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Alt-Bier Ale | Hangar 24 Brewery

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Alt-Bier AleAlt-Bier Ale

Brewed by:
Hangar 24 Brewery
California, United States

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Floydster on 11-06-2008

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Reviews: 36 | Ratings: 166
Photo of Lesbrad
4.45/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love this beer and was very surprised to see just a B as the overall score.

Chocolaty, caramely, malty, rich and delicious this is one hell of a great beer. Smooth enough to be sessionable and flavorful enough to be nursed, I could drink this beer daily.

Pours reddish brown with a dense white head.

Smells like chocolate malts.

Tastes rich with choco-caramel all the way.

Big rich mouth.

Highly quaffable.

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Photo of SimonStiph
4.45/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

S: On-tap at the Hangar 24 brewery. 16 oz. glass. This is about as fresh as a beer can get.

A: Everything I look for in a beer is in the appearance of the Alt-Bier. Medium copper, slight haze, toasty and warming.

S: Complex, though not intimidating. You'll pick up the toastiness, chocolate malt, and a little piney hops.

T: Very similar to the smell. Chocolate malt is balanced very well with the generous amount of caramel. Slight hop presence in the middle. Notes of nuts and dry fruits in the background.

M: Nothing to wow you here, as it should be I think in this case. Quality that come to mind: refreshing. It will certainly impress those who find porters and stouts a little too overwhelming.

O: Why doesn't every brewery have an Alt-Bier? Seriously. This is my favorite at Hangar 24. This beer is just asking me to go down to the Gourmet Pizza Shoppe, order the Peter Pepperoni, and sit back and forget about how I've probably aged 5 days in the last 24 hours.

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Photo of Floydster
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint at Gourmet Pizza Shoppe in Redlands for five dollars on 11/2/08, reviewed from notes

A-Color is a deep red that is almost brown, one inch creamy as can be off white head that stays around for close to ten minutes, good retention, very nice lacing
S-Sweetness, heavy malt, various dark and tropical fruits, caramel, toasted bread, hint of spice, light hoppiness, toffee, and mild brown sugar
T-Starts off slightly dry, some toasted malt in the middle providing some chewy aspects, finish is sweet with both fruit and caramel malt, maintains its flavor as it warms and never changes much, enjoyed the balance in this one even though it was on the maltier side of the spectrum, really liked how the caramel bounced off the light hop character, went well with the unique honey mustard chicken pizza I was eating
M-Low level of carbonation that made this fuller but not syrupy, still a medium body, sweet, malty, and creamy mouthfeel, taste lingers for a few minutes
D-Could drink a few more pints of this no problem, sweetness might get to me after a few though, big reliance on malt, still not heavy on the stomach, ABV seems low around five percent but I am not sure exactly

I have never been a big fan of altbiers before but I had to give this new beer a try from the local brewery, I am glad I did because it was the best beer I had of this style, Ben Cook is a great brewer and we are starting to see this more and more, I will be drinking this each time I go out to visit friends in Redlands now, recommended

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Photo of T100Mark
4.19/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A 12 ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance - A rusty copper color. Hazy. Thin white head. Moderate lacing.

Smell - Malty. A touch sweet. A bit herbal. Nice.

Taste - A big malty flavor up front. A little toasty. Herbal. A mild flowery hop finish.

Mouth - A little oily. Fizzy. Substantial.

Overall - This is a really good beer! It reminds me of a nice English bitter (malty, sweet and toasty with just the right amount of hops). I am eager to try more alt-biers and more Hangar 24 beers.

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Photo of Cavery
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle acquired near the brewery. I recently bought a bunch in bulk for a trader in Florida, so I thought I'd give some of these left overs a swirl. I've had everything from hangar multiple times, but I figured I'd sit down to give this beer a tick.

A: brown orange with some darker cherry wood stains. A soft microfiber film of bubbles sits over the beer and forms a brighter egg shell ring along the rim of the glass. Not much to mention besides one or two streaks for lacing, and the head retention was nearly nonexistent. That said, it has a nice looking body and clarity that makes it look appetizing.

S: A really burned sugar character that definitely is closer in the spectrum to char than scorch. A heavier almost ash like smell that is actually pleasant. Reminds me of a cocktail of nuts that have been cooked dry over an open fire. Some nice caramel in the nose that sweetens up the whole thing a bit, perhaps even a bit of bite from pale malt character.

T: Really rich biting flavor of hazelnuts, peanut shells, and dry leaves. There's an almost beet like sweetness and earthiness that really pops out a lot more to me than any other time that I've had this. The flavor is incredibly well balanced, and the slightly bitter nutty mash linger is incredible. Think ripe acorns and almond butters. I've never tasted this beer in this good of a state before.

M: The feel is light-medium bodied, and it compliments the flavor perfectly. Airy light fizz that keeps the drinkability of this sensationally high. The dryness seems to interrupt a bit, but this could be a feature of the style that I am just unaware of. This holds up the flavor about perfectly.

O: Really to be honest, aside from their barrel roll series, this is the finest beer I've ever had from hangar. I've had multiple beers of theirs multiple times, and frequently I've just kind of shrugged my shoulders at their offerings. If I could consistently have this beer in this state every time, then I'd say it's one of the finest unusual style beers served in California. My home brew friends have raved about how stylistically on this beer is, so while I don't know the style, I have to say I really am impressed with this beer. If you haven't had a hangar beer in a while, it's worth paying a visit. Furthermore, They deserve more ratings on these beer sites for how well they seem to sell locally.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Gourmet Pizza Shoppe in Redlands, CA. On to the beer:

It is amber in color, but mixed with the colors of brown and orange. The beer has good head retention, and leaves a little lacing on the glass. Its aroma is a thing of sweetness. Initially there is some dry, dark bread, but after that it is a rush toffee, caramel, unsweetened chocolate, fudge. It's almost like a candy shop.

Nice flavor as well. Toffee, fudge, nouget, nuts, nutty. The most surprising aspect for me was the amount of hops in this beer. Not a shitload of hops, but it is very noticable in this usually low-hopped style. The hops add a dimension of citrus and orange (plus bitterenss), especially towards the end of the sip. Soft bubbles in the mouth.

Altbier is a rare style to find among US microbrewers, so it is nice to see one done by one of my local ones. More important is it tastes good. Recommended.

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Photo of MrHirschybar
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Hangar 24 in Redlands

A - Dark coppery brown caramel/watery coffee in appearance - not much head off the tap

S - Sweet, roasted malts, coffee and chocolate

T - Slight sweet start goes quickly to a bitter coffee with roasty malt and lingers with sweet finish and lingering roast flavor.

M - Light, low carbonation and sticky coating to the throat with a light alcohol warmth present

D -Thought this was a nice malty session style beer being at 6.0% just a little over the "5% official session". It's not too sweet and has a nice light bitter balance with the roast.
I actually ordered this after trying it here - having it at the Underground in Redlands on tap and my craft beer friends enjoyed the tastes they had off my pint.

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Photo of deruiz10
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - One-inch whitish head fades fairly quickly but leaves a light floating layer. Pour is a reddish copper, great deep color yet great clarity.

S - Earthy malts and slight hop bitterness. Hints of yeast and biscuits. Also a mild sweet note that interweaves with the hops.

T - A mildly spicy, dry hopsiness predominates the body with some slighty sweet & grassy malt foundation. Distant molasses notes, but the sweetness is so integrated that it's hard to really tease apart the flavors. The finish is where this brew really leaves you wanting more: a lingering oaty, biscuit flavor makes you feel like you can see the mash. Some brown sugar sweetness also lingers with that light hop bite.

M - Lightly carbonated, it keeps the beer lively while feeling substantial. Not too slick, but not heavy either. Well balanced.

D - A great brew, goes great with almost any food and has enough character to stand well on its own. The unique balance of maltiness and sweet hop bite will bring you back for another pint.

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Photo of rawfish
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Attractive amber hue, slightly hazy with a one finger off white head. Decent retention and forms an attractive ring of lacing.

Delivers a nice mixture of bready malt and light complex sweetness, caramel and toffee with hazelnut, grape skins and cocoa powder notes. Hop profile is slightly fruity and herbaceous.

Full flavor that starts off slightly grainy with some bread and husk, nice amounts of mixed nuts, honey, toffee, and cocoa. Little bit of grass and vinous fruit. Finish gets a touch acidic but a solid bitterness and grainy drying scrub the palate well.

Good bitterness and drying, sessionable body with average carbonation. Well balanced beer.

Terrific alt-bier, provides good flavor and complex for a session beer, stands out in its own category. Impressive offering, and good value.

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Photo of wknight167
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apearance - Pours a a clear mohagany with a one finger off white head that doesn't stay around too long, but does leave some lacing.

Nose- Chocolate, caramel, toffee, malt dominated. Aromas blend well.

Palate- Just a touch or roastiness is evident among the light caramel, toffee and nuttiness.

Mouthfeel- Light body, slightly below medium carbonation.

Drinkability- I would not mind having a few of these in succesion.

Overall- This beer makes me want to visit this style more often.

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Photo of tlazaroff
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sort of like a nice lightly burnt caramel on the nose with bits of chocolate for highlights. It leaves a sweet and nutty impression on the brain.

Pours a deep clear amber with a few bubbles of carbonation that rise to the slightly off-white, thin head. Lacing is thin but adequate to satiate me. It's a really nice looking beer.

Nice sweet start that brings up this brown sugar caramel-like flavor and rounds out to a flavor reminiscent of eating a toffee bar with chocolate and nuts. Very nice and simple flavors coming off of this beer. It's smooth and medium bodied, with little carbonation. Its a solid Alt bier that I'd love to have again.

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Photo of doucmehu
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extra from recent trade. 12oz bottle to Duvel tulip, since that is what I am drinking from tonight. Not expecting much to be honest.

A: Pours a nice copper color with thin soapy head that fades quickly into a tiny rim, leave almost no lacing on the way down.

S: Toasted malts are dominant, with little sweetness and some noble-type hops. Smells strangely of a wet fire pit. This reminds me of a campsite early in the morning. Not a bad thing.

T: Toasted malts and cereal grains, dry, grassy hops and again a slightly ashy hint as well. The finish has just a hint of sourness to it that helps clean up the maltiness, along with some bittering hops.

M: Clean and crisp, but with a moderate body. The pour looked a little thin, but it seems spot on. A faint hop bitterness at the end is a greet compliment to the malt presence.

O: I had to look up the style to see if it was an ale or lager, because it has some characteristics of both. This is a very tasty, easy to drink and seemingly very well-made beer. I would gladly drink this again.

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Photo of quirkzoo
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Extra from Cavery

Pours a nice rich mahogany with a thin off white head that recedes into a thin layer on the beer. The aroma is really nice. Lots of toasty, bready notes balanced with some caramel sweetness. I get some apple/pear fruitiness on the nose but again none of it is overpowering. Taste is more of the same with a good amount of hop bitterness to balance the roast and the sweet. Mouthfeel was fine, didn't detract from the beer but felt appropriate. Overall this is a really nice, well balanced beer. It has depth but is not overly complex. The flavors are sticking in my mouth and leaving me with a really nice aftertaste, this beer just keeps on giving. I will definitely seek this one out again.

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Photo of felipe2toes
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown with a thin tan head/crust. Leaves a little bit of thin lacing as well.

Smells of roasted malt, chocolate, and toffee, with traces of yeast and bread.

Tastes of malt and chocolate with a bit of biscuit-ness as well. Kinda nutty undertones too with a slightly bitter finish.

I wasn't too thrilled with the mouthfeel, it felt a bit thin and not much carbonation either. Though it is a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Hangar 24 in Redlands, CA.

Pours a clear copper with a light tan head that settles to an oily film. Chunky streaks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of bready malt and some slight fruity aromas. Taste is pretty much the same with a nice herbal hop finish. There is a mild bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a pretty good carbonation level with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good alt beer with a nice malt and herbal hop flavor.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #73 (Feb 2013):

Not the cleanest Altbier but it does have all of the bells and whistles of one. Not exaclty a beer style that brewers are lining up to do and one that does take a bit more care being the spectrum or character of the beer is pretty narrow. Hangar 24 lands well within the style, a good choice if you are looking to brush up on the German Styles.

STYLE: Altbier
ABV: 6.0%

LOOK: Dull brassy color, exceptional looking head

SMELL: Toasted bread, slightly biscuity, dried hay, crackers, herbal hop, clean

TASTE: Very malty, massive bready character, brown malt, dried grass, faint apple, toasty, herbal hop, light spice, breath of alcohol, toasted grain drying finish

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Pours a dark amber color with a tight, off-white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of toasted malts with a bit of dark fruits.

Tastes of the toasted malts, dark fruits, and a bit of earthy hops. Toasted malts lead off with notes of toffee, chocolate, toasted bread, and a bit of caramel. A bit of nuttiness comes through before some figs and raisins. Toasted notes give way to some earthy and grassy hops. Fairly sweet overall. Finishes with a bit of toasted malt.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is pretty tasty with a nice combination of fruits and malts. Would like a bit less sweetness.

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Photo of TheMarkE
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Nice amber with plenty of foam and good lacing.

Smell: Not a strong aroma, but there are some toasted malts and caramel.

Taste: Toasted malts, chocolate, and caramel up front with a decent amount of hops for balance. The hop flavor tends to strengthen as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Fresh, rich, and creamy.

The Verdict: Not bad. I met California based Hangar 24 at a beer fest and they impressed me. This isn’t their best, but it’s a decent sample of the the style with plenty of flavor.

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Photo of arizcards
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single at TW Arrowhead in late June for $1.99. No visible bottling date.

Beer poured reddish-brown with a bubbly off white head that dissipated quickly.

Nose is sweet apple and grainy.

Taste is caramel malt forward, a hint of apple, with a dry grainy finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and neither overly refreshing nor smooth.

Overall not a bad beer, it represents the style fairly well.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

Eureka! Burger
Redlands, CA

Clear and dark amber, bordering on brown. Thin off-white head. Some lacing down the glass.

Sweet, bready aroma. Little to no hop presence. There's a touch of toffee which is very nice.

Simple altbier. Caramel notes and a touch of toffee sweetness, but relatively simple and one-note, though tasty.

Medium to light bodied. Easy to drink. Pairs well with food.

A simple, malty altbier. Some caramel and toffee sweetness, but not a huge amount of character. Good with a delicious burger.

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Photo of jandawil48
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a very clean copper/Amber color. A touch hazy. Poured into tulip beer glass and got a good 1" head that dissipated over time. No lacing although that speaks more of my glassware.

Smell - Malty, bready...slight sweetness. Definitely malt forward. Pleasant.

Taste - Smooth malty taste with a slight lingering hop bitterness. Not overpowering. Balanced.

Mouthfeel - Light/Medium body with definite carbonation

Overall - This is the beer that got me into craft beer. Before this Newcastle was my beer of choice. I instantly switched after my first taste. That was a few years ago. I've move on from this trying other styles and options from Red Trolly and Firestone DBA on the red ale side to a ton of IPA. Revisited this one for old time sake and I still really like it. Will be sure to have around from time to time. Not the best, but still a really solid beer.

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A sweet, slightly crisp, slightly bitter, appropriately malt-dominant Alt. There's really not much to say about this somewhat turbid, orange-brown beer: it's a very solid, very conventional alt. It doesn't have a lot of depth, in terms of character or flavor, and it's even a bit thin in the mouth, but it basically subscribes to the general premise of Alts. It's drinkable, if a little malt-dry—mostly toasted biscuit, and a bit of nut—and its hop-bitterness wavers in the wrong direction just a tad—not cleansing as much as it should; lingering more than it should—but it's an altogether competent, drinkable brew.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours brown with a firm medium white head with good retention and solid lace.

S: Sweet malt overtones, with a hint of bacon fat, and light chocolate.

T: Very toasty, roasty with a heavy dark bread component. Some bitter baker's chocolate in there with heavy toast. A robust amber beer, really not minerally and light as altbier should be, but an enjoyable effort. Really a brown ale/stout hybrid.

M: Medium-bodied, creamy, thick in parts, light carbonation that crisps up on the back end.

O: Altbier can be a catch all, and I think this beer comes in to that definition of alt. The roast is overt and much more than you'd expect from something coming out of Germany. Still at the end of the day, it's a good beer, worth a pick up, just don't expect Uerige.

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Photo of BethanyB
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clear and copper colored, with a moderate, off-white head.

Smell: Gentle biscuity malt aroma with a barely-there hint of caramel.

Taste: Moderate bitterness is nicely balanced with toasty malt flavors and some slight caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and smooth, medium-light mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Goes down nice and easy, but with lasting bitterness.

Overall: Another solid example of the Altbier style. A good choice when you want something middle-of-the-road in terms of flavor complexity.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

A- pours a deep amber color with a one finger creamy off-white head that retains long after the pour, laving some lace behind

S- malt dominant aroma with toasted bread, biscuit and cracker, trace of caramel. Herbal/floral hop

T- brown bready malt with some toasted character, grassy/herbal hop, apple, finishes dry and clean with light lingers of chocolate malt

M- medium body with moderate prickly carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a clean dry finish

O- easy drinking and malt forward, for the most part

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Alt-Bier Ale from Hangar 24 Brewery
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