watery in both mouthfeel and taste. Somewhat sweet at first, hints of citrus and carmel then fades to an okay alcoholic taste. I was expecting a bit more from this beer- I do enjoy my amber ales. I will finish this bottle but will not go back for seconds.
I would recommend to a girl.

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Photo of Savan
2.54/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.25

Poured from tap in Melrose, MN into a chilled glass..... about a inch of head or so into a beer mug. No real smell detected , A less than malt-forward taste and a residual copper taste left behind. Overall .. a bad beer... not at all impressed other than a decent mouth feel and a good hue....

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Photo of vkv822
3.49/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz : tulip

Clear, amber red with a thin, foamy off white head.

Aroma and taste follow the same profile. Starts with caramel, malty bread notes and a lightly floral, grassy hop character in the background.

Medium body, foamy carbonation.

A well done altbier. Nothing particularly memorable, easy drinking, tasty flavor profile.

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.49/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper colored and clear, but the head is anemic without much retention, and lacing is nil.

S: Bready, toasted malt aroma. I'm not smelling any hops.

T: Much like the nose, bready malt dominates. There's some faint sweetness, maybe a hint of fruit (pear?). The finish balances the sweet malt with a touch of hops.

M: Decent carbonation, but pretty thin. A touch dry in the finish.

O: An OK session beer, but a bit underwhelming in my opinion. Would probably have gone better with a burger than as a stand-alone drink.

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Photo of tronester
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper/red with a thin tan head. Smells of sweet caramel and bread. Taste begins with some sweetbread, then some toasted nuts, and finishes with a slightly earthy, mild bitter finish. Mouthfeel is rich, medium carbonation. Quite a nice alt, a rich malt lovers dream.

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Photo of jellikit
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Copper. Clear. Little-to-no head. Fine bubbles cling to outside of glass.
S: Light malt. A lil cherry.
T: Moderately malty. Sweet, but thin on the sugar.
M: Medium carbonation. Almost spritzy. Dry. Although it tastes fine, the body is thin like Keira Knightley.
O: This is a drinkable beer. After tasting many other beers, Alaskan Amber seems almost light. The flavor is fine. The carbonation seems a bit much for this style. Needs more malt and less CO2.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours half a finger of head on a clear dark straw colored body.
The aroma is grain, barnyard and old leather, in the best possible way. It has that "alt beer" smell.
The taste has a musty grain flavor, mild lemon bitterness and finishes on a slightly sweet note.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
It gets the "alt" style, but it's not my favorite.

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Photo of Foyle
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: 2" cream color head recedes slowly with no lacing. Color is deep amber and somewhat cloudy. Significant carbonation.
Aroma: some fruit (raisins, peaches), yeasty bread dough, fresh water, earthy hops
Mouthfeel: medium bodied & slightly sticky. Finish is a little wet.
Flavor: pick up a raisin-like flavor, along with some apple and peach flavors. There is also a sweet brown bread malt and some mild earthy hops in the finish.
Overall: Alaskan Amber is a very pleasant and drinkable alt style ale. It has some wine-like qualities due to the fruit flavors. Most excellent.

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

12 oz bottle served in a Lager glass.

A: Pours a beautiful an absolutely clear copper color forming a small, thin bubbled and creamy beige head. Medium retention and no lacings left in the glass. A thin layer remains on the top for a long time

S: Strong notes of caramel in the nose. Caramel malts, Munich malts. Crispy and bready but a little bit fruity as well. Notes of honey and raisins. Light flowery hops

T: Slightly sweet and toffee upfront. Some notes of caramel, crystal and Munich malts. In overall, a slightly sweet and bready taste which is a bit fruity as well. Reminds a Vienna Lager. More to a Lager than to an Ale, IMHO. Very mild hoppy bitterness in the end

M: Light, smooth and a bit molasses body. Medium to low carbonation. Caramel and sweet malts in the aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. A bit too sweet. Nevertheless, quite pleasant, smooth and easy drinking. Recommended

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Alaskan Amber pours a reddish color with a nice decent size frothy head. There is a weak malty aroma. The taste is very light, has some nice biscuit flavors near the end, with a noticeable malty flavor. A little flat, and very weak flavors. Overall it has nice flavors, but its just too weak.

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Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co.
3.64 out of 5 based on 1,922 ratings.
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