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Balt Altbier - Union Craft Brewing Company

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30 Reviews
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Reviews: 30
Hads: 164
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 24.47%
Wants: 5
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Union Craft Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: yourefragile on 07-05-2012

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Reviews: 30 | Hads: 164
Reviews by HattedClassic:
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3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a light head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a clear deep amber that resembles a dark copper color. The look is very nice and conforms with the style guidelines fairly well. It's definitely one of the more attractive beers I've seen.

The smell is pretty nice. It has a strong milk chocolate note and a bit of nuttiness to it. There is also a noticeable metallic hop presence that works well with the malt notes.

The taste has the same notes as the smell but with different strengths. The malts are just nutty, chocolatey, and a bit of caramel. The hop notes are floral and bitter and complement the malt notes very well.

The feel is pretty good. The beer is a bit medium bodied but on the lighter side. The beer goes down smoothly and is actually pretty refreshing.

Overall, a pretty good altbier and worth getting. This is definitely a nice beer for the summer nights when other option don't seem appropriate.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of BBQWhisperer
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of needMIbeerinMD
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ConradKenney
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mongrel
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - amber with a short, sudsy off-white head.

S - smells sweet and a little chalky with a faint whiff of banana.

T - tastes like an intriguing mix between an amber lager and a Belgian witbier. Sweet and a little syrupy with caramel malts at first, but hints of Belgian spice follow - vanilla, clove mainly. Also a touch of tart apple.

Mouthfeel is medium and a little syrupy for a second, but turns soft and slightly chalky, which is another interesting element of this beer and another strange tie between an amber lager and Belgian.

Overall, an interesting, easy-drinking amber ale that could sub in nicely for more boring party beers like Yuengling or Blue Moon.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of tone77
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a bronze color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is malty, a bit sweet. Taste is caramel, malts, some sweetness, very easy drinking, considerably dry at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer worth checking out.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of tugdriver7
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Ever since Frankenheim was pulled from the US market, I have been searching for an American craft "alt" that was as authentic and drinkable as an original German. A tall order indeed. And there have been a few come close. This one comes the closest so far. Balt Alt has the same lighter body, subtle carbonation, rich roasted malt flavor (without being too sweet), and a slight hops bitterness--particularly in the aftertaste, rendering the whole extremely drinkable. Best of all, it's fresh where I live but comes in cans so a glass pour can be almost as good as a tap. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of fourstringer
4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the can into a pint glass with a moderately aggressive hand. This is a hometown beer for sure - the brewery is only a few miles from my house. No perceivable date on the can.

A: Nice dark amber-brown with 1/2 finger of off-white head. Down to a light coating at 2 minutes. Light lacing.

S: Solid, nutty malt with some sweetness. Traces of toffee, dried fruit. Toasted notes with subtle touches of bread.

T: Nutty and malty with a nice bitterness that is present both immediately and throughout. Fairly classic german hop profile. Semi-dry finish. There is definitely some sweetness, but it is not the focal point IMO. Well balanced. Probably a bit more hop bitterness than the typical altbier, but it works. Great flavors of nuts, toasted malt, light toffee, indistinct fruit.

M: Moderate to low carbonation with a moderate body. Fitting for the style. Smooth. Well done.

O: Aside from their "Hampden on Rye" collaboration with Brewer's Art, this is my favorite Union offering. Excellent execution of a traditional style with a subtle American twist. Drinks really well. I particularly enjoy the nuttiness of this brew. Good out of the can, too. Buy it if you see it, for sure.


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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of smakawhat
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a stange glass.

A real nice chestnut brown body, and even ruby red along the edges for the body. Faint cola carbonation and fast rising, a large three finger head, tan in color, with soapy retention is made off the pour. Settles to a soapy collar and a nice deep red presentation.

Light yeast and some caramel toasty warmth. Slightly clove spicy and dry, with a touch of caramel. Fairly basic and solid.

Light bodied palate comes with the matching nose. Sharp caramel and toast, but with a slightly tinny finish though unfortunately. Dryness is not as pronounced on the nose as compared to the flavor profile. Some good sticky quality but there's a faint metallic twinge to this particularly in the finish. Mild sticky yeast, but with a lighter feel.

Overall it's alright, but could be better.

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4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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Balt Altbier from Union Craft Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.