Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Abita Brewing Company Amber Lager

Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review.

Tonight’s featured beer is Abita Brewing Company Amber Lager as I continue on with my “drinking Abita in New Orleans” special.

From the Abita Brewing Company 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 and Cajun food. You might also enjoy it paired with a spicy gumbo or tomato-based pasta sauce. It also goes well also with fried catfish dipped in a tart, lemony tartar sauce. Parmesan, Pecorino and Romano cheeses are good pairings with Abita Amber.”
Let’s get started!
Appearance: Pours a copper/orange/amber with barely any head and a little lacing. The lack of head was due to my pouring this into a tiny hotel room glass, but you gotta use what you got when travelling.
Aroma: Toasted, pale and caramel malts with sweet toffee scents and fruit.
Taste: Sweet malts upfront with toasted malts not far behind. Very mild spicy and citrus hop bitterness in the back.
Overall: Enjoyable and very drinkable Abita Brewing Company’s Amber Lager at 4.5% ABV is very a sessionable beer and worth trying.  I preferred Andygator over this one, but if offered an Abita Brewing Company Amber Lager I would certainly not turn it down. It just wouldn't be my "go to" beer.


Mark Harvey

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