1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Altoberfest - Element Brewing Company

Not Rated.
AltoberfestAltoberfest

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

46 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 46
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 18
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Element Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  8.35% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rudzud on 09-22-2010)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Ratings: 46 | Reviews: 22 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Rshersnow
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%

Rshersnow, Monday at 01:35 AM
Photo of richkrull
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%

richkrull, Oct 17, 2014
Photo of Alex93
3.64/5  rDev -12.3%

Alex93, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of zanegrimes
4.56/5  rDev +9.9%

zanegrimes, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of pisano
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

pisano, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of laituegonflable
3.45/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown red, scorched earth colour. Bit cloudy. Head is beige, small bubbles but retaining well. Looks pretty nice.

Smells malty; fairly English base but light fruity hops. Somewhat citric, touch of sherbet falls short of piney. Pretty light, nice base though.

Taste is a bit more hoppy. Still very English-seeming malt base, hint of toffee with lightly toasted cereal grain, then some resiny, slightly spicy hops. Dry and peppery with a touch of lemon pith. Falls disappointingly short as there's a potency in the midway that you would expect to last. Dry, bitter, quite malty. Pleasant enough.

Decent body, quite bitty at the back. Silty, even.

Nice sessionable brew. Decent balance.

laituegonflable, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

GraduatedCashew, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle number #520, purchased somewhere in Massachusetts by my mum, who brought it back to Australia. Shared with @LaitueGonflable. It's an odd-sized bottle, 25oz, not quite the full three-quarter litre. Caged and corked, and only identified by its accompanying card: the bottle was entirely wrapped in paper. Anyway...

Pours a cloudy amber hue, with a big rocky head of yellowed-white that settles down into a firm crest. Minimal lacing, but the body is pleasantly solid. Very little visible carbonation: it looks as though it's worn itself out just getting that aerated head together in the first place.

Pleasant, slightly earthy hop characters on the nose, balanced with some pleasantly rounded malt notes. These are a bit flat, and not as expressive as they might have been, but they provide a broad sweetness at least. Faint estery tones add a little brightness and a touch of pear. It's all pretty nice stuff, perhaps just a little muted.

Taste is very nice: clean and nutty, with a pleasant sweet-savoury malt providing the bulk of the flavour. Faint, restrained bitterness gives some balance. There are soda tones to it, perhaps cola and a slightly savoury stonefruit note, almost gamey but sweet. There's a hint of a medicinal character on the back; perhaps as the cola character picks up more of the bitterness. Finish has some husky, earthy grain. It's all rather pleasant though.

Feel is very smooth, and very pleasant.

Overall, this is very drinkable and really nicely balanced even as the flavours bounce around off each other. There certainly is plenty of flavour in any case. I liked it a lot.

lacqueredmouse, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of VelvetExtract
2.95/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

A-Mostly clear, darker orange color. Medium sized tan, foamy head. Relatively light lacing.

S-A bit of an acrid aroma. Slightly vegetal 'off' aroma. Besides that, I get a beefed up Marzen with lots of toasty and caramelly maltiness.

T-The flavor is worse than the aroma. It tastes almost tart in a very unpleasant manner. Vegetal hops. A fruity yeast and again some stronger, thick toast and caramel. There is just an undesirable element (no pun intended) to this brew.

M-Light heat. Not too sticky. Soft bubbles. Actually one of the better aspects of this beer.

O/D-A double Marzen sounds cool but this one does not deliver. Also, coming in at about $16.50 for a 750ml is no good either. Have not been impressed with Element.

VelvetExtract, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of RRC03
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

RRC03, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of Prost76
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Prost76, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of SkiBum22
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

SkiBum22, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of ncelauro
4/5  rDev -3.6%

ncelauro, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Hazy amber with heavy bubbles on the body. White head thick in the beginning riding to about 1/3" settling quick.

Smell: Hard hops with rum type of scent...very yummy.

Taste: Bitter for an octoberfest. Hoppy and a slightly floral. It's simple as far as factors are concerned but ridiculously potent.

Mouth: Medium to heavy and smooth. Sticky bitter notes feels almost like tree bark at the end with a dose of bread.

Overall: Absolute beast of a beer. It is a little pricey considering that 17 bucks for one 750ml but then again we both know we'd spend more at a bar. Hope you all enjoy, Salud!

BlurryVisi0n, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of beer4colin
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

beer4colin, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of ELECTRONICAnonymous
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

ELECTRONICAnonymous, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of jwps214
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

jwps214, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of TripelMark
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

TripelMark, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of tneenan1
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

tneenan1, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of jmmy3
4/5  rDev -3.6%

jmmy3, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of Dylanjf
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Dylanjf, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of Kelp
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Kelp, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of Triglycerides
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Triglycerides, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of SamBzkr
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

SamBzkr, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of kaelingirl
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

kaelingirl, Nov 13, 2012
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Altoberfest from Element Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.