AltBier | BluCreek Brewing

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BluCreek Brewing
Wisconsin, United States

Style: German Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-21-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by Snow81:
Photo of Snow81
4.74/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Amber glow

Head: Big and tan

Smell: A malty caramel with sweet fresh grass and big notes of hot chocolate

Taste: Malty grass with light coffee and little bit of a coco bean

Weight: Medium body with a high to medium carbonation

Finish: Very dry with grassiness

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More User Reviews:
Photo of SMark
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After struggling to figure out where to file this review and thanks to Bitterbill & ppoitras here we go.

This beer was poured from a brown bottle without any apparent date information. It was poured into an Imperial pint glass at 52 degrees which resulted in a fluffy, pillowy three fingers of head. I almost overflowed by not paying attention. The color seemed to be mahogany with a trace of lacing.

There were initial hops in the pour and then more predominant roasted sweet malt fragrances were evident later on.

A malty taste going up through the nose was first sensed and then sweetness was picked up.

The aromas of brewing malts were sensed in the mouth but quickly faded in a short visit. The resulting conclusion was a bit thin.

This was picked up as part of 6-pack mix for $8.99 at Friar Tuck in Savoy, IL. I saw it was from Wisconsin and have appreciated the states 'other' brews in the past. A little above average but confusing as to who brews and where.

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Photo of Metalmonk
2.86/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice milk-chocolate brown color with rusted ruby hues and a sizzling, audible half-inch head.

Smells like a brown ale, with a metallic slant and lots of husky nuttiness. Not much more to glean from the nose, pretty standard and merely okay, at best--especially considering the style.

Flavor isn't much more remarkable than the aroma. It's barely got the maltiness/breadiness I associate with altbiers, and very much leans toward the fruity side. This unfortunately brings some tartness into play, which I can't imagine is intentional.

Not exactly soda-like carbonation, but still has that ever-present tickle. Unfortunately it's a little thin and really doesn't have much presence in the mouth at all.

Sure, very drinkable at 4%, but would I drink it again? Probably not. So: not very drinkable. There's just not a lot here to get excited about. I think they missed the mark, style-wise. It looks pretty good though!

Lotsa thanks to BDLBrewster for this midwestern rarity.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - This one is a deep copper-imbued amber hue with a two finger tan head that shows pretty nice retention. The beer is not hazy, but it's dark enough to obscure most of the light on this overcast day. Lacing is decent, but nothing to crap your pants over, but five minutes later the head is still going strong.

S - Brown brownies with caramel goo on top. There is a strong hop presence on top of the malty base note, and crisp autumn leaves always come to mind when smelling a good altibier like this one I'd prefer this to be a bit more assertive however.

T - Wow, this is way hoppier than I expected! The dank herbal and weedy hops are carried down my throat by a toasty caramel and buttery diacetyl undercurrent. This is really good!

M - Medium bodied and a bit slick, the carbonation is not gentle, but it doesn't overpower either. The finish is toasty and buttery as hell.

D - An excellent example of the style, this is a great beer for those who like toasy flavors and a big diacetyl presence as much as I do. And again, this really has that autumn leaves vibe going on that I really like. I would definitely pick up a sixer of this next fall since it has that Halloween vibe going on.

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Photo of tempest
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Princeton Liquors in Maple Grove. It poured dark for an altbier, but it's all good. The aroma is too light, but it's got a chocolate note that reminds me of a tasty English brown. The flavor follows more of that style with sweet bread crust, dark toasted bread, and toffee. The beer drinks crisply and easily. Considering the low strength, this is a pretty good session beer.

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Photo of morimech
3.39/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I believe this is a new brewery to store shelves in this state so I picked the beer that sounded the least offensive. That would be the altbier. Things started out really good with the pour. Has a nice red/brown color with a sizable, dense head that had great retention before settling to a thick cap. Just a little lacing is left on the glass. Standard brown ale aroma with some nuttiness. The toasted malt plays a major role as well. Some interesting aspects to the flavor. At first I thought it was just a boring brown ale but I started to pick up some interesting fruit notes. The overall flavor profile is not sweet but not bitter either, neutral I suppose. The body is far too thin but is saved by a well matched carbonation. I would normally give a low ABV a high drinkability score but it has some flaws that would sway my purchase in the future.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada Imperial Pint. No date or info. "Ale" above the bar code.

A - Very dark brown in color and what looks to be slightly hazy. Its hard to tell though. A thin light tan head rose up from a somewhat vigorous pour and dropped slowly. Bits of lacing are left on the glass.

S - Interestingly enough, this beer has a roasted malt nose with a strong chocolate aroma. A sprinkle of neutral cocoa powder comes through an no real hops are evident. This smells much more like a porter than an altbier.

T - The strong roasted malt flavor is all over the palate with chocolate, cocoa, and coffee. This tastes so much like a porter I wonder if the labels were messed up... The finish is lightly dry and roasty bitter but no hops are here. It seems strange for an alt but it's a good flavor.

M - Smooth and medium-bodied, it feels good. The finish is lightly dry and bitter.

D - Not bad. It seems way off for what an alt should be. I'm really curious to see what others have said when I post this review. I could see having a few of these no problem but I'd never seek it out again.

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle not dated

BluCreek Altbier poured a slightly hazy deep brown with a red cast producing an off-white 1-finger head and a good amount of lacing. The nose is malty with hints of toasted nuts and a light chocolate aroma. The taste is of stronger [than the nose] roasted malts, some coffee and light chocolate. The finish is toasty, lightly dry and bitter. BluCreek has a moderate body that is slightly to the thin side.

This is my first sampling of the BluCreek brews. Based on the price [$15.99 per case] it was a good value.

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Photo of fropones
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Solid pour into my Hirter strange yielded a half finger ecru head on top of a red-brown dark copper body.

S - Smells of roasted and caramel malts, some nuts and coffee.

T - Very mellow, earthy flavors. More toasted malt, also a bit of a metallic taste afterwards (iron?). Kind of bland. I think there are some dark fruits in here as well, hard to tell.

M - Kind of watery and light. Decent carbonation. Some creaminess to it.

D - Although the flavor isn't very present, still a very sessionable ale. Light on the palate. Could probably drink a whole 6 pack no problem if I really wanted to, which I don't. Kind of glad I only got one in a mix a six and not a whole sixer. Not the best intro to altbiers, and hopefully the Uerige Doppelsticke I have will be much better (which I have a feeling it will).

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Photo of Sallerj
4.32/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer smells like a coffee and cereal and dark fruit. It smells sweet and grainy, like some breakfast cereal from my youth that I can't quite place now.

The taste is very much what you'd expect from the smell, but a little bit thinner. There's not much hop character, but the malt is complex and delicious, with cereal, coffee, prune, and chocolate notes. You can tell you're drinking grains.

In spite of not having much hoppiness, this beer doesn't come out overly sweet, sticky, or cloying.

This is a malt bomb, and I still like it a lot.

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Photo of hopdog
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle.

Poured a dark and deep orange color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of light chocolate, roasted malts, and some caramel. Tastes of chocolate, caramel, toasted nuts, and very light coffee. Creamy body.

Notes from 7/29/06.

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Photo of tatoodkelt
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A buddy visiting from the Chicago area brought this one for me.

Consumed 12/10/2009- from notes.

Brown 12oz bottle poured into a shaker glass.

A- A hazy, rusty brown topped off with a one finger bubbly beige head that hung around for a good bit. Some decent lacing through out.

S- A deep earthy malty aroma, with a little of the rusty bit from the look mixed in. Sounds bad but it actually was pretty good.

T- Same as the nose with some caramel and a little grassy hint popping up.

M- Medium bodied and pretty smooth. A little creamier than I expected.

D- This would be a great session beer, I could have quite a few and not get tired of it. One of the best altbiers I've had. Too bad its not available local.

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a semi-opaque, dark copper color with a tan, foamy, one-finger head. It left minor traces of lace.

S - It smelled very malty. It smelled of barley and slightly grassy.

T - It tasted of burnt toast maltiness. There was a toffee taste and some bitter hops.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good alt. Dark than most and very tasty.

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Photo of KI9A
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep brown, tan head, nice lace.

S: Roasted grains. Period.

T: Nice, rich toasted malts, chocolate pretty much pops near the back, along with some grassyness. Ends with a bit of a metallic taste.

M: Medium/light. Refreshing.

D: Highly quaffable. The 4% ABV helps, but, the light, but not boring taste, makes this a big time sessionable beer for me. Can't wait for my next WI trip, need to grab a case of these!

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Photo of tavernjef
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rustic brown in most light but grabs some coppery crimson highlights when up to brighter light. The head is evenly firm and thick standing about a finger high and dusted in a sandy tanned dark beige tone. Only a few spots of lace stick about the glass.

Aroma on this has whole grain pancakes, toasted bread, nuts, and butter cream. Notes to dry caramel and a bit of leafy hops.

Flavor comes up a little short however, its decent enough and offers a smoothly sweetened malty breadyness with some of the whole grain, caramel, nuts, and butteryness showing up in the midranges. Finish is where it lacks the most as it just kind of drop offs with just a bit of tingey toastyness and a pecan pie-like dusting of dryness.

Low carbonated mediumish body with an overall smooth welcoming texture of malty creamyness and a touch of dryness.

Definately a sessionable brew to behold and has a good natured wholesomeness and craft to it.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Lukaski, u r da man dude!!!

Pours a medium garne and some mixed deep amber hues. Very slow bubbling tha rises to a nice two finger head from the start and recedes a half film of foam. Heavily toasted and lightly roasted mlts. Breads, spicey merengue hops. Soft toasted breads topped wth a little honey butter start the palate off. Finishing with a light hop bitterness mixed with brown sugar, caramel, and some oats. Great session beer. Great altbier.

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Photo of alexgash
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle has the same label as the [now closed] Pioneer Brewing Company's Blu Creek Altbier that is listed in the BA database.

Slightly murky, dark copper brown body with a finger of crackling, foamy, dirty beige head. Sweetish, malty nose with notes of cola, licorice, toasted nuts, plums, and timidly herbal hops. Taste starts out with toasted grain and mild hop bitterness. Caramel, maple, and tangy-sweet fruit round out the palate. Light citrus hop notes and lingering toasted caramel roll in a mildly bitter finish. Moderate body with a slightly thin, soapy feel. Not very memorable, but not too bad of a quaffer. On the fruity side for an alt.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cocoa-bronze that becomes deep maroon with orange accents when backlit with sunshine. The 'buttered wheat toast' colored cap is tight-bubbled, which gives it both a nice look and a great deal of persistence. A respectable amount of lace helps as well.

The aroma is at least as nutty as a brown ale, maybe more so. Also on display are steely caramel and dark honey, to go along with plenty of toasted malt. I haven't had too many altbiers lately, but I think this is pretty much what they're supposed to smell like.

I'm less enthused about the flavor. To me, the beer tastes like an earthier, dark fruitier, less sweet version of a brown ale. That may be how it's meant to taste, but that doesn't mean I have to love it. Does anybody really go crazy over altbiers? Now stickes, that's a different story.

If the amount of flavor was increased by 50%, this would be a much better ale. Having said that, if I planned to session AltBier during an afternoon of watching college football (easy to do at 4.0%), it's probably perfectly calibrated to prevent palate fatigue. Come to think of it, it would go pretty well with pretzels and stone ground mustard.

Given the style and the ABV, the mouthfeel is just about where it needs to be. Light? Yeah, but then that's no crime given the way in which the beer is likely to be drunk. At least there's no buzzy carbonation to get in the way of easy consumption.

I have no trouble imagining that this BluCreek brew has its fans up in Badger country. It might even be a beer that would appeal to the hordes of BMC drinkers if they'd pull their heads out of the sand and open their minds a little.

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Photo of jsisko01
2.85/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours an extremely dark brown color with no head at all.

Smell - Nutty, caramel, coffee beans, and chocolate hints.

Taste - Starts out somewhat sweet and then has a strong coffee like, caramel finish.

Mouthfeel - Pretty thick with no carbonation.

Overall - Honestly, I hate coffee. So I'm just turned away from this beer. That doesn't necessarily mean it's a bad taste, it's just not for me. It's good for what it's supposed to be.

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Photo of Skidz
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out deep leather brown and sits bright mahogany in the glass with a good sized beige head, fading quickly to a light skim with decent lacings.

Toasty and nutty aroma with hints of caramel. Pralines and just the slightest inklings of dark fruity esters.

Flavor is wonderfully toasted, malts character dominates the front end. Bits of wooden dryness work into the trademark bitterness of a true alt bier with no interference of any hops flavor, save for a touch of grassy astringency.

Well-rounded in mouthfeel. Carbonation is in good form and medium in body.

I guess I wasn't expecting to find a good alt out of this, as you don't find too many around here that are worth it, but I am very impressed.

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Photo of enfield249
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown with orange highlights. No head.

S - Malty and Roasty. I got a slight wiff of celery which once, not again. I don't taste that, but it might have been more of a "fresh" smell that my brain translated into celery.

T - Good malt up front, with some roast on the back.

M - Not much carbonation, which is fine. Smooth, but stays with you for a few moments after swallowing.

D - I really like this style. I could have this as a regular Friday beer.

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AltBier from BluCreek Brewing
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 21 ratings