Kilannan Altbier - Kilannan Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 16
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 10.56%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kilannan Brewing Co. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Altbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: mrcasual on 04-08-2014

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Ratings: 16 | Reviews: 6
Reviews by TheHammer:
Photo of TheHammer
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A well carbonated body that shifts between ruby red, a full amber and a hazy brown depending on how the light strikes it helps to forgive the pinkie finger of head that did manage to stick around, but didn't lace very much.

Smell: Dry yeast to a backing of caramel malt and as the beer warms it becomes the smell of caramel malt to a backing of dry yeast. Decently strong and pleasent, but nothing to write home about.

Taste: Even tempered caramel malt starts off the beer, but it is very reigned in by a mixture of yeast, but it seems to break out during the middle of the beer, before it is reigned in again by the yeast and some dry floral hops. It's interesting.

Mouthfeel: The transistioning is peculiar but it's kinda interesting. The aftertaste is mild caramel once again reigned in by dry yeast which disappoints a bit but doesn't really cloy or build up on itself. Carbonation is there...but I wouldn't say it has a noteable presence.

Drinkability: This strikes me as something that would go really with with something gamey, like steak or lamb. The dryness is a bit excessive for my liking, but at least it settles down well.

Final Thoughts: Well, it seems there is another advantage having a trailer at Sauble Beach as still stuff is all around solid. A bit odd to have a thistle on a german style beer, but I was pleased by this offering, hope to see more from these guys. Thumbs Up.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Tilly
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Pours a dark amber with a white frothy head in a stange glass.

Aromas of bloomed bread yeast, malts, caramal and florals.

Tastes very much like the aroma but with prodominent floral hops.

Mouth is a dry and light with a tinge of bitterness at the back of the tongue.

A pleasant drinker from my new home town.

Photo of DaveBar
3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at the LCBO for just under that good 'ol $3.00 mark for a 473ml can. Served at 7deg C in a draught glass.

A- Opens well and pour an incredibally high white head that lasts forever. Very dark almost brown color. Clear

S- Malty but has that metallic scent to it.

T- Nice blend. Has balance and body. Yeast is plenty and some hops present. Touch of caramel. Bit bitter

M- Dry, very dry. Tart

O- Nice brew. Bet this one would be nice on tap or cask giving which should give it a more creamy nature

Food Pairing

This nice little brew went well with...... any oily fish like a sardine. Rub the sardine down with sea salt and give it a grill. Pepper when finished and voilà!


Photo of ssmack
3.22/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Clear darkish orangy amber colour with half inch of white head that disappeared as I looked at it. Minimal carbonation and no lacing at all.

Mild malt aroma of sweet bread. Yeast brings in the smell of spice cake.

Tastes of sweetness throughout. Spicy cake then caramel. Malt then yeast then hops. Ends with a mild floral hops and sweetness. Tastes like sugared water.

A light feel with no carbonation.

OK. I like this style but this one needs more weight in the malt and kick in the hops.

Photo of biegaman
3.76/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Typically made with same ingredients, Altbiers can often appear similar to Bocks and, indeed, this Ontario example has all the density and deep amber colouring it needs to pass for a lager much stronger than it actually is (5.2%). Kilannan Alt, however, is not exactly clear despite the cold-conditioning and its poor head retention contradicts the apparently rich maltiness.

There's more than enough nuttiness in the aroma to confirm either Munich or Vienna (or perhaps both) malt was used. The persistence of those biscuity and toasty features, and how on the palate they turn into flavours of pecans and hard caramel, suggests they were implemented to play more than just a supporting role.

And this is a very good thing as far as mouthfeel is concerned - you can't have a rich beer without Munich or Vienna malts. Use the darkest and most heavily roasted grain you like but even the richest, highest-gravity stouts will be shallow without these high-temp kilned grains that add complex flavours upfront, body throughout, and longevity to the finish.

For as much body and flavour as they contribute, however, Vienna and Munich malts are also notoriously 'clean', and this quality is exceptionally important in an Altbier (or lager of any kind for that matter). Those caramelly, nutty notes never become sweet; that toasted maltiness isn't remotely grainy or cereal-like. It is rich but also super quaffable and very easily (too quickly) enjoyed.

I'm of the opinion that German lagers are the hardest beers to replicate. British ales - just treat your water. Belgian ales - use the right yeast strains. American styles - load up on hops. But German lagers have an understated complexity to them that's very difficult to clone. One needs a deft hand and the right quality ingredients, both of which, by my estimate, Kilannan Alt possesses. Well done.

Photo of TerryW
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Unremarkable. Looks ordinary. Metallic in character to smell, taste, and on the palate. Thin-bodied. Nope.

Kilannan Altbier from Kilannan Brewing Co.
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