Alaskan Brewing Co.

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German Altbier
Ranked #122
Ranked #39,854
3.65 | pDev: 12.33%
Alaskan Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States
Notes: Richly malty and long on the palate, with just enough hop backing to make this beautiful amber colored "alt" style beer notably well balanced.
Reviews: 680 | Ratings: 2,171
Photo of beertaster13
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alaskan Amber I recently drank on tap in Idaho. The apperance of this beer is very dark, almost cherry wood looking with a foamy cream head. The taste is of malts and a hint of fruit. A very exceptional beer to have in a nice restaurant. Feels great in the mouth as the dark malt and fruit taste will bounce around your tastebuds. A very drinkable beer, not to thick and not to light. A great beer.

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.39/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another in a long list of classic brews that I've taken too long to review. Pours a deep mahogany in color, with pleasingly ample carbonation and a thinnish, cream-colored head. The aroma is quite tempting -- toasty, slightly nutty malt with a bit of difficult-to-place fruitiness. Rich and hearty smelling for those cold Alaska nights, days, afternoons, etc. The flavor starts sweet up front, developing a rich, deep, malt body that lingers at the back of the throat. Finishes off with a toasty turn to the malt, and a pleasant but restrained hop bitterness. Very well balanced, though leaning a bit toward the sweet side. Medium-full in body, and damn drinkable.

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Photo of ChicoraBoy
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Nice malty aroma, slightly sweet. Light bitter hops. Smells like an altbier. Coppery clear with light tan head that dissipates quickly. Medium body with light-med carb - smooth drinking. Muted maltiness up front & a bit of sweetness. Gives way to mild nutty bitter finish and after. Dry and refreshing. A nice beer.

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Photo of Thrasher
3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

No head, no carbonation. Sounds flat, but it actually makes the beer very drinkable. Sweet candy malts are the name of the game. Nutty, buttery malts, almost like a brown ale but more toffeeish. There is a light floral hop spike but it is almost unnoticeable. I like it, it makes for a very good session beer. It is actually 5% abv.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Orangish-brown in color with a smallish head that went down quickly.

Smell – Light, sweet, molasses-infused malt. Very faint.

Taste – The lightly-toasted malt flavors come out at the tongue. This one is very subtle, with a slight maple finish and a touch of bitterness throughout.

Mouthfeel – Very little carbonation and light-bodied. This bier is smooth though and flowed down quite nicely.

Drinkability – This went down alright, although I don’t think I’ll buy again. The Widmer Winternacht is a much better brew if you’re in the market for a NW Altbier.

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Photo of UncleFrank
2.95/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tasty beer that is a nice session.
Amber ale with a touch of caramel and chocolate, but not distinctive. Maybe Special B.
The aroma is the same is the as the taste which is the same as the finish. That in itself is kinda cool, as you know what youre getting. However the lack of complexity is why I find this beer to be average.

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Photo of hungryghost
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice reddish brown.
Hardly any foam at all.
Smell the caramel right away. Sweet and malty, roasted malt.
First flavor is the malt, then the caramel sweetness rolls across the tongue.
Very lightly hopped, low on carbonation. A little to sweet to be a session beer, but I still like this one.
Goes down easy, at home and in Alaska.

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Photo of CBFanWish
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nothing about this beer was spectacular, but it wasn't a bad beer. It was an amber. I poured it into a pint glass taking note of the clarity of the amber color which retained very little, if any head. But it did retain carbonation, which is more than I can say about some beers I've had in the past (you know who you are). The taste was weak by my standards, but then I'm a porter, ipa man. This would be a good starter beer. Hey Bud drinkers, try this one.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Genaro for bringing me my first Alaskan beer! This Alt pours a deep, dark amber. The off-white head fades rather fast into a very thin coating. The aroma is mostly of sweet caramel, honey and light fruity notes. The malt is creamy and sweet, and just a bit smoky. Again, caramel and honey comes to mind in the flavor department. A light citrus bitterness and mild spicy taste make for a subdued and balanced brew. I could drink quite a few of these babies. The more I drink this sweet Amber the more impressed I become!

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Photo of GreenCard
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: dirty-penny-brown, no head at all, much lighter than the draft version, good clarity

Aroma: sweet flowery caramel notes, a slight touch of roastiness, hazelnuts, fruity

Flavor: smooth caramel malt flavor with a supremely balanced hop-level; starts out a bit sweet, but is equalized in the finish by a gentle hop bitterness; nutty, toffee-like aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, zinging carbonation provides some counterpoint to the sweetness, smooth

Overall Impression: I've had this on draft many times and I'm not sure which I like better. The carbonation is at a much better level out of the bottle, so that's a plus (draft can get a bit sweet). Alaskan is a fantastic brewery. I like all of the beers I've tried from them.

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Photo of brakspear
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This amber ale pours with a nice deep amber color, however, the head does not stick around very long. The aroma is a blend of fruit fermentation aromas and some roasted malt notes and a bit of hop spiciness. The flavor is also a smooth blend of roasted malt and slight hop bitterness. Overall, this is a very decent amber, but there are better ones out there, especially on the Pacific Coast.

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Photo of Boto
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rich mahogonay color. A decent malty aroma with a bit of citrus. Flavor is malty without being sweet. A hint of roastiness. Slightly bitter finish. Another fine Northwestern brewery. I have enjoyed this an a few trips to the Seattle area. Even with all the choices out there, it is still a beer I come back to.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 fluid ounce squat brown bottle with a “Made in Alaska” twist-off crown cap. The label has a picture of a fishing trawler in a snow capped fjord. No freshness date, or strength, listed.

Appearance: Dark amber color with deep copper hints. The head is off-white and quite large, but manageable when first poured. It soon relaxes to a thin wasteland covering. Average carbonation levels. Looks pretty good and quite appealing in the Glass actually.

Nose: Malt, caramel and a little bit of dark fruit mixed in for good measure.

Taste: Malty start with a solid caramel backbone that added some sweetness to the middle. A rather short finish that was a mix of malt and light hops, neither lasted that long, but a caramel aftertaste remained for a short while. Crisp.

Mouthfeel: Pretty good actually, given the strength. Reasonable levels of carbonation and solid malt tastes lend a helping hand.

Drinkability: Actually, I found this to be a very reasonable drinking beer, if this was available as on Cask, via a Beer Engine, I would imagine that it would a great lunchtime session beer.

Overall: An above average beer for the style I would say. Worth a try.

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Photo of woemad
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap last night. It had been a couple of years since I'd had one, so I figured why not.
Had a nice, orange-red color capped with a finger of foam. Not a lot of lacing. Moderate mouthfeel. Malty, hoppy smell. The taste was well balanced between malt and hop flavors. Finished nice and crisp. I think this could make a good session beer.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Medium copper color, large head. Aroma is malty. Medium bodied amber. Complex malt flavor, medium hopped. Malts have a near fruitlike taste (pears and or apricots?) Finish is smooth. Aftertaste is malty, very little bitterness. Complex taste, very smooth. Very drinkable. Nice beer.

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Photo of Jason
3.05/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz short brown twist-off, no freshness date.

Appearance: Thin lacing with a lacking retention gives the head a shorter than normal life. The tawny hue has some depth and shows off the clarity.

Smell: Toasted grain and biscuity malt aroma.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Faint crispness in a moderate body, simple malt flavours of toasted grain and sweetness. The hop bitterness is slightly spicy in the palate and balances the modest malt flavour. Hops have a light astringent note to them middle to end. More sweetness comes through at the end.

Notes: An average altbier, minus the light astringent character and I would come back to this one.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought in the 12 oz brown short neck.
Nice deep dark amber colour smallish head that dissapears almost completelly to leave a slight lace ring round the top of the beer.
wonderful sweet malty aroma, with hints of butterscotch..and toffee ( slight).
taste is very sweet and at the same moment it turns dry..small hop bitterness near the end.slight tea flavour to this.
feels reasonably good in the mouth..not too dry and not cloying.
A slightly above average beer buit the low alcohol volume would make this a cracking session beer.

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Photo of tavernjef
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from a trip to Cordova AK June 2002

This is a very good drinker. Good color of rich golden orange and light brown highlights. Good smell of malt and a solid fresh tone with some hop presence. Taste is quite good, very smooth, nice malty back. Good medium body feel smooth malty tones all over. Drinkable indeed.

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Photo of jtw5877
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium reddish brown with a decent white head. Toasted malty aroma, sweet malty taste. Nice body, a really good amber. My thanks go out to my Brother and his family who brought me a nice beer package from Alaska this holiday season.

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Photo of Fabric8r
4.56/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Excellent pre-dinner beer, if on tap because the bottled version is nothing like the draft. Wonderful aftertaste that I cannot describe. Usually ask at a restaurant if they have it on tap, if not, we usually don't return. (it's that much of a great pre-dinner beer for me). I have found different batches taste different. Alaskan needs to pay attention to their consistency (or maybe that is their plan ?) If you find it on tap before dinner, Enjoy!

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Photo of Zraly
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first time that I had this beer was at a restaurant on Lake Pend Oreille in Idaho. It was "love at first sight" and before I had tasted this beer, I was a through and through wine snob.

There is really no prominent scent to the Alaskan Amber besides a slight hint of the grains. This beer is very polite in appearance, pouring a decent, white with an orange tint head to compliment its orange-red-rust color.

The beer is really an easy-drinking choice. The flavors that come out are sweet maltiness that have been kissed with a touch of caramel. I even taste a lil' bit o' sugar cookie in this one. The hops are more or less an afterthought. And for this beer, I kind of like that feature.

Whenever in doubt, I grab a six-pack of Alaskan Amber. It's a mellow, user-friendly beer that adapts to all different types of dining and entertaining situations.

Speaking of food, I highly recommend this beer to be used in beer batter for fish. Two cups of flour, a teaspoon of baking powder, a bit o' salt and your favorite spice seasoning (I use a paprika-based blend) along with one bottle of Alaskan Amber makes for an incredible beer batter for cod. Make sure that once you have blended the ingredients to use it within the hour. It loses its airy-ness if you let it sit for too long.


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Photo of aracauna
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Suffers from its proximity to the amber I had at Glacier Brewhouse the day before. Color is a little thin but not as light at some of the poorer excuses for ambers. Taste is the same, not bad, pretty typical, but not outstanding.

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Photo of QXSTER1
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Balance! This is what the word is about. Nothing overpowering but everything is there. Great malty nose accentuated by the deep amber color. Rocky white head that calms to a sticky white lace. Sweet complex malt notes with caramel and biscuit, and just before malt overload the hops kicks in to a smooth mid-palate. Finish is velvety and full bodied but not cloying. A great accompaniment to a summer grill dinner.

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Photo of cokes
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A showcase Alt.
Pours a deep amber, leaning toward brown. Thin, yet dense off-white head quickly diminishes to a film, then stays the duration.
Big malty nose. Caramel and toffee, with underlying fruit. There is something here that is just slightly wrong-smelling. Reminds me of horses It keeps this from scoring huge in the nose dept. But very nice, nonetheless.
Taste is big on the caramel/toffee flavors. Strong breadiness. Some toasted and nutty notes. Hops, while not huge, add the right amount of bitterness to this one. I am pulling some faint grape and raisin notes in the background.
Medium bodied. Solid in the mouth.
Goes down like a dream. Too fast for my liking, since I only have one bottle.

Much gratitude goes to Mr Bighuge for landing me this treat.

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Photo of tigerpaws
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I must admit in other circumstances this beer may have gotten a better review here. It was at a football game in Idaho snowy and very cold. But I was impressed witht he taste and how smooth this beer tasted. I would recommend trying it, in fact I look forward to trying it again so that I can truly enjoy it...............CHEERS

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