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

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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.66%
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 kawilliams81
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of gutbuster
1.75/5  rDev -49.7%

Photo of gunclubchris
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a shaker glass at the brewpub

A- Poured a dark amber color with frothy head that left lots of droppy lace

S- Some sweet caramel maltiness and some grains

T- Some big sweet caramel malt notes, some breadiness, some fruitiness, and grains

M- Pretty smooth medium carbonation, refreshing

O- A very drinkable amber ale that was refreshing and paired well with my food at the brewpub

Photo of ericwilson54
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of Screper
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of williamapike
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of jmdrpi
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of mcorwin
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of freewill35
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Chaney
3.08/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had this on tap over at BBC.

A: Brown/gold, with a mild 1/8 finger head that retained nicely. Fairly clear in consistency.

S: Mild puff of bread and caramel, but even then, I really had to search for it.

T: Bready, with very bleached out sweetness (which admittedly is not uncommon for this style), but with an extremely watery finish.

M: Once again, thin and watery, with no lacing whatsoever,

O: I'm glad I tried it, but I didn't really dig this one.

Photo of dmfrench
2.98/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thin and slightly adjuncty Alt.
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A: Deep clear gold body with a small, fleeting white head

S: Feint adjuncty pils type malt, very feint earthy hopping. Slight spice and cream.

T: Light slightly creamy dry pils type malt with a bit more butter and a lighter dusty hopping.

M. One foot firmly planted on the watery side.

O: Pretty boring, though this style's not exactly a stunner to begin with.

Photo of jlandis
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a slightly hazy red orange with no head whatsoever. The nose is sweet and spicy with rich malts, subtle hops and a just enough spice to keep it interesting. The flavor is a bit of a let down coming off of that aroma. The body is thin and watery with simple bready malt and faint hops.

This is a nice refreshing beer. From the nose I expected to be blasted in the body, but the flavors are nice and clean. If this were available in Pennsylvania I would probably pick up more. And at around 4% this is one I could drink all night.

Photo of tmoneyba
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured clear brown color with an average fizzy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate roasted malt and tart citrus aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture and soft carbonation. Medium bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations where met.

Photo of jkrich
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arrived at the table in a shaker pint glass. Bright clear amber with red hightlights and a creamy small white head.

Aroma was dominated by sweet malts with hints of hop aroma.

Very mellow and slightly sweet with caramel highlights. Not much hop flavor but enough to keep the ale balanced. It complimented the dinner nicely.

Medium bodied with moderate amount of carbonation. It coated the palette with mild malty sweetness.

Overall, a very good alt or amber ale. It more balanced than the American pale ale from this brewery. I noticed the brewery packages this now as an "amber" ale instead of an "alt" like had for several years.

Photo of taylorhamrick
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap @ Bluegrass Brewing tasting room

Pours a hazy copper color, nearly amber, with a loose head, which dissipates rather quickly, leaving just a little ring. There's a little lacing, but not much. Looks about average I'd say. The smell is primarily of maltiness - very sticky and sweet - munich malt I'd guess, but fairly dry in the smell. Nice minty hop presence, kind of slight, but still there behind the sweet caramel smells, with maybe a touch of chocolate. I don't know if I just love the noble hops on top of the sticky malt body, but this one tastes great. A nice malty backbone - caramel, butterscotch almost, nice and bready, a bit toasty. And then a beautiful minty hop presence that sticks to you and kind of washes down with a hint of lime. Low bitterness, almost no esters. This one is nicely balanced, malty, hoppy - but not American hoppy. There are both subtleties and very obvious tastes here, that are all pleasant. There's a kind of sharp bite of carbonation, maybe a bit much, accentuated by the hops. Nice body, not huge, kind of walks the line between thin and full. Maybe a tad on the thin side of medium. A good drink. Nice flavors, not too high on the ABV. Overall, a bit challenging, interesting, simple and enjoyable in varying degrees and phases. This would probably be my choice if I returned.

Photo of Ragingbull
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Copper color with a a white foam head and active but small bubbles of prickle. Some wheat in the nose that blends with the malts in the way that hops usually does. This is an interesting way of creating balance. Malty flavor with a smooth attack and clean finish. Simple, but fair beer. This beer reminds me more of German food than German beer.

Photo of chaunur
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of hopdog
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Bottle was notched BB D 07.

Poured a medium amber color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of roast, chocolate, earthy, and toasted caramel. Tastes of caramel, light chocolate in the background, and some citrus.

Notes from 02/19/08.

Photo of BeerBelcher
2.53/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I choose to interpret this beer's award of a medal at the 1996 GABF as a sign of the improving quality of American brewing, and not as a sign of meaninglessness for these awards. In short, I didn't find this beer to be all that commendable.

Aroma was a sort of brass colored tan with minimal head. Aroma was virtually non-existent. Flavor was thin, and the predominant characteristic was an ash-tray like flavor. Mouthfeel was thin.

I wouldn't recommend this, and in fact I resent the Microbrew of the Month people a bit for sending it to me.

Photo of allengarvin
3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Domingo
3.2/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Man...did someone say "roasted"?
I've only had 2 beers from BBC, but this one and the Porter both have a nearly overpowering roasty character.
It's a pretty standard copper to brown color with a moderate sized head.
Smells grainy and a little malty.
The taste however just tastes like roasted grain, nuts, and a little coffee. In the finish I can finally pick up some graham cracker-like malt flavor, but it's faint. Faint hops in the finish, too. Stylistically, this doesn't come across as an Alt or really even much of an American amber either.
Mouthfeel's appropriate, although it's a little thicker than I expected.
I'm just not sure about this one. Too much roasted character ends up muting the other flavors.
Not bad or undrinkable, not something I'd seek out again.

Photo of kinger
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Solid amber ale brewed in the old style. Pours a good looking light amber color with an ample head. Decent aroma of sweet malts countered by a bit of dry rye. Smooth and easy, very drinkable. Good flavors of sweet and toasted malts with a faint noble hop bitterness. A nice ale that could get you through the night.

Photo of ckeegan04
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the newly re-labeled "BBC Amber Ale" bottle. Bottled May/June 2008.

A - Coppery in color with almost no head. Thin layer of off-white foam on the top. Light lacing.

S - A rather aromatic brew of a caramel maltiness, citrusy hop, and a little spice.

T - Very very malty and sweet. A strong caramel maltiness up front with just a hint of hop bitterness. A little funk in it as well.

M/D - Medium bodied but a little flat. A decent beer, but nothing great.

Altbier from Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
80 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.