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Heritage Alt - Erie Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.68%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Erie Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 07-23-2004)
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Photo of santoslhalper
4.7/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearence: Pours a deep, dark brown (too dark for an altbier), with a strong sturdy beige head. Clarity is brilliant.

Smell: The smell presents excellent richness, but also balance. The hop bitterness is detectable noble, and very strong, but rounded out beautifully by the complex malt smells. A bit too much roasted malt, but still smells nice.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Perfect. Strong, flavorful, yet suprisingly balanced with just a touch of alcoholic warmth (for a low proof beer). Mild fruitiness is derived from the yeast, while the malts are nutty and bittersweet, balanced exceptionally well by the bitter, almost floral hops. Mouthfeel is full and rich, but still smooth enough to be easily consumed.

Drinkabilty and Overall: First of Erie's new 3 beers I've had (the other two are next), and this one is killer. I believe this would be more of a Dusseldorf style Altbier. Either way, this is a really strong, robust, balanced, and most of all, quaffble beer. Truly a wonderful representation from a small brewery on a style that is rarely done right. Hope the next 2 are as good.

santoslhalper, Dec 05, 2005
Photo of Snipp
4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The first beer I've had from this style. The smell is bready and malty. Taste has hints chocolate and coffee. Very smooth in the mouth. Goes down really easy. This is a tasty brew that Oktoberfest fans could enjoy. This beer has a ton of flavor which was a little unexpected.

Snipp, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of brucepia
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured a very dark walnut. Has a heavy malt and caramel nose, very nice. A very smoth drinkable beer. This is a tasty treat and you will want to drink more that one.

I would like to try this beer on draft at about 55º to see all of the other flavors that would come out.

brucepia, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of weaselchew
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

weaselchew, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of tgbljb
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very deep mahogony color with moxderate tannish head, that rapidly fell to a thin ring leaving attractive lacing.
Smell is the perfect combination of roasted malt, caramel, toffee, coffee, and plums.
Taste combines the roasted malt with a very strong coffee influence. Strong dark fruit notes are also present. A mild bitterness somewjat balances the sweetness.
Finishes with a very full mouthfeel with great taste retention.
This is truly an exceptional beer. Easy to drink, flavorful, and immensely refreshing. Excellent job from Erie.

tgbljb, Mar 15, 2007
Photo of jhicks12
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice dark brown / black color, poured with a nice brown head about 2 fingers worth. Initial notes of coffee and chocolate. Very nice full flavor of chocolate and coffee. Good medium to full mouthfeel and very drinkable beer. At 5.4% this is a nice drinkable beer that is a treat.

jhicks12, Nov 21, 2007
Photo of StBoisterous
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Pours dark brown, slight amber color when held to light.

S. Slightly hoppy with a subtle hint of chocolate.

T. Very well balanced flavor, very noticeable chocolate malt taste, but not overpowering.

M. No bitter aftertaste, slightly sweet. A smooth chocolate flavor lingers.

D. Extremely smooth for a darker style Alt ale.

Serving type: bottle (poured into glass)

- One of my favorite ales from Erie Brewing.

StBoisterous, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of Buggies
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Buggies, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of mgbickel
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decided to purchase a growler of this after visiting the brewery. Tired a number of their beers and really liked this one.

Pours dark brown...what you would expect from a nice porter. Has a thin, fizzy tan head.

Smells of toasted bread and malt.

Has a very nice coffee/cocoa undertone. Finishes with a slightly bitter nut splash.

Thin mouth feel...goes down smooth and easy.

A very drinkable beer in my opinion. Would highly recommend this beer...especially this time of the year!

mgbickel, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of WesWes
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a smooth and creamy roasted and chocolate malt scent that's dry with some subtle sweetness. The taste is good. It has a dry roasted character that goes down easy and finishes thin with some breadlike flavors. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very good beer. I really enjoy the roasted character as well as the bisquity feel. It's easy drinking and quite quaffable.

WesWes, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of packardgoose
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. The beer pours a very deep dark yet clear brown with a two finger creamy tan head which fades to nice lacing

S. It has a nice light roasted and chocolate aroma with a subtle caramel sweetness, very nice

T. taste combines a roasted malt backbone with some dark fruits, and a hint of bitter chocolate and coffee with something nutty lurking way in the back.

M. good carbonation with a mouthfeel between thin & medium, finishes quickly.

D. very smooth and very drinkable, could drink a few of these no problem

packardgoose, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of Gavage
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a clear brown color with a two finger creamy but fluffy head. Nice lacing develops.

Smell: malt and caramel are strong and very pleasant on the nose.

Taste: nice malt backbone. Caramel, mild nuts, hint of earthiness, mild bitterness, and a touch of chocolate. There is some fruit sweetness lingering in the background here.

Mouthfeel: smooth from start to finish. Very short malt-laden aftertaste. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: great session beer. Nice flavor profile keeps you interested for having multiple beers.

Gavage, Nov 13, 2007
Photo of irish
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thin brown lace on a dark, dark beer. Virtually opaque unless you hold up a bright light on the other side. Did I mention it was dark?

Awesome rich, farmlike smell. One of the few beers where the nose impressed me, and one of the few where the rating proportion should reach 20% of the total, IMHO.

Very good taste--extremely balanced without being over the edge on sweetness, hops, or malt, although the style and brand clearly emphasizes malt as a "first among equals".

I liked the mouthfeel even if it is a bit thin--just adds to the drinkability. And the drinkability is quite nice. In fact, so nice that I will finish it right now....

irish, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of phantomwyse
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After my first experience with a brew by Erie, I felt as though they had more to offer than that previous beer had delivered. This beer fulfilled that expectation.

A: Poured like fast moving molasses producing a thick, leathery tan head. The beer itself is black coffee in appearance with port wine highlights along the edge. Clinging mosaic lacing.

S: Chocolate, coffee, toffee, muted smell of malted whiskey.

T: Dark roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate undertones that lead into a understated smokiness.

M: Unexpectedly light for a beer of this color. Has a slickness that yields at the end to being just slightly dry.

D: A good fall prelude to darker beers I associate with winter, like Baltic porters and imperial stouts. Plenty drinkable, plenty enjoyable.

phantomwyse, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of nstroup
4/5  rDev +5.3%

nstroup, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +5.3%

tclapper, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of dugly2ugly
4/5  rDev +5.3%

dugly2ugly, May 07, 2012
Photo of gpblackgt
4/5  rDev +5.3%

gpblackgt, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of ATPete
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, ABV- 5.4%

Pours a deep dark brown color with bright reddish highlights, a small tan head leaving rings of stickage. Sweet earthy malts dominate, big flavor with a light body, sweet toasty coffee beans, roasted nuts, slightly bitter bakers chocolate bready yeast, dark fruit and hints of wood/ahs. Light body, moderate carbonation. Very enjoyable and very drinkable.

ATPete, Sep 23, 2008
Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The darkest Alt I have ever seen, this beer pours a fudge brown color with a rocky tan head that leaves a decent amount of lace

Smell: Roasty brown bread with a chocolate dusting; also has a sweet character that is almost minty

Taste: Opens with a brown bread and chocolate flavor that adds the sweet minty element by mid-palate; after the swallow, the malt turns a bit fruity, though the early flavor profile also persists into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: More like a porter than an alt, this is still a very enjoyable beer

brentk56, Jun 07, 2010
Photo of TheNightwatchman
4/5  rDev +5.3%

TheNightwatchman, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy amber mahogany brown color nice tan head dwindles slowly leaves behind even lacing, very nice. Aroma: Nice malty caramel presence touch of chocolate with a nutty edge topped off with some nice underlying vinous or raisiny tones. Taste: Fruity character with nutty highlights matched with mild cocoa bursts in each sip, a relatively flavorful altbier pretty damn creative and unfiltered to boot. Mouthfeel: Medium body nice carbonation not too heavy nice texture rolls smoothly. Drinkability: Incredibly smooth and quaffable enjoyed this one at Porter's in Erie.

WVbeergeek, Jul 23, 2004
Photo of smcolw
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Modest head that settles to a single layer of bubbles. Light spotty lace on the glass. The color is dark, dark brown where a minimum of light passes through.

Dark chocolatey malt aromas, reminds me of powder cocoa. Could pass as a porter.

Smooth dark crystal malt start on the tongue. Less cocoa taste than the smell indicates. The finish has some mild hop to it. It's quite spritzy while it is quite rich bodied. The aftertaste has a touch cafe latte.

smcolw, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of Cylinsier
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours a deep brown color, off-white head dissipates relatively quickly.

Smells like chocolate and oak.

Figs, cocoa, slight oak notes, hints of clove.

Medium to light body with a light carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Pretty tasty dark ale with some nice flavors. Good flavor without being too strong. Enjoyable and I would certainly have this again.

Cylinsier, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of TheTrevor
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice dark brown with a single-finger head. The smell is sweet toasted malt with some caramel and a bit of chocolate. The taste is similar to the smell by starting off with some sweet toasted malt with a bit of caramel, dark fruit, and bittersweet chocolate. The mouthfeel is thinner than I expected from the pour with a bit of slickness and some moderate carbonation. This beer is not only tasty, but also very drinkable. Color me impressed.

TheTrevor, Jun 25, 2009
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Heritage Alt from Erie Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.