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Balt Altbier - Union Craft Brewing Company

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very good

118 Ratings

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Ratings: 118
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 9.14%
Wants: 1
Gots: 15 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +24%

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2.25/5  rDev -41.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

earlholman, Jun 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

petermethot, Jun 01, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Kubrickx, May 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

memphischas, May 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

DavidHume, Apr 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

lupercmda, Apr 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

csurowiec, Apr 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

DRBiser, Mar 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

lurpy1, Mar 13, 2014
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3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark ruby-tinted brown with two finger head and lace patches on top of an aroma of strong malts, mostly some roasted and bready malts, a graininess as well, and touches of sweet malt like caramel and toffee and I get a touch of hops. Beer is smooth, medium-bodied, there is a good amount of sweetness to it as I get caramel and some other sugary goodness, a little balance from roasted malts and bitter hops but it's not evenly matched. Finishes dry and is a good sipping beer that I enjoyed but not really complex and a little off key.

clayrock81, Feb 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

langisland, Feb 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

VictorFranco, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another one from this brewery which I enjoyed when I visited the brewery last year. Thanks to itsme_timd (Reddit) for this one.

Pours a huge creamy thick rich head that rises up to 3 fingers and I have to stop pouring, and it fades semi slowly with nice fizzy bubbles popping, and nice soapy lacing, very hazy dark maroon like slight chestnut colored beer.

Nose brings some dusty brown malts, toasty, light toasted bread and grain, mild brown sugar and caramel, into a mild grassy slight earthy herbal hop aroma, as well as a mild toffee nutty creamy brown malt.

taste starts with more brown malts, toasty and quite creamy too, little oats, mild coffee milk and maybe lactose, with a little nutty slight toffee like flavor, with some sweetness as well, a little brown sugar coffee milk flavor. Some milk grassy earthy herbal hops but not a lot, mild to fair bitterness. Finish is fairly bitter as it dries, it gets a little dried lactose like feel, more earthy slight herbal hops lingering.

Mouth is med bod, creamy, lighter on the carb though which doesn't help the creamy feel.

Overall... as a beer it's pretty nice, more like a creamy brown ale, as an alt-bier, I don't think it really gets there, and lacking on the carbonation esp for a canned beer. But it's still drinkable and enjoyable.

jlindros, Jan 31, 2014
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3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Mongrel, Jan 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

mltobin, Jan 16, 2014
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nmann08, Dec 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

stephenjmoore, Dec 27, 2013
Balt Altbier from Union Craft Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.