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.

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Photo of andythejerk
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Alaskan has named this their "Amber," but labeled it as being an Altbier. I'm not real familiar with Altbiers, but it does taste quite a bit like an Amber to me. Pours with a pretty decent head and good color, but in the poor light down here in my basement I really can't tell you if that sienna/red color is just the lighting or if the beer is really that color. It tastes pretty good, with a pretty good mouthfeel and a nice, crisp citrusy zing to it. It leaves kind of a funny aftertaste though--I'm not sure why. Enjoyable. I could probably drink it with a nice loin of Alaskan Caribou and be perfectly happy.

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Photo of rowew
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Decided to make a trip up to Cheyenne and picked up a couple of Alaskan's offerings. I guess they just don't have the capacity to distribute to the micro-thirsty Coloradans.

Presentation: 12 oz short twist off bottle. Freshness date clearly marked on the label.

Appearance: Pours red and clear with a medium sized head, leaves quite a bit of lacing on the top of the beer after it fades.

Smell: Sweet malt with a bit of caramel. Just a hint of floral hops.

Taste: The sweet malt and caramel extend to the taste as well. Nice malty flavor with just a hint of some floral hops to keep it form being cloying.

Overall impression: Nice beer, and a low enough ABV to be a great session. I enjoyed this the first time on a cruise in Alaska, but it is almost as good while land-locked!

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Photo of Citadel82
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this in bottle aboard the Cruise ship Seven Seas Mariner. What a delight and surprise it was to find that the only beers available on this vessel included the Alaskan Brewing Company's Brews. What was more of a treat was the reasonable pricing and the fact that brews were free with the meals...also free.

This is an excellent altbier in my opinion. From the malty-floral scent, to the copper color and the off-white head that left sheets of lace. Taste was balanced with alternating doses of caramel and bread with some spicy hops and fruity yeast. Very drinkable.

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Photo of TAMU99
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice dark golden Amber, pours out a thin top lace that clings sparingly.
Had some trouble identifying the scents, but toasted sugar and caramel wafted out. AS they should.
Tastes a touch bitter that isn't completely surmounted by the malts, but still tastes nice. A good full feel with a solid amber/dark flavor.

Very drinkable, I'd recommend this and will probably be grabbing the occasional 6-pack.

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Photo of Xadoor
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark copper colour in the glass. White foamy head with good retention. Some very light toasted grain and malt aromas. Flavour is light, slighty sweet caramel and malty to start. Some slight fruity flavours as the beer warms. Very low, if any, hop bitterness. Finish is clean and crisp. A very drinkable beer, wish I had more.

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Photo of variousartists
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is much better on tap, rather than from a bottle. Had on tap in the AlaskaAirlines Board Room.

Appearance: Dark reddish copper, with a light goldish head. Nothing sticks to glass.

Smell: Attractive aroma, very grainy.

Taste: Does'nt taste like a typical amber. A little sweet for my taste. Lacking hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nothing special.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable. Fine balanced brew.

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Photo of mithrascruor
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a nice deep amber color. Fluffy 1in. head is creamy, off-white, and has a good amount of retention.

Smell: Lots of roasted malts, together with a bit of grains and hops. Overall a nice smell, slightly sweet.

Taste: Like a loaf of sweet bread; grains, malts, a nice floral sweetness, etc. Enjoyable, unique, and relatively bold.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium-bodied, and with a very light amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Low alcohol and very drinkable. No problems here!

A really great beer! Nice, unique flavor and very drinkable. Certainly a good beer for many occasions. My first alt, so I'll certainly look for other in the future.

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Photo of bjohnson
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. big boy brought back from the Great Northwest by a buddy. Sharing it with him now.

A: Pours a pretty clear amber color with a frothy off white slight caramel colored head. Good retention on this bad boy.
S: Smells like an alt with characteristic caramel and toasted malt notes. Grassy hop notes also show up. Ever so slight metallic smell also.
T/M: Not a bad tasting amber. A bit of sweet malt up front that has a caramel flavor. Grassy and floral nop notes are present but hang out in the background. Creamy, soft, and smooth on the palate. Very light and refreshing. Amazingly this beer gets softer on the palate and a bit sweeter as it warms.
D: Very drinkable alt beer. Smooth and refreshing---could be a session beer with that low low low abv.

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Photo of MiScusi
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a, yep you guessed it, amber- maybe on the browner side. Smell was subtle sweetness.... no hops to be found- which isn't bad. Small head, able to be regenerated by a swirl of the glass.

Taste was of sweet malt, caramel, a tad roasty, but mostly sweet caramel, and no hops, no matter how far and wide you search. This is all about the malt. Not horrible but you like a little hoppiness to peak through at some point.... at least I do.

Moutfeel is smooth and creamy, with a light carbonation.

Drinkability may be hindered by the mouthfeel. I've had other ambers that I wanted to grab for a 2nd as fast as I could, whereas this one, not so much. However, it wasn't hard to drink the one in front of me, so it wasn't all that bad. A pretty good amber. I actually like Speakeasy's Prohibition Ale as an amber better, just for comparison.

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Photo of BeerRun13
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fairly clear reddish copper. A thin off white head provides some lacing.
Caramel and butterscotch aroma.
Good malty caramel flavor with a touch of butter. A nice balance with some very gentle hops.
Lighter to medium boddied. Very creamy and rich with good carb.
Drinkability is fantastico!!! Nice to know that this is a readily available staple to the diet.

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Photo of Phatz
4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A few weeks ago my sister gave me this odd glass that was given to her by a friend who moved. It didn't match anything of their glassware so her husband didn't want it. I almost forgot I put it on the bottom shelf of the beer glass hutch until my dad brought this beer back from Alaska for me. I was reading the suggested glassware for this beer is a Stange (Slender Cylinder) and had now idea what that was; wouldn’t you know the glass my sister had no use for is exactly what I wanted. It was providential that I should enjoy this beer in this glass at this time; and a pleasure indeed!

Appearance: Pours a beautiful ruby brown color with an off-white head that fades fast.

Smell: Malty! Very malty and bready too; with a nice touch of floral hop in the nose as well.

Taste: Starts off malty and sweet with hints of caramel and fruit parallel to the bready grain amber malt flavor. There is also a grassy hop presence that makes itself know but does not over dominate this brew. The finish is dry with a nice lingering aftertaste of gentle but firm hops and doughy dryness.

Mouthfeel: Oily slick through the center with a solid malt backbone and yet smooth and slight creamy around the edges with a nice dryness that prickle the palate.

Drinkability: This is a perfect anytime any occasion easy drinking beer. It is enjoyable for savoring and perfect as a session beer. The small ABV I didn’t even feel after just one but the tasty flavor stayed with me after it was finished. Simply put it would always be good choice! Well done Alaskan Brewing Co.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of Wasatch
2.85/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear golden amber color, nice carbonation, tiny head, basically no lacing though.

S - Scents of sweet malts, slight caramel.

T - The taste is sweet, but dissappointing. I was expecting alot more. Too watery.

M - Light body.

D - Drinkable. A fair amber ale in my book.

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

Decent amber from Alaskan, but nothing too out of the ordinary. Decent amber colouring with a thin, white head. Caramely malt smell with a bit of citrus zing from the hops.

Nice smooth pale malt flavour. Faint hops in the background cut the sweetness.

Decent mouthfeel, carbonation not too much. Drinkable, but not anything that leaves me begging me for more.

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Photo of rebel1771
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Crystal clear dark reddish copper color with decent head.
Smell: Carmel notes up front with a nice fruity hoppy scent rouding it out.
Taste: The taste is decent with a toasty malt flavor mixed with sweet malts and just a hint bitterness in the end.
Overall: This is a pretty good brew, I could have a few more without complaining.

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Photo of JayTheFinn
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It was drank in the dive bar I had this in, so I couldn't accurately tell you what color it is. All I could really tell was that the head was rather small. It smelled fruity and sweet. The taste was citrusy, orange I'd say, and sweet caramel. The two were strong but well-combined. I don't know much about altbiers, but having read the definition on the sight here I'm not sure this is a very true depiction. It's too fruity I'd say. Regardless, I found it quite tasty.

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Photo of guitarmage
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A definite chilled amber color, looks inviting. The head wasn't much to speak of, it may have been my pour, but left a nice lacing with some rings around the glass.

Smell: Sweet leafy smell, a light caramel apple, very pleasant. Sweet malt, not much hop character.

Taste: Very smooth and good. Sweet malt flavor, a mild dry hop character becomes present towards the end. Rotten fruit, in a good way.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, not especially carbonated, but a creamy quality that I like. It's not medium bodied, just creamy enough to be really smooth.

Drinkability: A decent brew, on the malty side but still well balanced. I think it is a well done beer and I'd take one if offered, although it is not one of my favorite tastes.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I picked up a six-pack of Alaskan Amber at the grocery store to taste review and enjoy. This beer is a bit of an old stand by, but this is my first opportunity for a review. I poured this beer in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a red/brown color and is clear. A one-finger beige Coca-Cola style head forms and fizzes out quickly. You can hear the bubbles popping. The head produces virtually no lacing on the sides of the glass.

The smell is fairly strong, sweet and malty. It has an aroma of over-ripe fruit, peaches and pears, and spiced sugars, caramel or butterscotch.

The taste is a also sweet and malty. It has a bit of a sweet caramel flavor to it, along with a little smoked biscuit flavor, and a mild hop finish. The flavors are reasonably well balanced, but not particularly complex. Frankly it has a bit of a Coca-Cola taste to go along with it’s appearance.

Mouth feel is medium bodied, smooth, perhaps a bit syrupy, and rather highly carbonated.

This is a nice drinkable beer especially in the fall and winter, and I enjoy it. I’ll have Alaskan Amber again, especially if it is on sale.

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Photo of UncleFlip
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Written from notes...I poured this one into a plastic cup thoughtfully supplied with the hotel room at the Sahara in Vegas, where I took up residence for a week while I attended the 2006 Consumer Electronics Show. (I get to spend a week in Vegas, surrounded by bunch of cool electronics that haven't hit the market yet....on the company dime??? Aw, I have to?)

On to the beer...

Nice tan off white head, very foamy. Finger and a half eventually goes down to less than one finger. Darker honey colour liquid under, active bubbles.

Not a strong smell, but filled with malt and some spice. There's a hint of fresh orange here, as well.

Flavour is not as strong as I'd hoped. Dark sweet malty up front, just an airy hint to it...gets woodier at the end, but nothing else really happens with it.

It'sjust a bit oily, and the carbonation is higher than I like. Liquid is medium.

Eeasily drinkable, but I think it would be more drinkable with a little less carbonation. A little more zing in the flavour would also be nice. Just seems to sit there a bit.

Be well

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Photo of thaichile
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear reddish amber with a minimal head. Nose is clean, malt and caramel. Flavor is smooth, sweetness and malt with just a hop sprinkle to allow the other flavors the opportunity to be heard. Definately a beer to have more than one of, unfortunately I only had one :-(. Thanks Zorro for the bottle.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this brew with a plate of fish and chips. Drank it out of the bottle so don't really know what color it is but the smell in the bottle was sweet and malty. Good carbonation. The sweetness is there but the finish continues sweet. For my taste needs a little more bitterness to the finish. Dranken alone may be better. Would probably be a great beer ice cold on a hot summer day. I'd drink again but wouldn't go looking for it.

Revisiting this review 2 years later after drinking this beer in quantity in Alaska. This is a crisp ale with a good orange caramel color and a sweet smell. The taste is smooth and slightly dry. A great starter ale for any previous non-ale drinker. My wife doesn't like ale but will drink this and enjoys it. Goes great with broiled halibut or sockeye salmon.

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Photo of Gusler
4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the forward looking distributors here in Arizona, we now have access to literally dozens of great beers from some fantastic brewers, one I’m most happy to see on the shelves of my main beer palace is Alaskan Amber. The beer after its release from the 12-ounce stubby brown bottle sets in the glass a luminous deep copper with a pleasing semi-creamy light tan head that is modest in size, the lace formed provides a thin covering upon the glass. Nose is sweet malt, hints of caramel and maybe brown sugar, delightful at any rate, start is mildly sweet, the grain presence ideal and the top light to medium in feel. Finish is stern in its acidity, the hops polite in their spiciness, quite dry aftertaste, and to my mind and palate, one of the best session beers to be had here in Arizona.

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Photo of rastaman
1.34/5  rDev -63.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Bottle. Man, what a dissapointment. First of all, this isn’t an altbier, no way in the world. Tasted more like Newcastle Brown, horribly sweet, caramel, toffee and nuts, soft, sweet rubbish, made me angry while drinking it, because i was expecting am enjoyable beer, which is not what it ended up being. Had this at a beautiful camspite on the Oregon coast with some friends, shame the beer was so bad.

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

Pours a nice amber color with decent looking head that shrinks a little too quick, and little lacing to speak of. But it looks good otherwise. Smell is nice, a little grainy moving on toasted and nice and sweet. Taste is grainy and a bit of biscut to a very nice malty presense, sweet, and a balancing hop touch at the end. Good, full bodied beer and very enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of biergeniesser
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This 12 oz Screw cap bottle of Alaskan Amber poured a lovely, clear amber to copper color and yielded a thin off white head, which dissipated slowly. Fine bubbles evolved slowly from the bottom of the glass. There was no lacing what so ever.

The Aroma was clean and dominated by toasty, bready malt aromas and a slight spiciness. Hop aromas were not detectable.

The flavor of this beer was just as clean as the aroma and was once again dominated by the malt… toasty and bread like with a slight malty sweetness and a slight bit of spiciness in the finish. There was a low level of hop bitterness and hop flavor was almost undetectable, except for the slightest hint of kettle hop.

The body was light and smooth with a moderate degree of carbon dioxide bite. Altogether a very clean, smooth and drinkable beer—definitely sessionable!

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Photo of ElGordo
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pretty copper-amber hue topped by a half-inch of creamy white head that fades fairly quickly. Aroma is of light sweet caramel malt with a touch of light fruity hops and a little metallic tinge. Palate is more light sweet malt, a bit of biscuity character, and some more light fruity hops. Medium-light body is just about perfect. I'm not sure I've had many German alts, but I have to say, the Alaskans can do this one pretty damn well. A great all-night beer.

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Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co.
3.64 out of 5 based on 1,930 ratings.
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