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Altbier - Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's

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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.94%
Wants: 5
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's visit their website
Kentucky, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  4.19% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Altbier, literally translated as “Old Style” beer, is a classic German ale. BBC Altbier is brewed with additions of Munich, wheat, caramel, and chocolate malts creating a delicate, but flavorful malt profile. This delicious amber colored session beer is balanced with additions of tradtional spicy German hops creating a light and floral bouquet to compliment its complex malt profile.

28.6 IBU

(Beer added by: SheepNutz on 07-30-2001)
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Photo of Dapperticus
4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

Dapperticus, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of russpowell
4.35/5  rDev +25%

Had this on tap at the airport in Cincinati

Pours caramel/copper with a 1" tan head. Good lacing & average head retention

S: Nice malty nose with hints of hops

T: Nice rich malt flavor followed by caramel notes. Finished with a a nice herbal hop bite & some oakyness

MF: Medium bodied with great balance & good carbonation

Drinks really easy. a good american take on a style that I loved over in Germany. Easily the best of the BBC beer I tried

russpowell, Oct 23, 2006
Photo of Bamarooster
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

Bamarooster, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of Brent
4.2/5  rDev +20.7%

German style amber ale. Nice amber color. Aroma is mild and sweet, but flavor is not as sweet. Moderate hops bittering with somewhat dry, tangy/sour finish. Well balanced and clean.

Brent, Jul 30, 2001
Photo of BeerAngel
4.2/5  rDev +20.7%

This beer pours clear burnt orange/amber color with a modest head that shrinks rapidly down to a long laster thin layer covering the top of this brew like a blanket.

The aroma reveals a hint of roasted malts with a nice earthy grain with just a slight musty smell that is present in a complimentary way.

The taste is a repeat with the roastiness punching through in a more pronounced fashion and sliding into the hints of earthy grass and slight hoppiness nestled in the background.

This is a light bodied beer that is spot on IMHO. It finishes with a very minute dryness in the end of each swallow.

This beer is a very easy drinker and one I wish I could get my hands on down here in the hot state of Texas. This would be my summer beer of choice on scorcher days.

BeerAngel, Oct 01, 2006
Photo of SheepNutz
4.15/5  rDev +19.3%

On tap poured into a pint glass. It pours a deep amber color with two fingers of head. There is lots of sticky lace left on the glass. The smell is both hoppy and malty, a very good balance. Some caramel aromas come out. The taste is malty and a little bit sweet at first, with bits of toffee. There is a good dose of hops on a nice crisp finish. The mouthfeel is very thick and smooth for the style. The drinkability is fantastic. This is one altbier I could sip on all day.

SheepNutz, Mar 06, 2004
Photo of Mitchster
4.15/5  rDev +19.3%

Pours to a clear amber with ruby highlights, forming a rocky light-beige head with excellent retention and nice lacing. Carbonation is very gentle. Aroma is very mild...a hint of tobacco, clean ferment, a bit of red apple, and a suggestion of green hops and husky crystal malt with swirling. Mouthfeel is very mild and very smooth with a medium-light body. The taste is also very mild..starting with an earthy/herbal hoppiness, crisp water, clean ferment, a light amber malt body, hints of astringent tobacco, followed by a subtle and clean fruitiness towards the semi-husken, slightly spicy and earthy wet finish. Suggestion of green hay creeps in towards the middle. Absent off-flavors, remarkably clean and crisp.

VERY easy to drink, this goes down like water but is a wholesome quality altbier. I was pleasantly surprised by this, not expecting much for an American-brewed Altbier. Light and refreshing. Nice.

Mitchster, Apr 19, 2004
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.1/5  rDev +17.8%

Appealing appearance, lovely bright crimson color, adequately sized, brief off-white head of foam.
Aroma, soft, mild, yet sweet and fruity, hoppy and lively.
Taste: yum, is what I first exclaim, and I sing it again with every sip! Light fruity taste, bits of apricots, peach, etcetera, ultimately drying out in the finish.
Body's about medium, finish is fruity, yet dry and lingers on, but beyond all that it's just delcious, regardless of adhering to this style or that!
i can drink a million of these, just like any you-name-it pale ale!
Yum, i just caught myself saying again, yum, and damn it, I'm just gonna continue to sat that, no matter what. Don't know if this qualifies as an altbier, but damnit, it's a good beer, and that's all I care for, pallies.
Light/medium bodied, medium, fruity finish, excellent taste, supreme drinkability, sam-ooo--ooo-ooth'ah!

Big thanksy-McGee to Sheepnutz for the bottle!

feloniousmonk, Jun 21, 2004
Photo of orbitalr0x
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Nice amber orange with a creamy 1" head that slowly falls to reveal some intricate lacing on the way down. Nose has a mix of caramel, dark fruit and spiciness. Some raisins lurk in the background along with the hops. Nice.

Nutty caramel fruity maltiness as I begin to imbibe. There's a mellow spicy, herbal hoppiness that accentuates the flavor of the beer quite nicely. Robust and creamy on the way down with just a slight twang of bitterness....good brew.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth profile that goes down easy. A drinkable beer by my standards and one I could see as being a good crossover for the macro drinkers. A solid altbier from a great Kentucky brewery!

orbitalr0x, May 03, 2005
Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Fresh 12 oz bottle pours a clear, bronze body topped by two fingers of creamy offwhite head. Retention is fair, and some patchy chains of lace are left on the glass as it quickly empties. Aroma begins with spicy hops, as caramel and toffee notes quickly emerge. The nose is finished by a fruity note of dried apricots. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a silky and tingly carbonation level that is ideal. Taste is quite good, with mild black peppery hops, toffee maltiness, and a hint of ripe pears. Slightly drying noble hops appear toward the finish. Easy drinking, well balanced, and a decent American effort at a somewhat obscure German style. Definitely worth a try.

merlin48, Jan 12, 2006
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

freewill35, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

amber in color with copious amounts of carbonation bubbling up toward the surface throughout. Nice white head on top, maybe an inch and a half before settling down to coat the inside of the glass for a minute. Interesting aroma, mix of grains, light bready malts, and a touch of a grassy, herbal hoppiness. Nothing crazy here but nicely balanced. Same could be said for the flavor, nice pale taste, light bready notes balancing a herbal sort of hop. Lightly sweet with a decent amount of carbonation

mikesgroove, Sep 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

williamapike, Nov 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

jmdrpi, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +14.9%

The beer pours an amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet and fruity malt scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts. There is a nice hop aroma as well. The taste is good. It has a sweet malty flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry and bitter. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking altbier. It has excellent flavor and aroma.

WesWes, Apr 07, 2005
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

mcorwin, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

olafphysics, Jun 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

Screper, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of zerk
3.98/5  rDev +14.4%

Pours a clear deep copper/light amber, with a thin white head. Aroma is a pleasant mix of caramel, pears, and some light hay notes. Flavor begins somewhat sweet, with light fruit and bready malt notes that give way to a nice balancing herbal bitterness. This is a subtle but very tasty beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. All in all, quite a nice effort!

zerk, Jun 23, 2004
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3.98/5  rDev +14.4%

12 oz bottle courtesy of kmpitz2
Pours a reddish orange with a small white head. Retention is kind of lousy, but the collar isn't so bad. A collection of loose bubbles tops this one for the most part.
Smell is pretty fruity (strawberries?, green apples), sweet caramel malts, and what seems to be rye. A slightly grainy aroma that you don't get too often in a beer, but it's still pretty nice. Noble hops round out the aroma.
Taste is sweet up front, followed by fruit (green apples, some grapes, still strawberries?), Caramel and noble hops round this one out. There still seems to be a bit of rye character to this one, which is really kind of nice.
Mouthfeel is good, not slick, carbonation is good.
Overall, a pretty good example of the style. Certainly easy drinking, and pretty darn enjoyable.

LuckySevens82, Jun 13, 2005
Photo of CaskofFlyingDog
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%

Wow this is a neat beer.

Appearance: Dark copper body with a creamy kahki head that goes to pee bubbles and mild lacing.

Smell: Creamy, caramelly, unexplainable. It's one of the best smelling beers I've smelt!

Taste: Yep, it's an altbier heh. It's a bit sour, tea-like, and creamy.

Mouthfeel: It's sticky and a tad prickly on the tounge.

Drinkability: Wow it's good. I had some Spaten last night and I must say I think I like this better (ducks). I could definitely drink a shit ton of this and not get tired of it. It seems to be fitting with any occasion too. I was quite surprised by this one.

CaskofFlyingDog, Nov 19, 2006
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3.93/5  rDev +12.9%

Beer of the month club selection (Thanks Cindy, for the gift!). Into a mug glass, this beer is a nice reddish amber color, but with hardly any head on it. Pleasant caramel malt nose, with a light dusting of hops. Clean but interesting malt flavor: caramel, with some toasty melanoidens; followed by a moderate bitterness and light but yummy hop flavor. Yeast character is fairly neutral with just a touch of fruitiness, but otherwise with a clean, malty finish. Light bodied, maybe a touch watery.

Nothing that special here, but it's a really good drinking beer. Simple, clean flavors, perfect for session drinking.

allengarvin, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of ppoitras
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%

12oz bottle obtained via trade with kmpitz2. Thanks for the opportunity... Best before Dec04. Oops.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a big old 1 3/4" of beige head over the clear dark amber brew, with various feathery floaties. Head is heavy and frothy, and the meringue look stays for quite some time, leaving foamy bits of lacing randomly. Aroma is lightly of grains and a tad of nuttiness. Taste is lightly nutty medium malts, with a clean, crisp finish. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth, and the drinkability is good as well. Nice stab at an alt, would probably even be better fresher (duh).

ppoitras, Mar 08, 2005
Photo of chaunur
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%

Served in a pint glass at the 4th st. location. Nice clear amber color with a 1/2" light tan head. The head stayed with the beer leaving well defined rings.

Very little aroma but what was there was a pleasant roasted malt smell, not overpowering. A smooth flavorful beer with a primarly roasted malt flavor and a good hop presence, noticable but not bitter.

Overall a very drinkable beer, went very well with my Angus burger.

chaunur, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of Slatetank
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%

Decanted cool into my DFH shaped pint. Picked this up at the Class six.
A - A dark amber/honeyed brown w/ an inch of fluffy creamy pale head that musters a moderate amount of lace. The lace sticks well and the bead is pin sized. Rings of lace are still holding on as the last swallows are taken.

S - Very woody almost bark-like w/ its earthiness. Faintly grainy malt w/ a rich roasted barley aroma and subtle caramel odors.

M - A mildly bitter grain touch w/ toasted notes and mild sweetness and moderate carbonation, the ale finishes relatively dry.

T - Very flavorful from the get-go, a dry husky malt note blends well w/ an herbal hop flavor. The caramel malt is there, but used in moderation an most of the malt is roasted barley w/ a kind of nutty wheat flavor that is toasted w/ a light biscuit quality. Slightly vegetal as it warms w/ a cooked pea flavor that has no negligible impact on the overal flavor. and the yeast seems to become spicier late in the review.

D - A very nice beer, I must have been served the bitter by mistake at the brewpub. None of the fruitiness and a very nice malty flavor w/ bready touches and a dry texture that makes it easy to return to. I consider this a fine Alt and it is highly quaffable.

Slatetank, Mar 31, 2008
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Altbier from Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
80 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.