Arbor Brewing Olde Number 22 Alt Bier - Arbor Brewing Company

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86 Ratings

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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.43%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Arbor Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-26-2002

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Ratings: 86 | Reviews: 55
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4.18/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass at Arbor Brewing. The color was dark brown/black, with a nice, thick white head. The smell was a good, dry roastiness. The taste was a fairly dry portery roasty malt character. Mouthfeel was very creamy. Drinkability-wise, this would be an excellent session beer.

Thank you to trbeer for splitting a pint of this one with us. A very good altbier with a very intersting porter characteristic to it, and absolutely something I'd hope to have when I make it up this way again!

Photo of ken3c
4.33/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark brown with a medium head. Smells like rich toasted grain.

Tastes like great coffee except that its starts cold in the mouth and warms all the way down. Nice aftertaste stays a while.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a rather clean finish.

Very drinkable. I've tried other beers while at Arbor Brewing but this one brings me in the door.

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3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of my favorites at ABC. At 5% ABV, it's a comfortable, pleasing drinking companion. But it's tasty without being distracting, that's why I love the Alt. Pours a dark chestnut brown with a modest edge-wise head (which nonetheless lasts and lasts). Subtle aroma like roasted barley and malt; you begin with great tongue- and throat- tickling hops and perfect--yes perfect--carbonation which ensures that the malt and barley don't come close to suggesting other genres such as porter, stout, or dopplebock. No, the hops/carbonation balances this beer that rounds out a finish with malt, roasted barley, and a hint of caramel that while smooth, refuses to suggest any sweetness or heavy-handed microbrewing flavor over-kills. A really fine, I'd even venture elegant, beer.

Photo of marburg
4.62/5  rDev +32%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer. Even some German altbiers are a little too straight-up malty. But not this one. Definite some roasty malts in there but also some toffee-ish, coffee, chocolate flavors. It's like a damn Starbucks drink -- the toffee cafe choco mocha nut brown beer. Fortunately, you don't need one of those little cardboard things since this is served much colder than coffee -- but just right at just-less-than-cellar temperature. Nice brown color too. Like a very dark chocolate bar. Served in a nice 500mL German mug -- except that they generally overfill it a bit so you get a bit more than your 500mL.

Photo of beernut7
4.38/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This deep dark altbier is the best I have had outside of the actual German beers. The light malt aroma introduces a complex group roasted coffee, sweet chocolate and hints of vanilla. The extra medium body is creamy on the palate and extremely enjoyable.

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Arbor Brewing Olde Number 22 Alt Bier from Arbor Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.