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Heritage Alt - Erie Brewing Co.

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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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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

11-22-2011 02:20:01 | More by PittBeerGirl
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atr2605

New York

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

A-pours near black with a tan head with average retention
S-malty, slight olive and wet hay aroma, a little sweet, and fairly low hop profile
T-roasted malt, hop bitterness is just enough to keep the malt in check, and lasts through the finish
M- medium bodied
O- A nice somewhat unique style. I haven't had many of these and it is malty and almost earthy at the same time. Interesting.

08-21-2011 23:33:47 | More by atr2605
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StBoisterous

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%

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.

07-22-2011 14:38:48 | More by StBoisterous
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

03-12-2011 02:43:45 | More by smcolw
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Morey

Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -0.3%

Pours darker than advertised. Opaque black with some brownish hues around the edges when held up to the light. Nice goldish-tan head which is starting to settle after a few minutes. Some decent head retention though.

The aromas of roasted malts, molasses, and brown sugar fill the nose.

The taste is both roasty and nutty. Pretty smooth beer, but there are definitely some hops thrown in this brew to help balance it out.

Medium silky smooth mouthfeel with a subtle hop bitterness.

I could definitely put a few back during the fall months.

Morey's Bottom Line: Simple beer done well. Everything about this beer is good. Nothing really jumps out and wows you, but it doesn't always have to be that way. One of the better beers by the EBC.

09-23-2010 20:00:25 | More by Morey
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mdfb79

New York

3.73/5  rDev -1.8%

From 09/15/10 notes. Had at a small tasting.

a - Pours a dark brown color with 1 inch of tan head and light carbonation and lacing.

s - Smells of roasted malts, nuts, and lactic.

t - Tastes of chocolate, roasted malts, nuts, and milk/lactic.

m - Medium body and low carbonation; smooth and easy to drink.

d - A decent alt. Very drinkable session beer; would try again.

09-20-2010 02:23:59 | More by mdfb79
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brentk56

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.3%

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

06-07-2010 01:28:12 | More by brentk56
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marvin213

North Carolina

2.88/5  rDev -24.2%

So I was thinking that altbiers were a little on the lighter side--maybe I was confusing ABV with color. This one is as black as an imperial stout. Only its very surface offers a brownish tint. It looks too dark to be 5.40%! Head and lacing are underwhelming (again, my experience with the style is limited), but there's not too much appealing about this beer given my (perhaps misguided) expectations.

The nose is heavily roasted malt. It smells almost like a smoked beer. I think of barbecue and spicy breakfast burritos. The latter comes from a peppery, spicy-kinda vibe from the nose--like a chipolte influence or something! The smell piques my interest more than the look, but I truly have no idea what to expect....

It tastes like the smell: lightly smoked, roasted malts. The feel is thin and borderline watery. The nose is more distinguished than the taste, certainly. Though it looks and even smells as if it might pack a punch, the taste is distinctly on the lighter side. Though the nose influences are subtlely present on the palate, the feel is essentially nothingness. I'd actually like more of the ingredients on top of more carbonation! Though the light fluffiness of the taste, feel, and ABV make it a potentially drinkable brew, I'm looking for something more substantive.

02-14-2010 19:06:47 | More by marvin213
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irish

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%

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....

02-10-2010 02:05:58 | More by irish
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mgbickel

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +11.1%

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!

11-24-2009 19:43:38 | More by mgbickel
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goblue3509

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -18.4%

Pours a black color with a slightly off white head that gives way to minimal lacing. The aroma is fairly weak and of sweet roasted malts and maybe a hint of coffee. The taste is mild with a sweet roasted malt backbone and hints of chocolate and coffee. The mouthfeel is creamy with very little carbonation. Overall it is a solid beer, you could drink alot of them, but it is slightly filling and there is not a lot going on to keep your interest.

11-20-2009 18:58:49 | More by goblue3509
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Snipp

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +19.2%

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.

10-12-2009 23:34:15 | More by Snipp
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev 0%

Heritage Alt pours a dark brown with a small off white head.

The aroma is prevelant in malts. Not alot going on here just a hint of malt sweetness.

Surprisingly well balanced, drinks almost like a porter/stout. Has a pronounced roasted character to it and earthy hop bitters. Hints at coffee and chocolate as well.

Semi-dry finish , full bodied and portly.

I orginally thought this was an Oktoberfest by looking at the bottle, but it turned out to be so much more. Reccommended.

10-07-2009 16:52:17 | More by Stinkypuss
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TheTrevor

New York

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

06-25-2009 19:29:10 | More by TheTrevor
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packardgoose

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +10.5%

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

12-14-2008 17:13:29 | More by packardgoose
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WesWes

New York

4.2/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

12-09-2008 03:25:35 | More by WesWes
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jockstrappy

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%

Pours a rich cola-brown color with a thin, tan head that doesn't last too long. Main aroma here seems to be coffee, with sugary fruit behind it. Taste is a roasted coffee flavor up front, with notes of plum and fig behind it, and a caramel malt sweetnessthat is present throughout. This brew was surprisingly quaffable...upon the pour, I was expecting something thick and sticky, but this beer is light on the palate, and washes away very clean at the finish. A great beer for those cold nights close to Lake Erie.

11-14-2008 22:49:25 | More by jockstrappy
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riversider76

New York

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Not much retention and just a bit of laceing. Aroma is of dark fruits,chocolate and coffee. Body is a bit flat and thin. Taste is coffee up front with a nice chocolate finish. Sweet fruit notes through out.Not my favorite style but if it's yours you will like it a lot.

11-09-2008 01:15:07 | More by riversider76
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ATPete

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

09-23-2008 00:25:24 | More by ATPete
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phantomwyse

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

09-18-2008 13:12:53 | More by phantomwyse
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brucepia

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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.

03-29-2008 20:13:22 | More by brucepia
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jhicks12

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +17.1%

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.

11-21-2007 13:19:20 | More by jhicks12
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

11-13-2007 23:09:53 | More by Gavage
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +17.6%

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.

03-15-2007 23:00:55 | More by tgbljb
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santoslhalper

Pennsylvania

4.7/5  rDev +23.7%

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.

12-05-2005 05:50:31 | More by santoslhalper
Heritage Alt from Erie Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.