Olde Brick Alt | Kutztown Tavern

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Kutztown Tavern
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.29%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-24-2002

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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by akorsak:
Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the brewpub.

A: The altbier is a copper color, closer to the dirty penny brown side of the spectrum. The altbier retained its translucence through, showing off a stream of bubbles. Unfortunately no head came with the beer and those bubbles never amounted to anything.

S: The nose is malty, bready with caramel and biscuit aromas. Noble hops add an herbal bitterness that is relaxed. The aroma is bready and sweet.

T: Caramel and toffee malts start things off right, creating a bready, chewy body. The hops, reticent at first, gradually emerge with an herbal bitterness. The warmer the ale gets, the more bitter the ale gets. Without hestitation, this beer is the best Golden Avalanche beer that I tried today. Chewy and bold without being too strong.

M: The mouthfeel nicely straddles the toffee-caramel divide, never getting too sweet. Hops swoop in at just the right moment to provide the balance.

D: Very drinkable. This would have been a good choice for a growler. Floral and herby with a strong malt backbone.

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Photo of weeare138
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears a brown toned amber with a beige head that retains for a long time before fading into a film and light collar. Tons of lacing left all over the glass.
Smell is of caramel and toffee with some butter notes and hops.
Taste is of the same aromas.
Mouthfeel is as smooth as can be. There is a mild sweetness and nuttiness that goes along with this. Very surprising brew from these guys.

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Photo of tvghost
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of justintcoons
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of SchmichaelJ
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My pint of Olde Brick Alt had a clear, brown appearance. I noticed very little carbonation, and the small head that was initially present shrunk to nothing after a minute or two. The beer looked almost flat or dead; I'm not sure if this is representative of the style, but I wasn't that impressed. The smell was a little more rewarding, with an apparent maltiness and a hint of fruit. The subtle hint of hops also helped to contribute to a faint but decent odor. A very nice, balanced maltiness rounded out the taste, however. True to the style, the almost fruity malt was offset by just the right amount of hops. While this wasn't quite the brown ale I've become accustomed to, it did have a good all around taste. The beer had a fairly light mouthfeel...a fuller feel might have worked better, but it was sufficient. The Olde Brick is a good beer all around, and I wonder if my low appearance rating was the result of my pint sitting at the bar a little too long before I received it at my table. Nonetheless, the alt remains very drinkable, and was a pleasure to have this evening.

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Photo of WesWes
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours an amber color with a thick offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light, yet malty scent with floral hops in the nose. The taste is awesome. It has a very malty flavor that boasts of sweet crystal malts. It goes down smooth with a dry finish. The mouthfeel is great. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an awesome alt. It has great flavor and mouthfeel; a fine sessions ale.

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Photo of thain709
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A light copper body...one inch tan head...decent lacing

S - Sweet caramel malts

T - Follows the nose...good malt flavor that is accented with a caramel taste...the malts are rounded out with an ever-so-slightly hop bite

M - Medium bodied...smooth

D - This is a great beer that focuses on a strong malt flavor...my favorite regular offering from GABCO

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Photo of tgbljb
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served a reddish-brown colored beer with laight tannish head.
Smell is dark fruity with some caramel and toffee notes.
Taste follows through on the semll with nice caramel notes. Strong malt character is truly enjoyable.
Full and creamy in the mouth with excellent taste retention.
Great drinkabiltiy. One of the best beers.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Stopped in at the Kutztown Tavern the evening of 9/17/11, as the missus had a craving for fish & chips. Started off with the Olde Brick Alt, served in a Golden Avalanche pint glass.

Good coppery coloring, very thin head, but the beer did keep the head all the way down, with light lacing.

Smell was slightly sweet and malty.

Taste was very nice, nicely balanced.

Mouthful was good, not too heavy, not too light.

Overall, a good Alt, my only beef with the beer, is that they serve it very cold, Would likely have taken 1/2 hour wait to get it up to optimum temp, and that's beyond my willpower.

On another note, the fish & chips were a massive serving, 2 could share.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ruby copper crystal clear hued pour into a pint sized offering.

Light malt scents make up the aroma.

Sweet caramel and table sugar flavors meets fresh ginger and orange slices with a hint of smoke. A short metallic finish rounds off this tastey treat.

Last swigs: A flavorful, well built brew. Runner up for best of show out of all the seven beers offered during my visit.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a nice looking light brown color with a thin head on top. Not much retention or lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer has some really nice malt aromas to it. The taste of the beer is also loaded with malt flavors too. The mouthfeel was decent, mostly smooth nothing harsh here. Overall the beer was actually pretty nice.

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Photo of PhineasMcClintock
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Bierman9
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stopped back into the Kutztown Tavern on the eve of 02JUN11 for supper. Started with a pint of their Alt, for $4.25.

This Alt was clear, and a deep copper color. Some carbo was present, and the head was off-white and creamy, with a bit o' lace left behind. Nose had a bit of light toast, some caramel, and a smidge of florality. Middle of the road the mouthfeel was, medium-bodied and fairly smooth.

Light sweetness first hits the palate, with a bit more toast and mild caramel. It has solid florality, but not over the top. There's a decent balance here of the malt and hops, though neither aspect is in your face, everything being somewhat restrained. A decent session bier is what this Alt is, to me. Zum Wohl!!

3.9 rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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Photo of Barleycorn
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of goindownsouth
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beer. This was one of the first brews I sampled at the Kutztown Tavern, home of the Golden Avanlanche Brewing Company. This copper brown ale is pretty floral on the nose, with hints of spice and a bit of hops. It starts well at the first sip and continues to grow on you towards the bottom of the glass. This is a nice interpretation of a European brew.

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Olde Brick Alt from Kutztown Tavern
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 15 ratings