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Altbier - French Broad Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 19.48%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
French Broad Brewing Co. visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ChainGangGuy on 02-05-2008

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Ratings: 56 | Reviews: 48
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3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber into a beer mug.

Nice label on this bottle as it pours a brilliant, copper-colored body. Perfect clarity, and a modest carbonation level supplies an effervescent khaki head that was initially an inch+ in height. Nice aroma on this alt--a solid backbone of caramel and pilsner-esque malt gradually give way to a soft floral hoppiness and hints of fresh grass clippings. Brown sugar and raisins come to mind when the nose digs a bit deeper.

The flavor doesn't exactly knock my socks off, but it doesn't leave me disappointed, either. A sharp, floral, grassy hop note cuts straight to the palate leaving a nice bitterness behind; background is a well-crafted blend of crystal and caramel malts. Some citrus lingers on the finish, as does a bit of residual malty sweetness. Mouthfeel is nearly perfect, with a refreshingly light and crisp body. The carbonation level is perfect, spicing up the palate and making it notice the more subtle yeast and malt flavors. Overall, another great offering from French Broad that fits nicely into the style category and leaves me wanting more.

Photo of drperm
4.28/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at Brewgrass '08

Appearance: Copper-color. "Looks the way beer should look."

Aroma: A perfect blend of hops and malt, it could be a bit more aromatic for my likes.

Taste: I'm not sure if this is close-on stylistically, but I hope it is! I dig this beer. A harmonious blend of malt and hops, not too sweet at all. There's a nice hop follow-through at the end.

Palate: Perfectly dry and fizzy.

Overall: A wonderful session ale.

Photo of aubuc1
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler (end of it, a little flat) in to a pint glass.

Brown/amber pour with little head (there was at the beginning of the growler)

Herbal/wheaty smell with malt in the background

Crisp bicuity taste with a very german presence

A little tingly from carbonation, but light feel despite appearances

Very easy to drink, and a great beer from French Broad. This was my first beer from them.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

ot to try this one on tap at Barleys this evening, always a treat to try new locals. Poured a very nice orange amber with lots of visisble carbonation and amazing clarity. A big three inch fluffy white pilow head on top faded quickly leaving behind just a hint of lace. The aroma was very malty. Lots of cereal and bread smells, along with a touch of banana. The flavor was light and very good. Lots of grains and bready like flavors, bit very nice balance, with a touch of banana of pear like fruit and a hint of spice as well. A nice strong finish left the mouth ddry and begging for another sip. The carbonation was great and mixed with a smooth subtle feel made this extremmely drinkable. Overall a very nice offering and definitly a quality session beer. I would look forward to trying this one again in the future.

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3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at The Pit in Raleigh. Poured a light brown with a red tinge to it. No head and essentially flat. But that's the style too. Nose was not as heavy on the malts as I was expecting and I got a strong whiff of just plain water.

Flavor was sweet bread and malts. I could pick out a bit of the yeast too coming through the bread flavors. Just a slight hop presence to balance out the malts. Some fruity flavors too but I could not place them. Light mouthfeel which is pretty spot-on for the style. Nice palate pleaser and does not overwhelm.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Barley's Taproom and Pizzeria in Asheville, NC.

Appearance: Clear, dark amber body with small white head.

Smell: Pronounced bready malt aroma with some yeast notes and maybe, just maybe a touch of alcohol.

Taste: Bready, sweet malt flavor. Noticeably yeasty. There might be some fruitiness lurking in here, but let's not say things we can't take back. Very, very light bitterness clears away for a clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Quite bready, but definitely a nice beer and a good session candidate.

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Altbier from French Broad Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.