Amber Ale - German Style Altbier - Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
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2.75/5 rDev -10.7%
Moderately chilled and poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.
Appearance: The beer pours out a clear dark amber/orange color with a ¼" off white head that soon recedes. Initially there is some modest lacing which is soon gone but a thin ring around the liquid remains.
Smell: The aroma is lightly bready and has some caramel malt in it but there is no real hop presence
Taste: The flavor includes caramel malt, hints of bready malt and nutty tastes and there are traces of floral spicy hops, but nothing dominates or stands out.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is thin and there is not much carbonation. The relatively short finish is dry with some hop bitterness trailing off.
Drinkability: While this was an OK beer I'll not return to this one and I probably would not buy this one again if I'd already had one. I definitely prefer the Long Trail Double Bag Stucke Alt.
05-18-2009 01:33:01 | More by drtth
2.53/5 rDev -17.9%
Pours light copper color, with a lot of orange and golden tones. Slight haze, with a moderate off-white head. Little retention.
Aroma is very light, slighly bready with a slight grainy character. No hop aroma.
Flavor is very mild bready malt, with no discernible hop characteristic.
Medium light body, moderately high carbonation. Somewhat watery. This is classified as an altbier, which calls for noticeable to assertive hop bitterness. This beer has little to no bitterness. It has the color of a Dusseldorf Alt, but none of the assertive hop bitterness. It's the wrong color to be say a Northern German Alt, but still no bitterness, and although both versions of the style indicate a rich malt profile, it just doesn't exist in this brew. Honestly, I'm confused as to what this beer is really trying to be. In then end, it's basically bland and uninspiring.
04-29-2009 00:46:22 | More by briman
2.8/5 rDev -9.1%
This one pours a amber orange with a half inch white head. I was expecting a decently hopped amber ale not an altbier. Smell is malt and grains, very bland with no hop presence. The taste is the same with a slight fruity twinge. It is slightly watered down with no hop flavor at all. It is kind of old and musty as well. The mouthfeel is thin and there is no drinkability. Worst offering from this brewery.
02-06-2009 06:38:06 | More by CrazyMacHarris99
3.63/5 rDev +17.9%
From a 12 oz. bottle set to me from a friend in TN. malty aroma with a little bready/toast. Color is a clear amber orange with a small off white head. I must have poured too vigorously because there is a little yeast sediment in the glass. Biscuity malt flavor with a hint of caramel on the back end, evenly bittered and a little floral/spicy hop character. Clean, easy drinking body and a dry finish.
01-13-2009 04:53:01 | More by Brewsmith
3.13/5 rDev +1.6%
Recieved this in the BOTMC - fresh date July 09
A - Poured hazy orange color, 1/2 finger head that quickly dissolved to a small ring around the outer portion of the beer. No lacing left on the glass.
S - I get a fruity - berry aroma from this beer, good smell. As it warmed a more woody or grainy aroma overtakes the beer. Started better than it finished.
T - Beer tasted better out of the fridge. As it warmed up it had a grainy taste, the fruitiness was more pronounced on the first few sip.
M - light to medium bodied beer, with a little zip from the carbonation.
D - One of the few craft beers that I have had so far that was better colder, usually the flavors come out more as they warm up. A drinkable beer, nothing outstanding about it.
11-30-2008 22:18:30 | More by eporter66
2.38/5 rDev -22.7%
Part of this month's BOTMC shipment. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a very clear amber with half an inch of off white head, which quickly faded to a thin lacing that stayed at the top of the beer as I drank it.
Aroma is mainly grains, with the faintest hint of hops in there.
Taste is very similar to aroma, only stronger. The overwhelming flavor is grain, with little else. It really tastes like chewing on raw grain, somewhere in the range of light caramel malt. This taste lingers for several minutes, which is most unpleasant when the taste is less than pleasing.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin, and the carbonation fairly light. The beer would be very drinkable, if not for the fact that it tasted fairly poor.
I was looking forward to this brew, as I quite like Altbier, but this example left quite a bit to be desired.
09-03-2008 20:09:20 | More by LordHammer
2.4/5 rDev -22.1%
A recent arrival from BOTMC. Smells of grains and malts hint of cinnamon. Pours to a rusty orange. Really no head at all. Taste is watery really with a little fizz and no sweetness or bitterness. Kind of like drinking alka-selzter or beer flavored selzter water. A huge disappointment for what I shell out for BOTMC. Maybe this is a bad bottle? I'll re-review if others bottles fare better. Maybe also this brew is SO balanced that all the flavors are cancelled out. I never heard of that though.
08-29-2008 02:45:40 | More by mooseisloose
Amber Ale - German Style Altbier from Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
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