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Amber Ale - German Style Altbier - Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's

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Amber Ale - German Style AltbierAmber Ale - German Style Altbier

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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 16.56%
Wants: 0
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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: mooseisloose on 08-29-2008)
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3.75/5  rDev +21.8%

06-06-2014 04:10:19 | More by Lovely85
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3.75/5  rDev +21.8%

06-06-2014 04:05:26 | More by nickfl
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North Carolina

3.39/5  rDev +10.1%

Appearance: Deep amber pour with a frothy tan head. Nice lacing on the glass and most of the head holds on throughout the drink.

Smell: Grassy sweet malt with slight hop tones. The sweetness seems to overpower the nose.

Taste: Smooth and sweet up front, followed by a light hop bite, clean finish. Almost too sweet for the style and the spicy hops seem to get buried by the sweet tones.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation, very easy drinking.

Overall: Not the best Alt I've ever tried, but by far not the best. All and all a good easy drinking beer, I just wish they would have stayed truer to the style.

03-21-2014 11:53:04 | More by coasterfreak75
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3.25/5  rDev +5.5%

11-28-2013 13:48:18 | More by chrisroarshack
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South Carolina

3.18/5  rDev +3.2%

12 oz bottle labeled, perhaps wisely, as "amber ale" with "German style Altbier" in smaller print. May 2013 bottled on date. Served in a lager glass.

Pours a deep amber color with an over-sized bone-colored head that leaves plenty of soapy lacing on the glass. Very good retention. Appears to have light carbonation.

Aroma: grassy hops are evident, but a mild, bisquity malt base is there too as is a hint of popcorn. Marred but a slightly metallic and vegetative off-notes. Improved with some airing/warming, then a tobacco component appeared.

T: malt dominated with light floral, spicy and grassy hop notes. Good sweet/bitter balance.

Feel: Medium bodied with medium-low carbonation; smooth.

Overall: decent example of this unusual (for U.S.) style.

09-04-2013 00:09:59 | More by chinchill
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

07-26-2013 00:47:24 | More by Falcone
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3.03/5  rDev -1.6%

Poured into a pint glass.

3.0 A: Lightly hazed dark orange color. Two fingers of foamy off-white head. Retention is a touch below average and only a few wisps of lacing are left.

3.25 S: Toasty with caramel sweetness. Maybe a hint of mineral quality to it. There isn't much going on overall though. Still, it's not bad.

3.0 T: The taste is like the nose. Toastiness, a bit of caramel, and mineral. Not much else. Still, it's not terrible. It tastes a bit like a bitter, just not a great one.

3.25 M: Lighter body. Good moderate carbonation. Moderately creamy, but still lacking something here.

2.75 D: It's okay, but it's easily forgettable. In fact, uhh....what was I talking about?

07-19-2013 04:28:07 | More by DavoleBomb
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3.25/5  rDev +5.5%

05-20-2013 04:51:05 | More by NoetheMatt
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3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

02-10-2013 04:11:22 | More by rorjets
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4/5  rDev +29.9%

01-04-2013 03:58:33 | More by Sivad
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3.03/5  rDev -1.6%

As an altbier, this is okay, I guess. Really malty with a thick sweetness. Quite cloying. Overall, not very good or interesting. This beer is marked as retired. And if that is a mistake, they should make it the reality for the beer. More waste of my money.

12-09-2012 03:56:14 | More by RblWthACoz
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1.75/5  rDev -43.2%

11-26-2012 23:50:25 | More by mwar
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3/5  rDev -2.6%

10-16-2012 05:19:32 | More by bzach
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3.23/5  rDev +4.9%

A - Pretty basic in appearance; pours a standard amber color with almost no head; light activity of carbonation and minimal lacing.

S - A small hint of caramel.

T - Tastes of caramel and biscuit throughout leaving a very mild aftertaste.

M - Thin and watery; light carbonation; very easy to drink.

O - This beer would probably be good as a drink with food, perhaps at a cookout or with some pizza, but doesn't do much as a standalone beer. Overall, I give it an average rating for the simple fact that it has an easy drinkability.

08-18-2012 09:16:36 | More by The_1084
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2.75/5  rDev -10.7%

04-30-2012 01:18:07 | More by mcorwin
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3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

02-10-2012 02:44:35 | More by smarkham24
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3.4/5  rDev +10.4%

16Oz on draft

A- Clear red with a 1 finger head, Standard stuff.
S- Earthy and grains with faint sweet maltiness.
T- Creamy and caramel malts, doesnt biring anything new to the table but not bad.
M- Good carbonation, Fairly easy to drink. wont want to take down more then a few but will go well on any occasion.
O- A good amber ale I frequently get because of its availability in my area. Cant go wrong here but if your just swinging into Kentucky for a short time Id try other beers first.

12-18-2011 08:28:08 | More by TwelveOunces
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District of Columbia

2/5  rDev -35.1%

11-15-2011 21:42:53 | More by nmann08
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3.53/5  rDev +14.6%

Attractive amber complexion, with minimal foam and fair lace.

Yeasty, bready caramel-toffee aroma. Good.

Flavor is malty, rich, and caramel biscuity. A solid drinking beer.

Not outstanding nor memorable, but worthy. I'd equate this one with some of the Samuel Adams brews -- solid and enjoyable in a session style.

03-20-2011 15:31:14 | More by secondtooth
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3.05/5  rDev -1%

12oz Bottle poured into a SurlyFest Stien.

Appearance: Golden color, very little head.

Aroma: Slight bit of hops, and almost a little pepper.

Taste: Slight biscuity flavor. Slight malt, little metallic finish.

Mouthfeel: Very thin, while I can't say it's fizzy, due to the thinness, the fizz is strong.

Overall: Feels sessionable. But it's more of a beer you drink with something, rather than a beer you seek out for the beer itself.

10-22-2010 20:04:39 | More by cmannes
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2.7/5  rDev -12.3%

This offering from the Bluegrass Brewing Company from my home state poured a cloudy coppery amber into my pint glass with minimal head. Very little carbonation to speak of and almost no lacing in my glass.

What smell there was some caramel malt and a hint of vanilla. The taste was an initial blast of caramel, toasted biscuit and something metallic with a subtle underlying hop flavor that all quickly left with little aftertaste. Kinda weird. Guess I was hoping for better.

The mouthfeel was like water so this goes down easliy. But after one of these I would look for something else. This alt is better washing down food than drinking by itself. BBC has other brews that are better. Too bad Alaska Amber doesn't make it as far east as Kentucky. That Altbier is soooo much better. Next time i'll pass on this.

09-08-2010 22:29:51 | More by Ottertude
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3.38/5  rDev +9.7%

Pours a slightly hazy amber/copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, pale hops, yeast, and slight grain. Fits the style of an Altbier. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. There is also a slight wateriness to the mouth feel. Tastes of pale hops, sweet malt, slight nut, and some grain. Overall, a decent blend, good drinkability, and a decent Altbier.

12-01-2009 02:41:59 | More by Tone
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2.98/5  rDev -3.2%

12 oz. bottle.

A: Brown with excellent head.

S: Wheat, other grains.

T: Very grainy, slightly bitter. Almost a rice after taste. Bittersweet.

M: Goes down easy and not too oily.

D: I had one, it would be good with food. As a standalone beer, it doesn't stand up to my taste standards.

07-31-2009 00:30:26 | More by huguey
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2.5/5  rDev -18.8%

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Bottled on date on front label. Single purchased at Market Street Wineshop (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.40.

A: Clear tangerine hue with 1-2 finger foamy sandy colored head with average retention and some lacing.

S: Aroma is of some roasted caramel and pale malts with minimal herbal hops bitterness.

T: The flavor is metallic and off with some bland roasted caramel and pale malt flavors that don't approach bready followed by sour and metallic, aspirin notes that leave no trace of bitterness. Not even close to style.

M: The mouthfeel is thin and watery with no personality. Afteraste is chalky.

D: A definite skip. Not really sure what they are going for in calling it both an "amber" and "German style altbier" at the same time. This brew is not a good stab at either one.

07-28-2009 03:30:42 | More by argock
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North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +16.2%

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a frothy head that persists fairly well and leaves some remembrance of lace

Smell: Caramel, with bready undertones

Taste: Bready, up front, with a developing caramel flavor that is quickly supplanted by bitter and sour elements; after the swallow, the caramel returns to domonate the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: An interesting take on the style but the bitter and sour elements in the middle throw it a bit out of whack

06-24-2009 02:59:29 | More by brentk56
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Amber Ale - German Style Altbier from Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
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