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Altbier - Occidental Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

21 Ratings
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Ratings: 21
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 16.58%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Occidental Brewing Co. visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 07-26-2013)
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Reviews by anarchia:
Photo of anarchia
4.8/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Gorgeous light red, transparent beer with a head that is somewhat on the thin side. Interesting variety in the aroma, very bready with some banana, apple, toffee and caramel notes, subtle but pleasant noble hops. Nutty, biscuity, caramel, toffee, nice mellow bitterness from the hops on the finish. Low-moderate level of carbonation, hard not to guzzle this one. This is a beer I pick up almost every time I see it. Every beer I try from Occidental makes me like them more, one of my favorite local (PDX) breweries. More people should know they exist!

anarchia, Dec 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

seanthornton152, Mar 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Boozecamel, Nov 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

ThirstyDutchman, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of Reidrover
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

473ml can from "Lifesource" Grocers in Salem. $2.99 . can is 5.3% alc Pours a hazelnut ,clear brown colour with a very nice thick,creamy eggshell white head. Good creamy biscuit malt aromas,slightly nutty with a whiff of grassy hop. Smooth malty creamy ,nutty flavour, some hop bitterness and a burnt grain after taste.Very nice and as they say a bit hoppier than the usual for style but still within i think! Nice mouth feel on the thin side and low carbonation helps. Very nice beer a good change of pace from the usual up here.

Reidrover, Oct 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

AnchorsAndAxes, Mar 04, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +14%

Purplehat, Sep 07, 2014
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4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz : flute

Clear, coppery, amber red color with a thick, craggy off white head. Really inviting.

Lightly sweet, bready malt base with a spicy, herbal hop character.

Medium+, foamy body. Quite nice.

A beer of subtle flavors, but they are very enjoyable and tasty if the time is taken to appreciate them. Very easy drinking as well. The 16 ounces went by far too fast!

vkv822, Feb 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Kurmaraja, Dec 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

slavall, Aug 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

RHVC59, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of Redrover
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Occidental Alt - on tap at the First National Tap House - served in an imperial style (but not sized) pint, the beer is a nice bronze with a beige head and a chill haze.

Beer smells very fresh. It has a nose of lightly milled malts, a bit of ripe red apple and touch of caramel.

Taste is malt forward. Slightly sweet and grainy. Hops are evident but mainly for balance. They add a bit of back-end floral bite.

The mouth is medium with some prickly carbonation late.

I think they hit most of the notes for this style.

Redrover, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of mactrail
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%

Great creamy mothfeel that is delightfully Germanic. Lightly flavored with a dry finish. Attractive brownish amber color in the tall glass with a plenty of suds. Malty but not a heavy body. Just a hint of butter and a faint bitterish aftertaste.

One of the better Altbiers in my experience. Highly drinkable but more interesting than the Oktober, Marzen, etc. styles. From the 16 oz can purchased at New Seasons Market in Portland.
3.75 3.25 4.0 4.25 4.0

mactrail, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of Hoptometrist
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from the tallboy can into a pint glass.

A- Poured a clear dark ruby red with off-white fluffy head that left glass coating lace.

S- Prominent bready notes, some rich malty notes, and slightly fruity notes.

T- Lots of bready notes,some rich caramel malt notes, slightly fruity, some grainy and nutty notes.

M- Soft carbonation, medium body, smooth, and semi-dry finish.

O- A pretty solid altbier that tastes very traditional just like other German beers I have had from Occidental. Very malt forward but also a nice bitterness on the finish.

Hoptometrist, Apr 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Quafftastic, Dec 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

cbnz, Jan 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

gartlesby, May 16, 2014
Photo of msubulldog25
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A pint pour at the Occidental Taproom. On "OBF Friday" after a few magnicent tastesat the Beer Fest.

A: Perfectly amber/bronze; clear with plenty of carbonation. 1/2 finger of dense whiteness, almost no lacing.

S: Sweet and a bit nutty.

T: Finishes ashy, woody and slightly tangy. Smoked apples and pears, more than a little woody.

M: Creamy and incredibly smooth.

O: So delicious, among the best from this brewer's Germanic-styled list of beers.

msubulldog25, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of sayrockaoj7
4.95/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this at the taproom in one of their cool Occidental logo glasses. The glass is uniquely shaped and larger than expected. Beer was poured and presented with a nice creamy head that retained for the long haul.

Appearance: Deep amber in color with 2 fingers of off-white/dense head that provided quite a bit of lacing.

Smell: I get quite a bit of nuttiness out of it but after that the smell is a bit thin, at least compared to the complex taste.

Taste: Picks right back up with great nuttiness, decent amount of clean tasting noble hops balance out the maltiness of this beer perfectly.

Mouthfeel: Exactly what is expected from such a nicely balanced beer. Very creamy and smooth. Goes down very easy, but has just enough carbonation to bite the tongue and remind you to respect it.

Overall: Top notch. This might be my favorite of the regular offerings from this small and under-appreciated Portland brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

sayrockaoj7, Nov 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

dmorgan310, Nov 02, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -61.1%

Sir_Goatman, Jun 14, 2014
Altbier from Occidental Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.