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style
Serve in Klsch/Altbier

bottled
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on tap
available

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RATINGS: 1206   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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The name of this beer style comes from the German word alt meaning old. This refers to the aging that alts undergo since they ferment more slowly and at colder temperatures than most ales. Slow fermentation helps condition the flavors in Alaskan Amber, contributing to its overall balance and smoothness.

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3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anaheim1983 (140) - Anaheim, California, USA - JUN 13, 2006
twelve ounce bottle pours red with white head, very very sweet for an alt beer I would think it needs to be a little dry but no. Nice use of hops and very drinkable at right temp

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Headbanger (3945) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 6, 2006
120z bottle-A light amber in color with a nice head that keeps its retention. Has an aroma of malt and caramel and nuts. A malty flavor with hints of honey. A light to medium body. A nice tasting beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
eaglefan538 (3035) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 5, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2007 First time I had this beer, I wasnt too keen on it and thought it was a basic amber ale. Second tasting (June 06 rerate) was much better. Usual appearance, good initial head and good lacing, amber colored (not as deep a copper as I like in an alt). Malts were mildly sweet and moderately rich: nutty, bready, very light caramel. Hops were bittering, nicely done. Unfortunately, a little bit too much fruitiness sticking around in the aftertaste, leaving this a bit sloppy for the best of the alts, yet a good stateside example. Third tasting, 3/07, a little too malty, although the comments stand. Re-rate on draft, 11/07: A product that is continually slipping, too imbalanced to the sweet side to be a stellar altbier. Sweet, slight breadiness, caramel, in need of more toasty nutty notes and more balancing hops to be a better example of the style. Appearance within style was a bit weak too. No lager crispness anywhere in this product.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kamish (93) - Monroe, Washington, USA - JUN 5, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2006 a delicious amber. at first i didnt think much, but after a few experiences ive re-decided that this is an excellent beer.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blueduk (118) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAY 27, 2006
This is a very good beer, dont get me wrong. However, this is a beer that I liked a lot more before I sat down to rate it. I think that this might be a very good beer that is nonetheless overhyped. (For an excellent beer that lives up to the hype, try their smoked porter.) Alaskan Amber pours red-orange with a small tan head which dissipates quickly. If you like malty beer, youll be very happy with this alt. After the pour I thought Id opened a bag of walnuts. The aroma is nutty, toasted cereal with a detectable herbal hop aroma. The beer is medium bodied and chewy, and very appetizing. Drink this at your next cookout and you wont be disappointed.

1.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
elduchey (12) - Venice, California, USA - MAY 26, 2006
On tap at a pizza joint in Palm Springs. Great amber color with a small white head. Very sweet caramel flavor with no hint of hop. I was excited to see this beer on tap so I passed up the Chimay to try one. Big mistake on my part. This beer is over rated.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2006
Very, VERY sweet...with a cloying candi sugar note. Some very light herbal hopping, but pretty subtle. Light notes of nuts and caramel. OK, I guess.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2006
Bottle at some generic Irish pub on Coronado. Pours a clear medium amber with an off-white head. Strong caramel malts with some candi sugar accents and mild hops. A very drinkable beer.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - MAY 19, 2006
Made a decent appearance, poured a clear reddish amber with a foamy pale tannish head that quickly settled into a thin lacing, moderate carbonation. Very faint aromas, toasted grains and a nutty, sweet malty. A semi-crisp, smooth medium bodied mouth feel, average drinkability. Semi-sweet tea and floral light hop bitterness, a watery toasted graininess, nutty and caramelized sugary maltiness and a watery sweet and fruity finish. This is my least favorite beer Ive had from Alaskan Brewing, an average altbier at best.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sky (2) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - MAY 12, 2006 does not count
My favorite beer, so I have it on tap. Amber colored, clear, not much head when poured. As other have said, there is a carmel flavor, but it isnt too sweet, so goes well with any type of meal. I find everyone who tries it, likes it.


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