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Altbier - Prost Brewing Company

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Reviews: 8
Hads: 45
Avg: 3.56
pDev: 30.06%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Prost Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style | ABV
Altbier | 5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: beergoot on 03-07-2013

The Altbier is light brown with a clean crackery malt flavor followed by a swift hop kick. Alt simply means old in German and it is maned this to signify the old way of making beer. It is served in a traditional style 25cL Alt glass as it is in Düsseldorf. (ABV 5.0% 37 IBU's)
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Reviews: 8 | Hads: 45
Photo of Professor_Frink
2.92/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Meh. Clean malty taste that disappears quickly. Head disappears quickly, some lacing. Ok, and will drink the rest of them from "Beer of the Month" but likely never again.

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Photo of Shippy
3.26/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle. Clear, maple syrup amber color with no head. Smell is sweet and rum-like, with notes of honey and candied apple. Taste is sweet, a little too sweet for me. A little nuttiness, some similar tastes to apple cider, and just a bit of bitterness. Feel is sort of oily with little carbonation. Overall it's decent, but Prost has some much better offerings.

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Photo of oldn00b
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is not what I was expecting - maybe I'm just not familiar with the style of a "traditional german pale ale".

To me, this tastes almost exactly like a Marzen. The hop is a bit more pronounced and the malt bill a bit less spicy and roasty but overall, this beer comes across like an Oktoberfest brew. Not that that's a bad thing, but that's what caught me of guard.

Pours a clear rusty amber, thin fizzy head forms and recedes entirely.

Nose is big on malt, a bit of spice, not much hop forward.

Flavor is mostly bitter hops, no tropical/floral/citrus notes to speak of.

Feel is much in line with a typical pale ale. Clean, crips, light and drying.

Overall, it's nice but it's not something I'd seek out.

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Photo of ZAP
4.19/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L-Chestnut brown

S-Clean, slightly grainy

T-Clean, slightly sweet with hints of caramel

F-Medium to light boded. Clean

O-Nice clean drinking alt that is pretty spot on for style. Maybe lacks some of the bitterness some would prefer in the style but I prefer this style with a backed down bitterness.

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Photo of SamN
3.11/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very dark bown/ruby highlights. not much head. Malty aromas; grains, hints of sweet caramel, chestnuts, sort of faint. Tastes are sort of faint, as well; it's starts with a sort of vauge toasted malt flavor, then fades to a lingering hop bitterness. That's about it.

Boring, mostly.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.01/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Growler filled about 3-4 days ago. 64oz brown glass Alpine Beer Company growler with white twisty cap served into a slender Paulaner "weissbier" glass (I put "weissbier" in quotes because the glass is so slender and cylindrical as to practically be a stange). Served at high altitude in Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live.

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with extra vigor as slight carbonation issues are anticipated - it's a growler pour.

A: Pours almost entirely foam; it's a 9 finger wide head of white colour. Disappointingly thin and weak, with no cream whatsoever. No real lacing as the head recedes. Head retention is good - about 7-8+ minutes.

Body colour is a rich dark copper-amber of understated vibrance. Clear (translucent/transparent). No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Pretty standard fare for an alt. I like altbieren so I'm excited to try this one.

Sm: Malts are king here. Caramalts slightly edge out munich and pale malts for the crown. Minimal hop presence - it's all floral in character; quite neutral yet complementary. A bit bready. Notable graininess, but not many cereals. Slightly on the sweeter end. A hint of doughy character. Seemingly slightly imbalanced.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

A pleasant aroma of above average strength. Looking forward to trying it.

T: Light fruitiness - kisses of cherry. Caramalts, munich malt, light amber malts, and heavy grainy presence. No cereals, really. On the sweeter end. Very slight touches of bready character. It's rather simple, but does feature some subtlety. Balance is decent. I don't note any overt flaws or off-notes, but there's lots of room for improvement and it does seem a bit generic.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Average flavour duration and intensity. Below average depth of flavour.

Mf: Sticky and chewy. Okay carbonation. Smooth and wet. Subpar presence on the palate. Doesn't suit the flavour profile all that well.

Dr: Downable but mediocre. Kind of bummed I bought a whole growler fill. Another letdown from Prost Brewing. I wouldn't get this again, nor would I recommend it to friends. A passable altbier, but you can do far better. Alaskan Amber this is not.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.34/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A new batch of the Alt, tapped today (or yesterday)

Nice glowing copper/brown body. It has a soft, creamy white head of about 1 finger. Nice lacing, not sticky, not oily

Aroma is very light caramel and some hop spice. Kinda like rye, but without the breadiness. Crackers. Pretzels. Snappy

Well, that's just about the best tasting alt I've had (never been to Germany). The balance is fantastic. Bready. Cracker. Zippy hops. Light caramel. Back to cracker/pretzel and finishes with a subtle crispness that makes you want another sip....or gulp. Clean. Very very nice

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Photo of beergoot
4.06/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The body poured out with a solid, crystal-clear copper body and was topped with a rich, creamy, thick head; lots of clumps of foam sticking to the pint glass. Some good malt aroma ju-ju going on; grainy and caramel in character with a slight fruity tang in the background. Excellent balance of subtle malt sweetness and hop bitterness from beginning to end of each sip. Nice lingering cereal-like flavor merging with a subtle hop bitterness at the finish. Crisp and smooth.

A very easy drinking beer. Well-balanced, nice complexity. I picked up the growler that I'm reviewing at Coaltrain Wine and Liquour, and don't know how long it had been there, but I'd really like to head north (I'm in Colorado Springs, the beer is made in Denver) and try this on tap at the brewery. The growler example is pretty darn good, as far as I'm concerned. Anyway, a delicious, malty German ale to enjoy during the late winter/early spring season.

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Altbier from Prost Brewing Company
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