Review of Abita Amber Beer

02 Aug
Today’s craft beer tasting is going to be the Abita Amber Beer from the Abita Brewing Company located in Abita Springs, Louisiana.

Abita has always been hit or miss with me.  I’ve had some of their brews that I thought were really good, but I’ve also had some that I didn’t find to be all that great.  Let’s give this one a proper review and see how it stacks up to the others.

First, the description from the website,

Amber is a Munich style lager brewed with crystal malt and Perle hops.  It has a smooth, malty, slightly caramel flavor and a rich amber color.  Abita Amber was the first beer offered by the brewery and continues to be our leading seller.  Amber is Abita’s most versatile beer for pairing with food.  It has been voted “best beer” in numerous New Orleans reader polls and is used frequently in recipes of great Louisiana chefs. 

Because of its smooth, malty flavor, try it with smoked sausages, Louisiana boudin, or even with caviar.  It’s great with crawfish’s and Cajun food.  You might also enjoy it paired with a spicy gumbo or tomato-based pasta sauce.  It also goes well with fried catfish dipped in a tart, lemony tartar sauce.  Parmesan, Pecorino and Romano cheeses are good pairings with Abita Amber.  

Let’s jump in…..

This beer stands in at 4.5% ABV and comes in a 12 oz. bottle.

The appearance was a clear amber color with some burnt orange highlights at the very bottom.  The head was slightly off white, poured to a good size, had average retention and a slightly below average lacing quality.  The cap looked to be both soapy and creamy in texture.

The nose brought out a decent caramel malt backbone with slight hints of grain.  Some toffee and butter intermingled with an herbal hop note.  In the background, I kept gathering hints of roasted pecans and toasty biscuits.  Not too bad with the aroma.  It seemed to be balanced pretty well and it had a fair amount of complexity.

The taste seemed to be a bit more “grainy” than the aroma.  I definitely thought the caramel malt, which was present, should have stood out a tad more than the grain.  It was very light in my opinion, which caused the sweetness to be almost an afterthought.  I, for sure, picked up on the earthy hops, but they only provided a minimal amount of bitterness.  Again, a somewhat roasted nuttiness grazed across the palate.  The taste was ok, although I didn’t think that it was balanced quite as well as it could have been.

The mouthfeel was medium to thin, a touch watery, smooth and crisp.  It left a little to be desired in this department.  Some flavor was left on the palate, but not much however.  It disappeared fairly quickly after the swallow.

Overall, I thought this was an easy drinking beer.  It’s not a horrible session, but it just seemed like it needed to be refined a bit in the taste and in the mouthfeel.  It’s definitely quaffable and I think that it could be a decent introductory craft beer, but for me, after I had one or two, I may move on to something else.  If you see it, pick it up, give it a try and decide for yourself, but I wouldn’t go out of my way for this brew.

Thanks as always guys.  It’s most appreciated.


Score:  3.25 out of 5
Grade:  C+ 

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Posted by on August 2, 2011 in Abita, Country: USA


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