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

Appearance: Lovely red-rose amber. A crisp, bright, clear color. Very poor retention of a short-lived, recycled paper-colored head.

Smell: Banana, faint caramel malts, resiny hops. Not very complex, but interesting.

Taste: Banana flavor comes through, plus a tangy yeast finish that reminds me of a dubbel. Mild, leafy hops and pome-like, fruity hops.

Mouthfeel: Nicely tinglesome, pleasantly carbonated and not cloying at all.

Drinkability: A versatile session beer that would match well with many foods. Ham and pumpkin pie come to mind.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The barkeep poured this rather aggressively and it formed a nice head but the retention was non existent. no lacing. amber to brown in color with low levels of carbonation.

Smell was terriffic. Plenty of malt based aroma, mostly biscuity, some chocolate, caramel. Spritzy and light in taste, dark candy comes across towards the middle. Quite biscuity. Lingering spicy hop aftertaste, although mellow is welcomed to an otherwise smooth and strikeingly enjoyable alt.

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Photo of BrewMaster
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 22 oz bottle with an encoded freshness date. Ruby color with a dense tan head. Nice open lacing and retention.

Smell: Sweet malt with some toasty floral scents. Light fruitiness to end.

Taste: Opens with a crisp malt flavor, bread and toasty. Floral with dry white grape flavor. The middle is sweet with floral hoppiness. A bit of apple and rose water. The bitterness doesn't kick in until the end, and even then it's mild. Some bolder toastiness rounds out the beer. The finish is sweet and clean with some sandiness.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated, crisp and smooth with a delicate finish on the palate. Leaves a slighly sandy feeling in the mouth.

Drinkability: Nice and malty with some mild fruit and hop flavors. Very tasty and pleasant and would make a nice session beer.

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Photo of SteveO1231
4.68/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an awesome dark reddish copper color with a nice head of off-white head. Not much lacing but a nice ring of fizz floats around the rim of my glass. Nice carbonation.

Very faint malty aroma and a candi sweet smell of cherries, kind of reminds me of redvines candy.

Fizzy on the palate, crisp and smooth. Awesome malty sweetness a little fruity, balanced perfectly with a light bitterness. Carbonation makes me burp quite a bit.

Very good beer, totally a session beer, I could drink this brew all night long!


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Photo of chrisemmons123
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I had this beer at the Alaskan bush company . I also had it on tap at a local pub. Great pour creamy head, roasty nose, i could not compare to anything, miller lite was about the only othe beer they had to offer. overall very drinkable is it available in the mid west??

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured a crystal clear deep amber color almost a light red with a fizzy white head that subsided quickly and left no lacing. The aroma is of a munich malt and caramel with no hops to be detected. The flavor is a tight mix of both sweet and toasty malts with a touch of that biscuit character which seems prominent in mass produced amber ales (Rogue excluded). Good flavor though i like my Alts a little more hoppy like Zum Ueridge and as this is an american example it is ok in it's own right. The mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery I expect that they had to use a more fermentable mash in order to make this ale cost effective though it could use a bit more body. A very drinkable ale this would make a great beginner beer for those who previosly only liked macros or would also make a good session beer.

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Photo of masikon
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This seems to be a local favorite here in NW washington state, usually available in most supermarkets beer selection. Beer pours a nutty brown with a nice little head which dissipates with a few streaks of lacing. Taste like it looks, nutty without subdued hop characteristics and emphasis on the nutty malt flavors. Mouthfeel is acceptable though a bit thin for me. I rank drinkablilty high because of it is a solid all around easy to drink beer, a good choice for gatherings because I can't see anyone really having any strong complaints about this one.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

ONe of several bottles from the brewery that my brother picked up for me on a recent visit. Pretty sweet!
I am pouring into a pint glass at room temp. The beer pours a clear chestnut color with small fizzy and loud head foaming up 1 cm and fading quickly to nothing. Aroma is caramel and some bready yeast with a hint of brown sugar. Overall the nose is mild. First sip reveals an average body with mild carbonation. The beer is a little thinner than expected. The flavor is brown sugary with caramel and a bit of grassy hops on the finish. The beer is smooth and goes down easily. It is a good brew, just not overly complex, which I believe is true to style.

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to fellow Weymouthian beernut7 for this rare one...
Pours a dark rust color w/ less than a half finger of bright white head which disappears almost instantly with very little lacing.
An attractive aroma of spiced hops and sweet malt balancing out the nose...juicy fruit goodness lingers w/ some caramel undertones.
The taste is very nice...the perfect blend of hops, malt and spice making this one very drinkable. Mildly bitter and the sweetness is nowhere near what I was expecting from its smell...very subdued.
Carbonation is a touch high, but the finish is very clean. Mouthfeel is medium bodied.
Another winner from Alaskan Brewing Company...

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at a steak restaurant in Richland, WA. Dark red-orange color, with quickly dissipating white head.

The aroma and flavor is mostly of malt, with some biscuity component. Very smooth flavor overall, almost no bitterness or hops detected.

Extremely drinkable, I really enjoyed this. I thought it would be more mainstream in character, but was surprised to find a strong smooth flavor. I'll get this again.

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Photo of baiser
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper body, with a thin white head. Aroma is toasty, biscuity, grainy and has a slight trace of hops. This is a light, crisp and refreshing beer. Light bodied and very clean. Some light malt flavours, toastiness, and faint hops. Has plenty of taste for such a light beer. Perfect for a hot summer's day.

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Photo of xoqx
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Amber, slightly cloudy, with an off-white two finger head exhibiting light retention and light lacing.

Smell – There are deep citrus, honey, spicy, and caramelly notes in the nose.

Taste – Crisp and sweet, this has many caramelly tastes and deep malty domination. This reminds me quite a lot of a crisper, dryer fat tire. The finish is average.

Mouthfeel – This is creamy, crisp and clean with a medium-light bodied mouthfeel.

Drinkability – This is a very drinkable beer, and very consistent.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.24/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I didn't transfer this to a glass so I don't know how well it held it head, but overall carbonation was light throughout the drinking.
First impression was nice hoppy smell with hints of sweetness.
Full mouth feel with slight bite in the back of the pallette.
Slightly sweet aftertaste
Very drinkable beer without any strange flavors sneaking real alt (old) style, just hops, yeast, barley but with a slight, definate wheat feel and dryness.
I'll buy this one again.

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Photo of grindcore666
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've only had the Summer Ale from Alaskan at this point, and I really enjoyed let's see how this one goes.

Poured into a pint glass- color is reddish finger head fades into a thin cloudy layer of bubbles.

As expected from an amber, it smells sweet and fruity.

Tastes more mellow than I was expecting - mild hops in front hiding behind the carbonation, expands into some nice malts. Just the right amount of sweetness- not sickly sweet, but pleasant.

Mouthfeel is full and smooth.

This beer has a lot of character, without being too aggressive- very drinkable.

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Photo of edmundfitzoil
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one is pretty darn popular at work, so I finally decided to give it a go. I had it on-tap and poured into a standard pint glass.
The beer poured a red/amber with a very nice, off white 1/2 in. of head that retained pretty well but left very little lacing. I might have been lucky to get a great pour, but this was a beautiful beer. The aroma was malts with some caramel and a hint of fruitiness. The beer's flavor was a sweet malty flavor with some hop flavor coming through as well. I had a physically beautiful pour, but I found the beer itself disapointing slightly - well, mainly because of the build up and expectations based on what customers and coworkers had been saying about it. But it's not a bad beer, not in the least, which is pretty drinkable and pretty prevalent here.

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

An average beer to this palate. The pour was unimpressive and yielded a small fizzy head that faded as quickly as it came. The smell was very faint and was pretty sweet with a slight citrus hint. The flavor was good in the beginning with some good malty sweetness and a light spiciness but this was overshadowed by a odd astringent flavor that lingered till the end. I don't know if I got a bad batch or something but this ruined the flavor for me.
I have heard many good things about this beer so maybe I will re-review at a later time. But for now I am not impressed at all.

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

PIcked up a bottle at AJ's for $1.39 in July.

Nice looking red beer that did not pour much of a head. Appears to be highly carbonated. Nose is of caramel malts-a pleasant smell. Taste is of caramel malts, a hint of nut, with a semi-sweet finish. Mouthfeel is fairly full and this is a nicely carbonated brew. Overall drinkability is good, this is a tasty little beer!

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Photo of misterscooter
4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The top of Mr. Al Askan Amber has a pretty head with a sea foam consistency in the bubbles and no lace. With the definitive amber color, I expect to see an ancient mosquito trapped inside. Thankfully, there is no flotsam or jetsam to get in the way of this beauty.

Just s little brown sugar and cooking vanilla in the aroma. There isn’t much else and I wanted more to describe it. What I did discover eluded me for a while.

There are some really tasty hops in this brew, slightly bitter but just enough to complement the honey and hay flavors. Overall, this is a really good beer that does well in all areas except for smell, which isn’t bad, by any means. I was given this one by a friend. I’ll buy it myself for sure.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very clear slightly Orangish Brown color with about a 1 inch head of loose bubbles after an aggressive pour. The head fell within about 30 seconds to a very small ring around the top of the beer. Very few bubbles rising.

Aroma: Very reserved for this style. Some light toasty malts and some caramel hiding in there, but nothing else to speak of at the first pour.

Taste: With the taste I get some of the dry/drinkable flavor of a typical Alt. It is pretty well balanced, but ends up a tad sweet. There are some essential Munich malt notes to the flavor, but this beer comes across as a Northern German Alt rather than the Duesseldorf style that I am most familiar with. I would really prefer that this beer be more assertive with the aromatics.

Opinion: This is a clean and well-crafted beer that I enjoy drinking. I think that this is a better example of an Alt available in the states, but I still really prefer the German examples.

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

12oz bottle from NorthernTimber as part of The Easter BIF Bunny exchange. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" beige head above the amber brew. Head fades, but laces beautifully. Aroma is sweet malts with a touch of fruitiness. Taste is grain husks, which lasts throughout, winks of fruit here and there, and joined by light hops at the end. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both good, but limited just a tad by that fruitiness which gets a bit pushy by the end of the bottle. Nice beer overall.

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Photo of goschool
3.12/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one pours a clear amber color with a short head and no lacing. The aroma is filled with malty flavors- sweet caramel and fruit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and bubbly. It's sweet with a touch of light hops. The flavor and aftertaste are thin. There's nothing here that leaves me wanting more.

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

06/20/05- Had at the Red Door in Billings, MT.

Presentation- Poured from the tap into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Amber pour...duh! Good sized head with acceptable lacing.

Smell- Light nuttyness with a sweeter malt scent.

Taste- More roasted malt flavor than expected. The malt is also sweeter than expected. Big nutty flavor and a decent hop background.

Mouthfeel- Smooth and pretty creamy. Moderate to high carbonation.

Drinkability- One of the better Amber Ales I have had. Can't believe I waited this long to try it. Good deal.

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

Pours a three-finger white head which quickly fades and leaves no lace. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Nice clear, deep amber color. Nose is malty. Starts mellow and sweet, finishes smooth with a touch of hops. Very good Alt. $2.59 for a 12oz bottle from One Stop Oasis Las Vegas, NV.

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Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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