Arbor Brewing Olde Number 22 Alt Bier | Arbor Brewing Company

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Arbor Brewing Olde Number 22 Alt BierArbor Brewing Olde Number 22 Alt Bier

Brewed by:
Arbor Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 55 | Ratings: 88
Photo of jeremyd365
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first altbier. Poured a very dark, chocolatey brown with a thick tan head. Smells strongly of a pleasant maltiness with perhaps some sort of slight smokiness or chocolatey. The flavor is a great combination of chocolate and malt. It's moderately carbonated and medium-bodied. A quite enjoyable beer that I would definitely recommend--and I would now also like to try it on tap!

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Photo of skiboy
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this to be a great little beer for a summertime cooler. Was a little surprised how cold it was served on tap (at several different locations). Looks great in the glass with a light colored head resting atop a very dark brown beer. Medium carbonation and a crisp maltiness, and not very hoppy. Very drinkable with a modest alcohol content.

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Photo of GbVDave
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a dark, cola-brown with redness at the edges. Capping this is a creamy, light-khaki head that quickly turns into a thick and bubbly ring and leaves some decent lace in the glass.

S: Aromas of chocolate, roasted malt, floral hops, tart berry, and a touch of smoke.

T: See above. Slightly soapy. Notes of caramel and toffee and a kiss of chocolate. Slightly tart at the finish.

M: Thin and tangy. Nice dry roastiness.

D: Interesting and pretty damn refreshing. Could use a little more chocolate malt to offset the tart tanginess.

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Photo of Roeters
3.66/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Deep dark brown with a slim light brown head

S: Average old style ale nothing very exciting

T: Great slightly yeasty taste, with good body

M: A normal beer nothing very exciting

D: This is a beer that you could sit and drink a few, very easy going down.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Very dark leathery brown. A little murky. The head is small and has very little retention.

S- Lots of raisins and some vinnegar. Some caramel and earthiness. A little smoky.

T- Sweet and sour with some raisin and smoke. Interesting, but I'm not crazy about it.

M- Very dry on the end. The sourness is fine, but this seems almost too clean and buttery.

D- Overall, this was a very interesting beer, but I do not see this being a session beer or me indulging in this again...

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Photo of Beaver13
2.93/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours brown with a creamy off white head that retains and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet sugary caramel and dark fruits

The flavor is is yeasty with some chocolate malt and some fruit. It has some acidic plastic and metallic bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly watery.

Overall, it kind of reminds me of Jolly Pumpkin's Bam Noire, but not as good.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.37/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled on 4-27-08

Pours a super deep brown, with a little bit of red mixed in. A huge, off-white head sits on top, leaving the thickest lacing I've ever seen.

Smell is subtle, malty and smoky.

Taste is sweet, almost sour at first, with a smoky middle to even things out. Very different.

Mouthfeel is good, smooth and thick.

Drinkability suffers from the odd combination of sour and smoky.

Overall, a different kind of beer. Good, but very hard to place.

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Photo of robbyc1
3.31/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour, not much head, not much nose, but deep malt, that is what this style is mostly about, eh? Thanks to Hophobo for providing it as an extra, not much depth, but a nice solid brew. Not sweet, no hops, just solid malt, good mouthfeel and very drinkable, just not one to seek out unless all you see are macros around, probably only around Ann Arbor/Detroit, nice but move on.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
2.83/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked this up in Detroit a couple weeks ago, and it's been chilling on deck for about a week. I poured it into a Sam Adams glass, and it filled to the top with poofy tan foam. The liquid itself was very dark, mush darker than other alts I've tried. The aroma was off in my opinion, a little fruity and a little acidy-sour. Same with the taste, it had some off-flavors I didn't think matched the beer style. I won't try it again.

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Photo of enfield249
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark brown, opaque, with a medium ring of foam around the edge.

S - Can't get much off of this. Some prunes, maybe?

T - Really nice sweetness, followed by some sourness, fades to some roast, and then a cinder flavor.

M - Full, with some sharpness from the carbonation. Leaves my tongue wet feeling.

D - I could drink this a lot. A very nice beer.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.06/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle a deep, dark black with a meringue-like tan head and beautiful lacing.

The aromas of sweet roasted malts and raisins is present but very subtle.

The taste is a cherry sourness up front while finishing with roasted malts and coffee. The malts seems almost watered-down compared to the sourness.

Medium mouthfeel and mildly carbonated.

The balance seems off on this one. The sour cherriness upfront is just too much.

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Photo of Viggo
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lexx picked this one up in Michigan.

Pours a cloudy copper brown, quite opaque, loose tan head forms, big bubbles, settles to a thin ring and layer, few lace spots. Smell is neat, iron, caramel, roast, chocolate, bit of coffee, very clean aroma, maybe too clean, some bread, dark fruits, interesting. Taste is kind of bland and watery, some caramel and chocolate, bread, roast coffee, not much else, but a bit buttery. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, pretty smooth. Easy to drink but the flavour dies. Thanks Lexx!

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Photo of zdk9
3.32/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours with abundant carbonation- 2 full fingers of head that is light cocoa over a black unhighlightable brew. Some speckled lacing.

S- Strong coffee aroma with perhaps a touch of brown sugar and raisin.

T- Strong coffee taste, some dark malt backbone to it. HOps are peeking at the edges but hard to identify.

M- High carbonation, to a sharp level.

D- Ok I suppose, but this tastes like a maltier porter, which is singlulary coffee flavored.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.39/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with an excellent light tan head that billows and floats for minutes. Nose is mild, some light spiciness and sweet malt. Flavor is interesting. Surprisingly sour; this is my first alt, but there wasn't anything in the description about sourness. In any case, there's a fair bit of roasted molasses, light astringency, some light fruit. Fairly well balanced in terms of malt and hops. Feel is alright, medium body, maybe a little light on the carbonation. This one isn't bad, although it's the first alt I've had, so I don't really have a lot to compare it to. The sourness was a bit of a surprise, but overall, it's drinkable.

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Photo of jp32
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a molasses black with golden brown hints when held to the light. No head at all.

Rich and roasty smell, very malty. Hints of nutmeg and brown sugar.

The taste is also quite roasty. Awesomely malty flavor here. A bit herbal and organic tasting as well.

THe mouthfeel is medium-bodied or slightly bigger. Smooth and low on carbonation. Great drinkability for the amount of flavor in this one.

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Photo of Mitchster
1.34/5  rDev -61.5%
look: 5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

12 oz bottle. Brewed and bottled by the Corner Brewer LLC. Not brewed on premises? Opens with a vigorous whoosh and despite a gentle decant, foams up quickly, forming a meringue-like light tan head which peaks out of the glass about 2 inches, and leaving sticky gobs of foam on the glass as it recedes. Cloudy mahogany, near black. Aroma of burnt grain, kiwi fruit, an awful amount of metals and acid. Mouthfeel is biting with a medium body. Taste begins with left over coffee grounds, followed by a strong green kiwi fruit presence with associated acidity, dirty pennies in vinegar, an acrid bitterness and a sharp biting sourness. This brew is obviously infected.

What is it with breweries in Ann Arbor? Frog Island, Leopold Brothers, and this brewery all have nasty infected products. Don't the brewers drink what they sell? How could they let this go out on the shelves? This is the furthest thing from an Alt I've ever had. A disaster. Down the drain it goes.

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Photo of putnam
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Duesseldorf dark. Fragrant lemon shimmers freshen deep vanilla and mocha aromas. Caramel, cream, butter build. Stocky and stemmy, slightly, in a good way. Bright, muscular acidity on the attack, and its a clean, well-organized acidity, not any of that loose, dirty rotten lemon debris I associate with dubious bottling regimes. This gives way to bitter mocha tannic grip while mild red berry fruitiness lines up nicely to the balanced finish. A little hard and dry when its done.

Something about that acidity I like. Exceedingly refreshing for an otherwise fudgey flavored light ale.

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Photo of Sammy
3.01/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

No aroma, little dots in the head. Some bitterness and decent for the style, but not the best I have had. A tad of chocolate malt, smoke,saaz like carbonation. Bit lemon and acid in the finish and on aftertaste. Quaffable though didn't all work out on this batch.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 5" of medium brown head over the 1/2" of very cloudy dark brown brew. There will have to be some patience involved with drinking this brew. Huge frothy head fades WAY slowly, I went away and came back later, left monumental amounts of lacing. Aroma is nutty medium to dark malts. Taste is also medium malts upfront, with an increasing amount of hops as time passes. Mouthfeel is still a bit gassy, but overall not bad, and drinkability is pretty good, once you can finally drink it. This one was satisfying is some areas, kind of lacking in others, but has some nice potential.

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Photo of frazbri
3.26/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Arbor Brewing's Olde 22 poured deep brown with a tall, creamy, light tan head. Aroma had notes of apple, cocoa and a hint of smoke. Flavors consisted of chocolate and roasted malt with a clean bitter finish. Medium body and medium-high carbonation and a dry finish.

This Arbor beer is a nice session brew. I like the roasted aspects of 22, but it isn't flawless. Try it with some ribs or brisket.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed on January 18, 2006. On tap at the brewpub. Dark clear brown burnt, with orange fringes and light rim of off-white. Light euro hop aroma. Effervescent, with toothy chewy grains, deliciopus horse blanket and some earth. Grains, oats and more pungent hops. Well balanced and lucious. Palate is smooth, airy and glowing. Finish is sweet. A light sour lemon at the end. Exemplary for the style.

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Photo of macpapi
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty dependable happy hour beer for me at the A.B.C. Not the most bold or challenging, but usually pleasant nonetheless. Pours a dark brown, almost black color, with a full tannish head. Smells of malt, with hints of roast toffee and chocolate. Tastes like roasted malt, chocolate. There is a good deal of sweetness. Not terribly full though. In the mouth the malt presence is decent, but overall it's a bit watery. Again, this is a pretty nice beer. Nothing too complex. Easy to drink, but nothing to knock your socks off.

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Photo of Derek
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the brewpub.

I haven't had many Alts.

A: Dark brown chestnut, hardly any off-white head, some lace.

S: Bread, caramel & a little roasted malt.

T: Bittersweet, only a little roasty (black patent malt for colour?).

M: Light to moderate body and carbonation.

D: Quite good.

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Photo of DrJay
2.87/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, nearly opaque beer topped by a thin ring of tan coloured head. Flavour and aroma were intensely malty, some toffee, with very little hop presence. Mild bitterness and a relatively clean yeast character with a bit of dark fruitiness. Some residual sweetness with a short, malty finish. Medium bodied with low carbonation and a slightly sweet, sticky texture.

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Photo of nomad
4.24/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don’t think that I am too picky saying that this beer is a bit too damn dark, like deep brown to black, which is a bit dark in my altbier experience. Has an oddly off-white head that is solid and clings well.

Smells of lager quiet-and-smooth scents of roast, dark chocolate, and spices of Noble hops. A bit muted and altogether decent, but not alluring.

Taste is extra-toasty dry with a spare note of sweet malt, then followed by a rip of minty hops, and ended by a cleansing, razor sharp and short finish. The flavors bely its dark color, drinking with an lager-smooth profile inflected with just enough ale-agressive features. Not a beer to contemplate as the levels of flavors are distinct and separated, but a fine quaffer despite being served interminably cold.

Damn easy to drink, not too filling, and tasty with a thirst quenching flavor. Succeeds despite lacking many of the roasty/caramel flavors and truly strong hop notes that I typically associate with the style. Smooth, slightly sweet, and crisp, regardless. Drinks almost like a super-dark Scottish ale.

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Arbor Brewing Olde Number 22 Alt Bier from Arbor Brewing Company
3.48 out of 5 based on 88 ratings.
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