ALTerior Motive | COAST Brewing Company

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78 Ratings
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Brewed by:
COAST Brewing Company
South Carolina, United States

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our altbier is crafted after the authentic, or sticke, style that originated in Germany. It is extremely malty, aggressively hoppy and cold conditioned for a clean, smooth finish.

Added by mikesgroove on 08-19-2008

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Ratings: 78 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of heystevec
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Immortale25
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. Label says Bottled On: 09 10 14

A- Pours a dark amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of sheer surface foam. Minimal lacing.

S- Toasty, bready malt with some light hop fume.

T- Nice balanced flavor of toasty malt and just enough hop bitterness. So drinkable and clean yet flavorful. Makes me want to keep taking sips.

M- Slight bite from the hops with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- Someone once told me that an altbier is intended to be somewhere between an ale and lager. If that's true, this one hits the nail on the head. Has the crispness and easygoing nature of a lager while maintaining the solid flavor of an ale. I'm confused though. This beer has a current score of 79, yet the majority of full reviews are above a 4.25 rating. I feel this is a prime example of those who know their shit giving a full review of a lesser-known style a good rating vs. those who just tick for the sake of ticking giving a bad score because they don't know what an altbier is supposed to be like.

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Photo of egrace84
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.24/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -20%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of mmckay41
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of MacQ32
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of RochefortChris
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of mrandypandy
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

64oz growler purchased at Growlers, Hilton Head.

A - Pours a nice toasted brown with orange highlights. Clear, medium white head, decent lacing.
S - Faint malty breadiness, with a touch of noble hops. Good, and not overpowering.
T/M - Smooth, crisp and clean. The assertive hops (for an Alt) balance well with the malty backbone. This is easy drinking and delicious.
O - I almost passed this up based on style alone, and I'm glad I didn't. A pleasant surprise, and it goes to show that you can't judge a beer by it's style. Recommended.

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Photo of icehawk
3.47/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75


 Appearance: Beautiful clear orange amber with short lasting white head 

 Aroma: Green apples, bread 

 Taste: Fruity and floral undertones. Finish with a bready bitterness 

 Palate: Light body. Flat with spicy undertones. 

 Overall: Very drinkable, although the bitter finish sticks with you long after the drink. Interesting, subtle fruit undertones makes this more complex than the body might make you believe.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of zac16125
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Coleman Public House
5oz sampler as part of a flight

A: amber, crystal clear, not much head or lacing
S: very malty, smokey, a touch fruity
T: follows the nose; malty and smokey, burnt grass, roasty.
M: full body, crisp and clean for a heavier beer
O: I'm not huge into German styles but this one is quite tasty and well worth the drink

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

ALTerior Motive from COAST Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 78 ratings