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Balt Altbier - Union Craft Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

110 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 9.42%
Wants: 1
Gots: 14 | 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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Reviews by Mongrel:
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Mongrel

Maryland

3.74/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

01-21-2014 00:56:29 | More by Mongrel
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Jason

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.7%

01-17-2013 04:16:25 | More by Jason
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RichardMNixon

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

01-13-2013 04:52:29 | More by RichardMNixon
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earlholman

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

06-02-2014 20:08:23 | More by earlholman
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Maryland

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Swift989

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

06-10-2013 22:36:08 | More by Swift989
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dexterk1

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

07-20-2014 23:29:26 | More by dexterk1
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gillagorilla

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

06-29-2014 22:10:06 | More by gillagorilla
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

08-04-2013 13:51:31 | More by tone77
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mikeburd1128

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

07-15-2014 18:27:26 | More by mikeburd1128
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sneth019

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

08-07-2014 00:34:44 | More by sneth019
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deansellers

Maryland

4/5  rDev +4.7%

07-23-2014 11:50:57 | More by deansellers
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Std73

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

06-03-2014 18:22:52 | More by Std73
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tugdriver7

Maryland

3.98/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

07-25-2013 02:59:34 | More by tugdriver7
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fourstringer

Maryland

4.21/5  rDev +10.2%

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.

Prost!

10-20-2013 20:07:36 | More by fourstringer
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DavidHume

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

04-27-2014 01:58:34 | More by DavidHume
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.61/5  rDev -5.5%

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.

07-15-2013 22:15:22 | More by smakawhat
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Tennessee

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Maryland

4/5  rDev +4.7%

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Maryland

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Pennsylvania

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Maryland

4/5  rDev +4.7%

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Illinois

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Delaware

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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Balt Altbier from Union Craft Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.