Dusseldorf Altbier | Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minnesota, United States

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Spring

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Added by feloniousmonk on 05-28-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of BeerBuilder
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a ruby-bronze color with a tan head that leaves a good amount of lacing. There is a slight fruitiness in the nose, with a caramel malt aroma and a pepper, spicy hop smell. The flavor is malty and spicy-peppery, with a sweetening caramel malt flavor toward the end. It finishes dry. It is light-medium bodied, and smooth to drink. A decent beer but needs a bit more.

Sampled 5/28/04

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Photo of bditty187
3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ruby brown in hue, shiny, this has an attractive color. It was served with an off-white head of one finger in height. The head retention was decent as it faded to a tight cap in a few moments; the small cap lasted for the entire consumption. The subsequent lacing was very minimal. After this beer rested in my glass awhile it looked like iced-tea, for whatever that is worth. The nose does little for me; it is malty, somewhat dry and somewhat sweet with a tickly of hoppy-hay aromas. The potency is really lacking. I found the bouquet to be boring and thus not actually inviting. The palate is good, nothing more. The malt is dry, sweet underneath with some caramel flavors. The finish is standard Altbier maltiness, I can’t think of any other way to describe it. The hops are minimally bitter, as appropriate, but minimally tasty. All the hops do is almost balance this beer. The flavor construction is lackluster. IMO, Alts are hard to impress me, this one didn’t either. Medium in body, low but natural carbonation, the mouthfeel is admirable. This is a drinkable beer but it is nothing special. It is good enough for a pint.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Perfectly clear copper tone. Thin, light cream soda colored head. Retention is solid. Lace is full and like a spiderweb. Aroma is heavy on caramel and toffee. Also some light herbal hoppiness and a little vanilla. The taste is sweetly smooth. Toffee-like maltiness lays a base down. There's some dry, herbal hop tones and a little woodiness to it as well. Decent enough. The mouthfeel is prickly with carbonation and the body is closer to medium than medium-full. While this is a decent alt, I would not put it on my personal Mount Rushmore of Alts (Uerige Sticke, Summit, Sherlock's Home and Moose Jaw).

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Photo of tavernjef
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the pub for lunch: Nice clear rusty amber color with a tall, frothy whipped off-white head that sits for a long while before just sitting as a heavy skim, lacing in strings and spots mostly. Aroma is quite toasty and warm, good amount of biscuity crispness thats a bit earthy and deep, bits of floral grassy hops take a balcony seat. Flavors are bold and upfront to begin with a very present toasty malting, crisp and biting baked biscuit tones that remain for a good stint. Hops are secondary with some light floral grassy notes and slight wood. Feel is about medium bodied with a good carbonation thats a bit biting at first(when cold) but as this warms it gets pretty darn nice and very drinkable.

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Photo of ZAP
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clean, clear bronze color...white head....relatively assertive nose of toasted malts....mouthfeel is crisp...clean....almost quenching...flavors are bready at first...finishes toasty....hop profile is light....nice alt....one of the tastier ones...similar yeast to maibock I'm guessing...very enjoyable and tasty...a lot of scores hover between 4.5 and 4.0...

Nothing to go out of your way to find but a solid rendition

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A copper color, that's creeping on crimson. handsomely befitted with a 1/2", long-lasting layer of beige foam.
Aroma, rich and vibrant, with soft fruit, and a mellow nuttiness, mildly bitter hoppiness, very potent when breathed in deeply in the nose, a heady spark abuzz in the olfactories.
Smoothness incarnate once on the tongue! Again, lightly fruity, a touch of cherry and plum, with a big malty flavor. Good texture, medium bodied, with a crisp, nutty, very tasty finish.
Vienna and Munich malts were employed in this one, no notice given on the hops, but their presence is felt little and they were included sparingly here.
The first Altbier I've had from Town Hall, and it feels like they've pegged the style squarely, soundly and deliciously! Very basic, tasty, and easy-drinking al the way.

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Dusseldorf Altbier from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
3.88 out of 5 based on 6 ratings.
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