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

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Reviews: 83
Hads: 120
Avg: 3.5
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 5
Gots: 1 | 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:
Beer added by: SheepNutz on 07-30-2001

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
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Photo of tavernjef
3.66/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear coppery amber in color with a large foamy puffed high dark ivory head, fades slowly down to thick haze always present and long stings of lace stick well throughout the consumption. Light toasty malt aroma with some grassy/floral-like hops and notes of toffee. Taste is nice and soft, well rounded toastyness of malts, light dry grassy hops dry out some of the finish with some mild bitterness lingering. Feel is close to medium with playfully light carbonation, fluffy textured and floats right down making for some easy drinking. A good session brew, filling in a calming easy fashion with just enough flavor and body to keep it interesting. Thanks to Brent for the sample pack of KY beers from the holiday exchange program here at BeerAdvocate! Happy Holidays all!

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.76/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Attractive iced-tea color. Crazy carbonation is oozing out of the bottle several seconds after opening. Get it to the glass quick - too late - only lost a little spot of foam to the table, *man* this thing has some bubbles! Forms up a full 2-finger head and holds at no less than a half-finger for this tasting, which didn't last long!

Aroma - Solid malt backbone is easily identified. Aroma holds, which is nice, but couldn't pick up much beyond that.

Taste - malty and lots of caramel but not excessively sweet. Well-constructed hop presence provides great hop balance. Mellow bitter finish. Nicely done!

Mouthfeel has average carbonation, despite it's frothy start. Decent weight, fairly clean finish with just the slightest sweetness left behind.

Drinkability - very good session beer. Al around enjoyable.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.11/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer had a medium sized ivory head with fine-small bubbles.The body was very murky and there was carbonation observed.The hue was dark orange and the lacing was good.The nose was malty and hoppy.The flavor was bitter and it had an aftertaste to it.The mouthfeel was tingly, smooth, thin and light bodied.

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Photo of aaronh
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium coper color with a cream colored head. The head displays excellent retention. Soft, malty aroma has hints of caramel and biscuity notes. The taste is initially sweet, with a slightly fruity component, then finishes crisp and bitter. A touch of sweetness sweeps in on the aftertaste, but is quickly replaced by the lingering hop notes. Mouthfeel is smooth and the beer is very drinkable. An interesting flavor combination. I'll definitely consider buying more of this on my next trip to Kentucky.

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Photo of fattyre
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear medium reddish golden color with a moderate creamy off white head that leaves a good lace on the sides of the glass. There was a slight cookie smell to the beer. The taste was a rounded fruity malt with a tart bitter finish and firm mouthfeel. Overall it seemed a good drinkable beer.

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Photo of Bunnyhop
2.93/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A clear, medium reddish golden German Style Amber Ale with a moderately creamy, off-white, lacy head. The smell was hard for me to place, but, it reminded me of bananas. The taste was a full rounded malt with a slight citrus bitter finish. It was firm and round in my mouth. Overall, I found this to be a bit on the bitter side for me, but I would say fairly "drinkable" for most.

(source: Beers Across America)

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.1/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted at the Barrelhouse Brewing Company Microbrew Fest on November 9. I am not too familiar with Altbiers but this was okay. The other Bluegrass beers I have tried were noticeably better though. Dark amber color with a thin head. Light-bodied malt flavor with a hoppy and slightly nutty finish.

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Photo of Brent
4.24/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Altbier from Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
80 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.