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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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Pog-Mo-Thoin, Jan 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

weaselchew, Apr 14, 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
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3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours black with a tint of red. The head is a beautiful creamy caramel color about 2 1/2 fingers tall that takes a few minutes to dissipate. There is minimal lacing. The smell is not very strong (in a good way.) Mouthfeel is about average. Not thin, but not thick either. The taste is a near perfect blend of malt and hops with a hint of toffee and mocha. A pleasant offering that I would drink again.

Mojo, Aug 12, 2012
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
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1.75/5  rDev -53.9%

DWolf, Jan 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

dugly2ugly, May 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

atr2605, Aug 22, 2011
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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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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Buggies, Apr 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

xbrettfavrex, Nov 21, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

dannyfayy, Mar 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

nstroup, Feb 26, 2013
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2.88/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

marvin213, Feb 14, 2010
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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
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

jaybags, Jun 11, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

OhNo789, Nov 20, 2013
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3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

jockstrappy, Nov 14, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

clickyourfingers, May 19, 2012
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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 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
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

swright13, Jun 19, 2014
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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
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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 13, 2009
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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
Heritage Alt from Erie Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.