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Alt-Bier Ale - Hangar 24 Brewery

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125 Ratings
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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.61%
Wants: 3
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hangar 24 Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Floydster on 11-06-2008)
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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

t0rin0, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Hangar 24 in Redlands, CA.

Pours a clear copper with a light tan head that settles to an oily film. Chunky streaks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of bready malt and some slight fruity aromas. Taste is pretty much the same with a nice herbal hop finish. There is a mild bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a pretty good carbonation level with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good alt beer with a nice malt and herbal hop flavor.

UCLABrewN84, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

zestar, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of womencantsail
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is amber in color with a thin layer of off-white/khaki colored foam.

S: A fair amount of sweetness with a hint of fruits at moments. Mostly malty, however, with notes of toffee, caramel, and a mild roast.

T: The maltiness is front and center, giving off some light caramel sweetness, toffee, toasted malt, and a kiss of dark chocolate. Not all that complex or interesting.

M: The body is light-to-medium with a moderate carbonation to it.

D: Perhaps I'm just not a fan of Alts, but this was not particularly interesting to me. Sort of bland all around, but I suppose it works for some.

womencantsail, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3/5  rDev -15.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -15.7%

largadeer, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of mactrail
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice amber color and lacing in the tall pilsener glass. Mild flavors with a touch of the sweet and sour that I associate with Altbiers. Very light body and the general impression is a lager gone bad. Murky flavors, a touch of roasted malt. Sprightly mouthfeel but just a dirty aftertaste with some hop bitterness. Slight beer smell. I think this one is just not worth bothering with, it seems to detract from the style. There are so many other pleasant beers with a touch of malt, like all the LTD lagers from Full Sail.

mactrail, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of Halcyondays
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours brown with a firm medium white head with good retention and solid lace.

S: Sweet malt overtones, with a hint of bacon fat, and light chocolate.

T: Very toasty, roasty with a heavy dark bread component. Some bitter baker's chocolate in there with heavy toast. A robust amber beer, really not minerally and light as altbier should be, but an enjoyable effort. Really a brown ale/stout hybrid.

M: Medium-bodied, creamy, thick in parts, light carbonation that crisps up on the back end.

O: Altbier can be a catch all, and I think this beer comes in to that definition of alt. The roast is overt and much more than you'd expect from something coming out of Germany. Still at the end of the day, it's a good beer, worth a pick up, just don't expect Uerige.

Halcyondays, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of kojevergas
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown glass bottle (either 11.2 or 12 fl oz) with standard pressure cap served into an EKU 28 snifter in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; I quite like the style and the label intrigues me.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the coarse of consumption. Side-poured without any additional aggression as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger head of good cream, good thickness, and good retention. Colour is a transparent copper-red. No yeast particles are visible. Nothing strikes me as unique or special, but it is quite appealing. I'm excited to try it.

Sm: Toasted malts, caramelized malts, light chocolate, very light amber hops, and clean malts. A mild strength aroma, but a generally pleasant one.

T: Lightly bready, with some acidic tones. Imbalanced toasted malts. Some caramelized malts. No chocolate. Some light cream. Maybe a light raspberry ester - but only a hint. The body isn't full. Clean. Simple, but not bland. Balanced decently. Built pretty well. There's nothing unique or special here, and I wish it was more bold or experimental. I guess I like it.

Mf: A bit crisp, which doesn't suit the flavour profile. Smooth and wet, which does. It's awkwardly thin compared to its coarseness. Adequately carbonated. Strange.

Dr: Drinkable but boring. There's so much room for this to be good, but it falls short of its potential. I'd try it on draught, but this isn't worth getting again out of the bottle unless the alternatives are shite. It has some nice flavours, but it's just not as well built and balanced as it should be.

C+

kojevergas, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

drewone, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of DoubleJ
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Gourmet Pizza Shoppe in Redlands, CA. On to the beer:

It is amber in color, but mixed with the colors of brown and orange. The beer has good head retention, and leaves a little lacing on the glass. Its aroma is a thing of sweetness. Initially there is some dry, dark bread, but after that it is a rush toffee, caramel, unsweetened chocolate, fudge. It's almost like a candy shop.

Nice flavor as well. Toffee, fudge, nouget, nuts, nutty. The most surprising aspect for me was the amount of hops in this beer. Not a shitload of hops, but it is very noticable in this usually low-hopped style. The hops add a dimension of citrus and orange (plus bitterenss), especially towards the end of the sip. Soft bubbles in the mouth.

Altbier is a rare style to find among US microbrewers, so it is nice to see one done by one of my local ones. More important is it tastes good. Recommended.

DoubleJ, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of Zorro
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium brown colored ale with a small tan colored head.

Strongly malty with a whiff of patent malt to it. Caramel, toasted bread and some small amount of fruitiness. Slight coffee aroma with no real aroma of hops beyond a slight grassy scent.

Starts out sweet and very malty with a slight bitterness to it. Coffee flavor develops that stands with the caramel flavors. Bitterness is slight and seems to come as much from patent malt as it does from hops. Slight burned toast flavor.

Mouthfeel is full as you would expect from a malty beer style.

Overall an OK beer, not sure I would buy again instead of Alaskan Amber.

Zorro, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of Gonzoillini
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Gonzoillini, Sep 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Latarnik, May 31, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

GraduatedCashew, Aug 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Gobzilla, Jul 24, 2013
Photo of ehammond1
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

Eureka! Burger
Redlands, CA

Clear and dark amber, bordering on brown. Thin off-white head. Some lacing down the glass.

Sweet, bready aroma. Little to no hop presence. There's a touch of toffee which is very nice.

Simple altbier. Caramel notes and a touch of toffee sweetness, but relatively simple and one-note, though tasty.

Medium to light bodied. Easy to drink. Pairs well with food.

A simple, malty altbier. Some caramel and toffee sweetness, but not a huge amount of character. Good with a delicious burger.

ehammond1, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of ste5venla
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

ste5venla, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Hanger 24

Look: Copper in color and slightly translucent with a 1/8 off white head and no real retention

Smell: Caramel and toffee

Taste: Chocolate upfront with some caramel on the back end ok flavors but pretty one dimensional

Mouthfeel: Thin body and mildly carbonated

Overall: A pretty good alt bier with drink again next time I go to Hanger

DarthKostrizer, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of Floydster
4.35/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint at Gourmet Pizza Shoppe in Redlands for five dollars on 11/2/08, reviewed from notes

A-Color is a deep red that is almost brown, one inch creamy as can be off white head that stays around for close to ten minutes, good retention, very nice lacing
S-Sweetness, heavy malt, various dark and tropical fruits, caramel, toasted bread, hint of spice, light hoppiness, toffee, and mild brown sugar
T-Starts off slightly dry, some toasted malt in the middle providing some chewy aspects, finish is sweet with both fruit and caramel malt, maintains its flavor as it warms and never changes much, enjoyed the balance in this one even though it was on the maltier side of the spectrum, really liked how the caramel bounced off the light hop character, went well with the unique honey mustard chicken pizza I was eating
M-Low level of carbonation that made this fuller but not syrupy, still a medium body, sweet, malty, and creamy mouthfeel, taste lingers for a few minutes
D-Could drink a few more pints of this no problem, sweetness might get to me after a few though, big reliance on malt, still not heavy on the stomach, ABV seems low around five percent but I am not sure exactly

I have never been a big fan of altbiers before but I had to give this new beer a try from the local brewery, I am glad I did because it was the best beer I had of this style, Ben Cook is a great brewer and we are starting to see this more and more, I will be drinking this each time I go out to visit friends in Redlands now, recommended

Floydster, Nov 06, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Smarty_Pints, Feb 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

JamLand, Jun 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

notchucknorris, Oct 03, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

CoolEthan, Oct 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

CelticAleMan, Dec 21, 2011
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Alt-Bier Ale from Hangar 24 Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.