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Balt Altbier - Union Craft Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

137 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 3
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Union Craft Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: yourefragile on 07-05-2012

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Photo of Lucular
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mhalaiko
4.37/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BBQWhisperer
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.1/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz can into a teku glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark copper color. The head is a finger high and off-white in shade. Its retention is quite poor, unfortunately. About the only thing really notable about the head is that small patches of lacing are left on the glass. (3.25)

Smell: Fairly spicy. I have no idea how fresh this can is (note to Union Craft: start dating your cans!), but there seems to be some nice notes of pine, grass, and spice. Malts provide toasted and earthy qualities along side more standard-issue caramel (the latter appears more vividly as it warms up). Nothing too eventful, but it works. (3.25)

Taste: It does seem hoppier than the norm, judging from the moderate bitterness at first. Grassiness will give way to some maltiness appears near the back end, including notes of caramel, bread, toast...and a somewhat clashing smokiness. With a few more sips, it'll balance out - it doesn't become exciting, just balanced. (3)

Mouthfeel: Fairly crisp, without too much maltiness lingering post-swallow. Still, the sweetness does give it some body, and the light prickle from the carbonation makes it relatively easy to drink. (3.25)

Overall: Not bad. Not my favorite beer from these guys, but this will do in a pinch. Still, I can't help but feel this should have been fresher - then again, without dating the cans, how will I know? (3)

3.09/5: Pretty uneventful in general

Photo of NathanMilesLund
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Vinithing
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Skabiski
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of dabarton
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of hilgart1
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Big_V
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

A-dark caramel about 1 finger head
S-mostly pine,grass,and earthly notes
T-getting some hps up front followed by an piney bitterness. Finishes kind of sweet with the malts.
M-light and smooth mouthful, med body and carbonation
O-not bad pinic beer. Could see myself knocking some down after mowing the lawn.

Photo of KnowYourCraft
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

Photo of Foxtrot084
4.52/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of everythingiszen
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Delicious. Got me into the Alt style. Toasty. Will always order it if it's on tap or in a can.

Photo of jordanian2
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Devman171
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of askene
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

im pretty sure this won a medal this year at gabf, but i wasnt all that impressed. its basically an american amber ale with a moderate german character to its grain bill, really nothing too unique or distinctive about it, save that its a little dryer than most, and still has that nice rich body. nothing bad about it at all though, in fact, its a relatively solid example of the style, which i suppose is what these beers are judged on at such events, so maybe i shouldnt be surprised. i guess i just figure that a beer that can win a medal out of so many entries, must be absolutely delicious, and while this is decent, its not medal worthy to me. it lacks depth and its carbonation is a bit light for me, so the beer gets tired as it drinks. im sure its nice from the can though, and we dont have many alts in cans around, so thats a nice touch too. my first beer from these guys.

Photo of mre4b
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of WheelsPSU
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Slatetank
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%

12oz can into a willybecker chilled

The color is dark toffee with auburn bronze hue and light haze with thick cream of 2 1/2 fingers w/ web-like lace and fine bead. The smell is very herbal with hops and almost pine-like aroma with slight caramel from the malt with lightly nutty tinge and slight fruity yeast accent. The feel is nice with bitterness level and moderate carbonation w/ light malt body and dry finish with low alcohol in the mix.

The taste has a mild hop flavor up front wiht light spice from the yeast and nutty toasted grain flavor in the malt profile with woody accent and mild yeast creaminess in the taste which is supported by the caramel sweetness in the background with toasted flavor and mildly spicy yeast in the finish. Overall this is a decent alt, pretty drinkable for the style.

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3.84/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Beerasaurus
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of StevenK708
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of gambreeno
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Jproche08
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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Balt Altbier from Union Craft Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.