Ehrenfelder Alt | Braustelle

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45 Ratings
Ehrenfelder AltEhrenfelder Alt

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Style: German Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Ratings: 45 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of Snowcrash000
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky brown coloration with a medium, frothy head. Smells of dark fruit with a hint of caramel malt. Taste is roasted, slightly caramelly malt with dark fruit, fig, plum and a hint of smokyness and a hoppy grassyness and slight bitterness. Not your typical Alt, but quite nice in its own way.

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Photo of drmeto
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

-pours a cloudy amber-brown with a big,foamy,offwhite head
-high carbonation visible
-peach,plums,caramel,red grape,funky,soapy,light smoke
-nutty,spicy,plums,grassy,caramel,slight chocolate,light smoke
-low to medium bitterniss for the style
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
This is certainly not a typical Düsseldorf-style Alt with it's smoky,tart notes, but it combines really well.
Sort of an Altbier with a hint of Oud Bruin.
This was really good.

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Photo of Zorro
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear brown ale with a medium sized tan colored head.

Smells malty with lots of toasted grain scent. Big scent of caramel and a smaller one of wheat bran. Faint scent of molasses.

Starts out mildly sweet with a bit of a bitter snap to it. Tastes like it smells with a faint after taste that is Raisin Bran cereal. There is a faint berry flavor here, highly unexpected.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a tasty Altbier. If this has a fault it could be a little more complex.

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Photo of desint
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biboergosum
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle - so, a German craft (or should it be 'kraft'?) brewing concern that is taking on the task of 'reviving and updating' traditional Teutonic brews? Ok.

This beer pours a clear, dark red-brick brown colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly beige head, which leaves some streaky, violent sea storm lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of muddled dark orchard fruit, grainy and bready pale malt, thin, yet nutty milk chocolate, and very tame earthy, leafy, and floral green hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy pale malt, a touch of caramel sweetness, cocoa powder, subtle dry roasted coffee notes, a mixed bag of stone fruit, an ethereal yeastiness, and some middling leafy, spicy, and floral verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly plain in its anemic-seeming frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and generally smooth, with just a hint of smokiness making a small dent in the veneer, as such. It finishes off-dry, the fruity, nutty, and chocolate esters still lounging around in a particularly European manner.

Overall, this is a pleasant enough Altbier, one that doesn't skew too far from the typical profile, but does provide lots of robust flavour and is thus an enjoyable imbibing experience. Also, I just clued in to the name - 'Free Spirit' - appropriate, I suppose.

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Photo of aleigator
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clouded, dark brown color with a big, beige head.

Smells of bakers chocolate, toasted barley, dates and caramel malts. On the nose this reminds me more of a rustic Belgian Brune than of an Alt.

Drinks outstandingly smooth and surpringly thick, while at the same time providing a refreshing, well build, light body.

Tastes of whole grain bread, toasty malts and dried prunes, together with a vivid glazed caramel aspect.
Has a rustic hop infusion during mid palate, with toasted malts and bitter, old leaves. Finishes fairly clean and mellow, with more toffee and a dry lime zest fruit accent.

Very tasty unfiltered Alt, bold and smooth on the tongue with a recognizable hop tingle during its finish, creating a well working counterpart to the prominent malts.

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Photo of Jacobier10
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16.9 oz bottle, no date.

Ruby brown color and fairly clear when held up to the light. Small off-white head that eventually fades into nothing. No lacing on the glass.

Nutty and milk chocolate aroma. The slightest hint of smoke is noticeable too. Balance in the flavor is towards the malt but I'm sure it's sufficiently hopped, as most alts are.

Finishes very dry and extremely smooth on the palate, almost slick. Full bodied yet not difficult to drink.

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Photo of grahuba
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Suds
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Interesting brew...Murkey, hazy brown color. Thin off-white head. The aroma is a mix of malt and wet earth...Grain, maybe a bit of chocolate or nuts. The taste has light malt and yeast. Just a hint of sweetness, and a pleasant bitterness in the mid-taste. Full in body, clean finish. Okay.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Quite hazy, deep mahogany color with beige head. Aroma has toasted malt, brown sugar and some dried raisins. Taste starts with toasted malt and dark bread crust and finishes quite bitter and earthy with a slight roasted character. Body is on the lighter side, carbonation is medium. Easy drinking, quite dry and bitter, not bad.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a stange glass.

Deep copper brown. Clear body with a little bit of cola carbonation and a good shine to it. Head is an excellent easy three fingers. Light tan colored in appearance, settling down with pill lacing and a nice frothy top that clings. Very nice looking alt.

Delicious aroma. Slight dry grains but with excellent nutty flavors on the nose and a bit of faint milk chocolate. Rich aromas with a good nut and chocolate mix with dryness kept to a minimum. Real great smelling brew.

Palate seems to take a very unique angle. Slight fruity and spicy tones on first sip, but a noticeable amount of hop bitterness. Classic straight up dry malt and a bit of chocolate angles in the mid palate, but with a very noticeable sensing spicy hop finish. Lingering bitterness, with some real nice accenting sweet chocolate that contrasts nicely on the aftertaste.

A pretty different alt, but a good one none the less.

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Photo of IckyT2012
3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ehrenfelder Alt has a thin-to-medium, cream-colored head, with rather big, soapy bubbles, some lacing left on the glass, and a very dark brown, with red highlights appearance. Lots of caked, brown sediment, at the bottom will give this beer a milky look, it that junk is swished loose and poured in. The aroma is of rich, dark bread, raisin, prune, and a touch of both wood and smoke. Taste is of those elements, with possibly some rounding bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Ehrenfelder finishes on the crisp end of it.


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Photo of JavierGC
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chico1985
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

More new Fregeist, what a ghastly good time. This one has a rather straightforward description for the brewery, labeled simply as an "unfiltered altbier."

A - 500ml pours a nice brown/dark red color, slow-rising carbonation bubbles visible. A finger of beige head retains pretty well, a thick ring+patchy cap remaining by the end, some lace left as well.

S - Red grape, raisin, dusty molasses malt, bit of smoke, bread crust, slight weird earthiness. Pretty decent strength for the ABV, interesting and complex.

T - Extra touch smoke and roast here, and actually more earthy-herbal hop kick as well. Dark fruit and malt on the other hand feel a bit faded and plainer, but still nice here on the whole.

M - Nice malty body, a bit weaker in the taste than the nose but pretty bold flavor+feel-wise for the ABV. Suitable lowish-but-ample carbonation.

O - Altbiers admittedly aren't a style I usually seek out, this one I found to be pretty solid, for a light-version of the style and the brewery. For less than 5% it's got malt for days, and a decently deep flavor profile comes from the roast/dark fruit/earthy hop combo. Wish the taste provided a bit more ooomph but a pretty enjoyable and straight-up lighter-end alt with some slight oddball touches.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Undated bottle at 42 degrees into imperial pint
$ 4.24/500 mL ($ 0.25/oz) at State Line Liquors, Elkton, MD
Aroma of malt, weak
Head average (Four cm, aggressive pour), light brown, creamy with froth, diminishing to irregular eight to ten mm lacey ring and thin rocky layer
Lacing excellent – complete wide rings of tiny bubbles
Body – dark brown with reddish cast, clear
Flavor of dark unroasted malt with a slight chocolate smokiness, moderately bitter, nearly chewable; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4, Overall 4.25

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Photo of flagmantho
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 500mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich, very dark amber hue with no haze and a finger of frothy tan foam. I rather like it!

Smell: sweet with a caramel character and a little toffee character. The sweetness is appropriate to the style but there's not a ton of complexity.

Taste: burnt sugar along with a little bit of an astringent quality and a slightly hoppy quality as well. It's not bad, I like the caramel character, but it doesn't blow me away.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: not a bad altbier, but also not a mind-blowing beer.

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Photo of drpimento
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Great, rich, dark malt aroma. Flavor's somewhat similar with plenty of malt, but has a very long strong bittersweet finish. Palate is a touch thin and chalky. Still an enjoyable, good drinking brew.

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Photo of samEBC
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sazz9
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jaydoc
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SCW
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of outdoor7or24
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great aroma and flavor. Must try.

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