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Boltens Ur-Alt - Bolten Brauerei

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very good

14 Ratings
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Ratings: 14
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.4%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bolten Brauerei visit their website

Style | ABV
Altbier |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Globetrotter on 05-06-2006)
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Ratings: 14 | Reviews: 8 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Zimbo:
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

While still in the bottle that has an unusual dusty cellar nose. Stern and unforgiving nose. Fluffy fluffy lightish head on top of a pale fade yellow brown. Mixture of largish bubbles and fierce headingy and a fizziness to the taste. Fullish flavour but you don't really get much intergrataion. The elements don't really come together. Herby end. A bit dull to be honest.

12-14-2010 19:57:19 | More by Zimbo
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Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

4.72/5  rDev +22.3%

50cl Brown flip-top bottle, with 5 months life left according to the rear label.

This is the beer that saved the brewery. They were going through a rough patch some years back (everyone around their area was drinking Hannan and Diebels Alt), so they re-introduced this original, unfiltered alt and it took off in a big way. I did a brewery trip back in the 90's and was told this while there.

I still have an original Bolten Ur-Alt glass and I used that when reviewing the beer.

Just as how I remembered it, a cloudy amber colour with a huge creammy coloured head, sparkling yet moody looking.

The aroma is a mix of hops, malts and peat fires rolled into a brown, toasted ham sandwich.

I think the suggestion of roasted/burnt malts take the beer to a higher plain than the aroma in the flavour stakes, and it has is a lovely rich log fire feel to it.

Very, very drinkable. The best Alt in the world? Could well be, I'll be ording some more, that's for sure.

04-03-2009 17:55:39 | More by BlackHaddock
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4.4/5  rDev +14%

Found in a Moscow supermarket, this brown half liter bottle has a bulged neck, a swing top and a parchment, green and red label featuring an etching of the brewery below the name. Purity law applies. Best before 6/16/06, I opened it on 5/6/06.

Pours an ever so slightly hazy (the label and website claim that the beer is unfiltered) pale copper under a two finger creamy beige head that displays good retention and some stickiness, but leaving just a few spots of lace. There is lots of sweet caramel in the nose - very strong and enticing. The mouth is slightly sticky, moderately carbonated and quite light. The first few sips show a lot of caramel, but it is nevertheless not very sweet. The hops are mild at first, but ever present, and increasingly insistent as the liquid warms. The beer then takes on a lovely mixture of lightly bitter, definitely floral and slightly spicey. This combination last well into the aftertaste, making for a very pleasant and enjoyable brew.

05-06-2006 19:03:04 | More by Globetrotter
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United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

11-01-2013 18:31:25 | More by EmperorBevis
Photo of safaricook


3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

03-01-2013 21:11:21 | More by safaricook
Photo of smcolw


3.76/5  rDev -2.6%

Lumpy head that leaves a lattice of lace. The color is a dirty amber, meaning there's plenty of haze.

The smell comes across quite earthy, which I find odd for the style. The malt is sweet and caramelized. No notable hop.

The initial taste mimics the smell. Soon, the hop shows up mildly for the finish, but not the aftertaste. Lots of molasses/maple syrup flavor from the under-fermented darker malts. The body is very full, almost to the level of a barley wine. The carbonation is average. The aftertaste is like a blend of barley wine and a brown ale.

03-04-2013 00:56:29 | More by smcolw
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3.45/5  rDev -10.6%

From a swing-topped, one-liter bottle, this beer pours a rich mahogany color with a nice, tan, wispy head. Not bad looking at all. The aroma is mostly malty, with more than expected roast character. Dark, nutty and musty aroma. Some herbal hops as well. The taste is semi-sweet with lots of bitterness. The bitterness is lingering and enjoyable. Medium body with relatively low carbonation. Good brew.

05-15-2009 19:30:12 | More by Suds
Photo of seanyfo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.35/5  rDev -13.2%

50cl bottle best before 27/02/2011, served 2 times into my Im Fuchschen Alt glass.

A- Fantastic tan creamy head with excellent retention and average lacing. Body is a deep copper with expected slight cloudiness due to it being unfiltered.

S- A touch of pepper, noble hop, no real malt note.

T- The light hop presence is there but the malt never really gets going. No real toffee/ nuttiness. More like the hop bite dying in an anticlimax to a mild maybe very light caramel like medium dry finish, but you really need to search for it

M- Moderate mouthfeel, light texture, but perhaps a bit lifeless.

D- Its certainly easily sessionable like any good altbier! I think this particular bottle is really just past its prime. Will search out a fresh bottle and retry.

02-03-2011 22:09:28 | More by seanyfo
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

02-19-2014 13:15:59 | More by Schmoog
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United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +3.6%

04-06-2014 14:39:25 | More by mizx
Photo of DerBayer


4.13/5  rDev +7%

Neither an expert nor necessary a lover of the style but this was the best i ve ever had.

Chestnut cloudy brown colour with off white slightly creamy head.

Smell is malty and nutty very clean but some notes of aleyness.

Mouthfeel was a medium body with refreshing carbbonation but not prickly or even sparkling.

This actually went down very well

05-24-2010 18:44:13 | More by DerBayer
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South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

05-28-2013 00:02:21 | More by herrburgess
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

02-10-2014 14:31:24 | More by NorbertB1974
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4.28/5  rDev +10.9%

1L flip-top bottle, almost a growler really. Best by 3/11. Two pours into Willibechers.

Pours a hazy chestnut brown with a fantastic head. Pillowy and thick, with clumpy lacing.

Aroma is clean and pleasant, with woody, toasted malt notes.

The flavor is very smooth and clean. Biscuity, toasty malts are at the forefront, with an almost smoky note in the background. Lightly sweet and tangy, but with a dry, bitter finish. Just the right amount of hops. Mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth, with creamy low-carbonation, almost real ale style.

Eminently drinkable. Probably the best classic Alt that I've had.

10-20-2010 21:39:22 | More by dasenebler
Boltens Ur-Alt from Bolten Brauerei
85 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.