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Balt Altbier - Union Craft Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

121 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 9.14%
Wants: 2
Gots: 16 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: yourefragile on 07-05-2012)
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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

StonedTrippin, Oct 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

mre4b, Sep 30, 2014
Photo of WheelsPSU
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

WheelsPSU, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of Slatetank
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

Slatetank, Sep 17, 2014
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3.84/5  rDev +0.3%

wisegreensoul, Sep 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Beerasaurus, Sep 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

StevenK708, Sep 06, 2014
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3.96/5  rDev +3.4%

gambreeno, Sep 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Jproche08, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of CraftFan5
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

CraftFan5, Sep 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

MikeMilanoDesign, Aug 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

th3d1ck, Aug 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

doctorb, Aug 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

sneth019, Aug 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Derpywitamuffin, Aug 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

wiscokid920, Aug 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

beerjamieson, Jul 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

deansellers, Jul 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

dexterk1, Jul 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

mikeburd1128, Jul 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Chvck1, Jul 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

DrBier, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of JednoPivoProsim
3.26/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 FL OZ can into a pint glass (no Altbier glass on hand).

Appearance: Pours a thick caramel colored body with a thick, yet not dense, head. Looks like a thick iced tea or loosely carbonated soda.

Smell: Caramel aroma with a nice scent of German Noble hops.

Taste: More like a brown ale than the crisp Altbier flavor I remember. Nutty, caramel, and a touch of chocolate malt.

Mouthfeel: Very, almost too, thick for an Altbier.

Overall: Just not enough to style from the plethora of Altbiers I enjoyed so much outside of Duesseldorf 20 years ago. Again, much more like a nutty brown ale than a true crisp Alt. I feel like Fordham's Copper Ale was much more on point.

JednoPivoProsim, Jul 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

BmoreBeerGuy, Jul 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

smokeypeat, Jul 08, 2014
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Balt Altbier from Union Craft Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.