McNeill's Alle Tage Altbier | McNeill's Brewery

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McNeill's Alle Tage AltbierMcNeill's Alle Tage Altbier

Brewed by:
McNeill's Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-19-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 25 |  Reviews: 24
Reviews by John:
Photo of John
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Took a chance on this one since it's been hanging around my cellar for a while. Freshness dated - consume by Feb '03, guess I lost track of this one. This is a McNeill's brew after all, which means even more attention should be paid to freshness. After the initial pour and taste, my fear proved unfounded. Lucky this time. What we have here is a gorgeous looking brew. Hazy brown with ruby hues. Big, lumpy head. Aroma of sweet wort, fresh baked bread, fruit and nuts. Flavor has a distinct malty sweetness and incredible orangey hop notes, more than required for the style, but I'm in a forgiving mood ;-). Whether this brew adheres to the traditional style or not, it's mighty tasty. An altbier with the McNeill's stamp on it. Delicious.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Todd
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 1pint 6oz brown bottle. Hand-bottled at the brewery. Best before clearly marked. This is a bottle-conditioned beer.

Appearance: A slightly hazy mahogany liquid that pours a creamy, semi-sticky, off-white head with decent retention.

Smell: Moderately tame aroma of mild sweet malts, earth and metal.

Taste: Malty sweet beverage with a thick, even consistency, creamy mouthfeel and tight carbonation. Biscuit, hickory, wood, toasted malts, grain flavours and very light caramel notes. Salty, sharp hop flavours with rind-like qualities cut thru the malt with earth flavoured edges. Finishes with dry grain flavours, metallic notes, hop oils on the palate, alcohol presence and slight citric flavours.

Notes: A very interesting and impressive brew. Clearly a German brown ale/Altbier in style and a damn tasty one at that. Not entirely sure of its availibility, but I know that you can get it from the brewery to go -- speaking of which, thanks to Dee and Lisa for bringing me the sample!

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Northend market in Brattleboro, VT.

Darkbrown, root beer-ish color, thin white head, medium body.

smells creamy and malty sweet very much like a brown ale, with a hint of hop.

Heady dark malty sweetness, bitter brown-nut and slightly smokey.

smooth and flavorful on the palate, pretty heavy and rich.

pretty filling, but another wont hurt i guesss!

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Photo of edchicma
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful caramel color with a nice head that laces very well. Nice hint of malt, with a a slight hint of hops. Taste is a nice balance between tart and sweet with a very pleasant light hoppy aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium initially with a lighter element on the swallow. Very drinkable, especially with the very pleasant aftertaste. If you're passing through Brattleboro, I suggest stopping in after 4 p.m. to check out what's in the cooler. Very nice brew from a small brewer.

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Photo of Hagbard
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark copper color, very similar to a penny. A thin oily head forms, which grips the sides of the glass as the liquid moves. It has a very strong malty aroma with a very nice floral hop element centered. I also think I notice some fruit in the background, though not necessarily of the citrus variety. Perhaps something caused by the yeast and not the hops. The taste is much hoppier than the aroma would indicate. At first, the malt is very strong, but the hops soon assert themselvs as it sits on the tongue. Florally and bitter, but not abrasively so. The aftertaste becomes very bitter a few seconds after you swallow and move your tongue around. It coats your mouth. I really like this version of an altbier. I'm not much of an expert on this style, but this one seems to have a heavier hop presence than most I've tried. Well done.

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Photo of CRJMellor
2.88/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to PPoitras for the bottle.
Pours a dark copper and amber hue with a light brown and tan head. Big head settles quickly and leaves some lace on the pint.
Aroma of toasted malt and some caramel with a slight medicinal note as well.
Flavor starts with toasted bready note was highly buttered and diacetyl with some resined and metallic hop bittering. (To be fair this bottle may have aged too long.)
Mouthfeel is moderate with decent carbonation but the metallic bitterness is really off-putting.
Drinkability is below average. Hafl a drain pour.

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Photo of plaid75
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep copper cloudy hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a solid ceral graininess with an earthy hop spice.

The taste conssited of full earthy malts and a spicy hop.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style with a dry finish.

Overall a good flavorful alt.

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Photo of meathookjones
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This came in a 22oz bomber. Pours out a murky brown with about half an inch of tan head. The head dies quick and leaves a decent amount of lace around the glass. Aroma was sweet with caramel and had a nutty roasted character about it. The taste starts off with a sweet roasted malty flavor that is met by a good earthy bitterness. The aftertaste has a sweet roasted flavor that lingers around for a bit. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonated feel to it. Good tasty beer with good drinkability I would definitely have this one again. Thanks to ppoitras for this tasty offering.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22ozer from Waterbury Beverage, Waterbury, VT.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a tan 1" head over a dark amber brew. Frothy head leaves ample foamy lace. Sweet yeasty aroma. Flavor is sweetly of the malts, but just the right amount, which is then balanced excellently with an appropriate amouhnt of hops. Mouthfeel is pleasantly hearty, and the drinkability is excellent.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz purchased at the brattleboro co-op.

distinct amber color, mildly hazy with a vicious foam sitting atop the brew, airy and full of holes and bubbles.. lacing left behind like thinly sliced swiss cheese. smells beery, with slight bile notes and some overripe summer fruits. now that i've noticed something resembling vomit, i can't seem to let it go. once i stop smelling it and start tasting it, that becomes a long-lost memory. this beer is fluffy and fizzy, rich and nutty, majestically hopped and finishing with a big bite of earthy, sappy, bitter tree bark.

this is a very drinkable beer, and one that bears the perfect combination of carbonation and flavor/body ratio. drinkable as all hell, with the exception of the hoppiness which might prove inhibiting for some novice imbibers. a bit metallic in the finish, but a good beer overall. this would be a monster on tap.

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Photo of scottum
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served a beautiful hazy brown amberish with a nice off-white head. The sweet malts are offset by some crisp hops together producing a wonderful balance and mouthfeel. Such balance! Sooo smooth! Certainly one of the better McNeill's brews available on tap in the area. Perhaps the best local Altbier available, though the Double Bag will give anyone a run for the money.

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Photo of waughbrew
2.02/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Slightly hazy dark amber with a big very-light-brown head with great R&L. Toasty aroma with spicy and a-bit-metallic hops. Lightly dull and buttery malt profile. Flavor has a brief showing of the bready malt before the undercurrent of german bitterness takes over. Medium body and carbonation. Herbal and minty. Finish is a bit astringent from those hops and perhaps the grain, like a metallic lemon rind. Finish is just plain bad.

Overall a not very pleasant showing. I am now finding the majority of McNeill's beers to be significantly overhopped flavor-wise. It always seems like a fight between the malt flavor and the hops. Can't they get along? They do in good beers. They don't in this. Perhaps they use crappy old dirty hops up there in Brattleboro. I actually dumped the last bit of this bomber.

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Photo of kaszeta
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the better beers I've had at McNeill's (and that's high praise). It pours with a nice coppery red, clear body, with a thin white head. It's got a powerful, floral aroma of hops, with some slight caramel from the malt. The hops flavor carries through nicely to it's flavor---a nice tang from the hops, some hops for body, anda pleasantly crisp bitter aftertaste. Fairly smooth mouthfeel with a slight dry character from the hops. Very drinkable, and highly recommended

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Photo of UnionMade
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours reddish brown, only slightly lighter than their brown ale. Wonderful roasty aroma. Chocolatey. Flavor is lightly roasty, with chocolate and nuttiness. Body is fairly light, with excellent small bubble carbonation. What a wonderful beer. My favorite from these guys so far.

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Photo of Longstaff
4.48/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Having sampled the real alts of Dusseldorf, I am skeptical when it comes to alts brewed here in America, but this is the real deal. Easy induced, off-white, bubbly head with a near crystal clear, brownish, coppery colored body. Perfumy hop aroma with just a touch of musky basement type aroma make this smell authentic. Good clean nutty flavored body that just begs you to drink more. Finishes with a slight bitterness that lasts. The bottle says it is styled after 4 breweries in Dusseldorf, but I think it resembles the one served at Zum Schlussel more than anything.

If you want to know what the alts taste like in Dusseldorf, try this one.

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Photo of PatandDavid
4.82/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well, drinking four of these in a row the other evening with David and Longstaff tell me that it deserves 5's in some of those categories, especially drinkability!

A beautiful dark brown, copper highlights when poured. Nice head which didn't go away as fast as it I thought it would. This is a very balanced beer...I tasted a chocolately, nutty flavor in the roast of the malt. Hops were present, but not overly so.

I've had this both at McNeill's and this last time at Redbones...I certainely hope that they continue to bring it in. The drinkability of this beer is outstanding. I kept recommending it to folks at the bar, and all of them were very impressed with this beer.


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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This could be called an alt Alt bier, because this one is a little darker, a little hoppier and a bit more astringent than is typical of the style. It pours a hazy brown. A decent beige head sits atop. The malt body is smooth and substantial. A light sweetness balances sharp-edged bitter hops a somewhat astringent medicinal quality. It finishes clean and dry.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on-tap at the brewpub.

This altbier poured a clear, copper color with light tan foam that settled but clung to the glass in clumps a bit. The smell was malty with a kiss of sweetness and a touch of hops. The taste was malty with a nice balanced hoppiness. Good altbier flavor. The mouthfeel was smooth with medium body and good carbonation. The flavors lingered briefly. This was a good rendition of an altbier.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had me a nice pint of this at Anam Cara Publick House... I can't believe I've never tried this sucker! Alle Tage has a super, deep copper color, and is a touch cloudy. Truly a lovely hue! Head is tan, fine and creamy, lasts well, and leaves excellent lacing! Nose seems to exhibit some toasty, crystal-like malt, along with a healthy dose of hoppiness. Medium in the body department, and fairly smooth on the tongue, with minimal prickliness. Toasty malt leads off for the flavor team, with a decent, light caramel sweetness. Finish is dry and balanced well with floral hoppiness. A crisp, flavorful german-style bier! Zum Wohl!!

overall: 4.1
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

#13 -22oz bomber bottle.

An excellent traditional altbier that was sampled at the beer bbq in bklyn. This beer poured a nice amber-ish/red colour with a small, whispy head. The aromas were a full-on battle between hops and malts with the malts getting the nod from the hops in the end. The taste was hoppy and very fresh with a strong malt presence as well. The mouthfeel was very good and the drinkability was excellent!

This is a great Vermont based brewery folks!

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Photo of cracker
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting brew. Pours an amber brown with little carbonation and no head. Worried that the bottle has gone bad. Smells of caramel malts with a hint of soured vinegar. Oh no. But, tastes just fine. Well and generously hopped. Somewhat tangy and citrusy with slight metallic and stringent aftertaste. Seems hoppier than other altbiers I've encountered. Overall not a bad beer. Wonder if other bottles or draft tastes differently...

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the tattered brewery in Brattleboro, VT. Pint was presented to me with almost no head except a wispy ring atop the deep copper liquid. Not surprisingly, no retention or lacing. Woody aromas of earthy malts and hints of hops. The flavors were very similar, again malty with a good balance of hops. The hoppy end makes the brew crisp. Caramel sweetness helps to hide the higher ALC %. This being noted, it was a lightly carbonated brew with a smooth mouthfeel. Very sessionable for a punchy brew. Word.

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Photo of Hibernator
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

McNeill's Alle Tage Altbier
22 oz brown bottle
Best before April notched on the side label
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

* Purchased at the Co-op in Brattleboro, VT *

Pours a light brown color with rustic orange highlights on the bottom. Attractive patterns of crazy sticky lace.

Clean and earthy aroma of sweet malts and hops.

Chewy and light caramel flavors. Very smooth and creamy with a German hop twang finish. This beer is balanced mighty well.

I think this one trumps Long Trail's flagship ale. Overall, a solid Altbier with a really nice drinkability level.

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Photo of Rshersnow
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of egajdzis
3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy prune color with a medium sized off white head, and left nice lacing on the glass. Sweet caramel malt, and lightly hopped aroma. Citrus fruits, very light bitterness and some very mild roasted notes. I really wanted to like this one more than I did. Oh well, can’t win them all, McNeills is a great brewery, and I need more!

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McNeill's Alle Tage Altbier from McNeill's Brewery
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 25 ratings